Shirley Walker.. Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision MBACP
Currently during the covid19 pandemic, I am offering video call, telephone or zoom sessions.... I am able to be very flexible around times, due to working from home.
Sometimes life gets tough and we all need a little support and understanding. Having someone listen carefully and help us work out what our worries really mean can be a great comfort.
It is my belief that counselling can bring positive changes and self awareness to us all.
I teach a variety of techniques and skills to help people find the best way to move forward for themselves, including better understanding of communication and behaviour. The personal growth that may take place in therapy can free you from the limitations of old patterns.
Counselling is not an easy process because it often entails digging below the surface and talking around things we feel uncomfortable about and tend to push aside in everyday life, it can be challenging work
I am widely experienced in many areas of counselling such as Anxiety, Panic disorders, communication, OCD, stress, bereavement, self-harm, gender issues and peri/post-natal and therefore happy to work with issues of any nature.
I specialise in Relationship problems/communication..Couples, Anxiety/Stress, Personality disorders and Family therapy.
I qualified at Lancaster University, and went on to attend the Lakeland Institute, specialising in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy and later went on to become an Integrative Supervisor at Liverpool Centre for PD.
I offer Integrative Supervision for counselling, psychotherapy and all aspects of care work.
Therapy can offer an opportunity to grow and change in ways which are difficult to achieve on your own or with friends and family. It is not a quick fix, its about change – The therapist cannot ‘do’ it for you, but it requires commitment and a readiness to be open to new possibilities.
Although disturbing, it can also be a relief to air half buried ideas and feelings. It might be helpful to think of counselling as an opportunity to take risks that we are not usually able to do in our day to day lives because it might seem bizarre or silly. Ideas, thoughts, feelings that others, or even part of ourselves, disapprove of can be aired, explored and contemplated in the counselling room.
Not only is such thinking perfectly acceptable, but is necessary if we are to gain deeper understanding of ourselves and more meaning to our lives.
A counsellor will not try and minimise problems and will respect any efforts that have been made to try and work things out. Whatever the nature of the problem revealed, no judgements are made, but feedback and a point of view are essential for growth, as is confidentiality.
You may need to be open to a challenge at times.
A counsellor will support you during this time and also point out other possible sources of help should that be necessary.
The aim is to have a more realistic and effective way of improving your life, relationships and how comfortable you are with yourself.
Relationship counselling again can help a great deal, assisting you to make changes and improve or heal the relationship. Again it is not always easy - a therapist can only work with what comes into the room, they are impartial but this doesn't mean that there won't be challenging moments. This is part of the therapy helping you understand yourself and your partner.
Your therapist will be resolved to work through the difficulties experienced until you understand and feel comfortable. This takes time and commitment.
Counselling does not claim to be the answer to all human difficulties, but it does offer the opportunity for people to explore different ways of looking at their lives and move towards more effective way of coping.
At the heart of our endeavours
is the desire to know
both ourselves and others more fully' (anon)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist. MBACP
Person-Centred (Rogerian) counsellor.DipHE Couns. (2005)
I am qualified in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy TADip EATA ACC
and Clinical Practice and also in Integrative Clinical Supervision.
I hold a BACP Cert of Prof - reg 058389 (oct 2013)
I hold current enhanced DBS certificate & Safe-Guarding, Equality & Diversity certificates.
I have my own private practice in Ulverston and Lancaster. I will provide directions on how to reach me with any bookings made.
I am able to be flexible about venues and have access to rooms in other locations and therefore able to travel further afield to meet clients if required.
Employment Assisted Programmes welcomed - previously & current working with OptimaHealth/ Health Assured/ PFOA/ Industrial Diagnostics/ Remploy/ RedArc/ Diverse Health Solutions/ Foundation for infant loss/ Rainbow Trust
I have been a volunteer counsellor for MIND where I see a variety of clients and couples from in and around South Cumbria.
I also work for 'Connecting Mums' Peri/Post-natal service (Ulverston Mind) as outreach support, for Dalton Ulverston and South Lakes.
I have worked with SAFA (Self-harm awareness for Cumbria)
I work as a counsellor for Furness MS society and see people suffering from multiple sclerosis or partners and carers who may be affected by MS.
I am also a pharmacy technician, which at times has helped to inform my work as a therapist.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Another area in which I have experience is with people who have had electric shock treatment or Aversion therapy by shocks or drugs.
This may have had a very negative effect and resulted in extremely poor quality of life years later.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has experienced any form of aversion therapy.
Thank you for taking the time to view my page.. I look forward to meeting you :-)
£45.00 per 60mins for individual sessions
£60.00 per 70mins for couples counselling/relationship/family therapy.
£60.00 per 90mins Integrative Supervision (1.5hrs monthly min) Student concessions 10%
I offer telephone and online counselling as an alternative to face to face counselling and fees can be paid via cash, or online banking
Concessions offered for
I am a member of the BACP. (British Assoc of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I work to the BACP code of ethics and counselling practices set down in the ethical
framework and also within current child protection and safeguarding legislation. (LSCB)