"Sessions with Gareth have transformed my life for the better."
Are you living with anxiety? Do you feel stuck in the same way of thinking? Are you troubled by repetitive thoughts? Do you have annoying habits and behaviours?
You don’t have to live like this anymore.
At MenShouldTalk I specialise in helping men deal with these difficulties. I am an eclectic therapist using a combination of hypnotherapy, NLP, mindfulness and meditation to help my clients overcome:
Although these issues may have troubled you for some time they can all be addressed and overcome using therapy in the relaxed settings of my rooms in central Manchester.
Why therapy? After all whatever’s going on with you can always be talked over with your partner or a mate can’t it?
Well maybe. If you’re lucky enough to be in a relationship in which absolutely anything can be said then I guess you can talk. But you’ll be in the minority.
However honest and open people like to think their relationships there are usually quite a few boundaries. These might be implicit – the sort of subjects you cant talk about with mates (usually anything outside sex and sports for men) or explicit. And that’s fine. Most days you can get by relegating the more tricky elements of your psyche to the corners of your mind.
But some days you cant and that’s why I’m here.
My office represents the space where you can talk about whatever it is that’s concerning you in complete confidence. Whether it’s a sexual issue or an eating problem or a behaviour that seems inexplicable to you I can help.
What I bring to therapy is:
• considerable expertise as a therapist and practitioner
• a warm and open approach to each and every client
• a dedication to every client and the drive to help them
• discretion and complete confidentiality
You’ll be relieved to know that the problem that you thought was yours and yours alone is one that many men share. You’ll be even more relieved to feel the solitary burden lifted as you come to realise that not only are you in good company but that there is a solution.
I see a small number of clients and am therefore able to offer you a complete service including inter-session emails and a text service. You’ll relax into a comfortable setting and experience a growing confidence that you can talk, learn and change in ways that completely suit you and your needs.
I look forward to talking to you.
The method I use describes the self as something that can be broken down into four parts – body, others, thinking and emotions.
In the introductory session the client details the outline of the issue which has brought him to therapy and from this point on we begin to explore his relationship to his body, to others, to his thinking and to his emotions. It will be seen that his unexplored history has informed the way he treats each of these relationships. Progress is made by recognising that many aspects of the self and how it functions have not been conscious choices but habits which are the consequence of the attachments and adjustments he has made in order to survive.
Hypnotherapy will enable you to relax and slow down sufficiently to gain a new perspective on your problems. You will be aware throughout the process and will experience a calm and a quality of insight that will help you to see the way ahead for whatever concerns you. My aim is to help you feel more in control of your life. In order to do this I also practice elements of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and will show you the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
Clients come to see me with a range of problems ranging from nail biting, shyness, weight-loss, eating disorders, anxiety, performance problems and sexual difficulties. One core problem that underlies many of these issues is quite simply confidence. By coming to an understanding of how your childhood experiences have helped formed your personality we can begin the process of re-building your confidence. By developing a stronger and more confident personality you will feel able to cope with modern life’s stresses and strains.
At the core of my practice is the elementary work of just sitting with clients. In the free 60 minute consultation I offer a calm and receptive presence where you are encouraged to offload your problem so that we can see what we might do together. The key to my work is compassion both for yourselves and those you live and work with. Sitting with you in a non-judgemental way we develop an empathy that helps you come to terms with your problems and provides the foundation for developing yourself.
Manchester is well-served by a number of excellent therapists. However MenShouldTalk is one of the very few therapy services in England that caters specifically to men and their issues. I qualified in 2000, gained my General Hypnotherapy Registration (GHR) and have been practicing since then. In that time I have developed a distinct specialism and expertise in using hypnotherapy and other skills to help men.
In In 2000 I studied a hypnotherapy diploma for a year before qualifying as a Hypnotherapist. I then went into private practice. Over the following years I have attended workshops in Mindfulness. More recently I have attended Zen Buddhist retreats to develop my skills in meditation. In September 2009 I began working for Butterfly Effect and Lasting Change in Manchester. It is as a result of my successes here as well as my research work that I have decided to establish ‘menshouldtalk.com’ - it is the only practice of its kind in England.
I left the University in 2014 to focus full time on my practice. I am registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register, and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council. I am fully insured and attend regular supervision to maintain the high standards of my practice.