Diana Hattersley MBACP, BSc (Hons), Dip Couns, MBPS, Prof MS
Thank you for reading my profile, you have just taken the first step towards dealing with a problem or issue, which feels as though it won't go away. It is natural that everyone will experience times when they feel unhappy, worried or angry. Life is not always easy and these are normal reactions to the many life events we experience, such as the breakdown of a relationship, the death of a loved one or times of stress. However if these negative feelings and emotions seem to be constantly with you and are affecting your home life or work, then talking to a counsellor such as myself might help you to cope with your problems and find a way to move forward. Acknowledging you need help to face issues head on, with a view to moving yourself to a better place, where life becomes more bearable, takes great strength and courage. It may be that you are facing a potentially life-changing decision, or simply feel that you are stuck in a rut, and again counselling can also be useful. It can sometimes be difficult to completely open up to friends and relatives or work colleagues for fear of damaging relationships or compromising your career but I will provide a calm, unbiased and highly confidential space for you to talk about the problems in your life. I am professionally trained to help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour openly without fear of being judged, looking at new angles and gaining new perspectives.
I am a qualified therapist, based in Flixton and I provide counselling services face-to-face to support adult clients of all ages. I can help with issues affecting clients who may be dealing with life difficulties, including anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues and low self esteem.
How I Work
Many clients say they do not know where to start when they come for counselling, so you are not alone in the way you feel. I am here to listen to what you have to say but do not worry if you find it difficult to put things into words, you will not be expected to talk about anything until you are ready to do so. I believe that the best way to help you is to allow you to choose to explore your issues in a way that is most comfortable to you.
As a Person-centred counsellor, my style of counselling is non-directive. This means that I will not give you advice on how to solve your problems but rather, we will work together in a safe, accepting therapeutic space, where you will feel you are able to talk to me and I will facilitate you to find within yourself more positive ways of coping.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07845190364 and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology
I hold a Professional Diploma in Counselling and I am a full Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work according to their principles and ethics. I have experience of working with a wide range of individuals, gained in an Adult Wellbeing Centre which supports people with problems in dealing with social inclusion and I am also a voluntary counsellor at a Local Authority funded Carers Centre which supports people who are struggling as unpaid carers for family members. I also have experience of working within a Child Psychology Department of the NHS for 14 years.
I am a Member of the British Psychological Society.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free half hour introductory session. This gives us the opportunity to develop the rapport vital for successful therapy and for you to decide if you feel further sessions of counselling would be of benefit.
Each subsequent 50-minute session will cost £45
or £210 for a block of six sessions.
My concession is £25 per 50-minute session for students and people on low incomes.