Trish Pagan (PG DiP) Counselling & Psychotherapy
Feeling a bit lost, stuck, confused or unhappy but you're not sure why? Struggling with work, relationships or just not coping with what life throws at you? Perhaps you've lost someone or something important and you’re not sure how to make sense of it, how to adjust, or where you fit in the world?
Working with a counsellor can really help to unravel these feelings, thoughts and uncertainties. It can give you new perspectives on how you live your life now and how you see your hopes for the future. It can also bring you deeper self-awareness and help you to grow a healthy relationship with yourself, as well as with others.
I'm passionate about supporting clients to find their voice, to express their uniqueness. I'm warm, respectful and offer a safe, positive environment for you to be yourself and to be heard. I will help you explore and challenge your thinking and feeling in support of you finding ways of either accepting your experience or moving forward. I hope that working with me, you will learn more about yourself, feel happier and more ready and confident to make change for your future.
If you're looking for a calm and confidential space to think and make sense of your own story, I'd love to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Person-centred Counsellor, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (PGDip).
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), I work to their ethical framework to keep us both safe.
My client work has been mostly in a NHS setting from GP referrals, working with a wide age range of clients, of all backgrounds, supporting them with difficult life events and transitions. I have particular experience in working with bereavement and loss, including prolonged grief and bereavement by suicide. I have also worked with clients with life-limiting and chronic illness, and can help with feelings of low self-esteem, low mood, grief, anxiety, depression and relationships.
Before training as a counsellor, I built 20 years’ experience working predominantly in People and Development roles in business, supporting people with stress, overwhelm, work-related issues, low confidence and personal development challenges.
When not in private practice, I volunteer at a Manchester-based NHS Macmillan Centre, working with clients of all ages affected by cancer.
I have a special interest in the impact of bereavement on family relationships and dynamics, particularly sibling bereavement.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Grief, prolonged grief, bereavement by suicide, loss, life-limiting illness, childhood related issues, health related issues, personal development, personal identity, shame, anger, guilt, womens' issues, mens' issues.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I have some concessions available for clients on a low income, students, pensioners, by request.
For new clients, I offer a free, confidential, 20 minute phone call to answer any questions you might have, and to see if I can help with what's on your mind.
I offer our first 50 minute session at a reduced fee of £25. This gives more time for me to understand what brings you to counselling, what you are hoping to get from it, and importantly, how we both feel we might work together.
Please call or email me if you would like to arrange a first session.
I check emails regularly throughout the day, and if I can’t pick up your call, please leave a message and I'll contact you as soon as I possibly can, usually within 24 hours.
Weekday appointments are between 9.30am-5.30pm, including Lunchtime appointments.
Early mornings/ evenings can be arranged to try to accommodate busy lives.
My therapy room is situated in the Heaton Moor Counselling & Therapy Centre, Stockport. It is a large space which allows for good social distancing, with relevant Covid safety measures in place. There is easy access to local bus routes, the M60, and Heaton Chapel train station is a 10 minute walk from the centre. Street car parking is available around the centre.
I completely understand if you prefer to meet online until it feels safer for you. We can discuss options when we arrange your introductory session.
Client confidentiality and the protection of client data is very important to me, and I commit to handling your data with care and always in accordance with GDPR requirements. I can explain more about this in our initial conversation or during our first meeting.
I am fully insured and DBS checked.
I have regular supervision and attend CPD (Continual Professional Development) training to enhance my knowledge and practice, and to make sure that I am working with you in the best way I can and keeping you safe.