Rita Cullinan MBACP (Accred.)

Rita Cullinan MBACP (Accred.)

Gtr Manchester

0161 881 3111 / 07903469006

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About me

I qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 1998 and, since then, have worked in a variety of settings and with a variety of client groups. My theoretical base is Person Centred. I work with clients who require brief therapy as well as clients who wish to enter into a longer-term counselling relationship. I also work with couples.

In addition, I am a qualified Counselling Supervisor, supervising practising counsellors and counselling students.

I adhere to the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am an accredited member of BACP. I hold a Diploma in Counselling, a Diploma in Hypno-psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnopsychotherapy, and hold an Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Hypnosis as well as a Certificate in Counselling Supervision.

I work face-to-face, on a one-to-one basis or with couples, to explore any difficulties that clients may be having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose. In the counselling sessions, clients can explore various aspects of their life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Stress, bottled up feelings, such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment, can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. Clients are helped to examine in detail the behaviour or situations which are proving troublesome and to find an area where it would be possible to initiate some change as a start.

I also offer relaxation techniques to help to deal with the physical effects of stress and promote growth in self-esteem and confidence.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a Person Centred Counsellor/Psychotherapist on a Post Graduate, BACP Accredited, Diploma Course, in 1998. My experience includes: counselling for a team of inner-city GPs; Staff Counsellor for Manchester Education Committee's Diversity and Inclusion Service; Dyslexia Counsellor for students at Salford University;counselling victims of crime for Victim Support in Oldham; school counsellor for pupils and staff in two 11-18 High Schools; referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes; clients in Private Practice.
In addition, I am a qualified Counselling Supervisor, supervising practising counsellors and counselling students who are on placement.

Before deciding to work full-time as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, I had 37 years' experience working as a teacher in inner-city schools in Liverpool and Manchester.During this time I was also the consultant counsellor for members of the Diversity and Inclusion Team in Manchester. I, therefore, have an understanding of the stresses and strains of working in today's education system and am well-placed to work with members of the teaching profession and allied services who are experiencing stress working in today's educational climate.
My experience counselling pupils in an 11-18 High School also enhances my expertise when supervising counsellors working with young people.

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£40 per hour (Concessions may be available for students and unwaged.)

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M16

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have a postgraduate certificate in supervision, offering supervision from a person-centred perspective.

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