Counselling in Lancaster and Manchester
Finding a counsellor that suits you is not an easy task; I think it should be a positive decision. At Beyond Labels you are received as an individual, not a label. Whatever the cause, problems often affect our mental health and well-being, especially when we have to cope with underlying emotions such as fear, sadness, guilt, regrets or a sense of hopelessness. I won't provide answers, but I will support you to gain insight and skills to help you make your own decisions about how you want to change.
About me — a local counsellor and trainer
I've spent over 30 years as an educator and counsellor working with such organisations as The Youth Justice Trust; Barnardos and Manchester LGBT Foundation. I make sure I keep up to date with the latest training and research. I offer integrative counselling, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with person centred values at the core. I don't have a particular specialism, but have supported people, young and old, dealing with a wide range of troubling feelings, pressures leading to mental ill-health and inability to cope.
Difficulty with travelling to see me? I can offer telephone counselling to those who find it difficult to leave the house. Currently I practice in both Lancaster and Manchester. See my Practicalities page for how to contact me for a free first session.
How counselling works
Counselling is not about having to tell a complete stranger all your hidden secrets. Counsellors can't read your mind. The process is one in which you will be given respect and non-judgemental attentiveness to support you to address the difficulties you are experiencing. Counsellors give you control from the very first session. Nothing is demanded and what you tell me is completely your decision. I, like other counsellors, work to build trusting relationships in which issues can be raised and strategies to address them are jointly developed.
Types of therapy
Person Centred counselling
Person-centred counselling focuses on your distressed experiences and supports you to discover insights about yourself from which to build strategies and regain well being.
‘The person who knows you best, is and always will be, you.’ Carl Rodgers.
Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) counselling
CBT is a type of talking treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do). Find out more from MIND
Integrative counselling allows me to use tools from different approaches that are best suited to address your particular difficulties.
How I deliver therapy
My counselling practice is based in Lancaster and Manchester. Both premises have good parking and disabled access. If the circumstances are right, I'm happy to offer telephone counselling to people who find it difficult to get out and about. I can offer long and short-term face-to-face counselling. We'll review your plan frequently to make adjustments regarding your progression.
Like all professional counsellors I have regular clinical supervision. I'll explain this to you when we meet, and ask for your consent to take your case into supervision. Confidentiality, safeguarding and data protection are of paramount importance and information is always anonymised.
You can find me also on BACP Find a Therapist
Clients I work with
Individuals; Couples; Families; Young People and Students.
A client’s story
The client involved gave informed consent to have their story reproduced in this anonymised fashion. It gives one of many reasons for seeking counselling.
“I was 7 yrs old when my father told me ‘you catch like a girl’. In fact as I recalled I had not caught the ball at all, it was a hard throw from my older brother and had slipped from my grasp. My brother then started to call me names like ‘sissy’. He seemed to enjoy embarrassing me, particularly at school. Typically, I was the last one chosen for teams, and was bullied. I was always compared with my very popular brother and tried hard to be like him. Teachers kept comparing us, but I could do nothing that drew praise. I began to feel like a complete failure. I went to university and although I felt I could have done better I achieved only a 2:2. No-one has ever encouraged me, I feel I could have gone a long way if they had. I feel angry and disappointed with myself nearly all the time. I have not gotten jobs that give me status, I take time off quite a lot and am afraid I will be sacked. I was married but divorced now, I can’t see the point in living sometimes…
I offer a full first session free of charge without any obligation to continue. If you think counselling could help you, or you have any questions about counselling at Beyond Labels please contact me at [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Details of fees and locations in Lancaster and Manchester can be found on the Practicalities page on this site.