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About Me

My name is Theresa Derbyshire. I am a highly trained and experienced counsellor  who provides a professional, safe and sensitive counselling service offering both short term one to one counselling and longer term psychotherapy.


I also provide individual or group supervision and consultancy to other counsellors/psychotherapists and others within the helping professions. 

I am a senior accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics. I have over 30 years experience of working as a counsellor within the NHS, private  and voluntary sector.  I live and practice face to face and also online  in Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire and work online too. I have years of experience of working in and around Stockport and Manchester. 

I am a compassionate, caring counsellor who is experienced in working with people from all walks of life backgrounds and cultures who are struggling with how they are feeling emotionally. I have particular experience with working with people who suffer from low self esteem and have difficulties within relationships, often stemming from previous difficult emotional experiences. 


Who I work with

I have extensive experience in working with people from a vast array of backgrounds and cultures who are suffering

from various levels of difficulty. I work with clients who are struggling with the impact of often extreme difficult

emotional experiences whether they be current or in the past.

I am highly experienced in working with people who have suffered trauma though sexual/physical/emotional abuse and domestic violence.

Often people I see have lack of confidence, very low self esteem  and difficulties with trusting others. I work with people who struggle with a lack of identity or sense of self. I am very familiar with working with people who are suffering from depression and anxiety.

 I am extremely familiar with working with loss and all its forms and its impact e.g. bereavement, separation, divorce, miscarriage, termination , loss of health, loss of job etc. I am exceptionally experienced in working with people who have difficulties in relationships with other people.

I work with with people who are suffering  from the impact of traumatic  events and also maybe  suffering  from PTSD .  I  also have a particular interest in working with ICU/hospital related trauma and the impact of  life threatening events. 

Due to my long term practice I am competent and experienced in dealing with many different problems . See below list for more details. 


  • M.A in Counselling , The University of Manchester

  • Diploma in  Counselling, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Certificate in Online and telephone counselling

  • Cert in PCAT (Person centred art therapy skills, Person Centred Art Therapy Association

  • IAPT compliant CFD counsellor

  • IAPT compliant CFD counselling supervisor, Keele University

  • BACP senior accredited counsellor/psychotherapist

  • One year course in group analysis - Group Analysis North

  • Advanced Psychodrama course British Association for Psychodrama

  • EMDR therapy, qualified in parts 1, 2, and 3 EMDR training with EMDR masterclass, ( course accredited by EMDR Europe).


I  also originally trained and qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse with the ENB at Cheadle Royal Hospital.

I am a member of the EMDR Association UK

Lonelnes, depession, counselling

Areas of counselling I work with

  • Abuse

  • Affairs and betrayals

  • Anger 

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment disorder

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Cancer

  • Career problems

  • Carer support

  • Childhood related issues

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

  • Depression

  • Dissociation

  • Domestic violence

  • Eating disorders

  • Emotional abuse

  • Family issues

  • Feeling sad

  • HIV

  • ICU related trauma

  • Infertility

  • loneliness

  • Low self confidence

  • Low self-esteem

  • Miscarriage

  • Passive aggressive behaviour

  • Pet bereavement

  • Physical abuse

  • Phobias

  • Post natal depression

  • Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Pregnancy and birth

  • Redundancy

  • Relationship issues

  • Self Harm

  • Separation and divorce

  • Sexual abuse

  • Sexuality

  • Spirituality

  • Stress

  • Trauma

  • Work related stress

  • Young carers

How I Work

I am an integrative therapist, meaning that I am skilled in several models of counselling/psychotherapy in which I have trained in over the years to meet clients specific needs. Each person is different, therefore no one therapy suits  every individual. My underlying philosophy is person centred, offering a warm non-judgemental, empathic and honest relationship which encourages clients to explore and make sense of difficult feelings and experiences. This then helps to develop greater insight into the issues they bring and discover new ways of dealing with them.

My aim is to listen and work in such a way that offers understanding support and integrity and goes at the clients pace. At the beginning of therapy we  explore your needs and the ways we could work together that you may find of most benefit and our approach is mutually agreed.

The therapeutic models I draw from are:

  • Person centred.

  • Psychodynamic

  • Transactional analysis

  • Solution focused.

  • Humanistic

  • Relational 

  • Person centred art therapy skills

  • CFD (counselling for depression) recommended by the Department of Health's NICE guidelines as evidence based treatment for depression 

  • Polyvagal Theory informed approach to trauma.

  • EMDR  recommended by the the Department of Health's NICE guidelines as evidence based treatment for trauma and PTSD


Clients I have seen have experienced improvements in their relationships with others and have been able to understand their feelings better.

They have gained more self confidence and self esteem. It can be quite difficult to talk about feelings to those closest to us. Some clients have spoken about things in sessions that they have never shared with anyone else.

"Remember to look at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and no matter how difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."   Stephen Hawking

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