Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart

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

Bashful Alley Centre
Bashful Alley

07756 714998

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About me

Alastair Stewart member of BACP

I work within a 10 minute walk of Lancaster and Manchester Piccadilly rail stations, I also work in central Kendal.

I am a certified Hakomi therapist IFS 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 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!

Getting my hands mucky…

Firstly I think having therapy is bloody difficult, and can take a bit of 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 and dive into 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…

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


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Human beings small and big.


£50 – sliding scale per hourly session,

£25 to participate in the self-study groups, usually 2.5 hour duration.

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.

Maps & Directions

Northern Quarter Of Manchester, M4 1DZ
Lancaster, LA1 1LF

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Now practicing back in central locations of Lancaster and Kendal

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme