Carina Badger MBACP
Carina Badger MBACP
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Carina Badger MBACP


Manchester, United Kingdom



About Carina

I help people find clarity and calm, cope better with change and say no when they want to. Gain perspective and develop boundaries so you can make informed, mindful choices about the life you want to live. 

We will work on deepening your understanding of yourself and where you may be stuck. You don't have to find your way alone. I can help you get to know yourself better and support you in making meaningful changes in your life.


Perhaps some of this sounds familiar...

  • You’ve been feeling anxious or stressed
  • Maybe you feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges
  • You feel stuck in the same patterns of behaviour and can’t work out how to change this
  • You feel disconnected from yourself and others sometimes
  • You’re not thriving

I understand because I’ve been there too. It’s not more willpower you need, it’s more insight.

We can all have times when we struggle – counselling and therapy do not need to be a last resort. When you need it most, I’m here to provide you with empathetic support. But my work with clients goes beyond talking and listening. I will help you gain perspective and clarity so you can make informed, mindful choices about the life you want to live. We will work on deepening your understanding of yourself and where you may be stuck.

What sort of issues do I help clients with?

I work with adults and young people aged 15+ with a range of issues such as:

  • Anxiety and stress including work stress
  • Overwhelm
  • Depression and feeling low
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
  • Relationship challenges such as difficulties with partners, friends or families, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Life transitions such as children leaving home, menopause, coming out, a relationship breakdown, a bereavement, changing career or city, retirement or something else. These transition periods can bring up a range of emotions that can feel overwhelming and bewildering

I can help you understand yourself better and make sense of your changing landscape. 

🏳️‍🌈 I am an LGBTQ+ affirmative positive counsellor.

I firmly believe that you write your own life story. But it can feel hard to face things alone or make sense of the challenges life can present. It gives me such joy working with people who want to dig in — to do the work needed to create positive, lasting changes in their lives. I'm curious, human, professional and compassionate.

Free initial chat

I appreciate taking the first step and making contact with a counsellor can be daunting. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable or hesitant. You may have additional questions and I am happy to have a chat with you. Send me a message to arrange an initial chat. This is an opportunity for you to get a sense for how I work and I can answer any questions you may have. There is no charge for this and I hold the chat by phone or Zoom.

Fully qualified BACP therapist and counsellor also in Advanced Training in Psychotherapy towards UKCP accreditation. I see clients in Didsbury and Chorlton, Manchester, and online through Zoom. I draw on a number of different theories in my work and can introduce you to a range of techniques and practices.

You can expect a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.

If what you’re currently doing isn’t working for you, let’s find another way that does. 


  • PGDip Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Distinction) (University of Salford)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (The Manchester College)
  • ILM Level 5 Certificate Effective Coaching and Mentoring (Institute of Leadership and Management)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy (University of Cambridge)




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