Therapiesforlifecounselling offers Counselling in South Cumbria and Lancashire. Counselling is a 'talking therapy' - a time and place where you can discuss whatever is causing you concern in a safe and confidential environment. Usually it takes place face to face, but if you are unable to attend either premises it can also be done over the telephone, or on line, using a service such as Zoom. Often the process can be difficult and challenging, as feelings such as hopelessness, helplessness, powerlessness, shame, and loneliness have to be faced and dealt with. Generally the aim is to enable you to invoke change in your life in order to manage and deal with whatever is the cause of your distress.
A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do. With their encouragement and support you will be talking about what is causing you distress, considering what the root causes of this are and looking at the ways that you are thinking about it. The counsellor will enable and empower you to find your own solutions to these issues. These solutions will be things that you feel you are capable of doing, either by yourself or with support from others in your life.
Counselling can help with many things that can cause you difficulty. Just a few of the major issues that can be addressed include -
Anxiety and Stress
Depression and other mental health issues
Gender and Sexual Diversity
Loss and Bereavement
Self Esteem and Shame
Chrissy originally came to counselling through anger management, having lived for a number of years through challenging personal issues and unsuccessful relationships as an angry person in denial.
In early 2010 she attended the British Association of Anger Management's anger management programme led by Mike Fisher finally coming to appreciate the full nature of her anger and the impact that it had on her life.
She then went on to train as an accredited facilitator of anger management programmes with Mike completing her training in November 2010. Chrissy then gained her Certificate in Counselling Skills through Life-Force, Colchester in December 2011 and qualified in working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in October 2012. She completed her Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Counselling Skills and Theory in January 2018.
She is presently studying on a Foundation Certificate in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity Therapy with Pink Therapy in London, having previously attended 6 days of Pink Therapy Essentials in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy Training in early 2017.
Chrissy adopts an integrative approach to her counselling work underpinned by a person centered, humanistic position but able to shift to other styles depending on the clients needs. She has found that her own practice is informed through her continued self-development, her work with her clients and her research and learning.
This has led her to appreciate two key elements of counselling - the continual development and deepening of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client within a safe and secure environment, and her ability as a therapist to accept and value the individuality and importance of her client's experiences so that she can fully support her client's unique journey of self-learning and personal development.
She has a current, clean enhanced DBS certificate, has full indemnity insurance in place for both her counselling and anger management work. She is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and holds qualifications in Organizational Data Security Fundamentals and Risk Management. She is an Accredited Registrant member of the National Counselling Society and works under their Code of Ethics. She is also a Student Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.
She moved to Dalton-In-Furness in Cumbria in 2018 having lived in Colchester, Essex for the past 20 years. She is 60, divorced twice, and has three children, two of whom are grown up.
She says of her counselling work -
"I work from a humanistic background which values and affirms you as an individual, recognizing and supporting your desire to understand and change yourself. I utilize an integrated approach, usually working from a person-centered position but using other theories that I have been trained in as appropriate. I look to create a balanced relationship between the two of use, working in a collaborative way to enable you to identify what is wrong and empowering you to decide for yourself how you want to go about changing it, if that is what you decide that you want to do."
You can contact me via text to 07970 856664 - just send 'Counselling' and your name / number or alternatively you can message me via the 'Click Here To Book Your First
Session' button below and fill in the details; either way I'll call you back as soon as I can.
Sessions are available Face to Face or On line
Covering South Cumbria and Lancashire
Tuesday - Friday 11:00 - 23:00
South Cumbria - sessions at Dalton-In-Furness (Tuesday and Wednesday) and £40 per 50 minute session;
couples sessions are £50 per 50 minute session
Lancashire - sessions at Preston (Thursday and Friday) are £45 per 50 minute session;
couples sessions are £55 per 50 minute session (includes cost of room hire)
Online sessions are £40 per 50 minute session;
Online couples session are £50 per 50 minute session