Counselling in Manchester

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James Sussex
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I work through an integrative lens, from a humanistic grounding. In sum, you are the centre of the work we do; the expert by experience on your life. My aim as a therapist is to be alongside you where you are now, and to work with you to define current obstacles, and move forward into a space that is more desirable and satisfactory for you.
I work through an integrative lens, from a humanistic grounding. In sum, you are the centre of the work we do; the expert by experience on your life. My aim as a therapist is to be alongside you where you are now, and to work with you to define current obstacles, and move forward into a space that is more desirable and satisfactory for you.
01707 927514 View 01707 927514
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Dr Holly Turton
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M19  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist specialising in perinatal and parent infant mental health. My focus is supporting parents during pregnancy and the early years of their child's life. Becoming a parent is often the biggest transition of our lives and many parents find it is not what they expected it to be. In therapy we can work together to make sense of this experience, which can help you to overcome difficulties and move forward. I also offer supervision to health professionals working in perinatal and parent infant services (including psychologists, midwives and health visitors).
I am a clinical psychologist specialising in perinatal and parent infant mental health. My focus is supporting parents during pregnancy and the early years of their child's life. Becoming a parent is often the biggest transition of our lives and many parents find it is not what they expected it to be. In therapy we can work together to make sense of this experience, which can help you to overcome difficulties and move forward. I also offer supervision to health professionals working in perinatal and parent infant services (including psychologists, midwives and health visitors).
0161 524 7868 View 0161 524 7868
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Dr Mark Widdowson
Psychotherapist, PhD, MUKCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Manchester M1
Waitlist for new clients
I have almost 30 years experience as it a psychotherapist and have worked with an extensive range of issues and in many different settings over that time. I am visiting professor of psychotherapy at Adam Mickiewicz University, director of Manchester Psychotherapy Foundation and former senior lecturer in psychotherapy at University of Salford. I teach psychotherapists around Europe. After initially training in counselling, I then completed Transactional Analysis psychotherapy training. I am a teaching and supervising Transactional analyst. I am also an accredited EMDR therapist. I work in a time limited format of up to 20 sessions
I have almost 30 years experience as it a psychotherapist and have worked with an extensive range of issues and in many different settings over that time. I am visiting professor of psychotherapy at Adam Mickiewicz University, director of Manchester Psychotherapy Foundation and former senior lecturer in psychotherapy at University of Salford. I teach psychotherapists around Europe. After initially training in counselling, I then completed Transactional Analysis psychotherapy training. I am a teaching and supervising Transactional analyst. I am also an accredited EMDR therapist. I work in a time limited format of up to 20 sessions
07970 541816 View 07970 541816
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Andreea Chirvase
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M13  (Online Only)
As a therapist with an approach rooted in person-centred theory, I believe in your capacity for growth and self-discovery. My role is to provide you with a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to lead your own journey of self-discovery. I practice under the name 'Inner Equilibrium Psychotherapy,' characterised by a commitment to non-judgment, empathy, and individuality. I approach therapy with compassion and warmth, working collaboratively with you to make sense of and untangle challenges such as understanding your emotions, communicating effectively, and embracing and understanding your own vulnerability.
As a therapist with an approach rooted in person-centred theory, I believe in your capacity for growth and self-discovery. My role is to provide you with a safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental space to lead your own journey of self-discovery. I practice under the name 'Inner Equilibrium Psychotherapy,' characterised by a commitment to non-judgment, empathy, and individuality. I approach therapy with compassion and warmth, working collaboratively with you to make sense of and untangle challenges such as understanding your emotions, communicating effectively, and embracing and understanding your own vulnerability.
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India Amos
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M20
Hi, my name is India Amos and I am a Counselling Psychologist based in South Manchester, UK offering psychological therapy (individual and relationship) and clinical supervision.
Hi, my name is India Amos and I am a Counselling Psychologist based in South Manchester, UK offering psychological therapy (individual and relationship) and clinical supervision.
