Theresa Derbyshire,BACP senior accred,M.A couns,Dip couns, IAPTcouns\supervisor

Theresa Derbyshire,BACP senior accred,M.A couns,Dip couns, IAPTcouns\supervisor

High Peak

Greater Manchester

07508 777637

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About me


I am a senior accredited counsellor with over thirty years  experience of  working in the NHS, the  private and  voluntary sector. I have worked for 21 years as a counsellor  NHS primary care. I am  registered with the British association of counselling and psychotherapy as a senior accredited counsellor\psychotherapist offering both short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy. I am a highly experienced and safe practitioner. I offer an initial free with no obligation to return 30 minute appointment to see if I'm the right therapist for you.

Who I work with

I have extensive experience in working with people from a vast array of backgrounds and cultures who are suffering from various levels of difficulty.

  • I work with clients who are struggling with the impact of often extreme difficult emotional experiences  whether they be current or in the past.
  • I am  highly experienced in working with people who have suffered trauma, though sexual /physical/emotional abuse and domestic violence.
  • I am extremely familiar with working with loss and all its forms and its impact e.g. bereavement, separation, divorce, miscarriage, termination , loss of health, loss of job etc.
  • I am exceptionally experienced in working with people who have difficulties in relationships with other people.
  • Often people I see have lack of confidence, very low self esteem  and difficulties with trusting others.
  • I  work with people who struggle with a lack of identity or sense of self.
  • I  am very familiar with working with people who are suffering from depression and anxiety.

Due to my long term practice I am competent and experienced in dealing with many different problems (See list below for more 'Areas of counselling I deal with.')

How I work

I am an integrative therapist, highly skilled in several models of counselling\psychotherapy in which I have trained in to meet clients specific needs. Each person is different , therefore  no one therapy  suits  every  individual .My underlying philosophy is person centred,  offering a warm non-judgemental,  empathic and honest relationship which encourages clients to explore and make sense of difficult feelings and experiences. This  then helps them  develop greater insight  into  the issues they bring and discover new  ways  of dealing with them.
My aim is to listen  and work in such a way that offers understanding support and integrity and goes at the clients pace.At the beginning of therapy we  explore  your needs and the ways we could work  together that you may find of most benefit and our approach is mutually agreed.

The therapeutic models  I draw from are:

-Person centred.
-Transactional analysis
-Solution focused.
-Person centred art therapy skills
-CFD (counselling for depression) recommended by the Department of Health's NICE guidelines as evidence based treatment for depression 

What clients have gained.

Clients I have seen have experienced improvements in their relationships with others and have been able to understand their  feelings better. They have gained more self confidence and self esteem. It can be quite difficult  to talk about feelings to those closest to us . Some clients  have spoken about things in sessions that they have never shared with anyone else.

Clients have spoken about extremely painful experiences and through exploration have been able to look at things from a different perspective  and been able to move to a position of still remembering  what has happened but feeling less raw, less trapped and more hopeful.

Clients have gained realisations about themselves in relation to themselves and others and made positive changes. Other clients have regained their own self worth and in some cases a reason to carry on living.

Getting started
To get started please give me a ring on the above telephone number or email me to arrange an initial no cost with no obligation to return 30 minute introductory meeting. This is to see if I am the right therapist for you. We can discuss what you want to get out of counselling and  I will share with you what I can offer.

You may want to have a think before arranging any further sessions and get in touch at a later date or you may be decide quite quickly. If we do agree to work together, we can then arrange when to meet and how often .  Alternatively If you do not wish to have counselling with me that is fine. it is important that you feel comfortable with who you see and that your counsellor can meet your needs.

I have a practice room  in Romiley, Stockport . It is close to a car park, a main bus route and the railway station. It is 10 minutes drive from Stockport town centre and the M60/M67.

Training, qualifications & experience

EMDR therapy training part 1,2,3 and 4. 2019 EMDR masterclass.

IAPT compliant CFD (Counselling for depression) supervisor 2013 Keele University

IAPT compliant  CFD (Counselling for depression) counsellor 2012 Keele University

BACP senior accredited counsellor  2009

Certificate in Person centred art therapy skills 2007  PCAT

BACP accreditation 2003

M.A. in Counselling 2000 The University of Manchester

Diploma in counselling 1992 Manchester Metropolitan University
One year course in group analysis. Group Analysis North

Advanced Psychodrama course British Association for Psychodrama

Registered Mental Nurse 1985 English National Board

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Other experience:
I have extensive experience in working with young people  16 upwards and young adults, besides other age groups i.e. adults and older people.
I have  vast  experience with working with groups having facilitated supportive psychotherapy groups, self harm support groups, groups for victims of bullying.
I am also an experienced counselling supervisor.


Free initial introductory 30 minute meeting

Ongoing counselling sessions £45.00 for 50 minutes.

Further information

Work experience

I have been working in private practice as a counsellor\psychotherapist for over 21 years. I have worked for 9 years  within primary care mental health within the NHS  as a counsellor with adults. I have also previously worked as an NHS counselling service manager for 13 years and a nurse psychotherapist in a psychotherapeutic programme at Cheadle Royal hospital for 7 years. I have also worked in the voluntary sector and NHS as a young persons counsellor. I have also previously taught counselling at Diploma level at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I initially trained as a registered mental nurse where I learnt that people could overcome mental health problems if they were given the opportunity to talk through them with someone who understood and listened with integrity.

Maps & Directions

High Peak, SK23
Stockport, SK6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training


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