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Counsellor, CBT Therapist , Life Coaching (MBACP)

About me

Hello, I'm Sandra. I am passionate about helping people live happier, more fulfilling lives and achieve their dreams. Maybe you are having problems with anxiety, panic, low self esteem or relationships. Feeling low or depressed? Perhaps life just seems a bit too much like hard work then please contact me.

I wonder if you have ever thought about seeing a counsellor?

We are living in uncertain and challenging times. Many people are feeling worried and anxious. There have been dramatic changes to how we live our lives.

I am seeing clients face to face at Trinity House.  We have a good Covid 19 Safety Protocol in place to keep you and our  staff members safe during these unusual times.

I am not offering sessions via Skype, Zoom or telephone at this time 

If you are feeling worried or anxious in this current uncertain time talking to someone outside your family and friends can often help you deal with the feelings. How would it feel to be able to do that?

You may have come to a point in your life. and right now you don't know  which way to turn. The current situation has had this effect. Are you  perhaps beginning to question who you are and what you want from life? How  would it be to take a closer look at those thoughts and questions with someone who is trained to help you find some meaning and a way forward?

I am a qualified Counsellor and CBT Therapist. I offer a range of talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I believe also that Mindfulness can help us live calmer, more balanced lives.

You can have an appointment in Macclesfield SK10 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Which is best for you?


I am also a qualified Life Coach and Personal Development Trainer. I also offer Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.  I am an NLP practitioner.

I work in a number of different ways - one to one Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and one to one Life Coaching
Often a combination of Counselling/CBT, and coaching is an effective way forward.

By using any one or a combination of all three you could begin to live the life you want.

I also offer supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and Life Coaches.

If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly newsletter full of tips and ideas on a whole range of topics send me an email with NEWSLETTER in the subject box and I'll add you to the list.

Counselling offers a safe place to get to know yourself a little bit better.

It is a place where you will not be judged, given advice or told what to do.

You will be given time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings and get some balance back into your life.

If life is feeling a bit of a struggle - try to remember- it was never meant to be difficult. Counselling may help you find the perspective you need, because every minute spent angry is sixty seconds of happiness wasted.

LIFE COACHING
As a Life Coach let me ask you a some of questions:

Are you confident and comfortable with yourself?

Do you feel you are achieving your full potential?

Do you wake up every day feeling good about yourself?

Are you motivated and happy?

If you answer NO to any of these questions perhaps you need a Life Coach to help you change your life!

So many people have found working with a life coach to be a life changing experience.

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is a powerful and effective tool for managing your life in a more calm and effective manner. It can be as effective as medications in reducing stress, depression and anxiety. Mindfulness has a positive effect on our overall well being, often reducing blood pressure and generally helping you to deal with life's difficult situations. That sounds good, doesn't it?

Training, qualifications & experience

Adv Diploma in Counselling University of Manchester 1998.

Post Grad Cert in Supervision of Counselling and the helping Professions University of Manchester 2002.
The Institute of Transactional Analysis TA 101 Certificate.
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2007 University of Chester

NLP Diploma 2010
NLP Practioner 2011
Certificate in Wellbeing - University of Yale -2020
Certificate in Life Coaching from Newcastle College.
Certificate in Life Coaching from The Coaching Academy


I have been working in private practice for 18 years. I work in Macclesfield.  My practice is one to one counselling with clients who are self referred or GP referred. I also see clients who are referred by organisations and solicitors.


I am trained in Critical Incident Debriefing and use this as part of my practice, finding it useful for some clients who have been involved in traumatic road accidents etc. Please contact me for further details.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer Life Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.  Maybe you are thinking of  career change. Perhaps you would like to change certain things in your lifestyle. Coaching can help you find direction and help you plan the changes you want to make.

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees are  £50 per session.    You may pay by cash. Alternatively you may pay via BACS transfer or Paypal.    Payment must be made on or before the day of your appointment

A session normally last 55 minutes

Reduced rates may be available for counselling students and those on low income

Clinic days are Monday to Wednesday. 24 hours notice is needed for any date/time changes or cancellations. Otherwise the full fee may be charged.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Macclesfield Monday 1.00p.m - 6.00p.m. Tuesday 10.00a.m. - 6.00p.m. Wednesday 1.00p.m. - 5.00p.m.

Further information

I have received my own personal therapy and I know how hard it can be to turn up for that first appointment. I will try to make our first appointment as comfortable as I can for you.

If you feel you would like to make changes to your life or how you respond to situations, counselling may be able to help. We are all different, as you know, I offer a range of ways of working so that you can get the most out of your sessions.

We will work at a pace which is comfortable for you. We will open the door on those dark places but if you don't want to go in right now, that's ok. We can always take a look another time.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy more commonly called CBT is growing in popularity. Research has shown that CBT is effective in a wide range of problems including anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

CBT focuses on the way you think and act in order to help you overcome negative and unhelpful thinking and ways of behaving.

Trinity House, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, SK10 1BP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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There is wheelchair access to the building.However my therapy room is upstairs and there is no lift

Additional languages

No

Supervision

In person

I offer supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors in the Manchester and Macclesfield areas.

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