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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 Practitioner specialising in bereavement, traumatic loss and anxiety.  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 an 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 primarily 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 Person-Centred Counselling, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing), NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy),  as well as in couples and relationship counselling 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 bereavement support company offering bereavement counselling, among other things.  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;


  • Bereavement (including suicide bereavement )

  • Infant loss

  • Life limiting conditions

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Anxiety

  • 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

  • Confidence/self/esteem.

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;


  • Bereavement

  • EMDR (EMDR Europe Accredited training)

  • Trauma

  • Trauma Rewind Technique 

  • Loss of an infant

  • Online and telephone counselling

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming foundation diploma and Practitioner course

  • 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