My name is Annie and I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist (Pg. Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am committed to working within their ethical framework.
I have trained in humanistic, person-centred therapy and consider my role to work alongside you, to understand and empathise with your experiences. Through building trust and understanding I endeavour to help you build your inner resources to overcome any challenges. It is not my role to tell you what to do, or how to feel, but to provide a safe and secure space to explore this together.
There may be times when things feel very overwhelming and counselling provides a confidential space to explore any issues in a non-judgemental environment. It can be a very powerful experience for both client and counsellor which can bring about positive and lasting growth and change. I consider it a privilege to be able to support clients through these challenges and witness the healing and transformation that can take place.
I offer a confidential and supportive environment and work openly with integrity and compassion. In this way I am able to have honest conversations with clients and facilitate positive change. I will be guided by you and understand that the first sessions in particular may feel difficult. We will go at a pace that you are comfortable with and I will always provide an opportunity to talk through how things are going and if you are happy with the sessions.
Background and Experience
I have experience of working alongside both male and female clients from a range of ages and backgrounds supporting them through issues and challenges which include: depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, relationship issues, self-esteem and confidence issues, suicidal ideation, social anxiety and domestic abuse.
In addition to working in private practice I also work at Stockport Women’s Centre, and in secondary schools offering counselling to young people. I am fully insured and have regular clinical supervision.
Prior to my training as a counsellor I have 20 years’ experience within the charity sector leading large teams, managing staff well-being and development and building relationships with people both internally and externally.
What happens next?
I offer face to face counselling sessions in addition to remote sessions via Zoom, enabling a greater degree of flexibility wherever your location.
I offer a free 30-minute introductory consultation. During this I will explain a little more about the counselling I offer and provide an opportunity for you to share what brings you to counselling. We can then discuss if you would like to go ahead with our sessions. It is really important to me that you feel comfortable.