Antonella Zottola MBACP, Dip. Counselling, CBT Cert, Psychotherapy Cert, PGCE
Clients I work with: I offer counselling/psychotherapy, both long and short term to adults, adolescents and children.
I can provide emotional and therapeutic support to children aged, Primary 4-11, adolescents aged 13-17 and adults from 18 years of age onwards.
I'm interested in helping children process feelings of bereavement/loss/separation, low self esteem, depression, anxiety/separation anxiety and experiences of child adversity with family and carers.
I have spent a great portion of my life, working with children of various ages in an educational setting and now wish to support children in a therapeutic setting.
With adult clients I have worked with a variety of issues such as: Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, abuse, sexual violence, trauma, loss, relationships, anger.
- Why counselling?
- You may be seeking help with clarity in some areas of your life
- You may want to work through complex emotions
- You may want to be supported to work through traumatic experiences
- You may want help to challenge negative thinking patterns
- You might wish to learn new techniques to cope with difficult situations
- You may be focused on personal growth
- You might just need a safe space to talk
- What to expect
As a therapist I will not:
· Try to fix you
· Give you advice
· Tell you what to do
· Pretend I know more about you than you do
· Assume what is best for you
· Have all the answers
· Make the hard stuff go away
As a therapist I will:
· Remind you that you are not broken
· Give you room to access your own wisdom
· Support you in figuring out what to do
· Recognise that you are the expert of your own life
· Remember that only you know what is best for you
· Honour that I don’t know it all
· Collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier to sit with
- What is counselling?
Counselling at first can seem scary, especially when we have never been or returning from having had a negative experience of it.
We might have ideas about what counselling is; someone parrotting back or lying on a coach whilst someone listens to us. It can feel scary to make ourselves so vulnerable and to an initial stranger. Trust takes time to build and with time you will be free to disclose what you feel comfortable and safe with, the control is always with you, the client.
Many of you might struggle asking for help, as you may think being strong means being able to deal with it all, this is understandable if we think about the pressures laid on us by societal and cultural expectations, but being strong doesn't mean that one has to do it alone, in fact taking the first step to self care and looking deep into understanding our issues and inner conflicts is courageous and part of the human experience. It is far from weakness; it is one of the most courageous things we will do.
It might be difficult for us as the client to believe someone can truly care, but you do matter, your feelings matter and you deserve to be listened too and heal. You are worthy of this and your own love. Counselling can help us find our self love, self compassion and help you unlock these keys to healing.
Counselling isn't just about someone repeating things back to us or laying on a coach. It is a safe, none judgemental and warm environment where we can explore our feelings and distresses.
We may think we have to plan what to say in sessions, but this is not the case, just talking we discover emotions we didn't know we were feeling or things about ourselves yet unknown. Whilst we may have things we come in to talk about, the process can lead us anywhere in terms of discoveries.
There is no set amount of time, we are all individuals and the amount needed will depend on the issue, the person, and how deep things have impacted. There is no right amount of time, you the client will know when you feel ready to leave and there is never an obligation to stay. The control is with you.
- How can counselling help you?
My job as your counsellor is to make you feel safe, heard and valued, and work with you to explore issues, look deeper into emotions, gain greater insight and together look at ways to alleviate what is causing pain and to help you gain back a sense of power and control over your life. We will explore the original wound to get to the root of unresolved pain or trauma.
Counselling can help with managing emotions and finding better ways to cope and be in control. It can help identify odd patterns that no longer serve us. It can even help in discovering the self as we can easily lose our sense of self in the chaos and with life expectations of who we should be rather than who we wish to be.
Counselling is a journey into the unknown but one that can enrich our lives and lead to the healing of inner conflicts and in the discovery of who we are and wish to live as. It can help us connect to our inner being, our inner child, our minds and bodies, our feelings; our essence, for us to grow stronger in our abilities to cope with adversities and find self fulfilment.
It can help you find compassion and self-love for yourself and for others in all areas of your life, to understand unhealthy patterns you have in your life so that you can break them and to help you understand and connect with self and people on a deeper level.
- About me and how I work
I am a qualified counsellor who offers the integrative approach to cater for the individual needs of clients.
I work many times with people's (adult clients) wounded inner child. Childhood wounds and trauma in life can lead to issues in later adulthood such as low self esteem, anger, shame, anxiety, depression, addictions, PTSD...hence why I also want to make a difference to children and adolescents who are or have experienced adversities and offer them a place to heal wounds and have that support when needed.
Many times as adults we carry survival patterns no longer needed into adulthood or from our traumas that can occur at any point in our lives, these survival techniques no longer serve us, they now hinder us.
Many times we grow into adults but emotionally we are still carrying our wounded inner child that never was heard, listened too, had feelings validated and given the space to express self or get to know self. We end up being children trapped in an adults body. Our inner wounded child takes the driving seat and creates havoc in our lives.
I first started my counselling journey as a phone line volunteer for Manchester Rape crisis. I have worked with survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence.
