About me

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”

As a person-centred counsellor, I offer you a warm and accepting presence, valuing your individuality and unique experience of life.

I bring you a broad therapeutic range spanning trauma, anxiety and depression, life changes, loss, work difficulties, stress, life changes and personal growth, as well as a richness and diversity of professional experience gained over 20 years as a Senior Accredited, Registered member of BACP. I am a Registered Provider of Counselling and Psychotherapy with these health insurance companies: Aviva, AXA Healthcare, BUPA, Healix, Vitality and WPA.

I offer an initial session where we can meet, and discover whether we are a good match for working together.  After thinking this over, if we both decide the answer is yes, we would go on to book a first session, and thereafter, meet each other on a regular basis. I offer short, medium term and long term counselling according to your needs. Please do get in contact and I can let you know about appointments that are available.

I work from rooms in Marple easily reachable by car, by train and by bus.

Unexpected gifts of insight often happen when you are working on something in counselling with me. My style of working helps you to discover how you truly feel about your everyday experiences, and it supports you in making the connections between how your life is in the here and now and how it may link to the past. You'll have the space to consider why your life has become the way it is, and how you would see it in your mind's eye if you could be leading the kind of life that was much more 'you'.   You may want to move from a state of disconnection from yourself to a state of acceptance of who you are, and who you can become.

My style of working, my philosophy of counselling, comes from believing that you are a person of worth – both in the times you want to grow and change, and in the times you don’t, when a day under the duvet may beckon.  I’ll be here to listen to you and honour you when you are struggling with yourself, the choices ahead of you, or the opinions of others – the times when all your instincts are telling you to tread an unknown path.

It is when you are in a relaxed state of being, in a peaceful setting that you can speak openly and freely about your life, and just 'stumble across' absolute jewels of insight into why and how things have felt like this for you in your life up until now.

As human beings, we often discover something precious when we begin to see our very same life, but with different eyes. So it was for the Queen of Naples when she found the relics of Pompeii under a backyard garden she was pottering in. The same happened for a Bedouin boy who found the Dead Sea Scrolls while he was looking for a lost goat. The demands of daily living may have obscured your treasures. Talking together in counselling, we can come to know the hidden jewels of strength already within you, and how to use these in the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

2013 Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred)

2010 Senior Accredited Member of BACP

2009 BACP Senior Accredited Practitioner - Supervisor of Individuals

2009 BACP Senior Accredited Practitioner - Supervisor of Groups

2007 CASCADE Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision

2003 Accredited Member of BACP

2001 Accredited CRUSE Counsellor

2000 CRUSE Supervision Certificate

1998 Supervision Theory and Practice Certificate, Centre for Counselling Training, Liverpool.

1997 Dip H.E. in Counselling (Distinction), Liverpool John Moores University.

1995 Certificate in Bereavement Counselling, West Cheshire College.

1983 Liverpool University B.A. Hons IIi, French, Spanish and Sociology.

I celebrate my heritage as a mixed race White/Asian practitioner and have a great interest in other cultures, as well as a tenderness and empathy for those who experience oppression.  I worked as a director for the Black Women’s Network within the Rape Crisis national body, researching the uptake of counselling services by black women.  I have counselled young, black asylum seekers fleeing the genocide in Congo and Rwanda, working in English, French and with interpreters.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a Registered Provider of Counselling and Psychotherapy with AVIVA, AXA Healthcare, BUPA, Healix, Vitality and WPA.


Additional information

£50 for a session lasting 50 minutes, this is the fee that applies for private clients

AVIVA, AXA Healthcare, BUPA, Healix, Vitality and WPA Registered Provider for Counselling and Psychotherapy - funded sessions are available if you hold a policy, or your employer provides your healthcare insurance with these companies.

For counselling and psychotherapy students in training, reduced rates are available.


Evening and daytime appointments available

Further information

My background includes roles as a trainer in counselling, and creating and managing counselling services. I have several years experience of running counselling services for people who are carers, as well as trauma work, running a Rape Crisis service for adult survivors of rape and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have also counselled young people who were survivors of trauma from the genocide in Congo and Rwanda.

I have worked as a visiting lecturer at Chichester University, teaching Year 3 undergraduates in Humanistic Counselling about racial diversity. I am spiritually aware and welcome clients’ beliefs to be discussed in sessions.  I also bring my experience of working with gay men and lesbians to my practice.

I have supervised trainee counsellors, accredited and experienced practitioners, M.A. students and tutors of counselling, as well as supervising for the voluntary sector, business and the helping professions.

I now supervise and counsel in private practice and update my work with wide reading and professional workshops throughout the year.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Helen Zaman Supervisor Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred), Theoretical approach I work as a person-centred counsellor and in supervision, my approach is the supervision alliance model (Proctor 2000:13) within a person-centred framework.

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Helen Zaman

Helen Zaman