Larraine Cox (formerly Simpson), 1 To 1 Counselling, Registered MBACP

Larraine Cox (formerly Simpson), 1 To 1 Counselling, Registered MBACP

Norton Cross

01928 718044

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About me

Hello and welcome

Asking for help can be so difficult at any time but especially when dealing with strong emotions such as jealousy, relationship / family issues, anger, stress, anxiety, panic, generalised anxiety disorder and / or depression, to name but a few of so many possible concerns but, with many years of experience, I can help you get onto the path, to the life you desire.

How are you feeling? As you are here, are you struggling with a personal issue, feeling something must change but worried about the consequences? Maybe you feel anxious, overwhelmed, confused, or just feeling sad or flat, lost or alone.

I can help with all relationship issues even understanding those from the past. A relationship doesn't have to mean just a spouse or partner, do you have relationship issues with a family member, friend or work colleague?  Do you wish to discuss affairs and betrayals, separation and / or divorce - I am happy to work through any of these with you as an individual or a couple.

Other areas I can help with are if you are being bullied or struggling with the challenges of being, or living with, a step parent, or blended family.  A life change can unexpectedly prove too challenging to deal with, such as divorce, illness, redundancy or retirement and the unforeseen pitfalls from any of these - let me help.

If you have suffered a loss or bereavement from miscarriage, suicide, cancer, age or anything else, if you are have issues over being straight or LGBTQ+ or any of the myriad reasons, you may not believe this right now but, talking really can help.

My training and experience enables me to offer you a caring and compassionate counselling service and I will treat whatever you bring to each session with both empathy and respect.

How can I help you?
I offer you a confidential space in which you can explore whatever it is that is bothering you.  Together, we will work together through the difficulties or issues in your life until you can move forward with optimism and / or confidence

I am an Integrated counsellor which, in my case, means I use a mix of person centred, psychodynamic and CBT counselling depending on the needs of each individual (that means I can work with you on issues from the past, present or even fears for the future).

As well as  my counselling qualifications I have a huge bank of experience gained from counselling for five years in Halton's Children's Centres, counselling young people / teenagers for three years in a secondary school, from being in private practice for over twelve years and worked as a relationship counsellor / couples counsellor with Relate for over six years, I have both the Diploma and Practitioner qualification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), the Diploma in Clinical and Analytical Hypnotherapy and Professional Training in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness from the British Mindfulness Institute.

All this training and experience means I have the flexibility to tailor my service to you, as an individual, to better meet your needs.

Where do I do this?

I offer my physical, face to face, counselling service in the Cheshire & Merseyside area but, my telephone counselling and online counselling service is available to you, wherever you live in the UK.

I have a dedicated counselling room in Runcorn for which there is ample on street parking but please note it is up one flight of stairs - if mobility is an issue for you, I can offer an alternative venue or mobile, telephone or online counselling options.

I may be able to offer a mobile counselling service (travelling to you) in the surrounding local areas of Cheshire and Merseyside, depending on the distance.

I work with individuals, couples, young people (11+) / teenagers, schools, local authorities, local businesses and EAPs with both short and long term work.  I can offer either a face to face service, via the telephone or even on-line, whatever suits your needs, including a mix of these options.

Whilst mostly I offer daytime appointments I may have a few tea time and evening appointments too.

About Me
A counsellor since 2001 when I was trained to offer a one to one telephone service with Arthritis Care. In every role since I have worked with a wide variety of mental health issues including depression, stress and anxiety as well as providing emotional and practical support to carers. This encouraged me to undertake the qualifications necessary to enable me to offer this qualified, professional service to you.

I have been a carer for most of my life, I've also worked in Citizen Advocacy and the Mental Health arena and I am all too aware of the practical and mobility difficulties some people face which prevent them from accessing counselling.

Counselling Options Offered
I offer five counselling options, that includes mobile counselling, face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling, on-line counselling - that is instant messenger and email counselling. 

Young people / teenager have a one hour initial session after which they can be offered 30 minute ongoing counselling sessions, rather than an hour, unless we all agree an hour is more beneficial.

Young people / teenager counselling - there is a counselling information and agreement for parents guardians on my website - for more information go to select professional issues tab, select download counselling agreements, select counselling agreement for parents or guardians. Happy to answer any queries via phone or email (no obligation).

How Many Sessions are Needed?
For most clients, between one and six sessions are enough for real progress to be made on whatever the issue is for them.  Longer term counselling can be offered when appropriate.

What is Counselling?
Counselling is about understanding what is happening to you, building up your self confidence and recognising and working toward the goals you want to achieve on the road to the life you desire.

My Website:
For more information, including fees and discounts available, please go to my website:                        

My facebook page is - new likes always welcome and appreciated.

