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Helen Martin MBACP ~ Open Pathways Walk And Talk Therapy Preston

Preston, Lancashire, PR1
07845 440567 07845 440567
Preston, Lancashire, PR1

About me

These are difficult times and you may be feeling overwhelmed and need some support. Feeling overwhelmed can lead to feeling tired all the time and you may find it difficult to concentrate or focus on a particular task. You may have negative thoughts about yourself ‘what’s the matter with me?’ ‘Why can’t I manage like everyone else?’ Being overwhelmed can affect how we feel. You may be feeling anxious, angry, frustrated, guilty or feeling sad, tearful or helpless. These are normal responses and how our minds and bodies react to being overwhelmed.

I work with people and help them to overcome overwhelm. Sometimes making one small change can make all the difference. I offer you the space to talk about any difficulties you are facing without any judgements in a safe confidential environment. This can help you to see your problems more clearly, giving insight into habitual ways of thinking and acting that no longer serve you. Together we can explore any changes that you wish to make that feel manageable for you, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling way of life.

Due to the coronavirus I am unable to offer face to face appointments. Alternatively I am offering online and telephone appointments at a reduced cost. For more information please message me.

My passion for counselling and walking in nature has inspired me to offer walk and talk therapy in Preston and surrounding areas. Walk and talk therapy combines talking therapy, being outdoors in nature and physical exercise. All three interventions are proven  to help with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. We walk side by side at a pace that is set by you and explore any difficulties that you may be facing. The focus of the sessions is always on the therapy, however, there are many added benefits which include:

  • Physical activity has shown to reduce levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • We walk side by side setting a rhythmic pace, with visual distractions which may help you to feel more relaxed, grounded and at ease whilst talking through difficult life issues.
  • Walking outdoors releases chemicals in the brain that induce the 'feel good factor' making therapy a more enjoyable, less intimidating experience
  • Walking side by side may help with easier engagement than sitting face to face with a therapist in a traditional office setting
  • Walking is known to be calming as well as a stimulus to new thoughts and ideas
  • It is an opportunity to practice mindfulness and living in the present moment
  • Research studies show that physical activity can promote improved mental and physical health.

If you are drawn to this way of working please feel free to browse my website or get in touch for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience


I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) working within the BACP ethical framework . I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

Since qualifying as a Counsellor I have worked as a therapist with clients who have been referred through IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) offering short term therapy to clients experiencing depression, anxiety,grief/loss, domestic violence,relationship issues, self harm, childhood abuse, trauma,self esteem and confidence issues etc. I have also worked in universities supporting students presenting with mental health issues. Previous to qualifying I worked in education with pupils families and multi agencies to support young people excluded from mainstream school who had barriers to accessing education and learning.

My approach to counselling is person centred which means that you chose the direction of the session at a pace that feels comfortable for you. Together we explore any difficulties you maybe facing and work towards finding solutions that feel manageable for you. In my experience I have found this to be empowering for clients and enables you to learn more about yourself and find more fulfilling, authentic and satisfying ways of living.

I regularly attend training courses to keep up to date with developments and incorporate this into my work with clients.


BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling

BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy


Foundation in Gestalt Psychotherapy

Bereavement Counselling


Expressive Therapies

Mindfulness Resilience Enhancement (trauma sensitive mindfulness)


Mental Health and the Body, Treating Trauma.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Initial 30 minute appointment free of charge

Individual local Walk and Talk £40 per 50 minute session

Payment by cash or Bank Transfer


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

Most of the routes that I use are accessible for wheelchairs.


I work on a flexible basis and try to accommodate where possible. I do early evening appointments and work on a Saturday Morning for clients who are working.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Helen Martin MBACP ~ Open Pathways Walk And Talk Therapy Preston

Helen Martin MBACP ~ Open Pathways Walk And Talk Therapy Preston