About me

Thank you for taking the time to look through my website, I hope you find the following information helpful.

My private practice is based in Westhoughton, Bolton, which is easily accessible to the Bolton area, Wigan and Leigh but also to other areas of Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

I genuinely feel that with the right help, people can change their limiting beliefs and live more fulfilling lives. The strength of the relationship between myself and the clients I work with is vital to the work we do together. With the foundations of a trusting, respectful and honest relationship we can work collaboratively to find insight and change.

My counselling approach is integrative, which means that I draw on different therapies and approaches to suit each person’s needs. This may include mindfulness, solution focused therapy, coaching, hypnotherapy and aspects of positive psychology. Therapy can be on a short term basis or longer term depending on how deep rooted the issues are.

Since qualifying as a counsellor I have had additional specialist training and gained experience in helping people with many issues, such as bereavement and loss, abuse, depression, stress and anxiety. Training has enabled me to help and support people with a wide range of problems, to gain insight into their difficulties or distress and develop more resourceful ways of coping.

I have had extensive experience working in many settings as a counsellor, whether that be in the NHS, private or voluntary sector. Currently, I run a busy private practice alongside providing a counselling service for a project working with the over 50’s. I am also an Affiliate Counsellor for Employee Assistance Providers.

I am continually learning and developing to ensure that I am effective as a therapist, participating in various personal development courses, training and workshops which enable me to keep up to date with different ways of helping people.

The enjoyment of working as a therapist is meeting new people, listening to their individual situation and understanding the changes they would like to make. It is inspirational to witness positive change in people as they gain greater control over their lives, perhaps coming to terms with past issues and experiences or finding resolutions to them.

Therapy can be a very courageous journey, sometimes painful and scary but ultimately a rewarding journey.

 

“Anything can be achieved in small, deliberate steps. But there are times you need the courage to take a great leap; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” – David Lloyd George

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I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by their code of ethics and attend monthly supervision to ensure my practice maintains the highest professional standards.

 

My qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling
  • BACP Accreditation
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Professional Training in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness
  • OCST Certificate in Online Counselling
  • Certificate in Bereavement and Loss
  • Life Coaching Certificate
  • Diploma of Advanced Holistic Hypnotherapy

Contact me at:  fionafoster02@gmail.com  Tel:  07874 223422

Fiona Foster