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Samantha Crapnell - Counselling, Clinical Supervision and Coaching

Lower Darwen, Lancashire, BB3
07494 782 825 07494 782 825
Lower Darwen, Lancashire, BB3

About me

What is going on for you just now?

  • Does life feel like hard work or 'out of control'?
  • Are you wondering why other people seem to be coping better than you?
  • Are you trying to come to terms with a significant change or loss?
  • Or have you been trying very hard to work towards a goal that you just don't seem to be able to reach?

Some people find that talking to friends or family helps but sometimes we might not want to talk to them for fear of worrying our nearest and dearest; sometimes they are too close to the same issues as you; or maybe you have tried to speak to them before but you feel they don't really understand.

As a counsellor, I have the skills to stay with you whilst you come to terms with your losses, whilst you deal with your hopes and fears and whilst you grapple with the challenges that you are dealing with.

At the centre of how I work is my absolute belief that you know your situation better than I do. I don't want to 'fix' you or to tell you what you should do. Rather, I want to listen to you, to really hear what is going on for you and to work with you so that you can decide what you want and, if you want to make changes, how you want to make those changes happen.

Just as importantly, I am a real person. I am honest, I am empathetic and understanding, I am kind and I am genuinely interested in you and your well-being. I am a great believer that knowledge is power and that self-awareness is empowering. Because of this, I want to work with you to explore your awareness, your choices and your strategies to empower your long term well-being.

If you would like a chat about whether us working together could be helpful to you at this time, please feel free to contact me. Our first conversation carries no charge and no obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have undergone years of training to become qualified as a safe and ethical therapeutic counsellor. This is as important to me as I anticipate it is to you and am happy to work within the code of practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

My experience includes working with adults and young people (aged 12+) and I would describe my way of working as being 'integrative based in person centred':

  • Person centred because you and your experiences will be at the centre of our work together;
  • Integrative because I draw from various theories and practices that are relevant to our work.

I also have training and many years experience in business and executive coaching and personal and professional development. Working with you in a solution focused way, I have worked with individuals and organisations to help people explore effective strategies for managing personal stress, to build confidence whether with their whole self or in certain situations, to learn how to learn, to improve their time management, to better cope with change, to strike the balance on the passive-assertive-aggressive spectrum and to improve relationships with others.

(If you are looking for clinical supervision, please refer to my Clinical Supervision profile for details of how we would work together.)

Qualifications and other training

  • NCS Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Listening Skills
  • Certificate in Psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development

I have an extensive list of CPD (continuing professional development) activities which broadly includes:

  • Working with anxiety and depression
  • Suicide awareness and suicide intervention skills
  • Working therapeutically with children and young people
  • Working therapeutically with families
  • Stress and resilience in the workplace
  • Issues with performance at work
  • Therapeutic writing/journalling
  • Working ethically in private practice

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.

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The initial consultation which lasts up to 60 minutes is free of charge and carries no obligation.

Subsequent sessions cost £35.00 per 60 minute session, paid at or in advance of the session.

  • Low income and unemployed rates can be discussed
  • Reduced rates for counsellors in training - £25 per 60 minute session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Further information

Thanks for taking the time to read this page. Here is some other information that you might find helpful.


I appreciate that life is busy and you may not be able to stick to the same appointment every time. Subject to availability, I am able to offer appointments as follows:

  • Daytime
  • Evening
  • Weekend
  • Short notice (less than 7 days)

All counselling meetings are by pre-arranged appointment. I'm afraid I cannot offer crisis counselling ie "I need to see you/speak to you now."

I work from my own home in a building that has been specifically converted to meet the requirements of a safe, comfortable and confidential space.

  • Situated very close to Junction 4 of the M65
  • Easy parking

Things happen sometimes that means that we have to change arrangements at short notice. However, please note that a policy applies for fee payment for short notice cancellation and failing to attend without notice. I will explain these in more detail in the initial consultation.

What happens next?
Effective counselling can only take place if you feel comfortable with me and feel that you might be able to have trust in our meetings. Therefore, in our first conversation you will be able to tell me about what is going on for you just now and ask me questions so that you can make a decision as to whether I am the person you would like to work with. I will be able to answer any questions that you might still have and you can tell me if you have any expectations of counselling.

If we both feel during that conversation that we would be able to work well together, we will arrange our next meeting.

Lower Darwen

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

Plenty of parking available. There are two steps into the counselling room.


Daytime sessions available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays

Evening sessions available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


How will we work together?  .

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Samantha Crapnell - Counselling, Clinical Supervision and Coaching

Samantha Crapnell - Counselling, Clinical Supervision and Coaching