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Gaynor Isherwood

Mbacp( Accred) Counselling Psychotherapy EMDR Trauma informed

About me

Trauma informed Therapist working with all presentations: Anxiety and Depression, Bereavement and Loss, anger, PTSD, relationship difficulties

Counselling and Psychotherapy : EMDR, Emotion Focused, Counselling for Depression, Person Centred, Mindfulness, Bodywork/Focusing

Providing face to face, video, telephone or text/email counselling.

I have 20 years experience as an NHS Counsellor and have been working in Private Practice with individuals and couples for 13 years. I am passionate about the work and have a great deal of success and experience of working with clients and young people in helping to process unresolved issues to reach a greater wellbeing and understanding of their pain. Recent experience of supporting clients through Covid anxiety

  1. We often go through life experiencing difficulties or trauma and do not have the chance, for many different reasons, to process the thoughts and feelings which can get stuck in the body. I work with the body energy and mind as a whole to engage with what is under the surface and at the clients pace.
  2. If the trauma is great then dissociation can also be present so we need to gently begin to reconnect with the body and mind.
    I have helped people move beyond their childhood trauma to a more whole and less fragmented self.
  3. Often people have become isolated and feel lonely due to painful past experiences and counselling can be a first step in reconnecting with yourself and others.
  4. I have worked and helped facilitate change with people with long and enduring mental illness.

By safely and at your own pace, being able to explore your internal feelings and thoughts you can gain a greater sense of well being and balance.

I have an Interest in Nonduality and how this can also aid the psychotherapeutic process


Currently training with Accord Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd and offering half price supervision during this period.

I find supervision exciting and revealing and want to work collaboratively with you to find what you need and how you want to work with your clients. The current course has an emphasis on creating transformative conversations within supervision which brings it to life and can uncover what may be under the surface. Exploring what the client is presenting but also what may be happening between client and therapist, supervisee and supervisor and also what may be occurring within an organisation which may be getting in the way. Shining a light on what is happening and bringing clarity in order to work best with clients.

I read recently that the most important thing in supervision is to pause and slow down. I also feel that to provide a container for you and your work so that you feel able to bring what you need to and feel clearer

Mindfulness and Meditation

I have many years experience of meditation practice personally and can guide those requiring this in mindfulness training for stress, anxiety or panic disorder. Meditation and mindfulness can help resource and gain a feeling of peace and balance.

I completed the Mindfulness Based Stress reduction course and can use aspects of this training as a resource for clients and provided mindfulness workshops training for staff within the NHS.

Private Practice

I have been working privately for 11 years.  I wanted to offer privacy and comfort to clients which can be achieved in private practice. Appointments can be made at a time to suit you and your busy lifestyle.  This includes some out of hours appointments including Saturday mornings.

I hold indemnity insurance and have regular ongoing supervision as required by my BACP accreditation and membership and work to their Ethical Framework.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of CounsellorPsychotherapists fulfilling the criteria needed for this status as a counsellor and maintain my registration as Accredited Counsellor with them each year

My private practice is a warm and inviting space which is easily accessible and with ample parking available.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bsc (hons) Psychology 1994
  • Intro to Counselling 1997
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998
  • Advanced Dip Counselling 2000
  • Bacp Accreditation 2008
  • Introduction to CBT Training 2009
  • Aspergers Workshop 2009
  • Advanced Intensive Couples Counselling Course 2010
  • Core Process Therapy Training 2011
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy 2013
  • EMDR 2014
  • Counselling for Depression Uclan 2016
  • Advanced Diploma in Supervision with Accord Training, Colne 2020 : current

Carolyn Springs: Trauma, Healing Trauma which has become stuck, Shame 2020
Other training: Bereavement and loss: Winstons Wish, Meditation and mindfulness, suicide and self-harm, alcohol and addiction.

Experience working in GP practices, Community clinics, colleges and prison.

I have also worked for Brook Sexual Advisory service providing sexual health and relationship counselling and advice to young people.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with



£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

  • Individuals £45 per hour
  • Couples £60 per hour
  • EMDR £60 per 1 hour 
  • Employee Assistance Programme £50
  • Supervision £45 per hour

Some reduced fee is available. Please ask.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday, Friday and Saturday

Flexible 9:00 - 19:00

Further information

First 60 minute session is at a reduced rate of £25 to ensure you feel comfortable working with me and my approach to therapy.

Sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise negotiated.

EMDR is from 1 hour to 1hr 30 minutes

I strive to offer an equal service to all individuals whatever their disability, sexuality, gender, culture or religion. Home visits available if particular needs suggest this. Please contact me to discuss any concerns you have around this and I can assure you of my sensitive, confidential response.

Greater Manchester

Suite 9
Brewery Lane
Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Very experienced Counsellor now offering supervision at low cost due to training. Striving to provide excellent supervision to enhance your practice.

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Gaynor Isherwood

Gaynor Isherwood