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 overwhelming that you don't know where to begin. At other times, a problem has been suppressed for so long that you are unaware of what caused the problem in the first place but you are left with symptoms of the problem; for example anxiety or depression. I believe I can help with either of these types of issues.
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 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.
What I love most about the Person Centred Approach is that it can deal with the root cause of the issue rather than the symptom on it's own. 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 autitistic learners has 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 autisitic individual 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
You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07547429650 to arrange a free consultation. This gives us a chance to talk to each other and give you a feel for how I work, before you decide on booking a session.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an interest in working with people who are mixed heritage/race.
Concessions offered for
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, phone or video, day time - £45
One to one, phone or video, evening - £50
I offer discounts on block bookings. Please inquire about concessions if you are a student, on benefits or unemployed.
Once it feels safe to do so I will return to face to face sessions.
Weekday day time and evenings.
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.
I integrate the neurodiversity paradigm into my work which means I do not view autism as a problem to be “cured”. I believe that neurodivergence is a valuable part of human diversity and should be accepted, nurtured and catered for.
I help neurodivergent people to be themselves, and to feel good about who they are. I don’t encourage autistic people to act neurotypical as this is not healthy for their self esteem. We live in a society which is largely not accepting of neurodivergent people which often results in low self esteem. Counselling can help to rebuild this.
I also counsel parents and carers of autistic children. 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.