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Emma McDermott PgDip MBACP

Manchester M7 & Burnley BB10
07522 857884
Manchester M7 & Burnley BB10

About me

I offer solutions focused counselling and will be recommencing appointments to meet from the 14th of July.  In line with the government guidelines social distancing will be practiced and sanitation facilities provided.

I also offer video calls (Zoom or Teams) or telephone appointments that flexes around you and your life. Online therapy is access to professional support at a time when anxiety and depression may feel amplified or when it is just

Since lock down, I have undergone specific training to identify and work with the issues linked to the Covid emergency such as panic, grief, sadness, anxiety, stress from work, redundancy and/or financial difficulties as well as relationship and family struggles.  I have experience working with people affected by issues relating to drugs or alcohol or living with others that struggle with these issue.

From experience, 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 cord, then talking therapies 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.

  • I can be contacted between 8am and 8pm should you wish to discuss starting therapy. This is a free call that covers using technology and comes with no obligation to book.

Training, qualifications & experience

My back ground 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.

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

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.

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 and how we can work together - this costs £20 and lasts an hour. 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

After lockdown for those that wish to meet in person my therapy room is located in North Manchester, near Prestwich and close to junction 17 and 19 of the M60. There is off street parking and accessible by local buses.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Appointments for face to face counselling are available from the 14th of July. Using Zoom I can be flexible around work or family - early mornings from on Wednesday and Friday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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