Tanya Bradshaw, Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP (Accred).

Founding Counsellor

3rd September 2020 - Sessions provided in person, by telephone or online using Zoom

As a BACP Accredited Counsellor, I am neither directive or judgmental and encourage you to fully explore your thoughts and feelings. I am an Integrative Counsellor with my main approach being Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) however, I also draw on models from other theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA).  I have expertise in supporting clients who have experienced physical, mental, emotional and sexual trauma. I believe an individual’s experiences are unique and therefore my focus will solely be on you and your needs.  

I currently provide sessions exclusively in my private practice based on King Street, Manchester. I served in the Armed Forces and worked in a front-line position in the Civil Service for a combined total of 18 years. I most recently worked for the NHS as a Trauma Focused Counsellor and have delivered group work using CBT skills.  I have also worked as a Counsellor with Manchester Rape Crisis supporting female survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse.

These experiences provide me with extensive working knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Stress and Anxiety.  As a Trauma Focused Counsellor, I have additional training in areas such as Dissociation, Inner Child work and using the 'Rewind' technique to manage intrusive memories and anxiety.  I am also currently a Trainee EMDR Therapist working towards qualification in September 2021.  I also offer counselling in other areas 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 therapeutic environment for clients. My approach does not just focus on the problem but what avenues of support and coping strategies you can use. I proactively engage in professional development that enhances my practice and ensure I am compliant with latest procedures.  This ensures that I provide an ethical and professional therapeutic experience for you.

I predominantly provide sessions in person, although I am happy to discuss alternative options such as providing sessions by telephone or online using Zoom. I work with adults aged 16 and above from all backgrounds and communities.

Fenella Foulis Dip. Couns, Reg. MBACP

3rd September 2020 - Sessions provided in person, by telephone or online

I am a trauma-informed therapist with initial training in the person-centred approach.  Further training has included Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Inner Child work and the use of the Rewind Technique to assist recovery from trauma.

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-judgmental 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
  • Psychological impact of trauma
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Having worked as a paramedic for over 25 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 work in person, over the telephone or online.

 

Marian O'Herlihy, Reg. MBACP

3rd September 2020 - Sessions provided in person, by telephone or online.

Suaimhneas (soov-nass) is an Irish word which translates to calmness, harmony, peace, tranquility and safety.  At times for all of us, it can be difficult to access this state.  If this is you, let me help you to rediscover your ‘suaimhneas’.  Seeking help can be difficult and trusting somebody to whom you can disclose your personal struggles can be a daunting step. I provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space where you can discuss whatever it is that is troubling you.

In addition to private practice, I have counselled for a number of years in a women’s prison and with a local counselling charity. I bring skills as a registered and experienced integrative therapist combined with a genuine compassion, warmth and generosity of self. My approach integrates elements of therapeutic approaches including CBT, Transactional Analysis, Lifespan Integration and the Person-Centred approach. This integration of a variety of modalities helps me support clients in facing challenges such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, relationship ruptures, loss and abuse (be it of a sexual, emotional, mental or physical nature).

My work to date has included supporting clients whose adult lives are adversely impacted by traumatic childhood experiences and this has prompted me to search out newer thinking in this field. I have a keen interest in the developing neuroscientific landscape which tells us so much of how the body and brain both work to protect us from the effects of trauma.  I am excited for the possibilities this holds for my clients to free themselves from what is holding them back so that they can live enhanced, fulfilled lives.

Anxiety is an area of challenge for many people. I enjoy working with clients to help them develop strategies to manage their anxiety using CBT interventions. In longer term work I can assist clients to revisit their past experiences, working at the source of the trauma with the aim of minimising the activation which still feeds their anxiety today.

I have a particular interest is working with clients whose lives have been impacted by loss, be it through bereavement, relationship breakdown or loss of identity as a result of a significant life change. Transitioning through these significant life events comes with challenges but you don’t have to do it alone.

I offer my service to adults (age 18 and above). I have a developed appreciation for that which makes us each different and value working with clients from diverse backgrounds, experiences and communities.  I provide sessions in person or online.

Monika Gwizdek, Ad Prof Dip PC. MBACP

3rd September 2020 - Sessions provided in person, by telephone or online.

Counselling can feel strange at first as you reveal to a stranger your vulnerabilities, worries and thoughts however, it can help you understand how you think, feel and behave.  Counselling can help you break down any barriers or defences you may have in order to help you lead an independent and autonomous life.

I will work with you providing the time and space you need to build your confidence, increase your skills and be able to better understand yourself. Sometimes you may not know or understand what you are struggling with, but with some support and guidance, counselling can be successful in unlocking that uncertainty.

Making the first step and reaching out isn’t always easy and can be daunting, but once that barrier has been broken, you will be on your counselling journey and this is something to feel proud of. I believe that everyone has to ability to grow, and with a little help and guidance, positive changes and success can be achieved.

My main therapeutic approach is Person Centred Therapy (PCT), however I consider myself Integrative as I also have experience in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In addition, I am currently a trainee in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

I have experience of working in the Civil Service and supporting those with complex needs including in relation to self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and depression.

Other areas of counselling I am able to support you with are:

  • Stress
  • Relationship Breakdown
  • Family Breakdown
  • Bereavement
  • Abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying

I offer Counselling for adults aged 18 years and over and tailor my counselling methods to suit your needs. I provide a safe, confidential and friendly therapeutic environment which will support you to express your feelings and worries, and enable you to be heard.

I am able to work face to face, over the telephone or online via Zoom.

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