Suzi Byrne

Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1
07517 354053 07517 354053
Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

About me

I am a Person Centred Counsellor, and you can find out lots more about me at my website www.counselling-lancaster.co.uk

I am able to work face-to-face, online or via the telephone.  At present due to COVID-19 physical distancing rules, I am only able to work remotely.

I offer a calm, non-judgmental space for you to talk through whatever issues you may be struggling with.  I believe that is most important in counselling is to find a person with whom you can build a trusting relationship. Counselling with me moves at your pace, and it will always be your choice to decide what we talk about in any session. Sometimes people imagine that to be “ready” for therapy you need to be feeling strong enough to instantly share your most difficult experiences with a stranger. I do not believe this is the case for everyone. I believe in giving each of my clients the time and space to explore things in a way which feels useful, safe and under their control.

I work in a non-directive way. This means that I will not tell you how I think you should do, what you should feel or what you should do differently.  am not here to “fix” you. I am not here to diagnose you. I believe that there are many things in the world which are far more powerful than simply giving someone my advice. Solutions to life’s problems are so much more successful if they come from the heart. For that reason, I aim to help you reach your own conclusions. This does not mean I will be a passive presence who merely nods along while you talk. I will be as engaged in the process as you are, but I take my lead from you. I may ask questions, or share my impressions of what you are telling me. I won’t send you away with homework tasks or lists to fill in. Ultimately I believe that the way forward is yours alone, and the work of therapy is for us to work together to help you find it.

I left my previous career as a solicitor in the public sector, not only to seek more meaningful work, but also because I had a growing feeling that there were deeply important aspects of myself which were being squashed. The experience of feeling those parts of me come back to life in recent years has given me a real interest in issues of identity, how we define who we are and how our identities change during our lives. My own experiences of living with chronic pain as a child and young adult have also given me a deeply felt personal and professional interest in working with people dealing with pain and illness.

I work from my comfortable and quiet room in central Lancaster, which is easy to find and offers free parking. It is also near bus routes and only a 10 minute walk from Lancaster train station. I'll invite you in, offer you a cup of tea or coffee and give you the space to be heard.

Training, qualifications & experience

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Cumbria.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Initital sessions are free of charge, and will be conducted via telephone for online/telephone counselling clients.

Subsequent sessions are £40 per hour, but this is negotiable for those on low incomes.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students

White Cross Business Park, South Road
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

My room is on the first floor. For clients who struggle with stairs I can make arrangements to use a more accessible space in Morecambe, or we can discuss the possibility of online/telephone sessions.

Availability

Appointments are available during the week, at a variety of times of day including evenings.

Types of client

Adults
Suzi Byrne

Suzi Byrne