Gaynor Isherwood Mbacp( Accred) Adv Dip Couns, Bsc (Hons) Psychology

Gaynor Isherwood Mbacp( Accred) Adv Dip Couns, Bsc (Hons) Psychology

Greater Manchester


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About me

Individual therapy and NHS Experience

I have over 17 years experience in working with clients as a senior counsellor in GP surgeries and community clinics. I am passionate about counselling and psychotherapy having experienced and witnessed the change and growth people can achieve through this process time and time again.

I have worked and helped facilitate change with people with long and enduring mental illness.
I have helped people move beyond their childhood trauma to a better sense of well being and regain a clearer sense of identity. Worked with clients who suffer some paranoid thoughts and move to regain perspective and clarity within their lives.
Facilitated recovery from work stress, anxiety, low mood and depression, relationship issues, existential issues.
Often people have become isolated and feel lonely and counselling can be a first step in re-connecting with yourself and others.
I have a wealth of experience and a special interest  in facilitating recovery with people suffering from anxiety and depression. I've helped many people gain a better perspective, learn more about themselves in relationship and gain a better quality of life through counselling.
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.

Couples Therapy

I have completed the Advanced Intensive Couples Counselling Training with Allan Turner and Kate Stubbings of Counselling Works Ltd and now work regularly with couples.

I specialise in couples counselling (a couple could also include a mother and daughter or father and son for example).

I have helped couples to regain the ability to communicate effectively achieve understanding and enjoy a closer relationship.

Though sometimes counselling helps couples to realise that the relationship needs to end but helps them to end the relationship in a more healthy way.

I offer person-centred counselling, emotion focused, EMDR and cognitive behaviour therapy and use these types of therapy integratively to meet individual needs.

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 to gain an overall feeling of peace and balance to one's well being.

I have attended the Mindfulness Based Stress reduction course and can use aspects of this training as a resource for clients. People are finding more and more that meditation is a helpful technique to use to find some peace in the busy lives that we lead in modern society.

Private Practice

I have been working privately for 10 years.  I wanted to offer the privacy and comfort to clients which can be achieved in private practice which cannot always be offered to clients waiting in a busy NHS clinic.  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 up to date ongoing indemnity insurance for my private practice and have regular ongoing supervision as required by my BACP accreditation and membership and my own committment to safe and effective therapy.

In 2008 I became an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists 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 achieved distinction With Uclan 2016

Other training: Bereavement and loss Winstons Wish, Meditation and mindfulness, suicide and self harm, alcohol and addiction.

I have worked for over 17 years within GP practices in the Wigan and Leigh Area. I have also worked as a student counsellor, prison counsellor and within local authority.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with



        Individuals £35

        Couples £45

        EMDR £50

        Employee Assistance Programme £45

        Some reduced fee available. Please ask.

        Further information

        First 60 minute session is at a reduced rate of £20 to ensure you feel comfortable working with me and my approach to therapy.

        Sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise negotiated.

        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.

        Maps & Directions

        Leigh, WN7 1NY

        Type of session

        Online counselling: Yes
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: No


        Wheelchair access: No


        Monday and Tuesdays daytime and evening. Some Saturdays

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme