I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor - my office is on Deansgate in Manchester city centre, but obviously I'm not using it right now! I'm currently offering supportive counselling via Zoom online and also telephone based sessions. Importantly, I'm now offering 30 minute appointments for £25 as well as the standard 50 minute sessions, as I don't want anybody to miss out - finances have become a big issue for lots of us, but at the same time, it's more important than ever to feel you have somebody you can talk to. It can sometimes be hard to find a safe space to talk to a counsellor when you are stuck at home, so being able to have shorter conversations by phone suits a lot of people at the moment.
I have an open and non-judgemental approach to all my clients. I don't much like labelling people and I'm more interested in getting to know you as an individual than in any kind of medical diagnosis. I offer unconditional support and, perhaps differently to talking to your family and friends during these strange and anxious times, you can share your feelings with me without needing to worry about me - I'm trained to look after myself! I also have an interest in creative writing for mental health, visit www.write-now.org for information about my online writing groups and workshops.
I had a career in publishing before starting my own business. I know about the pressures of management and the highs and lows of self-employment. I've seen my share of life events. And like many good counsellors, I only discovered the benefits of 'talking therapies' by experiencing them myself.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling
- Postgraduate Intensive Course in Client-Centred Counselling
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency
- I am a Registered Member of the BACP, and listed on the BACP Register which is Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
- I am (at 55!) still a student as I am working towards a PhD in Creative Writing with a specific focus on life writing
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief and loss
£50 per 50 minute session, or £25 for a 30 minute session, by phone or Zoom (online).
Online writing groups now available, £180 for six weeks, meet and write weekly for mental wellbeing and self-discovery. Also regular 'deep dive' writing workshops focusing on themes such as loss, change and grief.
When I work
Weekdays including evenings
Please visit my websites: www.manchester-psychotherapy.com and www.write-now.org