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About me

My name is Ruth and I run Amethyst Counselling & Life Coaching, based in Adlington close to Chorley and Horwich.


I am an experienced and fully qualified counsellor, EMDR therapist and NLP Master Practitioner specialising in anxiety, self-confidence and bereavement.  I am accredited with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means I have demonstrated that I maintain ethical standards and work to a high level of competency.  I am also a member of the EMDR Association, am an accredited counsellor for the Foundation of Infant Loss and an approved counsellor for Anxiety UK

I am here to offer you the time and space to focus on yourself, to discover what matters to you.

I work in what is called a Person-Centred way which means I am focused on you, what matters to you and what works for you.  I use my training in areas such as Person-Centred Counselling, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation

Reprocessing), NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy), to tailor the sessions to best suit your needs.

Outside of Amethyst Counselling I enjoy going to the gym, being outside, reading and crocheting. 

Alongside running Amethyst Counselling & Life Coaching I also work part time for a counselling company.  Former jobs have seen me work as a Funeral arranger, manage a Woman's Centre as well as volunteering for Cruse Bereavement Care and Trust House Lancashire.  In another life I worked as a Nurse and a Midwife. 

I strongly believe that what works for one doesn't always work for another which is why I place you at the centre of the work we will do, supporting you to find ways that work for you and your life.




I have counselled people experiencing various issues such as;


  • Anxiety (i.e social, work related, performance, general and specific to different situations)

  • Low self-confidence/esteem

  • Bereavement (including suicide bereavement )

  • Infant loss

  • Life limiting conditions

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Major life changes

  • Rape

  • Sexual abuse

  • Domestic abuse 

  • Shame

  • Miscarriage

  • Sexuality

  • Long term health conditions

  • Memory loss (including dementia and Alzheimer's)

  • Life-limiting illness

  • Trauma

  • Self-harm

And numerous other issues.

If you are not sure if I can help you why not contact me for a chat.




I have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, I am a registered member of the NCS (Professional Accredited), BACP (Accredited), EMDR Association and a qualified NLP Practitioner


I have undertaken training courses on the following;


  • Neuro Linguistic Programming foundation diploma, Practitioner and Master Practitioner course

  • EMDR (EMDR Europe Accredited training)

  • Bereavement

  • Trauma

  • Rewind Technique 

  • Loss of an infant

  • Online and telephone counselling

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Metaphors of Movement

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) level 1 & 2

  • Working with couples and relationships 

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Integral Eye Movement Therapy

  • Pluralistic therapy

  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis.

  • Self-Harm

  • Suicide

  • Pre-trial therapy

  • Awareness of mental health problems

  • Counselling survivors of sexual abuse

  • Safeguarding level 1 and 2


  • Forced Marriage

  • FGM

  • Honour based Violence

  • Working with DID

  • Anorexia

  • Transgender issues

  • Mindfulness


I have an up to date and clear enhanced DBS