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Zoe Purse MBACP Post Graduate Diploma

About me

With the current COVID-19 situation, many of our normal routines and daily activities have changed. Naturally this is a worrying and unsettling time especially as many of the things we usually do to look after our well-being have become difficult. You may be working from home, or in some form of physical isolation / distancing, feeling overwhelmed, feeling higher levels of anxiety all on top of other stresses. I am now offering counselling and psychotherapy via video conferencing, phone or via other appropriate apps. Although this is different from face to face therapy, it can be just as effective and powerful in helping with mental challenges.
Contact me to arrange a free consultation.

Welcome. I'm Zoe Purse and I provide counselling to individuals and young people in the lovely Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. My Counselling studio is in a purpose built log cabin set in my garden, at the foot of the Pennine hills, providing a relaxed and peaceful setting, whilst being easily accessible to the A56, M66 and M60.

I specialise in bereavement and loss and believe that we all experience grief at some time in our lives whether that be from death of a loved one or from the loss of a relationship, hopes, dreams, a future, a pet, a job, a home. I can offer support to help you work through the process of grief and together we can attempt to make sense out of the incomprehensible.

I work at a hospice in Manchester supporting individuals/young people with life limiting illness and people who are suffering bereavement and loss.

I am passionate about helping people who are going through difficult, emotional turmoil and understand that everyone is unique. I offer people support with understanding and empathy along side being non-judgmental, caring and genuine.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor and a member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I specialise in bereavement, complex grief and living with life limiting illness.

My counselling experience is diverse and includes working with people who have struggled with bereavement, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, work stress, identity and relationship issues (with friends, family or work colleagues).

I have worked in an education setting for many years and so have a deep understanding of the pressures and stresses of work from both staff and students. I work with young people using a variety of approaches including creative therapy.

Whilst Person Centered theory informs my practice, I use a client-focused, integrative approach which simply means that I will work in a way that suits you and your needs. I welcome people from all faiths, backgrounds, cultures and LGBT communities with warmth, openness and a non-judgmental approach.

Member organisations


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

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation to explore if counselling is right for you, to answer any queries you may have and importantly to see if we feel comfortable working with each other.

Individual Counselling - £40 per 1 hour session.

Couples Counselling - £50 per 1 hour session.
Children & Young People - £40 per 1 hour session.

You can pay by debit card, bank transfer or cash.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Please get in touch if you would like more information or to book a consultation. I aim to get back to you within 12 hours but if not, it will always be within 24 hours. There are occasions when emails go straight to junk/spam folders. Please check these if you haven't had a response from me.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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

I work from a purpose built log cabin, situated in the garden. There are two sets of stone steps to navigate to access the house and then the therapy room.


Daytime appointments: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-6pm

Evening appointments: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6pm-9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Zoe Purse MBACP Post Graduate Diploma

Zoe Purse MBACP Post Graduate Diploma