Sandra Killeen Registered Member BACP
Due to the restrictions around COVID-19 most counselling sessions are currently taking place on the internet via Zoom. I have reduced availability for face to face sessions.
Hi, I’m Sandra, thanks for looking at my profile.
I decided to train as a counsellor after my own life events had led me to seek personal counselling which made a huge difference to my life. I started my training with a taster course at a local college to find out a bit more and enjoyed the training so much that I trained for 4 years, qualifying in 2017.
Being a counsellor is the best thing I have ever done. My life experiences help me to understand what it’s like when you're going through a tough time. Clients tell me that they feel extremely safe and comfortable being open with me.
I have experience in helping clients to work through anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship problems, work issues and many other areas.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working to their ethical framework. My counselling room is based in West Lancashire, close to Skelmersdale and Ormskirk.
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 with an additional level 5 qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 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.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 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.
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.
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
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.
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
Initial telephone assessment: Free
Individual clients: £35 per 50 minute session
Student counsellor's personal therapy: £25 per session (available on proof of enrolment on course)
Concessions offered for
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 a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
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.
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