Albert Phipps BSc (first class) PGCE, PG Dip (CBT), MBPSs, BACP registered
Hello, my name is Albert E. Phipps
I am the director of counselling (and vice chair/trustee) at a local mental health charity called MhIST. As a trustee I am legally responsible (along with other board members) for the running of the charity as a whole. I was also a volunteer counsellor (for over 10 years) at MhIST . Moreover I am a registered member of the BACP (registration number 54540, you can find information about the register here and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) registration number 081862. If you want information about accredited registers and why they are important please look at this website
I have also worked as a clinical assessor at 1point This involved an initial assessment of clients issues and signposting to agencies who could be of assistance to them. I was also elected to be lead public governor on the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust board (this is a voluntary unpaid position which I held for 3 years). I have also been a part of a Bolton NHS sub-committee that has been looking at ways of streamlining the assessment of people who want support from local mental health services.
Moreover I have done work for workplace mental health limited; as in I have written and delivered a two day course on mental health first aid to a group of Teachers at a local school. I have also delivered seventeen two day courses on mental health awareness to approximately 250 staff who work for the Department of Work and Pensions in Ashton, Bolton, Leigh, Manchester, Salford, Walkden and Wigan.
Similarly for several weeks I was asked to provide therapeutic services to students at The University of Bolton; due to increased demand because of the fire at student accommodation in Bolton. Likewise I am also an associate counselor working for PAM assist who provide various employee support services throughout the country.
Prior to 'retirement' I was a Psychology lecturer at the University of Bolton. I worked there for nearly 20 years, during this time I taught and assessed students who wanted to be counselors i.e. who were completing the BSc in psychology and counselling this involved working with counselling students (helping them develop their therapeutic skills). I have also taught, supervised and assessed students skills on an MSc in applied counselling psychology at The University of Salford. In 2015/16 I was was voted the personal tutor of the year by the students of Bolton University. In 2016 I supervised the clinical practice of two Doctoral students. Moreover I am an approved PGCE assessor (I observe and grade trainee teachers) and at the moment I am working with a student from The University of Bolton.
My professional background and my role as a personal tutor means that I have gained wide ranging experience of providing people (of all ages and walks of life) with help and support. Therefore it seemed natural that I enhanced my tutorial skills with some training in counselling. This proved to be very helpful and it also sparked a deep personal interest in the area; leading me to study at a more advanced level. Moreover, my academic training/teaching has given me an in-depth knowledge of psychology in general.
I am an integrative therapist this means I combine several different approaches i.e. founded on CBT but also incorporating aspects of client centered, solution focused and compassion/mindfulness and I 'apply' them when appropriate. I feel this gives greater flexibility and enables me to adapt my therapy to the needs/circumstances of my clients. However, I am not trained in couples counselling so I am unable to work in this area.
I have a well rounded body of counselling practice (I was a therapist at MhIST for over 10 years). I have extensive experience of working with anxiety, depression, relationships, phobias, trauma as well as other issues. Similarly, I have around 20 years of practical (teaching and supporting students) experience to draw upon. All the above shows I have extensive knowledge of counselling/therapy.
I understand that (for some) seeing a therapist may seem like a daunting experience but I can assure you that you will be treated with respect, empathy and understanding.
To sum up, I am someone who has studied psychology for over 20 years; who has taught and assessed counselling students at under and post graduate levels, and has over 10 years experience of working with clients with a wide range of issues/backgrounds. This coupled with my work as a University lecturer, trustee and governor has given me a wealth of experience, all of which (I feel) helps me to help you.
Finally, in order to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations 2018) I am registered (number ZA401488) with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). This is a legal requirement and ensures all information I hold about you is dealt with securely/correctly.
How To Contact Me
The best way to get in touch is text, voice mail or e-mail, and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
The sessions will take place in my home which is a few minutes drive from junction 5 of the M61. This is why I do not charge for missed/cancelled sessions (no room hire to pay for!).
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (a BPS approved qualification in clinical supervision).
University of Bolton; Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) a masters level qualification.
University of Bolton; Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. **
University of Bolton;Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts.**
** Validated by ABC.
Bolton Institute of Higher Education*; PGCE for FE and HE (a teaching qualification).
Bolton Institute of Higher Education*; BSc (Hons) Social Psychology (1st class).
*Now the University of Bolton
I am committed to continuing professional development this is reflected in the courses I have attended which are:
Introduction to keeping children safe.
From battlefield to street one uniform to another a two day course about PTSD in the uniformed services.
Psychological approaches in the management of psychotic symptoms & the experience of psychosis (provided by NHS Bolton)
Introduction to Mindfulness-based therapies a one day course.
Interventions for Mental Health in Everyday Practice (IMHEP) certificate a two day course provided by NHS Bolton.
CBT for depression a one day course.
Personal safety a one day course.
Working with people with mental health and substance misuse problems a two day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Skills based training on risk management certificate (STORM) i.e. self harm and suicidal behaviours, developed by Manchester University, a two day course.
Trauma first aid.
Living with self harm a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Introduction to solution focused therapy a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Motivational interviewing a two day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
The impact of sexual violence (presented by the manager of St Mary's sexual assault center Manchester).
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Courses completed in 2017
Mental capacity act e learning course
Keeping children safe framework for action level 1
Assessment and treatment of suicidality
Introduction to compassion based therapy a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Working with personality disorders (KUF framework) a three day course (with six e-learning modules) provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Safeguarding in action
Working with PTSD the essential guide
Courses completed in 2018
Working with groups a three day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Working with military veterans a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
The effects of culture on mental health a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
STORM (skills training on risk management) a two day suicide prevention programme
Courses completed in 2019
Single Session Therapy. One At A Time Therapy Presented by Professor Windy Dryden, Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London
Method of Levels a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Living with hearing voices a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Alternative ways of thinking about mental distress. a one day course provided by Greater Manchester West NHS foundation Trust.
Overall the experience I have gained through supporting and teaching students, providing counselling/therapy within the charitable sector/NHS, and my private work means I am able to help people with a wide variety of issues in a warm and friendly manner.
Finally, I undergo regular supervision from a highly experienced and a former senior university psychology lecturer/accredited therapist; I am also fully insured and DBS (disclosure and barring service) advanced checked.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
In order for you decide if you will be comfortable working with me, we can meet up to talk about issues in general (around 30 minutes in duration); this is free of charge. Prior to your first visit I can send you an info pack to make sure you are fully informed about the services I offer.
The first ‘proper’ session will be between 60 and 90 minutes in length; each subsequent session will be 60 minutes in length. The cost of all individual sessions is £40 payable on the day by cash or cheque.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please try to give me as much notice as possible. You will not be charged (under any circumstances) for cancelled/missed appointments.
I have also had experience of working with adult survivors of sexual abuse.
I also have around 20 years experience of providing pastoral care for students e.g. the various emotional issues that can 'crop up' whilst studying.
I have experience working in an Occupational Health setting as a therapist with Mediscreen, based at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
I am also able to provide supervision for trainee and qualified therapists.
Please contact me for more details about any of these services.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
Two small steps lead to my premises, parking is usually available nearby, the area is well lit and on the outskirts of Westhoughton
PLEASE NOTE due to the current situation I can only see clients via Skype, contact me for further details
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a qualified psychology lecturer and I have a British Psychological Society approved certificate in essential supervision skills.