Warm and Professional Counselling for Stockport, Cheshire and Manchester
“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, August 2018
Embarking on therapy can seem overwhelming and getting started is often the hardest part. Before you continue, please know that you won’t find any ‘hard-sell’ here! The client and therapist match is much like a jigsaw puzzle- it has to be the right fit so that the work can get done.
It’s important to connect with your therapist and feel as though you are in a safe and accepting environment where you can speak freely. In certain types of psychotherapy, the practitioner will put themselves in the position of ‘expert’ and try to ‘direct’ you to what they think is right or acceptable.
However, I work to make sure that you are in the driving seat so you can start to feel happy, confident and empowered. This is your life and no one can tell you how to live it.
A little bit about me….
Prior to my training I used to juggle two careers simultaneously – one in ‘sensible’ project management and one in ‘not-so-sensible’ radio broadcasting (XFM, BBC, Galaxy, SHOCK FM, Manchester Radio Online, 106.6fm, FAB Radio International).
Nowadays aside from running my full-time private practice I am also a published writer (Therapy Today (BACP), Counselling Directory, The Counsellor’s Café Magazine, KEIA Wellbeing, Sounds Magazine, Manchester Evening News), mental health blogger and am busy working on a book.
I’m deeply interested in psychology, intuition, awareness and mysticism. There’s far more going on in our own minds than most of us realise yet it’s often our ‘unconscious processes’ which steers the ship! My other passion is for music – I sing, play guitar and drum although thankfully not during a session…
Like everyone- I am flawed, imperfect and human. I’ve been through my own fair share of personal struggles and believe this gives me a greater degree of empathy to support our working collaboration.
Being dealt a difficult hand does not mean you are destined for a bleak future. Challenges (no matter how daunting they seem) can be used to transform and shape our lives for the better.
Points to consider:
- Although the journey may seem challenging I promise to treat you with the utmost respect as we figure a way forward together.
- There is no need to limit yourself in our sessions (certainly no swear box!) and I promise to accept you just as you are.
- The relationships I develop with my clients are authentic, close, meaningful and supportive.
- My friends describe me as warm, caring, compassionate and funny (and not just the ones I paid to say either… *groan).