ShadowPlay Counselling (Barbara Lyons) MA (MBACP)

ShadowPlay Counselling   (Barbara Lyons) MA (MBACP)

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


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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.

Often without an obvious trauma or adversity, people are struggling to find a sense of self worth, are feeling troubled or despairing. Counselling can help make sense of these feelings and overcome them.

This is a LGBTQ+ welcoming and friendly practice.

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 deliver training to 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 and how that can continue to impact adulthood.  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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  • Counselling room
  • counselling room
  • Entrance off St. Ann's square


Individual Counselling face to face

£55 for 60min. sessions or £80 for 90min. sessions which suit some people better.

Skype Counselling

£50 for 50min. sessions

Further information

How to get started

You're welcome to contact me:-

by phone or text on 07800 640620 or email: or by going to the website: and submitting the enquiry form. Put as much or as little as you wish, but do include the way you'd prefer me to reply to you (email address or phone number).

I'd next then usually find a time we would agree to a free telephone consultation (around 30mins.) where we would discuss what you want from counselling and think about how we might work together to help solve the difficulties you're facing.

Then if you felt ok, we would book in a first session. This session would be an hour long and continuing the assessment. If at the end of that you felt comfortable with me and that we could work together, we would complete the counselling agreement and book our next session together.

Maps & Directions

Manchester, M2 7PE

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 user access: No


Monday to Thursday 8am to 9pm Friday 8am to 6pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults