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About me

My name is Irene Alford. I live in Stockport (Greater Manchester) and offer a private ‘Independent Counselling Service’ based here for both adults and young persons.

I am a fully qualified and insured Integrative Counsellor.

I am a member of the MBACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists), meaning, I abide by their guidelines and Ethical Framework.

As a counsellor, I feel privileged to be able to support individuals on their own therapeutic journeys. I always work to the best of my ability and the client remains at the centre of all the work. I provide my clients with a safe, calm environment for them to discuss and reflect on their problem. I aim to give them the chance to be heard and the opportunity to make a change. I work in an integrative way which means that I have different tools my toolkit and will find the right one to help you. I am an approachable, empathic person. I am a good listener and non-judgemental of anything clients share, confidentiality is key in our therapeutic relationship. I walk alongside you always providing unconditional-postive-regard and unlimited empathy.

I have years of experience with young people and adults in crisis. Counselling young people requires specialist knowledge, I understand the complexity of needs of adolescences and the issues that they present. My therapeutic work in schools achieves consistent positive outcomes. I have a proven track record.

I understand the impact anxiety, panic attacks, loss, depression, bereavement, addiction, sadness etc can have on the individual and their loves ones. If you would like to know more, you are welcome to get in touch. Counselling really does help.

The first appointment with any client whether they are a young person or an adult is the assessment session. This session is about information gathering, agreeing contracts and terms of therapy. It is opportunity to assess and decide if counselling is going to be the best service to meet the required need and for you the Client to confirm if you want me to support you on your journey of therapy and a happier life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 in Counselling Skills
  • Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
  • Short course in Intro-Substance Misuse Counselling
  • Professional Development Training in Attachment
  • NVQ 3 in Social Care for Looked after Children
  • Registered Member BACP

I currently have a contract with 'Talk, Listen and Change' as a high school Counsellor, I counsel in varies schools throughout the Manchester Borough. These schools are mainly for those young people who struggle emotionally or have behaviour issues preventing them from accessing mainstream school.  I have also worked in residential settings for young persons with complex needs - as well as those presenting with sexual behaviours.

I have valuable experience of working in a crisis centre as a Counsellor.  I worked with adult clients who were in crisis and had presented with high-end trauma related issues. I worked long-term with these clients and witnessed some astonishing improvements in their lives which promoted great change.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have in-dept experience with Autism and the effects of it on family members/newly diagnosed parents.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Additional information

£50 per Session.

I require payment in advance for each session via Bank transfer.

Cash and Paypal.

24 Hours notice needs to be given if cancelling in order for me to issue a refund.


Available at present in Evenings and Saturday Mornings.  Can offer some afternoon sessions  - depending on my current bookings.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

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.


Irene Alford Adult and Young Person Integrative Counsellor.

Irene Alford Adult and Young Person Integrative Counsellor.