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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the treatment of emotional and behavioural problems by psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social and vocational functioning, and personality growth. A psychotherapist helps people understand their problems from a new perspective by offering an objective point of view and new ways of thinking about and responding to problems. Going through the therapy process changes people's feelings about themselves and their situations, and they become happier, more self-confident, and more effective in dealing with life's stresses.

Psychotherapy is not just focused on problems, modern psychotherapy is also just as useful as a way to help you to enhance and fine tune your existing positive skills and empowering ways of thinking, so that you can become happier and more successful.

Psychotherapy occurs within a structured setting between a trained psychotherapist and client(s). Psychotherapy may take place in individual, group, or family sessions.

Because sensitive topics are often discussed during psychotherapy, therapists are expected, and legally bound, to respect client confidentiality.

Most forms of psychotherapy use only spoken conversation (sometimes referred to as talk therapy), though some can also use various forms of communication and other approaches such as the written word, artwork, drama, narrative story, the natural environment, music, biofeedback, hypnosis and physical movement.

Ethical therapists will maintain confidentiality, give clients clear information about policies, fees, and what they can realistically expect from therapy. They are up-front about their rationale and motivations and respond openly to any concerns their clients have. An ethical therapist will not exagerate their abilities or the outcomes of the therapy process, so be very wary of any therapist who makes grand claims about themselves or their therapy, or offers guarantees of cure.


How Do I Know if I Would Benefit From Seeing a Psychotherapist?

We all experience painful feelings at one time or another in our lifes. Many feelings such as sadness, hopelessness, anxiety and stress naturally arise as part of living life. For instance, it is quite normal to feel stress or anxiety before an interview, presentation or exam. Where it becomes a problem is when these feelings overwhelm you so much that it becomes hard for you to function normally in your day to day life.

If you are tearful, have trouble sleeping or eating, feeling overly fearful or anxious, are drinking or using drugs excessively, fighting a lot with your spouse or children, having trouble controlling your temper or getting along with other people, then you should seriously consider seeing a therapist.

Some problems are a reaction to stressful events in our life, such as losing a job, financial difficulties, public speaking or getting divorced. Other problems however, can be more chronic and exist even when we are not in a period of extreme stress. These may be patterns of bad relationships, persistant low mood, low self esteem or confidence, negative outlook, limiting self belief, trouble holding onto jobs, and habitual difficulty getting along with others. Psychotherapy can be very helpful with both short and long term problems.

Click here for a list of conditions that may Respond to Psychotherapy and NLP


5 reasons why psychotherapy might be the right choice
Original article posted on the American Psychological Association website
by Dr. Katherine Nordal
September 24th, 2012

1. You learn to work through your own problems.
We’ve all heard the expression, “Give a man fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” That’s the idea behind psychotherapy. There’s a lot that goes into the process of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy takes time and work, but as you progress along, you learn more effective ways to tackle problems and solve difficult situations. And in the end, that means you have developed skills and tools such as different ways of thinking, more effective coping mechanisms, and improved problem-solving.

2. No one is taking a side, except to help you.
During psychotherapy, a psychotherapist listens to what you say without judgment, no matter how embarrassing, shameful or frightening your thoughts or feelings are to you. People often reveal things during psychotherapy that are scary and very personal, and the fear of how others will respond or react is normal. The role of the psychotherapist is to remain neutral, to help you cope better with the troubling situation, and to work with you to find a good solution for your concerns.

3. Your secrets are safe.
Whatever you tell a psychotherapist during psychotherapy is confidential and private. Ethics codes and licensing laws require that psychotherapists remain silent about what is discussed or shared during psychotherapy, unless you or someone else’s life is in danger. You need to give written permission even if your psychotherapist wants to discuss your case with your physician. Confidentiality is sacred!

4. Long-term value can’t be beat.
Compared to the use of medication alone, which may seem like a more cost-effective option in the short term, research has shown that the benefits of psychotherapy extend to your physical health as well, often resulting in better physical health and lowering of your overall health costs over time.

5. Psychotherapy works!
Multiple studies show that for many conditions and concerns, psychotherapy works, and it works well. People with mild-to-moderate depression begin to feel better after just a few sessions. Some countries are even requiring psychotherapy as the first line of treatment for anxiety and depression. The research is still growing, and more good news about how psychotherapy helps is expected.

Too many people avoid treatment for common conditions like depression and anxiety. They may be burdened by chronic stress that is getting in the way of good sleep, healthy eating and quality relationships. Physical well-being may also suffer. So getting help, even if only from medication, is a step. But it may not be the best first step. And it shouldn’t be the only step.
If you, or someone you know, is ready to start on the road to better health, consider psychotherapy – it’s more than a quick fix! It has staying power.

Link to original article on - 5 Reasons you should choose psychotherapy


Whats the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

"Psychotherapy" and "counselling" are terms that are often used interchangeably. Technically speaking, "counsellor" means "advisor". It is a term that is used in conjunction with many types of advice giving. Just about anyone at all may claim to be a counsellor if they are in the role of giving advice. The term counselling may also properly be used to refer to what occurs in a relationship with a psychotherapist.

In the context of mental health, counselling is generally used to denote a treatment that offers a sympathetic listening ear, ventilation of feelings and suggestions and advice for dealing with a particular symptom or problematic situation. Psychotherapy on the other hand also focuses more on gaining a deeper insight into chronic emotional and physical problems. It's focus is on helping the client change deeper thought processes and ways of being in the world. Cawley (1977) classifies counselling as Level 1 - Outer level, Relief and Support, and psychotherapy as Level 3 to 4 - Deeper level, Exploration and Change.

In actual practice there may be quite a bit of overlap between counselling and psychotherapy. Generally speaking, however, psychotherapy requires much longer training and skill than simple counselling. It is conducted by professionals trained to practice psychotherapy. While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling, a counsellor may or may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide psychotherapy.

Cawley, R.H. (1977) 'The teaching of psychotherapy', Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry Newsletter January: 19-36.


Contemporary Psychotherapy

The word “con-tempo-rary” means literally “with time” or “moving in time”.

Contemporary Psychotherapy is a solution-focused integrative approach to psychotherapy that combines ideas from some of the most successful aspects of many forms of psychotherapy to produce an approach which continually evolves by including the latest advances in its own and other fields of knowledge. It is both highly effective and often much more rapid than more traditional forms of psychotherapy and counselling.

A number of the defining features of Contemporary Psychotherapy:

  • it is aware of and responds to current advances in its own and other fields of knowledge;
  • it is sensitive to current sociological, cultural and political issues;
  • it works with the full life trajectory - past, present and future - of the client;
  • it responds flexibly to different stages and cycles in the client’s progress;
  • it utilises the naturally occuring cycles and altered states of the human system;
  • it recognises the differing time requirements and time constraints affecting the treatment of each client.



I practice from a consulting room in my home located in Chorlton in South Manchester, close to junction 7 & 8 of the M60 and near the end of the M56. Within easy travelling distance of areas in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.

I am also a consultant at the On Harley Street clinic at 1 Harley Street, London.


Booking a Consultation

I offer an Initial Consultation/Assessment Session. This gives us the chance to discuss your problems further, answer any questions you might have and give you an estimate of the number of sessions you may require.

My services can be combined and tailored to your individual or company needs, and range from one to one private therapy or coaching sessions through to group training and workshops.

When you are committed to making the inner changes you need, to achieve the life you want, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or to make an appointment now.


Nigel Magowan, Advanced Psychotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Life Coach

Nigel Magowan
Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, Ecotherapist, Accredited Supervisor and
Advanced Hypnotherapist

About Nigel Magowan

Nigel Magowan is a professional and experienced Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist, Life Coach, a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, an Advanced Hypnotherapist and Ecotherapist. Nigel has trained with some of the best trainers. He combines all his training, skills and experience to produce a treatment that is tailored to your exact needs. He uses an integrative solution focused approach to his work which can bring about results in a much shorter time. He has also received additional specialist training in working with addictions, anger management, treating IBS, controlling pain, stress management techniques, and ecotherapy. Nigel is also a fully trained and accredited supervisor and offers supervision to complementary therapists.