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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
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Brian O Ceallaigh
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
I work with clients with a range of different problems and difficulties, including people who are struggling with issues around anxiety and low mood, those who wish to explore longer-term patterns in their relationships with others, and people who are struggling to come to terms with traumatic experiences. I have particular expertise in perinatal mental health, which refers to the mental health needs of pregnant people and mothers.
I work with clients with a range of different problems and difficulties, including people who are struggling with issues around anxiety and low mood, those who wish to explore longer-term patterns in their relationships with others, and people who are struggling to come to terms with traumatic experiences. I have particular expertise in perinatal mental health, which refers to the mental health needs of pregnant people and mothers.
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Charlie Macfie
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M19  (Online Only)
I have a keen interest in working with issues relating to self-esteem and shame. Overthinking, constantly comparing yourself to others, people-pleasing, and holding high expectations for yourself that are impossible to achieve (perfectionism), to name a few, can all be symptoms of low self-esteem. These beliefs and behaviours can cause difficulties in your relationship with others and most importantly, yourself. It can feel impossible to break the cycle or know how to move forward. I can support you to make sense of your experiences so that you might develop self-worth and find a way through that works for you.
I have a keen interest in working with issues relating to self-esteem and shame. Overthinking, constantly comparing yourself to others, people-pleasing, and holding high expectations for yourself that are impossible to achieve (perfectionism), to name a few, can all be symptoms of low self-esteem. These beliefs and behaviours can cause difficulties in your relationship with others and most importantly, yourself. It can feel impossible to break the cycle or know how to move forward. I can support you to make sense of your experiences so that you might develop self-worth and find a way through that works for you.
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Christian Chalfont
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
As an Integrative Counsellor, I provide a service that combines several therapeutic practices, all aimed towards helping you feel whole again. In recent years, my work has focused strongly on addiction, trauma and issues around sex and sexuality. I also have a particular focus on identity, self-worth and boundaries. We are what we think and what we think governs how we feel - our beliefs shape our reality. My role is to help you process and integrate whatever it is you are struggling with, supporting you on your journey to improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I provide a service that combines several therapeutic practices, all aimed towards helping you feel whole again. In recent years, my work has focused strongly on addiction, trauma and issues around sex and sexuality. I also have a particular focus on identity, self-worth and boundaries. We are what we think and what we think governs how we feel - our beliefs shape our reality. My role is to help you process and integrate whatever it is you are struggling with, supporting you on your journey to improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
01707 246855 View 01707 246855
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Sophie Travis
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M20
I'm currently taking on EMDR clients. I work primarily with neurodiverse and LGBTQA+ clients, offering a safe, unconditionally supportive and confidential environment for us to work together to resolve any issues you may feel present in your life and to support with resilience builiding in day to day life. Sometimes, seeking help from a certified expert is the best way to put things into perspective. As a committed, professional Psychotherapist working within Manchester and the wider UK your well-being and mental health are my top priority.
I'm currently taking on EMDR clients. I work primarily with neurodiverse and LGBTQA+ clients, offering a safe, unconditionally supportive and confidential environment for us to work together to resolve any issues you may feel present in your life and to support with resilience builiding in day to day life. Sometimes, seeking help from a certified expert is the best way to put things into perspective. As a committed, professional Psychotherapist working within Manchester and the wider UK your well-being and mental health are my top priority.
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Stephanie J. Mace
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I’m an experienced psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy [BACP]. I offer a supportive, safe and confidential space where clients are helped to explore and understand difficulties arising from past or present experiences, and future anxieties. Located in Manchester city centre for in-person sessions, and available for remote sessions online (via Zoom)
I’m an experienced psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy [BACP]. I offer a supportive, safe and confidential space where clients are helped to explore and understand difficulties arising from past or present experiences, and future anxieties. Located in Manchester city centre for in-person sessions, and available for remote sessions online (via Zoom)
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Kirsty Taylor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M20
You might find yourself here because you are dealing with an issue that feels overwhelming or you might want to take some time and space to talk about something that has been bothering you for a while. Counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to explore things. Counselling works, not by fixing people, but by supporting you through your own truths and aiding you to trust and understand yourself. It is an entirely safe space where you can truly be listened to and understood without any judgement by someone not involved in your every day life.
