Hope Pugh, PgDip Couns/Psych, MSc Couns, BACP.

Hope Pugh, PgDip Couns/Psych, MSc Couns, BACP.

10 Hope Street
CW11 1BA

07951 905920 / 07951905920

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10 Hope Street
CW11 1BA

07951 905920 / 07951905920

About me

That initial step, that initial call, that initial movement towards making a change, can feel like the most difficult part of any journey. It can feel risky to reach out; especially to someone we do not know. It can feel risky to let others know we are not coping and that we are struggling with who we are and how we are experiencing life.

My role is to help you feel safe and secure in finding, confronting and working with issues and to guide and support you as you explore. My aim is to help you get a better understanding of why you think or feel the way you do. Together we can help you find the strength and resilience within yourself to move forward and make the most from life.

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor, which means I offer a non-directive, safe and compassionate space for you to explore without judgement.

What to expect

When you come to see me, we’ll work through your specific worries in a supportive and compassionate way, in a comfortable, confidential space. This way, you’ll have the freedom and security you need to explore the things that are important to you. I recognises that your individual social environment and personal relationships can greatly impact on your life, so I offer therapy in a neutral and comfortable setting where you can feel at ease, authentic and open to learning about yourself. In this way, I hope my approach offers you the opportunity to counteract any damaging effects of past relationships and experiences.

Other changes that are often experienced from person centred therapy include:

  • Closer agreement between your idealised and actual selves.
  • Better self-understanding and awareness.
  • Decreased negative emotions such as defensiveness, insecurity and guilt.
  • Greater ability to trust yourself.
  • Healthier relationships.
  • Improvement in self-expression.
  • Overall a healthy sense of change.

I have regular supervision myself, attend industry recognised training courses to stay up to date, and I carry professional indemnity insurance, giving you the peace of mind you need that I’ll work in a caring and professional way from our first conversation.

My story

The inspiration for becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist came from when I experienced some dark times and decided to seek the help of therapy myself. It helped me to see that in those difficult times life throws at you, you don't have to go through it alone and getting the right support can make a huge difference in working through those days and becoming more resilient to what may be in front. This fed my passion to give back and be that light in the darkness for others in need.

After an initial degree in Sociology and Cultural studies , my working life has been predominantly ‘people focused' leading me into currently working as a private practitioner at The Hope Street Centre and Counsellor at Lifeline; a drug and alcohol organisation in Manchester.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience in working with a range of different issues such as;

  • abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, mental),
  • addiction,
  • anger management,
  • anxiety,
  • bereavement/loss,
  • bullying,
  • Bipolar disorder/Manic depression,
  • child related issues,
  • depression,
  • dissociation,
  • divorce/separation,
  • domestic violence,
  • family issues,
  • identity issues,
  • low self-confidence,
  • low self-esteem,
  • lack of direction/purpose,
  • Mythomanic/Pathological Lying,
  • panic attacks,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • relationship issues,
  • substance abuse,
  • self-harm,
  • sexual abuse,
  • stress,
  • suicidal thoughts,
  • sexual issues,
  • trauma.

MSc in Person- Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (Currently Undergoing)                         
Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) theory                           
PG Dip in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy                           
PG Certificate in Counselling Skills                          
BSc Hons Sociology and Cultural Studies

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Identity issues,
  • Low self-confidence,
  • Low self-esteem,
  • Lack of direction/purpose,
  • Mythomanic/Pathological Lying,
  • Panic attacks

Photos & videos

  • The Hope Street Centre


Face-to-face, 1hour – £40

Further information

I understand that time and money are big considerations when thinking about having counselling, and that’s why I always provide transparent, upfront costs and details.

Sessions After a initial contact by email or telephone we agree to meet for a consultation session at my practice. This is an opportunity to talk about yourself, your current difficulties and any questions you have. This is a chance for you to decide whether we shall work together. I do however encourage you to take time to reflect on this decision before deciding if it is the right path to take.  Each session will last 1 hour, giving you a relaxed amount of time each session to explore the things that are important to you.

Things to note There are no restrictions on the number of sessions you have. Some only need a few sessions and others continue for a longer period of time.  As engaging collaboratively is at the core of our work, I encourage a review of our work together as seems fit so that we can establish how you feel therapy is going and when you feel you have achieved what you want from therapy.. I can offer face-to-face meetings on concession rates. If you’re a student or on a low income and would like to chat about your options, feel free to get in touch to see how I can help. Please note, my time is valuable as is yours, If you're unable to make a session you will need to provide 24 hours' notice. If the notice is less than this I do charge half the session fee.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Maps & Directions

Sandbach, CW11 1BA

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Available weekdays and evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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