No two people are the same so I offer a flexible and eclectic counselling service in Newcastle upon Tyne. I provide counselling that is tailored to you as an individual and which is built around a supportive and non-judgmental relationship, whatever your background or circumstances.

Clients describe me as a warm and dynamic counsellor who is helpful both for people seeking counselling for the first time and those who have had counselling in the past. My nature is curious, non-judgmental and compassionate and my counselling practice reflects my core values of respect, integrity and kindness. I believe that counselling is not only a place to explore your personal struggles, but also a place to feel supported as you celebrate and enjoy personal growth and success.

How I can help you

I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I combine tools from a number of therapies including Transactional Analysis, CBT, Gestalt, person centred counselling, creative therapies, neuroscience and psychotherapy in order to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues you are facing so that you can find your way forward. My counselling service can help you in the following ways:

A holistic approach: my approach involves attending to all of you – your feelings, sensations, thoughts, actions, and your whole life situation. When you become aware of yourself as a whole, you become better able to navigate whatever may be currently troubling you and prepared for whatever the future may bring.

The present: people can become stuck in their histories, past mistakes or problems, which can sometimes make them fear the future. Developing an awareness of your past and its connections to your present enables you to make different choices and prevent unhelpful patterns from being repeated.

A gentle presence: I am direct in a respectful way. This allows you to discover a more flexible sense of self that is yours forever and helps you be a more effective problem-solver for yourself in your future life.

Concrete support: successful therapy involves being able to face some of the most uncomfortable and painful parts of your self. To be open to these experiences requires a supportive and empathic therapist. My support is offered as as concrete and solid – you will know that I’m alongside you during your therapeutic journey.

Therapist-as-partner: therapy occurs in the context of our relationship. Our relationship is the laboratory for your therapy and provides you with a safe space to explore changes you may wish to make in your life.

Life experience: I’ve had an interest in counselling and psychotherapy ever since I read Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections aged 17 but like many people who come to this profession, I had a varied career path before becoming a therapist. I embarked on my training as a counsellor when I was in my late 30s, bringing knowledge and experience from past careers and rich life experiences that I am now able to draw from. I’ve also been through extensive therapy myself as part of my training so I understand what it’s like to go through the therapeutic process. This is important as it means that while my experiences may help give me an insight into working with you, your experiences are your own and your therapy will be entirely focussed on you.

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I am a fully-qualified, registered and accredited counsellor:

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Psychotherapy (currently being completed)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy with distinction (Level 7)
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with distinction (Level 6)

I undertook my training at the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy in Newcastle, which has been training counsellors and psychotherapists for over 25 years and is renowned for its in-depth and rigorous training programmes. The qualifications I hold are accredited by the UKCP and the BACP.

Professional registration

  • Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
  • Accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). UKCP accreditation is the mark of quality for high standards of training, professional and ethical practice from one of the largest national organisations for psychotherapy.

Experience

I have 6 years’ experience within a variety of roles:

  • In-house counsellor in NHS Primary Care
  • Counsellor and clinical associate within a private practice in Jesmond, Newcastle
  • Psychotherapeutic counsellor in my own private practices in Newcastle and Hexham, Northumberland
  • Outreach counsellor for Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland

I’ve worked with a wide range of clients: both men, women and people who identify in other ways and people ranging in age from 18 to 80 with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

I have worked with clients to overcome a broad range of issues including:

  • anxiety, depression, worry
  • relationship difficulties (personal, family, work)
  • bereavement and loss
  • redundancy
  • ‘time of life’ issues (e.g. retirement, ’empty nest’, ageing)
  • low self-esteem
  • guilt, anger, fear
  • persistent/pervasive sadness
  • phobias
  • disordered eating
  • sexual violence / child sexual abuse
  • issues relating to gender identity or sexuality

I provide solution-focused brief therapy, short-term counselling or longer-term depth therapy, according to your needs and wishes.

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It’s important to note that counselling is not a crisis service, however, there are lots of organisations who can help you if you are in crisis.

Some numbers are listed below or call 999 if you are at immediate risk of harm.

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.

SANE (0300 304 7000) has a helpline that is available from 4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening. They also offer text support, support forums and more.

Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland (0800 035 2794) provides a helpline on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 6pm-8.30pm and on Fridays from 11.00am-2.00pm for any woman aged 13+ who has experienced sexual violence (including rape or child sexual abuse) at any time in her life.

Childline (0800 11 11) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) operates a national helpline to support teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.