A New Year often heralds a time for change so if something has been worrying you now is the time to tackle and resolve your anxieties. Photography: Sarah Valentine

Counselling can help overcome many issues and give you a renewed confidence to take you into the year ahead and, here in the Ribble Valley, we have a leading counsellor who has forged a reputation for helping people, who find themselves struggling with a wide range of issues.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sue Wilkinson has the experience and qualifications to ensure that you will receive a caring, confidential and totally professional service.

As a person-centred therapist she helps people with a variety of issues including:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Stress
• Relationship issues
• Bereavement
• Addictions
• Low self esteem
• Domestic abuse

Sue says: “The stigma surrounding mental health issues is finally disappearing. Our mental health is just as important to our sense of wellbeing as our physical health and there is a growing awareness that we all need to look after it and try to explore and address the issues which are holding us back.

“People come to me for a variety of reasons. They may be experiencing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, bereavement or other difficult emotions which can feel overwhelming and as we go into the New Year it is a time to reflect and make changes.

“It is also a time to recognise that if anything is troubling you, you don’t have to keep it to yourself and put up with it. If you ignore the issue, problems tend to re-surface, but with professional help, you can make a new start and shift perspective.”

Depression or anxiety, addictions and stress, can make you feel hopeless and despondent and it is not always easy to take the first step in seeking help.

Counselling can help you make a breakthrough by exploring all kinds of concerns and worries that might be keeping you from experiencing life to the full.

Learning about yourself through counselling often helps people discover the issues that lie behind their behaviour or feelings, as Sue explains: “Counselling is all about exploring yourself and your circumstances, whatever they are.

“If something feels overwhelming or unresolved for you, now is the time to take action and make changes. Talking therapy can be very empowering and can often offer a totally new perspective.”

Sue has an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and holds the NHS recommended IAPT Certificate in Counselling for Depression. She is also a qualified Supervisor offering supervision to fellow counsellors and has counselling rooms in Clitheroe and Barrowford.

If you’d like to make changes in your life, and feel that the New Year is a good time to start, call Sue on 07468 411999 or email:

Or for more information visit her website:



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