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: Mark Tattersall

Professional counselling can help overcome many issues and give you 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 in difficult circumstances.

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 counsellor she helps people with a variety of problems 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 rising awareness that we all need to look after it and try to explore and address the issues which are causing our feelings.

“People come to me for a variety of reasons. They may be experiencing difficult circumstances or relationship issues 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 need to just try 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.”

Problems such as depression or anxiety, addictions and stress, can be totally debilitating and sometimes it is not 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 holding you back 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. Counselling 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 has counselling rooms in Clitheroe and Barrowford.

If you’d like to make changes in your life, and feel that talking to a professional counsellor may help, do not hesitate to call Sue on 07468 411999 or email:

Or visit her website: for more information.



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