Step By Step Counselling & Therapies Carlisle, North Cumbria

Counselling in the Eden Valley covering CARLISLE, PENRITH, BRAMPTON and surrounding areas. Appointments also now available online or via telephone.

A chance to sit down, and talk through the things that are important to you.

Does life feel like its getting on top of you?
Could you benefit from a place to take some time-out?
... to explore your thoughts and feelings
... to get back on a front foot again

Hello my name is Tracy,

In the last 18 months much of our world, and our reality has changed as a result of the pandemic. Perhaps counselling is something you might not previously have considered. Maybe you feel your life has changed as a result of Covid, and you are wondering how to move forward in life.Perhaps you are feeling lost and confused? Whatever the reason counselling can offer you that safe space to explore your feelings. In addition to face to face appointments, if you would prefer I offer telephone appointments, and from the 21st February will be offering online appointments via Zoom.

I am based in the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria within easy reach of Carlisle, Penrith, Brampton and the surrounding areas. Whether you are an adult or young person seeking therapy for the first time, I am aware taking the first step, can be a daunting experience. Starting counselling, and opening up about the matters that are important to you, isn't always easy to do.

As a counsellor, I recognise the importance of feeling safe, listened to and unjudged, this is what will form the foundations of our counselling sessions together. It's a chance for you to off load and share the issues that matter to you at your own pace in a relaxed and unhurried environment. If you are a parent seeking counselling for your child, I understand that it is important for that you find the right support for your child. I encourage you to talk to your child about counselling prior to the first appointment, and discuss with your child the support they might need.

So what can I offer you? Counselling is very much a two way process. As a counsellor whilst I can't tell you what to do, or give you the answers. I can though support you, through your own personal journey, and help you navigate the challenges you are currently facing. I often find it helps to look at the reasons behind our thought's, feelings, and behaviours. Once we know why, or how something happens then we can look at finding a solution. Or look at finding strategies to help you overcome a difficulty. Maybe you are feeling anxious? Together we can look at what causes the anxiety, and how you might overcome those feelings? Maybe you are struggling with relationships either with a family member, friend, work colleague? I can support you in exploring your relationships with others, and how your relationships can be improved. Maybe you are a concerned parent who has a child needing support? I have many years experience of supporting children, and families and can work alongside you, to help support them through any emotional challenges they face. I have worked with children, and young people as a counsellor, youth work, and various roles in a range of different settings. This has given me an understanding of the importance, of having solid foundations in life.

Whether a child or adult ,sometimes life can land us a few knocks, and throw up some challenges. Counselling can offer support during those times, and help strengthen our personal foundations. Everyone's counselling experience will be unique . I encourage potential clients, to come for an initial therapy session, to see if I am the right counsellor for them. After that you can decide if you would like to commit to further sessions with me.

I have an interest in how childhood can affect us as adults, for example, Stress/Anxiety, M.E/CFS/Thyroid Problems. I am also interested in people's relationships with food especially how sugar, can affect our physical, and emotional well being. My experience and interest in the impact sugar can have on a person has led me to run successful Practically Sugar Free Workshops. Following the success of these workshops and my increased interest in food/eating and the impact it has on people, I am keen to support people in exploring their relationship with food.
I have worked as a counsellor within a University Counselling Service, for a YMCA Counselling Service which supported children and young people. and a Community Counselling Service. In a addition to my private practice, I am currently working as a counsellor in a secondary school. I have a Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB), BA Hons in Youth and Community Studies. I have also completed the Parenting Puzzle leader training, and have helped run parenting courses. As part of my professional development I continuing to update my skills, most recently I have completed diploma courses in Inner Child Work, Mindfulness, and Anxiety.

My counselling practice, is easily accessible from the A6 and M6, and within easy reach of Carlisle, Penrith, and Brampton. I am also a few minutes away from Armathwaite train station, which has direct links to Carlisle. As well as being within easy reach of Carlisle and Penrith in North Cumbria, towns such as Hexham, Haltwhistle in Northumberland, and neighbouring areas of Southern Scotland like Gretna and Annan are also within easy access of my Counselling Practice.

I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors, and Psychotherapists), and work within their ethical framework. I am also fully ensured, and DBS checked. As a counsellor I work with individuals offering short, or long term therapy. Counselling can enable individuals the chance to make sense of life situations, and help forward them move forward.

As a counsellor I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :

  • Change
  • Relationships
  • Self Harm
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood Issues/School issues
  • Depression
  • Stress

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