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Chartered Clinical Psychologist, AFBPsS.

About me

My name is Dr Stephen Hoole, I have worked in the caring professions for 18 years and for the last 8 years as a qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC, as well as being a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

I work exclusively online with clients over the age of 18, who are experiencing psychological distress in different ways; be that depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, work problems, or a general accumulation of life stressors.

I approach each client as an individual, listen to their story and tailor an intervention based on their personal situation and needs. Through collaborative discussion, we will work toward fresh understanding and new ways of coping.

Three steps to booking your first session:

  1. Please either call direct on the number above, or use the 'Message me' tab to request a call back. I will spend up to 15 minutes with you on the telephone discussing what the main issues are and how I might be able to help.
  2. If we agree that we can work together, we can book in a time for a first appointment - you will receive email and text confirmations along with the video link you will need to access the appointment (a guide to using the technology will also be included as a link).
  3. I will then email you some documents to review and complete securely online, prior to our first session, detailing what I offer so that you can be 100% sure about proceeding. These must be returned in advance for the initial session to go ahead.

Training, qualifications & experience

I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and specialised in psychodynamic approaches to therapy in order to get to the root of people's issues and begin the healing process.

Doctoral level training however includes a variety of therapeutic approaches, which means that I am not limited by a specific type of therapy; I draw heavily on psychodynamic approaches, but also attachment theory, narrative therapy, mindfulness, CBT, and DBT skills. Through assessment and formulation, we can work together to find the best therapy approach for you.

I have extensive experience in both the public and charity sectors, having been a Senior Clinical Psychologist in an NHS secondary care setting (severe and enduring mental health), and more recently the Coordinator of Clinical Services for a Manchester based Christian charity, as well as having experience of the private sector via my own private practice.

In the last few years, my practice has moved online and in order to ensure quality and excellence I have undertaken further training in online and telephone counselling. I now work exclusively in online therapy within my private practice.

Over the years I have helped many different people tell their stories in a safe and empathic therapy setting. Working together to understand the issues arising, and developing new ways of coping together, has led to many life-changing outcomes. If you are ready to take your own first step towards change, through therapy, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Men or Women in Religious Life / Clergy Welfare.


£120.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Also a registered provider for the insurer Cigna Healthcare.

Pay By: Bank transfer

When I work

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Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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