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AboutHeidi

My Approach

I am a Person Centred Counsellor who enjoys empowering people to make the best decisions for themselves. I love to see people grow and develop. As a humanist I believe in people and work relationally which means I bring my true self to my work rather than me playing a role. I integrate creative and expressive ways of working when words are not enough. Sometimes mindfulness can be drawn upon to help deal with difficult emotions.

What I love most about offering therapy is that it can deal with not only the symptoms but it can work with the root cause of the issue. Progress can therefore be applied to a wide range of areas in your life. Growth is long lasting and often helps in areas of your life that you did not anticipate.

My Experience

Working in a school for Autistic pupils taught me much about the need to have a flexible approach with people. In that environment, it was important to allow students to take control of the pace of their learning. That experience has influenced my approach to therapeutic counselling.

I have gained face-to-face counselling experience working with a major charitable organisation, which supports people in Manchester who are vulnerable. I have been fortunate enough to be able to have a lasting impact upon people experiencing mental health difficulties, aided people in their journey to recovery from periods of substance misuse, and made a real difference to people who have been adapting to times of practical difficulty and change.

I have many years of experience working to support individuals from disadvantaged families in the Manchester area. I have mentored, motivated and guided my clients, using the principles of guided discovery, to better their life situations and improve the sustainability of their communities.

As a Childline Helpline Counsellor, I developed the skills needed to offer comfort, support and practical advice to the young people who called in for help. Many of these were young people in crisis, sometimes they were victims of abuse or neglect, and often they were working through issues of anxiety, depression and self-harm.

Working as an Employment Advisor I have gained a greater understanding of the cause and effect of work related stress.

I come from a neurodiverse family some of us are diagnosed, others are self diagnosed and some are still on a journey of self discovery. I have gained a practical understanding of sensory integration disorder, dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia.

Being diagnosed later in life as Dyslexic made me look back at my childhood experiences with a new understanding of myself. It answered many questions but also created many more! It has been a journey for me to come to terms with it.

I have an interest in working with people from mixed heritage backgrounds due to my own experience of having parents from different cultures and racial backgrounds.

My Practice

I am a registered member of the BACP and I am fully insured to practice. I have regular supervision to ensure my work is effective. I work in a welcoming and relaxed therapy room in Manchester City Centre.

Qualifications & Training
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BA (Hons) Visual Arts
Level 3 in Counselling Concepts
Person Centred Expressive Arts
Aspire Autism Training
Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum
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