Tanya Clifton, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

Founding Counsellor

10th January 2020 - Unfortunately, I am currently unable to take on any new clients at present but will still be contactable through the practice if needed.

As a qualified and BACP Registered, Person-Centred Counsellor, I am neither directive nor judgmental in approach though I will encourage you to fully explore your thoughts and feelings.  I have expertise in supporting clients who have experienced physical, mental, emotional and sexual trauma.  I believe that each individual’s experiences are unique and as a therapist, I will listen to and support you with these difficulties.

I currently work for the NHS as a specialist Counsellor and see clients via my private practice, Phoenix Counselling Services which is based on King Street in Manchester’s City Centre.  I served in the Armed Forces and worked in a front-line position in the Civil Service for a combined total of seventeen years.  I have delivered group work using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for over four years and worked with the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).  With a desire to specialise, I began volunteering as a Counsellor with Manchester Rape Crisis working with female survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse for almost three years.  This life and working experience has provided me with extensive working knowledge of individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, stress and anxiety related conditions.  I am also able to offer counselling in many other areas listed below and including -  

  • Bereavement
  • Self-Harm / Suicide Ideations
  • Anger Management
  • Bullying
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Changes to Health

I am committed to providing a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for my clients. My approach does not just focus on the problem but also on what avenues of support and coping strategies they can utilise.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework. As a therapist working towards Accreditation, I engage in regular professional supervision and take an active approach to my professional development.  This will enhance my practice and ensure I am fully compliant with the latest policies and procedures whilst providing an ethical and professional therapeutic experience for you.  I predominantly provide face to face sessions although am happy to discuss other options such as Skype.  I work with adults eighteen years and over and individuals from all backgrounds and communities.

Dimitrios Monochristou, Bsc, MSc, Reg. MBACP (accred)

I am a qualified counsellor and an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My training has been centred on the person focused approach. My experience and professional development has led me to adopt a pluralistic take on my practice that introduces elements from therapeutic theories such as Existential Psychotherapies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

In my practice I work with people that experience symptoms of distress, low mood and anxiety in a structured, time limited or open ended time frame. My aim is to always take into account my client’s needs, wishes, pace and desired focus in order to maintain a meaningful and trusting relationship. In our work my clients will have the opportunity to be in a non-judgemental space with me where they will be able to explore their feelings, situations and experiences in confidence in order reach a positive resolution.

I have delivered counselling to clients in the NHS and in the community and higher education sector and, hence I have worked with people from a vast range of backgrounds bringing a variety of issues. I welcome working with people from any background including migrants settling into the UK from Europe or overseas.

I am also a qualified supervisor and deliver counselling and psychotherapy supervision to therapists. My qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision
  • MSc in Counselling Psychology
  • Bsc in Psychology

Nicola Nicolson, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

As a qualified integrative counsellor I tailor my approach so that my counselling sessions meet your individual needs. My core approach is person centred but working integratively means I will draw on other counselling techniques dependent on what we identify as important for you to achieve.

This means I have experience of short-term solution-focused work for people who understand where they want to be but who may have got stuck and need to explore new ways of thinking. We can test out, in a safe, non-judgemental space, how it would be for you to change things and the consequences of doing so.

It also means I have experience of long-term work with people who need to make sense of their past, what is currently happening to them and who need support through difficult and confusing emotions, all before considering what a different future may look like and how to get there.

My experience comes from counselling a range of people from diverse backgrounds. This means I regularly work with issues such as:

  • Relationship problems
  • Mild and moderate depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Long term illness
  • Disability
  • Trauma

What supports me in my counselling work are personal qualities that include determination and grittiness in the face of many challenges. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such adhere to its ethical code and the requirement to have regular professional supervision and to continue developing professionally. Also, I have many years of experience working in the public, private and charitable sector, including the NHS.

Charlotte Dibley, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

The idea of attending counselling can be daunting but taking the initial first step is a significant milestone. As a qualified person-centred counsellor, I will seek to understand your experiences and needs so that together, we can face your problems and work through them.

In the safety of the counselling room, I offer a non-judgmental approach and strive to create a productive, nurturing environment working at your own pace. Discussing your thoughts and feelings with a neutral party can enable you to gain clarity, perspective and understanding through your therapeutic journey.

I have worked at a women’s centre for two years, assisting clients from a variety of life experiences. I acknowledge and appreciate the differences in each individual and welcome people from all walks of life.

I’m a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working towards Accreditation. As such, I follow a code of conduct which ensures that I practice in an ethical way to keep both you, and myself, safe.

I work with both men and women over the age of 18 within a flexible time frame which can be negotiated based on your needs.

As a responsible counsellor, I regularly attend supervision where I engage in therapeutic reflection and continuous personal development. This ensures that I am engaging with clients in the best possible way.

I have worked in numerous areas, including:

  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Relationship Problems
  • Anger
  • Abuse
  • Health Concerns
  • Depression
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness

Fenella Foulis Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

I am a trauma-informed therapist and have trained in the person-centred approach.  I have worked in a variety of settings, including male and female prisons and with those dealing with issues around drug and alcohol use.

I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space in which you can explore any issues with which you feel you may need help; these include

  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Relationship problems
  • Psychological impact of trauma
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Having worked as a paramedic for over 20 years I have an excellent understanding of mental and physical health problems and how these may impact on your life.  I have extensive experience of dealing with life-limiting conditions and End of Life Care.

I strive to create a therapeutic space and feel able to hear about and work with issues that people may find uncomfortable or distressing to discuss.  Due to my experience, knowledge, training and skills, I have been able to therapeutically help people who have presented with complex issues such as violent crimes, gender-identity, questioning of sexuality and domestic violence amongst others.  I have received training in managing complex trauma and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

My journey through personal therapy and my subsequent training as a Counsellor have shown me how powerful counselling can be.  For anyone who may be considering starting therapy for the first time, be assured that the decision to start counselling will be one of the bravest you have ever made but, potentially, one of the best. 

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy); as such I abide by its ethical framework, have regular supervision and engage in continuing professional development.  I am enhanced DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and work with adults aged 18 and above.  I am happy to offer counselling over the telephone, after an initial face-to-face session, if that suits you better.

Daniel Martyn, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

It takes courage to consider coming to counselling and in doing so, you have already taken a big step. I realise just how nervous you may be feeling and I will do everything I can to help you feel relaxed, comfortable and safe.

I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and currently work as part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS group and have done so for several years as well as working in private practice.  My experience has given me the opportunity to work with professionals from different backgrounds, cultures and of various ages across different trusts and private organisations connected with the NHS and local councils.

I am an understanding, empathic, approachable and a non-judgemental person and the core therapy I use is Person-Centred but I do draw upon different modalities and use different techniques in order to effectively work with my clients – everybody is different and we can explore what works for you together. I am passionate about helping and in my role as a Counsellor, I work to build a relationship of trust with my clients so they can begin to explore a better understanding of how they express themselves as they work through the various difficulties that life can throw at us.  You will always be at the heart of our work together so we can find a solution that works for you.

I have experience in working with difficulties such as:

  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Loss
  • Relationship troubles
  • Sadness
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress

I am a Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP). As a member of the BACP I follow their Ethical Framework which sets out guidelines in order to work safely and ethically; this includes undergoing regular supervision and continuing my development both personally and professionally.

Rachael Ingram, Dip. Couns, MBACP

I specialise in Person-centered counselling which means I seek to understand your experience from your perspective. By positively valuing you as a client and by being open and genuine, I aim to make you feel accepted and better able to understand your own feelings. The person-centered approach can help you re-connect with your inner values and sense of self-worth which will enable you to find your own way to move forward and progress.

I understand the daily frustration of living with depression and anxiety. Having suffered with anxiety myself and having had counselling, I know how it feels to sit in front of a stranger and talk about my inner most feelings.

I am not an expert aiming to fix you. I trust the person-centered technique and see you as the expert in your own life. Instead, I will offer an encouraging and supportive environment so you can explore and understand yourself and your world. 

I have worked at St George’s Centre supporting people with mental health concerns as well as at the Simeon Centre for over two years.  I work with both men and women over the age of 18.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such, I follow a code of conduct which ensures that I practice in an ethical way.  I regularly attend supervision where I engage in therapeutic reflection and continuous personal development.

I have worked in numerous areas, including:

  • Bereavement
  • Relationship problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health concerns
  • Depression/Low mood
  • Sexual trauma
  • Anxiety

Kelly Androna, RDMP, MA, BA (Joint Hons)

My aim is to create a safe, open and non-judgemental environment in which you feel supported.  I work from a blend of Person-Centred and Psychodynamic principles and work in a flexible way depending on your individual needs. This offers not only the opportunity to think about change but to also move towards it.

As a Psychotherapist, I view the therapeutic relationship as an avenue to facilitate exploration, develop insight, growth and emotional healing using a variety of resources. This in turn can enable a person to improve their emotional and psychological health, social relationships and overall wellbeing.

I use an embodied approach to Psychotherapy as I believe that both the mind and the body simultaneously or interchangeably experience trauma or other psychological issues.  If it feels appropriate for you, we can include creative work through the use of objects, art or movement as these can often help to express unconscious thoughts and feelings thereby aid progress towards therapeutic change.

I am guided by and adhere to the code of ethics and practice of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP and is registered with the UKCP), for which I am also working as an elected council member as of October 2019. I am also working towards individual UKCP membership (UK Council for Psychotherapy).

I am passionate about my role and as such, am continuously updating my skills and knowledge through a commitment to my own personal and professional development.  I provide face to face and Skype sessions to adolescents and adults aged 16 years old and over and individuals from all backgrounds and communities.

I have worked in numerous areas, including:

  • Abuse/Trauma (Developmental, Emotional, Mental, Physical, Relational and Sexual)
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Child Development
  • Depression and Low Mood
  • Eating Disorders
  • General Emotional Difficulties
  • Identity Concerns
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Stress

My qualifications include:

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy (2013-2017)
Level 4 Counselling Children and Adolescents (2014-2015)
BA (Joint Hons) Psychology (2009-2012)