Life seldom goes along without the occasional challenge: however, challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. The choices you make, or indeed those missed opportunities, can leave you feeling despondent. If your daily life is being affected by your thoughts and feelings and you want to change this, counselling can help.
Bereavement, relationship breakdown or problems at work can lead to stress, anxiety and depression which make you feel worse. Negative thoughts and overthinking can impact your ability to make even simple decisions, often causing you to question everything you do. Sometimes, your own resilience is not enough, but exploring your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment can be the first step to recovery.
I offer a person-centred approach, a form of counselling which involves listening to you, thinking together, sharing ideas, and giving feedback without any judgement. This process then helps you to make the decisions which relate to your life.
You will not be told what to do, but encouraged to talk openly and honestly in a relaxed and safe environment about the issues which have brought you to counselling.
Young People aged 14-16
If you are feeling sad, angry or confused about something, talking things through with someone can really help make sense of what is troubling you.
You can talk about anything - It might be exam worries, problems at home or school, bullying, boyfriend/girlfriend trouble, loss of a loved one. You won’t be told what to do, criticised or judged in any way. It is about helping you to help yourself.
Counselling is confidential. No one will know what you talk about unless you want them to or you disclose something that is unsafe or could put you in danger or harm you. If you are under 16 you will have to have the agreement of your parent or carer to attend counselling. You would be seen on your own for up to 50 minutes depending upon your emotional wellbeing.
Information for Parents/Carers
Young people will have to have the agreement of their parent or carer to attend counselling. You would both be required to attend the meet and greet session but thereafter the young person would be seen on their own for up to 50 minutes depending upon their emotional well-being. If during a session your child is becoming too emotionally overwhelmed and I feel continuing with that session would not be beneficial to them or compromise their well-being it may be necessary to end that particular session early.
Areas of counselling I work with
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Carer support / young carers
Allison Hartman MBACP
Trust in Counselling & Therapies
BSc Hons in Counselling and Psychotherapy (ongoing)
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Practice
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
Continuing professional development - working towards BACP accreditation
Current DBS on update system
Experience in working with young people (14 plus) and adults.
I worked for Salford Education for 16 years with young people aged 14-16 in a life coaching and advising position helping them to make decisions about their future.
Salford’s Safeguarding Training (Level 2)