Counselling North West 2018-02-28T21:02:21+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

Our Latest CPD Evening Meetings:

Thursday 29th March 2018
An Introduction to Sex Addiction Counselling
David Quarmby

“Sex, love and romance are delightful aspects of our humanity and a necessary part of the mating game. But what happens when these gifts of life become nothing more than a game somebody uses compulsively at the expense of deepening relationships or to medicate themselves?” (Brenda Schaeffer)
Clients presenting with some kind of sexual addiction has been an increasing feature in recent years. It is no coincidence that this has gone hand in hand with the growth of the Internet as a source of pornography, though sexual addiction can take many other forms besides the compulsive use of porn.
It is helpful to understand the psychodynamic causes of addiction, and to recognise the cycles of reaction at work in these compulsions. It is also vital to have a clear understanding of the legal boundaries around sexual behaviour.
The impact on partners can be colossal and again it is helpful to have an understanding of the cycles through which their reactions move.
In this field of work, it is essential for counsellors to provide a non-judgemental empathy that can create therapeutic trust in an area riddled with shame. Only then is it possible to move on to utilise resources that can provide hope and a way forward towards fuller living, both sexually and in other areas of life also.
David Quarmby has worked in education, industry, the NHS and private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor for over thirty years. He has recently begun to study and specialise in the treatment of sexual addiction and related intimacy disorders.

Latest CPD One-Day Workshops:

Saturday 24th February 2018

Places available…

An Introduction and Practical Implications of a Pluralistic Approach
Mick Cooper


For further details click on – Workshop & Training


Please note that all Evening Meetings and One Day Workshops will be held at The Beacon Centre 6 London Street, Salford M6 6QT 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.

We would be very grateful if you could participate in CNW survey (link below) to monitor engagement in the organisation. This helps us reach out to other therapists across the North West and helps us focus on the CPD you would like to see more of, shaping the way we work to provide this. Thank you for your time.


Please Note: It is important to us that we keep our information up to date to ensure we are communicating to all our members effectively. Therefore could we ask any members to provide us with an update email address is this has been changed since providing your details initially – Thank You