Feel free to contact me for a brief, no obligation, chat via phone or email – making the initial contact is the hardest part, honest.  I look forward to talking with you soon.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA Hons degree in Business Management and Information Technology
HNC in Business and Marketing
Certificate and Diploma in Counselling
Relate trained in Couples Counselling / Relationship Issues
Therapeutic Counselling Skills for Young People - certified by The Centre for Child Mental Health
Diploma in NLP
Practitioner in NLP
Diploma in Analytical and Clinical Hypnotherapy
Professionally Trained in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness

Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS Course)

I am a facilitator for Choose 2 Change - Working with Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence  (sadly, no funding as yet for working with Female Perpetrators)

I was a facilitator for many years on the Separated Parents Information Programme

Most Recent Refresher Training:

- Attachment
- Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery
- Domestic Violence and Abuse, including Coercive Control, Update
- Suicide Prevention
- LGBTQ+ Awareness Training
- Working with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse - couples and individuals
- Understanding and supporting people who self harm
- Sexuality and Body Image
- Suicide Alertness
- Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA)
- Mental Health Awareness
- Gender & Sexual Diversity

I have an Enhanced Government Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.

I observe the standards set out in the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and participate in regular, ongoing Continuing Professional Development and attend regular supervision sessions.

I am cisgendered, have been married and divorced, I have three children - now all grown-up, I have been in debt, made redundant twice and nursed both parents through terminal illness. I have worked with carers and I have advocated for those too worn down to speak up for themselves. My qualifications, life experience and work experience all bring me to this conclusion - the world's expert on me is me and on you - it is you! 

I won't tell you what you need to do but I will walk, side by side, with you, supporting you while you decide for yourself what it is that you need.  Contact me, soon, no obligation.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a counsellor first and foremost but I can use a mix of counselling and / or NLP (this is visualisation or relaxation techniques) and / or Mindfulness when working with specific life changes, difficult decisions, making a choice, becoming free from the past and / or relaxation but no options outside counselling will be offered without the rationale for offering this being discussed with you and you have some time (minimum is usually a week) to think about it.

Relationship counselling doesn't depend on you being married, living together, same sex, opposite sex, transgender, cisgender or transsexual - if you are in any kind of relationship (including a friendship) that has problems - this service is for you.

I believe counselling works best when the chemistry between us feels right (or If you are concerned counselling is too expensive when it might not work - this might help) - in our first face-to-face or telephone hourly session, I will ask you if you wish to continue, after around 30 minutes, if you do not then the sessions stops at this point and there is NO CHARGE - and no obligation (session fee refunded same day).

If you change your mind a week / month later, honestly this is not a problem, you are welcome to come back as I know how hard this first step into counselling can be, I just don't offer the 30 minute taster option more than once.

If expense is a concern, we won’t have one more counselling session than is necessary.

Finally, please consider this, successful counselling can often take just weeks not months! 

I really hope to see you soon.


I offer five options for counselling:

Telephone Counselling (using a BT line) I have a webcam available so if you wanted to use Skype / Zoom for telephone (or instant messaging) counselling, we could be face-to-face via the computer screen (let me know you'd like this option when we agree our session).

Email Counselling

Instant Messenger Counselling (using AOL and / or ICQ and / or Skype or WhatsApp)

Face to Face Counselling - either at counsellor's residence in WA7 or

Face to Face Counselling - mobile counselling service within Cheshire / Merseyside areas - to your home, office or agreed location.

Please note: The young person's initial session is an hour but young people can be offered ongoing counselling in 30 minute counselling sessions, depending on the agreed needs of the young person.  Hour long young person sessions are also available.

(For personal safety, counsellor may be escorted to client's home but driver will remain outside) - mileage may be charged for locations more than 10 miles from WA7 @ £0.40 per mile, one-way, for each session - any charge will be agreed prior to visit.

There is a discount for the last session when payment is made, in advance, for six sessions.

Please go to for up-to-date prices, all discounts or for more information.

Further information

I offer counselling to individuals, couples, young people and for groups in schools, local authorities, businesses and Employee Assistance programmes (EAP).

I work with anger management, any kind of bereavement or loss including pet bereavement, depression, anxiety, specific and generalised anxiety, sexual and gender diversity, cross-dressing, addictions, abuse - sexual abuse (past or present), domestic abuse and abusive behaviours, stress, domestic violence, bullying, family issues, step parenting, blended family, self harming and if you are having suicidal thoughts - you really can talk to me. 

Also, with trauma, low self esteem and / or low self confidence, relationship issues, affairs and betrayals including internet affairs, separation and / or divorce and many more areas.

If you have any questions please contact me, with no obligation, for further information - telephone: 01928 718044 or email or look on my website:

I do hope we meet soon.

Maps & Directions

Runcorn, WA7 6SN

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Are you busy, can't travel or time restricted? Have you considered Mobile, Telephone or Online Counselling? Flexible times are available day, some teatime & evening counselling sessions too.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme