M. Cristina Garcia-Hebson
There are moments when we feel we cannot cope with the high levels of anxiety or depression. We might feel very sad, suffering intense grief or confused by a very intense spiritual experience. We might feel lost in our life , struggling with a change in direction or feeling we have lost the meaning of our own life/work/relationships/activities.
Sometimes when life gets heavy and muddled up, we feel in a confusing and dark place. We might feel overwhelmed with things in our lives. Counselling offers the time and space for you to be able to offload your thoughts and feelings, look at things from different perspectives, explore alternative approaches to the difficulties and tap into your inner and outer resources. This process can help to gradually become able to make sense of what you are going through and find yourself again in a new light.
I am Cristina, a fully qualified person-centred counsellor working in Blackburn, Darwen and the Ribble Valley.
My fundamental philosophy and stand point is person-centred but I am an integrative counsellor as I use other therapeutic tools and resources to support your self-exploration. I use techniques and skills from solution-focused, creative, compassion-focused approaches as well as mindfulness to help you look at the distress/problem in new light and re connect with yourself, your inner wisdom and the things that give you energy, vitality and strength.
I have worked with diverse adults through charities such as Lancashire Women’s Centre and Carer’s Service in Blackburn who are going through depression, anxiety, eating disorders, separation conflict, caring stress, anger, suicidal thoughts, loss and bereavement, spiritual confusion, existential/spiritual confusion to name a few.
I also have several years of experience in offering emotional support to children and young people who are struggling after a change in their life circumstance due to loss, bereavement, separation, divorce, new family unit, change of school bullying, self-harm, hopelessness, young carer, parental substance misuse, among others. I offer a creative approach to help young people develop a broader perspective of the difficult situation they are going through and develop resilience and renewed hope.
About the service I offer
Being person-centred to me means that YOU are the main focus of my attention in the session. Everything you experience, think and feel is genuine, is true to you, so it is accepted as valid. I respect you as a person who is dealing with things the best way possible. A unique person who is eager to find a different and clearer way forward but might be stuck in a scary or confusing place, feeling unable to change.
I listen deeply to what you bring to each session, feedback what I can hear and see and allow yourself to tap into your inner strength and wisdom to find a new way of looking at yourself and where you are at. We journey together during the agreed sessions and once you feel that you have moved on to feeling more clear about who you are, what you want and how you can achieve this, then we decide to part paths and you will carry on in your own personal journey hopefully with a new perspective.
By using solution-focused elements I can offer to focus on finding alternatives to a situation you are struggling with. The use of creative media and mindfulness techniques can help to find new ways of expressing yourself, when words just don’t fit and offer alternative development and coping strategies. But all this will be agreed with you at our assessment session.
If you are interested in counselling for your child I could liaise with their school and offer counselling in their own school time.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Psychology with mention in Educational Psychology (level 7)
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (level 7)
- Foundation certificate in Counselling skills (level 2)
- Certificate of Professional development, Skills-based approaches to child and adolescent mental health work (level 3)
- Certificate of professional development, using play and art in expressive therapy.
- Certificate of professional development in the use of sandtray in expressive therapies
- Certificate of professional Development, Children and young people who self-harm
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
Initial assessment £25 (for half an hour)
Sessions £40 (for 50 minutes)
I offer concessions for key worker and low income.
My preferred way of payment is Bacs payment prior to the day of appointment.
Concessions offered for
During the first assessment, we will be able to meet each other, talk about what you would like and need from counselling and what I can offer. If this matches up then we will agree on a number of sessions and the best time to continue forward.
If you have and questions or would like to establish communication with me without obligation, please feel free to message me.
If you live in the Hyndburn area and find it difficult to travel to Blackburn, we can arrange a different venue/office to hold our sessions in.