Cathy Macbeth, Registered MBACP, Adv.Dip. Integrative Counselling, Supervisor

Cathy Macbeth, Registered MBACP, Adv.Dip. Integrative Counselling, Supervisor


01695 735689 / 0786 407 4684

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01695 735689 / 0786 407 4684

About me

I can help and support you to cope with anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, and regain your happiness, self-confidence, and positivity, without endless struggling.

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, and am an accredited bereavement counsellor.

It's becoming well known that anybody, at any point in life, may have difficulty in coping with anxiety or depression, or be facing challenges and be feeling overwhelmed by life - it's nothing to be ashamed of.

So how can I help you?

As a result of my own experiences, I am committed to helping you discover your ability to cope and be the person you really want to be. At a difficult time in my own life when I struggled to cope with sudden painful losses, I decided to see a counsellor, and as a result I found the strength to cope, and build my life together again, which I never thought could happen. This led me to begin training and working as a counsellor in 2006, and now have experience of working with many different people and problems, however I am particularly experienced in working with people struggling with bereavement and loss, depression, and anxiety.

I listen to you in an accepting, non-judgemental, and unbiased way, to enable you to share your thoughts and worries with me. I don't 'fix' things for you, or give advice, but I can help you to understand what's going on for you and find ways of coping.

When your over-active 'chatterbox' mind takes over your life, I can help you experience a calm and peaceful mind from really simple grounding or mindfulness techniques, which can put you in a better place to change and be more in control of your emotions, without straining.

If it's hard to talk or to find the words to explain your feelings, I sometimes offer other alternatives when you don't need to talk. For example, relaxation techniques to help with stress, panic attacks or anger, and help you to feel calmer;  art or writing therapies (don't worry, you don't have to be an artist!), which help you express feelings which you can't find words for.

I will support you through whatever you're going through and help you to find your inner strengths. I am fully trained in the integrative approach, which means that I have training and substantial experience in using a wide range of counselling approaches.  From these, I create an individual counselling approach, which best suits you and your situation.

"It [counselling] has helped me cope with the saddest and most difficult time of my life. I feel stronger and able to live my life in joy."  T., Parbold

I set up my private practice in 2011 because I recognised the need for offering a counselling service where there was no need to wait many weeks or months for an appointment, and where the number of sessions is not limited. I can usually see you within a few days for a free initial meeting when you can decide if you want to continue with me as your counsellor.img1409238765.jpeg

My private practice is in a peaceful area of Skelmersdale, where you can be in a confidential, friendly, and calm space (see photo), where I can help you to explore and reflect on thoughts and feelings, and to find ways of coping with your situation.

I am 5 minutes from the M58, and 10 minutes from the M6, with ample free parking and regular local buses 2 minutes walk.

"My experience of counselling was very good - better than expected! The most helpful aspect was speaking about myself; I'm not used to doing that and I've learned not to be so negative.  I feel happier, I'm more confident with my children and have less arguments." A., Skelmersdale

"How long will it take?"

Some people find that a few sessions are all they need to feel better, and some people need longer.  I recommend a minimum of 4- 6 sessions, but there is no time limit - you can take as long or as short as you feel is right for you. We can discuss this at your first session by looking at your needs and situation.

I work 1-1, with adults over the age of 17.

Nervous? You might be feeling - "what will it be like?" - "what will I say?" - "will I like her?" - "will I get upset?"  - all sorts of doubts and questions might be buzzing around in your mind.  That's why you can choose to come for a free pre-counselling meeting (20 minutes) so you can see if you feel comfortable, to find out what counselling process I can offer, and ask any questions, with no obligation to book further sessions. Usually I will be able to see you within a few days; appointments are on Tuesdays - Saturdays,10am - 4pm.

See more testimonials from some of my previous clients at the bottom of this page.

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If you would like to know more please contact me or visit my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited)

Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Therapeutic Supervision Course

Awareness in Bereavement Care, CRUSE
Accredited Bereavement Volunteer, CRUSE

CBT for depression

OCD: a CBT approach

Somatic Trauma Therapy

Suicide and Suicidal Ideation

Creative Approaches to Bereavement
Using Creative Arts in Therapy 

Drugs and Alcohol Workshop
Working With Anger
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) Level 2
NHS Course Tutor, Chronic Disease Self Management

Certified meditation teacher

Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

I have had several years of experience in the NHS in organising and presenting self-management courses for people with chronic health conditions, having had personal experiences of the many emotions, challenges and difficulties faced when living with a chronic health condition.

I have also worked as a Disability Awareness Trainer, with personal experience of disability.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic health conditions - coping with diagnosis and self-management when living with a long-term health condition.

Experienced meditation practitioner and teacher


Free pre-counselling meeting: This initial meeting (20 minutes) is an opportunity for you to meet me, to explore whether counselling is what you need, and to find out how we both feel about working together, with no obligation to take it further. However you may choose to start straight away with a full one-hour counselling session (prices below)

Individuals:  £35 per session (1 hour)

Organisations, EAP and other referrals: £40-£50 per session (1 hour)

Supervision: £35 per hour, £50 per 90 minute session

Concessionary rates: I can offer concessions for students and unwaged/low incomes.

Further information

Testimonials from some previous clients:

"Your help assisted me through one of the most difficult periods of my life in a calm, friendly and relaxed manner. I have gone from being almost completely 'at the end of my tether' to a state where I feel much better able to cope with daily life. [I have] better insight into my behaviour and much better coping skills.  Your help was invaluable." K., Chester

"Counselling has helped me to turn my life around and it has changed immeasurably." J., Ormskirk

"If I did not go to counselling I would not be able to move forward in my life. My sleeping has improved a lot, I'm more confident and not worrying so much, and I'm seeing things much clearer." H.

"I have gained an understanding of myself and my outlook on my life has changed. Before counselling, I compared my life to others and viewed my own as negative. I now feel reassured and positive."

" It [counselling] has helped me cope with the saddest and most difficult time of my life. I feel stronger and able to live my life in joy."  T., Parbold

"I have gained a a more positive outlook in life and am a more confident person. I can approach people with issues that I feel need resolving - disputes for example, and I am no longer scared to approach new challenges or try new things." C., Skelmersdale

"I am less reclusive than I was before counselling - I am much more outgoing and have discovered hobbies and activities that I am both good at and enjoy. I am not reliant on drinking to 'enjoy' myself; this was an issue that I was really able to address in counselling." W., Ormskirk

"Many thanks for all your support and help; I now feel able to express my feelings more and not bottle up my emotions." C., Ormskirk

"My experience of counselling was very good - better than expected! The most helpful aspect was speaking about myself; I'm not used to doing that and I've learned not to be so negative.  I feel happier, I'm more confident with my children and have less arguments." A., Skelmersdale

"I am a lot happier in myself since before counselling, and have got my confidence back. I've learned techniques of how to deal with difficult sitations and emotions. I enjoyed the process and the improvements made week-in, week-out." P., Skelmersdale

Maps & Directions

Skelmersdale, WN8

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Appointments are available from 10am-4.30pm Tuesday - Friday and 10.30am-3.30pm on Saturdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

As counsellors, we all have different needs and priorities for supervision, so I want to work with you in a way that gives you what you need in order for you to feel supported, inspired, and assured in your therapeutic work. .

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