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Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision MBACP

About me

I offer face to face; video call, telephone or zoom sessions.... I am able to be 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.
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, OCD, stress, bereavement, self-harm, gender issues and peri/post-natal and therefore happy to work with these issues
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 then 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 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. DipHECouns. (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 a 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.
Employment Assisted Programmes welcomed -  previously & currently 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 UK
I have worked for 'Connecting Mums' Peri/Post-natal service (Mind UK) as outreach support, for Dalton Ulverston and South Lakes.
Also 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, families 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.

Member organisations

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


Thank you for taking the time to view my page.. I look forward to meeting you :-)
Shirley Walker

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Fees

From £55.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured
  • WPA

Additional information

From £55.00 per 60mins for individual sessions

£70.00 per 75mins for couples counselling/relationship/family therapy.

£55.00 per 90mins Integrative Supervision (1.5hrs monthly min) Student concessions can be discussed 

I offer telephone and online counselling as an alternative to face to face counselling and fees can be paid via cash, or online banking

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Work hours - Monday to Friday excluding thursday 9am - 8.30pm..can be flexible.

Also some availability  most weekends.

Further information

I am a member of the BACP. (British Assoc of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I adhere 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)

Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12

Lancaster, LA1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

Parking available Currently offering video calls via FaceTime, WhatsApp &zoom telephone calls

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

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