Counselling in Manchester

What is Counselling?

Counselling is when you consult a properly trained and qualified individual to talk about problems and issues in your life. It is a method that allows a person to discuss and work through their problems and arrive at new perspectives that can have a positive impact on their life. Counselling can be challenging at times, but it is also a highly beneficial and constructive experience for many. Counselling is carried out in a confidential and private location usually in private consulting rooms.

Counselling can be thought of as:

1. Offering support and help to the client.

2. It is intended to enhance the psychological well being of the client.

3. Offering support to build a practical strategy to minimise risk.

4. The term counselling has quite a broad meaning and varies based upon the training, expertise and personality of the counsellor, as well as what the client brings to the sessions.

5. Counselling is non-judgmental, and contrary to popular opinion isn’t based on giving advice to the client or instructing them on what to do, but rather it is about helping the client explore and find their own solutions.

A counsellor is usually a properly trained mental health professional who will maintain confidentiality and respect your privacy. They should respect your point of view whilst assisting you to improve your handling of specific issues, deal with problems, enhance your relationships, or acquire improved ways of being. Counselling is usually a collaborative effort involving you and the counsellor cooperating to discover solutions for handling problems that have been psychologically holding and limiting a client. It may be working to get over problems that are getting in the way of you receiving what you want in life. It assists you in dealing with the consequences of past experiences and find helpful approaches to get over them. Counselling makes it possible to accomplish this by uncovering your thought patterns, anxieties, old routines and ways of being. A counsellor doesn’t tell you how to handle things, but might make suggestions that you can take into consideration, and will assist you to examine and think about your life.

It could take some time for you to see benefits from councelling, depending on your life issues and the range of difficulties being presented on your part. Counselling is actually a disciplined, ethical and professional activity. It can be used with individuals, couples, families or groups and can be employed in widely varying situations and settings.

Counsellors have diverse styles, personalities, degrees of training, world views and strategies but what is important is to find the right person, someone you feel you can work with.


Are you looking for a counsellor in Manchester?

Nigel Magowan is a well regarded and experienced Manchester counsellor and psychotherapist who has been in full-time private practice since 2002.  Call him on 0161 881 4333 to book an appointment now.
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Integrative Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Informed Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
AF-EMDR (Attachment-Focused EMDR)
Somatic Therapy
Clinical Supervision
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Life Coaching
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Online Therapy via Zoom / Skype
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
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Contact Details

Nigel Magowan
UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist
Registered Member of the BACP
EMDR Therapist
UKCP Approved Clinical Supervisor
Accredited Therapist Member of Anxiety UK

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Inner Changes Psychotherapy
Piccadilly House
49 Piccadilly
M1 2AP
Phone: 07463 542368 (Manchester City Centre)

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11am – 7:30pm, Monday – Friday

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