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About me

Try Talking is my person centred counselling service established to provide support during life changing events that impact our identity and sense of who we are, potentially causing feelings of loss, instability and confusion.

Life changing events can be voluntary, such as changing your career, or they can also be unplanned, such as an injury that prevents you pursuing the sport you love, either way the change may take some getting used to.

The therapy offered by by me at Try Talking will encourage you to talk about what you are going through, explore feelings, thoughts and reflect on behaviours that will hopefully enable you to process what has or is happening and help you adjust.

I believe dealing with life changing events to be a personal process and whether planned or not it may take a concerted effort to come to terms with. As a result the counselling session content will be led by you and I will offer a confidential and supportive relationship within which you can trust and feel safe.

I aim to support you through your process of change to the point at which you feel stable, confident and most importantly, yourself.

For more information view my website www.trytalking.org.uk, visit my instagram profile @shelleytrytalking or on facebook search for @trytalkingltd to view weekly updates.

or email me at shelley@trytalking.org.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters (MSc) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BSc Hons Psychology and Counselling
  • BSc Hons Quality Management

During my training I took a voluntary counsellor role at Trafford Carers Centre and as a result I offered counselling to those caring for elderly parents, dependent children and those who were looking after there spouses suffering from dementia or other illnesses. I have continued this role with a couple of voluntary hours a week supporting those who are dedicating their time to care for others.  In many ways these carers have experienced a significant change in lifestyle, career and financial situation in order to take care of their loved one.  Supporting them through this process and the mental health impact it has is one of my passions.

I have also worked with clients in abusive and coercive relationships as they took steps for independence once recognising the truth of their position. Relationship breakdowns are common concern for my clients and although I do work 1-2-1 with such clients in some cases this means working with couples.

Clients suffering with anxiety, depression and overwhelming feelings following events outside of their control is common place. It's incredibly rewarding when clients are able to explore and process what has happened, recognise and learn about themselves in order to build resilience and confidence for their future.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sports related issues

Being a sports person whether amateur or professional requires dedication, commitment and sacrifice, varying depending on how important our chosen sport is to us as an individual and to us within our social network.

But what if all the benefits of sport and physical activities are taken away from you through injury, work commitments, your age, your face not fitting or many other reasons individual to you, how will you deal with it?

Try Talking counselling is here to help you through this process in preparation to ease your transition, during a period of injury or once you have retired and you are rebuilding.

eSports issues

If you consider yourself part of the e-Sport or video game culture, whether you prefer multiplayer games with your mates or you have dedicate your life to making gaming your profession, your gaming maybe effecting your mental health.

In the highly competitive environment of e-Sports it’s no surprise that maintaining your gaming status, handling stresses of competition and coping with the highs and lows of performances, can take its strain on gamers.

Try Talking recognises the significance of e-sports in your life and offers independent and confidential support to those who are struggling.

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions are typically £45, but a discounted rate can be agreed for block bookings of 6 sessions paid in advance £240, saving clients £30 or £5 per session.

Try Talking also aims to partner with sporting organisations to provide members and coaching staff with mental health support. Partnership agreements include negotiated fees and often include services being run from partner facilities.

As a result of partnership agreements, members of Intensifit Gym Manchester and Eccles RFC can experience an additional discount.


Appointments are available Mondays through to Fridays  9am until 8pm.

Via Zoom video call, telephone, face to face and walk and talk.

Further information

Sessions can be conducted via:

  • Zoom video calling
  • Face to face (multiple locations)
  • Telephone
  • Walk and Talk (convenient locations agreed on booking)
  • Group therapy is also available

For more information view my website www.trytalking.org.uk, visit my instagram profile @shelleytrytalking or on facebook search for @trytalkingltd to view weekly updates.

Intensifit Gym
63 Weymouth Rd
Greater Manchester
M30 8TH

Blend Centre
9A Northenden Road
Greater Manchester
M33 2DH

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.

My Sale M33 practice is upstairs, with a seated stair lift. My Eccles practice M30 is ground floor wheelchair accessible.


Shelley Maddocks

Shelley Maddocks