Kerry Coles MBACP, BA (HONS), OA DIP, Counsellor and Supervisor
Hi, I’m Kerry. I am a Person Centred Counsellor (MBACP) and Domestic Abuse specialist who works within the Cheshire East area. I offer one-to-one, couples counselling through weekly sessions which can be long or short-term depending on your personal needs.
If you’re struggling with something in your life or having relationship issues that are causing you pain or making you feel uncomfortable, talking about it can help. In an ideal world, we do this with friends or family. Sometimes that doesn’t feel safe. Everyone seems to have their own agenda or we fear that they will judge us and think of us differently, if we dare to be truly open about our thoughts and feelings.
I provide a safe, confidential, compassionate and non-judgemental space for you to explore the feelings and concerns that are causing difficulty in your life. Most people experience a great relief in sharing their worries and fears with someone they can trust.
I believe that the therapeutic journey, like life, requires courage and commitment. It can be painful but it can also present powerful opportunities for growth and for the emergence of a life that's more real and more satisfying.
Our work together will support you in finding your own insights and empower you to be able to trust yourself and make your own decisions.
As well as working with adults, I work with children in both a private manner and within school settings. I am an integrative child/person centred Counsellor/Therapist. This means my counselling approach is tailored towards working with each individual child or young person and their unique set of needs. I employ a range of techniques, as well as talking, in order to encourage children and young people to express themselves creatively and safely so that they can work on the issues that they are struggling with.
Having spent the past 10 years as a Senior Domestic Abuse Practitioner I understand how in some situations it is the whole family who may need support to make long term changes. If you feel that a whole family package of counselling could benefit you then please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your needs and bespoke a package just for you.
I want all of my clients to feel comfortable and confident to ask questions, share their concerns, and work in collaboration with me. I believe the best results come from working in partnership to support the well-being of the adult/child/young or family person both emotionally and socially.
If you feel ready, let’s get started and work together to make positive changes in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Certificate in Clinical and Case Supervision
Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Policing
Safe Lives Accredited Service Manager for Domestic Abuse Services
PTTLS (Teaching Certificate)
NVQ 4 Caring for Children and Young People
Personal Development in:
- Childhood Trauma/Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Working with suicidal clients
- Working with treatment resistant drinkers
- Working With Trauma (including PTSD)
- Self Harm
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Management of Violence & Aggression
- Mental Health
- Domestic Abuse
- MARAC Awareness
- Eating Disorders
- Attachment difficulties
- Equality and Diversity
- Working within group settings
- Child Protection
Accredited to deliver the following recovery interventions for those impacted by Domestic Abuse:
- The Freedom Programme
- Recovery Toolkit for adults
- Recovery Toolkit for Children
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a Domestic Abuse Specialist Practitioner having spent the past 10 years working within the Cheshire East DA sector providing 1:1 and group support for both victims and perpetrators. I am able to offer intensive recovery programmes over a set number of sessions (approximately 12) dependant on your situation) in order to complete the programme on a 1:1 basis. I am not able to offer couples counselling to those where domestic abuse is classed as current but may be able to look at other options. If you wish to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to give me a call.
I offer specialist counselling and support for alcohol addiction, alcohol misuse and problematic recreational drug use. I also offer support for people considering entering treatment for alcohol problems and those in recovery and maintenance stages of addiction. For more information then feel free to call me.
Individuals £40 per 1 hour session
Couples £60 per 1 hour session
Under 16 £35 per 1 hour session
Skype/email/telephone £50 per 1 hour session. To be paid in advance
Work based counselling - If you are busy professional who struggles to make time for yourself away from the office but could possibly fit something into your lunch break then I am able to see you at your place of work if there is a suitable private room to use. If your employer wants to support you by funding your counselling, I can arrange to invoice them directly; this does not affect confidentiality.
If you'd like to meet me and discuss how we might work together, I offer a free initial consultation which lasts up to 30 minutes. This is a no obligation session which allows you to decide whether we are a good fit and can work together to make positive change in your life.
The Initial consultation is an opportunity for you explore what you would like from therapy and if you feel comfortable working with me, we will agree an initial number of sessions to start with and take it from there. Sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually at the same time every week.
Concessions offered for
As a member of the British Association for Counsellor and Psychotherapists I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy; this means I maintain confidentiality and keep your emotional well-being at the forefront of my practice.
I offer flexible appointments during the day and evening to fit round your other commitments. I can usually see you within a week of you making contact.
I have an enhanced DBS (criminal record disclosure) certificate and am fully insured.