Hello! My name is Xanthia, an integrative counsellor, relationship therapist and Mindfulness Teacher situated in Horwich, Greater Manchester. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work for the benefit of others. Emotional/mental well-being has always been a passion of mine and so I decided to try an introductory course to counselling, and from this my desire to become a counsellor grew even more. Since then, I have qualified as a counsellor and trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Relationship counselling, and Mindfulness teaching. My motivation for all the training I’ve done was and is to help people achieve wellness; I can see how beneficial counselling is, how the therapeutic space can help people transform themselves and develop through the challenges that life throws at them.

CBT is an intervention used to improve mental health; I was drawn to CBT after encountering how beneficial it can be for those suffering with anxiety and depression, and as a result I often involve elements of it within counselling sessions. I trained with Relate as a couples therapist because I share their passion to help people maintain happy and functional relationships, whether this is for couples, individuals, or family members. Throughout my experience as a counsellor, I saw the need for people to become more grounded in the present moment, rather than the past and future, and began to experience how Mindfulness was the way in which this could be achieved. Mindfulness training helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them. I use Mindfulness within counselling therapy (MBCT) and also provide teaching in the practice of mindfulness within an 8 week programme written by Mindfulness Now.

For more information about Mindfulness Classes please click here.

As an integrative counsellor, I aspire to provide services that help people grow and transform through improved self-awareness. I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach and I, therefore, adapt which tools, theories and approaches I use depending on the individual/couple/group I am working with.

cognitive and behavioural therapies (focusing on the way people think and behave).
psychoanalytic therapies (looking at how past experiences affect the present).
humanistic therapies (with a focus on self-development and growth)
other therapies (such as mindfulness).

Taken from: https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/psychiatrists-psychologists-psychotherapists-counsellors.html