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.

I am an integrative counsellor and I believe everyone, with the right conditions in place, is capable of having a more rewarding life.  I work with young people (11+), individuals, couples & groups.

Integrative, in my case, means using a mix of Person Centred, Psychodynamic counselling, CBT, Systemic and Attachment theory and my favourite Transactional Analysis depending on the needs of each of my clients (I can work on issues from the past, present or fears for the future).  I believe the more therapeutic tools I have, the more I can help each of my clients.

I have a huge bank of experience gained from over twelve years in schools, Children’s Centres, work settings, private practice and couples work, gained whilst with Relate.

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, couple or group, to better meet your needs.

I work with lots of people on issues from anxiety, bereavement and depression to low self esteem and trauma.  Some have a difficult decision to make and some have had a recent loss – this isn’t always a death, but it’s an unwanted ending of some kind.  Everyone is welcome and no problem is too small – if it’s an issue to you, with my experience, I hope to help.

Being an older counsellor probably helps too as I have a lot of life experience and have gained insights into many areas.

I aspire for our counselling time together to become a safe place and for our therapy to provide you with the time and space you need to explore your thoughts, feelings and beliefs, fully supported, as you heal and then YOU decide on your future path.

Contact me to find out how I can help

Where do I do this?

I offer my physical, face to face, counselling service in Runcorn or a limited mobile counselling service within 10-15 miles of both the Cheshire & Merseyside areas but, my telephone counselling and online counselling service is available to you, wherever you live in the UK.

My dedicated counselling room in Runcorn for which there is ample on street parking is, please note, 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 (no more than 15 miles away and mileage may be charged £0.45 per mile).

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.

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 an initial one hour session, after which, younger teens 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

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 group working with Female Perpetrators) – I am happy to work one to one with male or female perpetrators if ready to accept responsibility and own the choices made.

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

Most Recent Refresher / Training / CPD:

- Attachment Theory
- 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 younger teens 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 and usual for older teens.

(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
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

My counselling room is up one flight of stairs but I can usually offer an alternative venue or telephone or online counselling options or, depending on how far away you are - I might be able to visit you (I'll be escorted but they wait outside).


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme