Walking beside you as you navigate a path through your concerns

I work with adults and young people over the age of 16 who wish to access counselling.

Berny Sansome
Psychotherapist

Now Offering Walk & Talk Therapy in the Blackburn Area

Here to listen and be with you while you find 
the answers you seek

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My aim is to offer you a compassionate, safe, and confidential space where you can navigate those concerns or worries that have brought you into counselling. 

I will be with you as you work through and understand your feelings and emotions so that you are free to make the choices you need or wish to make with a deeper understanding.

What to expect

Counselling is a powerful tool for you to access.

If you choose to meet with me, I offer you a warm, welcoming, and non-judgemental space where I trust you will feel safe and secure in sharing what troubles you in confidence.

Each person will have a unique combination of struggles or concerns – I will respect your individuality and your journey.

Initial Contact

When you first get in touch, I will contact you via email to arrange a consultation (there is no charge for this)

Consultation

The consultation allows us both to learn a little about each other. You can gain a sense if I am the right counsellor for you, and I can ensure I have the right knowledge and skill set to work safely and ethically with you.

Paperwork

If you decide you would like to work with me, I will send some paperwork for you to complete before therapy begins – I will explain this in the consultation. We will also agree your first appointment.

First appointment

Because you have already completed all the paperwork, the first appointment is a full 50 minute counselling appointment – no administration.

What can counselling help with?

Counselling and psychotherapy can help with any life event or circumstance that affects your mental, psychological, or physical health.

Having a safe and confidential therapeutic space to talk can help you understand your feelings, explore, and make choices about changes that are in your power, and navigate a path toward your goals.

Below are just some things you might wish to explore:

  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Low mood
  • Relationships with family, friends, or colleagues
  • Women’s health concerns
  • Men’s health concerns
  • Wellness
  • Stress at work
  • Low self-esteem

About me

I have been counselling clients since 2017. Prior to this I worked in education leadership in Human Resources. I bring my previous career experience and own life experiences into my role as a therapist. 

Once I qualified as a Psychotherapist from Salford University with a 1st Class (hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, I began my private practice in the Royal Exchange building where I have my own practice room.

l believe it is important to keep learning and gain new knowledge. I attend regular CPD and supervision as a matter of good practice and to keep my skills and knowledge up to date ensuring I meet with the ethical guidelines of the BACP – the ethical body I am registered with.

In addition, I offer clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and those who work in helping professions. Do get in touch to find out more.

A place we can both connect

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My Location

If we are meeting in-person, you will come to my therapy space in the Royal Exchange. This is a beautiful Grade II listed building housing several shops, offices, and the Royal Exchange Theatre. My room is safe, secure, and accessible by a lift and stairs. Clients describe the space as feeling warm and safe.

The Royal Exchange

441 The Royal Exchange
St Ann’s Square, Manchester

M2 7PE

428 Preston Old Road

Cherry Tree
Blackburn
BB2 5LP

Walk & Talk Therapy 

Witton Park/Pleasington Playing Fields

4 Tower Rd, Blackburn BB2 5LE

Frequently Asked Questions

Counselling provides a confidential, non-judgemental space where you can talk about those matters that are causing you emotional upset or turmoil in order to understand what is going on for you, and from that understanding make changes that are helpful to you.

The terms are often interchangeable and often the therapeutic process is a combination of counselling and psychotherapy. A way to describe the difference is counselling is generally focused toward a particular situation or experience that is problematic, while psychotherapy takes time to explore with clients what lies behind the causes of their psychological distress, exploring their thought processes and their perception of how they see themselves, and how they want to see themselves in this world.

At certain times in life we can face emotional difficulties, or sometimes upsetting experiences from past events come more into our consciousness and seem to impact our everyday lives. It may be difficult to talk to family or friends about what is bothering us. Speaking to a counsellor may well be the answer for you. Counselling is a place where you will be heard and not judged. It is a safe and confidential place to talk about what is concerning you.

As examples, counselling can help with feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, loss, work related stress, stress, job loss, relationship issues, or any life event that is causing you distress or that you are finding it difficult to cope with. You can talk about any kind of worry or concern in counselling

An appointment is usually 50 minutes. If you are seeking something different, this can be discussed at the consultation.

The consultation is a 30 minute telephone or zoom appointment prior to commencing counselling where new clients can ask any questions about the process, and I can get to understand something about what it is a client is seeking from counselling, so that we can both make sure we can work together

Walk and Talk Therapy is an opportunity to meet outdoors, in nature, and take a walk as we meet together for your counselling session. The location is safe, easy walking. Sometimes, some people find it easier to share when walking side by side with their counsellor.

The number of sessions really depends on what your needs are. Sometimes just a couple of sessions will be enough, for some difficulties counselling may continue for many weeks. You will know when your needs have been met through the counselling process.

Monday: 8am – 8pm  – Blackburn/E-counselling
Tuesday: Midday – 8pm Manchester
Wednesday: Midday – 8pm – Manchester
Thursday: 8am – 8pm – Blackburn/E-counselling

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