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About me

Suaimhneas (soov-nass) is Irish word which translates in English to calmness, harmony, peace, tranquility and safety. At times in our lives, it can be difficult to access this state within us. If this is you, let me help you to rediscover your ‘suaimhneas’. Seeking help can be difficult. Trusting somebody to disclose your personal struggles to can be a daunting step. I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can discuss whatever is troubling you.

The north-west of England has been my home for the last twenty years, having journeyed through the Middle-East where I lived for a number of years while my children were young. I am a qualified and registered counsellor with two counselling bases - one in Wilmslow, Cheshire and one on King St, Manchester. I also provide online therapy which you can access from the comfort of your own home.

In addition to my private practice I have counselled for a number of years in a women’s prison and a local counselling charity.

Am I the counsellor for you?

I bring my skills as a registered and experienced counsellor combined with a genuine compassion, warmth and generosity of self.

A good working relationship is key to effective outcomes from counselling. Whether it's a chat on the telephone or at my practice, this first interaction gives you an opportunity to consider whether I am the right therapist for you. Trust is central to the therapeutic relationship as is a sense of safety. If you decide to work with me, be assured that I will always be working with respect for these.

If you decide to use my services we will draw up a working agreement. This agreement will give a framework of what to expect from therapy with me, either at Ken Counselling in Wilmslow or Phoenix Counselling Services in central Manchester. The agreement will address how frequently we will meet (whether it be in person or online), scheduled reviews of our work and important information about the confidentiality of the service.

Areas of special interest

I have a particular interest is working with clients whose lives are impacted by loss of one type or another, be it loss of a loved one through bereavement, loss of a key person in your life through relationship breakdown, loss of employment or perhaps a loss of identity as a result of a significant life change.

At present global circumstances lead to a sense of loss for many – the coronavirus pandemic has impacted what we consider our basic freedoms with a loss of personal autonomy over where we go or who we spend precious time with. The loss of our personal choice about how we do things can leave us feeling unsteady as though we are on shifting sands.  Transitioning through these significant life events can seem challenging.  Therapy can be a useful support as you work to adjust to the changed landscape.

You will see below that I work with a range of issues in addition to bereavement and loss. Whatever the issue, be assured that I will provide a safe, supportive, confidential, non-judgemental environment in which to explore your challenges.

My work in recent years with clients whose adult lives are adversely impacted by their traumatic childhood experiences has prompted me to search out the newer thinking in this field. I have a keen interest in the developing neuroscientific landscape which has moved at pace in the last 20 years and tells us so much of how the body and brain both work to protect us from the effects of trauma. I am excited for the possibilities this holds for my clients to free themselves of what is holding them back so that they can live enhanced, fulfilled lives.

Therapeutic Approach

I am an integrative counsellor which means I will blend a variety of therapeutic approaches to support our work. I believe that in the right environment, you have an intrinsic capacity to develop, grow and change in support of enhancing your experience of life and living. I see part of my role as creating that ideal environment so that you can identify the changes you might make. Sometimes though change isn't the solution - instead your goal may be one of gaining an acceptance of the situation you find yourself in, thus freeing you to move forward with your life. Whatever your situation I will work with kindness and compassion towards your experience. I value a relationship between us which is built on mutual trust, openness and honesty as I consider that these qualities support optimum results for you.

I offer both brief and longer term counselling. Brief counselling is anything from a few sessions up to twelve. Sometimes though a longer term service is appropriate, particularly if addressing deep-rooted problems. We will work together to identify your specific needs and we will review our work regularly to ensure that what we do is helping you overcome your particular challenges.

You can access my service in Wilmslow, central Manchester or online from your own base.

If you would like to make further enquiries please call or message me.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

Continuous professional development is key to my work as a counsellor and I am continually accessing training in support of my development. Already a registered BACP member, I am now working towards BACP accreditation.

I have completed certified training in online and telephone counselling.

My experience has been gained in the provision of counselling services in a variety of settings which include the prison service, charitable community services and private practice.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Wilmslow - £55 for one hour

Manchester - £50 for  a 50 minute session

Availability

I currently have availability for new clients.

Further information

Concessionary rate of £45 for trainee counsellors

Phoenix Counselling Services
3rd Floor
82 King St
Manchester
M2 4WQ

Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Marian O'Herlihy, Reg MBACP, Integrative Counsellor

Marian O'Herlihy, Reg MBACP, Integrative Counsellor