Marianne Oakes Counselling

Marianne Oakes Counselling

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Chapel En Le Frith
High Peak

Affinity Centre
Water Lane

07552 165154

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About us

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile, please note, I offer face to face, Skype and phone counselling for trans identified clients and their families.

Gender dysphoria affects different people in different ways, whether you have been questioning your gender identity all your life, or, you have recently just come to realise that your gender identity does not match that which was assigned to you at birth, living th these thoughts and feelings can for some, be overwhelming. If you have a partner or child who is experiencing the incongruence of gender dysphoria, the deep rooted need to support them, and dealing with your own wellbeing can be emotionally draining.

If you identify as transgender, gender different in any way, counselling can help in many ways, by creating a safe environment to explore what it is that may be causing you distress, helping to make sense of the confusion, or just being a sounding board for you to express yourself. It can help you find the strength to confront head on your fears and vulnerabilities that stop you moving forward with your life. Hiding away and hoping things will change can be damaging on their own, add to that, trying to cope on your own in the world, repressing your feelings, which in some cases will induce other mental health issues, such a depression, anxiety and in some extreme cases, suicidal thoughts. Finding the right counsellor can be a beacon in a very dark tunnel, helping you navigate your way out in to the light. Talking with a counsellor can also help people who are fully accepting of their gender identity though still suffer issues, such as, societies attitudes, discrimination, loss of friends and family and break up of relationships.

If you are offering support to those who are gender dysphoric, it can be a lonely place, there is very little support offered to wives, partners and parents of trans people. Supporting them is one challenge, supporting yourself can be the forgotten challenge. Counselling can be the place to let go for a while and think of your own needs, without fear of judgment. counselling won't try to give rhyme or reason to your situation, it can just offer a safe haven to talk about your concerns in a way that allows you to put your own meaning to your own life.

I am a qualified counsellor who is experienced in working with all of life's ups and downs, from relational issues to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, addiction and alcohol abuse, however, my life experience of identifying as transgender has given me a unique insight to the potential problems gender issues can raise whatever your chosen identity might be. If you would like to know more about my practice and how I may be able help you, please drop me an email anytime, I am here to help and support,

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Manchester college for 5 years qualifying with a Diploma in Person Centred Therapeutic Counselling and I have recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in working with Gender Sexuality Diverse Relationships(GSDR) with Pink Therapy.

I have worked as a volunteer for Mind and Beacon Counselling in Stockport where I have been privileged to work with clients from all walks of life with issues from minor mental health concerns to severe depression and everything in between. I am now the Lead Counsellor for Gender GP and work with Dr Webberley.

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Other areas of counselling we deal with

The whole issue of gender identity, particularly Transgender is becoming more and more in to societies awareness. Is your organisation ready to accept and embrace gender difference, do you have an understanding that may be required when working with a member of staff who identifies as trans? Does your organisation train its staff in how to respond to trans identified customers or clients. As society is moving forward in a more positive direction being more open to gender diversity, inevitably businesses are going to come across employee's and customers more and more. Government run organisations have to have transgender policies in place to help their employees and improve the services they offer, they are also encouraging private businesses to also follow suit.

I offer training services to help you develop or improve policies that encompass gender identity and gender diversity. I work with groups of up to 12 people looking at conscious and unconscious attitudes to the trans community with a view to giving an inside view of what it means and how you can better serve this small section of society. Prices on application depending on location etc.

If you would like to know more, please email me,


My fees are as follows

Subsequent 1hr sessions £50ph, (concessions for students, OAP's and unemployed)

It is so important to choose the right counsellor for your needs and I will always endeavour to make my services affordable to you,  so please contact me if you feel you want to talk to me.

Further information

Whatever your gender identity, transvestite, transexual, bi-gender, non binary, cross dresser, counselling can help you to find yourself, and your true identity. Confusion about sexuality is not uncommon when linked to gender identity, untangling your feelings on your own can be confusing and unrewarding. I am not here to judge, I offer positive regard and empathy, the key to helping you unlock your feelings in a safe and warm environment. If you require any further information, or would like to book an initial appointment, please email,

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Chapel En Le Frith, SK23
Wilmslow, SK9 5AR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am a full time counsellor.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme