Counselling in Manchester

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Photo of Heidi Brown, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Heidi Brown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
I love to see people grow and develop. I enjoy empowering people to make the best decisions for themselves. I enjoy working with the root cause of your issue aswell as coping with life on a daily basis. You may have anxiety or depression and be unsure how to make your self feel better. Counselling can help you understand why you are feeling the way you are and help you move on.
I love to see people grow and develop. I enjoy empowering people to make the best decisions for themselves. I enjoy working with the root cause of your issue aswell as coping with life on a daily basis. You may have anxiety or depression and be unsure how to make your self feel better. Counselling can help you understand why you are feeling the way you are and help you move on.
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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.
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True Living Therapies
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
If you're tired of battling stress, overwhelm, anxiety or if you're frustrated because you can't seem to be as productive or confident as you want, or need, to be then hypnotherapy can work amazingly well for you. Your subconscious is in the driving seat and while it tries to help you feel safe and survive, it can also hinder you too. Often we aren't entirely aware, at a conscious level, why we're struggling or stuck in self-sabotaging behaviour patterns. Hypnotherapy is able to reach your subconscious and work with it to correct course, allowing you to achieve what you want.
If you're tired of battling stress, overwhelm, anxiety or if you're frustrated because you can't seem to be as productive or confident as you want, or need, to be then hypnotherapy can work amazingly well for you. Your subconscious is in the driving seat and while it tries to help you feel safe and survive, it can also hinder you too. Often we aren't entirely aware, at a conscious level, why we're struggling or stuck in self-sabotaging behaviour patterns. Hypnotherapy is able to reach your subconscious and work with it to correct course, allowing you to achieve what you want.
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Salmaa Timol
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
At any stage in life, we can experience changes or moments where it becomes difficult to cope with our thoughts and feelings. This can result in feeling stuck and not knowing how to process what we're experiencing. What can make this more difficult is knowing who or how to open up to others or feeling like what you're experiencing is too much for someone to understand. Having a therapist allows you to share all parts of you, parts that are accepted wholeheartedly without shame or judgement, which may not feel possible even with those you feel closest to.
At any stage in life, we can experience changes or moments where it becomes difficult to cope with our thoughts and feelings. This can result in feeling stuck and not knowing how to process what we're experiencing. What can make this more difficult is knowing who or how to open up to others or feeling like what you're experiencing is too much for someone to understand. Having a therapist allows you to share all parts of you, parts that are accepted wholeheartedly without shame or judgement, which may not feel possible even with those you feel closest to.
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Photo of Caroline Reed, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Caroline Reed
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M41
When we are struggling and in pain, the need to be heard, understood, to be appreciated and valued is crucial to our healing. I have over 25 years experience working with families, couples, individuals and groups with mental health concerns and/or addictions. I work collaboratively alongside you, providing guidance on your journey towards healing. You know your strengths, areas for personal growth and your feelings. I know how the mind works, about how to push through barriers that hold you back, about recovery and healing. Together we will embark on a journey that is beneficial to you.
When we are struggling and in pain, the need to be heard, understood, to be appreciated and valued is crucial to our healing. I have over 25 years experience working with families, couples, individuals and groups with mental health concerns and/or addictions. I work collaboratively alongside you, providing guidance on your journey towards healing. You know your strengths, areas for personal growth and your feelings. I know how the mind works, about how to push through barriers that hold you back, about recovery and healing. Together we will embark on a journey that is beneficial to you.
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Michelle Davies
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist based in Manchester City Centre. I work face to face and online with both short-term and long-term therapy. My initial core training and qualification is a BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice, from University of Salford. I then went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at University of Salford. Drawn to the evidence based 'third wave CBT' psychological therapies, I went on to study Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in more depth.
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist based in Manchester City Centre. I work face to face and online with both short-term and long-term therapy. My initial core training and qualification is a BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice, from University of Salford. I then went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at University of Salford. Drawn to the evidence based 'third wave CBT' psychological therapies, I went on to study Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in more depth.
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Photo of Shaun Joseph Francis Brookhouse, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Shaun Joseph Francis Brookhouse
Psychotherapist, MA, SNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Manchester M16
I work with a wide variety of individuals in order for them to reach their therapeutic goals. I have a clinical interest in motivation and this type of work features in the work I provide. Anxiety tends to be the most common issue I work with, but I assist in a variety of psychological, emotional and behavioural issues as well.
I work with a wide variety of individuals in order for them to reach their therapeutic goals. I have a clinical interest in motivation and this type of work features in the work I provide. Anxiety tends to be the most common issue I work with, but I assist in a variety of psychological, emotional and behavioural issues as well.
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Photo of James Sussex, Counsellor in Manchester, England
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.
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Graceful Growth
Psychologist, MA, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Manchester M19  (Online Only)
Hi, are you feeling weighed down by feelings of depression, anxiety, panic, anger, or stress? Are you unhappy with your marriage or relationship?Come, let's talk.
