Caroline Abbey

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Manchester M1 & Westhoughton BL5
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About me

I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and have been working for over 14 years in a number of different settings, including private practice, NHS Primary Care, women's domestic violence support, and counselling young people and students.

In those years I have helped many men and women from all ages and backgrounds experiencing difficulties with bereavement, relationship and family problems, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I have also helped clients with behavioural concerns such as substance abuse, phobias, self-harm and deeper concerns resulting from past and present neglect and abuse.

I am essentially a person-centred therapist but I am also able to to help my clients gain some control over their behaviour with a combination of different therapeutic approaches. These all help my clients gain a better understanding of themselves, feel more empowered and resourceful, gain more control over their unwanted behaviours and lead happier lives

I believe that all people have the potential to live full and happy lives but from time to time we become held back or overwhelmed by our life experiences. Hopefully, working together in an empathic and non-judgemental way, I can help you overcome these difficulties and find a way forward.

My counselling rooms are conveniently located on Portland St in Central Manchester and Central Westhoughton (nr Bolton), close to Westhoughton Mainline Train Station. Both locations are easily accessible, but secluded and quiet, and provide a safe and confidential environment where we can discuss your difficulties.

I offer daytime and evening sessions. I am also happy to work on-line using video call or telephone and I offer a free initial consultation

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications Include :

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Other Training includes :

  • Teaching Mindfulness to clients
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Couples Counselling
  • Working with People who Self-Harm
  • Helping victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Use of Pharmaceuticals for Mental Health
  • First Aid and EMDR for Trauma
  • Sexual Variance
  • Infant Loss
  • Sexualised Trauma

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Free initial telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

Online/Telephone Counselling £50 per 1 hour session

Westhoughton Face to Face £50 for 1 hour session.

Manchester Face to Face £70 for 1  hour session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work  Monday and Friday mornings and Thursday and Friday evenings in Westhoughton. Monday Tuesday mid-afternoon to early evening (up to 7:50pm) in Manchester

Gainsborough House, 109 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DN

Westhoughton, Greater Manchester, BL5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My home at Westhougthon is fully accessible but Gainsborough House in Portland St is Grade 2 Listed and has 10+ steps upto the ground floor with no assistance available.My office is on the 1st floor though and there is a lift upto the office


Caroline Abbey
Caroline Abbey