You might find yourself here because you are dealing with an issue that feels overwhelming or you might want to take some time and space to talk about something that has been bothering you for a while. Counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to explore things. Counselling works, not by fixing people, but by supporting you through your own truths and aiding you to trust and understand yourself. It is an entirely safe space where you can truly be listened to and understood without any judgement by someone not involved in your every day life.
0161 543 1095 View 0161 543 1095
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Simon Rutter
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
In psychodynamic psychotherapy, there is a focus on your emotional world and how feelings are expressed or avoided; in time, we'd identify recurring themes and patterns in your life; we would think about past experience and how it relates to the present; we'd get to know your relationships, including the therapy relationship itself; and, because emotional conflict is invariably woven into the fabric of our lives, we would explore the inner world of daydreams, dreams, images and thoughts. Saying whatever comes to mind - if you feel free to say it - is a powerful and meaningful way to relieve distress and to find change in your life.
In psychodynamic psychotherapy, there is a focus on your emotional world and how feelings are expressed or avoided; in time, we'd identify recurring themes and patterns in your life; we would think about past experience and how it relates to the present; we'd get to know your relationships, including the therapy relationship itself; and, because emotional conflict is invariably woven into the fabric of our lives, we would explore the inner world of daydreams, dreams, images and thoughts. Saying whatever comes to mind - if you feel free to say it - is a powerful and meaningful way to relieve distress and to find change in your life.
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Fox Psychological Services
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
Not accepting new clients
It is very human to have psychological difficulties at various points in our lives. Difficult things can happen to us leaving us feeling scared and/ or low/ depressed. Society can also make us feel pressurised to look a certain way and we can feel pretty worthless if don't believe that we conform to these societal expectations. All of these can be both frightening and overwhelming, which makes it so important to have a calm, compassionate and skilful therapist to guide you towards recovery.
It is very human to have psychological difficulties at various points in our lives. Difficult things can happen to us leaving us feeling scared and/ or low/ depressed. Society can also make us feel pressurised to look a certain way and we can feel pretty worthless if don't believe that we conform to these societal expectations. All of these can be both frightening and overwhelming, which makes it so important to have a calm, compassionate and skilful therapist to guide you towards recovery.
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Chi Ko Psychosexual Relationship Therapist
Psychotherapist, MSc, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
Chi is a Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist, accredited by BACP and COSRT. He also works with people with sexual addictive behaviour and compulsivity. He has an excellent working knowledge on a range of psychiatric and mental health conditions.
Chi is a Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist, accredited by BACP and COSRT. He also works with people with sexual addictive behaviour and compulsivity. He has an excellent working knowledge on a range of psychiatric and mental health conditions.
0161 696 8319 View 0161 696 8319
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Sana Gill
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M20  (Online Only)
I work with individuals who are wanting to understand their emotional health further and to make sustainable and meaningful change to reduce experiences of distress. We work together with curiosity to explore life experiences both past and present to understand how these may have shaped and guided life choices and emotional experiences. We work through specific concerns, beliefs and behaviours which may be causing or maintaining your distress and find ways to make helpful changes to improve emotional well-being.
I work with individuals who are wanting to understand their emotional health further and to make sustainable and meaningful change to reduce experiences of distress. We work together with curiosity to explore life experiences both past and present to understand how these may have shaped and guided life choices and emotional experiences. We work through specific concerns, beliefs and behaviours which may be causing or maintaining your distress and find ways to make helpful changes to improve emotional well-being.