Hi, are you feeling weighed down by feelings of depression, anxiety, panic, anger, or stress? Are you unhappy with your marriage or relationship?Come, let's talk.
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Photo of Neil Hewson - Sports & Performance Therapist in Manchester, England
Neil Hewson - Sports & Performance Therapist
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
I am a dedicated and passionate sports performance mindset coach with extensive experience in both football and athletics. My journey in the realm of sports psychology has been marked by a profound commitment to helping athletes unlock their full potential by mastering the mental aspects of their performance. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with Premier league footballers and world class athletes. These experiences have helped equip me with a versatile skill set to address the diverse needs of athletes.
I am a dedicated and passionate sports performance mindset coach with extensive experience in both football and athletics. My journey in the realm of sports psychology has been marked by a profound commitment to helping athletes unlock their full potential by mastering the mental aspects of their performance. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with Premier league footballers and world class athletes. These experiences have helped equip me with a versatile skill set to address the diverse needs of athletes.
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George Boswell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M22
Are you fed up of feeling like you never fit in? Maybe you're tired of masking your true self through fear of other people's judgements, criticisms or rejection? These are experiences I hear from clients so frequently. I work with people that want to find ways to live more authentically, to be more comfortable in expressing their true selves. I support clients to uncover their natural ways of being, to unmask and find ways to express their true emotions. I have a passion and a wealth of knowledge (professionally and personally) of supporting neurodiverse clients (predominantly, though not exclusively clients with autism and ADHD).
Are you fed up of feeling like you never fit in? Maybe you're tired of masking your true self through fear of other people's judgements, criticisms or rejection? These are experiences I hear from clients so frequently. I work with people that want to find ways to live more authentically, to be more comfortable in expressing their true selves. I support clients to uncover their natural ways of being, to unmask and find ways to express their true emotions. I have a passion and a wealth of knowledge (professionally and personally) of supporting neurodiverse clients (predominantly, though not exclusively clients with autism and ADHD).
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Virginia Vaccaro
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M21
Hi, welcome to this page. There might be several reasons why you are looking to start therapy: Maybe you feel stuck and don’t know how to overcome a difficult situation. Or why the same things seem to be happening to you. Maybe you feel very sad and like you’re carrying heavy baggage. Stress might be a bit too much and you wish you could stop the race inside you. Maybe you just want to feel better. Maybe you are not sure, but you feel that all is not ok. And maybe all the above at the same time.
Hi, welcome to this page. There might be several reasons why you are looking to start therapy: Maybe you feel stuck and don’t know how to overcome a difficult situation. Or why the same things seem to be happening to you. Maybe you feel very sad and like you’re carrying heavy baggage. Stress might be a bit too much and you wish you could stop the race inside you. Maybe you just want to feel better. Maybe you are not sure, but you feel that all is not ok. And maybe all the above at the same time.
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Photo of Em Inglis, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Em Inglis
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
Have you lived with anxiety or depression, and need someone to help you unravel what keeps you in distress? Perhaps you feel behind in life, and struggle to know what stops you from moving forward. I am here to help you to live more authentically, to explore your relationship with different parts of yourself, and to help you move from being stuck to a more flexible way of experiencing. I help my clients to build a compassionate relationship with themselves. The goal is that clients begin to feel able to cope with difficult feelings and situations, make decisions that align with their values, and strengthen their relationships.
Have you lived with anxiety or depression, and need someone to help you unravel what keeps you in distress? Perhaps you feel behind in life, and struggle to know what stops you from moving forward. I am here to help you to live more authentically, to explore your relationship with different parts of yourself, and to help you move from being stuck to a more flexible way of experiencing. I help my clients to build a compassionate relationship with themselves. The goal is that clients begin to feel able to cope with difficult feelings and situations, make decisions that align with their values, and strengthen their relationships.
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Photo of Mark Hamlin, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Mark Hamlin
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
Are you struggling with something difficult in your life and need some support? I offer a space where you can be yourself, supporting you to find new ways to explore what's important. I am passionate about what I do, by the changes in behaviour, insights and new perspectives experienced by my clients. I'm a registered trainee Psychotherapist accredited by the UKCP and registered with the Gender Intelligence Network for Therapists and Counsellors.
Are you struggling with something difficult in your life and need some support? I offer a space where you can be yourself, supporting you to find new ways to explore what's important. I am passionate about what I do, by the changes in behaviour, insights and new perspectives experienced by my clients. I'm a registered trainee Psychotherapist accredited by the UKCP and registered with the Gender Intelligence Network for Therapists and Counsellors.
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Photo of Catherine Horton, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Catherine Horton
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
HI, I’m Catherine (she/her), sometimes life can be challenging and everyone experiences times when they may struggle. I offer a calm, confidential and safe space for you to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings and support you through these difficult times. Often past experiences can cause difficulties in the present and together we can explore these in order for you to gain insight and clarity and move forward in your life.
