Berny Sansome

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Blackburn BB2 & Manchester M2
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About me

About You

Have recent life events caused you distress or anxiety, or are your thoughts occupied by events from the past? Maybe you feel discontent, unhappy, or deeply sad, and you do not know why. It might be you feel disconnected from others and relationships may be difficult or troubling. Perhaps you feel quite lonely, anxious, or depressed. It might be you are struggling with anxiety, or coping with a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, stress at work or home, or past life events. It may be you are experiencing symptoms of the peri-menopause or menopause and you need a space to talk through the emotional, mental health, and physical changes.  

You may be working through current or past relationship difficulties which have been coercive, manipulative, or violent. I can work with you to rediscover your confidence and independence so you can live the life you wish.

Life affects us in different ways and maybe recent events are causing you anxiety, stress, overwhelm, confusion, or sadness. It maybe a few sessions of counselling or psychotherapy can help you make sense of your experience.

Whatever it is that is causing you to feel discontent, sad, or confused, it really can help to talk it through with someone who will hear you without judgement.

My Experience

My experience includes working with clients who are suffering bereavement and loss through death by suicide, loss of a child, partner, or parent, miscarriage, abortion, and adoption. I also have experience of working with clients who suffer from work related stress, general anxiety disorder, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, neglect, relationship issues or feelings of loneliness, and coping with sadness. Those clients I work with come from a range of backgrounds, careers, cultures, social, and cultural backgrounds.

I qualified as a Person-centred Counsellor from The University of Salford where I received the award for ‘Student of the Year for Counselling Subjects’. Alongside my private practice which commenced in 2019, I have counselled clients through the National Bereavement Service COVID-19 hub, Cruse Bereavement Service, Seasons Bereavement Service, Chadderton 6th Form College, and Stockport Women’s Centre. In addition, I have experience of assessing clients for counselling services at the Health & Society Counselling Service based at The University of Salford. Prior to joining the counselling profession, I held leadership responsibility in Human Resources within an educational setting which gave me real insight into the stresses and demands of working in education and/or a leadership position.

What I Can Offer You

You may prefer your appointment to be held indoors, outdoors, or via video call. I offer counselling and psychotherapy in-person in an accessible location and building in the city centre Manchester. In-person sessions are also available in Blackburn.  I also offer remote counselling (zoom or Teams). Walk & talk sessions are available in Witton Park/Pleasington Playing Fields (postcode area BB2, Blackburn). Sometimes literally walking side by side with someone in an open, green  space, can help make it easier to talk about what troubles you.

As a person-centred counsellor, I respect you as the authority on what it is that is causing you unhappiness or distress. I will listen to what it is you need to bring to the therapeutic relationship with understanding and without judgement. I recognise your uniqueness and you will always be at the centre of the therapeutic relationship.

Person-centred counselling is a talking therapy. As your counsellor, I can give you the time and space to explore your feelings, understand what is going on, and discover the person you wish to be. I will listen to you and hear you without judgement or criticism.

I offer you a safe and confidential environment to work through what is troubling you at your own pace.

Take a look at my website -

For an appointment, contact me via email:, mobile (please leave a voicemail) 07539 141411 and I will respond to you with 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Training

  • BSc (1st Class Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice (2019)
  • Award for Student of the Year for Counselling Studies 2019 (The University of Salford)
  • Certificate of Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision - July 2022
  • Foundation Course in Domestic abuse Counselling - DACTARI Ltd - February 2024
  • Certificate in Walk & Talk Therapy - March 2023
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor - September 2020
  • An Introduction to LGBTQ Awareness - June 2021
  • Moving Your Practice Online - Online Therapy Institute - April 2020
  • TA101 Transactional Analysis Certificate (2 day course) July 2017
  • Minding the Gaps - Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Conference - June 2019
  • E-Learning        Data Protection - 2019 - Oct 2019
  • E-Learning        Domestic Abuse - Oct 2019
  • E-Learning       Equality - Oct 2019
  • E-Learning        Introduction to Health and Safety - Oct 2019
  • E-Learning        Prevent in Stockport - Oct 2019
  • E-Learning        Safeguarding Adults - basic overview - Oct 2019

E-Learning        Safeguarding Children - basic overview - 17 Oct 2019

Creative Therapies   The University of Salford (1 day) November 2019

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with







£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Contact me for more information regarding fees.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


  • Monday: 08:00 - 20:00 
  • Tuesday: 08:00 - 20:00 
  • Wednesday: 08:00 - 20:00 
  • Thursday: 08:00 - 20:00 

My working hours are flexible and dependent on client need. 

Further information

I am a qualified Supervisor for the Helping Professions. Do get in touch for further details.

I have my own practice room in The Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester.  My practice room is quiet and free from distracting noises. Clients comment that it feels safe and comfortable. 

I also have a practice room on Preston Old Road, Blackburn. This is a quiet space which has a pleasant outlook onto Witton Park. This is a first floor room accessible via stairs.

Additionally I offer 'Walk & Talk' counselling appointments in the Witton Park/Pleasington Playing Fields area of Blackburn.

I am a person-centred psychotherapist and I see you as the expert on your experience. It is not for me to say how you feel.  It is for you to share what you can, when you can, and I will walk with you with understanding, empathy, and respect as you explore your experience and find your right path toward self-acceptance and change.

Take a look at my website:

428 Preston Old Road, Cherry Tree, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 5LP

441, The Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 7EP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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The Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester City centre is fully accessible with lifts and washroom facilities suitable for wheelchair users To access 428 Preston Old Road, you will need to be able to climb the stairs.

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