Catherine Blanshard MBACP (Registered) Peace & Co. Counselling
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. The sessions will be reviewed regularly to ensure that you are getting the most out of them.
In line with government guidelines, face to face sessions have now resumed. Social distancing measures are in place. Online and telephone counselling sessions are still available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and eight 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.
- 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.
- Online and telephone counselling.
- Sand tray therapy.
- Hoarding issues
- Managing nightmares
I am on the approved therapist list for Edge Hill University for students who are currently studying counselling.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£40 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.
I am available on Mondays between 9am and 6pm. Appointments for evenings and Saturdays are also available.
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.