Sheila Darbey

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BA Hons Psychology /Advanced Counselling Practitioner
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Manchester, Greater Manchester, M30 0RP
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About me

Hi my Name is Sheila Darbey. I have practiced and trained potential counsellors for the past 20 years. My counselling service is largely Person Centred but I will use other therapeutic approaches when required e.g. Art Therapy. Person Centred means I work in colloraboration with my clients but they are in the 'driving' seat of their own counselling experience. This is because I believe with my help, you can identify your own problems and resolutions to whatever problems or difficulties there may have been or you are still currently troubled by.   I have a great success in enabling and empowering clients to live productive and drama reduced lives.               

Training, qualifications & experience

I have Degrees in Counselling and Psychology.  I have an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Theory and Practice. I currently  work as a Private Practitioner and a Lecturer and Trainer for the Level 2,  3 & 4 in counselling,  including an array of Introductory Courses.  I am am a registered member of the BACP.  Working as a trainer and counsellor in women's refuges, addiction support services, drug rehabilitation/detox and  mentoring programmes in schools and FE, this has given me insights into many psycho-socio-emotional problems such as cultural identity displacement, despair, narcissitic parents, school/workplace bullying, isolation/loneliness, domestic abuse, co-dependency, self harm, addiction, eating disorders , toxic relationships,  sexual abuse, sexual offending and substance misuse.

My experience a counsellor has been further enhanced by working as a teacher for almost 40years and as a teacher/trainer for several Drugs and Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health, Aging and Homeless organisations which enabled and supported the service users with issues such a dependency, addiction, self sabbotage/destruction, childhood trauma and harm reduction again with many clients moving on to volunteering, counselling training and support work after recieving counselling.

Currently my focus is developing my skills as a 'trauma informed' therapist since I believe childhood trauma is an undiagnosed global pandemic.

Finally, I would like to describe myself as a warm but extremely experienced & professional counsellor/therapist who has direct personal experience of the 'healing journey'.  Counselling/Therapy helps tremendously in overcoming life's adversities and complications.   

To date  my work has nothing but positive feedback from clients and organisational partnerships.

Previous Clients Reviews:-

"Counselling has really helped me to understand my thoughts and feelings around my traumatic childhood sexual abuse "

"Counselling has given me the opportunity to understand my extreme anxiety and depression and find hope to move forward!"

"Talking about my abuse from my childhood helped me to let the pain it caused me to connect, understand and heal.  I feel lighter in heart and able to live my life much more successfully!".

"My relationship with my wife was on the 'rocks' and after couselling we want to be together and feel positive about our relationship for the firs time in years".


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.

Areas of counselling I deal with


£50.00 - £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

My fees can be income dependent.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I offer face to face counselling but am happy to offer online counselling.

18 Green Lane, Eccles, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M30 0RP

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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