Stephanie Jones - MBACP PgDip BSc (Hons) Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist
“I cannot recommend Steph highly enough. A genuinely warm and caring person with razor-sharp perception for honing in on the issues. Always supportive and bringing insightful contributions to the sessions.” – Anon (October, 2018)
A very warm welcome to my page - thanks for having a look!
Before you continue reading, you should know that you won't find any 'hard sell' here! The therapist and client match is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle - it has to be the right fit! I offer a free full session (50-mins) to see if I am the right therapist for you. You're under no obligation to decide on the day - I'd much rather you go away and think about it.
Starting counselling is often quite a scary prospect. You may already feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of therapists available in your local area:-
What do the different qualifications and approaches mean?
Who is most experienced?
Who will be able to help me the best?!
Aaaagh!! Don't worry, you can relax! ☺️
Although there are many different types of therapy to choose from, the one thing that nearly all counsellors can agree on is that the relationship is the most important aspect of therapy.
I am a warm, friendly, genuine, professional, experienced and highly-qualified therapist who loves what she does.
- You know your problems inside out but still can’t seem to resolve them.
- You have talked your issues through deeply with those closest to you but still feel stuck.
- You’re doing your very best but can’t seem to unlock your full potential.
- You become overwhelmed by your feelings and can’t seem to control them.
Together we will start to unravel the underlying reasons you’re seeking support. This might include looking back in time to see what brought us here, and discussing where you’d like to be in the future.
We will look at the things that are helping you in life (your inner resources) and the things that aren’t so useful (maybe self limiting beliefs or certain coping strategies). Therapy is about helping you broaden your current awareness, break out of old patterns and see the additional pieces of the puzzle just outside your reach.
We all need a helping hand from time to time so let’s get started – I am trained to help you solve your problems.
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Real - authentic - warm
My professional BACP-accredited University Post graduate Diploma and further ongoing clinical training has equipped me with a broad range of practical and theoretical approaches to draw from including: person-centred therapy (Rogerian), integrative, humanistic, attachment theories, cognitive, behavioural (including CBT), transactional analysis, transference, life scripts, ego states, self-compassion, psycho-educational, mindfulness, spiritual, holistic and psychodynamic elements.
However training doesn’t just stop when you qualify! I’m registered with the BACP which means I agree to a further 30-hours study every year (minimum) allowing me to continuously evolve as a practitioner. I'm currently undertaking a practitioner course in neuro-linguistic programming and a certificate in transformational life coaching.
No rest for the wicked!
Ultimately I believe we’re all different and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to psychological support. Together we will figure out which strategies works best for you.
Areas of Specialism:
Love and relationship issues, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, phobias, stress, increasing motivation, finding your true potential, increasing confidence/ self-esteem, abandonment/ rejection, abuse (including childhood), guilt, shame, panic disorders, attachment issues, borderline personality disorder (BPD), sexual issues and self-harm.
A bit about me:
Prior to my training I used to juggle two careers simultaneously – one in ‘sensible’ project management and one in ‘not-so-sensible’ radio broadcasting (XFM, BBC, Galaxy, SHOCK FM, Manchester Radio Online, 106.6fm, FAB Radio International).
Nowadays aside from running my full-time private practice I am also a published writer (Therapy Today (BACP), Counselling Directory, The Counsellor’s Café Magazine, KEIA Wellbeing, Sounds Magazine, Manchester Evening News), mental health blogger and am busy working on a book.
I’m deeply interested in psychology, intuition, awareness and mysticism. There’s far more going on in our own minds than most of us realise yet it’s often our ‘unconscious processes’ which steers the ship! My other passion is for music – I sing, play guitar and drum although thankfully not during a session...
Being dealt a difficult hand does not mean you are destined for a bleak future.
Like everyone- I am flawed, imperfect and human. I’ve been through my own fair share of personal struggles and believe this gives me a greater degree of empathy to support our working collaboration. Although the journey may seem challenging, I promise to treat you respect and empathy as we figure out a way forward together.
There is no need to limit yourself in our sessions and I promise to accept you just as you are. Although therapy can feel very scary and intimidating at first I will do my absolute best to guide you through the process and make you feel at ease.
Understandably one of the first questions people ask is how long will I be in therapy? It’s almost impossible to answer this – in context – if you were to ask me how long would it take to unravel a piece of string, I’d need to know how long the string was to begin with!
We all go at our own pace in counselling and the length of time spent is usually relative to the depth you wish to explore and how quickly you can grasp the concepts. Unlike many counsellors, I do not ask anyone to commit to a minimum of sessions upfront and our sessions are open-ended which means that you determine when you are ready to finish.
All sessions last for 50-minutes and held weekly either in person or via Skype.
How does therapy work?
For more information on this please visit my website https://stephjonescounselling.co.uk/how-does-therapy-work/
My consulting room:
I work from a quiet, comfortable discreet location in Stockport designed to help you feel safe and relaxed as you discuss your concerns. There is ample street parking available and my practice is directly opposite the 328 bus stop.
I am close to the M60 (Pyramid Junction 1) and Stockport train station with good regular transport links from Manchester, South Manchester and the surrounding Cheshire areas (Full address details will be provided upon contact).
Nearest train stations:
Stockport (0.7 miles)
Woodsmoor (1.3 miles)
Cheadle Hulme (1.6 miles)
Davenport (1.7 miles)
Heaton Chapel (2.1 miles)
Hazel Grove (2.3 miles)
East Didsbury (2.4 miles)
Gatley (2.5 miles)
Bramhall (2.5 miles)
Burnage (2.6 miles)
Suitable for wheelchair access
For more information, read testimonials or even subscribe to my blog please visit: www.stephjonescounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
- Director of MIND Manchester Mental Health Charity
- Family Support Lead/ Bereavement Counsellor/ Counselling Co-ordinator at local hospice
- Counsellor at the Manchester and Salford Counselling Service
- Counsellor at AGE UK Tameside
- Board Member on Domestic Abuse Management Group - Manchester City Council
- Director of Healthwatch Oldham (Patient involvement/ advocacy)
- Director of CN4M
- Deputy Manager at Oldham Carers Centre (Adult Social Care)
- Lead Trainer and Course Author of 6-week Mindfulness, Introduction to CBT and Stress Reduction course, The Link Centre
- Lead Trainer and Course Author of 6-week Bereavement, Grief and Loss programme delivered across Tameside and Glossop
- Member of the Association of Bereavement Service Co-ordinators (ABSCo)
- 10+ years of Senior Project Manager experience across a variety of sectors
- Published mental health writer (Therapy Today (BACP), Counselling Directory, The Counsellor’s Café Magazine, KEIA Wellbeing, Sounds Magazine, Manchester Evening News)
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies - Professional training (University of Salford/ BACP-accredited course) including:
- Person-Centred Theory and Practice (Distinctions)
- Mental Health for Counsellors (Distinctions)
- Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Research Methods in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinctions)
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Salford)
- BSc (Hons) - 1st Class honours degree including Grosvenor Prize Award for Best Final Year Student (Leeds Beckett University)
- Higher National Diploma - Distinction (The University of Salford)
- TA101 Transactional Analysis Training - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
- Getting the Most out of Counter-transference (Object Relation Theory) - The Horsforth Centre
- Holistic practitioner (including First and Second Degree in Usui Reiki)
- PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner
- ILM Level 3 in Management
- Working with Bereavement, Grief and Loss (multiple training providers)
- Safeguarding Adults
- Safeguarding Children
- Equality and Diversity
- Essentials of Information Governance
- Clinical Audit (Tameside & Glossop PCT)
- End of Life and Palliative Care (Macmillan Cancer Support)
- Enhanced DBS checked (annually)
- Fully insured through Holistic Insurance
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and working towards further accreditations
- Approved by Accredited Register Scheme (Professional Standard Authority)
- I receive monthly casework support with a highly skilled and qualified supervisor
- I work within the guidance expressed within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
- Certificate in Transitional Life Coaching
- Practitioner Certificate in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
- The Yoga of Relationships: Exploring Connection and Sexuality Through the Lens of the Soul (Love Serve Remember Foundation)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic Boredom
- Confidence building
- Control issues
- Elderly issues
- Financial concerns
- Historical abuse
- Imposter Syndrome
- Internet addiction
- Intrusive thoughts
- Medically Unexplained Symptoms
- Porn/ pornography addiction
- Social media addiction
- Wedding nerves
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
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Initial 50-min appointment- free
£45 individuals (1:1 or online)
£60 couples (in person only)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Counselling?
Counselling provides you with an opportunity to explore yourself and your presenting issues in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential way. The process can foster growth and lead to positive changes in your life. Common to the beliefs of many it is not about advice-giving and is typically a shorter-term intervention.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy focuses on you gaining deep insight into the problems you face. It explores your thoughts, feelings and the significant events in your life, observing how they might be affecting the present. Psychotherapy aims to help you develop or find suitable ways of coping and is usually a longer-term intervention.
What can I talk about?
Anything and everything. You decide which issues concerning your childhood and/or adulthood you want to explore. There are no topics ‘off-limits’ and you are encouraged to talk freely about whatever is on your mind.
“But you can’t tell me anything I don’t already know!”
Whilst that’s completely true (therapists aren’t the expert in your life, you are!) we have years of training so that we can listen out for any emerging themes, patterns, and psychological defence mechanisms which may be significantly impacting our lives and relationships.
Often when we’re in something it can be hard to see the woods for the trees. Therapy helps us helicopter above the trees and give us a clearer line of sight.
Are your needs being met?
We are all born knowing what our needs are. As babies we indicate to others what we want – food, warmth, a cuddle – but as we grow that inner guidance can get muffled. We learn to keep our feelings private in case we are judged or rejected and we feel selfish for putting ourselves first.
We run around trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations! We feel tangled up, burned out, confused, frustrated, conflicted, anxious, depressed, guilty, and maybe even resort to self-medicating ourselves just to switch off.
How can therapy help?
Through the process of therapy, you can learn to really listen to your needs and wants, separate out any negative or unhelpful ideas keeping you from your goals, and begin the process of real self-acceptance. It’s not always an easy or linear process but the results are incredibly rewarding and potentially life-changing.
“I’m not sure what my problem is, I just know I don’t feel OK.”
Don’t worry, you’re not alone – many people aren’t clear in the beginning and discovering where the issues lie is a natural part of the process. If you would like to understand your feelings a little better you can always visit the NHS mood assessment - https://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Mood-self-assessment.aspx
Everything discussed during our sessions will remain completely confidential and not shared with anyone else. Exceptions to this rule will be outlined in our initial consultation so you are clear on the boundaries. In accordance with BACP ethical standards I receive monthly clinical supervision however any cases discussed are totally anonymised.
General Data Protection Regulation (changes from the Data Protection Act 1998)
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that you understand the nature of the data I collect about you. I have produced a summary document which you will be required to sign and return if we choose to work together.
You can find and download the document here: https://stephjonescounselling.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/gdpr-statement.pdf.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Accessible via the front door (28" width) which has a small 4" step (I can provide assistance if required). My work space is all hard-flooring and access to the therapy room is also 28" wide. Unfortunately I have no accessible toilet facilities.
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|