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My name is Marianne Oakes and I am a qualified Person Centred counsellor offering support to adults, young people, loved ones and families whatever the issues and concerns might be. I work face to face and online via video calling plus telephone. I specialise in working with the LGBTQA+ community and their allies and am qualified in Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity and so I have a deep understanding of the complexities associated with all these areas of life. Whether you are starting to question your gender or sexuality, or do you have a family member or partner who might be questioning, I am here to help you.

Don't feel alone, please email me and let me set up an appointment where we can start to help you build a wonderful life with a bright future. I feel sure my non-judgmental approach will help to create a safe space where you will feel able to talk about whatever is troubling you and start to externalise what you are feeling inside.

If you are a loved one struggling to accept your partner or child for who they are, transgender, Gay, Lesbian, Bi, or, you just want help in helping them by building a deeper understanding of what they are going through, then, I can help, please email me and set up a session.

If your relationship is affected by any of the above, I work with couples helping you to navigate the uncharted waters you might be facing, again, you are not alone, please email me and we can set up an appointment for you.

Finally, the areas outlined above include, Transgender, Gay, Lesbian and Bisexuality, sexuality, Kink, Polyamory, adults and young people all ages and generations. There is so much more, however, whatever is causing you to feel you need help, then I am here to offer support, please email me, the sooner we start working together the sooner you can start to feel better, don't sit on your hands.

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.

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.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I 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, marianneoakes62@gmail.com

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Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are as follows

Subsequent 1hr sessions £60ph, (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.


I am a full time counsellor.

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, marianneoakes62@gmail.com

Affinity Centre
Water Lane

Chapel En Le Frith
High Peak

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.


Marianne Oakes Counselling

Marianne Oakes Counselling