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Hope Pugh

That initial step, that initial call, that initial movement towards making a change, can feel like the most difficult part of any journey. It can feel risky to reach out; especially to someone we do not know. It can feel risky to let others know we are not coping and that we are struggling with who we are and how we are experiencing life.

My role is to help you feel safe and secure in finding, confronting and working with issues and to guide and support you as you explore. My aim is to help you get a better understanding of why you think or feel the way you do.  Together we can help you find the strength and resilience within yourself to move forward and make the most from life.

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor, which means I offer a  non-directive, safe and compassionate space for you to explore without judegement.

What to expect

When you come to see me, we’ll work through your specific worries in a supportive and compassionate way, in a comfortable, confidential space. This way, you’ll have the freedom and security you need to explore the things that are important to you. I recognises that your  individual social environment and personal relationships can greatly impact on your life, so  I offer therapy  in a neutral and comfortable setting where you can feel at ease, authentic and open to learning about yourself. In this way,  I hope my approach offers you the opportunity to counteract any damaging effects of past relationships and experiences. 

Other changes that are often experienced from person centred therapy include: 

  • Closer agreement between your idealised and actual selves.
  • Better self-understanding and awareness. 
  • Decreased negative emotions such as defensiveness, insecurity and guilt.
  • Greater ability to trust yourself.
  • Healthier relationships.
  • Improvement in self-expression.  
  • Overall a healthy sense of change.

I  have regular supervision myself, attend industry recognised training courses to stay up to date, and I carry professional indemnity insurance, giving you the peace of mind you need that I’ll work in a caring and professional way from our first conversation.

Areas of experience

I have experience in working with a range of different issues such as;

  • abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, mental),
  • addiction,
  • anger management,
  • anxiety,
  • bereavement/loss,
  • bullying,
  • Bipolar disorder/Manic depression,
  • child related issues,
  • depression,
  • dissociation,
  • divorce/separation,
  • domestic violence,
  • family issues,
  • identity issues,
  • low self-confidence,
  • low self-esteem,
  • lack of direction/purpose,
  • Mythomanic/Pathological Lying,
  • panic attacks,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • relationship issues,
  • substance abuse,
  • self-harm,
  • sexual abuse,
  • stress,
  • suicidal thoughts,
  • sexual issues, 
  • trauma. 

My story

The inspiration for becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist came from when I  experianced some dark times and decided to seek the help of therapy myself. It helped me to see that in those difficult times life throws at you, you dont have to go through it alone and getting the right support can make a huge difference in working through those days and becoming more resiliant to what  may be infront. This fed my passion to give back and be that light in the darkness for others in need.

After an initial degree in Sociology and Culteral studies , my working life has been predominantly ‘people focused' leading me into currently working as a private practitioner at The Hope Street Centre and Counsellor at Lifeline; a drug and alcohol organisation in Manchester. 

Outside of work I love to travel and be around nature- espcially a sunday walk in the forest. I am an active person and an avid skier, yet an all around foodie. But most of all I enjoy my myself spending quality time with family and friends.

Contact Information: 

07951 905920


MSc in Person- Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) theory
PG Dip in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
PG Certificate in Counselling Skills
BSc Hons Sociology and Cultural Studies


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