About

Pat Lush

portrait_patMany of us will experience times in our lives when we feel that we are not able to cope effectively with the challenges that are facing us. Counselling may be able to help us at such times. The support that counselling can offer is not to supply off the peg solutions to life’s problems which we simply need to adopt for all to be well again; rather it provides a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment where we can be supported to explore the origins and causes of the challenges we face and to work towards achieving positive outcomes that lead us to a more comfortable and self-fulfilling place in life.

My interest in counselling grew out of support that I received during a particularly challenging time of my own life. I was fortunate enough to work with a counsellor who supported me to explore the root causes of my own challenges and to identify changes to both my own understanding and to develop coping strategies which allowed me to move towards a place in life where I was more confident of both my own worth and my ability to deal with the challenges that I would most certainly meet in the future.

This experience led to my undertaking a number of counselling courses which resulted in my achieving a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Durham University.

Over the years I have been able to use my experience in a range of counselling situations which have included, establishing a counselling service for a Princess Royals Trust (now Carers Trust) Carers Centre, working with The Samaritans, Relate, private practice and industrial counselling.

If you think that counselling may be helpful to you please feel free to contact me to informally discuss any question that you may have. An initial session should give you an insight into whether the counselling process may be able to support you in moving to a more fulfilling place in life. Successful counselling cannot promise to be an easy process but if we are prepared to approach it with a 100% commitment to finding a more comfortable level of self-worth and understanding it can be a rewarding journey. I look forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on that journey.