Trisha P Packer, MBACP(Snr.Accred) Counselling & Supervision
My name is Trisha Packer, and I am a Person-Centred Integrative Counsellor, working with young people, and adults, individuals and couples, This means I work with you to try to understand how you feel about any problems or difficulties you are facing. We then work together to help you find ways to overcome these blockages, to achieve what you want and need in order to become the very best that you can be. I will use whatever works best for my clients, to help them get the best results in the shortest period of time. I have been trained in a variety of different Counselling Approaches and will integrate these into our work together where appropriate. I have an open and accepting nature and can rapidly build a trusting relationship with clients of any age. I have extensive experience of working with both Adults and Teenagers, and I have a good understanding of the range of problems people may be facing and which they may choose to bring to counselling.
I view everyone as an individual and prefer to work with the whole client, rather than trying to label them or their problems.
I am a Senior Accredited BACP Counsellor which means that I am registered with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), who have assessed my qualifications and experience to be of a higher standard. I am based in Dalton-in-Furness and there is on street parking available immediately outside. I am also close to good public transport links, both bus and train.
I believe the relationship between client and counsellor is very important, and it is only by engaging with each other that we can assess the strength of this. Because of this, I recommend that we arrange a first FREE contact meeting either over the phone or on Zoom (video chat) where we can explore a little around what you want from the counselling and I can summarize the main points of my contract. This first meeting would usually be about 15 minutes long, and we can then arrange a first appointment where we can go into your needs in more depth.
Every person will have their own individual needs, and it is not possible to predict how many sessions someone will want. In my experience, clients can often make significant progress within 6-12 sessions. But for more complex difficulties, more sessions may be required and I am happy to work longer term with clients if this is needed.
Covid-19 Update and Online work
We are all hearing about the potential impact of the Corona Virus – Covid-19. To reassure my clients, I have prepared the following information for any current and potential clients.
I normally run a practice seeing my clients face-to-face, and I hope I will be able to offer this again in the not too distant future. However at present \I am only working remotely, either over the telephone or using an online communications platform such as Skype or Zoom.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling qualifications include a BA(Hons) in Counselling Studies, a diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. I regularly undertake additional training and CPD (Continuous Professional Development) in different modalities and specialities, such as Bereavement Counselling, Couple Counselling, Crisis and Trauma Counselling, Addiction Counselling, Working with Self-Harm and Online Counselling. I have a special interest in helping clients build their self-esteem and confidence.
I have previously worked with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), and within an NHS service as a Counsellor with both Adults and Young People. I now work fully self-employed, which means I can offer more flexibility with appointment times, and regularly offer daytimes and evening appointments on Monday-Friday.
I have also completed an Externship in using Emotionally Focussed Therapy with Couples.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Family Issues, Relationship Counselling, Couple Counselling, Infertility Problems.
I also offer Emotionally Focussed Therapy for couples
Initial 'Meeting' - FREE
After you make an initial enquiry with me, we would arrange a time to have a first FREE call of about 15 minutes - either over the phone or using Zoom or Skype. This is an opportunity for us to discuss your needs, and assess whether counselling with me is the right option for you at this time. In order for you to gain the maximum you can from the counselling, you need to feel comfortable talking with me, and this first session allows you to assess this without any pressure.
Ongoing sessions for Individuals - £45 for a session of 50 minutes
Ongoing sessions for Couples - £60 for a session of 75 minutes
I offer counselling by appointment between the hours of 8.00am and 9.00pm on weekdays
Due to Covid-19, I am offering phone and online appointments using Zoom and Skype
- "I now feel that I am more aware of how to deal with my anxiety and cope when I am feeling anxious. I think I would now notice the warning signs if I start to feel stressed with this again."
- "Excellent service, very professional. Trisha was very understanding and compassionate towards us as a couple. Very helpful. Thank you."
- "It really helped me and I now feel myself again. Thank you."
- "Trisha has helped me to overcome so much and I feel like a different person. My work-life and personal-life are so much better now than before. I can't thank her enough!"
- "It was nice to have someone to talk to, rather than holding everything in. Nice to learn some techniques to help me manage things.It has helped me to see things from a different perspectie and try to keep an open mind."