Counselling, Psychotherapy and supervision in Marsden near Huddersfield / Oldham and in Didsbury, South Manchester with Neil Jordan
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist with individuals for 25 years and with couples for the past 15 years. I have also worked as a supervisor for the past 15 years. I have worked in a wide range of settings including GP surgery, University student services and a hospice (where my work was primarily with terminally ill patients). I also supervised staff in a voluntary organisation that worked with young people with drug and alcohol issues for 10 years. I have worked in private practice since 2005. I see both counselling and psychotherapy clients and supervisees in Marsden, located between Oldham and Huddersfield, and in Didsbury in South Manchester. I also worked as a counselling trainer in both Further and Higher Education for 10 years. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked as a Quantity Surveyor in the construction industry in Northern Ireland but eventually moved to the UK mainland to train in counselling and psychotherapy, having experienced the very significant benefits of counselling for myself with some challenging issues that I was unable to work through on my own
How I work
The majority of my work is face to face. However, I also work online with clients. This latter form of counselling has been particularly effective during the Corona Virus as it means I can provide continuity in my work with clients. I'm finding that many people are struggling to deal with many aspects of living with the virus and presenting with issues such as stress, anxiety, fear and grief. Death is also becoming more real and dealing with living within the confines of their home and not being able to see many of their loved ones is a constant struggle for most in our society. Life has changed for us all and, of course, there is the unknown of when or if it will all end.
Working in the outdoors
We are now living in the midst of climate change. We see the evidence daily in the increasing number and intensity of floods and wild fires, increased world temperatures and the vast reduction of wildlife. If wildlife disappears, we disappear. Such potentially catastrophic changes are bringing about increased anxiety and fear among many. We fear for ourselves as well as what sort of world we are leaving behind for our children and grandchildren as a result of our disconnection from, and abuse of, the natural world and yet we often feel powerless to do anything about it. What do we do? How can we help change the direction in which we are headed or, indeed, can we change it? Do we become climate activists or do we look at ourselves and the part we might be playing in it? Do we bury our heads in the sand or do we dare to open up to the feelings that we experience when we let ourselves think about what we are doing to the planet? I will help you explore the therapeutic needs that emerge when you hold the reality of climate crisis in authentic awareness.
In order to try to face these issues I work with clients and supervisees outside in the natural world as well as indoors. I work outdoors on Marsden Moor between Huddersfield and Oldham. When we work outside the natural world becomes a participant in the process alongside the client or supervisee and myself. When working in the outdoors the focus remains firmly on the issues that the client or supervisee wants to work on but I am also interested in our connection with the natural world and what we offer to nature and what it can offer to us in terms of our healing process. When working outdoors the focus is not on fitness so we can sit, stand or walk. For further details of outdoor therapy or supervision go to the page on Psychotherapy and Supervision in the Outdoors. I also run a range of therapeutic workshops focused on our connection with nature and our relationship with our own mortality (see workshops page for further details). When seeing psychotherapy clients in Wilmslow I don't work in the outdoors because of the difficulty in maintaining confidentiality in a more busy urban location. I always work indoors with couples.
My practice in Marsden is within 15 minutes of the M62 and is within easy commuting distance from Huddersfield, Oldham, Leeds and Barnsley, and a variety of other towns in both West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. There are excellent bus and train links from both Manchester and Leeds / Huddersfield. My practice in Didsbury is located in West Didsbury and is less than five minutes walk from the local tram station.
I am Registered as a Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I abide by their Code of Ethics. I am also trained in Psychodrama and person-centred counselling and am heavily influenced by the Gestalt model of psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in the moment to moment relationship between the client and myself and how this focus can be a catalyst to deep personal and interpersonal change.
My main focus when working with clients is helping them move towards a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Couples counselling in Marsden between Oldham and Huddersfield
I have worked as a couples counsellor for the past 15 years and I am one of the few Certified Imago Relationship Therapists in the north of England. I work with couples in both Marsden (Oldham / Huddersfield) and Didsbury, South Manchester. For further information on couples work see the page on Couples Counselling
Who I work with
Having worked as a psychotherapist for the past 25 years I have effectively worked with clients presenting with a wide range of issues. If you would like to discuss further if I may be able to help you do give me a call or send me an email.
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