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About me

Welcoming, and easy to talk to, I am a BACP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist, who works with individuals and couples experiencing difficult emotions or challenging life events. I work across two practices in Chorlton, South Manchester and I also provide counselling sessions by phone, video call. Home and Workplace visits around Manchester, Trafford and Cheshire can also be arranged.

Sometimes a particular issue can impact on our lives. Leaving us with mixed feelings and thoughts.  As a result you may find that you are anxious, over-thinking and analysing more frequently.  Or you may have become increasingly more emotional, low in mood, and despondent. You may even find that you sway between all of the aforementioned.

It is usually at this point that people often start to consider seeking support, in order to address how they are feeling, thinking or behaving, and contact me to discuss what counselling/therapy is.

Counselling is a talking therapy that may help you cope with; anxiety, depression, low mood, grief, loss of direction and life stresses.

If you have read up to this point, could it be that you feel the need to talk to someone or maybe you are looking with someone else in mind?

As an experienced therapist, I work with a diverse range, of both individuals and couples. My aim, and the fundamental point of therapy, is to help you, better understand yourself and the situation that you are finding challenging. Allowing you to gain some clarity of thought and focus.

I have worked with hundreds of clients on issues such as: the breakdown of a relationship, poor communication, divorce, separation, affairs and betrayal.  Parenting, bereavement, work related stress, financial worries. Or difficult emotions such as: anxiety and low mood, depression, low self-esteem and confidence or sexual identity.

I understand that the  decision to see a counsellor for the first time can be daunting. You don’t really know what to expect, let alone what to say. There may be a fear of being judged or that your problem may be viewed as trivial and not serious. The foundation of my training is person-centred therefore judgment or criticism is not part of my approach. I treat each person as an individual tailoring the session to meet their needs.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision and is the difference between a good or bad experience of counselling. You need to feel understood, and able to express yourself comfortably.  With that in mind I offer a FREE no obligation telephone consultation. This allows you the time to discuss your issues, ask me questions and find out more about what to expect from therapy.

My hope is that our conversation allows you the opportunity to get to know me a little, and make a informed decision. If I feel that I am unable to work with you I will explain why and endeavour to refer you on to another service.

If you feel that I might be able to help you, please contact me to arrange a FREE initial consultation.

EMAIL: enquiries@realfocusterapy.co.uk or CALL Tel: 07379 44 40 40

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and listed with the ICO (The Information Commissioner's Office).

As well a running a busy private practice I work for an NHS partnered service as an IAPT Counsellor.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Broadcast Media Psychological Support Service

This service is for Television and Film Production Companies and provides advice, on location and studio support to actors, contributors and crew as well as aftercare.

Having worked in the industry for over 16 years. I understand the needs of production and have drawn on this experience in order to offer:

  • Psychological Risk Assessments and Advice
  • Psychological Support to actors, contributors or crew whilst on Location or in Studio
  • Post Production Aftercare
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) for Production Companies

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.


Additional information

All Counselling session are 50 minutes in duration.

£50  Individual, face to face. Sessions by phone or video call are also offered.
£70  Couples Counselling
Reduced rate available for Trainee Counsellors & Psychotherapist. Proof of eligibility required.
Home or Work Visits are priced dependent on travel time plus session fee.


Daytime - Monday Evening - Monday & Wednesday

Further information

Where: I work between two practices located in Chorlton, South Manchester.

When: I am currently taking on new clients and have availability:

Monday      9.00pm - 2.00pm  & 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Wednesday 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Early morning session can sometimes be arranged.

How: Session are face to face and last 50 minutes.

Session can also be offered by Phone or Video Call.

Home or Workplace visits can also be arranged

EMAIL: enquiries@realfocusterapy.co.uk or CALL Tel: 07379 44 40 40

Suite 6
Trafalgar House
5-7 High Lane
Greater Manchester
M21 9DJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Access within the practice requires walking up stairs. Unfortunately there is no lift. It may be possible to offer home visits.

Denise Freeman, MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, Reg Member MBACP.

Denise Freeman, MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, Reg Member MBACP.