Dawn Mullen

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Counsellor/Psychotherapist Reg MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip CBT
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Manchester M24
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I understand how difficult it can be to firstly recognise, and then accept when we are struggling. Finally, to actually reach out and ask for help. There are times when we ignore what is happening around us or within us and we hope things will get better or just go away. Sometimes this can develop into something which is beyond our capabilities to manage on our own. This can result in us becoming stressed and anxious or feeling hopeless, especially when we feel we have lost the element of control.

One thing is for certain, and that is that changes happen throughout our lives. Some we see and others we can be less aware of. Some we embrace and others we don’t. It can be difficult to accept the unwelcome changes. They can leave us feeling stuck, isolated or having to adapt in ways we didn’t want in the first place effectively turning our world upside down.

Essence of Change Counselling specialises in post-rehab addiction informed support. Offering a safe environment providing compassion and empathy enabling you to talk through your problems without judgement. This brings clarity and perspective in a way that can facilitate self-healing, change and personal growth.

The modalities I use are:

Person centred: A non-directive approach where you direct the session as a means to discover your own way of being, bringing validation, insight and self-discovery. The therapeutic relationship is fundamental and forms the backbone of our work together.

I am passionate about sharing your journey, aiming to understand you and your world.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy): Is a more directive approach in which the therapeutic relationship remains fundamental in building trust as we work together in understanding your problems. CBT can facilitate an empowering experience as you begin to gain insight into your problems. We will work together developing interventions such as coping strategies that can be used both outside therapy and after therapy has ended. CBT works with how your thoughts and our corresponding emotional reactions ties us in to restrictive or unhealthy behaviour.

How I Can Help You
As an integrative counsellor I work to suit your needs using a combination of the Person Centred and CBT approaches. I can help with depression, anxiety, underlying issues of addiction, post-rehap difficulties, bereavement and many more. Please see full list below.

I am very passionate about my role and you are at the centre of our work together. I have over twenty years’ experience working within the social care sector and several years as a counsellor. I offer counselling via remote only (video calling and telephone). All formats are equally valued for connecting and working together. This enables you to work through your problems in a manner and at a pace that suits you.

Sessions are typically 50 minutes, and my availability is: Wednesday - AM PM and Evenings, Thursday - AM PM and Evenings.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Level 3 Certification in Counselling Skills
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Diploma in Holistic Therapy Practitioner 
  • NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care


  • BACP - How to do counselling online
  • Gestalt psychotherapy
  • Professional Addiction Counselling Certification
  • Talking with bereaved people
  • NLP practitioner and master practitioner 
  • Life coaching certification
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Grief and Bereavement 


My background is working within the social care sector for over 20 years in a variety of roles mainly with adults. 

Subsequently working with adults in recovery from addiction and the many complex issues that is experienced upon that road such as anxiety, emotional distress, trauma, depression and dealing with bereavement and much more.

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Viedeo Calling - £45

Telephone - £45

Concessions considered

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I offer a free 30 minute consultation via the telephone or video call to enable you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you. It will also enable me to understand the reason for you to reach out and if I have the capacity to help. 

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M24

Middleton Arena, Lance Corporal Joel Halliwell VC Way, Manchester, Middleton, M24 1AG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Online platforms

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