If you’d like to understand yourself better, make a change, feel more at ease with yourself or get support through a transition, counselling can help.
I firmly believe that you write your own life story. But it can feel hard to face things alone or make sense of the challenges life can present.
For me, the most rewarding part of what I do is seeing someone grow. I’m curious, human, professional and compassionate.
I offer a free 20-minute chat if you’d like to understand more about how I work as a BACP counsellor and to get a feel for whether I would be right for you.
We can all have times when we struggle – counselling does not need to be a last resort. I’ve worked with many clients just like you.
I support clients with a range of issues such as anxiety (including panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder and social anxiety); stress (including work-related stress); depression and feeling sad; loneliness; low self-esteem and low self-confidence; relationship challenges such as difficulties with partners, friends or families, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce; attachment difficulties; bereavement, grief and loss; LGBTQ+ issues such as gender and sexuality questioning or experiences of discrimination. I have a particular experience in working with people who are experiencing a transition period in their life, whether that’s children leaving home, menopause, coming out, a relationship breakdown, a bereavement, changing career or city, retirement or something else. These transition periods can bring up a range of emotions that can feel overwhelming and bewildering. I can help you understand yourself better and make sense of your changing landscape.
I appreciate taking the first step and making contact with a counsellor can be daunting. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable or hesitant. You may have additional questions and I am happy to have a chat with you and there is no charge for this.
🏳️🌈 I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative, sex and fat positive counsellor.
I am a fully qualified, registered BACP counsellor.
Hello, I’m Carina
After many years as a lawyer, I decided to train as a counsellor after experiencing therapy myself. With the support and encouragement of a therapist, I began making better decisions for myself and started to live a more authentic and happier life.
You will find that my manner is warm and friendly, and I will listen without judgement. Moreover, I’m down-to-earth, calm and genuine, and I encourage you to be yourself too.
I am committed to ongoing training and am in regular supervision to ensure that my work remains ethical and safe. My main way of working is person-centred, although I use other techniques and approaches. Some examples include coaching, compassion focussed therapy, transactional analysis and mindfulness techniques. You can read more about different types of therapy here.
I hold a certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling, and am experienced with sessions over Zoom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a counselling wait list?
What is your cancellation policy?
There is no charge for sessions cancelled with more than 24 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel with less than 24 hours notice, the full session fee will be charged. The session fee should be paid before the original session time. Where possible, a rescheduled session will be offered at no additional charge. If you are unable to attend in-person, we may be able to change to a Zoom / telephone session.
Where are you based?
My therapy room is in Urmston, Greater Manchester (M41). The room is 10 minutes walk from Urmston railway station. I offer walk-and-talk as well as sessions (across the UK and in some other countries) by phone or Zoom. Please get in touch for further details.
How many sessions will we have?
This varies from client-to-client and is entirely your choice. Some clients will come for a fairly short period (up to six sessions), others may attend much longer. We will review the duration of counselling on a periodic basis.
How can counselling help me?
It can be hard to process difficult emotions or make sense of the thoughts going round in your mind. Counselling gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive space, and not feel alone with them.
Whether you are struggling with a single issue or facing a more complex situation, I will work with you to help explore your situation and support you with identifying and achieving any goals you may have.
What do you charge?
I offer both daytime and evening sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Daytime sessions cost £60 and evening sessions cost £75. Sessions are 50 minutes.
I have two places at a reduced rate for students and trainee counsellors / therapists. Please get in touch for further details. I ask for payment on or before the session by bank transfer.
What’s the different between coaching and counselling?
The line can be blurred. Generally, coaching is more about the here-and-now and future – moving you towards the life you want to live. Counselling focusses on the here-and-now, but may also look to how your past influences your present.
How do I start?
Drop me a message through my contact page or call me on 07859 330187.
Other sources of support
If you are experiencing a crisis and feel you need immediate support please contact your GP, emergency services on 999 or the Samaritans (Call 116 123) where there is someone available to talk to 24 hours a day.
You can search Hub of Hope for no/low cost counselling and other support options in your area.
Other options in South Manchester:
Low Cost Therapy Clinic (Chorlton)
South Manchester Centre for Counselling (online or phone only at present)