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Bsc Psychology MBACP Accred. CBT Model

About me

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a well researched, evidence based model of intervention for a range of different mental health difficulties. 

Effective CBT therapy helps people to firstly make some sense of their issues from a new informed perspective, and secondly to learn skills (psychological and practical) for moving things forward.   

I strongly advocate the CBT approach to well being and promote this form of therapy more as a Personal Development Programme,  because therapy can take you beyond merely fixing a presenting problem or diagnosis in isolation.   My years of experience working with clients has strengthened my confidence (and theirs) in just how comprehensively effective CBT support and application can be.    

My own secondary goal in therapy is therefore to teach others about how the mind works and so the learning format is designed to be engaging, interesting, accessible, informative, insightful as well as successful.  No pressure, but it works!

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 13 years experience working as a CBT trained therapist and have been accredited with the BACP for over 8 years.  I initially completed full CBT training post-degree in 2009 (2 years Diploma CBT Model) and continue to undertake professional development training in line with professional requirements.    I have significant experience helping people overcome issues with Anxiety and Depression, PTSD, Bereavement,  Anger Management,  Emotional Abuse, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety,  Panic Disorder, General Anxiety, Stress, Confidence/Assertiveness issues, Relationship issues, Complex Loss/Bereavement.

I work from my own private office in South Manchester offering face to face therapy primarily, with the option of on-line sessions when required.  I have also been retained by a international organisation for 8 years working as an in-house therapist offering comprehensive mental health support in the work place.   

In the past I provided CBT therapy in a private Medical Centre in Manchester City Centre for over 6 years and piloted a CBT service independently for a local GP practice in North Manchester, providing local community based mental health services to members of this community for a duration of 12 months.

I have worked with people from many different professional backgrounds including the medical profession, teaching profession, legal profession and business profession, students, young adults, Mums and Dads, all of whom have given me significant insights, knowledge and skills to help my clients recover psychological well being and confidence.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

Fees £60 per session on a pay as you go basis with a free review session 6

Students £50 per session with a free review session 4.

Teaching profession £50 per session with a free review at session 4.

NHS professionals £50 per session with a free review at session 4

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday 10am-7pm
Tuesday 10am-7pm
Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-3pm

Diary flexible each week to suit

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I am centrally located in Didsbury M20 area Manchester South, close to major bus routes and tram lines.

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