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Valerian Counselling Counselling & Psychotherapy in Marple, Stockport and the High Peak

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Why would I benefit from counselling?

"Psychotherapy and counselling should make people aware of themselves and of the difficulties which they face. This then gives them the freedom to choose for themselves".
(Paul Kline)


Professional counselling and psychotherapy available for all areas of Stockport, Tameside, South Manchester and East Cheshire. .

We are currently living in unsettling and uncertain times, where events and crises on an international level have impacts on a personal day-to-day level for us all. Such persistent uncertainty in our lives can lead to abnormally raised levels of anxiety, insecurity and fear. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, these were likely to arise from fear for your health and those close to you, the grief arising from bereavement, the strain of social isolation and the financial consequences of unemployment and loss of financial security. Many are still trying to cope with the social and financial aftermath of the pandemic, without the additional burden of the current cost of living crisis resulting directly or indirectly by the war in Ukraine.
You are in acute need of support but reluctant to burden friends or family because they may also be struggling their own pressures and stress.

If so, I believe that counselling would be of real benefit to you. Counselling provides an opportunity to explore feelings, values and purpose in a safe, confidential setting. At its best, counselling can help you to experience more meaning, contentment and fulfilment in life - it's always a good time to talk.


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I'm Rory and I can offer you the encouragement and support you need to pause, reflect and become more aware of the possible origins of your difficulties. This may involve standing back so you can see the wood for the trees and/or zooming in to see the causes in detail. With your consent, I may invite you to connect with thoughts and feelings that you may have previously overlooked (or avoided), give you encouragement to do things differently, note the results and apply what you have learned about yourself.

More about me...

I am a Registed, Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists) and I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

According to recent statistics, the most prevalent reasons for people seeking counselling at this time are anxiety disorders, depression & low mood and confidence or self-esteem issues. I have extensive and successful experience in helping people to deal with all these issues and also:-

  • Bereavement and loss
  • Anger management
  • Relationship problems, including sex addiction
  • Other addictions and substance abuse
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Work and career related issues

    I am also a member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity).

    Whether you are looking for one-to-one counselling near Marple, psychotherapies such as CBT or ACT in all parts of Stockport, Tameside and South Manchester or East Cheshire locations like Poynton, Wilmslow or Macclesfield, my practice in Romiley is within easy reach of all these areas by car or public transport.*

    * Please note that I only offer face-to-face sessions and not remotely i.e. online via Zoom or by telephone.


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