Alan Lynam

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BACP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
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Manchester M3 & Sale M33
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

What’s my motivation?

I’m originally from Cork in Ireland and have worked as a therapist for the last 10 years. In my practice, I offer you a space where you can explore and discover your identity and regain a sense of autonomy and connectedness. I seek to support you to move from a place of feeling perhaps “stuck” and “lost” to a position where they feel more connected to themselves and others. This can assist you to moving towards living a more authentic and fulfilled life.

My journey to becoming a psychotherapist began as a direct result of experiencing a challenging time in my early 20s and seeking therapy. My experience of psychotherapy at the time was life changing.

My values

I am enthusiastic about working collaboratively alongside my clients where they can be their “best selves”.

I am a firm believer in treating everyone with the dignity and respect which they deserve irrespective of their identity, background, culture, sexuality, disability, life experiences, religious affiliations. Inclusivity is a significant personal value of mine (see below). Justice and fairness are of paramount importance, and I have worked with clients who have experienced forms of injustice and unfairness in society, the workplace, and relationships over the years. My own philosophy as a therapist includes respecting and understanding each client’s perspective and treating them with the utmost dignity and compassion. I strive to support, be understanding and be non judgemental.

Client Choice and Autonomy

It is important for you to feel comfortable in deciding which counsellor or psychotherapist you want to work with. I ensure that all prospective clients can have a free 20 min chat either on phone or online to get a sense on if I am the right "fit" for you. During this chat you can give me a sense of what it is causing you distress/ discomfort at this time. I will answer any questions you may have about individual or couples counselling and what it entails.

Couples/ Relationship Counselling

I’m an Imago Relationship Therapist which is a specialist and highly effective form of couples counselling. Imago relationship therapy is a wonderful way to get to know your partner better and feel more loved and deeply connected. It is also about experiencing the joy of being in relationship and how it is important for us to show appreciations to our partner.

Many couples come to see me when they are in “crisis” and something significant has happened and or where communication breaks down. I have assisted couples in a crisis to communicate more effectively and begin to change unhealthy patterns of relating.

If you and your partner are going through a challenging time, struggling to communicate, feel as if you are not being heard or understood or missed this is normal. It is the power struggle of relationship which we all need to work through for us to reconnect and experience the joy of being in relationship which we all felt at the beginning of the relationship.

In Imago Relationship Therapy we learn to see the world from our partners perspective, to really listen and understand things from their world and they in turn can begin to see things from your perspective/ your world.

At couples therapy sessions, I use techniques to get yourself and your partner into deeper connection with each other through a process of dialoguing in a safe contained space with my role being to facilitate and guiding you in the process

Want to know more? Contact me to discuss further. First appointment is a chance for you both to tell me what you both want from your relationship and couples therapy. I will also offer you both an initial 20 min free zoom call to discuss your needs and answer any questions you may have.

Who I work with

For the past 10 years I have worked with clients who choose counselling to address a wide range of life and relationship issues. I work with clients on a short term or long-term basis. The benefits of working as a psychotherapist in private practice is that you and I work together and decide together how many sessions you may or may not need.

I’m interested in you telling me about how your problem, issue,  or sense of being “stuck” or distressed is impacting on your daily life. I’m also interested in you as a person and your “story”, what happened in your life and what may be causing you distress at present. Together we will work on the areas you want to focus on as well as the meanings you are making in your life.

I am remarkably familiar with working with depression, anxiety, bereavement, work related stress, relationship issues, sexual identities among many other presenting issues.

If you stood outside my therapy room during a day you would find a mixture of clients from students to corporate/senior managers, public servants, office staff, allied health professionals among other work roles. I have the flexibility to see clients during their lunchtime break, before or after work. 

Inclusivity

Being oneself and having a sense of belonging is a passion and interest of mine. However, I understand that for some clients this can prove problematic. I have experience of working with gender identity, sexuality, and sexual identity and was a therapist at the LGBT Foundation.  In addition, I work with clients who are from diverse backgrounds. I’ve also worked with individuals and couples with various disabilities including those disabilities which are “non-visible”.

Having worked with many clients who have come to embrace a more content life I know that with your willingness and my support it is possible for you to overcome the challenges that you are currently experiencing and use them as an opportunity to give you the inner strength and courage to embrace the life you want for yourself.

Want to know more, any questions or want to arrange an initial consultation appointment, contact me either by phone or email. If I am not available, please leave a voice message and I will get back to you. We can then arrange a free no obligation 20 min chat on the phone or on zoom to discuss your needs further and how I may be able to assist you.

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP 

Proficient ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Therapist.
Certificate in therapeutic counselling.

Successfully completed 4 Year training in Transactional Analysis. Psychotherapy. Proficient TA therapist.

MA Social Work
BA Social Science

I am a member of the United kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their code of ethics and professional conduct. I attend regular professional supervision and undertake Continuous Professional Development courses and training events to enhance my practice. This ensures I continue to be an effective and knowledgeable therapist for my clients.

The therapy service I provide is fully insured and I possess an up-to-date enhanced DBS.

I'm a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have over 15 years significant safeguarding experience working in various roles in child protection including Social Worker, Independent Reviewing Officer, Child Protection Conference Chair and Social Work Team manager. In addition to my counselling work I currently work part time for a Local Authority as a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

I have delivered safeguarding training to multi agency professionals and volunteers. I've also delivered bespoke safeguarding training to counsellors and psychotherapists.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Free Introductory telephone call or zoom call.
I offer a free 20 min introductory telephone call (or online via Zoom) should you wish to chat or discuss your needs further prior to potentially booking an appointment. 

The first therapy session with me is an initial consultation appointment. This is an opportunity to expand on what we have discussed on the phone or online and for you to discuss in more detail about what you’re struggling with, and you can get more of a sense of how I work as a therapist. If you think my style and approach suits you then we can agree to work together.  

For couples therapy and the introductory call, it is best that I get to speak to you both via telephone or on zoom as it is important to speak with both in the relationship.

My fees are £60 (50mins) for individual therapy and £85 for couples therapy (60min duration).

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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Face to face and online appointments on Mondays in Milton Hall Manchester Deansgate and Tuesday's at 135 Northenden Road, Sale.  Online availability also on Wednesday evenings.

Further information

If you would like to make an appointment or seek clarification on anything, feel free to ring, email or text and I will get back to you. Please note I am not always available to answer the phone so please ensure you leave a voice message or email/ text to ensure that you get a prompt response.

I work from Milton Hall in Deansgate Manchester City Centre on Monday's  offering daytime and evening appointments. This is a central location in Manchester City Centre which is 6 mins walk from Deansgate Castlefield metrolink and Deansgate Train station and 6 mins walk from St Peter's Square.

I'm also based In Sale Moor (less than one mile from Sale town centre) and see clients there on Tuesdays (daytime and evening appointments).

I also offer online therapy appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays  and Wednesday evenings This is via on the zoom platform.

Milton Hall, 244 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4BQ

135 Northenden Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3HF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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My office is on 3rd floor of Milton Hall in Deansgate Manchester which can be accessed via stairs or lift.

Online platforms

Zoom
Alan Lynam
Alan Lynam