My name is Lucy Sumner and I am a fully qualified MBACP integrative counsellor based in Leyland, Lancashire. My practice is online and by telephone which means I can help adults across the UK.

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I work with a wide range of issues from stress, depression and bereavement to OCD and self harm. I have a special interest and much experience in anxiety, miscarriage, grief and loss, and am able to help clients from all walks of life who for whatever reason they are finding it difficult right now. Is your response to “how are you?” “fine” or “ok” when it’s really not? Do you go out of your way to help others and put yourself last? People come to counselling for a variety of different reasons – I’ve had clients come to sessions because they have avoided talking about experiences or feelings, and avoidance is no longer working for them, clients who haven’t spoken to friends or family about their problems as they feel friends and family already have enough to worry about. Clients who don’t want to upset anyone or they fear they might be judged. I won’t judge, criticize you, or tell you what to do, that’s not what counselling is about. I will listen to you and guide you. I want to ensure I understand your feelings and experiences, you know them best! I love what I do and feel privileged that clients trust me with their feelings and emotions that they may never have spoken to someone else about.

Some of the issues I can help with:

Abuse, Alcoholism, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Depression, Domestic violence, Emotional abuse, Family issues, Infertility, Low self confidence, Low self esteem, Miscarriage, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Panic attacks, Postnatal depression, Physical abuse, Relationship problems, Self harm, Separation and divorce, Sexual abuse, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Work related stress.

In 2014 I realised I wanted to do something different, I didn’t feel fulfilled in my career, I hadn’t found something I really loved doing. I’d thought about training to be a counsellor previously and looked into it again in 2014 and took the step to begin my training. And I am so glad I did!

When I was training to be a counsellor, I attended hours of counselling myself. Every counsellor has been a client. I understand it is daunting to take that first step and contact a counsellor as I’ve been there myself, but to have that time once a week to say whatever I wanted to say, was really beneficial. It helped me to work through my own life experiences, and I understand from the inside, the value of investing in counselling with a well trained and experienced professional. I am human just like everyone else and I still have difficult times.

In 2017 I began providing counselling with a charity in Preston, which helped me understand the wide variety of issues people go through. I was very nervous about my very first session, but I got through it, learnt so much, and really enjoyed my time there. In early 2020 I set up my own private practice which I am passionate about, it’s one of the best things I’ve done. In March 2020 telephone and online counselling felt for me a bit like that’s what I had to do to because who knew what was going to happen with covid. And who bloody knew this was going to happen?!? I think lots of us counsellors and clients were a bit unsure about going online and by telephone, but this has meant that I have been able to continue supporting people in Lancashire and around the UK. Clients have took to this and found it has actually helped them to be a bit more flexible, whilst still able to receive the support they need through one of the most difficult times we have had to go through. Things are tough right now for everyone. Don’t feel you’ve got to say you’re ok when you’re not, we have all been there, and you are not alone.

Finding the right counsellor is a personal choice and you need to find one that you feel you can gel with, I sometimes have clients who don’t want to admit they want to ring a few counsellors before they make their decision. These are your sessions, you pay for them, so you need to decide if I am the right person for you and if we can work together. Please feel free to contact me and we can arrange a free call first, and it’s perfectly fine to say you’ll think about it or come back to me as you are under no obligation. Should you feel comfortable and ready to work together at this point, our first session will be 50 minutes.

Everyone is different and has had different experiences, so in that respect counselling can be short or long term, over several months or years, and we will review progress as we go along. These are your sessions it’s up to you what you bring to them.

You can find my social media links below. I share posts, relevant tv programmes I’ve watched, talk about what is going on in the world and a few light-hearted posts as we all need that right now!! Feel free to reply back to my posts.

My practice is in Leyland, Lancashire but I work nationwide online and by telephone. Please contact me for availability.

You can send me a message using the contact form below or an email directly to:  lucy@whitecandlecounselling.co.uk

Due to covid-19 I am only providing sessions online and by telephone, which are available for a rate of £40. I use zoom which is encrypted for extra security and provides privacy for clients, but other platforms are available.