Stephanie Jones - PgDip BSc (Hons) Registered Member of the BACP (MBACP)
“I can’t say what Steph has done for me, she has quite literally changed my life. I always felt I knew who I was before but now I feel so much more confident, self-reliant and comfortable in my own skin. It might sound silly, but I really do feel I’ve become a person.” Anon (2015)
“I just wanted to thank you for all the listening and help you have given me, helping me move forward and getting ‘unstuck’. You’ve been a fantastic help and I’m an ambassador for that help!” Anon (2016)
*** I offer a free 30-minute no obligation introductory session (face to face or over the phone) to see whether you feel comfortable working with me ***
Starting counselling is often quite a scary prospect. You may already feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of therapists available in your area- what do the different qualifications and approaches mean? Who is most experienced? Who will be able to help me the best?
Although there are many different types of therapy to choose from, the one thing that nearly all counsellors can agree on is that the relationship is the most important aspect of therapy.
I am a professional, experienced, accredited and highly-qualified therapist who works with adults and young people on a variety of issues. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (MBACP), hold a Postgraduate Diploma in counselling and psychotherapy, a graduate certificate in counselling, a first-class honours degree, and an introductory certificate in CBT.
I use something called the person-centred approach which is about helping you discover your own solutions, rather than someone ‘telling you’ how to do things. Using my skills, sensitivity, empathy and compassion, I will help you to face and overcome your difficulties and explore your deeper beliefs, values, thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
Why do even I need therapy?
We are all born knowing what our needs are. As babies we indicate to others what we want - food, warmth, a cuddle - but as we grow that inner guidance can get muffled. We learn to keep our feelings private in case we are judged or rejected, and we feel selfish for putting ourselves first.
We run around trying to live up to everyone else's expectations! We feel tangled up, burned out, confused, frustrated, conflicted, anxious, depressed, guilty, and maybe even resort to self-medicating ourselves just to switch off.
How can therapy help?
Through the process of therapy, you can learn to really listen to your needs and wants, separate out any negative or unhelpful ideas keeping you from your goals, and begin the process of real self acceptance. It’s not always an easy or linear process but the results are incredibly rewarding and potentially life-changing.
Aside from being a full-time psychotherapist, I’m also a singer, musician, writer, and have a deep interest in spirituality and human potential. I am described by my friends as warm and caring with a great sense of humour, and I take pride in developing very close, genuine and supportive relationships with those I work with.
All counselling sessions last for 50-minutes at my private practice and are your opportunity to explore whatever you would like to bring. All fees are listed below and various discounts are also available.
*** New service for Spring 2017 - 'Therapy on the Go!' ***
In this fast-paced modern society with all of its competing pressures, it can be a real struggle to create fifteen minutes for yourself in a day, let alone prioritise an hour-long therapy session plus travel times. In short, the very real pressures of juggling the home, career, family, deadlines, responsibilities and finances are leading to a massive increase in stress, anxiety and depression throughout the population.
Using the time you have available, you can either call, Skype or email me for any given duration (not exceeding 1-hr) and only pay for that time. This essentially works out at £1 a minute and payment is quick and easy via my PayPal page link.
Having your therapist on speed-dial really now is an option! Don't let the pressure build up until you're about to explode- take charge of your situation and reclaim your power.
Anonymous client feedback from 'Therapy on the Go!' service
"Some days you just don't get time and you can feel the pressure building up. I've really struggled in the past to keep appointments with other counsellors and you sometimes feel like they think you're not bothered or taking it seriously. I first heard about this through a friend and use the service as and when I really need to! Sometimes a twenty minute call with Steph can make the difference between maintaining my sanity and completely losing it! It's good to offload, and process things clearly. When you're emotionally charged it's hard to see the woods for the trees. Talking definitely helps and I'd highly recommend this service to anyone."
Training, qualifications & experience
- PgDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional training) - BACP accredited course
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- BSc (Hons) - 1st Class degree (Leeds Metropolitan University)
- Higher National Diploma - Distinction (The University of Salford)
- Training in Mental Health/ CBT on Masters Degree programme (level 7)
- 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 Foundation and Practitioner
- ILM Level 3 in Management
- Head of Counselling (Family Support Lead) at Bereavement Support Service/ Hospice
- Counsellor at the Manchester and Salford Counselling Service
- Counsellor at AGE UK Tameside
- Director of MIND Manchester Mental Health Charity
- Director of Healthwatch Oldham
- Deputy Manager at Oldham Carers Centre (Adult Social Care)
- Enhanced DBS checked
- Fully insured through Towergate Insurance
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Approved by Accredited Register Scheme (Professional Standard Authority)
- I receive monthly casework support with a highly skilled and qualified supervisor
- 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic Boredom
- Confidence building
- Control issues
- Elderly issues
- Financial concerns
- Historical abuse
- Intrusive thoughts
- Wedding nerves
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All sessions last for 50-minutes:
- Individual counselling £35
- Couples counselling £50
- Skype/ Email/ Telephone individual counselling £35
- 'Therapy on the Go!' service (see above) £1 per minute
- Students/ Unwaged/ Benefits/ Senior Citizens/ Advanced block bookings
In exceptional circumstances (e.g. accessibility, difficulties in leaving the house) I am able to do home visits. This is charged at the standard rates listed above, with additional time/ travel cost - please ask for further details.
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.
Counselling rooms/ transport:
I work from a quiet, comfortable discreet 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|
Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm Saturday 9am - 1pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|