Peta O'Brien MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy - Registered MBACP
Warm and compassionate counselling
I strongly believe in the powerful effect counselling can have. I am passionate about empowering you through greater self-understanding, awareness and resilience to lead a more fulfilling and happier life. I believe that everyone has the capacity to make changes in their life or reach a greater acceptance of things that cannot be changed.
My aim is to provide you with a supportive and non-judgemental environment to explore your difficulties and experiences. I will work closely with you to understand what you would like from counselling.
I work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, childhood abuse, the effects of a controlling relationship and difficulties in adapting to life transitions such as retirement.
My counselling room is just off Cheadle High Street with lots of parking nearby and close to main bus routes.
How do I start counselling?
It can be very difficult to take the step to go to counselling and you may be anxious about the whole process. I offer a half-price no-obligation first session where we will meet and talk through what is causing you difficulties and what you would like from counselling. This will give you the opportunity to see what sessions will be like and if I am the right counsellor for you. I can refer you to another therapist if this is not the case. Please email or telephone me to arrange your first session.
If you wish to continue after the first session, then the following sessions will usually be weekly and last an hour. I offer short and long-term counselling. The number of sessions that people have is individual to each person and depends on what they require. It is up to you how long your counselling is and we will regularly review our work together. Most clients see changes within 6 to 12 sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy - University of Salford
- Diploma in Counselling Skills - The Manchester College
- Law LLB Honours - Nottingham Trent University
My primary training is in the person-centred approach. I have had additional training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and supporting adults who have suffered childhood abuse.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked as a solicitor. I gained extensive experience in handling claims for clients who suffered physical injury and psychological distress resulting from accidents. This led me to gain an in depth understanding of the effects of physical and emotional trauma.
I also understand the challenges of managing stress at work and the effects that stress can have on you both physically and emotionally.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Effects of a controlling relationship
Women's issues eg. menopause
Confidence and self-esteem
Concessions offered for
Membership and Insurance
- Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - registration number 379044
- Indemnity insurance with Oxygen
- £20 for the first one hour session
- £40 per hour for subsequent sessions
I offer £30 per hour for trainee counsellors and reduced rates for people on lower incomes (rate dependent on personal circumstances).
I offer daytime and evening appointments Monday to Friday and daytime appointments on Saturday.
I hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I attend seminars and training sessions regularly for continuing professional development and also undertake regular supervision to ensure that I give the best support to my clients.