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Shanna Lancaster Dip Couns. MBACP reg.

Bury, Greater Manchester, BL8
07961540622 07961540622

About me

Through the many years of study and experience, it has enabled me the advantage of offering a wide range of approaches such as Person Centred, Humanistic, CBT and Psychodynamic Counselling. I value individual difference, integrity, honesty and strongly believe that we can be empowered to find our own answers. I have an empathic and warm approach which enable’s you to explore any difficulties in a non-judgmental and accepting environment.

Talking can help us to learn more about our self or help us to make sense of our thoughts and feelings, enabling us to see things from a different perspective and feel better able to move onwards more positively. We look for counselling for many different reasons, whether it be to work through some emotional problems or when we are experiencing difficulty that we struggle to work through on our own.

Having many years’ experience working within the substance misuse sector, it has given me the tools and knowledge to work with clients on many different levels tailored to each individual’s needs. I have counselling experience working both in private and public healthcare sector. I worked on a voluntary basis for charity organisations, helping clients with issues such as domestic abuse, anxiety, phobias, ADHD and anger/rage issues. I also have experience of working in Doctors Surgeries and privately.

As an experienced qualified therapist, I have an empathic and warm approach which helps you to explore your difficulties in a non-judgmental and accepting environment. An environment that allows you the opportunity to talk about any issues that you want to work through.

I know that I can sit with people in chaos, I can work with stuckness and I'm not afraid to walk into a dark place with you. I will keep you safe and work with you when in a vulnerable place, helping you to make changes where needed and accept what cannot be changed.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), adhering to their Code of Practice and Ethics. I engage in monthly supervision and continuous professional development.

  • NVQ Level 5 leadership and Management for Adult Social Care
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation
  • Level 3 Counselling skills
  • Level 2 certificate in counselling concepts
  • Level 2 in Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse
  • Mindfulness Life Coaching Diploma
  • Reiki Diploma Level 1 and 2


  • Facilitator in Group Work
  • Enhanced risk management
  • Safeguarding Adults under the Care Act 2014
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Awareness of Drug and Alcohol
  • Anger Management
  • Dealing with distress: Working with suicide and self-harm
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Working with victims or domestic violence and abuse
  • Mental Health Awareness

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Phone / email enquiries are non - chargeable, I will reply as soon as I am able to.

Fees are payable at the start of the session. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and is chargeable at £40 per session

£30 for students who require counselling as part of their counselling course.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I am working via telephone, skype, zoom and also email.

I offer both short & long term one to one counselling support

Greater Manchester

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


Weekdays and Evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Shanna Lancaster Dip Couns. MBACP reg.

Shanna Lancaster Dip Couns. MBACP reg.