Jacqueline Connaughton MBACP - Individual Counselling & Clinical Supervision

Jacqueline Connaughton MBACP - Individual Counselling & Clinical Supervision

Staveley Natural Health Centre
Unit 10, Staveley Mill Yard

Vitality For Life
2 Dimples Lane

07432 373270

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Staveley Natural Health Centre
Unit 10, Staveley Mill Yard

Vitality For Life
2 Dimples Lane

07432 373270

About me


Empowering You To Flourish

A warm welcome awaits you at my practice.

Hello, I am Jackie, a Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer, practising in the north Lancashire and South Lakes area.

I am a professional, qualified counsellor, who is knowledgeable and experienced in various mental health matters. I have special interest in the field of burnout/compassion fatigue and the impact of trauma.

If you are experiencing any of the following, no matter how small or big, please get in touch and together we can work to find a resolution that suits you.


Angst in daily life can get to the point where it controls your whole existence, preventing you from being able to even carry out even routine tasks. At this point life can seem meaningless. Anxiety can blight your life and make things seem worse than what they really are thus preventing you from facing your fears.

Counselling can help you gain:

  • An understanding what is causing your anxiety
    Your own individual toolkit to manage anxiety
    Help to reset your nervous system back to a healthier ability to function
    A sense of greater relaxation
    More control in your daily life
    Improved sleep
    Confidence in yourself and more able to manage with situations


Do you feel a loss of interest in life? No longer getting any joy from what you do? Feeling isolated from the world? Eating and sleeping patterns have changed? BUT you don’t know why….

Counselling can provide:

  • A supportive environment
    Help to understand your depression
    Exploration of your thinking patterns
    Help you find new coping skills
    Understand triggers and practice coping techniques that reduce symptoms
    A sense that you are not alone on your journey to recovery

Trauma / Sexual Abuse / Childhood Abuse

Trauma of any kind is an emotional injury from which you can recover and regain control back in your life. Trauma is the result of an extraordinarily stressful event that shatters your sense of security, making you feel helpless, powerless and vulnerable in your life.   Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic.

When the mind is overwhelmed by trauma, it struggles to recognise the event or events as over, as being a past memory. For someone who is traumatised, it can be experienced as ‘ongoing’, ‘happening right now’, in the ‘present’ moment.

The oppressive act of another person can leave you feeling bewildered, lost, anxious, depressed, lonely, crushed, isolated, devastated, demoralised…. The emotions associated with what you have been subjected to can overwhelm you and possibly leave you feeling as if you are ‘cracking up’ or ‘going mad.’ This is not the case!

This is where counselling can be useful to you:

  • It's a safe place for you to voice your feelings without the fear of being judged for it
    Help you to express your bottled up feelings safely
    Identify and manage triggers
    Build up your self esteem
    Learn and develop a variety of self-care strategies to help you in day to day life.Provide therapeutic strategies that are specific to your needs
    Empowers you to:
    Feel Safe
    Feel more stable
    Care for yourself
    Repair relationships to others
    Believe in a better today/tomorrow
    Provides information and support to better understand and cope when feeling a range of emotions
    Gives help with self harm or destructive thoughts
    Become more resilient
    Learn skills to help influence how you feel
    Empowers you to move forward by living a fuller, more rewarding and happier life


The loss of your loved one can be like having your heart torn out… the world you once knew and planned turned upside down and inside out… leaving you bewildered and alone; adrift at sea with no direction….

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance are some of the stages yo the bereaved person, can go through. The grief stages do not occur in order and can switch back and forth between the stages.

Grief is a normal process of life and not one we can escape, but it does not have to last forever.

With the right emotional support you can:

  • Eventually find a peace within yourself to be able to hold your memories and recall them with love and peace, not anguish and pain;
    Learn to accept the low days with good days.
    Accept your feelings, listen to your needs and allow yourself to adapt and grow.
    Improve your self care.
    Establish healthy coping strategies.
    Feel less alone.
    See that it is possible to live again without betraying your loved one.
    If you can imagine a plant being fed and watered, it’s similar to what happens in counselling – you learn to meet your needs, you grow and expand, you blossom and you develop but not until you have given grief the time it needs. Be kind to yourself and seek the help available.

Chronic Illness

Anyone’s life can change instantaneously for many reasons but none more so than if you are diagnosed with a life changing illness or condition.   This may include the nature of the illness, its severity and the treatment involved, or the need to process what you have endured during your treatment . You may experience shock, denial and disbelief. The future you once envisaged has been taken from you and replaced with something unrecognisable. The world you knew is suddenly changed and you are now surrounded by an environment that is unknown, your body no longer feels like it belongs to you, medical phrases - a different language, the changes to your body, fear of the unknown, having undergone treatment you feel alone, scared and abandoned…

You or the person caring for you; a loved one or family member or friend. All of you are impacted by the illness and the adaptations that are needed; from struggle, to acceptance, to finding a way to manage, to emotionally/physically come to terms with the situation, to finding a way forward and making sense of and finding a meaning to life.

