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About me

Hi, my name is Abby and I'm a BACP registered counsellor, and children's counsellor. I am passionate about improving the lives of children, young people and their parents.

I see counselling as space, space for you.

I often hear clients say that they feel they do not want to burden friends and family with their worries, counselling provides a space for this. A space to reflect, on our lives, our opinions, our decisions, and process events, using this reflection to learn about ourselves, to grow and to feel heard.

I provide a judgement free space for you to voice how you really feel, something that can be difficult with those closest to us. The beauty of counselling is that the counsellor is in fact a stranger. You are the expert in the counselling room, you know your life and how you feel a counsellor can help you get in touch with this, back in touch with yourself.

Counselling is a commitment, a commitment to yourself. It can be hard and is certainly not a passive process but can provide fantastic reward.

I believe that children and young people are facing many challenges at this time. In my practice I am child-led, I am trained to use art and play therapy as well as traditional talking therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Counselling from Salford University where I studied the Person-Centred Approach. I also have a Level 4 certificate in Children’s counselling, I use some play and art therapy skills in my work. I am a registered member MBACP.

I specialise in children and young people’s counselling as well as counselling parents although I have experience with all age groups. I currently work as a children and young people’s bereavement counsellor. I have previously worked for Gaddum, Talk Listen Change, Place2be, Childline and The Manchester college. I have over ten years experience working with children, young people and parents. Working previously as a support worker with Children who have experienced domestic abuse, a primary school teacher and a private tutor.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy


Finding a good fit is important. I provide an initial telephone consultation free of charge, this is for us to meet, to see if I am a good fit for you to make your counselling journey as rewarding as possible.

I am currently working online using zoom, I have availability for weekend sessions. My rate is £40 an hour, I ask for this payment to be made prior to session via bank transfer. As I am working online I am not able to work with clients under 16.

Further information

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or queries, I am happy to help!

Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Saturday mornings. Online and telephone only currently. If you are interested or have any questions just drop me an email :)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Abby Durling (Reg. BACP, PG Dip)

Abby Durling (Reg. BACP, PG Dip)