About me

Would you like some support for your anxiety or depression?

Are you struggling to cope with daily life and feel you have nowhere to turn?

Do you need to talk to someone in confidence about your personal issues?

Could it help to have a safe space where you can just be yourself?

Hello and welcome to my counselling profile. My name is Martin Rigby and I am a qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), hold my own professional indemnity insurance and receive monthly counselling supervision.

I am friendly, warm and caring, do not give direct advice or judge you. I provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment where you are invited to be yourself and explore your personal issues in your own time, in your own way and at your own pace.

Working in private practice in Preston, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan. I aim to reach out to different client groups including those people who often find it hard to access mainstream public services. I counsel people of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds including adults, young people, older people and couples.

Due to my own life experience I specialise in counselling disabled people or clients with a longterm health condition, students, carers and parents with young families. I provide flexible counselling appointments face-to-face, by phone and online. Home visits are also available for those people who are housebound, experiencing ill-health and disability or who have mobility issues.

How can counselling help?

We can all go through times in our lives when we have ups and downs, may feel angry, upset, sad and lonely or could experience crisis, emotional distress, stress or depression.

Such thoughts, feelings and behaviour may seem to come from nowhere, might occur suddenly, be temporary or longlasting or can even be caused by a significant transition or life event such as a family bereavement, moving house, unemployment, divorce or separation and loss of independence perhaps due to accident, deteriorating health or becoming disabled.

Counselling can help with a wide range of issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and mental health issues. Seeing a counsellor can often be effective with concerns that are big or small, past, present or future. Counselling is a type of talking therapy which enables you to talk about thoughts, feelings and personal issues in a confidential, private and regular environment.

If you choose to come and see me for counselling I will work with you in a client-focused way, understanding your experiences from your point of view, positively valuing you as a whole person and responding to what you bring openly and genuinely. Person-centred counselling can help you to feel accepted, understand your own feelings better and reconnect with your own sense of self-worth.

Whilst my fundamental counselling approach is person-centred, I continue to develop my practice by learning about and training in other well-known approaches such as solution-focused brief therapy, CBT and mindfulness techniques. This means that I can work with you flexibly to address all of your needs as counselling progresses.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters Degree (MSC) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Certificate in Working with Bereaved Clients
  • Certificate in OCD: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach
  • Certificate in Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
  • Certificate in Solution-Focused Group Work
  • Certificate in Working with Dreams
  • Certificate in Facilitating A Confidence Building Programme
  • Certificate in Working with Trauma


I have been a qualified counsellor since 2005. I completed my professional counselling training at University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Since then I have counselled at a number of local charities, schools, young people’s services and community organisations.

My most recent counselling placement was at a local children’s centre where I provided person-centred counselling to adults of all ages, cultures and backgrounds on a wide range of issues. I have also worked for Samaritans, volunteered for a local children’s summer playscheme and was employed for over ten years on a helpline providing information, advice and emotional support to young people aged 11-25.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Carer support
  • Disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loneliness


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

Initial 30 minute appointment completely free of charge.

Individual Counselling Session 50 min £35
Couples Counselling Session 50 min £40

Home visits 50 min £45 (additional milage fee may apply)

Skype/Instant Messenging Counselling 50 min £25
Facetime Counselling 50 min £25
WhatsApp Counselling 50 min £25

I aim to make my counselling services accessible, affordable and available to all. In order to do this I offer a range of concessions on my fees for students, disabled people, pensioners and clients who are unwaged.

Concessions are also available if you wish to block book 4, 6 or 10 sessions in advance. Please contact me for more information about the ongoing concessions I provide or we can discuss this at your initial counselling appointment.

Payments methods:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Bank Transfer
  • Paypal

Cancellation Policy

The initial counselling appointment is free of charge.  However if you
do not attend two consecutive initial appointments and I don’t hear
from you, my policy is that I will require £15 to cover my own travel
and the costs of booking a room.

Once you have started therapy, if you think you may be unable to
attend your counselling appointment I ask that you let me know as soon
as possible and at least 48 hours prior to your agreed appointment
time. If you do not attend and I do not hear from you at least 48
hours before your appointment please be aware that I will still
require the full cost of the missed session and will invoice you for


I have moved my counselling practice temporarily online and I am currently only taking new bookings for counselling appointments to work with clients either over the phone or online.

Further information

Whether or not you have had counselling before I fully understand that taking this first step to get the help and support you need may feel challenging, daunting, scary and perhaps at times overwhelming. That’s why I will do everything I can to help you to feel welcome and comfortable.

I offer a free 30 minutes initial appointment with no obligation to continue counselling. This initial appointment can be held face-to-face, by telephone or Skype and gives you the opportunity to find out what counselling is, how it can help and whether you feel we can work together.

Besides the venues listed above, I also provide face-to face counselling in Preston  at:

Disability Equality, 103 Church street, Preston PR1 3BS

Other venues include:

George Morris Physio, 53, Chapel Street, Leigh WN7 2PB

George Morris Physio, 59, Gerrard Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9AG

George Morris Physio, 154 Market Street, Hindley WN2 3AY

I offer counselling in Preston Mondays and Tuesdays
9am-6.30pm, Wednesdays 9am to 4pm and I am available to see clients in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan on Thursdays (9am-6.30pm) and Fridays (9am- 5pm)

Online appointments available Monday- Thursday (9am-9pm) Fridays (9am-5pm) and can be booked at anytime on:

Tel: 07399 051697

Remedy Centre For Health
166 Tulketh Road

The Bridgeman Centre
18 Bridgeman Terrace
Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I can offer wheelchair accessible therapy rooms.


Martin Rigby

Martin Rigby