Counselling and Psychotherapy in Manchester
Counselling and Psychotherapy in Manchester
I am a fully qualified, experienced, UKCP-registered Person-Centred psychotherapist. I have several years’ experience working in various agency settings and in private practice. Prior to setting up my practice in Manchester, I worked in London for Mind, the Centre for Better Health and for Metanoia Institute’s own counselling service, MCPS.
Some of the issues I have helped people with include anxiety, depression, anger, relationship difficulties, existential issues, feelings of ‘stuckness’, bereavement and other losses, concerns relating to sex and sexuality, low self-esteem, problems with work, domestic violence and other forms of abuse, troubling effects of past experiences, trauma and many others.
I hold a current DBS certificate, I am fully insured and my clinical work is underpinned by regular clinical supervision from a senior accredited practitioner.
I work from a Person-Centred philosophy. This means that the essence of my approach is to work with you in a warm, supportive, non-judgmental and confidential relationship that can enable you to find your own way towards a more satisfying way of living.
I believe therapy is about nurturing personal growth and developing your understanding of yourself rather than ‘fixing’ something that is ‘broken’. It is about giving you the time and space to work through whatever is concerning you with empathic, non-judgemental support. I like to think of therapy in the same category as eating well, sleeping well or going to the gym. It’s an essential part of maintaining and nurturing yourself.
You will be welcome, as you are, with whatever may be bringing you to therapy.
I’m a 30-something female therapist living and working in Manchester. Here’s a bit about my journey and why I became a therapist.
Since I was very young, I have always been fascinated by our personal stories as humans. What shapes us and makes us who we are… how we make sense of and give meaning to our experiences… what hurts and what heals us.
My first degree was in English Language and Literature (mostly because I loved reading). This really opened my eyes to the richness of what it means to be human. I adored being immersed in so many different cultures and reflecting on what it all meant; how we tell and re-tell our stories, paint our pictures vividly with words and language. Thinking about this now, this is very much how I see therapy.
Following uni I fell into a role in advertising, moving between various agencies and studios for a few years. I enjoyed the energy and passion of these roles, but something wasn’t sitting right with me. I went to therapy myself after experiencing periods of anxiety and depression. After this, things started falling into place an I began to develop a deeper, more compassionate understanding of myself.
I took an introductory course to Humanistic Counselling Skills and Studies at Metanoia Institute, Ealing and knew this was going to be my new path from day one. The same year, I started my MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications. I am now a fully qualified and accredited, UKCP-registered psychotherapist.
Outside work I love spending as much time outdoors as possible – being in nature is grounding for me and an essential part of my self-care. I like to stay active by taking dance classes and going to the gym. I love reading, films, music, making (and eating) delicious food and spending time with my friends. Like everyone else, I also enjoy curling up on the sofa with Netflix.
Sessions are usually held weekly at the same time.
Fees are from £40 to £50. Please enquire about sliding scale fees for full-time students or individuals on a low income.
Fees can be paid by bank transfer in advance of each session or in cash on the day.
*Please note at present due to COVID-19 I am seeing clients remotely via VSee or Zoom*
I believe therapy really is the ultimate form of self-care. It is a space for nurturing growth, developing understanding and sparking creativity. Therapy is a place you go to grow, rather than get ‘fixed’. It doesn’t have to be a space you only come to at a point of crisis, it is also a valuable, safe space to develop new ways of understanding yourself and explore more satisfying ways of living. In therapy, together, we can look at where you’ve been, where you are right now, and where you hope to move forwards to. Therapy gives you a regular space to get back in touch with yourself and reflect. Challenging emotions are released, explored and shared, and many people find it a relief to finally share these things with their therapist.
What is brought to therapy is different for everyone, and you are welcome to bring whatever you wish to therapy. I will be guided by you, and we will work together at exploring your concerns at a pace you find comfortable. The most important thing is that you feel really listened to and understood by your therapist. Being fully heard, accepted and understood by someone supportive, compassionate and non-judgemental can be a deeply healing experience. This often leads to new ways of understanding yourself.
If you feel ready to work for the change you would like in your life, are prepared to explore things which you find difficult, and are willing to be honest and reflective about yourself, then you are probably ready to give therapy a go. If you approach therapy with an inquisitive and open frame of mind, the chances are it will be helpful for you.
Some people hope their therapist will advise them on what to do or how to do it. There is a time and a place for advice giving, however this is not the way I work. I believe therapy should be a place for you to be creative; to discover your own strategies towards a more fulfilling way of being. Therapy does not have the answers, but it is a place where answers can be found
I see myself as a very down-to-earth, human, approachable and gentle therapist. There is much research to show that the effectiveness of therapy is down to the quality of the relationship developed between the client and therapist, regardless of the therapist’s approach. This is why it’s important you choose a therapist you feel comfortable with. I offer a reduced fee for an initial session so we can explore how we might work together and see if we are a good ‘fit’.
As Yung Pueblo puts it, ‘I cannot make you happy, but I can commit to support you in the creation of your own happiness’.
I practice from the Manchester Royal Exchange, just off St Ann’s Square in the centre of town.
To arrange a session, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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