Dr. Stephen Skippon, Counsellor at Lemons to Lemonade
I'm a Psychotherapist/Counsellor at Lemons to Lemonade, an independent counselling, coaching, and clinical psychology 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. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends Cognitive and Behavioural interventions as the preferred treatment, ahead of medication. I have specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and 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.
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 weekly one-to-one sessions that are 50 minutes long, in our comfortable, private, and easily accessible counselling room. 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- £70 per session for psychotherapy/counselling.
- We accept payment by debit and credit cards, bank transfer, or cash.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Our premises are fully accessible to wheelchair users and those for whom stairs are difficult, via a lift. There is ample free parking in Broughton Retail Park with disabled parking spaces very close to our entrance.
I currently have availability for counselling. For further details please contact me on 07376 010506 or email
Types of client