Lucy Preston Counsellor PG Dip MBACP
Life can be difficult, full of uncertainties and challenges, which can naturally leave us at times feeling distressed, overwhelmed, confused or alone. Recent events in the world have understandably amplified these feelings in many of us, as we have lost choice and control of many aspects of our life.
When we are feeling high levels of stress or anxiety it can be difficult to make sense of what is happening to us or how to move forward, sometimes it can be completely debilitating and frightening.
I would like to reassure you that these feelings, whilst difficult, are a normal part of being human. You have not failed, you are not wrong, often you are reacting to a difficult situation and what you need is to be heard and supported at this time.
Whatever your reason for considering counselling, from a loss, to difficult emotions, dilemmas or conflicts, I can offer a safe, calm space, free from judgment, which allows you to feel supported enough to begin to make sense of what you are experiencing. There is no right or wrong reason for counselling and you do not need to be crisis point, we can all benefit for so many reasons.
Together we can help you gain increased awareness of yourself and your world around you. This will allow you to have a clearer understanding, or a new perspective of the choices and possibilities available to you. It is my hope that this feeling of having freedom to choose will lead to an increased sense of ease or liberation within you.
How do I work?
As a integrative humanistic counsellor, I offer a range of therapeutic skills which allow me the flexibility to work in a way that is unique to you. My belief is that we are all so unique, shaped by our own very personal set of experiences and way of being in the world. As such, my therapeutic approach will reflect this, and I will work in a way that is attuned to you and your individual needs. My aim is to work compassionately and collaboratively at your pace and to a depth that feels comfortable and safe for you. At times counselling can feel challenging, but my hope is that our therapeutic relationship will provide the support that you need to get the most out of our work together.
At the heart of my work is the belief that we are all capable of finding the answers to our difficulties and my role is to help you find your truth and sense of meaning in life. By doing so, I believe you have the potential to change in a positive way that feels right for you. It is my hope that our therapeutic relationship will allow you to embark on a journey in which you can increase your confidence and belief in yourself, as well as your future choices.
Counselling is often referred to as ‘talking therapy’ because it focuses on the opportunity to talk. Please do not underestimate the power of talking within a therapeutic relationship, which draws together professional training and experience with an empathic, understanding and accepting counsellor, who will allow you to feel truly heard and understood.
In order to allay any worries you may have, I offer a free initial 25-minute phone call. It is a chance for me to learn a little about what you hope to gain from counselling and an opportunity for us to discuss how we might work together. Most importantly, you can see how comfortable you feel when talking to me, as I believe it’s so important that you feel at ease with your therapist to get the most out of counselling. There is no obligation to continue beyond this initial call.
I work with clients who are 16 years and over. I welcome all clients and embrace difference in all its forms. I look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you as the unique individual you are.
Training, qualifications & experience
Areas of work and experience
I also work as a Counsellor at York Mind and have a number of years experience of working with a range of clients with a complex and diverse range of needs.
I have experience of working with adults in areas of anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement and loss, disability, discrimination, abuse, trauma, relationship and family issues, self-harm and more.
I have experience of working with family carers, working in women’s support services and with learning disabilities and autism.
I am also experienced in social care needs, mental capacity and related legislation.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and their complaints procedure. These can be viewed at www.bacp.co.uk
I hold an Enhanced DBS.
My qualifications and additional training
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling awarded Distinction - York St John University.
- ASSIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Dealing with distress - Working with suicide and self-harm
- Trauma and the body: Dissociation and somatisation
- Working with relational trauma: Dealing with disorganised attachment
- Sexualised and relational trauma
- Domestic abuse awareness
- Child Sexual Abuse – Hope for healing
- Safeguarding for adults
- A path to your inner guide
- Moving your practice online – Online Therapy Institute
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I would like to offer you a free 30 minute telephone call for us to discuss how we might work together. My fees are as follows:
- £45 – day-time sessions 8am-5pm – 50 minutes
- £50 – evening sessions from 5pm – 50 minutes
I also have places available each week for clients who need a reduced rate, so please do let me know if you wish to be added to my waiting list.
I offer daytime and some evening appointments.
I hold a waiting list for those who require a reduced rate. Please ask for more information.