“. . . I was only talking about you this morning. everything is really good, in fact more than good and it’s thanks to our sessions . . .”
JUNE LAWRENSON, M.A; BSc(Hons); MBACP accredited; UKRC
My aim as a counsellor is to provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment where you can explore anxiety, stress, trauma, painful experiences, loss, conflict, confusion or despair. I feel that a good relationship and humour are essential for counselling to be effective.
I believe we are all unique individuals and as such we know our selves better than anyone else. In normal times we can manage our own lives and solve our own problems. However, there may be times when we feel stuck, in conflict, anxious, panicky, or have suffered loss. During these times it can help to explore these feelings and gain valuable insight into what is going on. This facilitates better ways of coping and finding the courage to change self destructive thinking and behaviour. I can help you to gain confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem enabling you to have a happier more fulfilling life.
As well as being a counsellor I am a wife, a mother a grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. I believe all of these relationships have helped me with my role as a counsellor.
I started my counselling career in 1986 after doing various basic counselling skills courses. I then volunteered as a listener on a children’s helpline. I have had many varied experiences since including workplace counselling and GP practices. I started my private practice, Caleidoscope Counselling Services, in 1999 and have had various contracts with large organisations as well as working with individuals.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. I gained a BSc (Hons) Psychology in 1996 and an MA in Counselling in 1997.
ANDY LAWRENSON MA; BA(HONS); MNCS
Hello and welcome! If you are here reading this, then you have found the resolve to take that vital first step – acknowledging that you may need some help to resolve an issue or conflict that you feel stuck with. All of us have issues that have felt overwhelming at some point in our lives, often presenting as knots of anger, sadness or loss. One of the most powerful ways of unravelling these knots is to talk to someone who is simply there for you. someone who is uninvolved in your personal life, but will simply listen and bring their experience to help peel back the layers to get to right down to what is really going on for you.
I initially trained and worked with individuals, and groups with CRUSE Bereavement Care. After studying at Durham University for two years, I then worked as a counsellor within a drug and alcohol agency. I now still work for CRUSE with bereavement issues, and in private practice, working with individuals and couples over a range of different issues.
My approach is broadly person centred. I believe that we are all intimately connected with our own affairs, and that deep down underneath the layers, we have the answers to our conflicts within ourselves. My privilege in working with you as a counsellor will be to help you find the answers that feel right for you, enabling you to move towards a sense of resolution.
I am a companion member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and am working towards accreditation. Also a member of BACP.