Barbara Lyons

Barbara Lyons

The Royal Exchange
St. Ann's Square
M2 7PE

07800 640620

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About me

Are things that have happened in your life stopping you living as you deserve to? Are you struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, or feeling numb and disconnected from others? Do you find that you're reaching for alcohol, drugs, food, damaging relationships to try to feel better? Things can change. I've seen it many times. I can work with you to find different ways of coping and moving forward.

I've worked for over 15 yrs. with people struggling to process traumatic experiences, especially those inflicted by others through child abuse and neglect, intimate partner abuse, sexual violence and damaging relationships. I am a specialist in drugs, alcohol and other addictions and have helped many people make changes for a better life.

I have a passion for working with drugs and alcohol problems, being 20 yrs. recovered myself. I teach at university and train professionals in this area.

Training, qualifications & experience

I gained my Post Grad Diploma in Counselling in 2008 then went on to gain a Masters in 2011.

I decided to do this after years of working with people in various settings and wanted to be able to help in a way that previous roles didn't allow. I've worked in a therapeutic residential setting, in drugs and alcohol services, a rape and sexual abuse centre, and before moving into private practice, worked for 11yrs. as a Therapist in a children and families service with adolescents, parents, families and foster carers.

I also spend a lot of time Training health and social care professionals. I'm interested in trans generational trauma, and teach a lot on the impact of neglect and abuse on children. I've always worked in and had ongoing interest in drugs and alcohol problems, the effects this has on 'family' and was proud to teach this subject at Bangor University for 3yrs.

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Accredited register membership


Individual Counselling face to face

£55 for 50min. sessions or £80 for 90min. sessions which suit some people better.

Skype Counselling

£50 for 50min. sessions

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M2 7PE

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults