Counselling in Manchester

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Photo of Julia Kouyoumdjian, MBACP, Counsellor
Julia Kouyoumdjian
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M14
As an experienced counsellor in my 40s, my approach is to get to know you as an individual and create a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and actions, free from any judgement. The counselling I provide is a solution focused talking therapy where my full attention, empathy, and respect for you will always be present. It will challenge you to think about how you can change any negative thoughts or patterns that are occurring, so you can live the life you want to lead in a healthier and more authentic way. I work with adults of all ages, genders, backgrounds and cultures.
As an experienced counsellor in my 40s, my approach is to get to know you as an individual and create a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and actions, free from any judgement. The counselling I provide is a solution focused talking therapy where my full attention, empathy, and respect for you will always be present. It will challenge you to think about how you can change any negative thoughts or patterns that are occurring, so you can live the life you want to lead in a healthier and more authentic way. I work with adults of all ages, genders, backgrounds and cultures.
0161 524 1309 View 0161 524 1309
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Lesley Nance
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Manchester M25
Firstly, let me reassure you, what you are feeling isnt permanent. Things WILL change, and all it takes is one session to start feeling better. I am here to say that whatever you are going through, change IS possible and do-able, with patience,self discovery, understanding, and professional support and expert knowledge. I can help you to see what is going on for you, discover your own internal resources as well as provide you with additional tools that help you to regulate your emotions, enabling you to cope in the here and now, but also going forward.
Firstly, let me reassure you, what you are feeling isnt permanent. Things WILL change, and all it takes is one session to start feeling better. I am here to say that whatever you are going through, change IS possible and do-able, with patience,self discovery, understanding, and professional support and expert knowledge. I can help you to see what is going on for you, discover your own internal resources as well as provide you with additional tools that help you to regulate your emotions, enabling you to cope in the here and now, but also going forward.
0161 524 6358 View 0161 524 6358
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Dr Gemma Culverwell-Bolger
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M25  (Online Only)
As a clinical psychologist my aim is to support you with your psychological health. My desire is to help you feel empowered through a compassionate psychologically informed understanding of your struggles. I work in a relationship focused approach which embraces you as a whole person, mind, body and systems. I have extensive experience and skills supporting people following trauma particular early life trauma. I also have a specialist interest and skills in working with women in the perinatal period and with parents navigating life with children. I am a trained clinical supervisor with 8 years experience.
As a clinical psychologist my aim is to support you with your psychological health. My desire is to help you feel empowered through a compassionate psychologically informed understanding of your struggles. I work in a relationship focused approach which embraces you as a whole person, mind, body and systems. I have extensive experience and skills supporting people following trauma particular early life trauma. I also have a specialist interest and skills in working with women in the perinatal period and with parents navigating life with children. I am a trained clinical supervisor with 8 years experience.
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Charley Shults
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21  (Online Only)
Hi, I work with attachment issues. That covers most of the issues that people have in therapy. I am a human being, just like you. I don't discriminate. Please see my website at attachmentcentredtherapy.co.uk. If you want more information, just send me an email. Charley
Hi, I work with attachment issues. That covers most of the issues that people have in therapy. I am a human being, just like you. I don't discriminate. Please see my website at attachmentcentredtherapy.co.uk. If you want more information, just send me an email. Charley
0161 696 1026 View 0161 696 1026
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Rob Radcliffe
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I imagine it's overwhelming reading all these blurbs and trying to figure out which one stands out for you, so I'll try to minimise the noise. Qualified therapist and supervisor, 12 years' full time experience, bloke, getting on a bit these days, sense of humour, friendly, down to earth, but with the wisdom that comes with age and experience. I will do my best to understand you and support you but I will also challenge you to get out of whatever is keeping you stuck when appropriate! I have a proven track record of reducing distress and suffering and helping people to understand themselves and life.
I imagine it's overwhelming reading all these blurbs and trying to figure out which one stands out for you, so I'll try to minimise the noise. Qualified therapist and supervisor, 12 years' full time experience, bloke, getting on a bit these days, sense of humour, friendly, down to earth, but with the wisdom that comes with age and experience. I will do my best to understand you and support you but I will also challenge you to get out of whatever is keeping you stuck when appropriate! I have a proven track record of reducing distress and suffering and helping people to understand themselves and life.
0161 850 6480 View 0161 850 6480
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Adrian Carrier
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
I provide a supportive environment in which we can explore together the difficulties that you're experiencing. I feel that holding warm, and understanding space in which you can grow is paramount and wholeheartedly respect that you are the expert of your own unique way of thinking, feeling, and experiencing. As such, I will trust, encourage, and support you to guide us on our journey together.
I provide a supportive environment in which we can explore together the difficulties that you're experiencing. I feel that holding warm, and understanding space in which you can grow is paramount and wholeheartedly respect that you are the expert of your own unique way of thinking, feeling, and experiencing. As such, I will trust, encourage, and support you to guide us on our journey together.
01707 954010 View 01707 954010
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Sarah Alsawy-Davies
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M45
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I'm glad you've taken the first step by coming here to improve your life. I specialise working with people who have experienced traumatic relationships, traumatic attachments, issues of abuse and neglect in a relationship - no matter how big or small this may feel. It may be you were in a relationship where you felt like you were not good enough, other people were gas-lighting you, or you were invalidated or misunderstood. I help people feel confident, develop boundaries, be more assertive, improve their self-esteem after feeling panicked, anxious, or walking on eggshells.
I'm glad you've taken the first step by coming here to improve your life. I specialise working with people who have experienced traumatic relationships, traumatic attachments, issues of abuse and neglect in a relationship - no matter how big or small this may feel. It may be you were in a relationship where you felt like you were not good enough, other people were gas-lighting you, or you were invalidated or misunderstood. I help people feel confident, develop boundaries, be more assertive, improve their self-esteem after feeling panicked, anxious, or walking on eggshells.
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Chloe Jones
Counsellor, COSRT Reg.
Verified Verified
Manchester M22  (Online Only)
I work with people that have barriers to a fulfilling sex life. This can include conditions such as erectile dysfunction, premature/delayed ejaculation, low desire, pain during penetration and difficulty achieving orgasm.
I work with people that have barriers to a fulfilling sex life. This can include conditions such as erectile dysfunction, premature/delayed ejaculation, low desire, pain during penetration and difficulty achieving orgasm.
0161 524 8141 View 0161 524 8141
Photo of Rebecca Kinnear - The Retreat Clinics Manchester - Adults & Children, Psychotherapist
The Retreat Clinics Manchester - Adults & Children
Psychotherapist
Not Verified Not Verified
Manchester M20
Life can be complex, and so can mental health. This is why we have a range of different treatments and therapy approaches available, which we can tailor to suit your mental health needs. We put you at the heart of what we do. We offer choice and expert, individualised care for a very broad range of difficulties. We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be a challenge. We work with you to design a bespoke approach to your therapy, based on exploring and understanding your concerns, needs, preferences and therapy goals.
Life can be complex, and so can mental health. This is why we have a range of different treatments and therapy approaches available, which we can tailor to suit your mental health needs. We put you at the heart of what we do. We offer choice and expert, individualised care for a very broad range of difficulties. We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be a challenge. We work with you to design a bespoke approach to your therapy, based on exploring and understanding your concerns, needs, preferences and therapy goals.
0161 524 7409 View 0161 524 7409
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Ruth Elsdon
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M32  (Online Only)
I am a registered clinical psychologist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist. I am experienced in providing psychological assessment and therapy to adults. I work in a non-judgemental and compassionate way, and am passionate about supporting you as the client to understand yourself better, draw on your existing resources, and to find ways to live more fully and at peace with yourself and others.
I am a registered clinical psychologist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist. I am experienced in providing psychological assessment and therapy to adults. I work in a non-judgemental and compassionate way, and am passionate about supporting you as the client to understand yourself better, draw on your existing resources, and to find ways to live more fully and at peace with yourself and others.
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PG Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M21
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, perhaps stuck in a place that leads you to being frustrated or anxious with how things are? As a fully qualified and highly experienced therapist, I work one-to-one with adults on a whole range of different presenting issues that can include anxiety, low mood, stress, relationship issues, and unhealthy patterns of behaviour. People can turn to therapy when they find that they are stuck not knowing what to do next, or how to get out of unhelpful repetitive situations.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, perhaps stuck in a place that leads you to being frustrated or anxious with how things are? As a fully qualified and highly experienced therapist, I work one-to-one with adults on a whole range of different presenting issues that can include anxiety, low mood, stress, relationship issues, and unhealthy patterns of behaviour. People can turn to therapy when they find that they are stuck not knowing what to do next, or how to get out of unhelpful repetitive situations.
0161 694 6315 View 0161 694 6315
Photo of Joseph Sheridan-Ruddy, MBACP, Counsellor
Joseph Sheridan-Ruddy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
Are you looking to gain some clarity in life? Are you struggling in relationships or trying to make sense of your past? Perhaps you feel isolated, angry and are missing out on connections with friends and family. This can suffocate the parts of your life which should bring you joy; this unhappiness can lead to further disconnect with those around you.
Are you looking to gain some clarity in life? Are you struggling in relationships or trying to make sense of your past? Perhaps you feel isolated, angry and are missing out on connections with friends and family. This can suffocate the parts of your life which should bring you joy; this unhappiness can lead to further disconnect with those around you.
0161 850 8472 View 0161 850 8472
Photo of Craig Budzik, MBACP, Counsellor
Craig Budzik
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
When working together we will build a holistic, therapeutic relationship which will serve you in the best possible way, encouraging you to flourish and grow. I will walk alongside you on your path of self-discovery and healing. I believe we all have the knowledge to bring healing into our lives. I will do my best to help create an environment in which you can gently, safely and kindly exist so that we can both explore the lighter and darker parts of existence.
When working together we will build a holistic, therapeutic relationship which will serve you in the best possible way, encouraging you to flourish and grow. I will walk alongside you on your path of self-discovery and healing. I believe we all have the knowledge to bring healing into our lives. I will do my best to help create an environment in which you can gently, safely and kindly exist so that we can both explore the lighter and darker parts of existence.
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Photo of Sam Lynch - Beyond the Surface Therapy, MSc, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
Beyond the Surface Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M41  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Sam, CBT and Dynamic Interpersonal therapist. The idea of talking to someone about your problems can be daunting. Even those more comfortable with talking may feel anxious. We may have left it a long time before seeking help or we may have previously had a number of rounds of therapy and yet the problems persist or have resurfaced. While it is often easier to put off talking therapy, putting off often means living with the difficulties for longer and existing rather than living more fully, being able to enjoy it and be more 'present'. That you have got this far is a positive step. The next step is to try talking therapy.
Hi, I am Sam, CBT and Dynamic Interpersonal therapist. The idea of talking to someone about your problems can be daunting. Even those more comfortable with talking may feel anxious. We may have left it a long time before seeking help or we may have previously had a number of rounds of therapy and yet the problems persist or have resurfaced. While it is often easier to put off talking therapy, putting off often means living with the difficulties for longer and existing rather than living more fully, being able to enjoy it and be more 'present'. That you have got this far is a positive step. The next step is to try talking therapy.
0161 524 1825 View 0161 524 1825
Photo of Kingsley Ogun, MSc, MBABCP, Psychotherapist
Kingsley Ogun
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Manchester M3  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with trauma, low self esteem, depression, self sabotaging behaviours, obsessions ,anxiety, or major life events? There comes a time when these issues get on top of us , we feel stuck and need to make a change!. I am a Registered and fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist and Core Mental Health Professional (NMC Registered) and I’d love to help you on your journey towards change and self-discovery. My goals are to help you understand yourself, life experience and your trauma on a deeper level then to help brake unhelpful cycles/ patterns of thoughts and behaviours creating a positive change.
Are you struggling with trauma, low self esteem, depression, self sabotaging behaviours, obsessions ,anxiety, or major life events? There comes a time when these issues get on top of us , we feel stuck and need to make a change!. I am a Registered and fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist and Core Mental Health Professional (NMC Registered) and I’d love to help you on your journey towards change and self-discovery. My goals are to help you understand yourself, life experience and your trauma on a deeper level then to help brake unhelpful cycles/ patterns of thoughts and behaviours creating a positive change.
01707 954052 View 01707 954052
Photo of Emily Adams, MSc, MUKCP, Psychotherapist
Emily Adams
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
Many of us begin therapy when we realise we need to change something, heal from something or understand ourselves better. There could be something you know is hurting, you might feel burnt out, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck and dissatisfied with life. Therapy can help you reach a clearer understanding of yourself and gives you a safer space to discover and develop more satisfying ways of living. In therapy we can explore, together, where you’ve been, where you are right now, and where you hope to get to. Therapy can help you get back in touch with yourself, find your voice and make sense of challenging emotions.
Many of us begin therapy when we realise we need to change something, heal from something or understand ourselves better. There could be something you know is hurting, you might feel burnt out, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck and dissatisfied with life. Therapy can help you reach a clearer understanding of yourself and gives you a safer space to discover and develop more satisfying ways of living. In therapy we can explore, together, where you’ve been, where you are right now, and where you hope to get to. Therapy can help you get back in touch with yourself, find your voice and make sense of challenging emotions.
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Ania Dopierala
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
Drawing from 20 years of experience, I want to offer you a therapy that can take you on a path that includes all parts of you, the body, the mind and the soul. A therapy that suits you both in the approach I take and in the length of the process. I am an integrative psychotherapist. I am interested in a holistic development and provide both short and long term therapy.
Drawing from 20 years of experience, I want to offer you a therapy that can take you on a path that includes all parts of you, the body, the mind and the soul. A therapy that suits you both in the approach I take and in the length of the process. I am an integrative psychotherapist. I am interested in a holistic development and provide both short and long term therapy.
0161 509 6423 View 0161 509 6423
Photo of Zara Whiteley, MBACP, Counsellor
Zara Whiteley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M3
Everyone comes to therapy with a loss, whether that is a bereavement, a relationship break-up, changes in health, the loss of a friendship, a change of job, etc. There are many different endings that we go through in life. Therapy is a safe and supportive place to talk, it provides the opportunity to process what has happened and to explore who you are now and how you can move forward. Therapy is a place where you can say out loud all of those things you can't say elsewhere. You can talk about things you may not feel able to talk about with friends or family.
Everyone comes to therapy with a loss, whether that is a bereavement, a relationship break-up, changes in health, the loss of a friendship, a change of job, etc. There are many different endings that we go through in life. Therapy is a safe and supportive place to talk, it provides the opportunity to process what has happened and to explore who you are now and how you can move forward. Therapy is a place where you can say out loud all of those things you can't say elsewhere. You can talk about things you may not feel able to talk about with friends or family.
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Space Therapies
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M25
“My therapy is designed to give you the tools and guidance to change the way you think, and help you see things more clearly, so you can be in control of your own progress. I always work at your pace, and my goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible when opening up. We’re in this together!”
“My therapy is designed to give you the tools and guidance to change the way you think, and help you see things more clearly, so you can be in control of your own progress. I always work at your pace, and my goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible when opening up. We’re in this together!”
0161 524 3080 View 0161 524 3080
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Jack Brown
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Manchester M17  (Online Only)
My name is Jack, I am a Psychological Therapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). If you are finding parts of being human tough or confusing at the moment and don't know what to do, you are not alone. CBT and ACT are powerful psychotherapies that offer you the means to deeply understand your individual story and the unhelpful patterns keeping you stuck. They also offer long-term tools to break these patterns and to learn to live life flexibly and with purpose. To find out more, please check out my website or send me a message and I will get back to you ASAP
My name is Jack, I am a Psychological Therapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). If you are finding parts of being human tough or confusing at the moment and don't know what to do, you are not alone. CBT and ACT are powerful psychotherapies that offer you the means to deeply understand your individual story and the unhelpful patterns keeping you stuck. They also offer long-term tools to break these patterns and to learn to live life flexibly and with purpose. To find out more, please check out my website or send me a message and I will get back to you ASAP
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Manchester

800+

Average cost per session

£60

Counsellors in Manchester who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
84% Self Esteem
80% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

62% Aviva
57% AXA PPP
45% Bupa

How Counsellors in Manchester see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
28% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Manchester?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.