Cheryl Forshaw

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BA (Hons), PG Dip, MBACP
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Southport PR9 & Skelmersdale WN8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and disconnected? Do you worry about what people think, or just never feel good enough? Maybe you feel frustrated with yourself that you can’t seem to hold it together whilst everyone around you looks like they’re coping just fine.

Perhaps you find yourself caught in a relentless cycle, inundated by intense emotions, leaving you uncertain about how to navigate through them. Or maybe you find yourself reacting rather than responding to situations, resulting in stress and exhaustion, yet feeling confused about the root cause and how to initiate change.

About me and my practice

Hi, I’m Cheryl an MBACP registered therapist with a lived experience of ADHD, offering a safe space for you to come as you are, inviting you to pause, take a breath and create some time and space for yourself within the chaos of daily life.

I offer a safe, empathic environment, where you can freely say the things you may have felt unable to say before without judgement. Throughout your therapeutic journey, I will walk alongside you, honouring your autonomy, and experiences, and providing you with the space to explore and process your thoughts, feelings and emotions at your own pace and be fully heard.

As an Integrative Psychotherapist, my focus is on seeing you as a whole person, establishing a relationship and creating a safe space for you to explore what is going on for you and to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, the world around you, and you place in it. This understanding will then allow you to make informed choices about your life.

I do not believe that there is a one size fits all approach, nor do I believe that I am here to ‘fix’ you. Instead, I am able to draw on different therapeutic theories and models to suit your individual needs. I will work collaboratively with you, listening to your needs so that you can work out what it is that you want. 

I work to establish a relationship within which you can explore what is happening for you in the present, but also, if appropriate, look back to consider how past experiences and relationships may still be affecting you. The aim of therapy is to deepen your understanding of yourself, and how you experience and show up in the world. With deeper understanding comes choice and the ability to change deep-rooted patterns and habits.  I hope that through our work together, you will be able to reconnect with yourself, gain greater self-acceptance and emotional regulation, enabling you to feel a sense of balance and the ability to ‘cope’ with life.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Post Graduate Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy (Level 7 - UCLAN, Distinction)
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills (UCLAN)
  • BA (Hons) Music and Health Studies (UCLAN)

Additional Training/CPD

  • ADHD and Neurodiversity Interventions for Women
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO and NCPS certified training).
  • Pluralistic Counselling for Loss and Grief.

Who do I work with?

I work with adults (over 18) experiencing a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and past traumas. My area of special interest centres around neurodivergence and navigating the multifaceted nature of living with ADHD and neurodiversity, and the emotional impact of living in a predominantly neurotypical world. 

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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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

How to get started with therapy with me.

  • Email me to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation
  • During the consultation, we can explore what may be bringing you to therapy and if we would be a good fit for each other. 
  • If you (we) feel comfortable and happy to continue, we will book you in for your first session. 

Working hours and location

  • Tuesday: 10am - 6.30pm. Face-to-face and online in Skelmersdale.
  • Wednesday: 10am - 12.30pm. Online only.
  • Thursday: 10am - 5.30pm, face-to-face and online in my Southport town centre office.
  • Friday: 10am - 2pm, face-to-face and online in my Southport town centre office.

Unit 2, 19 Anchor Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0UT

Counselling West Lancs C I C, 134 Sandy Lane, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 8LH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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