Jonathan Hill, MSc Counselling Psychology
Barlow Moor Road
Why I am a counsellor
My first experience of counselling was as a client. I had put off dealing with painful issues in my life, when in my early twenties it all came to a head. I sought help from a therapist and I can honestly say that counselling helped to change my life and how I felt about myself.
I believe in the value of counselling so much, I decided to leave my career in NHS management and retrain as a counsellor.
What I believe about counselling
As a humanistic counsellor, I believe everybody has within themselves the resources to move towards growth and healing, if offered an understanding, caring and accepting space (or relationship). My approach to counselling is relational. This means I believe that many of life’s issues arise from how we’ve been treated in our past significant relationships, like with parents and partners. But, I also believe that being offered an understanding and accepting relationship holds the key to moving past life’s painful and challenging issues.
Research shows, that more than anything else in counselling, it is the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client that produces positive change and healing most.
My focus in counselling is to offer you an understanding, caring and accepting space so that you feel safe to drop the mask and honestly explore your feelings, thoughts and patterns of relating and freeing you to begin feeling differently, thinking differently and doing differently.
What to expect
Deciding to see a counsellor and talk openly about your life can be a daunting, even scary choice to make. You can rest assured that I offer a safe and confidential space for you to talk at your own pace and in your own time. No pressure.
In the first session, we will cover what brings you to counselling and discuss any hopes or expectations you may have. Our first meeting also gives you the opportunity to decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
If we agree to work together, we will meet weekly for a 50 minute session. There is no limit to how many sessions you can have; this is agreed jointly depending on your needs and wishes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor. I have an MSc in Counselling Psychology with distinction from Keele University. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its code of ethics.
Currently, I am employed by a Manchester-based charity as a trauma-focused therapist working therapeutically with men who have been sexually abused and/or raped.
I have also worked extensively with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
£40 per 50 minute session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesdays and Fridays
Types of client