April 18th – Current Availability:
Please note I am currently on my Easter break until Monday April 29th and will be unable to deal with enquiries until then.
Unfortunately my counselling caseload is currently full and there may be a wait time until early June for new client appointments. I do have a standby waiting list should availability come up sooner, as this can happen due to cancellations and people ending earlier than expected. If you wish to be added get in touch and I will contact you as soon as availability comes up.
My colleague based in central Manchester may be able to help – please try:
If you are looking to see someone as soon as possible I am certainly not the best option at the moment, but if you are seeking one of my specialist areas for counselling then it might be worth the wait if I am the right therapist for you. Do get in touch if you require any further information on my schedule or services.
Having read the above, people are still contacting me via this page expecting immediate appointments, unfortunately there is no way I can accommodate such expectations at present and if I receive requests for immediate help I may choose not to reply, please do not take this personally! I also receive several requests a day asking me for my fees and location – via this website! If you want to know what my fees and location are then I would cordially request that you browse through the website which gives more than enough information on such matters! Again please do not take this personally!
My working days in Manchester are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I mainly work afternoons and evenings with first appointments around 1.30pm and last appointments up to 7.30/8pm. I usually check my emails twice a day on working days, before and after clients and will usually reply the same day, though please allow 48 hours (I am not able to respond to emails on Thursdays or weekends).
Initial individual sessions are 1.5 hours and cost £60. I may be able to negotiate lower fees for those on lower incomes, please ask about this when you enquire. For more information see my fees page.
Please note that payment is required at the time of booking to confirm appointments. This will be refunded/carried over if cancellation or rescheduling is requested with sufficient notice.
I am a very busy full time professional therapist with a wealth of experience, and have a reputation and track record of helping people through a wide range of problems and concerns. The downside of this is that at times my service is very heavily oversubscribed, and there are only so many clients I can see before the quality of my service starts to suffer, as this can be very demanding work and I would rather give the best possible service than see as many clients as possible as this would be no good either for myself or my clients. Unfortunately this means I usually cannot see people at short notice and sometimes do have a wait time for new client appointments.
I try to keep my availability updated here. I do get cancellations and clients ending, and sometimes availability does arise at shorter notice. If you are particularly interested in seeing me, I can book appointments well in advance, or can add you to my standby waiting list and contact you should availability come up.
I appreciate that many people wish to see a therapist at short notice, and I apologise in advance if I will be unable to fit you in and wish you the very best in finding the right help for you.
“Assessments” (or initial sessions) are simply a chance for us to have a chat about what’s bothering you, look at how I can help, and discuss practical steps such as frequency and timing of any future appointments, as well as doing any required paperwork if you decide to proceed. To ensure we have adequate time these sessions usually last 1.5 hours.
Please note that I request advance payment to secure assessment appointments. I do this because this is my full time business and any sessions that are booked and then not attended usually mean I have turned other people away and end up with lost time that I could have have used 3x over – in the past this has threatened my ability to keep doing this important work as a counsellor, thank you for your understanding!
I may have other availability for new client assessments but my diary can be quite fluid depending on cancellations etc, please enquire for details as occasionally I have slots at short notice. It’s helpful if you can state when you can attend so I can see if it would fit my schedule. Thank you.
PHONING IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME – The best way to contact me is by email , firstname.lastname@example.org, WhatsApp (07904 549 493) or by using my contact form below. You can also send enquiries via text to my mobile 07904 549 493 although I have found that texts aren’t always reliable!). I aim to respond to enquiries within 48 hours at most but usually within a few hours depending on time of day/week. It has come to my attention that from time to time texts and emails fail to arrive, which is beyond my control – if you contact me and don’t hear back from a text or email after 24 hours, it will be because I have not got your message for some reason – in such cases please telephone and leave a voicemail with your details! Though please note I sometimes get voicemails from withheld numbers where the number given in the voicemail is unintelligible as the signal breaks up while the voicemail is being left so again, if you don’t hear back please try again.
Due to my working patterns, phoning can be the slowest way of contacting me – I spend a lot of time in sessions with clients, or in a public place, so I am often unable to answer the phone and will wait until I can speak privately before I call back in order to maintain confidentiality. I will not return unknown missed calls so please do leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible or text to let you know when I can call. It’s for this reason that I suggest using either WhatsApp or my email contact form/email as I can usually get back to you much more quickly!
You do not have to give me lots of information, although may add a little background info if you wish.
Please be assured that I treat all emails and other enquiries as confidential information.
Please note that as of February 26th 2019 my caseload is currently full and I have a waiting list in operation, it is currently unlikely I will be able to offer any initial sessions to new clients until May at the earliest.