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. Currently working online and by telephone due to the on going coronavirus situation.

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

Member organisations


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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Substance Misuse specialism


Additional information

Initial consultations are free for the first half hour, but if the session runs to the full 50 minutes then the full fee of £45 becomes payable and subsequently fees are £45 per 50 minute session. Couples counselling is £55 per 50 minutes. I am happy to negotiate a discounted rate for unwaged/low waged people.

After 6 p.m. and weekends are £50 and £60 respectively for individuals and couples.


Lancaster - most weekdays and some evenings.

Arnside - by arrangement.

Online counselling via Zoom giving further availability

Diane Birrell Integrative Psychotherapist
1-2-5 The Barracks
White Cross Business Park

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online counselling via Zoom currently available