Meet our Mental Health Practitioners

Vicki Ackerman, BA (Hons), MBACP, MBPsS

Vicki Ackerman

Person-Centred Therapist


Hello, my name is Vicki, I am a fully qualified MBACP Person-Centred Therapist who has a wide range of experience working therapeutically with children, young people and adults. I work in a client-centred manner built on trust and mutual respect providing a solid foundation for therapy.


As an Integrative Therapist I draw from a broad range of therapeutic models which include: Solution Focused, NLP, CBT, Psychodynamic, Pluralist, Motivational Interviewing and many more. I believe that for a good therapeutic relationship it is vital to recognises a client’s vulnerabilities and strengths while fostering a warm and secure environment where the client feels safe to explore and express their individual feelings and concerns. Also, to endeavour to support the client on their journey to build their own resilience to help them find the right answers.


I offer a safe, calming, supportive, non-judgemental environment which is therapeutically adaptable to encounter a client’s individual needs whilst processing high levels of empathy and understanding. With a proven history of working with children, young people and adults in a social care, school and in a university setting, has enabled me to gain extensive knowledge of offering support, rehabilitation and guidance to clients who have experienced trauma or hardship whilst retaining an objective and realistic approach to individual treatment and therapy. 


As a child counsellor I offer an integrative and neuro diverse approach to therapy in accordance to the developmental stages of a child. Sessions will draw upon an attachment and trauma-based play therapy. Early life experiences lay down foundations later in life which can impact on child development. Trauma experiences in early life can impact on a child in many ways, for example high and low emotions, distress, detached, low esteem and more difficult to see the impact on brain development. I hope to increase awareness, so we do not purely focus on behaviour but understanding the child, by listening and observing. Therapists understand and acknowledge that early traumatic experiences cause developmental trauma, the nervous system becomes stuck in a state of high alert, a fear response cycle, preventing the child to move forward onto the next developmental stage.


I am also comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds who are experiencing multiple difficulties and complex needs which include: 

  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Domestic abuse and sexual abuse
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Separation and divorce
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Terminal illness
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Marital difficulties
  • Child-parent conflicts
  • Consultancy
  • Guilt

Jacqueline Branfield, Ad. Prof. Dip. PC, Dip. Hyp. CS

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 Psychotherapist & Wellbeing Practitioner


Hi I’m Jacqueline; I am a Psychotherapist working therapeutically with children, young people and adults experiencing anxiety, stress, fear or trauma.  As an integrative practitioner I draw from various therapeutic models including CBT, Psychodynamic and other modalities whilst offering a Person Centred delivery.  I offer a safe calming environment, ensuring therapeutic adaptability, so to meet individual needs. 


The first session, the initial consultation, generally takes around an hour, it is an information gathering session, a comprehensive assessment so to devise an individualised therapeutic plan. The first appointment is also the first step in getting to know each other, empathically creating a safe space, for you, to ask any questions, discuss any concerns and talk freely. If you wish to move forward with a personalised therapeutic plan, further sessions will take place, ideally weekly, lasting approximately  50 minutes. 


Sessions are supportive and empowering, gaining a deeper understanding of experiences of, anxiety, depression, low esteem or feelings of guilt or shame. Together we will work towards self exploration, promoting healing and reconnection so to re-establish feelings of purpose and worth. 

I provide a respectful non judgmental practice, fully committed to ethical standards, adhering to confidentiality safeguarding, data protection policy and procedures, maintaining your best interest at all times.


I also have many years experience delivering well-being workshops and interventions to young people, previously working as a youth worker and adult mental health advocate. As a school counsellor I both offer an integrative and neuro diverse approach, therapy in accordance to developmental stage. Sessions also draw from attachment, developmental and trauma based psychology informing play based therapy. 

Ch'maine Robinson, Ad. Prof. Dip. PC

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Psychotherapist & Wellbeing Practitioner


Hi, I'm Ch'maine a Manchester based Psychotherapist. My services include Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness and more creative approaches to therapy such as vision boards, food therapy and creative writing. I endevour to walk with my clients to find the  best possible way to explore, psycho educate and find a path to self awareness and progression, that is meaningful to them.


Specialisms include: GAD, anxiety, trauma, low-self esteem, shame, grief, depression, attachment, dissociation 

Panic disorders, family issues, stress, CBT, phobias, separation 


How counselling helps: 

Effective counselling reduces confusion, allowing the client to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in their attitude and/or behaviour.  Effective counselling is not advice-giving and is not acting on someone else's behalf (these are more the  roles of a life coach). The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable the client to make their own choices, reach their own decisions and to act upon them. 


The Therapeutic Relationship: 

Effective counselling relies on the therapeutic relationship of client & therapist. My integrative training has and continues to give, access to various theoretical platforms and methods of counselling. This gives great benefit when working together to explore  what will be most suitable and effective for you. Together, sessions are tailored according to your needs, even if that is a session where you just want to gather your thoughts... how often is it that we allow ourselves that golden hour to just, well, think?  This can be the opportunity.


I am a Member of The National Counselling Society and The National Hypnotherapy Society.