Albert Phipps BSc (Hons), PGCE, MBPsS, MBACP (Registered), P G Dip CBT
Hello, my name is Albert E. Phipps
I am the director of counselling (and vice chair) at a local mental health charity called MhIST. As director of counselling I have been involved in the interviewing and selection of prospective counselors who want to work/train at MhIST. As a trustee I am legally responsible (along with other board members) for the running of the charity as a whole. Similarly, I am a volunteer counselor there (I am the logest serving).
I have also worked as a clinical assessor at 1point This involved an initial assessment of clients issues (background, level of risk etc), and possible signposting to agencies who could be of assistance to them. I have also been elected to be a public governor on the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 2017 board (this is a voluntary unpaid position).
Several years ago i did have a part time practice but wound it up when my teaching load (see below) increased. However I have taken 'early retirement' (March 2017) so I have decided to start seeing private clients again.
Prior to 'retirement' I was a Psychology lecturer at the University of Bolton. I worked there for over 18 years, during this time I taught and assessed students who wanted to be counselors i.e. who were completing the BSc in psychology and counselling. For example, in (2010/11) I was the main tutor for a module called ‘coaching for life skills, stress and transition' . Moreover, in 2012 I also worked with counseling students (helping them develop their therapeutic skills) at Bolton University. I have also taught, supervised and assessed students counselling skills on an MSc in applied psychology at The University of Salford.
In 2015/16 I was was voted the personnel tutor of the year by the students of Bolton University. In 2016 I supervised the clinical practice of two PhD students. I also taught (alongside the professor of psychology) on a third year module called therapeutic processes at the University of Bolton. This module had the one of highest student satisfaction rates in that year.
My professional background and my role as a personal tutor means that I have gained wide ranging experience of providing people (of all ages and walks of life) with help and advice. Therefore it seemed natural that I enhanced my tutorial skills with some training in counselling. This proved to be very helpful and it also sparked a deep personal interest in the area; leading me to study at a more advanced level. Moreover, my academic training/teaching has given me an in-depth knowledge of psychology in general; helping me to help you.
I am an integrative therapist this means I combine several different approaches i.e. founded on CBT but also incorporating aspects of client centered, solution focused and compassion/mindfulness and I 'apply' them when appropriate. I feel this gives greater flexibility and enables me to adapt my therapy to the needs/circumstances of my clients.
Basically, I have a 'well rounded' body of counselling practice (i have been a therapist at mhist for over 8 years). I have extensive experience of working with anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, relationships, phobias as well as other issues. Similarly, I have over 18 years of practical (teaching/tutorial based) experience to draw upon.
Through this I have developed in-depth people skills. This, coupled with maturity and a good dose of common sense means that you will be treated with respect. I am down to earth client-centered (you are in control) flexible, compassionate, good humored and effective. Moreover I am a registered member of the BACP.
What follows are comments from people I have worked with in the past:
Jerome Carson Professor of Psychology
“I am delighted to recommend Albert Phipps’. I have known Albert over a five year period and know what a positive influence he has been in hundreds of peoples’ lives. I would be happy to have him treat any of my own family! He is respectful, dynamic, experienced, dedicated, thorough, creative and good humoured. He is everything you would expect of a great therapist! Highly recommended!
"After having suffered from social anxiety for several years, I decided to take CBT sessions, and came across Albert. I found Albert to be a highly insightful, friendly and compassionate person, who I could trust and confide in. After helping me identify my problems and giving practical techniques and support to overcome them, as well as guidance on other issues, I experienced a dramatic improvement in my quality of life and happiness. I would certainly recommend Albert’s services to anybody looking to undertake CBT."
"I would heartily recommend Albert as a psychotherapist. He is very well qualified, with both a first-class degree in Psychology, and counselling qualifications as well. He strikes the right balance between being warm and personable, whilst maintaining a bit of 'distance' that is necessary for him to give an outsiders perspective on your problems. Also, if you've not had counselling before, don't view it as a last resort - I was coping, but unhappy, and Albert has helped me to improve my average happiness level considerably in only 3 sessions..."
"I started seeing Albert after the loss of my dear Nanna and other personal issues. Albert is very approachable, extremely professional, knows his field and has exceptional qualifications to back up his portfolio. He helped me to work out the advantages and disadvantages of my various situations and identify key areas to help me make good decisions and then take action! Albert offered support, valuable guidance and made me laugh (which is always a bonus). He is compassionate, caring and kind and I would recommend him in an instant to anyone."
"I was fortunate enough to undertake CBT sessions with Albert in the summer of 2012.
I was suffering from chronic anxiety, which had been a problem for many years. It took a lot of courage to ask for help but when I met Albert I knew I had made the correct decision. I found him to be welcoming, friendly and understanding. He taught me a number of useful and practical techniques. These helped me to initially identify the problems and their triggers. With Albert’s help and gentle guidance I felt I was able to move forward and to start to put my life back on track through what I had learnt. I would recommend CBT to anyone in similar circumstances. I would also recommend Albert to others and found him to be a kind, knowledgeable and insightful therapist."
