“I started seeing Steph after decades of therapy with psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health services, hypnotherapy, self-help books and even bloody gurus! I can quite honestly say I got more out of our work together, have managed to make peace with my past, and completely turn things around.”CLIENT, 2019
I’m Steph – a Psychotherapist/ Counsellor, Life Coach, published Author, Speaker, Online Educator, Mental Health Campaigner and owner of a private practice based in Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK.
The important bit…
I am fully qualified, insured, clinically supervised and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) passionate about healing, growth and positive change.
My experience in supporting people get the best out of life spans over 20-years and prior to flying solo I managed several mental health counselling services; worked in project and change management; provided leadership, coaching, and mentoring; and served as a Company Director for MIND Manchester, Healthwatch Oldham (the Department of Health) and the Community Network for Manchester.
Because good mental health and well-being are non-negotiable! They’re not tokenistic add-ons we stick on the end of a busy day! Nor are they something you either inherently have or don’t have. Your emotions and desires are simply your inner guidance telling you there’s work to be done. Think of it as incoming data. Will you continue to ignore, rationalise, deny or minimise them? Or will you take charge and step into a future of your own design?
Figuring out a way forward can be overwhelming but for us to take stock of our situations we need to understand how our thoughts, feelings and actions are affecting our lives. Which parts serve you well and which parts do we need to let go of to move into the next chapter?
Perhaps you’ve already tried therapy or life coaching but not felt it’s made much difference? I can relate. Trust me, not all therapists are made equal and I’ve had my fair share of expensive disappointments!
I use my deep intuition, keen perception and heightened sensitivity to draw things to our attention, helping you to explore your life and really get the root (or roots) of the problem.
I first came to psychology after navigating my way out of complex trauma. Whilst your own journey might make you feel lost believe me when I say that you can overcome challenges. Mental illness (whatever that means) and tough times are not permanent.
I feel blessed to have worked with thousands of individuals, couples, families and groups using my personal style of clinical, academic and lived experience to help others navigate change, find meaning, and evolve into the people they were always meant to be.
I’m a soulful, insightful and playful person with a passion for singing, music, humour and nature. If you are familiar with Myers-Briggs my personality type is INFJ (The Counsellor).
Often people confuse therapy or coaching with advice-giving which couldn’t be further from the truth! They aren’t something that’s done ‘to you’ – both are fully interactive relational experiences which allow you to find and own your solutions. Our work together may be challenging (I’m sorry..!) but the deeper you permit yourself to go the more freedom you will ultimately acquire.
I’m interested in finding out what’s happened to you, not what’s ‘wrong’ with you.
“Steph really is something special and can approach even the most difficult issues with warmth, patience and endless kindness. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am for Steph’s support and encouragement and the difference she has made to my life.”CLIENT, 2018