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Counselling and therapy what to expect

I’m a counsellor and therapist in Manchester (Didsbury, Chorlton, Urmston). I offer short-term and long-term working.

I work with couples, individuals (aged 15+) and from 2024 I will be running therapy groups. Get in touch for more information.

As an individual, there are three main ways you can work with me:

Short-term counselling:

Sometimes clients are seeking support for something that has happened in their life such as a bereavement, crisis at work or a relationship break-down. I offer short-term counselling (usually over 8-12 weekly sessions) and we will work with whatever you want to bring each session.

Short-term therapy and therapeutic coaching:

Some clients are seeking a limited chunk of therapy to explore a specific issue. This is usually (but not always) where clients have experienced therapy with myself or another therapist previously. I offer short-term therapy over 10-12 weekly sessions where we identify the issues, set goals and establish the expectations of what can be achieved in this timeframe. This may (if appropriate) involve a therapeutic coaching approach.

Open-ended therapy:

More often, clients approach me with a more general sense of something  not working out for them and they don’t know where to begin. Or perhaps there is a specific issue, but it is too complex and deep-seated to be resolved in a few sessions. For this I offer a longer-term open-ended approach.

Meaningful change can be hard work and painful at times. It does require perseverance and building trust between us. I urge you to be patient with yourself as you navigate challenging thoughts and feelings in therapy. The habits of your lifetime likely need more than a quick-fix.

I prefer to work with clients on a face-to-face weekly basis wherever possible, but I appreciate that this may be challenging with your various commitments. If you would like to work with me and don’t think a weekly approach would work for you, get in touch and we can see if we can find an arrangement that might work.

I no longer take on clients who want to work solely online unless there is a specific reason for needing online therapy (for example accessibility or if there are no local counsellors/therapists with the specific training you feel would be helpful for you). However, I do work with existing clients online for one-off sessions.

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What can I help with?

If you’d like to understand yourself better, make a change, feel more at ease with yourself or get support through a transition, counselling and therapy can help.  

I support clients with a range of issues such as:

  • Repeated patterns of thinking or behaving where you feel stuck
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Overwhelm
  • Depression and feeling low
  • 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
  • Life transitions such as 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 am an LGBTQ+ affirmative, sex and fat positive counsellor registered with Pink Therapy.

I am a fully qualified, registered BACP counsellor also in Advanced Training in Psychotherapy towards UKCP accreditation.

If you are interested in a more coaching approach, get in touch so we can talk through how that would work.

Taking the first step

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.

Send me a message to arrange an initial chat. This is an opportunity for you to get a sense for how I work and I can answer any questions you may have. There is no charge for this and I hold the chat by phone or Zoom.

Got another question?

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