'After suffering a traumatic experience, I needed to speak to someone who could help me feel like ‘me’ again. Albert is the kindest, most patient and understanding counsellor, who possesses amazing CBT skills as well as a great sense of humour and you can be safe in the knowledge that you are working with a true professional. Occasionally people have negative perceptions of what counselling is like and feel it could never be for them. But when you speak to Albert, it doesn’t feel as though you are in counselling at all, but rather speaking to someone who understands you completely and really cares'.
"Having spent the last 30 yrs+ with low self esteem, anxiety, depression and self harm tendancies my sessions with Albert have in all honesty helped me turn my life and perceptions around. Albert through his skillful,caring guidance has provided me with many strategies to alter the negative and unhelpful ways I've previously dealt with issues. His friendly, humoursome, insightful and compassionate nature provided me with someone I felt safe to be vulnerable and " me" with. He was never judgemental but always understanding. As a mental health professional myself with a previous negative experience of counselling, I can assuredly say Albert provided nothing short of a highly professional, therapeutic and effective service. I am more than grateful for the positive input and impact Albert has had on my life. The best money I've ever spent!!!".
Please keep in mind that if you phone me my mobile may not be on so please leave a voice mail (or if you are like me and hate leaving messages 'after the tone') text or e-mail, and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
The sessions will take place in my home which is a few minutes drive from junction 5 of the M61. This reduces my costs and this means that my fees are (I feel) reasonable, similarly this is also why I do not charge for missed/cancelled sessions (no room hire to pay for!).
Finally as I have no other regular commitments (apart from Fridays when I do my voluntary counseling at mhist) I am available during normal office hours, moreover evening and weekend appointments are also available, contact me for further details. Unfortunately, I am unable to offer home visits.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (a BPS approved qualification in clinical supervision).
University of Bolton; Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) a masters level qualification.
University of Bolton; Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. **
University of Bolton;Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts.**
** Validated by ABC.
Bolton Institute of Higher Education*; PGCE for FE and HE (a teaching qualification).
Bolton Institute of Higher Education*; BSc (Hons) Social Psychology (1st class).
*Now the University of Bolton
I am committed to continuing professional development this is reflected in the short courses I have attended which are:
Introduction to keeping children safe.
From battlefield to street one uniform to another a two day course about PTSD in the uniformed services.
Psychological approaches in the management of psychotic symptoms & the experience of psychosis (provided by NHS Bolton)
Introduction to Mindfulness-based therapies a one day course.
Interventions for Mental Health in Everyday Practice (IMHEP) certificate a two day course provided by NHS Bolton.
CBT for depression a one day course.
Personal safety a one day course.
Working with people with mental health and substance misuse problems a two day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Skills based training on risk management certificate (STORM) i.e. self harm and suicidal behaviours, developed by Manchester University, a two day course.
Trauma first aid.
Living with self harm a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Introduction to solution focused therapy a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Motivational interviewing a two day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
The impact of sexual violence (presented by the manager of St Mary's sexual assault center Manchester).
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Mental capacity act e learning course
Keeping children safe framework for action level 1
Assessment and treatment of suicidality
Introduction to compassion based therapy a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Working with personality disorders (KUF framework) a three day course (with six e-learning modules) provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Safeguarding in action
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the BACP and I am bound by the BACP Code of Conduct. I have also had experience of working for the NHS (see further information below)
Overall the experience I have gained through supporting and teaching students, providing counselling/therapy within the charitable sector/NHS, and my private work means I am able to help people with a wide variety of issues in a warm and friendly manner.
Finally, I undergo regular supervision from a highly experienced and a former senior university psychology lecturer/accredited therapist; I am also fully insured and CRB checked.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have also had experience of working with adult survivors of sexual abuse.
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In order for you decide if you will be comfortable working with me, we can meet up to talk about issues in general (around 30 minutes in duration); this is free of charge. Prior to your first visit I can send you an info pack to make sure you are fully informed about the services I offer.
The first ‘proper’ session will be between 60 and 90 minutes in length; each subsequent session will be 60 minutes in length. The cost of all individual sessions is £35 payable on the day by cash or cheque.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please try to give me as much notice as possible. You will not be charged (under any circumstances) for cancelled/missed appointments.
I am also available for corporate clients/employers who wish to provide counselling services for their employees on-site.
I have experience working in an Occupational Health setting as a therapist with Mediscreen, based at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
I am also able to provide supervision for trainee and qualified therapists.
Please contact me for more details about either of these services.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9 am to 9 pm Monday to Thursday (Fridays I do my voluntary work at MHIST) weekends possible please ask
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified psychology lecturer and I have a British Psychological Society approved certificate in essential supervision skills.View supervision profile