Vanessa Black

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MA Counselling BSc MBACP (Accred) and Clinical Supervisor
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Manchester M25 & M45
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About me

Welcome to my profile. 

I am an accredited integrative individual and couple Counsellor & Psychotherapist  and I welcome anyone who feels that psychotherapy and counselling may be of help. I work with children, young people , and adults and couples. 

I use a compassion focussed therapy (CFT) approach to explore difficult feelings such as stress, anxiety or depression, which often get in the way of personal relationships, work or studies. These emotions sometimes can make people feel unhappy or angry and often hopeless and stuck.

if you have any questions feel free to call me on 07974009946 or email me and we can arrange a FREE online or telephone consultation. 

I strive to work with you to reach a joint understanding, an agreement on how to best help. Committed to enhancing people’s experience of their internal world and ability to take more pleasure in their life and achieve a sense of wellbeing.

I have many years of experience within  the NHS, Private and Voluntary sector. I run workshops and CPD events for those seeking personal and professional development. I have worked with people experiencing chronic mental health problems and addictions. Currently I am working as a Play Therapist, Child and Adult Therapist for a cancer charity in Manchester, providing support to families affected by a cancer diagnosis.

I describe myself as an Integrative psychotherapist and play therapist, drawing on different approaches such as Psychodynamic ideas, Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy,Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, and Systemic Thinking, as best suit each individual.

 I am currently offering counselling face to face, as well as online therapy, by telephone and in nature (walk and talk)

I invite you to contact me to arrange a free 30 minute telephone or video consultation, where you can find out more about the way I work, as well as having any questions answered.

Training, qualifications & experience


MA Counselling (Merit):Manchester University

Diploma in Intregrative Counselling :Manchester University

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling : University of Salford

Certificate in Person Centre Counselling: University of Salford

BPS Approved Certificate in Supervision

Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling

Post Graduate Certificate in 3rd Wave CBT (Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy) 

Postgraduate Certificate in Therapy with Children and Families

I have completed training in the following areas:

Emotion Focussed Therapy level 2C - University of Strathclyde ( May 2024) 

Emotion Focussed Therapy level 2b- Robert Elliot University of  Strathclyde ( March 2022) 

Emotion Focussed Therapy level 2a - Robert Elliot University of Strathclyde (November 2021)

Emotion Focussed Therapy level 1 - Robert Elliot University of Strathclyde (August 2021)

Compassion Focussed Chairwork & Digital Applications - Tobyn Bell & Alison Dixon ( February 2021)

Existential Issues: Life and Death in Supervision -University of Salford (August 2020)

2 Day Reflective Practice to Working Online (  April 2020)

Moving Your Practice Online (2020)

Mindfulness for Stress- Breathworks (2020)

Rewind Trauma Therapy (2018)

Critical Incident Debriefing (2018)

Nature Therapy Workshop –(2017)

Trauma Training -Acute Crisis Intervention - Dr Mosche Farci  (2017)

Post Incident Support – Memory Structured Intervention (Dr Moshe Farchi June 2017)

Monsters and Messes: Neuro-Dramatic Play in action; An Attachment Based Intervention (presented by Dr Sue Jennings February 2019)

Person –centred Supervision – Richard Bracegirdle . Salford University (2019)

Just the Three of Us (Couples Therapy) – Sarah Eccleson – Salford University (2019)

Transactional Analysis –  Dr Marks Widdowson – Salford University ( 2019)

Working with mental health in the workplace: developing and enhancing your portfolio –(2019)

Compassion Focussed Therapy from The Inside Out – presented by Tobyn Bell (2019)

Compassion Focussed Therapy in Supervision -Tobyn Bell  (2018)

Compassion Focussed Therapy Advanced Clinical Skills - presented by Proffesor Paul Gilbert MBE (2017)

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance (2015)

Core Principles and Techniques in Meta Cognitive Therapy -Presented by Professor Adrian Wells and Professor Hans Nordahl (2016)

Meta Cognitive Therapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Presented by Professor Adrian Wells and Professor Hans Nordahl (2016)

Introduction to Play Therapy - Place2Be (2012)

Working with the Metaphor -Place2Be (2012)

Attachment Theory & Self Awareness of Counsellor -Place2Be (2012)

Helping Children Tell Their Stories --Place2Be (2012)

Understanding & Supporting People who Self-Harm --Place2Be (2013)

Working with Diversity & Differences-Place2Be (2013)

Children’s Emotional Wellbeing --Place2Be (2013)

Working with Parents --Place2Be (2013)

Art Therapy as Self-Care for Helping Professions (2013)

Training for Trainers  (2014)

CBT Boot Camp -Christine Padesky (2014)

The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups (2014)

Hi Supporting Suddenly Bereaved Children and Young People (2014)

Working with Addictions -(2015)

Anxiety Traps! CBT Solutions

Increasing Access to CBT: Masterclass - making changes that matter through games and play


Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with


Feeling Sad


Family Issues

Affairs and Betrayals

Separation and Divorce

Long Covid 

Couples Counselling

Low Self-esteem


Low Self-Confidence



Critiacl Incident Debriefing

Anger managment

Health anxiety



Gender Identity









Self Esteem


£50.00 - £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessional Fees
I offer a FREE 20 minute zoom consultation

Individual Session: 60 minutes session £70

Relationship counselling: 
£85 per 60 minutes session

Group therapy session: £50  person per session

Practitioner supervision £70per 60mins

Practitioner supervision  £85 per 90 mins

Practitioner supervision £70 per 90 mins ( Trainee Counsellor) 

Practitioner group supervision 3hrs £70pp 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

9am - 8pm

Further information

My rooms are on the ground floor of the building. Free parking is also available. 

The Perrin Clinic, 83 Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 1ET

The Whitefield Foot Clinic, 198 Bury New Road, Whitefield, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M45 6QF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My Therapy room is based on the ground floor, with access to a bathroom on the same floor. There is parking on the driveway. Access to the building is a single shallow doorstep.

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


In person

I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor able to work with with therapists seeing adults, young people and children.

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Vanessa Black
Vanessa Black