Pat Lush Post Grad Dip Counselling BACP
2020 has presented us all with uncertainty and apprehension as to what the future may be like. As well as the challenges that the Corona Virus has imposed on our lives many of us have found ourselves realising that there are issues in everyday life that we need to deal with. Such challenges and uncertainties are something that we all have to handle throughout life. Counselling offers the opportunity to have an independent person walk alongside us on our journey to discover the most effective way forward. 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 and 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 covers over 20 years, includes. private practice. Samaritans, Relate, Employment Counselling, as well as establishing a counselling service for Carers.
My basic approach is through Person Centered Counselling but will always seek to draw from a range of counselling styles in order to best meet the needs of each person.
I initially studied at Durham University gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. In order to undertake work with Relate and The Samaritans I took part in their in house training courses. Since qualification I have taken part in a number of courses which have included such subjects as Psycho Dynamic, Cognitive Behavior, and Guides Visualization.
As well as counselling services I am able to offer short courses in Guided Visualization 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 maximize their own individual strengths to work towards a more positive and fulfilling future.
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 session - £20
- Single session - £45
- 5 pre-paid sessions - £200
Concessions offered for
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.