At Chorley and Preston Counselling Service, I offer a safe, comfortable and confidential environment; one in which you can reflect on the issues troubling you and draw some conclusions about how you can resolve them.
So what is Counselling?
Well, according to Google dictionary, it is "the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems", which, although it is true, sounds a little dry and clinical. I prefer the definition I found on the NHS website:
"Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Sometimes the term "counselling" is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right."
Why do I prefer this definition? Because of this - "helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues."
- I won't tell you what to do.
- I won't tell you how to live your life.
- I don't offer advice.
- I won't sit in judgement on whatever it is that has brought you to this point in your life.
What I will do is:
- Listen to whatever you have to say.
- Respect you: your feelings, your beliefs, your time.
- Understand the courage it takes to come to counselling in the first place.
- Offer empathy
- Offer a warm, safe, quiet and confidential environment.
- Sit with you through whatever you are going through in your life.
- I will even offer a glass of water and a box of tissues!
And, through all this, we will hopefully meet that NHS definition, and you will be finding ways to deal with the issues troubling you at the moment.
Before training to become a Counsellor, I worked as a nurse, and have over 25 years experience working with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.
I began my Counselling studies with a Level II qualification followed by a Foundation degree, both at Blackburn College. I then gained a first class honours degree through Lancaster University.
I maintain and increase my knowledge and expertise through regular training and supervision.
I am a registered member of the BACP, and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines.
I believe that you are the author of your own life story, and only you can choose which path to take. Sometimes though, we can be so mired in confusion and self-doubt that the paths are not always clear. Perhaps you have had a bereavement, lost your job, or maybe you just feel sad or unhappy and you cannot understand why you feel that way. This is where we come in.
As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, I will give you the time and space you need to examine the choices you have, help you dispel your self-doubt, and increase your self-esteem.
Just by googling 'counselling' and reading this page suggests that you have already faced up to the fact that you are feeling troubled and want some help. That is an extremely courageous position to reach.
If you would like to meet to discuss the options and choices available to you, then call the number above. In that first session I will tell you a little about myself and how I work, and we can discuss how we might move forward.
There is no obligation. You don't have to sign up for a certain number of sessions. You can come for as many or few as you feel you want or need. Ultimately, my role is to help you get to a place where you feel you don't need me anymore,
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons. 1st Class) Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Foundation Degree in Counselling with Brief Interventions
- Level 2 Qualification in Counselling
Recent training includes:
- Zoe Lodrick lecture on Sexualised Trauma
- Existential Therapy Workshop
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- £45 per hour
Concessions for Students/Unwaged.
Appointments are available at weekends and evening, as well as during the day.