Ian Woollams MBACP (accred)
Cheadle Hulme Counselling
16b Station Road
Everyone deserves happiness, but sometimes life’s experiences may have caused us to lose our way. I offer a trusting, confidential relationship, a place to take stock of your present situation.
Currently I am counselling at Survivors Manchester with male survivors of sexual abuse. I have gained experiences surrounding trauma, such as dissociation and the many varied ways in which trauma affects the whole body, soul and being of the person. Often there can be Complex PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as well as drug and alcohol related abuse. Self harm and suicidal thoughts/attempts are also not uncommon.
I am happy to work with survivors of trauma with dissociation. I am listed with PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) as a counsellor willing to work with trauma and dissociation.
My ideals and methods
Life is change. The more options you have, the more likely you are to find a way that is best for you. In my work with you I hope to broaden your horizons, so you will have more choices. I can help you improve your life through times of distress, insecurity, loss, change and confusion.
The fact that you are seeking a counsellor is the first step towards positive change. You are starting on a journey that it's time to take; having a trustworthy traveling companion is a good idea.
I work short-term with individuals who have a particular concern in their life and also longer term with those who wish to explore themselves and their relationships in more depth.
I provide a safe, professional, friendly and confidential service to both young people and adults.
My initial stimulus for entering counselling was to help with the emotional demands of one of my children who has a learning difficulty. Understanding how I may best support these demands has been an enormous help. For the last five years I have been the local area co-ordinator (Manchester/Cheshire) for the Dyspraxia Foundation. With my personal experience of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), I am able to be especially sensitive to the impact SEND and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) can have on the individual and the family.
Life is change, but you can choose how to respond to these changes. Being aware of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors in the here and now can help you to gain valuable new awareness.
I work from private and peaceful rooms in the centre of Cheadle Hulme in a group counselling practice. If it’s more suitable for you due to personal or physical difficulties, I can come to your home.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a Person Centred counsellor I have a wide range of experience working with adults and young people. I also use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Art Therapy and mindfulness. I believe it's the quality of the relationship that helps to heal pain and suffering.
Currently I am also a counsellor at Survivors Manchester working with male survivors of sexual abuse, also offering emotional support and well-being advise. So I now weekly deal with trauma, PTSD and dissociation and the long term effects of historic childhood abuse.
I have counselled young people in an outstanding Stockport secondary school and have also worked with the elderly, carers, parents and professionals from many walks of life. In addition I have experience of counselling within the NHS.
One of my children has Special Educational Needs, so I have personal experience around issues relating to disability, discrimination and the impact this can have on the family. I have counselled young adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and am very sensitive to the unique way that someone on the spectrum can perceive the world.
I prefer to work face to face as I know from experience that it's the quality of the relationship that heals. However I’m happy to liaise with you by phone, email, by post or in person.
Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred) BACP Accredited course.
Certificate in Counselling skills 1,2 & 3.
Certificate in Counselling Issues (eating disorders, parent & child relationships, bereavement).
Safeguarding Children (NHS).
Fully accredited BACP member
Studying for Masters in Counselling Psychology
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Learning difficulties and special needs and the effects on siblings and family. Male survivors of sexual abuse.
Sessions are by the hour. You can pay in cash or by cheque.
Each hour long session £45
Each hour long session at your home £45 + milage
Student counsellors please ring
To see in what ways you may benefit from therapy please look at this web site. It’s provided as impartial advice by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am a full member.
If after looking you think therapy may be good for you, then let’s talk…
Maps & Directions
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