Therapy tailored for you

mind, body, feelings & soul to come together & connect in harmony

Why green sky counselling

COMMITTED TO PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

I’m Lucy (she/ her) the founder of Green Sky Counselling and a registered counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a certified therapeutic play practitioner with Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and an Eco Therapist. I have been working with children, young people and adults in a range of roles for over twelve years. I have experience in supporting people with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, stress and many other difficulties that may be causing tangled thoughts and feelings. I will not tell you what to do, never judge and find connecting with people and sharing trust is a privilege, helping you feel supported to share whatever is troubling you.

Green Sky Counselling offers a range of confidential therapy sessions to children 5-13, young people 11+ and adults in the BCP and wider Dorset areas. I offer traditional talking therapy, walk and talk therapy and in addition, creative therapy interspersed into these sessions if the client finds this appealing. All my therapeutic work is underpinned by the BACP’s and PTUK’s Ethical Framework which can be found on the documents page here.

young people counselling

I have not forgotten the challenges of being a young person and this is one of the reasons I am so passionate about supporting young people in their lives today. The challenges and stresses you may be experiencing are vast including, exams, relationships, school, identity, family, bullying, online problems, worries about the future and mental and physical health.

In addition to your worries, your brain is changing, which will impact how you think, feel and interact with others. I will never judge you and accept you as a unique individual, working alongside you to understand yourself better, accept yourself, and manage your feelings and stresses all in a neutral place.

Adult counselling

I have experienced my own personal counselling as an adult during my training, and can identify the starting point you are at. I believe that by making your way to my website, you have taken the first step in moving forward on your life journey.  The sessions are yours and what you talk about is up to you. There are all kinds of reasons you might decide to start counselling, and what you talk about in the sessions will probably depend on that. If on the other hand, your reason is less specific (for instance, if you have been experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression) we can start there and explore these feelings. 

are you struggling with:

if you are, Green sky counselling is here to help

Anger

BEREAVEMENT

BULLIES

Abuse

Depression

OCD

sLEEP

Food

Identity

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everything I can help with

Anger management
Attachment difficulties
Addictions
Bereavement/loss
Bullied/bullies
Communication problems
Family relationship problems
Lack of confidence
Separated/divorced relationships/parents
Social exclusion
Withdrawn personality
Anxiety
Depression
Relationships
Stress
Issues around food
OCD
Identity issues
Self esteem
Self-harm
Sex-related issues
Sexual identity Sexuality
Work/school related issues
Unauthorised absences / poor school attendance
Identity issues
Health issues
Low mood
Trauma
Domestic Violence
Abuse
Exam/school/work stress
Loneliness
Sleep problems
Work related issues including redundancy
Not feeing myself

TALKING THERAPY

The Coach House is warm and welcoming

In a quiet location in Parkstone, Poole, I offer talking therapy sessions from a secluded and confidential Coach House.

The Coach House is warm and welcoming with a homely yet professional feel, with its own access.

I listen and offer a safe place to talk, helping you find your own answers without judgement. Together, we can make sense of things and resolve or find a way to live with complicated feelings.

I can help you recognise unhelpful patterns in the way you think and behave, finding ways to change them if that is what you want to do.

There is a creative area within the room where we can integrate creativity into our therapy sessions with creative work if you feel comfortable doing so. See Creative Therapy below for further clarification on how this may help.

The Coach House provides easy access from Poole, Bournemouth, Wimborne, Ferndown and Wareham. There is parking available in a nearby car park, reception facilities and toilets available. Ashley Road, Parkstone is a two-minute walk from the Coach House where you will find all major bus routes and bus stops.

Please see the contact information for specific location details.

WALK AND TALK THERAPY

Therapy at your pace

This is where the therapeutic components of talking therapy remain but are simply taken outdoors.

Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition.

This style of therapy can benefit many people, as maybe you like the outdoors or work/spend lessons inside a building and don’t get a chance to be outdoors much.

Being outdoors is intrinsically linked to allowing our thoughts to come free. Whether being still or walking, we will work at a pace that suits you.

Creative work does not have to be missed if we are out and about in nature. If you wish to integrate creativity, we can include creativity in these sessions and also utilise the environment to make sense of how you are feeling and want to move forward.

I offer walk and talk sessions in a range of locations and we can discuss the most suitable place for us both at the time of assessment.

WALK AND TALK LOCATIONS

Poole: Upton Country Park from the

Poole Road Car park. Poole Rd, Upton,

Poole BH16 5SU. Car parking is free.

