Heidi Brown - MBACP. Dip Couns.
In exploring counselling as an option, you’ve taken the first step in the process of taking control of your life again. Sometimes an issue in your life can feel so overbearing that you don't know where to begin.
I believe that everyone has the potential to work out what’s best for them, but that they need the right conditions for that to happen. This is where I come in. My clients benefit from a form of counselling that is distinctly rooted in the need people have to be provided with empathy, offered by someone with the experience and credibility to understand them, in an environment where they will not be judged.
Clients discuss sensitive issues with me – sometimes these are issues about which they have never spoken – and we approach these issues at whatever pace they feel most comfortable with. Because they are accepted, and not judged, they are free to explore their thoughts and feelings. Through this exploration, they come to accept who they are in that moment and where they are at that particular stage in their life.
By placing my client at the core of my approach, they are able to find peace with whatever is going on in their lives. My clients gain a much deeper understanding of themselves and why they act the way they do. They accept why their relationships are the way they are. With their growing self-awareness and emotional strength, they develop a clearer understanding of what needs fixing, what tools to use, and how to develop them. In this way, they are empowered to take control.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor who enjoys empowering people to make the best decisions for themselves. I love to see people grow and develop. I am a humanist – which means I believe in people. I bring to my counselling role a wealth of experience gained in a variety of supportive settings. I am confident in my approach and I haven’t yet worked with a client who has not benefited from our professional relationship.
What I love most about the Person Centred Approach is that it deals not just with the symptom but it can work with the root cause of the issue. Progress can therefore be applied to a wide range of areas in your life. Growth is long lasting and often helps in areas of your life that you did not anticipate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Working in a school for learners with Autism taught me much about the need to have a flexible approach with people. In that environment, it was important to allow students to take control of the pace of their learning. That experience has influenced my approach to therapeutic counselling.
I have personal experience of caring for an individual with autism within my own family. I have gained a practical understanding of sensory integration disorder, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
I have gained face-to-face counselling experience working with a major charitable organisation, which supports people in Manchester who are vulnerable. I have been fortunate enough to be able to have a lasting impact upon people experiencing mental health difficulties, aided people in their journey to recovery from periods of substance misuse, and made a real difference to people who have been adapting to times of practical difficulty and change.
I have many years of experience working to support individuals from disadvantaged families in the Manchester area. I have mentored, motivated and guided my clients, using the principles of guided discovery, to better their life situations and improve the sustainability of their communities.
Working as an Employment Advisor I have gained a greater understanding of the cause and effect of work related stress.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 in Counselling Concepts
Level 2 in Counselling Skills
Counselling clients on the Autistic Spectrum
Aspire Autism Training
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation prior to counselling. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about each other and help you decide whether to enter into a counselling relationship together.
Following this, session prices are as listed below, and all sessions are 50 minutes.
One to one, face to face - £40
One to one, Telephone - £30
Couples, face to face - £50
Couples' counselling can include any two members of a family or any two people in a relationship.
I offer discounts on block bookings. Please inquire about concessions if you are a student, unemployed or on a low income.
I am a registered member of the BACP and I am fully insured to practice. I have regular supervision to ensure my work is effective. I work in a welcoming and relaxed therapy room in Manchester City Centre.
I specialize in Work Related Stress and with people on the Autistic Spectrum.
Work Related Stress
While work related stress and mental health issues can exist independently of one another, stress can cause common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Some elements of stressful feelings are a natural response to characteristics of the modern work place such as targets and deadlines. Without effective management of stress, it poses a risk to your physical health through symptoms such as high blood pressure, loss of appetite and fatigue.
In my experience of working closely with individuals on the spectrum, counselling can provide you with vital steps towards the kind of psychological well-being that enables you to achieve your potential and lead happier lives.
I also counsel parents and carers of children with autism. I can help you with the pressures you face in wanting the best for your autistic child or children– which I understand can be overwhelming at times.
More details can be found on www.heidibrowncounselling.com.
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