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Emma McDermott PgDip MBACP

About me

My approach works hard to understand the many layers of your life that maybe causing tension, distress or suffering.  This includes the relationship with yourself and others so you can identify the choice points within these struggles.  Essentially, it is a chance to slow things down, to focus on what matters to you and from there make changes. I offer solutions focused therapy, which is access to professional support at a time when anxiety, stress, panic, depression, grief and/or low self-esteem may feel amplified or when your usual coping strategies just aren't enough.

Online appointments are available through the week and evenings.

I know that making the first step and seeking help can be daunting but working with the right counsellor can be transformative.

If any of the list below strikes a chord, then the talking therapy I offer could work for you.

Life feels like a constant struggle and you feel stuck
You feel alone and on a different wavelength to others
The present moment is lost, and you feel distracted by unresolved issues and feelings linked to the past
The record is stuck and there is endless mind chatter causing tension
You can not put your finger on what is wrong, but you know that you are not where you want to be in life
Unhealthy patterns of behaviour leave you feeling knocked off course.

If the answer is yes to any of these, I offer you the chance to explore with me the thoughts, feelings and behaviours at the root of the issue. With me, you get a warm, supportive, professional service and a safe, confidential, therapy space to express yourself. Together, we will work at your pace to identify where you want to be and what will help you get there.

The first step is to get in touch over email or on the phone and from there we can look into how I can help.  I aim to respond to all messages quickly (within 24 hours) and there is no obligation to book an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working in many different settings with a diverse range of people and issues at various life stages. I have offered counselling as a group as well as 1-1 in private practice and the charity sector.

My background covers many years working within a corporate environment for multinational companies which means I have many reference points for work related stress, anxiety and depression. As well as an awareness of the how it shapes identity and the tensions that can arise from the complex relationship systems with management, colleagues, friends and family.

I have also undergone training to identify and work with the issues linked to lockdown and coronavirus such as loss, panic, grief, sadness, anxiety, stress from work, redundancy and/or financial difficulties.

I have a keen interest in working with those who have been affected by alcohol and/or drugs or issues relating to either of these areas.  This includes living with family members with addictions. I use my knowledge and experience from recovery counselling to support the multiple aspects of change and moving towards a better life.

Qualifications and Training.

MSC/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Training)- University of Salford

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

●       Coronavirus: Considering our Responses and Responsibilities - Online events

●       Providing Counselling Using Telephone or Video Call – University of Salford

  • A study in Trauma and Somatic Memory Workshop – Dr Janina Fisher (Confer)

●       Working online at Psychological Depth: A Critical Approach Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities - Dr Aaron Balick (Confer)

●       Working with suicide with Andrew Reeves

●       Existential Therapy with Mick Cooper

●       Bringing coaching into your counselling practice - BACP

●       Transactional Analysis 101  - University of Salford

●       Trauma, The Brain, and Recovery - Mindbody Breakthrough

●       Minding the Gaps (Mindfulness)  - University of Salford

●       Integrating Artwork into Counselling Practice – BACP

●       Working with Mental Health in the Workplace – BACP

●       Facilitating Self Help Groups – GMMH NHS

  • Recovery star - GMMH NHS

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


During the first session we will discuss the reasons that have brought you to therapy, how we can work together and goals.  The introduction session is half price at £20 and each session afterwards is £40 for 60 minutes.

Most clients usually experience noticeable change between sessions 6 and 12.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

For those that wish to meet in person after lock down my therapy room is located in Prestwich, North Manchester, which is close to junction 17 and 19 of the M60.  It is accessible by tram and bus and secure, free parking is available.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


I have availability for sessions throughout the week on zoom.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Emma McDermott PgDip MBACP

Emma McDermott PgDip MBACP