Emma Utley

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MBACP (Registered) Counsellor & CBT Practitioner
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Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

A little about me.

I first became interested in becoming a professional counsellor after beginning as a ‘listener’ at Blackpool Samaritans. I was overwhelmed by the huge value and power in just listening and being there in the most darkest of times. From this experience I then realised I wanted to help other people and this quickly lead to me enrolling at university to study for a Diploma In Higher Education in Person Centred Counselling at the University of Cumbria. I graduated in 2016 and have been practicing since 2014. I have been fortunate enough to work in numerous organisations, specifically specialising in sexual violence &historic sexual abuse, drug and alcohol recovery, the support of women and domestic violence and have also worked as a counsellor for students in a local university, often working with issues around anxiety, stress and depression.

I feel it is always a privilege when people find they can open up and trust me with some of their deepest fears, feelings of depression and anxieties and speak about traumas which may have been buried for years. The power of this is never lost on me.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and attend monthly supervision sessions to ensure I am giving the very best level of service to my clients.

What I offer.

I offer a one to one counselling session in a warm and cozy garden room within my home garden in Lytham St Annes I also offer telephone and Online counselling for those who prefer contact this way.

It is a shame that we rarely have time in our busy lives to just stop and talk about ourselves and what may be troubling us in a non-judgmental, accepting environment. This is exactly what I hope to offer.

It is in this non - judgmental, confidential, warm and accepting environment that it is possible to explore and process feelings which may be painful, repressed or not fully understood. It is a way to help you find your own answers. It may be that you aren’t aware of any ‘problem’, it may be that something just feels different or not right.

We will work through these feelings together to help better understand and cope with them. We will work at your pace, I would never ask or encourage you to bring painful feelings or experiences in to the session if you felt you weren’t ready.

Training, qualifications & experience


Level 5 Cognitive behavioral therapy - March 2023

HE Diploma in Counselling (Level 5) - Pass - 2016

University of Cumbria

INLPTA NLP Practitioner Certification - August 2020

Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts - Pass - 2013

Lancaster College

Neuro- Linguistic Programming Foundation Diploma - 2019

Further Training

Working with adult children of Narcissistic parents - September 2021

Narcissistic Traits and Emotional abuse - July 2021

Working with Suicide & Self harm - July 2020

Couples and Relationship Counselling - Feb 2020

Person Centred Expressive Arts - June 2019

Working with Complex Trauma Phase 1 - March 2019

Introduction to Resilience therapy – Dec 2018

Domestic Violence – analysing the impact – Nov 2018

Domestic Violence Awareness – Nov 2018

Pre-Trial Therapy Training – Dec 2016

Assist Suicide Intervention - August 2015

Trans Awareness Training - Completed February 2016

Sexual Violence Information - Completed July 2014

Sexual Health and Blood Bourne Viruses Awareness and brief intervention for practitioners - Completed July 2014

Information Governance: The beginners Guide - Pass - 2015

Introduction to Information Governance - Pass - 2015

Patient Confidentiality - Pass - 2015

Secure Handling of Confidential Information - Pass - 2015

Care Act - Safeguarding duties and responsibilities - Pass - 2015

Samaritans in house training - Completed March 2012

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

It is important to find the right therapist, as the relationship is one key to a successful outcome. I therefore offer a free 20 minute session so you can decide if I am the right therapist for you. We will also discuss a little more about what you may be wanting out of the sessions and how I may be able to help. These sessions can be via telephone, face to face or on-line

If you decide that you would like to work with me then my fee will be 45 pounds per hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have sessions available Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 18:00

Further information

I work from a cozy therapy room in my garden in St Annes. There is side access and the room has it's own toilet facility. 

 I am also working on-line and via the telephone. 

Our first session will be taken at your pace. You will be offered refreshment and the chance to ask any questions you feel are important to know and no pressure will be placed on you to divulge information you don't feel comfortable or ready to discuss.  We will go through a working agreement which sets out terms and what to expect from therapy and each other in terms of fee's cancellation policy, limits to confidentiality etc. 

Therapy is very much based on you and what you would like to discuss. There is no commitment to block book and sessions are booked based on the clients needs. Clients will often book their next session after a session and this can be whenever they feel they need it, there is no obligation to work weekly etc. 

Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

My counselling room is situated next to automatic double doors straight from the car park making it extremely accessible for those in a wheel chair or with mobility problems.

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Emma Utley
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