Counselling and Psychotherapy in Cheshire and Manchester

Group Therapy

We all find life a struggle sometimes, and there can be times when we feel we need to make changes in the ways that we think, feel, behave and relate to others. We can feel down or anxious, or angry and resentful, and not really understand why. At times like these talking to an experienced professional can really make a difference.

Asking for help can be difficult, and it is important to choose someone who has the knowledge and experience to find the right approach for you, and brings a compassionate and non-judgemental attitude to help create a safe and understanding environment.

About Me

I offer BACP registered integrative counselling and psychotherapy in Nantwich, South Cheshire and in Chorlton, South Manchester. I have worked full time as a therapist for the last 6 years after a long career working in the charity, social work and education sectors.

Like many practitioners, I decided to become a therapist as a result of my own experience of being in therapy. I know at first hand just how powerful the process can be in helping to make and sustain important changes in life.

My approach to therapy is based on transactional analysis, a modern and accessible model of psychology that is grounded firmly on the beliefs that we are all have the ability to change and grow, and that we all have the right to decide our own destiny, and, importantly, those decisions can be changed.

In order for us to reach our full potential we sometimes need to update the strategies for dealing with life that we have developed as children, and transactional analysis offers the tools to help to move away from unhelpful repetitive patterns and move towards autonomy, awareness and intimacy.

The atmosphere that supports good counselling is one of comfort, security, and respect, and I offer clients an atmosphere that is secure, respectful and non-judgemental, to ensure that a positive, supporting alliance is established between us.

I’ve worked with people experiencing a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Conflict
  • Trauma
  • Personality disorders
  • Sexuality and gender identity

A young man talks about his problems in group therapy while his group listens intently

I describe my approach to counselling and psychotherapy as integrative, which involves combining the best elements from more than one model of therapy, but it is essential to ensure that techniques and concepts are held together within a consistent theoretical base. The approaches I draw from include:

  • Transactional analysis (which provides the overall theoretical framework)
  • Person centred approach
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Cognitive behaviourism
  • Clinical hypnosis
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

I specialise in working with trauma and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and can use ‘non-invasive’ methods when working with trauma to minimise the risk of retraumatisation. I also work with moderate to severe phobias in a similar way.

Qualifications

I have qualifications in both psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis, and I have completed a four year post-graduate level training in transactional analysis psychotherapy awarded by the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. I am also a qualified performance coach and NLP practitioner.

I am a member of the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA), the European (EATA) and International (ITAA) associations for Transactional Analysis, and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I operate within the ethical rules of these organisations.

In common with all ethical practitioners, I am committed to continual professional development.

My South Cheshire practice is based in comfortable therapy rooms in Nantwich.

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My Manchester clinic is based within the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy in Chorlton, South Manchester.

I’ve prepared a short guide to help you to get the most from therapy.


Get in touch

If you’d like to know more, or if you’d like to arrange an initial assessment session, please call or text on 07783 036336. You can also use the contact form to send me a message and I will reply to all messages within 24 hours (Mon to Fri) but usually much sooner.

 

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