Our Therapy

Our Therapy is a BACP accredited service

BACP Accredited Service

Lancashire Women’s Counselling Service is a BACP Accredited and some Counsellors are also BACP Accredited It strictly adheres and is subject to the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

This service can be delivered face to face or by telephone. Our priority is to work with you individually to agree what form of contact is most appropriate to suit your needs and circumstances.

BACP Accredited Counselling Service

This therapy is delivered in our centres in Blackpool, Blackburn, Accrington, and Burnley by counsellors from various modalities including person-centred and integrative therapists.

At assessment and with consultation with you, you will be matched with the therapist/modality most suitable for you.

Your therapist will work with you in an way that is impartial, open, honest and non-judgement and will support you to find your own solutions. This may include things like making different life choices or new ways of managing your problems.

We offer a range of Mental Health & Wellbeing projects which can help improve your mood, build confidence and self esteem, feel better about your mental health and wellbeing and have better relationships with others.

This service can be delivered face to face or by telephone. Our priority is to work with you individually to agree what form of contact is most appropriate to suit your needs and circumstances.

If you are experiencing things such as:

  • slightly low in mood
  • unhappy
  • bereavement
  • relationship difficulties
  • poor sleep
  • low self-esteem & confidence
  • unable to control feelings of worry & panic
  • worried about changes in your thoughts and behaviour

…and you want to feel better, you are not alone – our services may be able to help.

We can offer support through our free one-to-one therapy, courses and our peer led groups without a doctors referral.

Therapies are free to access.

Appointment slots: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. (subject to availability)
(Monday evening appointments may also be available)

Current Projects:

​One to One Talking Therapy

Statement of aims and objectives of the counselling service

The purpose of this service is to provide 1-1 counselling to the women of Lancashire in Blackpool, Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley either face to face or by telephone.

The modalities of counselling we have available are Person-centred and Integrative Counselling.

All our therapists are qualified or are currently undergoing supervised training and all are member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). As such all our therapists adhere to the BACP ethical frame work

Confidentiality is very important to us and what you talk about to your Counsellor will be kept private and confidential within the Counselling team. However, we may have to break confidentiality and let another professional know about your situation. These instances include

If we believe that you are in danger of harm

If we believe someone else is in danger of harm

Occasionally, we may be legally required to information other professionals e.g.

If you were to divulge information about an unlawful event such as a terrorist attack etc.

If your notes were subpoenaed by a court of law

If these issues do arise then they will be handled with the utmost care and respect and we will always try and talk to you about it first. If we ever do break confidentiality, it is done with the best intentions and in the hope of improving your quality of life and the protection of you.

NHS East Lancashire Talking Therapies

Lancashire Women are a provider of NHS Talking Therapies in East Lancashire, This service consists of low intensity Practitioners (PWP’s) and high intensity therapists who together deliver a range of NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommended interventions for both men and women with mild to moderate depression.

Our ‘Talking Therapies’ offer on this project includes:

Counselling For Depression

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – delivered by High Intensity Therapists

Psychological Wellbeing Therapy delivered by Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Couple Therapy for Depression

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)


Support with Long Term Conditions

Read more on how we can support you to feel better around your physical health condition, your diagnosis, your life and future.

Menopause and Hormonal Changes

We acknowledge that hormone changes throughout a woman’s life impact on her mental health and wellbeing. It is often really difficult to know when this can apply to you, where to pin-point where you are on your hormonal journey and talk openly about your feelings.

Read more about the menopause and hormonal changes

Wellbeing Groups

Our groups aim to build confidence and raise your self esteem in a safe, confidential and caring environment.

 Community Projects

Raising Aspirations (Blackburn with Darwen only)

Working to improve resilience and overcome barriers by developing a range of personal skills to support positive futures. Some of these challenges could be as a result of:

  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Learning and/or physical disabilities
  • Health and long term conditions
  • Emotional & mental health
  • Misusing Substances & Addictions

POW: Positive Outcomes for Women (Blackpool only)

POW is a project in Blackpool. It supports women’s mental health and wellbeing by offering one-to-one counselling, courses and peer-led support.

Blackpool Family Wellbeing Service

Lancashire Women’s Family Wellbeing Service offers emotional health and wellbeing support to families attending the Neonatal Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. We also provide 1 to 1 counselling when the family leaves the ward.

Our 1 to1 counselling support is also open to families from the Blackpool community (postcodes FY 1-4) who may be struggling with their mental health during the perinatal period. (pregnancy up until a child is 2 years old)

Blackburn with Darwen Family Wellbeing Service

Lancashire Women’s Blackburn with Darwen Family Wellbeing Service offers 1to1 emotional health and wellbeing support to families from the Blackburn with Darwen community who may be struggling with their mental health during the perinatal period. (pregnancy up until a child is 2 years old). Working in partnership with the Borough’s Family Hubs

Frequently Asked Questions

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I'm not sure what support I need or where to start?

Sometimes it can be daunting to get the help that you need or to know where to start. If you are not sure which of our services may be best for you, simply call or pop in to your nearest centre. Our friendly team will have a chat about your needs and help you to identify the best place to start.

Can I self-refer?

Yes, you can refer yourself into many of our services and groups. Please complete an online self-referral form here.

I'm a professional, how can I refer someone to Lancashire Women?
  1. Call us on 0300 330 1354 or complete our self-referral form.
  2. We will the contact them in order to book an assessment.
  3. They will then be offered a 1-1 telephone assessment.
  4. The therapist will discuss with them the different types of therapy available and together they will decide which is best for your referral.

Please note, due to GDPR regulations we won’t be able to progress a referral from a partner organisation unless we have their consent to contact them or an information sharing agreement.


Is there a waiting list?

Please note, waiting times may vary depending on the type of therapy you wish to access and the current demand. Following assessment, you will be allocated an appropriate therapist from our team who will discuss waiting times with you.

Can I talk in confidence?

Therapy is confidential; however in exceptional circumstances confidentiality may be broken.

These circumstances could include:

  • Where statutory law requires us to inform the relevant authorities (such as terrorist activities, drug trafficking or abuse of a child or vulnerable adult)
  • Where you as a client give consent for the confidence to be broken.
  • Where in extreme cases were we are legally compelled by a court of law.
  • If we believe you are at risk of harm to yourself or others.

All our notes will remain the property of Lancashire Women they will be securely electronically stored by us for 7 years before being destroyed.


Do I have to access services at my nearest centre?

No, we understand that not everybody wishes to access support in their local community and you are free to attend activities at any our centres.

All our support is offered in a safe and confidential environment.

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