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If you’d like to understand yourself better, make a change, feel more at ease with yourself or get support through a transition, counselling or therapy 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 – therapy and counselling do not need to be a last resort.   I’ve worked with many clients just like you.

Carina Badger Wellbeing, BACP Counsellor and Therapist. Counselling and Therapy in Urmston, Greater Manchester (M41)

As a BACP counsellor, 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; lonelinesslow 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 lossLGBTQ+ 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.

Perhaps you have been thinking for a little while that it would be good to talk to someone in a confidential and safe space.  We can all have times when we struggle – therapy and counselling do not need to be a last resort.  

My private practice is in Trafford and I also see clients via Zoom or by phone. I offer walk-and-talk therapy in the Manchester and Trafford areas (Spring to Autumn only). Please contact me for details about the measures I take to ensure in-person sessions are secure in terms of Covid-19.

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 and fat positive counsellor.

I am a fully qualified, registered BACP counsellor.

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Qualified integrative counsellor and executive therapeutic coach in Urmston, Greater Manchester and online

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.

I firmly believe that you write your own life story. However, sometimes it can feel hard to face things alone or make sense of the challenges life can present. This is where I can help. We can work together to untangle your thoughts and feelings, and address whatever may be troubling you.  We can increase your self awareness, improve how you cope and help you to have trust and confidence in yourself. I will help you to feel really heard and understood. 

🏳️‍🌈 I am LGBTQ+ affirmative.

I am a fully qualified BACP counsellor. In addition, I am undergoing further training towards accreditation with UKCP. I have also completed advanced postgraduate training in counselling and psychotherapy.

How I work as a BACP counsellor/therapist

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.

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Qualified integrative counsellor, therapist and executive therapeutic coach in Urmston, Greater Manchester and online

Frequently Asked Questions

What measures are you taking regarding the COVID-19 pandemic?

For in-person sessions (in M41, including walk-and-talk sessions in Urmston/ Trafford), I have undertaken a risk assessment. If you wish to attend an in-person session, I will send you my COVID agreement in advance. I appreciate that not everyone is willing or able to attend in-person sessions. I continue to offer online and telephone counselling for anyone who prefers.

Do you have a counselling wait list?

You can find information about my current availability here. I will update that page regularly and you can also get in touch with me to be added to my waiting list.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is no charge for sessions cancelled with more than 48 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel with less than 48 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 9 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 therapy on a periodic basis.

How can counselling / therapy help me?

Sometimes it can be hard to process difficult emotions or make sense of the thoughts going round in your mind. Counselling and therapy give 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 £55 and evening sessions cost £70. 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?

In truth, sometimes 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. My coaching training is based on executive coaching models; however, I also draw on existential principles in my coaching work.

How do I start?

Drop me a message through my contact page or call me on 07859 330187.

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)