Gaynor Isherwood

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Mbacp( Accred)Counselling Psychotherapy EMDR Trauma informed
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Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, BL0
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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

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

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

I have 21 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


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. I get excited about the 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 13 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 2021
  • Healing Trauma and Dissociation With EMDR and Ego State Therapy 2022
  • Working with Neuro-diverse, Autistic and ADHD Presentations with Children & Adults Online Workshop 2023

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. Motivational interviewing 

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working with trauma using focusing, body work and EMDR. 


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

  • Individuals £50 per hour
  • Couples £60 per hour
  • EMDR £65 per 1 hour 
  • Employee Assistance Programme £50
  • Supervision £50 per hour

Some reduced fee is available. Please ask.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Flexible 9:00 - 20:00

Further information

Currently only able to work in person from Irwell Vale. 

Sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise negotiated.

EMDR is from 1 hour to 1hr 15 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.

Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, BL0

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



In person

Embodied process oriented supervisor offering a free 30 minute session to see if we are a good fit.

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Gaynor Isherwood
Gaynor Isherwood