Counselling and Psychotherapy Appointments in Stockport and Manchester

A counsellor or psychotherapist is a skilled professional who works with individuals, couples, or groups to help them to understand and explore their emotional, behavioural or psychological problems.

Clients can learn to overcome difficulties, painful experiences and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving by sensitively exploring thoughts and emotions and by learning new ways of thinking and being.

The therapeutic relationship is built on trust, respect and understanding and your therapist is there to create a safe and confidential environment for you to explore challenges without fear of being judged, misunderstood or overlooked.

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

Counselling and Psychotherapy in Heaton Moor, Stockport and Gatley, Cheadle.

A counsellor or psychotherapist is a skilled professional who works with individuals, couples, or groups to help them to understand and explore their emotional, behavioural or psychological problems. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) define counselling/psychotherapy as; “Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change and/or enhance their well-being.”

The counselling and psychotherapy services we offer are based at Gatley Physio Clinic and are provided by Lesley Bennett. Lesley is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and holds over 16 years of experience working within the public and private sectors and has held senior roles in counselling and mental health support services at The University of Salford and The University of Liverpool. Lesley is presently leading the Student Mental Health and Welfare team at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The main difference between counselling and psychotherapy is that counselling tends to be a short-term process whereas psychotherapy is a long-term process.

Counselling mainly focuses on one problem at a time, thereby finding solutions in a logical way of thinking. The main objective of counselling is to facilitate a client’s ability to disclose their distressing issues to an experienced therapist who has a deep knowledge about the human mind, so that the client receives support to modify their thinking and behavioural patterns in order to perform day to day activities in a normal and efficient manner.

Psychotherapy, in contrast, is an evolutionary procedure which supports a client to develop rational and clear vision about their long-standing attitudes, recurrent emotions, ways of thinking, behaviour, and personality, which might have resulted in current issues, in the quality of life and relationships with others. Psychotherapy is also known to go deep into a client’s distress in order to reveal the root cause that causes the related, disturbed perspective of life.  Ultimately, the client will relieve themself by taking the control of their life and develop their self-awareness, rather than getting triggered by unconscious impulses and simulations.

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What should I expect from a counselling session?

Working on a short or long-term basis, your therapist will meet with you to discuss the challenges that you are facing. Sessions will normally take place weekly or fortnightly, each session lasting between 60-90 minutes, depending on frequency of the sessions. There are many psychotherapeutic approaches and techniques and you will discuss and decide on the most appropriate approach with your therapist during your initial consultation.

You will be offered a 30-minute telephone consultation prior to the commencement of counselling/ psychotherapy so that you can begin to explore your challenges, identify any goals that you may have and discuss moving forward. It is important that you feel a connection with your therapist as counselling/psychotherapy often involves talking about difficult emotions and past experiences. The therapeutic relationship is built on trust, respect and understanding and your therapist is there to create a safe and confidential environment for you to explore challenges without fear of being judged, misunderstood or overlooked.

Clients can learn to overcome difficulties, painful experiences and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving by sensitivity exploring thoughts and emotions and by learning new ways of thinking and being.

What is Psychotherapy and Counselling used for?

Talking therapies can a client to work through a range of difficult or distressing emotions or significant events that have impacted on their health and wellbeing. Counselling and psychotherapy can help with mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety or depression, difficult life events such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or work-related stress, difficult emotions such as anger, low self-esteem and confidence issues and identity issues.

What are the benefits?

It may seem a little unusual, or uncomfortable, to think about speaking to a stranger about your problems and concerns however having someone outside of your normal life to support you can be extremely beneficial.

As your therapist does not know you personally, they have no reason to offer unwanted or unhelpful advice or to try and rush you into making decisions or sudden changes. Therapists are highly skilled communicators and their primary aims are to be there for you, to listen without judgment, to empathise with your situation and to ensure that you do not feel alone with your concerns.

Counselling and psychotherapy are processes and behavioural and psychological change needs to be beneficial and importantly long lasting. With sensitive exploration your therapist will help you weigh up the pros and cons of change and help you gain clarify on how you will achieve a more settled state of mind and begin to enjoy living a healthier, happier life.

What makes a good counsellor or psychotherapist?

An effective counsellor or psychotherapist will have experience of working with a wide range of people of different ages, backgrounds and from all walks of life.

Therapists are generally extremely reflective and insightful as counsellor and psychotherapy training requires trainees to focus inwardly and reflect upon their own lives and experiences and to identify any personal challenges that may potentially stand in the way of being emotionally available and helpful to others.

Trainees are required to attend personal therapy as part of a professional training programme and, once qualified and working in regular practice, are required to attend month clinical supervision meeting with an highly skilled supervisor to confidentially discuss their work and the impact that this may have on them personally.

How would you check the qualifications of a practitioner?

As the law stands, at present, anyone can call themselves a therapist, or a counsellor with or without formal training. BACP recommends that you check for the qualifications and experience of potential therapists.

