Wendy Marsh MBACP Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor based in Chorley
I am a MBACP Accredited and UKRCP Registered Person Centred Counsellor based in Buckshaw Village in Chorley and with over 13 years of experience working with adults of all ages, individuals and couples from a wide range of backgrounds presenting at varying levels of distress, I work with bereavement, relationship problems, work difficulties, stress, anxiety, anger, depression, confidence, low self esteem and personal development offering Face to Face, Telephone Counselling and Online Video Counselling.
I work part time in my private counselling/supervision practice where I offer flexible daytime and evening appointments alongside my role as Online Bereavement Counsellor with Sue Ryder.
I work as an affiliate counsellor for a number Employment Assistance Programmes and have a special interest in working with Workplace Stress, Anger, Confidence building, Assertiveness training and Couples/Relationship Counselling. In addition to my counselling qualifications I am trained in Anger Management, Family Mediation, Coaching and Mentoring.
My training is in the Person Centred Approach, my positive and supportive attitude communicates understanding, trust and acceptance to the client, who is encouraged to see themselves in a more balanced and accepting way. As I have developed my approach has become more integrative and I draw on my skills as is most appropriate and beneficial for the individual client.
I am fully committed to helping clients bring about positive change in their lives and to support my professional development I regularly undertake additional training and professional development courses.
I worked in East Lancashire for 10 years as a consultant within a voluntary counselling service where I supported and advised management on all aspects of running a professional accountable counselling service
I provide clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, and to those in training or in related professions. I am also able to provide academic, accreditation support. I have extensive experience of conducting initial counselling assessments to establish the clients need.
In addition to private practice I have worked in the local community as a wellbeing worker, and as a consortium supervisor. The wellbeing role essentially assisted individuals to stay well and maintain independence. Every day was different but each day my aim was to support individuals to lead healthier lives and build their personal resilience to cope with live's challenges. I have met some truly inspiring people and feel humbled to be a part of their life for a short time as their wellbeing worker, I take great delight in supporting individuals to value themselves and recognise that they have capacity to change, I trust that a person is their own expert they just need a little encouragement to believe in themselves.
I also work as an affiliate counsellor for Employment Assistance Programmes (EAP's). For those seeking EAP counselling I am happy to take referrals directly from employers for short term counselling. I am also interested in building business relationships with EAP providers taking on employee referrals living in the Lancashire area.
Telephone counselling works in the same way as face to face counselling, but is conducted over the phone. Some counsellors may offer this as an additional avenue of support between face to face counselling sessions, and others may focus solely on conducting the counselling over the phone.
How does telephone counselling work?
The first step is simply for the client to call the counsellor for an initial discussion. If the counsellor feels that telephone counselling is going to be an appropriate method of treatment, a session can be booked in for a time that is convenient for you. During the initial conversation, the counsellor will take the opportunity to discuss the areas that need to be addressed, to find out some background information about the client, and to discuss the number of counselling sessions that may be needed. The counsellor will also usually outline their confidentiality policy as well as general information, such as cancellation policy.
There are many benefits of telephone counselling *Please note telephone counselling is available for people aged 18 and above.
Advantages of Telephone Counselling
It is more convenient
There are no geographical limits
There is no need to make other arrangements to make appointments (e.g. childcare, time off work, etc)
All you need to do is find a quiet, private place where you feel comfortable talking personally.
It gives a greater sense of anonymity, It is ideal for people who find travelling difficult
It can provide an effective way to access counselling that may not previously have been available for the person
It removes the stigma of physically attending a counselling session.
I may on occasions suggest that telephone counselling is not ideal/effective for the problem you are presenting.
Please call me for an initial chat to establish whether telephone counselling will be the most effective way of counselling for you.
Online Counselling is just like having face-to-face counselling, except you will talk to the counsellor online using a secure video link. Online sessions are available for couples and individuals.
If you and your partner live in different places online counselling is an easy way for you both to take part in a session from separate locations.
Please call me for an initial chat to establish whether online counselling will be the most effective way of counselling for you.
