Counselling & Psychotherapy in the heart of the beautiful Rossendale Valley
Welcome. I'm Zoe Purse and I provide counselling to individuals, couples, children and young people in the lovely Rossendale Valley in Lancashire. My counselling studio is in a purpose built log cabin set in my garden, at the foot of the Pennine hills, providing a relaxed and peaceful setting.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and a member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. My counselling experience is diverse working for a hospice in Manchester and also in private practice. I have knowledge,experience and a deep understanding of working with people struggling with bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship breakdowns, work stress and identity issues. I have helped people cope with life limiting illness and to overcome or learn to cope with their experiences of emotional trauma and abuse.
My background is rooted in education and so I am more than familiar with the pressures that educators and students experience. I have worked with young people and children, both from a teaching perspective and also in a counselling role. I utilise a variety of approaches including creative therapy to help children and young people to identify feelings, thoughts and behaviours and to give them strategies for coping with anxiety and peer/family relationships.
Whilst Person Centered theory informs my practice, I use a client-focused, integrative approach which simply means that I will work in a way that suits you and your needs. I welcome people from all faiths, backgrounds, cultures and LGBTQ communities with warmth, openness and a non-judgmental approach.
To explore some of the issues that people bring to counselling go to Why Counselling & Psychotherapy?
To find out more about how I work and information about the fees and qualifications, go to Frequently asked Questions.
You can contact me by phone, text or email. I will always respond within 24 hours. On occasions, emails can get sent to junk so please check spam and junk folders if you have not heard from me. Thank you.
With the current COVID-19 situation, many of our normal routines and daily activities have changed. Naturally this is a worrying and unsettling time especially as many of the things we usually do to look after our well-being have become difficult. You may be working from home, or in some form of physical isolation / distancing, or feeling overwhelmed generally on top of other stresses. I am now offering counselling and psychotherapy via video conferencing, phone or via other appropriate apps. Although this is different from face to face therapy, it can be just as effective and powerful in helping with mental challenges.
Contact me to arrange a free consultation.
Why Counselling & Psychotherapy?
I can help you with...
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Feelings of anxiety can be very distressing and cause physical symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath and shaking. I will be there to support you with empathy, non-judgmental understanding and can provide simple techniques to help reduce the anxiety along side information about what happens when we get anxious (psycho education)
Bereavement, Loss, Grief (can include loss of job, relationship or health)
Experiencing bereavement, loss and grief can be overwhelming both emotionally and physically. You may feel pain, sorrow, guilt, anger or shock. Sometimes loss is difficult to talk about with family and friends because we often fear upsetting others. I will be there to support you giving you the space and time to grieve in a safe and supportive environment.
Young People & Children
Young people struggle with identity issues, pressure with exams, peers and social media. They can be overwhelmed with emotions and not know how to express themselves safely. I can help young people and children identify their emotions, work out the problems and develop strategies for coping.
Life limiting Illness
Living with a life limiting illness can be intensely frightening and cause great anxiety, stress and sadness. I will listen with sincerity, help you voice your fears and access your inner resources.
Depression & Low Mood
Feeling like you have lost energy, not experiencing pleasure in life and possibly withdrawing from friends and family can be signs of depression. I can help you to explore your issues in a safe, caring and supportive way.
Relationship issues with a spouse, family members, friends or work colleagues can be very distressing and have a negative affect on your well-being. I can help you to explore the problems and offer non-judgmental and empathetic support.
Work Related Stress
Stress at work can feel overwhelming, taking over your whole life. Work life balance can feel impossible to achieve. I can help you to work through your priorities and stresses to help you work out your goals.
Our initial session together is a chance to briefly discuss the circumstances that have led you to seek counselling. We will talk about how we can work together, number of sessions, confidentiality, fees and boundaries, so that you can decide if it feels right for you. I offer this initial session free of charge and there is no obligation to continue.
How will counselling help me?
Counselling can help you cope with difficult life events such as bereavement, relationship issues, trauma, as well as conditions such as depression, anxiety and addiction. Counselling can help you to manage overwhelming or difficult emotions such as anger, grief, sadness, low self-esteem/confidence.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). You can view my Registered status on the BACP website. Being a Registered Member of BACP demonstrates that my credentials and fitness to practice have been checked and approved by an independent professional body.