Dr Fiona Dobson, MBACP
I qualified as an Integrative Transpersonal Counsellor and work in such a way as to help my clients overcome their emotional discomfort and connect with that deeper sense of self.
Is something inside of you crying out to be changed? Are you feeling blocked or do you have a sense that life is not as you want it to be? Sometimes we all need a little help, independent from family and friends, when such feelings are overwhelming and impacting our lives. A sense of happiness, feeling motivated and confident can be things we long for; however, if your underlying issues are working unconsciously against you then nothing can change. I can help you explore unhelpful patterns, thus freeing you to make different choices for yourself, and reach a greater sense of inner harmony.
I accept you as you are, with whatever you are bringing, and give place to the difficulties you are facing as I see them as a valuable part of what might be trying to be seen and understood. I am confident that I can help you explore what is troubling you, thus freeing you up to make different choices for yourself, and realise the potential you hold.
How I work
I work in a compassionate and soulful way offering a confidential and impartial space where we can explore your issues together and at your own pace. I work psychotherapeutically, which means that I place an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship that is co-created with my client. The therapeutic relationship is based on principles of trust, mutual respect and will be guided by your process. Each therapeutic process is unique, just as you are an unique person; therefore, you will always have a choice in how you want to work with me.
I work integratively, which means that I draw on different psychological and therapeutic approaches to suit your specific needs. For example, we can look at your past and how that has shaped you, what you are experiencing in the present or what might need developing to prepare you for the future.
Working transpersonally is about taking time and paying attention to all the many things that make up your life. This way of working also allows you to get in touch with the deeper soulful part of yourself, that part that gives your life meaning, making it rich and deep. Therefore, I will work with you beyond what is immediately present and strive to help you discover what will make your life feel whole and fulfilled.
Please feel free to contact me directly, via the links on this page, to explore how I might be able to help you, or, to ask any further questions you have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Re-Vision, in London, as an Integrative Transpersonal Counsellor. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Code of Ethics.
My private practice is in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and I currently have some availability to see clients on Monday and Tuesday, but limited evening appointments. I also work privately at Beacon Counselling in Stockport, a charitable organisation that provides an accessible counselling service to young people and adults.
Prior to training as a psychotherapeutic counsellor I worked for a large multi-national company where I had the privilege of managing global teams and working with diverse cross-cultural teams. Therefore, I have experience of working with people from a range of different backgrounds and cultures in both my previous career and through my counselling work.
Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling - ReVision (www.re-vision.org.uk)
Ph.D St.George's Medical School, University of London. BSc. Hons University of Aberdeen
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
Initial Consultation: Free
I offer an initial free 30 minute consultation where we can meet, explore how I may be able to help you and gives you an opportunity to see if you would feel comfortable working with me. You can use this session to ask me any questions, to explore what you might like to change and any hopes or anxieties you may have about around engaging in a therapeutic relationship. You can then go ahead or go away and think about it.
Subsequent Sessions: £45 (for a 50 minute session).
If you decide that you would like to work with me, to get the most out of our work together, it is best to arrange regular weekly sessions. I can work with you on a short-term basis (normally 6 - 12 weeks) or we can engage in longer-term work to explore more complex issues and to allow for deeper therapeutic work to take place. If you are unsure what is the best approach for you that is not an issue - we can discuss what might work for you and start with an initial 6-8 sessions and, following a review, decide if you wish to continue to work with me on deeper issues.
I work from Duke Street in Macclesfield, which is within easy walking distance of the train station (7 mins.) and the bus station (3 mins). There is a (pay) carpark opposite my counselling room.
I do not work with young people under the age of 16 or couples; however, I will work with an individual on relationship issues.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate" (Carl Jung)