Catherine Blanshard MBACP (Registered) Peace & Co. Counselling

Catherine Blanshard MBACP (Registered) Peace & Co. Counselling



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About me

I qualified as a counsellor in 2012. I gained valuable experience during my training and after qualifying within the NHS, supporting clients who had experienced bereavement and traumatic life events.

In addition to running Peace & Co., my private practice, I work as a counsellor in schools with young people and their families. I provide support with issues such as low self-esteem, divorce, anxiety and self-harm.

The counselling sessions will aim to support you with the challenges of modern life. The pressures of work, family life and relationships can soon build up. Bereavements, redundancy and other traumatic events can often seem overwhelming. I offer a calm, non-judgemental environment in which you can safely explore your feelings. I will work with you so that you can manage the events and emotions that sometimes make life difficult. It is my aim to offer a professional service, underpinned by the BACP's ethical framework to stand by you on your road to healing and recovery.

I recognise that taking the first step to access counselling may be daunting. Feel free to contact me by phone or email and we can arrange an initial session to talk through what counselling involves and how I may be able to help. Further sessions can be arranged weekly or fortnightly to suit you. There is no time limit on the sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and six years post qualifying experience working with young people and adults. My core approach is Person Centred counselling. This means that I will support you to find a way through your difficulties in a respectful and safe way, without giving advice.

I have additional experience and training in:

- Working with PTSD and trauma.

- Bereavement and loss.

- The ASIST Applied Suicide intervention skills programme

- Relaxation and mindfulness strategies.

- Self-harm.

- Safeguarding children and young people.

- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies (CBT)

- Mental health issues.

- Domestic abuse.

- Exploring Dreams - a Gestalt approach.

- Understanding Autism in Women and Girls.

I am on the approved therapist list for Edge Hill University for students who are currently studying counselling.

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£35 per session. Each session is for 1 hour.

An initial consultation of 30 minutes is offered at no charge in order for you to see if the counselling process is right for you.

Further information

Peace & Co. is located in Standish, 3 miles from Wigan. It is within a 15 minute drive of Junction 6 of the M61 and Junction 27 of the M6.

Maps & Directions


Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


I am available on Mondays between 9am and 6pm. Appointments for evenings and Saturdays are also available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme