Tanya Clifton, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

Owner / Lead Counsellor

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 sector and hence I have worked with people from a vast range of backgrounds bringing a variety of issues. I have specific experience of working with people of any age who have experienced both loss and bereavement (through death, relationship breakdown, loss of employment or other), men that have suffered historic sexual abuse, loss of family unit, life crises, and people experiencing passive or spontaneous suicidal ideation. I welcome working with clients 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.

Anna Timperley, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

I understand that choosing to access therapy can be a daunting process but I am friendly and approachable and will work hard to ensure you feel welcome, safe and able to discuss any problem you may be experiencing with confidentiality.

About me

I am a qualified, Person-Centred Counsellor and am passionate about the benefit talking therapies can bring to anyone in distress. My own experience of therapy in the past has enabled me to flourish and in turn inspired me to train to become a Counsellor myself.

I have worked as a horticultural therapist within the NHS, local councils, charities and schools for over 12 years. I have helped people from diverse backgrounds and different age groups with countless different presenting issues, including; serious, enduring and complex mental health issues along with many others. Using horticulture as a tool to aid people in their recovery from mental health issues or distressing life events has been a privilege. This experience has enabled me to empathise and engage with people in distress and develop my therapeutic expertise.

I have also worked as a Counsellor for Trafford Carers Centre, as well as Macmillan Wellbeing Centre, part of Pennine Care NHS Trust for over 2 years, working with people dealing with cancer, bereavement, life limiting and terminal illness.

I have experience working with many areas, including but not limited to;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Bereavement/ loss
  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Disability
  • Discrimination/bullying

Using a holistic approach, I work with you as a whole, not only focusing on particular issues but exploring any underlying causes. I am responsive to your needs and will work with you as an individual to untangle your thoughts and experiences. Talking to a qualified professional can help you find insight, clarity and a greater understanding of life’s challenges. Together we will be able to find strategies to enable you to cope better and move forward.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines. I attend regular professional supervision and continuing professional development training to ensure my skills are always up to date.  I work with anyone over the age of 18 from all backgrounds.