Anne Thomas

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Dip Couns, MBACP, MNCS Accred
Available for new clients
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Manchester M2 & M3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile page,

I'm Anne, (I prefer to be called Annie) and I'm an accredited counsellor. I qualified in 2012.  If you want face to face in person appointments, I use private comfortable therapy rooms in Manchester City Centre. Alternatively telephone and online sessions are available if that's better for your schedule.

My area of special interest is neurodiversity and neurodivergence.

I'm a counsellor because I'm passionate about helping people to find ways of managing challenging life issues and in so doing, make better life choices.

I will offer you a safe and confidential space to talk and be listened to. I wont tell you what to do or offer you advice. 

My key strength's are courage, perseverance and humour.

What I can help you with:

  • anxiety and depression arising from disconnecting with family and friends and feeling overwhelmed or lost 
  • unable to regulate your emotions or focus your attention 
  • finding it hard to express or describe emotions and worse still getting stuck there
  • worrying about the future if things don't improve
  • experiencing abuse in childhood and adulthood
  • low self esteem and not knowing how to fix things
  • being some one else instead of the real you
  • being caught in a cycle of unhealthy behaviours or relationships
  • adjusting to life following a diagnosis of autism or ADHD or other neurodivergent condition or disorder
  • coping with life as an un diagnosed ADHD or autistic person

(This list is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully will give you a feel of whether I'm some one you would like to work with)

I’m generally non-directive in my practice, however, I may suggest tools and techniques you might like to learn and use going forward.

To manage my work life balance, I love to walk in the beautiful hills close to my home. I find watching the birds feeding in our garden very restful. I enjoy reading particularly poetry and historical subjects.

If you would like to arrange a free telephone consultation appointment with me to find out more about how I work and what I can help you with, please use any of the below methods to get in touch:


telephone: 07394 378253 

complete the self referral form on the Fees and availability page

send a message via the counselling directory enquiry page

If you leave a telephone voice message please speak slowly and clearly so I can promptly return your call.

Thanks for visiting my pages and I look forward to helping you move forward.


Training, qualifications & experience

A guide to what your sessions may look like:

Our first session is a space where you can work on what your priorities are.  You can explore what's workable in sessions and what you may want to leave for another time. As we work together we can explore your problems in more depth helping you to broaden your perspectives.

I'll use counselling skills including reflections and open questions to help you discover new perspectives about your thoughts emotions and behaviours.

You can have as many sessions as you need. When you decide to end your sessions it's usually a good idea to have one last session to round off your present counselling journey.

I maintain an active annual training plan to keep my skill sets and knowledge up to date. This helps to gain a wider perceptive of the issues clients share with me and complies with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's ethical framework 2018. 

Most recent training I've completed includes:

  • Trauma-focused CBT, APT accreditation level 2 2023
  • Working at relational depth Cooper 2022
  • Neurodiversity and young people Clear links 2022
  • Single session model Dryden 2020  
  • LGBTQ+ domestic violence LGBT Foundation 2020


  • Foundation certificate Solutioned Focused Practice 2019 
  • Motivational Interviewing Certificate of Proficiency 2014
  • Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2013
  • Breathworks module 1 Teacher training 1 2013
  • ABC Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling 2012
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills 2010
  • ABC Level 2 Certificate Counselling Concepts 2000


I have extensive experience as a counsellor and health coach, in voluntary organisations, the NHS and local community health providers. I am trained to deliver brief interventions to people with dependency issues. I hold a teacher training qualification in mindfulness which is a qualification accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists and have delivered mental health awareness courses to local community groups.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Neuro diversity

I have considerable experience helping adults and young people who may/are neuro diverse. Through working together we can look at what your mental health priorities are, what coping strategies you could learn, and how you can make your learning stick.

Everyone is different. However your difference may be a key to helping you move forward, have you ever thought about that? What could it be like? 

Sometimes counselling can bring about changes which may or may not look like change. One of my strength's is to help people recognise their capabilities and inner resources and use them to find their own solutions to problems.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Students

I have considerable experience helping students navigate what can be a highly challenging journey to qualifying. I understand there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to fit everything in and you may feel very tired coming to your sessions. However, we can work at a safe pace and find a focus that's manageable for you at the time.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fee for a 50 minute counselling session starts from £45 

My fee for a 50 minute counselling session with counselling and psychotherapy students is £40 

Payments for counselling sessions are due the day before an appointment. Bank transfers accepted.

Our initial 30 minute appointment is free and will help you get a feel of whether I'm someone you would like to work with.  Alternatively I can point you in the direction to other options for support.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Face to face appointments Monday Friday Saturday

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St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2

64 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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