Stephanie Jones - PgDip BSc (Hons) Registered Member of the BACP (MBACP)
Starting counselling is often quite a scary prospect. Opening yourself up to a complete stranger (me!) might fill you with utter dread. Many people come into therapy not knowing where to begin, and that's OK, because that’s where I come in. You may have an idea of what counselling is like from books or TV, but rest assured I will not be asking you to lie on the sofa whilst I frantically scribble notes about you!
I use a particular type of counselling called ‘person-centred’ which puts you in the seat of expert on your life. From the first phone call, I will take a little bit of information about you (to get a general idea of what you would like to work on) and am happy to answer any questions you might have about the process.
Sessions will last for an hour and in my view it is best to attend on a regular basis (usually once a week) in order to keep up the momentum. When you enter into counselling, it is worth remembering that a lot of the work is done in between sessions. Although I certainly won’t be setting you any homework, the time in between is often where you will further reflect and put into practice any ideas we may have discussed.
I think it’s helpful to view my role in our relationship as a guide/ teacher. I categorically will not be telling you what to do, or how to do it. This is your life, and I suspect the reason you are seeking support is because things are not the way you would like them to be. Your goals are your own, and I will assist you to access the deepest part of you - your own inner wisdom and guidance - your intuition.
I have a great deal of practical experience in the caring professions and over the years have worked with carers (Oldham Carers Centre), the bereaved/ those managing life-limiting illnesses (Willow Wood Hospice), and individuals with a whole range of presenting issues (Manchester MIND and Manchester and Salford Counselling Service).
Since this is modern counselling I am not a ‘blank screen’ – that is, I am happy to tell you about me and my life if this helps develop the trust in our relationship. Aside from being a full-time psychotherapist, I’m also a musician, a writer and have an interest in holistic therapies and spirituality. I'm also a practitioner of Reiki and although I don’t tend to use it in sessions, we could incorporate this if you wish.
The majority of clients prefer to talk for the hour, however others are keen to introduce creative ideas such as poetry, music or art. Ultimately, these are your sessions and we will do whatever feels right to help you explore your core beliefs, thoughts and feelings.
Finally, I am described by my friends as warm and caring with a great sense of humour, and I take pride in developing very deep, supportive relationships with those I work with. I consider myself to be a person with strong integrity, high levels of empathy and a great deal of compassion for others. Please get in touch with me on 07545 339 175 to find out more, or have a look at my website www.stephjonescounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional training) - BACP accredited course
Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
BSc (Hons) - 1st Class / Higher National Diploma - Distinction
Training in Mental Health/ CBT on MSc (level 7) course
Ongoing CPD including Safeguarding Adults and Children/ Equality and Diversity/ Essentials of Information Governance
Holistic practitioner (including First and Second Degree in Usui Reiki)
PRINCE2 Project Management
ILM Level 3 in Management
Head of Counselling (Family Support Lead) at Bereavement Support Service
Counsellor at the Manchester and Salford Counselling Service
Director of MIND Manchester Mental Health Charity
Director of Healthwatch Oldham
- Enhanced DBS checked, fully insured, and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I work within the guidance expressed within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
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- Individual counselling £35 for 1-hr session
- Couples counselling £50 for 1-hr session
- Home visits
As above with additional travel/ time costs (please ask)
- Affordable counselling
10% discount available for students, unwaged/receipt of benefits, senior citizens.
- Block bookings in advance
Pre-booking a minimum of six-sessions will also entitle you to receive a 10% discount.
From time to time, life can feel like an uphill struggle. The place you want to be may feel a world away from where you currently are. Something inside tells you that things are "not quite right" but you don't know how to go about making those positive changes to improve your life.
Perhaps you are experiencing feelings of stress, depression, anxiety, having difficulties in your relationships, or have found unhealthy ways of coping with pressure such as self-medicating. You are not alone and certainly do not need to struggle through life. Too often we are told to, "pull ourselves together" or, "get on with things!" - none of which are helpful suggestions.
Through therapy you can learn how to better cope, develop new strategies for life, trust your instincts, and focus on your own journey and acceptance of self.
My professional BACP accredited training has provided me with a range of skills and theoretical approaches to draw upon, including an appreciation for person-centred, cognitive behavioural, gestalt, mindfulness and psychodynamic therapies. Working in collaboration, we will develop a strong, secure and safe relationship which will act as the catalyst for facilitating your change.
Counselling rooms/ transport:
I work from a quiet, comfortable private location based in Stockport, designed to help you feel safe and relaxed as you discuss your concerns. There is ample street parking available and my office is directly opposite the 328 bus stop. I am close to the M60 and Stockport train station, with good regular transport links from Manchester, South Manchester and the surrounding Cheshire areas (Full address details will be given upon contact).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (last session at 7:00 pm) Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (last session at 1:00pm) Closed Sunday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|