Nigel holds a recent enhanced CRB certificate.

Since 2002 he has had his own busy full-time Psychotherapy, Counselling, Life Coaching, NLP and Hypnotherapy practice in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, South Manchester, and Harley Street, London. Within easy traveling distance of Altrincham, Ashton, Bolton, Buxton, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Gatley, Glossop, Hyde, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Manchester City Centre, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Sale, Stretford, Wilmslow, Withington and other towns in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and the Greater Manchester and the North West area.

He specialises in helping people with anxiety, panic attacks, stress management, addictions, IBS, anger, depression, pain control, confidence and self esteem, insomnia, public speaking and performance anxiety, fears, phobias, smoking cessation, weight loss, and study and sport performance enhancement.

He is a a UKCP Candidate in Training; a full member of the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy; a senior member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, a full member of the Hypnotherapy Association; an Approved Anxiety UK Therapist; a Professional Member of the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ANLP); the NHS Directory of Complementary & Alternative Practitioners; the UK Register of IBS Therapists; the National Register of Practitioners in Smoking Cessation

He practices according to the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy, General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, ANLP and Hypnotherapy Associations code of ethics, and has full Professional Indemnity Insurance.


Qualifications, Training and CPD

Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Comparative Psychotherapy and Clinical Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Intermediate Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Paul McKenna Training, London
Richard Bandler, Paul McKenna, Michael Breen

Diploma in Advanced Hypnotherapy and HypnoHealing
Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing, Liverpool

Clinical Practice: Psychopathology in Pychotherapeutic Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Human Development and Sexuality
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Wider Mind: Ericksonian Psychotherapy in Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Certificate in Working Successfully with Addictions
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

NLP Coaching Diploma
Frank Daniels Associates, Nottingham

Diploma in the Art and Science of NLP Coaching
Frank Daniels Associates, Nottingham

Certified Practitioner of NLP
The Washington School of Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis, Manchester
Shaun Brookhouse

Certificate in Ethical Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London London

Certificate in Stress Management Techniques

Certificate in Hypnoesitherapy

Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Certificate in Natural Awareness Therapy (Ecotherapy)
Pathfinder UK ~ School of Natural Awareness & Tracking, Devon

Accredited Supervisor Certificate
Accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists(NCP) and the General Hypnotherapy Register(GHR)
Mindworks Therapy Training, Nottingham

The Angry Gestalt
Manchester Gestalt Centre, Manchester

TA101 (Transactional Analysis)
Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, Manchester


Continuing Professional Development
Current and on-going training and supervision, keeping my skills fresh and at the cutting edge

Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London, London

Monthly clinical supervision sessions (2 hours per month)
with a UKCP registered NLP psychotherapist and supervisor

Professional Bodies

Full Member of the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy (MCCP)
Accredited Master Practitioner Member of ANLP International
UKCP Candidate in Training
Member of Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors (CAPO)

Senior Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
Full Member of the Hypnotherapy Association
Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Member of the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy
Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary & Alternative Practitioners
Accredited Therapist Member of Anxiety UK
Member of the UK Register of IBS Therapists





Please take some time to browse the other pages on this website:

What is Hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

What is NLP?

Some of the conditions that respond well to psychotherapy and NLP which can be treated at the Manchester office

Questions and Answers about Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and stress management

Services available at the Manchester office

Stop smoking using hypnotherapy and NLP

Using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and NLP for weight loss and weight management

Psychotherapy and NLP for Anxiety Disorders

Using Psychootherapy and NLP for Stress Management

Using Psychotherapy and NLP to quickly overcome Fears and Phobias

Using hypnotherapy for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Pain control and pain management using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, noesitherapy, NLP at our Manchester practice

Manchester based Life Coaching

Hypnosis MP3 Downloads

Prices for psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and NLP treatments at the Manchester practice

Location of the psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP and stress management practice in Manchester

Links to sites related to psychotherapy, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, NLP and Manchester

Harley Street London - What is psychotherapy?


