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My name is Steve Manning and, since 2001, I have been running Actuality Counselling which is based in Arrad Street in central Liverpool (for detailed directions, refer to the right-hand panel and the map below).

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) and am on its Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I am fully insured, and attend regular supervision to ensure that I meet professional standards and work according to the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018) (see the Framework to read our commitment to clients).

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I am available for appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10.30 am and 6 pm, on Tuesday between 3.30 pm and 6 pm, and on Friday between 10.30 am and 1.30 pm. Arrangements can sometimes be made to meet at other times.

You can also access my services online.

Actuality Counselling offers:

You can find details of other local and national services on the Resources page.




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 the counselling work 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.

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, close to the centre of Liverpool. It is near the Catholic cathedral and behind the Everyman Theatre (see the map on the left). About halfway along Arrad Street, opposite the entrance to the Lennon Studios student village, there is a sign for "Creative Studios"; at the top of a short flight of stairs you will see the buzzer for Actuality Counselling.

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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.

"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)

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).

Image of entrance to Arrad Street therapy room.

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 (approximately 350 yards away), Renshaw Hall car park in Benson Street, L1 2ST (just under half a mile away), KW Parking in Upper Newington, L1 2SR (just under half a mile away) and ZCP Car Parks in Colquitt Street, L1 4DL (approximately half a mile away).

I am unable to offer access for wheelchair users.

Image of the Roman Catholic cathedral, near the entrance to Arrad Street.

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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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