Colin MacGregor MBACP (Accred)
As a person-centred counsellor I believe that when you feel understood and valued you’ll be able to begin to think differently about how you see yourself, how you feel and behave, and ultimately the sense of purpose you find in your life. For many, Covid 19 has meant a re-evaluation of what matters in our day-to-day lives and finding ways to cope with change and uncertainty. Whilst our experiences will be wholly different, I understand the emotional turmoil such events can bring to all our personal and business lives.
I haven't always been a counsellor and bring to my counselling work a catalogue of rich life experiences. I have packed cheese on a production line, milked cows, referenced a library, been a property consultant, business owner, company director, worked with the homeless and in criminal justice settings - experienced redundancy and many other changes in my life.
There are times for all of us when it seems frightening, embarrassing or impossible to find the words and courage to express how we really feel, even – perhaps especially – to those who are closest to us. The Covid global pandemic may have left you with thoughts and feelings that are both alien and painful.
You may have been struggling with difficult feelings for some time or be facing a crisis right now. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed, finding it harder and harder to cope with day-to-day life; or no longer able to resolve your difficulties on your own – perhaps fearful of appearing weak or making yourself vulnerable.
If you feel it would be helpful to talk openly about what’s going on in your life – about loss and grief, your anxiety, depression, fears, gender or sexuality – I can offer you a safe space where you can air your unspoken thoughts and perhaps begin to find new ways of thinking and behaving which allow you to find more fulfilment and joy in your life.
Further down this page, there's a list of issues with which I may be able to help you, but the issues you want to explore might not fit neatly into any of those descriptions. So feel free to get in touch with me, ask any questions about my experience and how counselling might work for you.
Covid risk management has necessitated changes to the way I work with clients face-to-face. Whilst it is never possible to guarantee a wholly risk-free environment, I feel that the space from which I will be working with effect from 04.08.2020 (a large and airy room in a clinical setting), and the measures I have taken, allow me to work as safely as possible with clients who would prefer their sessions to be face-to-face. Do contact me if you would like to discuss.
I work face-to-face with adults over the age of 18, short or long term.
At my discreet consulting rooms in Heswall (Pensby Road) and Oxton, I will offer you a confidential space where your worries and feelings can be listened to and explored without judgment. Whilst I normally charge £45 per session, concessionary rates will be considered.
Finding the right counsellor or therapist might seem daunting; there's a huge range of services and individuals offering different kinds of counselling or therapy. That's why I suggest we speak on the telephone before we meet. The call gives me an opportunity to introduce myself and you an opportunity to ask any questions about how we might work together.
If you choose to work with me as your counsellor, I’ll sit with you in your turmoil, in your fear, in your hopes and in your dreams. I won’t offer advice or tell you what to do. I won’t even claim to have the answers. But I will be by your side as an equal and respectfully challenge you where I think it might help.
Call, text or email me if you’d like to take the next step.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor – MBACP(Accred) – and hold an MA in Clinical Counselling from the University of Chester.
I am committed to BACP's requirements for ongoing learning and reflection. I regularly attend training sessions and seminars to keep up-to-date with latest ways of working with clients’ complex needs.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
boarding school 'syndrome'
counselling for trans, gender diverse and questioning people
My fees are £45 per 50 minute session. Alternative session lengths and concessionary rates will be considered.
I have trained with Gendered Intelligence (GI) to enable me to offer sensitive counselling services to trans, gender diverse and questioning people – and their partners and families. I share GI's vision "of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.
I am a LGBT ally
My pronouns are he, him, his