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So you are thinking of having some counselling?

It can be a daunting thought, particularly in these troubled times, and the hardest part for you will be making the initial contact with the counsellor of your choice.

Over the 18 years of being qualified I can understand how difficult this decision could feel for you but I can help you get past this.
I offer a personal, relaxed trusting therapeutic relationship which will enable you to learn more about yourself and make sense of your difficulties and issues. Within my practice I can offer you the correct environment where I can meet your needs with the issues you present with. We can review frequently to see how you are progressing and it is important for you to realise that you are in control of these counselling sessions. Equally important is to explore your goals and to monitor your progression to make sure you are achieving them.

Client testimony (permission given):
"Thank you for being the light in what has been the darkest period of my life. Thank you for showing me that I still have the strength in me to resolve what comes next"

Attending counselling involves commitment—a commitment to yourself to change the areas of your life that aren’t working for you.

The client issues that I work with cover a wide spectrum from various forms of Abuse (having worked with victims and abusers); Addiction of various forms, Anxiety, work related stress to Relationship Problems, Sexual Issues, and Trauma. I can offer you individual counselling or if there is a relationship issue I can see you both to facilitate your needs.

For many years I have had the privilege of counselling cancer patients and their relatives/carers. People come to counselling with a wide range of personal, emotional and relationship difficulties. Most days these are under control, but when an individual is diagnosed with cancer, old issues can arise along with new ones making it more difficult to cope with the situation. As a counsellor I believe that by exploring these feelings and difficulties, and by understanding one’s conflicts, you will be able to deal with your ‘hurts’/issues hence influence your reaction to the present problem.

To offer this service I am duty bound to be fully insured. I am also a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and abide by their code of ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully Accredited Counsellor and hold a Counselling Diploma (HE) in Person centred Counselling, which was obtained within a BACP Accredited course.

To improve the quality of the service I provide I am constantly attending courses, workshops; reading and viewing webinars, attending CPD meetings and importantly attend regular supervision.

I have worked with clients within a wide range of settings from NHS where appointments are limited to 8 sessions and are more solution focused, to a charity dealing with domestic violence.
Abusive relationships are usually progressive as the needs of one partner escalate and those of the other decrease. All victims who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence will need emotional support of some kind, but their needs will vary.

As well as individual and couple counselling I have provided counselling for various EAP programmes (Employment assisted programmes), and have worked with students from the local university. I also provide professional support to the National Probation service.

In 1977 I obtained a Diploma in Therapeutic Radiography (HE) Part 1 and Part 2. With this qualification I have worked with cancer patients and their families and have developed a deep understanding to the surrounding issues.
Hospital appointments provide a structure and purpose for the cancer patient, so on completion of e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy, the individual can feel very much on their own. Family and friends will be happy that the treatment is over, as will the patient, and expectations to ‘get back to normal’ will be high. Some have been known to admit that they feel totally changed and not at all ‘normal’ inside. This can be a hard time particularly when there is a realisation that it isn’t easy to move on. It is not a sign of failure to feel like this and with the reassurance and help of counselling, allowance of the vulnerability that was felt during the treatment is able to emerge. From this it is possible to make more sense of the experience and be able to move forward once more.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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My fees are very competitive and concessions are negotiable.

Our first session together will be charged at 50% of my normal fees as this will be an assessment of your needs and goals and for you to have the chance to meet me and decide whether you would like to continue on with counselling.

I charge £40 for subsequent individual 1 hour counselling session and £60 for a 1 hour couple counselling.
I counsell students who are studying counselling as a profession and for this I charge £30 per individual session. My name is listed at the local college.
I am happy to see you for an evening appointment but will charge slightly higher after 6pm.

EMPLOYERS - If you are looking to arrange counselling for a member of staff I am able to take referrals from you and to invoice your company directly.
I have been counselling for various EAP organisations for 9 years so am familiar with short term therapy.Please don't hesitate to contact me if you require further information.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors


I am available from 10am am until 5.30pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Further information

All appointments are spaced so that you will never 'meet' another client. You privacy is important to me.
My counselling room is situated in the East of Carlisle and on a city bus route and is very easy to find.
If you would like to know more please don't hesitate to contact me either by e-mail or phone. I will reply promptly.

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Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

3 steps into counselling room.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sally Gard MBACP (Accred)

Sally Gard MBACP (Accred)