Diane Birrell

Bank House
27 The Promenade
Via Carnforth

South Road

07532 456201

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About me

Counselling takes place in quiet and comfortable offices in the centre of Lancaster or in Arnside, easily accessible and with free parking. Both daytime and evening appointments are available and Saturday morning appointments can also be arranged.

I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist, which means I use and facilitate a variety of Psychotherapy Models in a blended way, depending on the needs of each individual client. I believe that each person has within themselves the ability and resources to heal, but that sometimes life's difficulties and circumstances can make this difficult, which is where a skilled therapist may help to overcome the feeling of 'stuckness' we experience. This may manifest itself with feelings of depression, anxiety, addictive behaviour, relationship issues, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anger or a general malaise.

My main area of Psychotherapy work is from a Person-Centred and Psychodynamic background as I believe that each person is individually significant and the processes we all engage in are relevant to our well-being. Often, what has happened in our past is affecting how we feel, behave and react in our present. I also take an existential stance as I see basic meaning of life issues as being very important to mental health. I also believe in working holistically towards health.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work in accordance within their ethical guidelines and principles. See www.bacp.co.uk for more information. I am also a member of the United Kingdom Association of Psychotherapy Integration - UKAPI.

Prior to becoming a qualified counsellor I have worked in schools and the community as a personal and careers advisor. I have a breadth of experience working with adolescents and adults in both fields of counselling and advice. I am currently working voluntarily with substance misusers and have recently worked with Young People with a variety of issues.

BA (Hons) First Class - Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Distinction
Master of Arts in Integrative Psychotherapy - Distinction

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Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with

        Substance Misuse specialism


        Initial consultations are free for the first half hour, but if the session runs to the full 50 minutes then the full fee of £40 becomes payable and subsequently fees are £40 per 50 minute session. Couples counselling is £50 per 50 minutes. I am happy to negotiate a discounted rate for unwaged/low waged people.

        Maps & Directions

        Via Carnforth, LA5 0HA
        Lancaster, LA1

        Type of session

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

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        Lancaster - Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday morning. Arnside - by arrangement. Some evenings.

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme