Find meaning in life

We specialise in meaning-centred and evidence-based psychological services for you and your workplace, remotely and in-person across the UK.

About Us

Welcome

Welcome to Acacia Psychological Services. We are a private psychotherapeutic practice in the heart of Manchester, specialising in meaning-centred, evidence-based psychological services.

For individuals, we offer coaching and counselling with BACP registered practitioners. For workplaces, we offer executive coaching, workplace wellbeing services, training and compliance programmes.

Currently, services are available 10:00 - 20:00, Monday - Friday, via Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams, with face-to-face services resuming later in the year.

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 Meet The Team

Get to know our coaches, counsellors, and associates.

 Our Mission

We are an LGBTQIA+ owned, ethical, local business on a mission.

 Availability

See our business hours and general availability.

 COVID-19 Safety

Keeping you and our team safe in face-to-face sessions.

About Meaning in Life Psychology

 Meaning and Wellbeing

What do you want from life? What gives you purpose? What makes you feel like you matter? The psychology of personal meaning has far-reaching implications for our wellbeing and our practitioners can help you tap into it.

Since neurologist Viktor Frankl, reflecting on his time in Auschwitz, wrote his famous phrase, "if you have a why, you can bear any how," psychologists have been studying the effects that a personal sense of meaning can have on our wellbeing.

While the core of any therapy is a positive and trusting relationship between client and practitioner, our approach takes seriously those things which make you feel like you matter, which help you understand your place in the world, and which drive you to higher goals and a sense of purpose.

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 What is Meaning in Life?

What is it all about and why does it matter?

 Resources

Books, videos, papers and more on meaning and its cultivation.

Our Personal Services

 Personal Services

Whether you want to heal the past, understand the present, or craft a new future, you don't have to do it alone.

Our therapies focus on cultivating character strengths, positive identity, and meaningful ways of engaging with the world around us, so that you can take steps towards a better life.

We pride ourselves on creating safe, confidential spaces for clients to explore the meaningful aspects of life, identity, work, relationships and beyond.

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 Coaching

Invest in your potential and build a meaningful future with our coaching offers.

 Counselling

Overcome struggles and master your emotional reactions with our counselling and psychotherapy services.

Our Workplace Services

 Meaningful Workplaces

At least one in six workers experience common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, and poor mental health is the number one reason for staff absence.

Whether you're a manager wanting to build a resilient team, a senior leader looking for executive coaching, or want to get some training as an investment in your people and your businesses' ISO 45003 compliance, we can help.

We offer workplace wellbeing training, workshops, and resources, as well as executive coaching for leaders at every level of corporate or third-sector life.

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 Workplace Wellbeing

See our range of workplace wellbeing training and workshop offers.

 Executive Coaching

Face the challenges of leadership confidently with our executive coaching offers.

 Strategy & Compliance

Develop an effective wellbeing strategy and work toward ISO 45003 certification.

 Wellbeing Action Plans

Take a simple proactive step toward staff wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions relating to our coaching, counselling, and workplace services.

Can't find the answer you're looking for? Our team are happy to answer any questions you have - get in touch today.

If you find yourself feeling unsafe or in crisis, contact your GP, ring 999, or go to your local Accident and Emergency ward.

There are many issues and situations coaching and counselling can help with, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship issues, self-image, stress, self harm, bereavement and loss. The reasons people seek therapy are highly individual. Get in touch and our team can talk you through your options with no obligation.

Yes! We are also LGBTQIA+ owned.

Yes, we are always looking for ways to make our practice more accessible. Let us know your specific needs using the contact page.

Bank transfer is preferred but we accept all major debit and credit cards as well as some popular cryptocurrencies. Some individual practitioners accept cash payments, none accept cheques.

Yes, all of our coaches and counsellors hold enhanced DBS certificates and are insured through Holistic Insurance Services

Yes. We offer coaching, counselling, workshops and training via all popular video conferencing software.

Yes. You can view our working agreements for coaching and counselling services on our documents page. Working agreements help you and your coach or counsellor set the boundaries and expectations of your sessions.

Coaching and counselling may look very similar but have very different aims and methods. An easy way to think of them is that counselling deals with healing – whether that’s healing from trauma, mental illness or workplace stress; whereas coaching deals with development or enhancement – whether developing skills, building character strengths or enhancing our sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Coaching is for anyone seeking to deepen their self-awareness, build new skills or broaden their personal horizons. But the reasons people seek coaching are highly individual. Get in touch and our team can talk you through your options with no obligation.

