About Me

* Due to Covid 19 restrictions I am currently working  online via Doxy.me a secure and easiliy accesseble video platform . I am hoping to return to face to face when things are consistently settled. . 


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 counselling and  longer term psychotherapy.

I am a senior accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to there code of ethics. I have over 30 years experience of working as a counsellor within the NHS, private  and voluntary sector. I have a current  CRB check certificate. I live in Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire. 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. 


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 counsellor/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 training parts 1, 2, and 3


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

Lonelnes, depession, counselling

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.

I have a special interest in working with people who are suffering ICU related trauma/PTSD

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.

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.

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

Areas of counselling  I deal 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, meanining 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 them  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 

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