Zara Whiteley

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BA (Hons), CertEd, PGDip, MBACP
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Manchester M3 & London NW4
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About me

Everyone comes to therapy with a loss, whether that is a bereavement, a relationship break-up, changes in health, the loss of a friendship, a change of job, etc. There are many different endings that we go through in life. Therapy is a safe and supportive place to talk, it provides the opportunity to process what has happened and to explore who you are now and how you can move forward. Therapy is a place where you can say out loud all of those things you can't say elsewhere. You can talk about things you may not feel able to talk about with friends or family.

I am a person-centred therapist with an academic background in philosophy and psychology. I have a keen interest in existentialism and how we find meaning in our lives.

Before qualifying as a therapist, I worked in different NHS Community Mental Health Teams where I worked with adults who had mental health issues such as psychosis, schizophrenia, and bipolar. I also gained experience working with neurodiversity - specifically autism and ADHD.

I have worked as a therapist in the NHS and for different national and local charities. I have particularly extensive experience working with bereavement, pregnancy loss (miscarriage and termination), work-related stress, relationship issues, and with anxiety and depression.

I have a face to face clinic on Saturdays at Milton Hall, Deansgate/Central Manchester. I also offer telephone/online therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Trauma Focused Therapy (currently studying)
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Bereavement Support
  • Certificate of Education and Training in the Learning and Skills Sector
  • BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

People often ask me how often they are expected to have therapy. My answer is that there is no expectation! We live in a fast-paced world with so many expectations and obligations. I don't want therapy to be another thing added to your list. Some people like to have a session every week, some prefer fortnightly, some have a session once a month, and some book a session once every few months.

I have to add the disclaimer that this isn't always the case - if we're working with severe trauma, we'd likely need to agree on a more structured approach.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have a face to face clinic on Saturdays from 9am-2pm at Milton Hall, Deansgate/Central Manchester.

I also offer online/telephone sessions:

  • Sundays to Thursdays 8pm-10pm

Milton Hall, 244 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4BQ

London, Greater London, NW4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Google Meet


Zara Whiteley
Zara Whiteley