Lucy Sumner - White Candle Counselling
My name is Lucy Sumner, a fully qualified MBACP Integrative Counsellor in Leyland, Lancashire. My practice is online and by telephone which means I can help people across the UK.
Finding the right counsellor is a personal choice and you need to find one that you feel you can gel with, it’s ok to ring a few counsellors before you make your decision. - these are your sessions, you pay for them, so you need to decide if I am the right person for you and if we can work together. Please feel free to contact me and we can arrange a free call first, and it’s perfectly fine to say you’ll think about it or come back to me as you are under no obligation. Should you feel comfortable and ready to work together at this point, our first session will be 50 minutes.
Everyone is different and has had different experiences, so in that respect counselling can be short or long term, over several months or years, we will review progress as we go along. These are your sessions it’s up to you what you bring to them.
I work with a wide range of issues from stress, depression and bereavement to OCD and self harm. I have special interest and much experience in anxiety, miscarriage, grief and loss. I am able to help clients from all walks of life who for whatever reason are finding it difficult right now.
You can find my page on Facebook under "White Candle Counselling" , and white_candle_counselling on Instagram. I share posts, relevant tv programmes I’ve watched, talk about what is going on in the world and a few light-hearted posts as we all need that right now!! Feel free to reply back to my posts.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training as an Integrative Therapist began in 2014. For me this included CBT, psychodynamic and person centred therapies. The advantage of this training is that I can tailor our sessions by using the therapy/therapies that suits you best, not one size fits all clients! I started volunteering at a counselling charity in Preston in 2017 and qualified in 2019. I love what I do and feel privileged that people trust me with feelings and emotions they may never have spoken to someone else about. Saying what you need to say out loud can be really difficult.
I’m a registered member of the BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This is a professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. Being a registered Member demonstrates that I meet high standards of proficiency, professionalism and ethical practice. I am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and you can check my listing online. I have public and professional liability insurance, and an enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance (DBS).
Once a month I attend supervision, as all counsellors do so I can discuss my clients (anonymously) to ensure I am working in the best interests of you. I’m always learning and my supervisor helps me with that and look at new ways of working with you.
I regularly attend training courses, I enjoy learning and there are so many courses/books/webinars/events we can attend as counsellors. I never stop learning because life never stops teaching!
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.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 for a 50 minute session and am currently providing sessions online or by telephone. Online sessions are conducted via Zoom which is encrypted for extra security and provides privacy for client. I ask for payment up front by bank transfer. Please give 24 hours notice of a cancellation or the full session fee will be charged.
Please contact me for my availability.
Is your response to “how are you?” “fine” or “ok” when it’s really not? Do you go out of your way to help others and put yourself last? People come to counselling for a variety of different reasons - I’ve had clients come because they have avoided talking about experiences or feelings, and that’s no longer working for them, clients who haven’t spoken to friends or family about their problems as they feel friends and family already have enough to worry about, they don’t want to upset anyone or they fear they might be judged. I won’t judge, criticize you, or tell you what to do that’s not what counselling is about. I will listen to you and guide you. I want to ensure I understand your feelings and experiences, you know them best!
In 2014 I realised I wanted to do something different, I didn’t feel fulfilled in my career, I hadn’t found something I really loved doing. I’d thought about training to be a counsellor previously and looked into it again in 2014 and took the step to begin my training. And I am so glad I did!
When I was training to be a counsellor, I attended hours of counselling myself. Every counsellor has been a client, so I understand it is daunting to take that first step and contact a counsellor as I’ve been there myself, but to have that time once a week to say whatever I wanted to say, my time, was really beneficial. It helped me to work through my own life experiences, and I understand from the inside, the value of investing in counselling with a well trained and experienced professional. I am human just like everyone else and I still have difficult times.
In 2017 I began providing counselling with a charity in Preston, which helped me understand the wide variety of issues people go through. I was very nervous about my very first session, but I got through it, learnt so much, and really enjoyed my time there. In early 2020 I set up my own private practice which I am passionate about, it’s one of the best things I’ve done! I’m counselling people from all walks of life about all different types of issues. When covid hit, In March 2020 telephone and online counselling felt for me a bit like that’s what I had to do to because who knew what was going to happen with covid. And who bloody knew this was going to happen?!? I think lots of us counsellors and clients were a bit unsure about going online and by telephone, but this has meant that I have been able to continue supporting people in Lancashire and around the UK. Clients have took to this and found it has actually helped them to be a bit more flexible, whilst still able to receive the support they need through one of the most difficult times we have had to go through. Things are tough right now for everyone. Don’t feel you’ve got to say you’re ok when you’re not, we have all been there, you are not alone.
How can counselling help?
In my sessions you’ll be able to stop feeling you have to say everything is ok, sometimes things aren’t ok and it’s fine to admit that! Sometimes it’s a relief to be able to say what you need to, to someone impartial without having to worry about upsetting them or being judged. The end result could be that you feel lighter for getting it off your chest and able to move forward.