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Perhaps some of this sounds familiar?

  • You feel stuck in the same patterns of behaviour and can’t work out how to change this
  • You’ve been feeling anxious or stressed
  • Maybe you feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges
  • You feel disconnected from yourself and others sometimes
  • You’re not thriving
  • You feel like something is ‘wrong’ with you or others
  • You struggle in relationships with other people

Gain perspective about your process and develop boundaries so you can make informed, mindful choices about the life you want to live.   My overall intention is to help people feel more content and in control of their lives.

I firmly believe that you write your own narrative in life. But it can feel hard to face things alone or make sense of the challenges life can present.  It’s probably not more willpower you need – it’s more insight and empathy in a safe space to figure out who you are and how you want to live your life.

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

It’s not more willpower you need, it’s more insight.

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Hi, I’m Carina (she/her)

If you’d like to understand yourself better, make a change, feel more at ease with yourself or get support during a challenging period, I can help.  My aim always is to be curious, human, professional and compassionate.

Fully qualified BACP therapist and counsellor also in Advanced Training in Psychotherapy towards UKCP accreditation. I see clients in DidsburyUrmston and Chorlton, Manchester and online through Zoom.

🏳️‍🌈 LGBT+ affirmative, fat and sex positive therapist registered with Pink Therapy. I have specific training in gender, sexuality and relationship (GSRD) therapy.

I offer a no-charge initial chat if you’d like to understand more about how I work.

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Working with me

I can help you get to know yourself better and support you in making meaningful changes in your life. 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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