This can be done by asking the therapist, or you can check the BACP Register at BACP’s Register provides access to professionals who are committed to providing a good standard of care.

Why are counselling and psychotherapy important?

Therapy, provided by trained experienced professionals, can make a profound impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Counselling and psychotherapy help people navigate difficult life situations, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, academic or work-related stress, natural disasters and other life changing events. These therapeutic approaches provide the tools and insights to manage mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Ultimately, counselling empowers people to lead healthy, happier and fulfilling lives.

Are there different types of counselling and psychotherapy?

There are many different types of counselling and psychotherapy approaches and a number of therapists will describe themselves as ‘Integrative Therapists.’

This means that they have trained in, and have experience of, different modalities of therapies and that they use a variety of skills and techniques to assist their clients.

It is important that you discuss, prior to therapy, any goals that you may have and that your therapist explains to you, which approach/es will potentially be the most supportive of your goals and expectations.

Who is it suitable for?

Counselling and psychotherapy approaches are suitable for people of all ages. Therapists may specialise in working with children, couples and with groups and may have areas of specialism e.g. working with certain mental health conditions and behavioural issues.

Who is it not suitable for?

Counselling and psychotherapy approaches are not advice-giving, and the process relies on a client’s mental and physical capacity to reflect inwardly and to action change.

Whilst both approaches are generally considered useful for most people, they may not be suitable for those with complex psychological conditions such as psychosis, serious or complex mental health condition, severe eating disorder or are actively suicidal and require emergency intervention.

Clients with serious violent or aggressive tendencies or who are seeking support with addictions should seek specialist support through their GP. There are specialist services for children and adults who have severe learning difficulties


 ‘I have suffered with OCD with negative thought processes for the last 15 years. This has had a dramatic effect on both my personal life and professional life as a police officer. It has affected me to the extent that I suffered from severe depression, so I am being medically retired from the police. Your treatment has cured me from a long-suffering illness which I thought I was going to be stuck with for the rest of my life. I have found another job and am looking forward to starting this. I cannot believe that I have suffered for many years and I am well again. 

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Get in touch

If you are facing challenges that are impacting on your life, don’t hesitate to call to arrange your appointment. Lesley will arrange appointments directly with you for your convenience.

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

How To Make an Appointment

We are usually able to offer an appointment time within 24 working hours of your call. 

Please either call the clinic or leave your details in the online enquiry form and we’ll call you back to confirm the arrangements.

Gatley: 0161 491 1999
Heaton Moor: 0161 432 3232

Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?

We provide expert acupuncture treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.

We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.

We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.

We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.

We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.

Tim Hilton

I saw Lesley for a dental phobia. I had to go to the dentist the day after the session and was extremely nervous about going. When I went to the dentist the next day, I kept myself calm using the techniques that Lesley had shown me. A few months on, I still find it unpleasant visiting the dentist but me fear feels far more manageable. I feel that the hypnotherapy session had a huge part to play in achieving that and I’m really pleased with the results.

What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapies. Both are interchangeable therapies that overlap however the key difference lies in the recommended time required to see benefits. Counselling usually refers to brief therapy and centres around behaviour patterns. Counselling may also be sought following an incident that has evoked confusion or distress. Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.

A psychotherapist works with people who have emotional, behavioural or psychological issues. There are many different types of psychotherapeutic techniques and psychotherapists may use a combination of techniques to help their clients to overcome their stress, emotional difficulties and troublesome habits and to help them gain an increased capacity for choice.

Working on a long or short term basis with an experienced therapist can support and assist you with overcoming a wide range of issues such as anxiety (general, health or social), depression, sleep difficulties, eating disorders, grief and loss, trauma and stress. Counselling and psychotherapy are suitable for people of all ages and some therapists specialise in couples therapy and working with young children.

Coaching and Well being Consultancy

It may be that you have a number of areas in your life that you are struggling with and that you would like to make positive changes. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, especially if you are facing challenges at home and at work. We all need a sanctuary, a safe place to go to and reflect, in order for us to work out which is the best way forward.

Talking your concerns through with an independent professional can help you to gain clarity around your situation and can support you in establishing an action plan. Recognising your strengths and options can be empowering and clients have shared that having the support of a coach enables them to identify internal resources that they have previously overlooked, gain confidence, has assisted them in tackling difficult issues and has helped them to achieve positive, healthy outcomes.

Coaching and wellbeing consultancy differ to counselling and psychotherapy as your coach will make constructive suggestions and focus on strategies and solutions. These approaches work particularly well if you are seeking guidance around health and wellbeing support such as weight management, improved fitness or anxiety management or for individuals who are struggling with issues at work that may be impacting on their health, job satisfaction or career progression. Whilst itis vital that your coach fully understands the impact that a situation is having on you the emphasis is on what can be done to improve the situation, reduce symptoms and feelings of unhappiness and dissatisfaction, rather than focussing purely on feelings and emotions.