Counselling is for anyone seeking healing and understanding of mental health concerns. Many people seek counselling in times of pain, change and uncertainty, such as mental health problems or illness, relationship problems or the break-up of a relationship, depression, anxiety, work stress, bereavement, insomnia etc. But the reasons people seek counselling are highly individual. Get in touch and our team can talk you through your options with no obligation.

You can ask your therapist any questions related to how they work and their training, their professional memberships as well as their experience, but how you feel in session is most important.
Do your sessions feel comfortable and safe? Do you feel seen and understood? If not, it is important to raise your concerns. A good coach or counsellor will acknowledge your concerns and work with you to resolve them. If your concerns cannot be resolved your coach or counsellor can offer you an introduction or signposting to other practitioners who may be a better fit.

We offer both fixed-term and flexible/ongoing coaching and counselling. Fixed-term services are between 4 and 12 sessions. If you’re looking for sessions longer-term, flexible sessions might be the better option for you. Although some therapy services make an estimate, we believe that this is not ethical. Ideally, you will find the right time to end your sessions together with your therapists to ensure that you are leaving with a positive experience of autonomy and independence. Most coaches and counsellors offer regular reviews every 5-6 sessions to check how you are doing. It is not in the interest of you or the coach/counsellor to encourage sessions for longer than necessary.

Personal services (coaching and counselling) are currently priced at £60 per hour. Discounts are available for fixed-term bookings (e.g., a block of 6 sessions), students and people who are unemployed.

Workplace services are priced based on your organisation’s size and charitable status. Get in touch for a quote with no obligation.

Counselling sessions are usually weekly, in some cases bi-weekly. Coaching sessions are usually weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. We do not recommend less frequent than this as it would not allow for continuity which can make therapy less effective, however, this is entirely up to you and your coach/counsellor to agree on.
It is important to attend sessions regularly. If you need to cancel it is important to do this at least 24 hours in advance otherwise you will have to pay for the missed session.

You can contact us via our contact form or by WhatsApp, email or phone. Our contact details are on our Contact page.
If contacting us by phone it is very likely that you will get through to voicemail. Please leave your name and number and also indicate what times it is ok for us to contact you. This is especially important if you are leaving a landline number that you share with others as we want to protect your privacy. We will be touch within 24 hours and you can discuss your needs and availability. If you do not hear back from us, please try again. Most likely it might have been a glitch in the email system, or your voicemail was not clear enough. All your details will be held in strict confidence.

Once you have arranged an appointment, we suggest that you reflect on what you would like to find out about therapy and what you would like the therapist to know about you that is most important for you. That way you can both determine if you are a good match.

We are unable to offer couples coaching or counselling at the moment. However, we work with new associate therapists, coaches and organisations all the time – check our team profiles page for more details.

We can only offer services to adults (18+) at the moment. However, we work with new associate therapists, coaches and organisations all the time – check our team profiles page for more details.

If you think that your therapist is not the right match, raise this with him or her. If you don't feel you can or don't want to, please make sure that you give them enough notice when cancelling your next session. We always recommend giving feedback to your therapist about how you are feeling in therapy as this gives your therapist a better insight what works and what doesn't and he/she can tailor their approach to your individual needs better. If you want to see a different therapist at the centre, please send an email to us asking to see someone else.

Check in with your therapist regularly about your progress. Sometimes taking the last few steps on your journey on your own can be more empowering whilst staying in therapy for too long can become frustrating. Your therapist's goal is always to help you not need therapy, hence, if you reflect on your journey and where you are at will help you find the right time for yourself.
Some clients also like to keep a diary of their therapy process which can be very helpful.

It is important that you give the therapist at least 24 hours’ notice in case you need to cancel your appointment. Don't just not turn up. No-shows are a loss of a session for someone else who might need it, and a waste of time and money for the therapist. We try to accommodate you and in return rely on the courtesy of a cancellation in case you have changed your mind or would like to rearrange.

Get In Touch

Contact Details

We try to respond to all messages within 1 working day.

 Email

hello@meaning.coach

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 Phone

07434616121

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Acacia Psychological Services Ltd.
International House
61 Mosley Street
Manchester
M2 3HZ
United Kingdom