Counselling North West 2017-04-27T13:40:56+00:00


A networking group founded and run voluntarily by practising counsellors for those who are interested in practising and encouraging counselling and therapy in the North West.

Counselling Northwest is mainly based around Greater Manchester but has members from much of the North West region. It is a voluntary body run by committee. If you need more information about Counselling Northwest then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Our Next Meetings / Workshops

CPD Evening Meetings:

Our next evening meeting is on Working with survivors of Domestic Abuse with Sheila Wilson

Wednesday 31st May 2017 @ 7pm

This training will explore, using interactive exercises, the issues relating to domestic abuse and context in which it can take place, and will introduce effective and empathic approaches when working with survivors. Within the session, we will examine the assumption that victims of domestic abuse should ‘just leave’. We all like to think that this is exactly what each of us would do if we are assaulted by our partner in our own home.
However, when working with people experiencing domestic abuse, it is essential to be aware that physical abuse does not happen in isolation but within the context of emotional, psychological, sexual and financial abuse. In exploring this complexity, and in working empathically and sensitively with individuals, the session will reflect on the importance of being led by the individual’s priorities; what they think will enhance their (and their children’s) safety; and what they want to do about their situation.
Domestic abuse is predominantly about power and control – an abuser will often have taken these away and it is imperative that support services do not replicate such behaviour by telling or coercing an individual into doing something they are not ready or able to do.
The session will also considered that leaving an abusive relationship is not as straight forward as it might appear and, in fact, the act of leaving can trigger an escalation in the level of threat, meaning that support services must not assume that leaving is the conclusion, but is rather just the next stage in their journey.
The training will also focus on how practitioners can enable survivors of domestic abuse to make choices regarding their future life and to consider their longer-term survival, coping and recovery strategies as necessary in order for people to move on and live positively after abuse.

CPD One-Day Workshops:

Places are still available…

Our next one day workshop is on Working Therapeutically with Eating Disorders 

Saturday 17th June—Kirsty Sturzaker


For further details click on – Workshop & Training


Please note that all Evening Meetings and One Day Workshops will be held at the Development and Training Centre (Seedfield Resource Centre), Parkinson St, Bury BL9 6NY until further notice.

For map, directions and parking to both venues, please navigate to the Find Us page

As always, members are encouraged to suggest topics and speakers for inclusion in our programme. Please contact Urooj Khan with any suggestions.