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Karen Nolan Psychotherapist

Wigan, Manchester, WN3
07810 645625 07810 645625

About me


Going through anxious and challenging times in your work or personal life can feel extremely lonely. It can be difficult to turn to friends or loved ones for help especially when they are used to you being the strong one. You may be feeling overwhelmed by work or family responsibilities. Perhaps you are struggling to come to terms with the end of a relationship, a bereavement or other significant loss. If any of this sounds familiar please read on ...

How Can Therapy Help?

Feeling sad, anxious, depressed, angry and exhausted are normal human responses to   painful life events and stressful environments. However, these feelings are often perceived as negative. This can sometimes make it hard to share our experiences with others. Instead, we may bottle things up, shutting down, adopting a stiff upper lip and struggling on alone.

Psychotherapy provides a space to express and explore your feelings. It can help you understand your responses to difficult experiences and develop self-compassion. As you gain insight and clarity, you will begin to feel more connected, balanced and resourceful.

What I offer

  • Kindness and Acceptance.
  • A safe, respectful and confidential space.
  • Help in processing your thoughts and feelings.
  • Reflections and insights.
  • Encouragement and support.

How we might work together

Therapy is a uniquely personal experience. At our first meeting, we will explore what you want to achieve, so that your goals set the direction of therapy and shape how we work together. This might include:

  • Building a strong sense of who you are and how you want to be in the world, so that you can set and maintain boundaries.
  • Feeling more confident in your ability to make good choices and decisions.
  • Making connections between past and present to help resolve old issues and question out-dated beliefs that may be stopping you from reaching your goals.
  • Navigating difficult work situations such as bullying, restructure or redundancy.

We will also look to the future so that, when you are ready to end therapy, you have developed some good self-care strategies and a plan of what is next for you.

My role is to accompany you on your journey, help you gain a better understanding of yourself and support you in making any positive changes you might want.


I use Transactional Analysis (TA) this is a method of psychotherapy that emphasises personal growth and starts from the premise that:

  • You’re OK.
  • You have the ability to think and problem solve.
  • Change is possible.

TA offers very practical tools and models for understanding ourselves, enhancing communication and deepening relationships.

Also I find TA is really good for helping us make connections between the struggles we experience in the present and something painful that happened in our past. For example, you may notice the same negative or destructive patterns keep repeating. Therapy can help you identify and make sense of these patterns, so that you can make different choices in the future.

Ethical Practice

I am a BACP registered member and work in accordance with their professional standards.


I offer both short-term and open ended therapy and usually see clients weekly. In line All sessions are currently by telephone or online.

Next Step

Contact me to arrange a free telephone consultation. This lasts around 40 minutes and is an opportunity to tell me more about yourself and your reasons for starting therapy. I can also answer any questions you have about therapy and how I work.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications include:

  • Level 7 Diploma in Advanced Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.
  • Certificate in Attachment Theory and Practice.
  • Art Therapy Foundation Course.
  • Diploma in NLP
  • Foundation Course in Group Analysis. .
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
  • Bereavement and Loss.
  • Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.


I began my career as a psychotherapist in March 2015, initially volunteering as a trainee therapist in a busy low cost therapy clinic. Here, I gained experience working with bereavement, loss, anxiety, family conflict, childhood trauma and PTSD.

I started my own private practice in 2017 and qualified a year later. Since then, I have enhanced my experience in supporting clients with childhood trauma and completed additional training. This included a Certificate in Attachment Theory and Practice.

I work regularly with loss, bereavement, relationship issues, anxiety, depression and workplace stress.

I attend regular supervision and CPD.

Currently a BACP registered member, I am working towards full accreditation with both BACP and UKCP.

My professional background is in human resource management and organisational development. I have worked at not for profit, public sector, charitable and commercial organisations including assistant director level roles.

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

In my psychotherapy practice I have an interest in childhood trauma, boarding school survivors and working with adult children of alcoholics. Having completed additional training in working from an attachment informed perspective, I have chosen to specialise in working with adults who experienced sexual, physical or psychological abuse and neglect during childhood.

I have a background in human resource management and experience of workplace mediation, dispute resolution and change implementation. I have successfully supported many people through workplace difficulties such as bullying, grievance, redundancy and retirement as well as return to work following long-term illness or injury.

A long standing area of interest and research is work-life balance and wellbeing. I managed in-house health and safety services for a number of large publc sector organisations and have a NEBOSH certificate in occupational safety and health. I am particularly interested in the impact factors such as environment, social support and creativity have on our psychological wellbeing.

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Transactional analysis


My fee is £50 per 50 minute session.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

Currently working online and by telephone.


Monday to Friday

Morning, afternoon and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Karen Nolan  Psychotherapist

Karen Nolan Psychotherapist