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Jo Cairns MBACP, MA Counselling

Manchester, M21

About me

About Me

I am a Person Centred trained counsellor and Supervisor. This style of therapy allows a client to steer the direction of therapy and in the process, clarify and define their own goals. I also work in an integrative style meaning I value the use of a blend of therapeutic techniques to suit client individuality. I aim to work as part of a therapeutic relationship underpinned by respect and integrity. This is led by my understanding that the quality of the client - counsellor relationship is key to change.

About the counselling sessions

I offer time limited or open ended sessions, your choice. Sessions usually last 50 minutes. The sessions can offer a confidential and of course non-judgemental 'space' to explore your issues at your pace. I also offer counselling via Skype if preferred.

In the first session some time will be spent 'outlining' and mutually agreeing/understanding issues such as confidentiality in the counselling relationship. This makes for a dependable and 'safe' environment. Sessions are reviewed regularly to make sure they are always appropriately tailored to your own goals.

I offer sessions on a Saturday. The building is accessible with ramp entrance and parking is on site and free. There is also a good bus and tram service to the area. More details are shown under the section entitled 'further information', below.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Counselling - University of Manchester
  • Diploma in Person Centred counselling
  • Certificate in Creative Supervision
  • Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT)

My background lies predominantly in working with issues surrounding loss, palliative care and bereavement; this is on-going. My experience is in a voluntary and NHS capacity. I also work closely with issues of depression, anxiety, body image, disability and self-esteem.

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

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Guided visualisation

Therapies offered

  • Person-centred therapy


  • Counselling: £45 /per session - standard fee

Sliding scale can be negotiated.

Supervision : £45/hour student rate

                    £60/90 mins qualified rate


Saturday am

Further information

  • Assessible building, ramp entrance
  • Free, on site carpark
  • Good bus service - two minute walk from Chorlton Bus Station.
  • 10 minute walk from the tram station at St Werburgh’s Road, Chorlton.


Key details

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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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Jo Cairns MBACP, MA Counselling

Jo Cairns MBACP, MA Counselling