“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
Hi there! 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 career as a psychotherapist is stacked on 25-years of experience in health and social care including mental health, public health, charities, and the voluntary and community sector. I’ve set up and managed several counselling services, provided senior leadership, mentoring and coaching, and served as a Company Director for MIND Manchester and Healthwatch Oldham (the Department of Health).
Because good mental health isn’t a backseat issue! It’s not something we stick on our to-do list at the end of a busy day, nor is it something you either inherently have or don’t have (contrary to the Big Pharma myths of ‘chemical imbalances’).
Your feelings are simply your inner guidance telling you there’s work to be done. Think of it as incoming emotional 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 feel 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 need work to move into the next chapter?
Perhaps you’ve already tried therapy 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, heightened perceptiveness and emotional sensitivity to draw things to our attention, helping you to explore your life in fine detail and really get the root (or roots) of the problem.
Learn all about the type of therapy I work with in My Approach.
I first gravitated towards psychology to help me through my own challenging times. Believe me when I say that you can overcome challenges. Mental illness (whatever that means) and tough times are not permanent.
I feel grateful to have worked with thousands of individuals and couples using my own style of clinical, academic and lived experience, supporting clients to 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 with advice-giving which couldn’t be further from the truth! The work cannot be done for you, or even done to you, and is more of a guide on the path to self-discovery. I am specialised in creating the conditions in which growth is possible, helping you to become your true self and break free from things holding you back. Our work together may be challenging (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