A warm welcome to my profile page. I'm Lucy Pickerill and I'm guessing you are researching this website because you have arrived at a place in your life where you feel stuck and are searching for a way to move forward?
During a serious illness more than 20 years ago, I had my first contact with the world of therapy, when I began to explore possible connections between psyical pain and emotional distress. This eventually led me, on my recovery, to train as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
As well as maintaining a private practice, I have worked in the NHS in Adult Mental Health for the last sixteen years, as a psychotherapist, counsellor, trainer, supervisor and group facilitator. In that time, I have gradually discovered that there are three main reasons why people seek therapy:
- Past or recent Trauma
- Present difficulties in personal relationships, work related issues, physical health issues
- A generalised, non-specific sense of meaninglessness, leading to low mood, low motivation and anxiety
If you are able to recognise yourself in any of the above, I may be able to help.
Life can be challenging and uncertain, and even when you want to change, it is not always easy to see a way forward. Sometimes it is necessary to look beyond friends and family to seek the help and support of a professional.
As a therapist, I offer a space where change can take place, new perspectives gained and fresh choices made. Although therapy requires dedication, committing to the process of making positive change carries empowering and life long benefits.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling
MA in Counselling Studies
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy
EMDR levels 1,2 and 3 (2011)
16 years in adult mental health in the NHS as a psychotherapist, specialist counsellor, supervisor, group facilitator.
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.