All you need to use online counselling service is a computer, laptop, telephone or a device with a webcam. Once you've booked a session you will receive an email prior to the appointment with the details of your booking with a link to access your session.
At the time of your appointment, just click the link and you’ll be connected to a video call with myself.
I use Zoom to provide our Online Counselling. If you've never used Zoom before when you click the link you may be asked to install a plugin to connect your camera with your web browser. Follow the on-screen instructions and select 'Run' to install.
I offer clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, and to those in training or in related professions. I am also able to provide academic, accreditation support. I work with an integrative approach and have supervised trainees and qualified practitioners from various models, both in groups and one-to-one. I enjoy working with students, as it is so rewarding to see trainees develop their skills and grow in confidence.
The Hawkins & Shohet model of supervision supports my work; it is a double matrix model focusing on the processes of the client/supervisee and supervisee/supervisor relationship, known as the seven-eyed model of supervision as seven modes are worked through in the supervisory session. The modes focus on the client, the counsellor’s interventions, client/counsellor relationship, the therapist, the therapist/supervisor relationship, the supervisor and lastly concentrating on the wider context. I integrate elements of Stoltenberg & Delworths Developmental model as well as referring to John Heron’s intervention model.
If you are looking for a professional, approachable and supportive supervisor, I would be pleased to meet with you. Please contact me by email or give me a call on 07895855831
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision 2011
BACP Accreditation 2010
CPCAB Accredited Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2005 - 2007
ONCW Counselling Theories 2005
ABC Counselling Skills 2004
ABC Counselling Concepts 2004
Ascentis Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector 2012
Child Sexual Exploitation
Loss and Bereavement with CRUSE
Working with Couples
Working with Aspergers
Working with male survivors of Abuse with Mike Lew Glyndwr university Experiential Workshop with Nick Baker
Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder with Dr Jane Potts
Working with adolescents
Dissociation Identity Disorder PODS Workshop
Anger Management with Kevin Barratt
Dave Mearns & Brian Thorne Seminar with Ffynnon
BACP Accreditation Workshop with Helen Coles
Personal Development with Maundy Grange
Family Mediation Training with Maundy Grange
Family Mediation Training with Help the Homeless
Encounter Group with Maundy Relief
BAPCA Encounter Group East Lancashire
Various NLP Courses with Maundy Grange
Mental Health Awareness with Alston Hall
Personal Development Haven Counselling
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Room Booking Deposit
Please see my Fees & Cancellation Policy on my website.
Assessment 1 hour £40.00
Individuals 1 hour £40.00
Couples 1 hour £50.00
Student Counsellors / Volunteer Counsellors 1 hour £40.00
Telephone Counselling 1 hour £40.00
Online Video Counselling 1 hour £40.00 Couples £50.00
Home Visits - please call for further information
Qualified Counsellors 1.5 hours £50.00
Cancellation Policy: Less than 24 hours notice requires 50% of the fee to be paid.
Payment Method: Cash Payments, Cheque, Bank Transfer
Evenings and Friday Day times
How Counselling Works?
Counselling and psychotherapy involve a series of regular meetings in which we will work together to explore and understand what is troubling you. It's a collaborative process, tailored to your individual needs. I don't give advice, but I can think with you about your situation and help you find your own solutions.
What Happens in a Session?
Sessions last 60 minutes and offer the opportunity to reflect on how you think, feel and respond to life events. In a professional and supportive environment, you can discuss past experiences, current challenges or your hopes for the future. Through talking with a qualified and experienced therapist, you can gain self-awareness and explore your potential.
How many Sessions will I need?
I offer both short-term and long-term work with individuals, couples and organisations. Some clients need specific, focused and short term help and some may wish to explore deeper issues and the work may be over a longer period of time.
How much will it cost?
Please see above or visit my website for further information. Payment method can be made either by cheque or cash or by bank transfer.
What is Registration & Accreditation with a professional body?
Being registered and accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
When are appointments available?
