Sky Higgins BA (Hons), MBACP
Currently offering online and telephone counselling due to COVID-19. I offer a confidential, sensitive, caring therapeutic space to examine and find healing from the difficulties that arise in life, be that loss, depression, anxiety, stress, difficult life events, chronic pain/illness, mental health issues, childhood events such as divorce, issues of identity and search for meaning. I support you to find your path through these challenges in order to heal and grow.
I am a qualified person-centred therapist with experience in bereavement including complex bereavements such as suicide. Feedback from clients shows that they appreciate my gentle and compassionate approach. Working from the person-centred model means that I will support your own healing journey rather than advise or analyse you.
Person centred counselling is based on the belief that we all have an innate capacity for healing and that when we are struggling with life’s challenges a skilled, caring and facilitative counselling relationship can support us in this.
I am interested in the potential for growth during life’s toughest challenges. Working with people during the crisis of bereavement is a privilege and I am honoured to be trusted to provide support during such a deeply vulnerable time.
I also resonate with the challenges of overcoming childhood issues such as low self-esteem, lack of confidence and negative self-image, challenging core beliefs that we are not worthy, and developing our own skills of self-compassion and new ways of caring for the self. This can be a very vulnerable and challenging journey and I can support you to unpick deeply held wounds in a safe and authentic way at a pace that is set by you.
Prior to counselling I have experience of social care, working with a wide range of needs, creative arts, community and schools work, community work on social justice issues, and with local communities in need. My counselling experience is with adults, bereavement, (including suicide) carers and cancer patients. As well as my qualification in the person centred approach I draw on my own life experiences in order to deepen the understanding I can offer my clients, in particular losing a family member to suicide and living with chronic health conditions.
I am continually expanding my knowledge base both for personal growth and to deepen my practice. Some areas that resonate with me are self-compassion, holistic health, eastern philosophy/spirituality, mindfulness, intuitive eating/HAES, body image work, women's empowerment, the mind/ body connection, connection to nature, and somatic/embodied practices.
I am deeply committed to both my professional standards and to the ongoing professional and personal development needed to offer you the level of support you require. However as well as being suitably qualified a counsellor needs to be the right ‘fit’ for you so you can feel safe enough to open up. I know how important this is so if my profile appeals then please get in touch. I am happy to answer any questions you may have either about person-centred counselling generally or what I can offer.
I am LGBTQIA, kink and polyamory friendly – I am expanding this area of my knowledge base so I am not expert in all those areas however I want you to know that I take a positive and affirming view of diverse sexualities, genders and relationships and you will not be judged for these.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Training:
- BACP member, with BACP accredited qualification. I hold current professional insurance and operate under the BACP ethical framework.
- BA (Hons) Person Centred Therapy (1st class) University of Cumbria 2014
- Counselling Skills 2009
- Mediation Skills (Neighbourhood, Youth and Family)
- EFT Level 2 2014
- Eden Valley Hospice Bereavement Support training 2012-2014
- Private Practice 2018-2020
- SOBS Cumbria (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) Group facilitator and board member 2016-2017
- Odyssey Cancer Charity – Volunteer Counsellor 2015-2016
- Eden Valley Hospice – Bereavement Support 2012-2014
- West Cumbria Carers – Volunteer Counsellor 2012
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
£35 per hour for individual counselling. If cost is a problem I can offer some unwaged/low income sessions at £25 please ask.
I offer sessions in both Carlisle, and Brigham, West Cumbria. Please let me know which location you would prefer to be seen at.
In Carlisle there is disabled parking outside, and 2 hour disc parking 10 mins walk away. The room is up a flight of stairs, but I can arrange alternative venue if you need wheelchair/stair-free access.
In Brigham there is free on street parking outside. The building has 2 steps to access it.