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About me

Hello, I'm Heidi – an approachable, down-to-earth, integrative therapist, based online, working with clients from all over the UK and beyond.

As a therapist I am passionate about supporting you to better understand all aspects of your life, encouraging you to gain self-awareness, nurture self-acceptance and self-compassion, and help you to heal and grow.

My counselling approach is integrative, incorporating person-centred, psychodynamic concepts and attachment theory, though I also work creatively and intuitively within the moment.

With a background in creative arts, I have gained experience counselling professionals from the performing arts, television, touring and live events industries. I am also a trauma-informed therapist with experience working with adult survivors of childhood trauma and survivors of sexual violence.

We will take a therapy journey that is unique to you and explore the paths that may have brought you to your current point in life. Within sessions, we can unravel old behaviours and thought patterns that are causing you distress, and work to reunite you with parts of yourself that may have felt lost or hidden.

I'm a Registered Member of the BACP and I work within their Ethical Framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Integrative Counselling and hold a Foundation Degree in Counselling from the Open University. 

I have been working as a therapist since March 2017, and have a varied client base, providing therapeutic counselling to people identifying within the generation X, Millennial and Gen Z communities. I greatly value difference and am LGBTQ+ affirming.

I have gained substantial experience working with issues including but not limited to depression and feeling sad, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, bereavement, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, suicidal feelings, loneliness, abuse and trauma.

Alongside my private practice, I work with a charity dedicated to providing therapy for survivors of sexual violence. I am also registered as a counsellor with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees are £50 for a 50 minute online therapy session.  

When I work

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Further information

I offer an initial free 30 consultation session, where you can explore the reasons which prompted you to seek help and identify some of your aims of therapy. It's also an opportunity to get to know each other a little, before deciding whether we work together.

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M32

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom