Important Service Announcement

Due to the ongoing and rapidly changing situation with coronavirus I have moved my counselling practice temporarily online and I am currently only taking new bookings for counselling appointments to work with clients either over the phone or online via Facetime, Whatsapp or Zoom. Telephone and online appointments work in a similar way to face-to-face sessions and offer you the flexibility to receive support from the comfort of your own home or place of your choosing.

I have taken this decision in line with guidance advising people to work from home wherever possible and also for my own self-care and to protect the health and wellbeing of my clients, colleagues and family. I will monitor the situation and hope to resume accepting face-to-face referrals as soon as I feel it is safe to do so. For further advice and the latest information about coronavirus and what steps you can take to protect yourself or get help if necessary please visit the NHS official website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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Martin Rigby Counselling in Preston, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan – Experienced, qualified and registered person-centred counsellor, workshop presenter and group facilitator working in Preston, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan.

About Me

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Experienced, qualified and registered person-centred counsellor, workshop presenter and group facilitator working in Preston, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan.

I am an experienced, qualified and BACP registered person-centred counsellor providing affordable counselling in Preston and wigan on a wide range of issues to people of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds. In my private practice I offer flexible daytime and evening appointments that are easy to book, available at short notice, cost-effective and which normally mean you will be seen within five working days.

In my other roles I offer a variety of CPD awareness-raising workshops and online webinars for individuals, professionals and organisations on disability, difference and diversity, mental health and wellbeing. On a monthly basis I facilitate two local peer supervision groups for trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. I am also currently training to become a mindfulness teacher.

To read more about me, my qualifications and experience please click the following link.

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My Counselling Approach

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I offer counselling in Preston Mondays and Tuesdays 9am to 6.30pm and on Wednesdays 9am to 4pm. I am available to see clients at clinics in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan on Thursdays (9am-6.30pm) and Fridays (9am-5pm). All appointments are on a first-come first-served basis and are subject to advance payment being received, room availability at the clinics and my general work schedule. Please be aware that my latest face-to-face evening appointments are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. You can also book online or telephone counselling appointments during the day from Monday to Friday and in the evening (Mondays and Thursdays up till 7.30pm).

My counselling approach is accessible, confidential and person-centred. This means clients will choose the direction of counselling and forming a therapeutic relationship based on trust and respect is always at the heart of therapy. I counsel people of all ages, abilities, genders, cultures and backgrounds, including young people, men and women, adults, older adults and couples. I also work with employers, groups and organisations.

In particular I specialise in counselling the following client groups. Please click on the tabs to read more:

A disability can be any physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional or developmental condition that reduces or hampers a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks. A disability can be present at birth or occur later in life, depending on the nature of the condition. Living with a disability or longterm health condition can be a long journey, mentally, physically and emotionally. Besides the person who is experiencing disability, chronic pain or ongoing health issues, friends, family and carers may too find it difficult to come to terms with and adapt to a condition.

I have personal experience of disability and over many years have acquired considerable knowledge and awareness through living with, working alongside and supporting people with disabilities. You may find disability counselling beneficial if you are suddenly classed as disabled due to an accident. Similarly if you feel you have lost your confidence, identity and self-esteem over a period of time because of the challenges a disability has on your lifestyle, talking to someone in a safe space who won’t judge you could be the key to starting to trust and believe in yourself again. Whatever your difficulty, how big or small your issues, you will be made to feel welcome, will be treated with empathy and shown respect.

Caregivers are people who help others in their day-to-day life. For some, caring may become a sudden responsibility (for example, if a loved one is involved in an accident or becomes ill). The responsibilities carers have may depend on the nature of the illness of the person they care for. Everyday activities carers may help out with can include feeding and clothing someone, helping them to shower or have a bath, to taking them out and socialising. Juggling the caring role with other commitments such as work and family life can be difficult. Often carers can find themselves in situations where their needs take second place to the person they care for. They can find caring both rewarding and frustrating. It is common for carers to suffer from heightened stress, anxiety and depression.

Carer counselling offers you the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and regular environment. I recognize the struggles, joys and responsibilities that you may encounter in your situation as a carer. I have extensive experience of supporting and working alongside people who have worked in a variety of caring roles. During therapy I will give you the time and space to think about your own needs. Counselling is not about telling you what you should be doing. It is an opportunity for you to talk about and reflect upon what is happening in your life as a carer.

Starting college or university can be like starting a new life. Many students are not prepared for the challenges of student life and can end up being overwhelmed by them. The first year of college or university can be especially difficult and daunting and for many young people it can be a culture shock, compared to how things were previously either living at home or attending school. Since it may be the first time being away from home for the majority of students, homesickness can strike hard. Added to this may come the pressures of studies, cost of education, the challenges of finding new friends, housing problems and time management.

I have firsthand experience of being a student at a range of institutions so I can empathize with many of the issues experienced by this client group. During therapy I may be able to help you work out why you feel low or depressed, gain an understanding of why you behave in the way that you do and enable you to manage your anxiety or stress better. Student counselling may also give you the time and space to work through a trauma and bereavement, improve your self-esteem and confidence, look at how you relate with others and to explore how you could function better.

Although becoming a parent is rewarding, it can also be challenging.

Some common challenges parents might face include providing consistent care, attending to the needs of their child or infant, maintaining adult relationships and financial difficulties. Parenting is often physically demanding. Parents with young children may spend much of their day performing household tasks and as a result may feel overworked and sometimes feel resentful towards their partner. Parenting may become more difficult and complex when a child shows signs of behaviour issues, physical or intellectual disability or mental health issues.