HI, I’m Catherine (she/her), sometimes life can be challenging and everyone experiences times when they may struggle. I offer a calm, confidential and safe space for you to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings and support you through these difficult times. Often past experiences can cause difficulties in the present and together we can explore these in order for you to gain insight and clarity and move forward in your life.
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Photo of Bernadette Shaw. Minds That Matter, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Bernadette Shaw. Minds That Matter
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1
Are you looking for support while working through fear, anxiety, & stress? Are these having negative effects on your relationship with yourself, your personal relationships & friendships? Is someone close experiencing them? Perhaps you have reached a crossroads, are grieving the loss of something or someone dear? Wherever you are on the path of life I offer a safe space providing support and exploration of needs and anxieties, working with you to make positive changes. My experience of working in the addictions field has also made me aware of issues that can develop and the impact this can have on an individual and their family.
Are you looking for support while working through fear, anxiety, & stress? Are these having negative effects on your relationship with yourself, your personal relationships & friendships? Is someone close experiencing them? Perhaps you have reached a crossroads, are grieving the loss of something or someone dear? Wherever you are on the path of life I offer a safe space providing support and exploration of needs and anxieties, working with you to make positive changes. My experience of working in the addictions field has also made me aware of issues that can develop and the impact this can have on an individual and their family.
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Photo of Rehanah Ahmad, Psychotherapist in Manchester, England
Rehanah Ahmad
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
I am a psychotherapist with a diploma in person centred counselling and in cognitive behavioral therapy.I provide a safe therapeutic environment in which you can explore and process your experiences. I use an integrative approach which combines person centred with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques. My approach is compassionate, & non judgemental. I am here to help you process and move forwards towards where you want to be. I have experience of working one to one and remotely with people on a wide range of issues including Anxiety, depression, loss, relationship issues & self esteem issues, as well as cultural issues.
I am a psychotherapist with a diploma in person centred counselling and in cognitive behavioral therapy.I provide a safe therapeutic environment in which you can explore and process your experiences. I use an integrative approach which combines person centred with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) techniques. My approach is compassionate, & non judgemental. I am here to help you process and move forwards towards where you want to be. I have experience of working one to one and remotely with people on a wide range of issues including Anxiety, depression, loss, relationship issues & self esteem issues, as well as cultural issues.
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Photo of Tracey Whalley, Counsellor in Manchester, England
Tracey Whalley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M9  (Online Only)
Sometimes life experiences can become overwhelming and feel too much to cope with. This can lead to us to feeling worthless, vulnerable and isolated. Sometimes we need somebody who will listen to us without judgement to help us work through things to lead to a better understanding of ourselves and our experiences and sometimes just hold our hand whilst we sit in that darkness.
Sometimes life experiences can become overwhelming and feel too much to cope with. This can lead to us to feeling worthless, vulnerable and isolated. Sometimes we need somebody who will listen to us without judgement to help us work through things to lead to a better understanding of ourselves and our experiences and sometimes just hold our hand whilst we sit in that darkness.
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Photo of Ben Dawson, Psychologist in Manchester, England
Ben Dawson
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
Hi, my name is Ben and I am a Consult Clinical Psychologist at Project Trauma. I set up Project Trauma to provide the kind of personalised, compassionate psychological support that people need following events in their life which they have struggled to cope with. Psychological distress can affect anyone and everyone will have a different reaction to traumatic events in their life. We all have different tolerance and ways of coping, but at some stage in our life we will all need help from somewhere.
Hi, my name is Ben and I am a Consult Clinical Psychologist at Project Trauma. I set up Project Trauma to provide the kind of personalised, compassionate psychological support that people need following events in their life which they have struggled to cope with. Psychological distress can affect anyone and everyone will have a different reaction to traumatic events in their life. We all have different tolerance and ways of coping, but at some stage in our life we will all need help from somewhere.
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Photo of Sarah Tomlinson, Psychologist in Manchester, England
Sarah Tomlinson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M21
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced senior clinical psychologist who specialises in autism (diagnosis and post-diagnostic support), learning disabilities and trauma. I have 16 years post-doctoral experience and have worked for the NHS for this period. I am HCPC registered, and am accredited by the National Autistic Society. My therapeutic models include EMDR, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I work privately on Mondays.
I am an experienced senior clinical psychologist who specialises in autism (diagnosis and post-diagnostic support), learning disabilities and trauma. I have 16 years post-doctoral experience and have worked for the NHS for this period. I am HCPC registered, and am accredited by the National Autistic Society. My therapeutic models include EMDR, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I work privately on Mondays.
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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
64% Bereavement

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

64% Aviva
59% AXA PPP
47% Vitality

How Counsellors in Manchester see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% 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.