Lucy Sumner - White Candle Counselling
My name is Lucy Sumner and as a fully qualified MBACP counsellor I can help you to explore issues that cause you distress and help you cope with life’s challenges.
As an Integrative Therapist I use different strands of therapy. A person-centred approach to underpin our relationship, in which I offer empathy, congruence and positive regard aiming to accept you without judgement, I offer CBT helping you to realise the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and psychodynamic therapy to see how events from childhood may be influencing you as an adult. I can, therefore, base my support on whichever approach I feel would be most appropriate for your needs and that will provide me with insight and method in helping you in the areas you might be struggling.
I will provide a safe space and support you without judgement or criticism in which you can express your difficult feelings. Together we can look at things from a fresh perspective and unpick the things that you are struggling with which will help you become more self-aware to enable you to make informed choices and feel more in control.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have helped people explore and understand troubling thoughts and feelings such as depression and anxiety, and specific issues including bereavement, OCD, and self harm. I am passionate about what I do and feel privileged that people trust me with feelings and emotions they may never have spoken to someone else about.
Some of my specialist areas are anxiety, depression, health anxiety, working with those who are experiencing infertility and miscarriage, grief and loss and the life long impact this leaves.
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. In 2017 I began providing counselling to a charity in Preston, which helped me understand the wide variety of issues a person can go through. In early 2020 I set up my own private practice which I am passionate about. You can find my professional page on Facebook under "White Candle Counselling" , I frequently share useful information, articles and links.
I am a registered member of the voluntary register British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), meaning i abide by an ethical framework. I attend regular clinical supervision, have public and professional liability insurance, and an enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance (DBS).
I regularly attend training courses as continued professional growth is important and interesting to me. I am constantly seeking to improve my depth of knowledge through further training as this an be of benefit to my clients.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 for a 50 minute session and am currently only 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.
When I was training to be a therapist, I attended hours of mandatory therapy myself. This helped to deepen my understanding of the counselling process and the importance of the relationship between a therapist and a client. Therapy enabled me to work through my own life experiences, I understand from the inside, the value of investing in personal therapy with a well trained and experienced professional.
I won’t tell you what to do, but will guide you, I will listen to you carefully to ensure I understand your feelings and experiences, you know them best. When we share this understanding, together we can find a way forward.
Finding the right counsellor is a personal choice and you need to find one that you feel you can be open with. Please feel free to contact me and we can arrange a free call first to decide if I am the right person for you and if we can work together. Should you feel comfortable and ready to work together at this point, our first session will last for 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 at regular intervals. From there, we can arrange more sessions on a weekly basis should you wish to continue.
My practice is in Leyland, Lancashire on weekday evenings from 5pm until 8pm and from 9am -12pm on Saturdays.