Ursula Walker (MBACP Accred)
I have a great passion for counselling because it worked for me when my husband died and I needed help. Since qualifying (2005) I have worked with lots of clients with many presenting issues.
I have taught Anger Managment Courses for over 10 years and this is where I developed my passion for working with anger. I have seen many people change and be able to control their anger in just 6 weeks.
In the counselling sessions I will help you to understanding where your anger is coming from, i.e. what are the underlying feelings; help you to become aware of your triggers and how you can manage your behaviour in a more controlled way.
I always work from a person centred aproach but may also introuduce other ways of working if I think it will be helpful to you. I will offer you a safe and non-judgemental space where you can talk about your anger and how it is affecting your life.
I also offer relationship (couples) counselling. There maybe many reasons why your relationship is in difficulty - debt/financial issues; not being able to communicate effectively; stress; anxiety; an affair; lack of trust. Getting help early may help to save a relationship.
I see parent/child where this relationship is under strain/stress for whatever reason. I offer you a space to talk through these problems in a safe and non-judging environment.
I work for a number of Employee Assisted Programmes (EAP) e.g. HELP Health Assured and Work Place Options. I have also worked with local organisations (Blackpool Transport, MIND) and local retailers - Next and B&M Bargains.
Up to until Dec 2019 I taught Anger Management; Stress Management and Relaxation; Anxiety Management and other Well Being Courses.
To find out more about me why not visit my web site, blog or Face Book page.
These are a few things clients have said about me:-
"Has been very helpful and has allowed me to express my anger and anxiety. Would highly recommend the service to colleagues. Allowed me to express my worries and to reflect on my employment to make positive decisions for my future."
"Didn't judge, gave encouragement to talk, interested in what I had to say; I have been given the tools to be more positive in any situation; I just didn't know how I could change the way I felt."
"Ursula was a very good listener and I feel she really understood my problem."
Training, qualifications & experience
These are my formal qualifications but I do a lot of reading to keep myself up to date and I attend local training days on various topics. Most recently
On-Line and Telephone Counselling
Single Session Counselling
Anger and Shame
Mental Health Awareness
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (Level 1)
Stress Management Diploma (Level 3)
Cancer Awareness Day
BACP Practitioners Conference
Applied Suicide Inerventions Skills Training (ASSIST)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Understanding Self Harm
A Person Centred/Experiental View on Working with Mental Health Issues
Working with Christian Beliefs in Counselling
Undserstanding and Supporting People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Jdaola)
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (Jadola)
Relaxation and Stress Management
Life after Trauma
Attachment and Neurology
Cruse Bereavement Training
Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Level 4) 2005
Childhood Loss and Bereavement 2004
Loss and Bereavement (Level 1) 2003
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a Christian and this affects my outlook on life and the way I live and work. I am happy to work with Christians who are struggling with their faith or who want a Christian perspective on the counselling.
I do not specifically bring Christianity into any counselling session unless you ask me to.
I offer a free initial consultation for one to one counselling (£10 for a couple). This is a chance to come and meet me; discuss what you would like to get out of the counselling sessions; discuss any fears or worries you might have.
One to one sessions are £40 for a one hour session for people who are working and can afford it. I also offer concessions.
Couple counselling sessions are £55.
I am happy to offer concessions/negotiate fees because I know not everyone can afford this and I would not want someone not to get the help they needed because of financial constraints.
Concessions offered for
I work in the centre of Blackpool so I am easily accessible by car, bus and tram. I am based at St. Johns Church Business and Community Centre which is the large Church building opposite the Winter Gardens/Opera House. The church is split into different rooms for various activites and one is a counselling room. The counselling has nothing to do with the Church, I am just renting the room from them. I use this building entirely for the counselling rooms which includes disable access and toilet.
I also do home visits for the elderly or people with mobility problems.