Dr. Stephen Skippon, Psychotherapist at Lemons to Lemonade
I'm a Psychotherapist at Lemons to Lemonade, an independent psychological therapy and coaching practice based at Broughton Retail Park, readily accessible from Chester and North Wales, and run by partners Dr. Rachel Skippon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and myself Dr. Stephen Skippon.
Difficulties I can help with:
I offer psychological therapy and counselling to help people deal with a wide range of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic, panic disorder, stress, low self-esteem, low self-worth, sleep difficulties, relationship difficulties, problems at work, bereavement, and other forms of loss.
Therapy for sleep difficulties
I provide a specialist therapy service for anyone who has difficulties sleeping or has a diagnosis of insomnia. Sleep difficulties may occur on their own, or they may be linked with psychological distress caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or other problems. I have specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the preferred treatment, ahead of medication. I am able to provide in-depth sleep assessments and therapy, working with clients with any kind of sleep difficulty (except those that require specific medical treatment). Where clients’ sleep difficulties are linked with stress, anxiety, depression or other psychological difficulties I can provide combined therapy to address these together.
Therapy for unwanted patterns of sexual behaviour
I also provide a specialist therapy service for anyone who finds themselves in patterns of sexual behaviour that cause distress to themselves or others.
Approachable and professional
At Lemons to Lemonade we’re approachable and professional. Contacting a therapist can feel daunting – most of us have never done it before and we don’t know what to expect or whether it’s for us. You’ll find me friendly, warm, ready to listen, never judgemental, and here to do my best to help you. I know also that our clients need to be assured of a professional service that’s confidential, ethical, draws on up-to-date psychological knowledge, and uses effective, evidence-based therapies.
Free initial discussion
I offer a free, informal 15-minute telephone discussion to help you choose whether you’d like to arrange counselling with me. You can call or text to arrange this on 07376 010506 or click here to send us an email.
How I work with you
I’ll work with you in one-to-one sessions that are 50 minutes long. At the moment to help limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus our sessions will be via online video using the Zoom app, which is very easy to use, or by phone if clients prefer. After initial sessions in which I work collaboratively with you to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and the factors that influence them, we’ll agree an approach that’s specifically tailored to your needs and preferences, drawing on one or both of the therapies I offer.
The therapies I specialise in:
It can be difficult to choose between all the different kinds of therapies offered by different therapists. I specialise in two evidence-based therapies. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for a range of emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, and stress. It is particularly suitable for people who prefer a structured approach. Narrative Therapy provides a way for people to explore the impacts of problems on their lives, to find alternative ways of relating to those problems, and to develop more empowering ways of seeing themselves based on their own values, skills, and knowledge, which are often obscured and forgotten in the midst of difficulties.
Contact me on 07376 010506 or click here to send us an email.
Training, qualifications & experience
A therapist's qualifications can provide an assurance that they have appropriate training and a way of distinguishing between practitioners with different levels of training. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling; in addition, I’m trained to Level 2 in Narrative Therapy, have a British Psychological Society (BPS) approved Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and BPS Levels A and B qualifications in Psychometric Testing. I have a doctorate (PhD) in psychology, am a Chartered Psychologist (Research and Teaching), and am a nationally recognised expert in changing people’s behaviours: I was asked to contribute both a seminar and oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into Behaviour Change.
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Insomnia; Sleep difficulties; unwanted patterns of sexual behaviour
- £70 per session for psychotherapy/counselling.
- I accept payment by debit/credit card (I'll send you a link by text message that you can use to make a card payment), or by bank transfer.
At Lemons to Lemonade we also offer life coaching, work coaching, and clinical psychology. Contact us by phone on 07376 010506 or click here to send us an email to discuss how we might help you with these services.