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My name is Steve Manning and I run Actuality Counselling which is based in Arrad Street in central Liverpool (for detailed directions, refer to the right-hand panel and the map below). You can also access my services online.


I am an accredited counsellor, supervisor and coach, having trained at Liverpool John Moores University, PCCS and the ILM. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), am on its Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work according to its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018) (see the Framework to read the BACP's commitment to clients). I am fully insured and attend regular supervision to ensure that I meet professional standards.

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I am available to see clients from Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 6 pm, and on Fridays between 9 am and 1.30 pm. Sessions can sometimes be scheduled at other times.

Actuality Counselling offers:

You can find details of other local and national services here.

"... to specify the problem is to admit that it exists ... to allow yourself to know what you want ... and then you will know, precisely and cleanly, when you don't get it, and that will hurt, sharply and specifically. But you will learn something from that, and use what you learn in the future - and the alternative to that single sharp pain is the dull ache of continued hopelessness and vague failure and the sense that time, precious time, is slipping by."

Professor Jordan B. Peterson (2018)




I am registered with the Information Commissoner's Office (ICO). In accordance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any personal information relating to clients will be processed fairly, lawfully and transparently. I record only information which is required to support my work with clients and will store it securely for seven years (in case clients return to work with me during that period). I will not disclose this information to any third party. Details of data storage and processing (and any exceptions that apply) are stated explicitly in the Statement of Understanding which I invite clients to sign at the start of our work.

You have the right to view, correct, delete or restrict processing of your personal data.

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Tel: +44 (0)7941 488 550

"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination."

Carl Rogers (1902-1987)

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Actuality Counselling is located at 24 Arrad Street, Liverpool, L7 7JE, behind the Everyman Theatre, near the Catholic cathedral and not far from Liverpool city centre (see the map on the left). About halfway along Arrad Street, opposite the entrance to the Lennon Studios student village, you will see a sign for 'Creative Studios'; at the top of a short flight of stairs there is a buzzer for Actuality Counselling.

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"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to bloom."

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977)

Actuality Counselling is conveniently situated for all modes of transport and is approximately 15 minutes walk from both Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street stations.

The following bus routes pass near to Arrad Street: 36, 75, 80, 80A, 80E, 86, 86A, 86C and 86D stop in Hardman Street; routes 139 and 173 stop in Oxford Street; and routes 6, 7, 7A, 14, 14A, 14B, 14F, 36, 61, 61D, 79, 79C, 79D and 173 stop on Brownlow Hill (walk along Mount Pleasant to reach Arrad Street).

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If you are driving to a session, it is not advisable to park in Arrad Street itself; parking is restricted and traffic wardens often patrol the area.

The nearest car park is located 200 yards away, underneath the Metropolitan (Catholic) Cathedral at Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TQ. Other car parks in the area include the multi-storey car park at 38 Mount Pleasant, L3 5TB (350 yards away), Renshaw Hall car park in Benson Street, L1 2ST (half a mile away), Secure Parking Liverpool Central Car Park, 1 Heathfield Street, Liverpool, L1 4AT (half a mile away), KW Parking in Upper Newington, L1 2SR (half a mile away) and ZCP Car Parks, 21 Colquitt Street, L1 4DE (half a mile away).

I am unable to offer access for wheelchair users.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

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"With all his firmness and self-control, he tasks himself too far: locks every feeling and pang within - expresses, confesses, imparts nothing. I am sure it would benefit him to talk..."

Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre (1847)

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Download a free booklet which describes a range of 'alternative', natural, non-medical approaches to dealing with stress; many people have used these as effective alternatives to chemical medicines which often cause serious side-effects.

You can also click here for details of various books and resources which you might find helpful.