Stephen Barker

Stephen Barker

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07798 931137

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Therapist - MANCHESTER

07798 931137
Sessions from £50.00


About me and my therapy practice

What is counselling?

Very often when we are anxious or stressed we find it difficult to make sense of things.

Everything just spins around in our head and we never get anywhere. Counselling gives you the space to explore all your issues in a safe non judgemental environment.

How often do we feel really listened to? If we go to family and friends, they care about us, but very often will give you their opinion. This is okay for them, but doesn’t usually help you find your own way through things. Speaking to a counsellor is different, because counsellors are only interested in what is best for the client, and by really listening, and being in the client’s shoes, can be an impartial sounding board. When issues are explored by someone impartial, clients get clearer about what they want to do or, about issues that have affected them from the past.

One of the main areas of counselling I deal with is anxiety. What are the symptoms of anxiety? Feeling strange, unreal, not with it. This could be like being around people, but feeling like you’re not really there, or in your own world. Depression: many people get depressed because they have some symptoms of anxiety, but don’t understand what causes the symptoms or how to recover, and therefore get depressed. Fast heartbeat, and panic attacks. Tired and weary. Unable to concentrate. Irritable. Mind constantly racing. I have lots of experience dealing with anxiety and have suffered some of the symptoms myself in the past. Because of the experience I have a good success rate in helping people recover.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Business coaching, Cancer, Career coaching, Depression, Eating disorders, Life coaching, Loss, Obsessions, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Humanistic, Person centred, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Organisations

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited