Stephen Garvey

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Fully Qualified Person Centred Counsellor, NCPS accredited.
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Liverpool, Merseyside, L37
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello,  I’m Stephen 

Life can be challenging. Sometimes overwhelming.

You may feel unheard, unsupported, and not able to see a way through your difficulties. Even if you have family and friends around you, it can feel as if nobody knows you, your uniqueness and the pains and struggles that you have. Sometimes it is those close to us that are the problem!

Whether you are facing relationship difficulties, navigating life transitions, managing stress and anxiety, or simply seeking personal growth, I am here to provide support tailored to your unique needs.

Through a blend of therapeutic techniques, open dialogue, and a commitment to your well-being, we will embark on a journey to bring you positive change and self-discovery.

Counselling with me can help you process  difficult emotions and bring clarity to your life and make a real difference to your future. Rather than struggling alone, working with me can accelerate your progress in overcoming difficulties.

Previous clients have told me that they feel quickly at ease with me, and are able to talk openly and fully about what they are feeling, sometimes for the first time with anyone. And I want that for you too. You may contact me for a free no obligation phone conversation, to see if you comfortable discussing what brings you to counselling.

If you decide to work with me, I can help you find a way forward with whatever challenges you face, and perhaps to make changes to help you feel happier and more content.  

Why do people come to counselling?

Breakdowns of close relationships, loneliness, general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, low self confidence, feeling discontented and disappointed with life and being adrift, and coping with bereavement  are some of the reasons, amongst many others, that people seek and then make a decision to get support, and these are areas in which I have particular experience.

How could counselling help you?

Sometimes we just need another person to fully listen to us, without judgement or offering us solutions. To be heard and accepted, even if at first it is hard to put your thoughts and feelings into words.

At the moment, you might feel:

anxious about the prospect of talking about yourself 

overwhelmed by the choice and numbers of therapists available and the prospect of making that first contact.

Or you might find the idea of change through therapy difficult if not impossible to achieve.

If you haven’t spoken to a therapist before it may all seem a bit intimidating, and you may not be sure if it’s right for you, or the right time.

I do find that sometimes people think that their problems are “trivial” compared to others, or so long standing and not somehow worthy of counselling. They are not trivial. If you are looking into finding a counsellor, then there are life issues that I as a counsellor  can help with.

Why choose me?

My clients tell me that our sessions have helped them greatly, whether that be, for example, reducing anxiety or improving relationships. The most important thing when choosing a therapist  is to choose someone you feel comfortable with. Someone who “gets” you. Aside from my training, I will simply be a person who is with you fully as we explore life’s challenges.

A relationship between a counsellor and client grows over time, but often your first “gut instinct” on meeting a counsellor is the best predictor of how good the relationship is likely to be.

Because if you don't feel comfortable, you won't feel safe enough to talk honestly and trust them, and then your therapy won't be effective. Meeting with me does not commit you to anything other than being in that session with me.

My clients have said that being listened to without someone offering advice or trying to fix them as if they are broken, and being able to speak freely without being judged has helped them be more open and authentic in other relationships, and more self accepting, and has helped them clarify changes they want to make in their lives, reduce anxiety, grow in confidence and to find new understanding of their grief or difficulties

Counsellors very often talk about offering  a safe, supportive and nonjudgemental space. What does that mean?

We will meet in my private and comfortable therapy room. I will hold what we talk about in confidence, and I will listen to all you bring, including those parts that may make you feel vulnerable, embarrassed or ashamed. That part of you that doesn’t know where to start. I will accept all of you, including all the emotions you would not usually talk about.

I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation without obligation, so  I can find out a little bit more about you, explain a little more about counselling and my approach, and you can decide if you want to book a session. The first step is to phone or email me, and we can set up a time for us to talk.

How to get in touch.

 If you text or leave a voice mail, I will almost always respond within one working day. Your voice mail or text will only be seen by me. Alternatively, drop me an email to:

Your email will only be seen by me, and I will always respond promptly.

As a counsellor and psychotherapist I regularly undergo my own therapy and personal development work. This ensures that I never forget how it feels to sit in the clients' seat and can respond to the feelings of vulnerability that sometimes arise for everyone who goes for counselling and psychotherapy. It is a normal part of the therapy process to feel this. Making your first approach to a therapist is a brave and sometimes daunting thing to do.

What qualifies me to do this?

I am trained and qualified and experienced in person centred counselling. What this means is that I see you as the expert on yourself. I can assist you in bringing clarity to your thoughts and emotions, and provide a safe space to express how you feel.

I am a member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and I follow its ethics for good practice, and adhere to their recommendation for regular clinical supervision. I hold an enhanced DBS check, and I am fully insured.

 Most importantly, I offer a warm and empathic space to explore at a pace that feels right to you, exploring all the issues that are impacting on your life.

Please do get in touch and I can assure you that you will be welcomed and that I will give you my full commitment to assisting you.

I specialise in:

Affairs and betrayal 

Low self confidence

Family challenges


Workplace bullying 



Grief and bereavement

Pet bereavement 


Spiritual Crisis and Awakening

Training, qualifications & experience

Many years experience of counselling and resolving interpersonal conflicts. I hold levels 2, 3 and  4 diplomas in Person Centered Counselling, with training in Gestalt and Existential psychotherapy. I have worked for a bereavement charity as a counsellor, and have completed specialised bereavement training.  I work as a volunteer Samaritan.  I have  a post graduate certificate in dispute resolution, and I’m a qualified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I am trained in conflict coaching and have taken part in numerous developmental programmes to grow my ability to help others. 

Member organisations

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation. We will use that time to find out a little about what brings you to counselling and I’ll explain my approach. If you decide to work with me, my fee is 50. 00 . I also offer sessions at Ghosh Medical Services, Rodney Street, Liverpool each Tuesday, please see their website for details.

When I work

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Further information

Counselling  will take place in my garden office, which is comfortable, private and discrete. There is plenty of free on road parking. I also offer phone or online counselling.

Liverpool, Merseyside, L37

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Stephen Garvey
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