0161 524 6440 View 0161 524 6440
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Curated Self
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
Are you looking for support to help make changes and take back control? I work with anxiety, stress, trauma, anger management, confidence building and sports performance enhancement at the semi-professional and professional level. I passionately believe in the evidence-based therapies I use to help my clients. My whole-system approach looks at the thought patterns, physical systems, environment, and relationship patterns that keep you stuck. Core changes are easier when you aren’t distracted by feelings of distress, anger, frustration, anxiety, or sadness.
Are you looking for support to help make changes and take back control? I work with anxiety, stress, trauma, anger management, confidence building and sports performance enhancement at the semi-professional and professional level. I passionately believe in the evidence-based therapies I use to help my clients. My whole-system approach looks at the thought patterns, physical systems, environment, and relationship patterns that keep you stuck. Core changes are easier when you aren’t distracted by feelings of distress, anger, frustration, anxiety, or sadness.
0161 524 8377 View 0161 524 8377
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Katherine Marcinski
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M29  (Online Only)
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile! I hope you find the information here useful to help you decide if I might be the right fit for you. Currently I work in 2 schools, as well as online from my home office counselling adults and young people; and supervising other counsellors. I've been a person centred counsellor for over 15 years. I believe that all people have the capability to grow and to know what is best for them in order to do so. Sometimes life happens, challenging situations can arise or we may feel our way of dealing with things is not to our liking and we need a bit of outside help or guidance to get us back on track.
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile! I hope you find the information here useful to help you decide if I might be the right fit for you. Currently I work in 2 schools, as well as online from my home office counselling adults and young people; and supervising other counsellors. I've been a person centred counsellor for over 15 years. I believe that all people have the capability to grow and to know what is best for them in order to do so. Sometimes life happens, challenging situations can arise or we may feel our way of dealing with things is not to our liking and we need a bit of outside help or guidance to get us back on track.
01942 932439 View 01942 932439
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Lucy Smith
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M19  (Online Only)
There are many difficulties in life that can feel overwhelming at times. Life circumstances or internal struggles can leave us feeling as if we are not getting what we should out of life and we want to be able to move forward. In all circumstances I believe passionately in the power of therapy to help enact positive change. The tools and skills you could learn with me can enable you to feel that you can live the rest of your life free from what has been holding you back. We would do this together working at your pace and always being in partnership.
There are many difficulties in life that can feel overwhelming at times. Life circumstances or internal struggles can leave us feeling as if we are not getting what we should out of life and we want to be able to move forward. In all circumstances I believe passionately in the power of therapy to help enact positive change. The tools and skills you could learn with me can enable you to feel that you can live the rest of your life free from what has been holding you back. We would do this together working at your pace and always being in partnership.
0161 519 0839 View 0161 519 0839
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Christian Scott Perrin
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Manchester M4  (Online Only)
Do you feel as though you're 'stuck' in a place you'd rather not be? Do you feel as though life is becoming gradually less enjoyable? Do you find yourself asking 'is this it'? I've felt that way too - most people have. I help people realise that unwanted thoughts, feelings, and circumstances can, and do, change. We often define ourselves through our fears, insecurities, and anxieties and in doing so create a mental prison around ourselves. Common behaviours such as resistance and avoidance can make this even worse. Using traditional psychotherapy techniques, I focus on releasing people from these kinds of emotional chains.
Do you feel as though you're 'stuck' in a place you'd rather not be? Do you feel as though life is becoming gradually less enjoyable? Do you find yourself asking 'is this it'? I've felt that way too - most people have. I help people realise that unwanted thoughts, feelings, and circumstances can, and do, change. We often define ourselves through our fears, insecurities, and anxieties and in doing so create a mental prison around ourselves. Common behaviours such as resistance and avoidance can make this even worse. Using traditional psychotherapy techniques, I focus on releasing people from these kinds of emotional chains.
01246 932672 View 01246 932672
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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
81% 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
46% Bupa

How Counsellors in Manchester see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
27% 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.