About me

I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and have been working for over 11 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, evening and weekend 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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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

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Additional information

Online/Telephone Counselling £50 per session

Westhoughton Face to Face £50 per session. Manchester Face to Face £60


I work mornings and afternoons and some evenings

Gainsborough House
109 Portland St
M1 6DN

Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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 is wheelchair accessible and My St Anns Square Offices have ground to floor lift access


Caroline Abbey

Caroline Abbey