Sandra Killeen

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Lathom, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8
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About me

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Hi, I’m Sandra, 

I am an experienced counsellor, with BACP accreditation, qualified in both the person-centred approach and CBT. I have worked successfully with clients since 2016, helping them to start living happier, more fulfilled lives. I offer face-to-face and online sessions to private clients and work at a local counselling service commissioned by the NHS. 

I specialise in working with people who are struggling with low self-esteem and anxiety. I have a particular interest in working with adults who had tough childhood experiences.

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 people's 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 recognize, 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 could be that 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:

  • reduce anxiety
  • learn how to make better decisions
  • develop improved ways of coping
  • become more resilient
  • feel more confident

  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.


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 &3
  • 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
  • Dissociation
  • Suicide training
  • Open University Counselling Online
  • Working with bereavement
  • Recognising and Preventing FGM
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse

I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I work in an eclectic way, adapting my approach to match the client's needs.

Alongside my private practice I also work at a counselling service based in Skelmersdale.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Parental child abduction
  • Infant loss
  • Panic attacks

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial telephone assessment: Free 15-minute call

Individual clients: £50 per 50-minute session

Student counsellor's personal therapy to meet course requirements: £35 per 50-minute session

When I work

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Further information

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. 

I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours. However, if you contact me at weekends or after 7pm I will not reply until the next business day. My emails are often identified as spam. Please include your phone number if you contact me, and I will text to let you know that I have sent an email and to check your spam folder. 

Thank you for looking at my profile.

Lathom, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My counselling room is on the first floor, accessible via staircase. If you would prefer to have counselling from the comfort of your own home, I also offer telephone and video counselling sessions. For this you will need a private, confidential space.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

Availability from June. If you want a supportive, challenging supervisor experienced in person centred counselling and CBT please get in touch.

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Sandra Killeen
Sandra Killeen