Therapy is one place that you can find solace in, no demands, no need to pretend, just simply be who you are and where you are emotionally, total acceptance of you and your circumstances.

Together in a therapeutic alliance here are some of the things you can obtain:

  • Find the answers that are important to you and your life
    Enable you to talk about your fear of death
    Acknowledge your qualities
    Gain emotional support when you are challenged by circumstances
    Emotionally re-evaluate as adjustments are required
    Establish a sense of purpose and direction
    FiView the person you are and not the identity a chronic illness can bring
    Help to live a more fulfilled life


As a carer of a loved one, who is there for you? Fear can overtake your life, yet you try and put on a brave front. Who listens, who notices, who cares for you? Perhaps you feel guilty for having these thoughts. However, they are a natural response to the demands and stress that you have to manage. Do your own needs get put to one side?

Counselling can:

  • Strengthen your ability to manage stressful situations
    Help reduce anxiety, fear and depression
    Lessen the fear of uncertainty
    Allow you to be with someone who is emotionally supportive but is impartial to what is going on
    Be a safe container to express how it is for you
    Improve communication skills
    Help prevent burnout for the caregiver
    Enhance relationships
    Improve your wellbeing

Burnout/Compassion Fatigue

Somewhere in our world we hear the words ‘burnout’ ‘compassion fatigue’ ‘stress.’ Does anyone in your personal and/or working life fully understand what it means or feels like to be burnout or on the road heading towards it? Have you ever felt that your work settings are high in demands but low in resources? Do you ever feel tired, emotionally empty, no longer caring, becoming cynical, lack of motivation? You are not alone! Reach out and start taking the positive steps towards preventing burnout or recovering from it.

Benefits of seeking therapeutic help and support:

  • Improve your emotional and physical health
    Individualised self care toolkit
    Manage thoughts and feelings more effectively
    Motivate yourself to relieve stress and burnout
    Opportunity to rediscover who you are, what you want and get your vitality back on track
    Improved relationships within your working, home and social life
    Re-evaluate your personal goals
    Enhanced skills in problem solving
    Make practical plans that meet your needs and take steps to implement them
    Learn to give yourself permission to rest and recover
    Increased confidence in your capabilities
    Reduce isolation
    Build resilience
    Increase your overall health and wellbeing

Foster Care

Being a foster carer can be a hugely rewarding role but can equally leave you, the carer, emotionally and physically exhausted. This is NOT a sign that you are not doing a good enough caring role, but that you ARE human and that sometimes we all need a little extra support.

The children and young people you care for, all come to you with a broken background that has impacted on their ability to trust and form relationships. They need you know more than ever, that you will stand by them and go the extra mile.

Having worked directly with children and young people who were looked after in care, I am in a position to support you, the carer.

I am aware how these young people will test you beyond your limits, know how to press your buttons and above all make you feel like you are not doing a good job or are worthless…

In my counselling room, I can provide you with:

  • Strategies to manage situations with greater ease
    Understanding the cycle you and your foster child can so easily get caught up in and a way out for both of you
    Knowledge of the impact trauma and losses has on a child’s development and the effect this can have on the forming of attachments
    Ways to meet a child's delayed developmental needs
    Helping to make links between early experience and behavioural difficulties
    An understanding of what secondary trauma is and how this could lead to placement breakdown and/or burnout
    Improving self care
    Exploration of different parenting styles
    Improved communication between you and your foster child
    The necessary space to talk about the complexities of being a foster carer, without any judgements and in addition, allows you to be more effective in your caring profession

Please feel free to contact me and seek the help and support that you deserve.  It is an opportunity for us to meet, where we can decide the best way forward and for you to see if my approach is what you require.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm wishes


Training, qualifications & experience

I use an Integrative approach to my Counselling work, that is underpinned by Person Centred qualities, in which I trained and qualified in.

I have undertaken various roles within my career as a Counsellor, working with individuals who have experienced loss, attachment difficulties and trauma.  In addition to this, I have undertaken extensive training in this specialist area, which I am more than happy to discuss further with you.

My working life has involved various roles working within the charity and private sectors.  This has ranged from offering one to one sessions, child protection helplines, rape crisis, to managing and supervising a team.

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their guidelines and code of conduct; and you can find me on their member’s directory.

I am also a member of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation and registered with PODS (Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors) and a member of TAG (Trauma & Abuse Group).

I receive regular Clinical Supervision and attend Peer Group Supervision.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Burnout & Recovery
  • Compassion Fatigue


I offer face to face Counselling and Supervision.

My first half hour consultation meeting with you will be half price; if you decide that you wish to continue for the full session then the fee will be in full, as per a 55 min or 90 min session.


Counselling £45.00 per 55 min session

Supervision £60.00 per 90 min session

Payment is respectfully requested at the end of each session, either by Card or in Cash.

Receipts are provided for all payments.

Maps & Directions

Kendal, LA8 9LR
Preston, PR3 1RD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client


Supervision & training

Clinical Supervision.

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