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Clients come to me from all over the North West of England, see below for a list of areas covered:

Greater Manchester: Chorlton ~ Didsbury ~ Fallowfield ~ Flixton ~ Eccles ~ Irlam ~ Salford ~ Swinton ~ Pendlebury ~ Worsley ~ Walkden ~ Cadishead ~ Bury ~ Bolton ~ Farnworth ~ Little Lever ~ Kearsley ~ Wardley ~ Monton ~ Orrel ~ Barton ~ Boothstown ~ Dumplington ~ Baguley ~ Benchill ~ Burnage ~ Blackley ~ Beswick ~ Clayton ~ Crumpsall ~ Levenshulme ~ Longsight ~ Northenden ~ Rusholme ~ Sharston ~ Withington ~ Woodhouse Park ~ Wythenshawe ~ Westhoughton ~ Blackrod ~ Kearsley ~ Horwich ~ Prestwich ~ Ramsbottom ~ Radcliffe ~ Tottington ~ Whitefield ~ Whalley Range ~ Carrington ~ Victoria Park ~ Old Trafford ~ Cheetham Hill ~ Tamesdie ~ Ashton under Lyme ~ Denton ~ Reddish ~ Stalybridge ~ Hyde ~ Oldham ~ Royton ~ Saddleworth ~ Rochdale ~ Heywood ~ Littleborough ~ Castleton ~ Milnrow ~ Middleton ~ Wardle ~ Wigan ~ Ashton-in-Makerfield ~ Golborne ~ Billinge ~ Winstanley ~ Leigh ~ Standish.

North Trafford: Davyhulme ~ Firswood ~ Flixton ~ Gorse Hill ~ Lostock ~ Old Trafford ~ Stretford ~ Trafford Park ~ Urmston.

South Trafford: Altrincham ~ Ashton-on-Mersey ~ Bowdon ~ Broadheath ~ Brooklands ~ Carrington ~ Dunham Massey ~ Hale ~ Hale Barns ~ Oldfield Brow ~ Partington ~ Sale ~ Sale Moor ~ Timperley ~ Warburton ~ West Timperley.

Stockport: Adswood ~ Bramhall ~ Bredbury ~ Brinnington ~ Cheadle ~ Cheadle Hulme ~ Compstall ~ Davenport ~ Edgeley ~ Gatley ~ Heaton Moor ~ Heaton Norris ~ Heaton Chapel ~ Heaton Mersey ~ Hazel Grove ~ Heald Green ~ Heavily ~ High Lane ~ Marple ~ Offerton ~ Poynton ~ Reddish ~ Romiley.

Cheshire: Alderley Edge ~ Adlington ~ Ashley ~ Bucklow Hill ~ Handforth Dean ~ High Legh ~ Knutsford ~ Mere ~ Mobberley ~ Ollerton ~ Plumley ~ Tatton ~ Pickmere ~ Wilmslow ~ Warburton ~ Woodford ~ Lymm ~ Dunham ~ Massey ~ Chester ~ Crewe ~ Northwich ~ Daresbury ~ Warington ~ Winsford ~ Widnes ~ Wirral ~ Nantwich ~ Sandbach ~ Middlewich ~ Congleton ~ Alsager ~ Macclesfield ~ Prestbury ~ Goostrey ~ Pickmere ~ Mottram St.Andrew ~ Mobberley ~ Chelford ~ Tytherington ~ Bollington ~ Alsager ~ Tarporley ~ Davenham ~ Great Appleton Thorn ~ Budworth ~ Little Budworth ~ Frodsham ~ Holmes Chape ~ High Legh ~ Disley ~ Grappenhall ~ Appleton ~ Croft ~ Thelwall ~ Penketh ~ Glazebury ~ Winwick ~ Culcheth ~ Saint Helens ~ Over Peover ~ Lower Peover ~ Church Lawton ~ Cranage ~ Stockton Heath.

Cumbria ~ Lancashire ~ Merseyside ~ Derbyshire ~ Staffordshire ~ Peak District ~ North Wales ~ North West.


If you are looking for a psychotherapist in the UK outside of the above areas try clicking a link below to search the General Hypnotherapy Register:

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