Parent counselling may be helpful for you if you are experiencing marital issues, going through separation or divorce or suffering any form of abuse, aggression or domestic violence. I have many years of experience working with parents while I was on placement at a Sure Start Children’s Centre and I understand that being a parent can be one of the hardest jobs in the world at times but also the most rewarding. During parenting counselling I will enable you to feel emotionally supported when you need it most. I provide a safe space for you to talk about what’s on your mind and about any difficulties you may be facing, whether this is as a result of what your child may be going through or the emotional impact upon you as a parent. During therapy I can help you to work through emotional family challenges and tackling mental and emotional wellbeing.

To read more about my counselling approach please click the following link.

My Counselling Approach
“Talk about your personal issues in your own time, in your own way and at your own pace.”

Gender Inclusive Counselling

I work with both men and women and can help with a wide range of issues. I am a MENCasa approved, gender-inclusive counsellor and I welcome client referrals from male victims of domestic abuse, domestic violence or false accusation. Please visit my MenCASA profile for further information about my therapeutic work with men.

My Mencasa profile

To read more about my counselling approach please click the following link.

My Counselling Approach

For further information and to get directions please click the following Contact Me link.

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Therapy from the comfort of your own home

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I am able to offer home visits for clients who, due to a long-term health condition, medical issues or disability are unable to leave home or who have mobility issues. For more information on eligibility for home visits please go to my Services Page.

Alternatively, I also offer Online and Telephone counselling services which include:

  • Skype call (with or without web cam) or web chat via Instant Messenging
  • Facetime video call
  • Whatsapp call or audio messages
  • Email counselling

For further information about how to access all of my counselling services, my fees and the various packages I provide and the concessions that are available, please visit:

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It’s now simpler than ever to stay in touch with what’s going on in my private practice. Each week I open the door to my counselling room to invite you to have a sneak preview of what I’m up to, giving you instant access to the latest news about my counselling services and providing you with information about the exciting range of events, workshops and webinars I deliver to people, professionals and organisations.

You can choose to access my news in a number of ways:

  1. Sign up to my email newsletter and receive regular news updates through my Catch A Glimpse Google Group (register above).
  2. Listen to my audio weekly news bulletins which I post on my Soundcloud account and across my social media channels (normally on a Wednesday). Visit my Soundcloud page
  3. Access videos of my monthly news round-ups and annual newsletters shown on my YouTube channel. Visit my YouTube page
  4. Join my closed Catch A Glimpse Facebook group and gain exclusive access to group chats, live video broadcasts and news about all of my events and workshops. Ask to join Catch A Glimpse today and experience the difference

And if you miss anything don’t worry. Just visit my Newsletters page where you can read the latest news headlines for Martin Rigby Counselling, vote on and view findings from my Facebook and Twitter polls and look back at all of my weekly news bulletins by clicking on the folder for a particular month. On my Newsletters page you will also find regular newsflashes about upcoming events, promotions and earlybird discounts.

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CPD workshops for counsellors and psychotherapists

As an experienced workshop facilitator I offer a variety of half day and one day workshops specifically aimed at meeting the professional development needs of both trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. I also provide training to businesses, private training organisations and institutions.

‘GLIMPSES are stimulating and thought-provoking workshops which are different to many other disability awareness courses in that each workshop aims to offer a unique personal insight into the challenges and opportunities of living, studying and working with sight loss and training to be a professional counsellor when you have a disability.’

To find out more about my GLIMPSES workshops and to book a place on one of the modules please visit my Events and Workshops page

Events & Workshops

Catch A Glimpse awareness raising webinars for people, professionals and organisations

In order to raise awareness about a diverse range of topics I regularly host a variety of accessible and affordable webinars which are suitable for members of the public from all backgrounds, professionals from a wide range of disciplines and organisations, ranging from small business owners to larger companies. All of the webinars are thoughtfully delivered around my own personal and professional experiences and will cover such areas as disability, difference and diversity, equal opportunities, men’s health, mental health issues, mindfulness, self-care and wellbeing.

To find out about all upcoming webinars and to make a booking today please visit my Events and Workshops page.

Events & Workshops

If you are someone who is interested in issues of disability, difference and diversity, would like to contribute to interactive discussions on a wide range of topics and participate in online events and live broadcasts then you might like to join my closed Facebook group. Click on the following link to go to the Catch A Glimpse group page, ask to join and as admin I will add you as a member.

Catch A Glimpse Facebook Group

Interested in disability and mental health issues?

I blog regularly about my experiences as a therapist, the findings from my Masters research and issues I hope will be of interest to other professionals, clients and anyone who has an interest in disability, mental health, personal development and self-awareness.

Please visit my Blog to read my articles and share your own comments. I love feedback too and to hear about your own experiences!

My Blog

Testimonials: What clients say about Martin Rigby Counselling

If you would like to give me feedback about the counselling you have received and your overall experience at Martin Rigby Counselling please submit your comments below, ticking the box if you would like your comments to be published as a testimonial.

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Video Library

At Martin Rigby Counselling I’m building up an extensive video library of videos which may be of interest to clients, practitioners and professionals. Created by me and published across my social media accounts, these videos aim to educate, inspire and raise awareness. The videos are arranged in five main categories: client issues, CPD, Events and Workshops, Personal Development, Self-Help and Service Information.

To browse my video library and watch the videos please visit my Videos page.

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Remember my door is always open

If you would like to find out more about what counselling is and how I can help you please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Contact Me

There are a number of ways you can contact me:

Fill out the Contact Form on this website

Call me on: 07399 051697

Email me at: mrigbycounselling@gmail.com

Send me a private message on: Facebook or Twitter