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Hello ..

I offer a confidential and supportive environment to explore whatever you need to talk through. With the combination of working together, a psychosocial/humanistic approach, and my knowledge and experience our therapy can bring a meaningful resolution and lasting change to your challenges.

I offer you transparency, maturity, direction, a trusting relationship and integrity, wrapped in a client centred framework.   My focus is to work alongside that which you seek to change, process or make sense of, and to strengthen your inner resources. Believing that “No 1 approach works for EVERYone,” for positive effectiveness, I believe it is important to be flexible and provide an adaptable professional skills set to suit your individuality, helping us to gain a clearer understanding of what underpins your conflict.

Behind my private therapy practice, is the integration of 13 years professional work experience and continuing training.   As well as a Coordinator of a Mental Health Crisis Service, my employed and self employed positions as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist are anchored in reputable organisations and services such as The NHS, Rape Crisis Services, Private Health and EAP Services, across which I have provided therapeutic support for both familiar and complex issues of; work related stress, bereavement, sexual behaviour issues, CPTSD, childhood sexual/ritualistic abuse, anxiety and dissociative disorders …

As I continue to work with such presentations, it is my work ethic to engage a maintainable client base. My profile is here to give you an insight of me as a professional therapist and my approach to this role, for which I encourage a ‘collaborative working together philosophy.’

For client preference, I trained in other counselling practices which blend with my style of working and offer results:

Windy Dryden’s ‘Single Session Therapy’ (a very linear approach to a single issue. 3 interactions of 30’, 45’ and 15’, completed within 5 days - 'provides support at the point of need')

Penny Parks’ ‘Inner Child TherapyPICT (a 'directed' flexible model, using methodologies of TA, NLP, Visualisation & SFT.   PICT is resolution therapy, and develop from the creators own experiencing of Childhood Sexual Abuse .. recommended after the unloading phase of therapy.   An assessment is undertaken to reflect suitability.   Session times are longer. On completion of the ‘model’ a takeaway personalised workbook is provided; www.ppfoundation.org for further reading)

First session .. and what to expect:

As the therapeutic relationship is one in which you are investing with me. It is necessary that I recognise what you want from your therapy journey so we don't waste the valued time you are putting in to yourself. The 'initial session' can be anxiety provoking .. though I hope here, you can establish if this is where you want to be. It is an evaluation of what outcome you want, how you got to this point and to learn if what insights and approaches I have to offer will work for you. Whether you are familiar to Counselling therapy or not, my interest is in learning how I can best serve what outcome you want - which is an ongoing goal of our work together.

The length of time an individual will want of therapy is determined by the choice of what you are seeking and if you want your therapy to be ongoing or intermittent?   These factors shape the process and achievement of your desired outcome.

What suits you .. and where to find me:

I continue to offer Zoom and Telephone interactions. Face to face clients would meet at my independent practice situated conveniently close to the City centre of Manchester, has local tram stops within walking distance, provides full wheelchair access and gated car parking. The environment is comfortable and safe and conforms to the latest Covid safety guidelines.   Should you be interested to talk about your situation with me, and to have a more personalised connection, I recommend a no-pressure 20 - 30 minute phone consultation.   As well as using Counselling Directory, I’m open to being contacted by text 07766 200 100 .. to arrange a suitable time when we can talk freely and address questions you may have.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Further to be added

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

Inner Child.


Additional information

Telephone - £45.00

Face to Face - £50.00

Online - £50.00

PICT (fees apply to relative to chosen pathway - please enquire)

Single Session - £80 (3 interactions of 30' 45' & 15' over 5 days)


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

My practice operates a 7 day flexible diary.   At the time of your interest - please make an enquiry for the current availability.

Further information

I am qualified to support Critical Incident Debriefs in the workplace

Suite 11
Cornbrook Enterprise Centre
Quenby Street
Greater Manchester
M15 4HW

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.

Gated car park. Two central tram stations in very close proximity. Public transport and rail services close by.

Donna Alexander

Donna Alexander