Hello, I'm Katie. I understand that making the decision to begin therapy can feel daunting. Once you start your search for a therapist, it can feel challenging to find the right person for you. I hope this information helps you to learn a little bit about me and what you can expect from therapy.
When I faced difficulties in my own life, I decided to get help from a therapist. The experience helped me to relax; life felt a little lighter and the future felt exciting. For me, therapy is about getting in touch with who you are and making decisions that feel right for you. By developing our self-awareness and gaining insight into our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we can develop the freedom to change what isn't working for us.
I share my experience because I’m passionate about normalising the experience of seeking help. Even when we desire change, welcoming new information and changing our mind-set can feel overwhelming. It can take time to feel comfortable talking to a stranger, but there is no rush. We will work together at your pace and comfort level.
What I offer
I offer one to one psychotherapy and counselling services to adults aged 18 years and over at my private practice in Bramhall, Stockport. Face to face appointments take place in a private garden office and video appointments are offered via the online platform Zoom.
My aim is to provide a nurturing, open and honest space, where you can talk about your difficulties without judgment. I will treat you with warmth, compassion and respect, welcoming you to speak freely without fear that your story will be repeated elsewhere. Together, we will find a way to make the changes you desire.
People seek therapy for different reasons. You might be here because you have faced a significant event. Perhaps you are suffering with anxiety, stress, low self esteem or depression, or you are feeling sad and disconnected from life. You might not even know exactly what it is that is troubling you, but something just doesn't feel right. Experiencing difficulties is normal, but that doesn't mean that you have to struggle alone or reach a crisis point before asking for help. Considering therapy is a great first step towards a positive and healthy change.
The main modality I work in is Transactional Analysis (TA), which is a talking therapy. TA explores an individual’s personality and how it has been shaped by experiences, decisions and beliefs, particularly those experiences from childhood. I will explore the links between your past and your present to understand how you relate to yourself and to others. This insight can help you to identify what isn’t working for you and the changes you wish to make to your life.
I will encourage you to take an active role in therapy, so I won't tell you what to do and I can't simply fix your problems for you. My role will be to facilitate and support you to make sense of your experiences, using sensitive questioning and honest input to help you to gain in-depth insight into your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This process can help you to uncover your own strengths and develop inner and outer resources to deal with the ups and downs of life.
How to get started
I offer a free 20-minute consultation on the phone or online, via Zoom. This gives us the opportunity to meet one another and for you to tell me about what has brought you to therapy. You can ask any questions and assess if you feel comfortable with me. I will let you know what you can expect from therapy and check that I am able to offer the help that you need. At this point, we can proceed to arrange a further appointment, or you can have some time to consider what you would like to do. There is no obligation to continue.
About the practice
My practice is based in a garden office, which is separate from my home with private access. It is located half a mile from Bramhall village centre, close to the Manchester Eastern Link Airport Road (SK7). It is also within easy reach of Woodford, Hazel Grove, Cheadle Hulme and Handforth. It is easily reached by bus services, train and car. Free street parking is available nearby.
Getting in touch
If you like the sound of my approach, please get in touch for your free consultation. I am not always able to answer the phone, so please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Feel free to text, WhatsApp or email me - whatever works best for you.
Mobile number: 07709 786200
To learn more about me, visit www.katiemcgillcounselling.com
Training, qualifications & experience
- Four years advanced training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling.
- Registered member of BACP - 00868598.
- TA 101 - Introduction to Transactional Analysis.
- Counselling online (Open University & BACP training).
- Award in Education and Training (AET/ PTTLS): Level 3.
After graduating with a degree in Textile Design, I began my career in buying and product development. Working in this industry was a great experience, but I realised the type of work just didn't fit with my personal values. A career change led me to work as a Volunteer Coordinator in a social housing organisation, helping individuals to improve their confidence, skills and employment prospects through volunteering. I now work as a qualified counsellor at my private practice in Bramhall.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer an initial 20-minute session, which is free of charge.
All following sessions cost £50 and last for 50 minutes.
I have limited spaces available for those on a low income and for students at a cost of £35.
Monday: 9am - 8pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, my practice is informed by its Ethical Framework and Professional Guidelines.
I am fully qualified and hold public, professional and liability insurance.