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This page summarises the Actuality Counselling website for users with impaired vision. If you require further information, my contact details are:

Phone: +44 (0)7941 488 550

E-mail: actualitycounselling@gmail.com.

Actuality Counselling (run by Steve Manning) is based in the centre of Liverpool at 24 Arrad Street, Liverpool, L7 7JE and has been operating since 2001.

I provide a confidential and respectful counselling service to individuals and couples, using Person-centred counselling, Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), inner child work, equine-assisted therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

I also offer counselling supervision for qualified counsellors and trainees, and am a life coach.

I am available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm, on Tuesdays between 3 pm and 6.30 pm, and on Fridays between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm. It is sometimes possible to make appointments outside these times.

Counselling

Counselling provides you with an opportunity to talk about how you feel, to become more self-aware, and to work towards a more satisfying and authentic life.

With your counsellor, you can develop a trusting and supportive relationship within which you feel able to explore the problems you are facing. Your counsellor will help you to do this in ways which respect your values, abilities and culture.

It is important that you work with a counsellor and an approach which feel right for you. The BACP website provides brief descriptions of commonly-used theoretical approaches.

Equine-assisted Therapy

Equine-assisted Therapy (EAT) involves working experientially with horses in a therapeutic context. It is used with individuals, couples or groups within counselling or coaching and can help to develop people's awareness and learning. It may be used as a complete therapeutic approach in its own right or may comprise one element of the work you do with your counsellor/coach.

The work involves performing tasks with, and around, horses. However, the main objective is not the completion of the tasks: the focus is on the process of attempting each task, and what you feel and become aware of while you are doing it. By reflecting on what happens in a session (observing the horses, and describing what they are doing, how we perceive them and how we feel in relation to them), we can gain insight and understanding into ourselves, our behaviour, our relationships and our environment, and can develop a clearer sense of who we are.

Supervision

Actuality Counselling offers a supervision service for qualified practitioners and trainees as well as organisational supervision for people working in other professions. My supervision work is essentially Person-centred. I aim to create a safe environment within which supervisees can be themselves, as human beings and as professionals, and to establish a supervisory relationship based on equality, acceptance, openness and empathy, and one which is professionally challenging.

EFT

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a safe, psychotherapeutic alternative medicine tool. The theory behind EFT is that negative emotions are caused by a disruption to the body's energy system. EFT contends that, in order to remove the negative responses, the energy imbalance must be addressed at the same time as the negative emotions.

The basic EFT technique involves holding a disturbing memory or emotion in mind while simultaneously tapping on a series of 13 specific points on the body (these correspond to the meridians used in acupuncture and Chinese medicine).

Coaching

Coaching provides an opportunity for you to work with another person and to focus exclusively on you and your life. Using a range of exercises, humour and role play (in fact, whatever it takes), I will challenge you to take a serious look at who you are and encourage you to move forward. I will listen to you and try to understand you, I will provoke you and support you; we will consider the past and learn from it in order to face the future; it will be fun and it will be serious, as we explore you and your environment, and discover who you might become and what you might achieve.

It is important that you work with a coach with whom you feel comfortable. I offer an initial free session during which we can begin to get to know each other and consider the issues on which you might want to focus.

Online

Actuality Counselling's online service enables you to access counselling, supervision or coaching from anywhere in the world. This can be useful if you have restricted mobility, are very busy, live in an isolated area without access to a counsellor, work away from home or feel that you would find this way of working less intimidating.

You will need access to a computer with a webcam, a broadband connection and the Skype video networking programme.

You should not consider online counselling if you are uncomfortable with computers, if you have a chronic mental illness requiring intense treatment, or if you have serious thoughts of hurting yourself or others.

Fees

Counselling: £50 per 50-minute session

Couples counselling: £65 per 1½-hours session

EFT: £50 per session

Supervision: £55 per 1½-hours session and £45 per one-hour session.

Coaching: £50 per one-hour session

There is a 10% reduction for counselling for NHS employees and armed forces personnel.

About me

I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am on its Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am also a qualified counselling supervisor and life coach. My counselling and supervision work is supervised regularly to ensure that I meet professional standards. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, as a staff counsellor with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and as an affiliate counsellor with various Employee Assistance Providers (providing counselling to several Government departments as well as to the private sector).