Paula Rustage

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MBACP Dip Couns
Available for new clients
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Manchester M20 & Cheadle SK8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I’m Paula and I'm glad you found my page. People seek counselling for all kinds of reasons, but perhaps you feel overwhelmed, stressed, stuck or worried about something that is happening in your life, or just not coping and know something needs to change. I provide support and guidance towards emotional healing, personal growth and change.

What I can help with

I help people with anxiety related issues, low mood, low self esteem, major life transitions, attachment issues and bereavement.  I have a keen interest in helping individuals going through relationship difficulties.  Whether you are facing challenges in your intimate partnership, family dynamics, or friendships, I am here to help you make sense of what is happening, explore the emotional and psychological impact and find a way forward.   Is the relationship making you unhappy and having a negative impact on your life?  Some of these issues can cause feelings of guilt, shame and anger, leading to poor communication and boundaries.  I will listen, support you and help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes.

I also have significant experience and additional training in bereavement counselling and I work alongside a bereavement support organisation. I understand the unique challenges that come with loss and grief as it can affect everyone so differently. 

My approach to counselling

I am a person centred counsellor offering a safe, confidential and warm environment and I welcome all of my clients with respect and acceptance.  Counselling is tailored to your unique individual needs and I will be lead by you. Some people have a very clear idea about the issues they wish to explore, others have an internal feeling that something isn’t right, but can’t put their finger on it. Person centred counselling isn’t about giving advice or telling you what to do, but helping you to gain clarity, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and cultivate a greater sense of self compassion, wellbeing and empowerment.  Whatever you are going through, I will be right beside you in a safe, supportive and caring way. 

In addition to my professional qualifications, I have a deep understanding of some of the complex and varied roles that we often take on in our lives. I believe that my lived experience can be a valuable asset in creating a space where you feel heard, understood and supported.

Starting counselling takes courage and the first step to reach out can sometimes feel like a challenge in itself. If you feel like you are struggling with any of the above, please get in touch.  I offer a free consultation so we can decide if we’re a good fit and for me to answer any questions you may have.

My practice is based in Didsbury and I have created a private, comfortable and calming environment.  It is a non judgemental, nurturing space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and problems.  I am empathetic and will always be open and honest in our relationship.   I have been described as calming, with a warm and gentle nature. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 ABC Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 ABC Counselling Concepts
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Cruse Bereavement Support Training
  • Menopause Related Research
  • Suicide Awareness Training
  • Certificate in Working Remotely

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Please contact me to arrange a free 20 minute consultation.

When I work

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Further information

I offer face to face sessions in Heaton Moor and remote sessions via telephone or Zoom.

Manchester, Lancashire, M20

Stockport Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


Paula Rustage
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