I work with individuals who have experienced abuse at any stage of their lifetime or development, this can be in any form of abusive relationships; childhood, adolescent or adult and by various abusers such as family, dates, boss, teachers...
I help those who have suffered at the hands of abuse which encompasses all types of tactics to gain power and control over another; manipulation, gas lightening, bullying, coercion, sexual, financial, physical, emotional abuse and neglect, spiritual, domestic violence, sexual violence or cyber abuse.
The passion to help others and my own life experiences help me relate to others in terms of many situations and adversities in life, and this was the start of my passion to use counselling and give my experiences a positive meaning by reaching out and helping others, sharing the knowledge acquired in my own experiences and journey and with my continuous education through literature.
I have had the experience of being both client and counsellor so I can relate to how you the client may be feeling in terms of the initial anxieties that can be felt and common hurdles.
I am the author of the eBook: 'Shattering The Myths Of Abuse: Validating the pain; Changing the Culture'. Furthermore I write my own articles and have delivered a presentation for the BACP on the issue of Domestic Violence. In addition I teach the CPCAB counselling Level 2 course.
I have an updated DBS, insurance and have regular supervision. I am also a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I value clients and aim to empower you in your healing and in finding ways to alleviate your distress and offering a deeper understanding and self awareness into what may be troubling you.
Together we can explore the root cause, patterns, unresolved wounds, find better ways to manage emotional distresses and gain the tools and knowledge needed to feel better emotionally and within ourselves.
- Client Feedback
"I felt comfortable in every session and safe to discuss any feelings I had. After each session I felt bit by bit more clarity and understanding on issues I had. Antonella helped me a lot, Thank you!"
"Thank you for everything. I have started to be a better me and that is thanks to you. I have learnt so much off you".
"I appreciated the non-judgemental environment. Inner child work was really helpful and insightful. Antonella is able to listen and guide and help me get to answers and solutions".
"Thank you very much for your help and great work. Your sessions have been fundamental. Thank you for the hard work you have put in. Sessions have been significant and brilliant to me".
"Thank you so much for everything you have done to support me. You have been fantastic and I've made positive changes thanks to you. I couldn't have done it without you".
"I'm going to use the strategies that you've shared with me. It's been really useful to talk about my experiences and to make links between the past and present. Thank you for your support".
- About the location
Rooms are situated in the heart of Sale in Trafford area, Manchester. Blend centre is based in Sale Town Centre, close to amenities, parking and public transport links. The centre is conveniently located minutes away from Junction 7 of the M60 and opposite Sale Metrolink.
Training, qualifications & experience
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
ABC Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Psychotherapy
ABC Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents
ABC Level 5 Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Additional CPD training
Certificate in Working with Dissociative Disorder in Clinical Practise by Carolyn Spring
Certificate in working with self harm and suicide by Carolyn Spring
Certificate in the Rewind Technique.
Certificate in Professional Accredited EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Diploma - Tapping to heal
Certificate of completion - Change your brain: how to apply neuroplasticity in your life
Certificate of attendance, working efficiently with trauma in health setting
Certificate of attendance, working with addictions: underlying causes.
Certificate Introduction to child psychology
Level 2 Emotions and emotional disorders
Certificate in challenging ideas in mental illness
Certificate in the medicalised context of bereavement.
Certificate in understanding depression and anxiety
Certificate in living with death and dying
Trained by Manchester Rape Crisis to work with survivors of sexual violence
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Childhood bereavement
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a trauma informed therapist.
I have taken a course on working with dissociative disorders in clinical practise. Working with issues that involve traumatic episodes, I am aware of how DID is a normal reaction to abusive events and a way of having survived such horrors. Trauma and DID is very misunderstood and as a therapist I feel it is important to be aware of all the myths and misguided information around these subjects. I am constantly open to continuous learning and have a high regard for ethical standards and practises and in wanting to make a difference in the life of my clients.
In terms of approaches, being an integrative counsellor, I blend elements of inner child therapy, (exercises), The Polyvagal Theory (linking our minds to our bodies and nervous system), the Rewind technique (used for phobia's), psycho-education, life coaching, elements of Mindfulness, awareness on how food and diet is linked to moods and mental health and Emotional Freedom Technique.
Photos & videos
£50 per session
- A psychoanalysis of 'A Christmas Carol'
- Children of narcissistic parents
- Why Christmas may be a dangerous time for victims of domestic violence
- The truth about grief and loss
- Food and mental health
- Understanding our inner child
- Society; an issue in male depression and suicide
- Understanding domestic violence
- Hidden sexual pain - sexual trauma
- OCD intrusive thoughts
I am the author of the eBook 'Shattering The Myths Of Abuse: Validating the pain; Changing the Culture'. The eBook can be found by copying and pasting the following link into your search bar:
I also have a PGCE and enjoy teaching workshops and counselling courses in addition to publishing online articles.
I have delivered a presentation for the BACP on domestic violence which can be found on the BACP website and notes on it can be found following this link:
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Unfortunately the building I am able to rent doesn't have wheelchair accessibility.
I am available in the evenings during weekdays.
Types of client