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 to see whether you feel comfortable working with me ***
*** 10% discount available for students, unwaged/ receipt of benefits, senior citizens and block bookings in advance ***
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 professional singer-songwriter/ musician, a writer, and have a deep interest in spirituality. 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.
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
- 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, 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
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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- Individual counselling £35 for 50-min session
- Couples counselling £50 for 50-min session
- Home visits available - as above with additional travel/ time costs (please ask for a quote)
- Affordable - 10% discount available for students, unwaged/receipt of benefits, senior citizens
- Pre-book a minimum of six-sessions to receive a 10% discount
- Students on counselling/ psychotherapy training £30 per session
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|
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|