Bournemouth: Stour Valley Nature

Reserve, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ. Free car parking.

Wimborne: Badbury Rings, Shapwick,

Blandford Forum DT11 9JL. Car parking is £1 for 1 hour.

September – May: I also offer sessions at Sandbanks and Branksome Dene Chine as these are the quietest beaches I have found during these months. I avoid the beaches in the summer months due to an increase in visitors which can compromise confidentiality.

Sandbanks: Shore Road, Poole BH13 7PN
Branksome Dene Chine: 8 Pinewood Road, Poole BH13 6JS

CREATIVE THERAPY

unshackling ourselves

Integrating creativity into sessions will always be the client’s choice. This is not about being good at creative arts but nourishing our creative avenues, allowing us to see the joy which can be found in unshackling ourselves from the constraints of expectations.

Creativity in therapy allows a symbolic expression and communication, which can make all the difference to someone finding it hard to put their thoughts and feelings into words.

are you struggling with:

if you are Green sky counselling is here to help

I need emergency help

CRISIS SUPPORT:

Call 999 or go to A&E now if:

Someone’s life is at risk – for example, they have seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose

You do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe

A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone’s time.

Get advice from 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment if:

You are not able to speak to your local NHS urgent mental health helpline

You need help urgently for your mental health, but it’s not an emergency

you’re not sure what to do

111 will tell you the right place to get help if you need to see someone.

Use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111.

You may be able to speak to a nurse, or mental health nurse, over the phone.

A GP can advise you about helpful treatments and also help you access mental health services. You may be able to refer yourself to some services.

 

ADULTS – Suicidal thoughts, feelings and intentions

The Samaritans: https://samaritanshope.org/our-services/24-7-helpline/

Connection 24/7
https://www.stayalive.app/find-help-now/resources-by-area/england/dorset/connection-24-7-phoneline-for-dorset/

Shout:
https://giveusashout.org

NHS Community Mental Health Team
https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/community-mental-health-adults-all-ages-cmht

 

YOUNG PEOPLE – Suicidal thoughts, feelings and intentions

The Samaritans: https://samaritanshope.org/our-services/24-7-helpline/

Shout:
https://giveusashout.org

Papyrus helpline:
https://www.papyrus-uk.org

NHS Community Mental Health Team
https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/community-mental-health-adults-all-ages-cmht

Mental Health Helpline Dorset:
https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/connection

 

Below are some Mental Health issues that I can support you with but I have included some self help guides to assist if you are not quite ready for counselling.

Anxiety Self Help:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/anxiety-self-help-guide

Depression Self Help:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/depression-self-help-guide

Panic Disorder:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/panic-self-help-guide

Sleep Problems:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/sleep-problems-and-insomnia-self-help-guide

Social Anxiety:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/social-anxiety-self-help-guide

Are sessions confidential?

Any information disclosed at assessment for counselling and any subsequent counselling sessions will be treated as confidential.
To ensure I am working within the boundaries of the BACP Ethical Framework, I may need to break confidentiality if you disclose there is a risk of serious harm to yourself or others. If this happens, I would, wherever possible, discuss the need to break confidentiality with you and we would likely seek further support from someone together. However, I retain the right to break confidentiality without discussing it with you first, if the urgency of the situation requires me to act immediately to safeguard you or others.

There are exceptions where I am legally bound to pass on information to relevant authorities:

  • Where a child is at risk of harm (Children Act 1989/2004)
  • Where a vulnerable adult is at risk of harm (Care Act 2014)
  • Where there may be a breach of UK Prevention of Terrorism legislation
  • Where there may be a breach of UK Money Laundering Legislation
  • Where there may be a breach of Drug Trafficking legislation

All Counsellors are ethically obligated to undertake regular clinical supervision to ensure our work remains safe and ethical. If I present elements of our work together in supervision, I will ensure your identity remains anonymous.
I am registered with the ICO and all personal information that I hold is kept in line with GDPR guidelines and those provided by my membership body.

How do I make an appointment for my child?
In addition to the process above, I will need to arrange a short meeting between myself, you and your child (approx 10/15 minutes) so that all parties are clear about how confidentiality, data protection and safeguarding requirements work when a young person accesses counselling. This can be completed on the same day as the assessment appointment, but we will meet 15 minutes before to complete this. When we are all in agreement, I will then see your child to complete the assessment.
How many sessions do I get?
Dependant on your reason for coming to counselling we can discuss your needs during your assessment. I can offer both fixed term and long term therapy with regular reviews.