Ian Woollams MBACP Accred
Cheadle Hulme Counselling
16b Station Road
Sometimes life causes us suffering, which we may not always be able to resolve on our own . I offer a trusting, confidential relationship, a place to take stock of your present situation.
Free initial 30mins session to discuss what you would like to bring to therapy and what goals you would like to achieve.
I am currently counselling at Beacon Counselling Services, working with adults. I have previously worked at Survivors Manchester with male survivors of sexual abuse. I have gained experiences surrounding trauma and the many varied ways in which trauma affects the whole body, soul and being of the person.
I am training to become a mindfulness practitioner and now use mindfulness as a regular part of my therapeutic work. This can help with reducing anxiety, stress, depression and symptoms of post traumatic stress.
Qualifications and experience
As an IAPT/NHS qualified counsellor I practice Counselling for Depression (CFD Dist.). I have been a counsellor for over seven years and have over 1,500hrs experience. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
My ideals and methods
Life is change. The more options you have, the more likely you are to find a way that is best for you. In my work with you I hope to broaden your horizons, so you will have more choices. I can help you improve your life through times of distress, insecurity, loss, change and confusion.
The fact that you are seeking a counsellor is the first step towards positive change. You are starting on a journey that it's time to take; having a trustworthy traveling companion is a good idea.
I work short-term with individuals who have particular concerns in their life.
I provide a safe, professional, friendly and confidential service to both young people +18yrs and adults.
My initial stimulus for entering counselling was to help with the emotional demands of one of my children who has Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Understanding how I may best support these demands has been an enormous help. For the last seven years I have been the local area co-ordinator (Manchester/Cheshire) for the Dyspraxia Foundation. With my personal experience of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), I am able to be especially sensitive to the impact Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) can have on the individual and the family. I have worked with many adults and young people with ASC, sensitively adapting my practice to help the individual understand and cope with their unique ways of being.
Life can have periods of suffering and change may be forced upon us, but you can choose how to respond to these changes. Being aware of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and bodily felt sensations in the here and now can help you to gain valuable new awareness.
I work from professional and peaceful rooms in the centre of Cheadle Hulme, Stockport in a group counselling practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a Person Centred counsellor I have a wide range of experience working with adults and young people. Now qualified in Counselling for Depression (CFD), I am able to offer a more in-depth relationship where I can be like a guide with you through your experiences. I also use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), with Art Therapy and Mindfulness as creative additions to my practice. I believe it's the quality of the relationship that helps to heal pain and suffering.
Currently I am also a counsellor at Beacon Counselling Services, working short-term with adults.
I have counselled young people in an outstanding Stockport secondary school and have also worked with the elderly, carers, parents and professionals from many walks of life. I have experience of counselling within three NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) compliant services.
One of my children has Special Educational Needs, so I have personal experience around issues relating to disability, discrimination and the impact this can have on the family. I have counselled adults and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and am very sensitive to the unique way that someone on the spectrum can perceive the world. Difference should be celebrated and not be a barrier to a happy and fulfilled life.
I prefer to work face to face as I know from experience that it's the quality of the relationship that heals. However I’m happy to liaise with you by phone, email, by post or in person.
Counselling for Depression (CFD) Pg Cert (Dist)
Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred) BACP Accredited course.
Certificate in Counselling skills 1,2 & 3.
Certificate in Counselling Issues (eating disorders, parent & child relationships, bereavement).
Safeguarding Children (NHS) and many other training's (available on request)
Accredited BACP member 687920. Register number 045573.
Studying to become a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner at Salford Mind
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autistic Spectrum Conditions, learning difficulties and the effects on siblings and the family. Male survivors of sexual abuse.
Sessions are by the hour. You can pay in cash, cheque or PayPal.
Each hour long session £45
Over the years I have become more influenced by mindfulness. As a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner trainee, I now use mindfulness attitudes, foundations and practices to enhance my therapy practice.
I have found Mindfulness to also be very effective when dealing with trauma, anxiety, stress and also Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
Change in your life may be why you are seeking therapy. Mindfulness can help to build new neural pathways, enabling change to occur more easily.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|