Fiona Astbury Dip. Couns. Registered MBACP (Accred)
Hello, my name is Fiona I am a qualified counsellor who can offer you a calm safe environment to explore your feelings or the difficulties you are experiencing.
Sometimes life can feel to be in such a tangle or an uphill struggle, where it is easy to loose perspective and control of what is happening to you and your life, this can often result in feelings of loss of confidence and self belief.
At these times not only can it feel as if you have lost confidence and belief in yourself, but also in your abilities to take control and make changes in your life. I am a very empathic person and respect each person as an individual.
Through counselling we can explore your thoughts, feelings and the choices available to you. I will listen to you without judgement or criticism, my role as a counsellor is not to give you answers or solutions to the difficulties you are experiencing, but to give you time and support to explore your thoughts, feelings and the options available to you, helping you gain a clearer understanding of yourself and the issues you are finding difficult to cope with.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse
Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Lifespan Integration Training Level 1, 2 and 3.
Certificate in working and living with PTSD
Transactional Analysis TA101
Vulnerable Adults and in Domestic Abuse
I am trained in the Person Centred approach, but I work in an integrative way using the tools which help to support each individual client's needs.
I undertake regular training to increase and broaden my knowledge and skills to enhance my practice, the most recent training I have attended includes:
- Lifespan Integration Level 1 ,2 and 3.
- Attachment, Trauma and Disassociation
- loss and bereavement
- suicide bereavement forum
- integrative ways of working with trauma
- working therapeutically with photos
- an introduction to working with children’s loss and grief
I have experience of counselling clients experiencing many different issues and difficulties. Some of these include clients experiencing different forms of loss and bereavement, including pet bereavement. I can also offer counselling support to those people whose pet is nearing the end of their life and may feel it would help them to discuss and explore their feelings in adapting to the changes in their life.
I also have experience of counselling clients with learning difficulties.
I have gained a broad experience and knowledge from counselling at Trafford Well being Counselling Service and Stockport Women’s Centre.
I have experience in Adoption counselling and Adoption related issues, working with both birth parents and families, Adoptive Adults, Adoptive parents and family members. Including issues around loss and bereavement, anxiety, abuse, trauma, relationship and work related issues. I am Affiliated with the Adoption Support Agency ASART. ( Adoption Support Agency of Registered Therapists)
Please note I am unable to take new clients for Adoption support at the moment.
Over a period of 25 years I have worked as a registered nurse within the NHS and as a staff nurse and ward sister at St Ann’s hospice. I have also worked in the community setting with Marie Curie cancer care, caring and supporting patients, their families and caregivers.
I realise that this can be a very daunting time for you and understand that it is important for you to find someone, whom you feel you can trust and develop a working relationship with. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss your circumstances with me.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
1 to 1 counselling session £45 (60 minutes ).
Couples counselling £65 per session (90 minutes )
I accept payment by cash, cheque, BACS.
Please note due to the current Corona virus situation I am not able to offer face to face counselling sessions.
Concessions offered for
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday :- day and evening appointments
Saturday :- morning appointments.
( limited availability Monday and Thursdays)
I am a Registered Accredited member of the BACP and I commit to working within their professional guidelines.
I hold an Enhanced DBS
I attend regular supervision to ensure that I provide a professional and safe practice for all my clients.