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Alan Lynam MBACP Individual and Couples Counselling

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2LW
07540 423109 07540 423109
Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2LW

About me

Life can be a struggle at times and very confusing. At any stage one can be faced with feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear and feeling completely overwhelmed among others. Negative thoughts can make one very uncomfortable, insecure, “not good enough”, and lacking in self confidence. Negative thoughts and their associated feelings can take up a lot of energy and be thoughts about oneself, others or the world around us. We all experience negative thoughts from time to time, it’s perfectly normal. However, if these thoughts and their associated feelings were making us feel “stuck”, and impacting on our daily lives then counselling and psychotherapy can help to work through and process them. I believe we all experience episodes in our lives which would benefit from therapeutic support. My journey to being a psychotherapist began as a direct result of me being in therapy and seeing how beneficial and life changing it was for me.

I’m originally from Cork in Ireland and practise at the Didsbury Counselling and Therapy Centre. Helping my clients feel safe is of paramount importance to me as I am aware that for many of you coming to therapy is a new experience which you may find daunting. It’s perfectly understandable to feel nervous when wishing to see a counsellor for the first time. It’s a new experience, meeting a new person, what will he or she be like? Will I feel relaxed with him or her etc? It’s OK to feel this way.

Whatever it is you are going through at present you are not alone, yes you may very much feel at times that you are the only one which such an issue but talking to a professional therapist who is not connected with you in any way works and helps to bring awareness and clarity to a particular situation and can move you towards feeling better soon.

Counselling:

Counselling can be very effective in helping you to explore new ways of managing day to day situations which are impacting on you in the here and now. These can impact on you and your relationship(s) with others.

Psychotherapy:

Psychotherapy can be effective to overcome long term deep rooted beliefs about yourself and others which you would like to work through to bring you towards a happier and more fulfilled life.

My approach:

I work with clients on a short term or long term basis (short term can be around 8 to 12 sessions). Longer term therapy can take much longer from a few months to years. However, we both contract together as to what’s best and I will check in regularly to see how therapy is working for you.

It may be for example that someone comes for counselling initially with work related stress and over the course of a number of sessions stuff from childhood comes up which the client wants to focus on and work through in psychotherapy and we contract together to work for longer through these unresolved historic issues. Longer term work enables you to explore your difficulties at much greater depth.

A big aspect of counselling and psychotherapy is about recognising and facing uncomfortable feelings. This is not easy and can be overwhelming and distressing but you are not alone in this. I will journey with you to help you discover effective ways of approaching and coping with uncomfortable feelings which is part of the therapeutic process.

As a practitioner, I am offering to share my time, knowledge and expertise with you so that we can work through things together in ways that may be challenging but also life-changing.


As a counsellor/therapist I have worked with a great variety of people from diverse backgrounds with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, sexuality, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, loneliness, search for meaning in life, stress, and confidence issues among many others.

You may have a specific problem or issue which you need help and support with, you may feel somewhat "stuck" and unsure or just need to talk. At the initial consultation appointment you can discuss what it is that brings you to therapy; I can answer any specific questions you may have about the process and will explain more about my approach to us working together.

In my work with individual clients I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy. I draw on my training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as other modalities including person centred counselling and mindfulness. I keep abreast of the latest research to inform my practice.

Individual or couples therapy online:

The advantages are that you can talk to me from anywhere in the world through an encrypted webcam software such as Zoom. It’s safe and secure and instead of coming to see me in Manchester we can meet each other online.

Think of it as if you were coming to see me in the centre as regards that safe space where you or you and your partner would be uninterrupted for the duration of the session (by others in household or pets or other distractions). In my experience it works best for couples counselling for both partners to sit opposite each other in two upright chair and to ensure that your tablet, computer or laptop is set up in such a way that I can see both of you.

It is vital that you are not likely to be heard by anybody in an adjacent room. This is your space, your time and in order for you to feel safe in opening up to your therapist it’s important that nobody is likely to hear you.

Couples Counselling:

As a couples therapist I use Imago Relationship Therapy which is a highly effective form of couples counselling which has positively benefited couples throughout the world. Imago relationship therapy is a great 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.

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

In Imago 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.

Techniques are used 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 therapy and I will explain more about how I work using Imago relationship therapy and through establishing safety I will work with you both to begin the process of bringing you both into deeper connection with each other.

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP

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

Completed 4 Year training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. 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 regular Continuous Professional Development courses and training events to enhance my practice.

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

I'm a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England.

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

I’ve also worked as a therapist with the Lgbt foundation in Manchester.

Member organisations

BACP

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

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

I offer an initial consultation session (without commitment).This initial appointment is an opportunity for you to tell me what you’re looking for, ask me any questions you may have and for me to explain how I work as a therapist and together we can make a decision about working together going forward.

I offer a free 15min telephone discussion should you wish to chat prior to making an appointment. My fees are £45 (50mins) for individual therapy and £75 for couples therapy (60min duration).

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 me to ensure that you get a prompt response.

Evening appointments in Didsbury are from 5pm to 10pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

I am mindful of the ongoing Coronavirus/ Covid 19 pandemic and the uncertainty and associated stresses this may bring to you. All of my appointments are online or via telephone until it is safe to resume face to face appointments following the lockdown.

Individual or couples therapy online:

The advantages are that you can talk to me from anywhere in the world through an encrypted webcam software such as Zoom. It’s safe and secure and instead of coming to see me in Manchester we can meet each other online.

Think of it as if you were coming to see me in the centre as regards that safe space where you or yourself and your partner would be uninterrupted for the duration of the session (by others in household or pets or other distractions. In my experience it works best for couples counselling for both partners to sit opposite each other in two upright chair and to ensure that your tablet, computer or laptop is set up in such a way that I can see both of you.

It is vital that you are not likely to be heard by anybody in an adjacent room for any online counselling appointment. This is your space, your time and in order for you to feel safe in opening up to your therapist it’s important that nobody is likely to hear you. This is also the case if you are seeking telephone counselling.

If you want to discuss online therapy with me, drop me an email, text or give me a ring.

212A Burton Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M20 2LW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm to 10pm.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Alan Lynam MBACP      Individual and Couples Counselling

Alan Lynam MBACP Individual and Couples Counselling