Diane Swaine

The recent media coverage of campaigns such as ‘It’s OK Not To Be OK’ has been fantastic for shining a light on the importance of mental health issues and the vital importance of psychological wellbeing.

Diane Swaine.

The recent media coverage of campaigns such as ‘It’s OK Not To Be OK’ has been fantastic for shining a light on the importance of mental health issues and the vital importance of psychological wellbeing.

People are now asking their friends and family the serious questions, as we look to address issues such as rising male suicide and the harmful effects of social media.

But is this enough?

For some people, talking with their friends and family doesn’t go far enough. It is a positive step in the right direction for sure, but may only scratch the surface when it comes to fully meeting their needs.

This is where I come in.  

I welcome the opportunity to help people deal with the negative thought patterns that influence poor decision making, as well as helping them with any difficult relationships they may have.

Anxiety, depression and self esteem issues are always more noticeable and problematic when they manifest in poor decisions. Poor decisions are so difficult to stop when it is only the decision or action itself that is considered, as opposed to the journey to that decision, which is what I am interested in mapping.

With my well honed holistic approach to therapy, my clients are given a better opportunity to progress.

A balanced combination of counselling, psychotherapy and CBT makes up the integrative approach that I find successful for me and my clients. 

12 Steps to build up your self-esteem. Diane and Ampika Pickston discuss.........

counselling and therapy session

For so long people were told to keep their feelings under wraps, to stop being so dramatic, or even to ‘man up’.

People are now asking their friends and family the serious questions, as we look to address issues such as rising male suicide and the harmful effects of social media.

But is this enough?

For some people, talking with their friends and family doesn’t go far enough. It is a positive step in the right direction for sure, but may only scratch the surface when it comes to fully meeting their needs.

This is where I come in.  

I welcome the opportunity to help people deal with the negative thought patterns that influence poor decision making, as well as helping them with any difficult relationships they may have.

Anxiety, depression and self esteem issues are always more noticeable and problematic when they manifest in poor decisions. Poor decisions are so difficult to stop when it is only the decision or action itself that is considered, as opposed to the journey to that decision, which is what I am interested in mapping.

With my well honed holistic approach to therapy, my clients are given a better opportunity to progress.

A balanced combination of counselling, psychotherapy and CBT makes up the integrative approach that I find successful for me and my clients. 

history and experience with women

I am honest, open and non-judgemental, offering communication, kindness and curiosity to help my clients learn to know themselves.

Diane Swaine counsellor and psychotherapist near me
history and experience with women

I am honest, open and non-judgemental, offering communication, kindness and curiosity to help my clients learn to know themselves.

Diane Swaine counsellor and psychotherapist near me

The F Word – ‘Feelings’

This is Diane’s take on the F word, ‘feelings’.

Men aren’t supposed to have them and women have too many of them, at least that’s what therapists have been trying to counteract for years.

Nowadays, people are waking up to the importance of mental health and beginning to accept it as an equal to physical health.

Diane believes that the two go hand in hand, and knows that looking after one can support looking after the other. From school age up, conversations about having a growth mindset or a mental health tool box are positive conversations to have, and the more we give our emotions names and the less we try to mask them, the better we can understand them and their effects on our lives.

Doing all of this alone can be a daunting task, especially for people who may be really struggling with society.

Diane cares passionately about helping young people and she absolutely loves working to bring about a change in their self esteem, their self awareness and their mental wellbeing.

The F Word – ‘Feelings’

This is Diane’s take on the F word, ‘feelings’.

Men aren’t supposed to have them and women have too many of them, at least that’s what therapists have been trying to counteract for years.

Nowadays, people are waking up to the importance of mental health and beginning to accept it as an equal to physical health.

Diane believes that the two go hand in hand, and knows that looking after one can support looking after the other. From school age up, conversations about having a growth mindset or a mental health tool box are positive conversations to have, and the more we give our emotions names and the less we try to mask them, the better we can understand them and their effects on our lives.

Doing all of this alone can be a daunting task, especially for people who may be really struggling with society.

Diane cares passionately about helping young people and she absolutely loves working to bring about a change in their self esteem, their self awareness and their mental wellbeing.

Family Values - My Approach

How do I ‘cope’?

For a long time I worked with vulnerable families across South Manchester, affected by issues such as loss, bereavement, addiction and poverty. It was enlightening, humbling and at times, a difficult position to live up to.

One of the enduring lessons which that period of time taught me though, is that when it comes to our children, we are all the same.

Our needs are entwined with the needs of our children for life, and theirs with ours for a good time too.

For me, as a parent of two teenagers, I try to use every personal experience to the benefit of my clients. The highs, the lows and the ‘in betweens’ all contribute to my skillset and widen my understanding.

How do I cope?

If my children are sad, I am sad, but it is what I do to change this that counts. Something as simple as going for a walk can make the world of difference, as it brings clarity and creates space. It helps me to get out of my head.

Like anyone else I am affected by stories in the press about terrorism, the climate, the future and I understand how the world can be a big and scary place for many people, but it is my goal to help people make small steps towards understanding their place by finding some space.

I put myself into it. I give it all that I’ve got.

If you need someone to talk to, get in touch.

Family Values - My Approach

How do I ‘cope’?

For a long time I worked with vulnerable families across South Manchester, affected by issues such as loss, bereavement, addiction and poverty. It was enlightening, humbling and at times, a difficult position to live up to.

One of the enduring lessons which that period of time taught me though, is that when it comes to our children, we are all the same.

Our needs are entwined with the needs of our children for life, and theirs with ours for a good time too.

For me, as a parent of two teenagers, I try to use every personal experience to the benefit of my clients. The highs, the lows and the ‘in betweens’ all contribute to my skillset and widen my understanding.

How do I cope?

If my children are sad, I am sad, but it is what I do to change this that counts. Something as simple as going for a walk can make the world of difference, as it brings clarity and creates space. It helps me to get out of my head.

Like anyone else I am affected by stories in the press about terrorism, the climate, the future and I understand how the world can be a big and scary place for many people, but it is my goal to help people make small steps towards understanding their place by finding some space.

I put myself into it. I give it all that I’ve got.

If you need someone to talk to, get in touch.