I will try to provide an appointment time which is convenient for you. Daytime and evening appointments are available, Home visits may be available.
What can I expect from our first session together?
Finding the right therapist to suit your personal needs might be the most difficult thing that you ever do. Before choosing your counsellor, you may want to meet with more than one, so that you can decide which style would "fit" best for you. I offer an initial assessment session where you can make your mind up if my style of work can meet your needs. There will be time for me to explain Counselling in more depth and also for you to ask any questions you may have. It will also give you chance to explain what brought you to Counselling and what you would like to gain from our work together. You may not know what you want but even so, this will give us an opportunity to see if Counselling is right for your present situation. As with many aspects of Counselling, you are in control and so there is no pressure or obligation to continue after this session, the choice remains with you.
What about Confidentiality?
I have a confidentiality policy and will explain the policy in detail at the initial consultation session. Information will not be disclosed to others outside the therapeutic setting without the client's knowledge and consent, except in rare legal circumstances or where there is a serious risk of actual harm to the client or others.
I respect my client's need for dignity, confidentiality and anonymity and will preserve this at all costs. Clients have given consent to publish the following testimonials.
"It's difficult to express in just a few words how my counselling with you has meant to me. It has been quite a journey. When I met you I felt so lost in lots of ways, now I feel I have found my way again. Thank you so much for being there to guide me through it.I'll always remember this time in my life and the big part that you were in it. I feel lucky to have met you. Thank you so very much!"
" I had tried counselling in the past for another issue and it was not effective and had put me off a little. Wendy developed a rapport with me very quickly and was able to help me identify the sources of many issues linked to my original reason. Together we worked through the issues and I quickly felt able to cope and manage the situation i was facing better. She is excellent and I would highly recommend her thankyou! x
"Thank you Wendy, I wasn't coping at all with the overwhelming events in my life.The sessions with you gave the safe haven to express myself and recognise the good in myself and how not to beat myself up with worry. You helped me more than you will ever know x"
"First rate Counselling, totally professional and caring, would recommend to any person wanting help and understanding, don't delay and book a session today" MB
"Thank you very much for all your help. You've helped me to hang in on some times which felt bleak and instilled some self-belief."
"Wendy was wonderful and has been a huge help. She has helped me to understand and manage my anxiety and get to know myself. She is an excellent counsellor and I am glad I found her website. I went feeling dubious about the results and thought I was a 'lost cause'... Wendy proved me wrong and I noticed a difference very quickly. Thank you very much."
"Thanks so much for the help and support you've given me. It has been really helpful to talk things through and start to question myself."
"I enjoyed all my sessions and would have liked more, but it was funded through my employer. Wendy brings professional opinions, life experience, advice and empathy to her consultations, Top Job!"
"Wendy has helped me with a couple of issues and i am better socially now"
"There isn't enough words that I could share with you to show my gratitude, love and respect."
"I just wanted you to know how much the last few months has meant to me.There are so many things that meant so much to me and helped me become the person I am now. I don't know that the words exist to explain what I mean, but i'm sure that you understand. I have felt 100% comfortable in that 'little room' and it has probably been the most real and honest experience of my life. I don't think I have ever opened up and laid myself on the line as I have with you, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for just accepting me for who I am. I truly feel as though you have walked this road by my side, but that I have chosen the direction. No matter how dark and lonely the path became, you were there. Once again than you so much."
"Having never attended counselling before i was unsure whether it would help me with the problem i faced, but now can only wish i had done this years earlier, Thank you for all your time Wendy"
"Thanks it was good having your help, I like the way you work."
"Thank you so much for everything, I'll never forget how much you helped me, the motivation is finally coming back thank you again"
"Thanks for everything, as you know you saved my life and helped me get through."
"The sessions helped me a lot and you made me feel comfortable and at ease so we could get to the route of the problem"
"Thanks for your help, its made a difference."
"I felt very comfortable talking to you, Wendy, and found the sessions very helpful. I would certainly contact you again if i needed further counselling and will definitely recommend you. Thanks very much"