Diana Hattersley | About
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If negative feelings and emotions seem to be constantly with you and are affecting your home life or work, then talking to a counsellor might help you to cope with your problems and find a way to move forward. Acknowledging you need help to face issues head on, with a view to moving yourself to a better place, where life becomes more bearable, takes great strength and courage. It may be that you are facing a potentially life-changing decision, or simply feel that you are stuck in a rut, and again counselling can also be useful.


It can sometimes be difficult to completely open up to friends and relatives or work colleagues for fear of damaging relationships or compromising your career but I will provide a calm, unbiased and highly confidential space for you to talk about the problems in your life. I am professionally trained to help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour openly without fear of being judged, looking at new angles and gaining new perspectives. There are many different kinds of counselling and psychotherapy, and numerous different training programmes, so much so, it can be difficult to know what it all means, who you can trust, if the person is properly qualified and so on. Too often it seems anyone looking for help, especially through the NHS, is likely to be steered towards CBT. But many people benefit from a more classic psychotherapy: person-centred, empathetic, compassionate, a “listening experience”.

About me


I am a qualified therapist, based in Flixton and I provide counselling services face-to-face to support adult clients of all ages.  I can help with issues affecting clients who may be dealing with life difficulties, including anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues and low self esteem.

My approach


Many clients say they do not know where to start when they come for counselling, so you are not alone in the way you feel.  I am here to listen to what you have to say but do not worry if you find it difficult to put things into words, you will not be expected to talk about anything until you are ready to do so. I believe that the best way to help you is to allow you to choose to explore your issues in a way that is most comfortable to you.


As a person-centred counsellor, my style of counselling is non-directive. This means that I will not give you advice on how to solve your problems but rather, we will work together in a safe, accepting therapeutic space, where you will feel you are able to talk to me and I will facilitate you to find within yourself more positive ways of coping.

My Experience, Qualifications And Professional Memberships


I hold a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology and a Professional Diploma in Counselling.


I have experience of working with a wide range of individuals, gained in an Adult Wellbeing Centre which supports people with problems in dealing with social inclusion and I am also a voluntary counsellor at a Local Authority funded Carers Centre which supports people who are struggling as unpaid carers for family members.  I also have experience of working within a Child Psychology Department of the NHS for 14 years.


Understandably you may be wary of visiting a counsellor or psychotherapist and it is therefore advisable to choose one who is a member of a professional body.


There are various professional bodies (also known as member organisations) in existence that have taken on the role of self-regulation of counselling/psychotherapy. Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists are under no legal obligation to become a member of a professional body, membership will mean they have met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.


  • I am a full member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work according to their principles and ethics
  • I am a member of the British Psychological Society