Rosie Lyon

Rosie Lyon



About me

Hello, and thank you for visiting. It might be hard to get a sense of what I’m really like from a website, but please read on - your intuition is probably your best guide!

The  phrase  “Towards  Contentment”  is  the  best  nutshell  I  can  find  to  explain  what  I  try  to  do -   help you  to  handle  any  feelings  which  prevent  you  from being ok with your life, and  to  make  the  necessary  changes. My approach to counselling is person-centred, and I sometimes use techniques from other approaches such as CBT, Gestalt, NLP, if this suits your needs as a client.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP and follow their Ethical Framework. You can find this at

Sessions are usually one full hour weekly, but I’m flexible and am happy to work to your needs as far as I can.

A “brilliant” counsellor for one person might be less helpful to another, and vice versa. It’s widely agreed that one of the most important things for successful counselling is the professional relationship between counsellor and client. The best way to get a sense of whether I’m the right person for you is to speak to me on the phone and arrange a free introductory session. So please leave me a message on 07908-799769 and I’ll phone you back as soon as I can. There is no obligation to go any further if it doesn’t feel right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I  trained  at  St.  Martin’s  College,  Lancaster  (now  part  of  the  University  of  Cumbria),  starting  in  2006.  As well as my  person-centred counselling  Diploma  I  have a  University  Advanced  Diploma  specialising  in  trauma,  also from Lancaster.  I work in private  practice  and for two voluntary  organisations as a trained supervisor for other counsellors and staff.

While I offer general counselling, I also have particular experience of working with trauma and sexual abuse, sexuality, and aftercare from addiction. Clients  come  to  me  with  a  wide  range  of  feelings  –  it’s  impossible  to  include  them  all  but  here  are  some  examples:

  • “I  have  a  sense  that  something  in  my  past  is  stopping  me  from  being  happy”.
  • “I  don’t  know  how  I’m  going  to  carry  on  living  without………”
  • “I’ve  had  some  terrifying  flashbacks  and  they’re  interfering  with  my  life”.
  • “I’ve  given  up  the  drug  and  now  I’ve  got  to  learn  to  live  without  it.”
  • “I  feel  trapped  in  this  relationship  and  don’t  know  what  to  do.”
  • “Sometimes  it  gets  so  bad that  I’m  worried  about  what  I  might  do.”
  • “I  think  I  might  be  lesbian/gay.”
  • “I  feel  like  I’m  putting  on  an  act  all  the  time  and  can’t  be  myself.”
  • “There  are  too  many  times  when  I  really  hate  myself.”
  • “It’s  like  I  just lose  control.”
  • “I’m  really  worried  about  ……  but  they  never  take  any  notice  of  what  I  say.”
  • “I’m  frightened  of  my  feelings  about  ……..”
  • “I  feel  so  ashamed/guilty  because……”

Whatever  is  worrying  you,  I  can  offer  you  a  safe place  where  you  can  open  up.  Sometimes  it  helps  just  to  air  things,  and  sometimes  we  might  go  much  deeper.  Looking  at  something  in  depth  can  help  to  identify  what  is  at  the  root  of  it  all…….  “That’s  it!!!  Now  I  can  see  why……!!”  I  can  offer  more  specialised  psychotherapy to  help  you  get  in  touch  with  buried  feelings,  and  to  deal  with  the  fear  this  can  bring  up.  If  you  find  yourself  getting  emotional  during  a  session,  I  will  help  you  to  feel  more  settled  before  you  leave.

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with



£40 per hour (negotiable)

Further information

I  am  a broad-minded, late middle-aged woman.  I love  people,  and  I’m  not  afraid  to  go  with  you  to  your  difficult  places  –  in  fact  I  appreciate  being  trusted  to share  your  world. My clients have taught me more than many  other  people  I  have  met.

As  a  fellow  human  being  I  know  that  we  all  view  life  differently  and  we  all  sometimes  make  mistakes.  I  will  do  my  utmost  not  to  judge  you  even  if  I  don’t  always  agree  with  you.

I  value  honesty  because  otherwise  how  can  there  be  trust?  This  means  I  will  always  try  to  be  honest  with  you,  in  the  hope  that  you  will  then  feel  able  to be  honest  with  me  –  and  with  yourself.

I  was  brought  up  as  a  non-practising  Christian  and  have  more  recently  come  to  appreciate  some  aspects  of  Eastern  philosophy  and  spirituality,  especially  Buddhism.  If  your  spirituality  is  important  to  you,  I  welcome  it  into  our  sessions.

Maps & Directions

Lancaster, LA1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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