Jon Astbury MBACP MSc Counsellor
You might not have anyone to turn to right now, or for lots of reasons it might not be possible to confide in those people closest to you. Whatever brings you to counselling, I will work collaboratively with you, with patience and commitment - I offer a therapeutic process through which you can explore what is troubling you in depth, at your own pace, in a safe, relaxed, supportive and confidential space. I can help you work through and make sense of your experiences - sometimes in new ways, and if you wish, help you find a way forward.
Right now you might be:- in emotional pain, feeling anxious, depressed or confused; living in a strained relationship or have family issues; troubled by earlier life events, loss or trauma; overwhelmed by stress at work or at home; you may have encountered discrimination or perhaps you are faced with an important life decision & feeling ‘trapped' or 'stuck' – Counselling can really help.
After years of working with people from lots of different walks of life, facing all sorts of difficulties and challenges, I continue to see how crucial it is to truly understand and value the person, their experiences, and their point of view. With someone alongside, who really doesn’t judge or criticise, you have the freedom and a solid base from which you can work through what you need to.
My Counselling room is quiet, private, with easy access to plenty of tea and coffee and my approach is friendly, calm and relaxed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Counsellor (MBACP), trained (MSc) Person-Centred therapist and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); I am also an experienced NHS and third sector mental health worker.
I have particular experience working with people living with stress, anxiety and depression. Before becoming a Counsellor, I worked for several years in NHS ‘crisis’ mental health services and in the third sector for people with enduring mental health difficulties. I also have several years’ experience in local authority and third sector services for people with learning and behavioural difficulties.
As a Counsellor, I am committed to and bound by the BACP’s ethical framework for the Counselling professions. Benefits of the framework and a therapist’s commitment to it, is to give people confidence that the therapist they are working with is accountable to a professional body and can provide a safe therapeutic space.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My rates are reasonable at £30 for a therapeutic hour and I offer lower rates for students and those on low incomes.
I can often see people straight away or within a few days. I am able to offer day time, evening or weekend sessions depending on my availability. You can contact me on 0161 850 6871 or 0745 3805 058 or email me.
The initial consultation is free of charge and will last for around 20 minutes. This will often involve a conversation about what brings you to therapy, my way of working, how I might be able to help, and my responsibilities to you. This will also give you opportunity to ask any questions you might have about therapy.
This first meeting can be important when choosing a therapist. It can help to get a feel for them as a person, what they can offer and whether you’ll be able to work together.
After this, and if you decide you’d like to go ahead, normal sessions will last for 50 minutes and tend to be once a week, although this is flexible. We can also agree to work to a limited number of sessions or on a more open ended basis depending on your needs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can often see people within a few days. I am able to offer day time, evening or weekend sessions depending on my availability.
Types of client