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I have worked as an Integrative Psychotherapist for over 20 years, and during that time have encountered and resolved a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties.
My approach to therapy is compassionate and non-judgmental with the aim being to achieve resolution, understanding and closure.
Each first session begins with an Introduction and an Assessment. These will inform the way forward regarding your Therapy and its approach and substance. It will also be possible to configure the most positive and progressive approach to take in the future. The aim will be to lead to greater self belief, self awareness and your “sense of self”. The phrase “Know Thyself” may appear to be an impossible aim however I believe, at the very least, a part of this is possible using Psychotherapy as its vehicle.
You will be able to explore and explain your problems, difficulties and concerns which have brought you to Psychotherapy. Time will be set aside for you to ask any questions and my hope is that you will feel comfortable alongside my own sense of care and security towards you.
My Therapy Room has a comforting, relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. My aim is to guide you into achieving a greater self awareness concerning current or past experiences and also how these have affected you. At this point in time, you may believe that your motivation, inner strengths and coping skills have proven to be ineffective. However, during Therapy, these doubts and beliefs will be resolved in order for you to lead the meaningful and satisfying life you deserve.
For many years I have helped with the ability to change and to find solutions for Clients who are experiencing unique problems and concerns. These difficulties may have presented themselves as depression, anxiety, relationship and marital problems, OCD, a lack of self worth, PTSD, Complex PTSD, battle fatigue, bereavement and loss. It has also proven possible to address experiences of trauma and abuse, anger management, existing suicidal thoughts, ongoing stress, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and cognitive behavoural dysfunction. These distressing and ongoing experiences and symptoms are successfully treated with ongoing Therapeutic support, knowledge, empathy and understanding.
When reading this profile you may feel lost in your life or overwhelmed by experiences in the past or the present. These experiences may also have resulted in you feeling or thinking that a happier or more contented way of life is no longer possible or deserved. However, on closer inspection this conclusion will prove to be very different.
After consideration, your decision may hopefully be to arrange a Psychotherapy Introductory Session. This is a Therapy Session in which you will be able to explain the problems and difficulties you feel comfortable sharing. Also, we will be able to get to know each other a little better. Consequently, if your decision is to arrange an initial Psychotherapy Session, I can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone 07539 829008 and on my website https://lancaster-counselling.co.uk .
My hours are flexible between 9:00am – 8.00pm on weekdays.
Thank you for reading my profile and I look forward to meeting you soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist M.A (U.K.C.P. & B.A.C.P.) with over twenty years of experience with a wide diversity of mental health problems. These include relational, personal and work related difficulties and other life challenges.
I have worked within the NHS, at a Psychotherapy Centre in the North West of England for several years. During these years I also worked for a local GP practice at the University of Lancaster, where I worked with students as well as patients from the general public.
My other experiences have included voluntary work for the North Lancashire Counselling Service. I have also provided support and assistance for CAMHS in another area of the country and worked as a Community Youth Mentor.
During the past twenty years, I have also practiced within a group of other Psychotherapists and facilitated Group Psychoanalytic Sessions. However, currently, I work with Clients on a one to one basis.
My Therapy Room is located only a few minutes from the centre of Lancaster and the Railway Station. Also, my hours are flexible from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, weekdays. I understand that each person has life priorities and so aim to be flexible where possible when arranging suitable times for a Psychotherapy Session.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Additional areas I can cover are:
Health Related Difficulties
Age Related Changes
Child Behavoural Problems
Disabilities And Adjustment To These
Multiple Losses (Bereavement)
Work Related Stress/Bullying
Retirement Adjustment Difficulties
My regular therapy fee is £40-£45 per hourly Session, though concessions are available.
My Therapy Room has a calming, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and is located just a few minutes from Lancaster town centre and the Railway Station. Parking is readily available and the Therapy room is easily accessible.
My availability is flexible. Sessions are 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday - Friday. Availability is 24 hours/ 7 days weekly if a Crisis Session is required or a telephone call intervention.