Meg Hughes, Dip. Psych, MBACP, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Supervision
Labyrinth Business Centre
43-47 Middle Hillgate
How can counselling help me?
When we are experiencing hard times it can be incredibly daunting to take those first steps towards help and support. This is where counselling or 'talking therapies' may be able to help.
My aim is to provide you with a professional, confidential counselling service in a safe, calm and compassionate environment. Here I can help you to fully explore your experiences and difficulties, identify what you would like instead and the options available to you to reach your goals so that you may live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Why choose me?
I have worked as a counsellor since 2009 and before that as a secondary school teacher. I have extensive experience of successfully working face to face and over the phone with adults, couples, children and young people (11yrs +). I am particularly experienced and interested in working with:-
- Relationship & Family Issues
- Trauma and its long term impact
- Bereavement, Loss & Grief
- Childhood & Adult Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
- New Parenting Skills
- Work and School Stress
I primarily utilise a branch of psychotherapy known as Transactional Analysis which can be modified and used in many different ways depending on your individual needs. I also draw upon and integrate different techniques from my Continual Professional Development training so as to tailor my approach to you as a unique individual.
These include Brainspotting; Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT); Inner Child Healing; Focusing; Mindfulness, Applied Relaxation & Guided Imagery; Drawing & Talking; Sand Play Therapy; Grounding, Self-compassion and Self-care strategies.
I am very passionate about empowering you with more knowledge and understanding about your experiences and increasing self-awareness/self-care through a holistic approach enabling you to have healthier perspectives of your life.
Please see 'Any further info' section to read testimonials from my clients and their experiences of counselling with me.
What to expect - The initial session?
I offer you a free no-obligation first session. This is an opportunity to meet and talk through the difficulties you are currently experiencing. You can ask any questions and I will explain how I work. We can then decide if we wish to work together. I am happy to refer you to other therapists if needed.
How long will I need to come for?
I offer both short, medium or long term therapy to suit your needs. The number of sessions that you might have varies from person to person. It is entirely up to you to decide the longevity of your therapy and we will regularly review our work together so that you can get the most out of your sessions.
Sessions are usually weekly or fortnightly.
Please feel free to contact me to arrange an initial appointment or to ask any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Education
- Certificate in Supervision 2016 (Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy)
- Certificate in Child and Adolescent Studies and Therapeutic Skills 2011 (Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy)
- Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy following 4 years extensive training (480 hrs) at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, Chorlton 2007- 2011
- PGCE Secondary Education. Manchester Metropolitan University. My teaching roles included Head of Geography, Second in Humanities, Geography Teacher, Head of Year and Primary Links Coordinator in three schools over ten years, Manchester. 1997-2007
- BSc( Honours) Geography
Safeguarding & Child Protection Update Oct 2018
Culturally & Linguistically Sensitive Supervision 2018
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice 2018
Treating PTSD, Trauma & Phobias With The Rewind Technique 2018
Brainspotting Phase 1, 2 & 3 Trauma Training 2017/2018/2019
AAMET Accredited EFT Level 1 and 2 Practitioner Training 2017
Meditation for Stress Course 2017
Drawing & Talking May 2017
Working safely with trauma 2016
Suicide Prevention training 2016
Freedom Programme Training & Safeguarding Vulnerable Women 2016
Self harming 2016
Being transgender 2016
Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 2015
Working with Relational Trauma - Disassociative Identity Disorder 2015
Sand Play Therapy 2015
Children, Young People - Loss, Death and Grief 2014
Focusing Skills Level 1 Certificate Course 2014
DBS and Professional Membership
- Current Enhanced DBS.
- Registered Member No: 048321 of the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young Person's Counsellor at Hyde Community College, Tameside (since 2012)
Clinical Supervisor supporting Trainee counsellors at Stockport College (since 2017)
Clinical Supervisor for Qualified Therapists working with CYP's & Adults (since 2016)
Clinical Supervisor for staff at Egerton High School, Manchester (since Jan 2018)
Volunteer Assessor & Counsellor at Stockport Women's Centre - September 2012 to July 2017.
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I am able to offer daytime and evening appointments Monday to Friday.
My room is conveniently located in central Stockport within easy walking distance of major bus routes and train station. Please see photos below of my room.
- Individual therapy sessions £45 per hour
- Couples therapy sessions £55 per hour
- Trainee Counsellor therapy sessions £30 per hour
- Reduced rates negotiated depending upon individual circumstances
- Please see my Supervisor Profile for supervision rates
Payment is to be made each session by cash or BACS.
I have been a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) since 2011 and Registered on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register since 2014. This register is accredited by the Professionals Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy. In order to maintain and develop my practice I receive regular supervision, ongoing personal therapy, and attend continuing professional development training events.
I have full and comprehensive indemnity insurance with Oxygen, Hiscox.
Testimonials from past and present clients:
'I started working with Meg at a difficult time, when I knew that I needed help but was very resistant to accepting it. I needed a therapist who I could respect and a model that had rigour. Meg provides both. I feel independent and really 'me' for the first time in my life.
'After having therapy with Meg for just a few months I can honestly say that I have made more progress within myself than ever before in my 42 years of life. Meg has helped me to deepen my understanding of who I am and with her support and guidance I have expanded my self awareness and started upon a path that I have been searching for my whole life.'
'Words cannot fully express how much working with Meg has helped me, both in my personal life and career. During some of the roughest points of my life our therapeutic relationship has given me hope, comfort, and stability when I had lost them and needed them so greatly. More than anything, our discussions helped me see my needs clearly as well as my own resources to cope and the stability and comfort I had forgotten I have within myself.'
'Through therapy with Meg I have a much better relationship with my partner, my children, my parents and friends. I'm more self aware, which means I notice when I'm upset, and can then work out what's going on and do something to help myself feel better. I accept myself more as I am, and am happier in my own skin. Being more accepting of myself means I'm more open and authentic with others, which in turn allows other people to be more open and authentic with me.'
'It was great to be really listened to without judgement. I could see everything much clearer and that helped me to decide what I wanted to do'
'Meg has helped me to stop obsessing over the past and worrying so much about the future. She has supported me to come to terms with difficult past experiences, and to leave them behind where they belong. Meg has also helped me move away from harmful coping strategies and develop healthy ways of dealing with scary feelings. I feel lighter as a result and more able to live in the here and now. I trust myself to be able to face whatever life throws at me, by taking care of myself and asking others for support when I need to.'
Thank you for reading my profile and I look forward to hearing from you.
Please do contact me if you would like to arrange an initial appointment or have any questions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My office is on the 2nd floor and involves climbing 2 flights of stairs.
Monday 9am-9pm Tuesday 9am-9pm Wednesday 9am-4pm Friday 9am-4pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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