Lucy Borthwick Reg MBACP (Dip Therapeutic Counselling, Intensive Cert. CBT)
I am a qualified Counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
Life can be tough so If you’re currently finding it difficult then you’re not alone. Sometimes we need extra support. It can be hard to understand how simply talking can be useful If you’ve never experienced counselling or psychotherapy. But talking to someone who’s trained to listen and respond in a certain way can be profoundly helpful if you’re feeling depressed, sad, are suffering with anxiety,struggling to like yourself or are having issues in a relationship. If your emotions are confusing or overwhelming then talking about them can bring clarity. Sharing your anxiety is the first step to making it more manageable, and if you’ve suffered a deep loss then having someone to walk with you through your grief can help the healing process enormously.
What I can offer?
There are times in all our lives when we need to make sense of what is happening and understand our thoughts and feelings. As a compassionate counsellor I can offer you the opportunity to do this in a welcoming, safe, supportive and confidential space. I will not make decisions for you but will help you to understand why you feel and behave the way you do and find your own way forward. You hold the answers we just have to work together to find them and talking therapies can help by taking the time to concentrate on you in a safe space away from life’s distractions. I am committed to providing effective and focused counselling working closely with clients in a totally non-judgemental environment to help them make effective decisions leading to positive changes in their lives so they ultimately take back control. I sometimes incorporate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy into my work to suit individual needs where a client feels the need to effectively manage their thoughts, behaviours and feelings in the present.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over a period of five years I trained at the Coleshill Counselling Service where I gained Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Therapeutic counselling skills. I have also completed a two year Diploma in Person Centred Counselling as well as an Intensive Training Certificate in 'An introduction to CBT'. I am also trained in The Rewind Trauma Therapy technique which is a valuable tool which helps clients to overcome and bring closure to traumatic experiences that continue to dominate their lives.
As a training requirement, but equally, because I believe that therapists must know themselves very well in order to practise well, I have spent years in my own personal therapy, which has been its own reward.
I have enjoyed working in a variety of settings including Charity agencies, G.P surgeries and Further Education colleges. As well as working in Private Practice I also work as a counsellor for the Police Firearms Officers Association. I also have experience of Bereavement counselling supporting people through the grieving process and helping them to make sense of their loss.
Learning is an ongoing process and I continue to develop and update my work through reading new research, having regular supervision, and attending talks and conferences.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I have worked for 21 years in education as a Teacher and like many of my clients have experienced the demands of working to deadlines, striving to achieve targets and having to cope in a stressful environment. Whilst experiencing this I have also enjoyed the rewards that come from teaching, nurturing a child's potential and helping them to build confidence and develop as a person. This helps me to understand the challenges that young people face and informs my work with young people in the counselling setting.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£40 per 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays 9-7 Later appointments are also available.
Types of client