Alastair Stewart

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Lancaster LA1 & Northern Quarter Of Manchester M4
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About me

Alastair Stewart member of BACP

I work within a short walk of Lancaster and Manchester Piccadilly rail stations, I also work in central Kendal.

I am a certified Hakomi therapist IFS trained practitioner and supervisor, offering mindfulness based body psychotherapy and counselling. I have over 20 years experience working with people suffering emotional difficulties, 18 of these in constant supervised psychotherapeutic practice.

My website

I have been practicing online therapy for some years; it has it's challenges as there is the delay, and sometimes the transmission freezes. Saying that some people still choose to see me online than to see another therapist face to face!

I think there are loads of websites and blogs on this directory explaining what counselling is. My guess you have come to a conclusion that you need the support of another person to make sense of what you may feel stuck with; be it through personal history or current relationship troubles, or their absence! There is a chance it’s got pretty difficult to have to go and pay for the privilege of being listened too!

Meeting you in your emotional world…

I think having therapy can feel difficult especially initially, and can take time to appreciate how noisy our inner voices can be!

I am not a therapist that just listens reflects back parrot what the client is saying and hangs out in long silences. I want to get to know you, challenge you to be freer and hold your head up to this precipice of life so you can meet your world…

If you’re depressed lets go there, there is usually something to learn from this state. If you are on the edge of leaving lets look at what that might look like, if you want to kick some habits lets look at what they are trying to mask…

My cancellation policy is 48 hrs reasonable notice...

Supervision… I studied how to supervise with Jenny Biancardi and Rima Handley… Jenny’s training was integrative and very experiential fostering an interest in the dream state and how we sculpture our experience… She studied with Carl Rogers in La Jola CA in the 1970’s.. My supervisees find me dynamic, as I encourage the use of self as a vital role in understanding the client therapist relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Proficiency to Practice Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Cert, in person-centred counselling
  • Cert in Adolescent Counselling
  • Diploma Humanistic Counselling
  • Certified Hakomi Therapist
  • Certified Supervisor 2008
  • BA Hons Philosophy

Member organisations

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Human beings small and big.

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Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

£55 – sliding scale per hourly session,

£35 to participate in the self-study groups, usually 2.5 hour duration.

When I work

Practicing online and when lockdown is over back in central locations of Manchester Lancaster and Kendal

Further information

Extra areas

  • Father/parenting issues
  • Suicide
  • Childbirth
  • Nervous somatic disorders
  • Fibromyalgia, ME
  • Conception
  • Disassociation
  • Hallucinatory experiences
  • Transpersonal
  • Loneliness/isolation
  • Work related stress
  • Adolescent issues
  • Children issues
  • Bullying
  • PTSD
  • Domestic Violence
  • Panic attacks
  • Mental health issues
  • Self-harm
  • Life Transitions/existential spiritual.

Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

Bodywise Natural Heallth Centre, Manchester Buddhist Centre, 16 -20 Turner Street, Northern Quarter Of Manchester, M4 1DZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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None in Lancaster


In person

Working with trauma has its challenges and touches many parts of us… If you are a therapist working with people be it on a physical, emotional or mental level supervision is important.

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