About me

Why counselling?

We all experience some form of distress in our lives. It could be sadness, anger, loneliness, stress, grief, anxiety, depression or something that you can’t explain. It could be current or could have happened in the past, or you may not know when it happened. It could lead to feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope, it could be affecting the relationships around you both personally or professionally.

There are many things that contribute to this distress and being aware of them can help to ease the connected emotions. Counselling can help you do this by providing space to explore and reflect upon these feelings. It is a place where you can begin to take control of these feelings and learn to understand them.

How does it work?

I am trained as an integrative counsellor which is several therapies combined, providing sessions tailored to individual needs and personal circumstances. This allows me to get to know each client as the individual they are and provide the type of sessions that will best suite.

The counselling sessions themselves are a pre arranged date and time and last for an hour. They provide a space to bring whatever you want to talk through. They are not designed to offer advice or to guidance, instead they are led by you and what you want to bring. There may be an issue that reoccurs or something specific which is looked at, but this is completely at your direction.

What to expect in your first session

The first session will be an opportunity to get to know each other and for me to answer any questions you may have. It also gives you the opportunity to tell me why you have come for counselling. You can tell me as much or as little as you like at this point, these are your sessions and its completely up to you at what pace we go. If you would like to put a plan in place for future sessions, or would prefer to take each as it comes, thats completely up to you. I will tell you about me, how we can work together and can discuss how we would like to move forward with the sessions. We will also go over the contract that will be put into place.

Online/telephone counselling

It is not always possible to take time out of our lives to travel to a location for a session on a regular basis, so I also offer telephone and online sessions. These will work after having an initial conversation to arrange date, time and format (online/telephone). At that pre-arranged time we will have a session and will discuss how we feel it works for you. The format of the sessions are flexible so if one week you cannot attend online, we can have a telephone session. The same applies if you usually come in for a face to face session. It is important that the sessions work in the best way for you so please feel free to get in touch to discuss what you need.


Close to two local train stations and bus stops, I also have off road parking and accessibility for those with mobility issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • ABC Level 2 in Counselling Studies
  • ABC Level 3 in Therapeutic Counselling
  • ABC Diploma Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling
  • 7 month placement at Red Rose Recovery as a trainee Counsellor
  • 1 year placement as a trainee Counsellor at a local doctors surgery based in Stockport
  • Current private practice

Member organisations


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

Grief and loss


Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£45 per hour

Consessions available upon enquiry


Flexible hours available to be discussed upon enquiry


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Holly Wootton

Holly Wootton