About me

Are you an LGBTQ+ person and looking to gain some clarity in life? Are you struggling with your romantic relationships or trying to make sense of your past? You might find that you feel isolated, alone and are missing out on connections with loved ones. These difficult feelings can cloud the parts of your life which should bring you joy; this unhappiness can lead to further disconnect with those around us.

I am a warm, enthusiastic and non-judgmental counsellor with a wealth of experience in helping LGBTQ+ individuals improve their relationships, increase their self-worth and gain some clarity on their past. I want to hear your story and how it has brought you to this point, then we can make sense of all that challenges you and work towards a brighter future

I work in person from my offices in Prestwich & Preston and can also conduct sessions online, which gives me more flexibility. I offer a free, 15-minute phone call to check if we are a good match and we both have the time in our schedule. Please e-mail or call and I will aim to respond within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fully qualified in Therapeutic Counselling and a registered member of the BACP. I adhere to their ethical framework.

I have worked with a range of people and a broad range of issues, and many have found counselling with me has helped them to reach their therapy goals such as reducing anxiety, improving mood and making positive improvements in their relationships.

I have a wealth of experience in working with the LGBTQ community through my volunteer work with the LGBT Foundation and am passionate about making counselling appropriate and accessible to people of all genders, sexual orientations and identities.

I have completed further training in a range of areas, and keep my knowledge up-to-date with regular training, reading, podcasts, clinical supervision and peer supervision. Outside of work I enjoy running, music and I keep myself well and grounded (which I believe is important for therapists) with regular self-care including yoga and meditation.

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.


£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 per 50 minute session.


Available to offer sessions face-to-face in Prestwich, Manchester & Preston, Lancashire

Further information

If it sounds like you’d be interested in coming for a session please call for a 15 minute telephone consultation or e-mail if you would prefer.

Prestwich Holistic Centre
2B Mather Avenue
Greater Manchester
M25 0LA

Derby Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

I offer online counselling for those who would struggle to physically access the building I work from


Joseph Sheridan-Ruddy

Joseph Sheridan-Ruddy