Pat Lush Post Grad Dip Counselling BACP
We all experience times in our lives when we feel that we are not able to cope effectively with the challenges that are facing us. Counselling may be able to help us at such times. It will not offer off the peg solutions to life’s problems which we simply need to adopt for all to be well again; but can provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment where we can be supported to explore the origins and causes of the challenges we face and to work towards achieving positive outcomes that lead us to a more comfortable and self-fulfilling place in life.
My interest in counselling grew out of support that I received during a particularly challenging time of my own life. I was fortunate enough to work with a counsellor who supported me to explore the root causes of my own challenges and to identify changes to both my own understanding and to develop coping strategies which allowed me to move towards a place in life where I was more confident of both my own worth and my ability to deal with the challenges that I would most certainly meet in the future.
This led to my undertaking a range of counselling courses culminating in a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Durham University. As part of my continuing personal development I have attended courses including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Guided Visualisation Relaxation.
My experience in counselling includes, establishing a counselling service for a Princess Royals Trust (now Carers Trust) Carers Centre, working with The Samaritans, Relate, private practice and industrial counselling.
If you think that counselling may be helpful to you please feel free to contact me to informally discuss any question you have. An initial session should give you an insight into whether the counselling process may be able to support you in moving to a more fulfilling place in life. Counselling cannot promise to be an easy process but if we are able to approach it with a 100% commitment to finding a more comfortable level of self-worth and understanding it can be a rewarding journey. I look forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on that journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
My practical counselling experience, which extends to over 20 years, covers. private practice. Samaritans, Relate, Employment Counselling, as well as establishing a counselling service for Carers.
My basic approach is through Person Centred Counselling but will always seek to draw from a range of counselling styles in order to best meet the needs of each person I work with. I have experience in Psycho Dynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
As well as counselling services I am able to offer short courses in Guided Visualisation Relaxation either to individuals or small groups of people.This method of working can provide positive support for such problems as Stress, Depression, Anger, anxiety, pain management and Phobias
I am able offer counselling for a number of situations and work with individuals, couples, groups and families. My role as a counsellor is to provide a safe, understanding and confidential yet challenging environment where people can work to explore the root causes of their problems and gain understanding of how they can best maximise their own individual strengths to work towards a more positive and fulfilling future.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
New for 2019 i am running a series of five sessions per course in Guided Visualisation Relaxation which can be helpful for managing such challenges as Phobias, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Anger and Pain Management. The first course will begin on 23rd February in Burton upon Trent. other courses to follow shortly in other areas. For more information please contact me for an informal chat.
- Initial session - £20
- Single session - £45
- 5 pre-paid sessions - £200
If you think that counselling may be helpful to you please feel free to contact me to informally discuss any question you have. An initial session should help you decide whether the counselling may be able to support you in moving to a more fulfilling place in life. Counselling cannot promise to be an easy process but if we are able to approach it with a 100% commitment to finding a more comfortable level of self-worth and understanding it can be a rewarding journey. I look forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on that journey.
if I am not available when you ring leave your contact details and I will return your call as soon as possible.
I will always try my best to offer an initial appointment within 2 working days of your enquiry.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available 09:00 - 19:00 Monday - Saturday. I will always try my best to offer an initial appointment within 2 working days.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|