Hi, I’m Sandra,
I can help you to feel better about yourself, and enjoy life more fully.
I am an experienced person centred counsellor and CBT therapist. I have worked successfully with male and female clients of all ages; helping them to work through their problems and start living happier, more fulfilled lives.
I specialise in working with people who are struggling with low self-esteem and anxiety.
Low self-esteem can have a negative impact on your enjoyment of life. You may feel that no matter what you do it isn’t good enough; that the fear of failure or judgement stops you from enjoying life. You might find that you constantly put other peoples needs above your own but struggle to ask for help or support when you need it.
Living with anxiety is exhausting. the constant spinning of thoughts and fear of "What if's" can result in you feeling scared, overwhelmed and out of control. If you are struggling with anxiety you might find that it is impacting in many areas of your life including work and relationships.
I can help you to understand how your life experiences may have contributed to the way that you feel. I will support you in developing healthier, more self-accepting ways of being, where you will start to value your own needs and trust your own judgement. Doing this is going to help you become a more confident person who feels able to recognise, accept and express your own thoughts and feelings.
How counselling can help.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope with life, it can be hard to talk to family members or friends about how you are feeling. They might want to give you advice or try to fix things for you. Maybe you feel bad for sharing your problems with them. It can be hard to be totally open with people that you are close to if you feel that your words could have a negative impact on them, or you fear they will judge you. Maybe there is nobody that you trust enough to share your worries with.
Talking through your feelings and thoughts, with a counsellor who listens without judgement, can have a positive impact on your life. It can help you to learn how to make better decisions and develop improved ways of coping. Counselling can help with many issues. It can be used to explore both past and current difficulties.
I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor and CBT therapist. This means that I use both approaches in my work and can adapt sessions to suit your need. As our sessions progress I will ask for your feedback, so that we can work out which approach is right for you.
Person-centred counselling provides you with a non-directive approach, free of judgement where you are supported to work through your problems, make your own choices and fulfil your potential.
CBT can be useful for helping with depression/ anxiety/panic attacks and phobias. Through the use of CBT, I can help you to recognise and examine patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings which are having a negative impact on your life, and help you to make changes.
What happens during counselling?
During counselling you are given the space to talk and to be heard. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and emotions that may be troubling you. I will respect you and hear you without judgement in a safe, relaxed, confidential environment. I strive to build a working relationship which is based on trust and respect.
Counselling is not always easy. You might want to talk about events from your past and memories and feelings which have been hidden for many years can start to resurface.
I will support you to work through the emotions and thoughts that occur whilst making sense of your problems. While this is happening, I will also help you to develop the confidence to make your own decisions, bring about change and start to live the life that you want.
I understand that it can be daunting to talk about yourself to a stranger and that is why it is important that you find a counsellor that you are comfortable with. I offer a no-obligation telephone consultation so that you have the chance to talk to me and decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 5 diploma in CBT
Level 4 diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Level 3 certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2 certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
In addition to my formal qualifications I undertake regular CPD training in order to make sure that the service I provide continues to be safe, up to date and effective. Recent CPD training includes:
- Safeguarding levels 1 & 2
- PREVENT training
- Working with identity and self-esteem in young people with eating disorders
- Working with young people who self-harm
- Foundation for infant loss training accredited provider course
- Carolyn Spring: Child Sexual abuse training
- Suicide training
- Open University Counselling Online
- Working with bereavement
- Existential therapy
- Goals in Therapy
I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I work in an integrative way, adapting my approach to match the client's needs.
Alongside my private practice I also work at a counselling service based in Skelmersdale.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Infant loss
- Intrusive thoughts
- Panic attacks
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Initial telephone assessment: Free 15 minute call
Individual clients: £40 per 50 minute session
Student counsellor's personal therapy: £25 per session
I have availability on Tuesday and Saturday Mornings.
I have limited evening availability on Thursday evening.
My practice is conveniently situated between Ormskirk and Skelmersdale, with off road parking. If you are using public transport, I am located on the Southport to Wigan bus route, a 2 minute walk from the nearest bus stop.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which means that my practice has met their higher standard as a competent and ethical practitioner.
I continue to develop my work as a counsellor by participating in ongoing training to ensure that I continue to provide a counselling service which is competent and effective.
If you need any more information you can contact me by phone or email by using the details at the top of the page.
Thank you for looking at my profile.