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Counselling Direct
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hi, my name is Vicky and welcome to Counselling Direct. Are you struggling with life's challenges such as anxiety, ADHD/ADD, ASD, bereavement, depression or low self-esteem, then counselling can help. I offer a warm and friendly professional service and provide a safe and confidential space where you can feel free to explore your thoughts, feelings and issues. I work with people with a range of difficulties, helping them to gain personal awareness, a clearer perspective on their life and make positive changes.
Hi, my name is Vicky and welcome to Counselling Direct. Are you struggling with life's challenges such as anxiety, ADHD/ADD, ASD, bereavement, depression or low self-esteem, then counselling can help. I offer a warm and friendly professional service and provide a safe and confidential space where you can feel free to explore your thoughts, feelings and issues. I work with people with a range of difficulties, helping them to gain personal awareness, a clearer perspective on their life and make positive changes.
0191 607 6440 View 0191 607 6440
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Amy Robson
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sunderland SR1  (Online Only)
It takes courage to be reflective about ourselves and consider the things that might be getting in our way. Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming task. I’m Amy, a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist. Whatever has brought you here, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, changes to your identity or other stumbling blocks in life; our co-created relationship could be the catalyst for change you’re looking for.
It takes courage to be reflective about ourselves and consider the things that might be getting in our way. Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming task. I’m Amy, a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist. Whatever has brought you here, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, changes to your identity or other stumbling blocks in life; our co-created relationship could be the catalyst for change you’re looking for.
01429 802918 View 01429 802918
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John Lennox
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a CBT/integrative counsellor/supervisor, with several years of experience. I offer counselling that provides a flexible service for todays busy lifestyle, I bring a broad range of experience and knowledge to the counselling practice as well as a  non-judgemental attitude and a professional, yet friendly approach, suited to both adults and adolescents from all cultural backgrounds. I have a wealth of experience of working with a wide variety of mental health issues such as; depression, stress, anxiety, worry, abuse, (mental, sexual and physical abuse), low self-confidence, Anger Issues, PTSD, bereavement, grief and loss.
I am a CBT/integrative counsellor/supervisor, with several years of experience. I offer counselling that provides a flexible service for todays busy lifestyle, I bring a broad range of experience and knowledge to the counselling practice as well as a  non-judgemental attitude and a professional, yet friendly approach, suited to both adults and adolescents from all cultural backgrounds. I have a wealth of experience of working with a wide variety of mental health issues such as; depression, stress, anxiety, worry, abuse, (mental, sexual and physical abuse), low self-confidence, Anger Issues, PTSD, bereavement, grief and loss.
0191 743 9704 View 0191 743 9704
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Dr Sonia Ahmed
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Hi I am Dr Sonia Ahmed, a chartered counselling psychologist who is registered with both the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have significant experience of working with a range of issues and difficulties, varying from day to day stress to severe mental health issues. These include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, relationship issues, amongst others. Furthermore, I have substantial experience working with trauma and PTSD presentations. These can include post-traumatic stress disorder from single event traumas, complex trauma, and developmental trauma.
Hi I am Dr Sonia Ahmed, a chartered counselling psychologist who is registered with both the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have significant experience of working with a range of issues and difficulties, varying from day to day stress to severe mental health issues. These include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, relationship issues, amongst others. Furthermore, I have substantial experience working with trauma and PTSD presentations. These can include post-traumatic stress disorder from single event traumas, complex trauma, and developmental trauma.
0191 743 9138 View 0191 743 9138
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Felicity Cousins
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I can offer you a safe space to be yourself. I’m a Psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the BACP who has direct experience working with adults suffering with anxiety, depression and more. I am nurturing, warm and compassionate and with an approach free from judgement, I can help you to identify and work through any challenges that you are facing. I work relationally using integrative methods which means counselling is a unique process -depending on what you need. Whether you want to work in the here and now to make changes or delve into the past and explore your story, I offer flexibility in therapy sessions.
I can offer you a safe space to be yourself. I’m a Psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the BACP who has direct experience working with adults suffering with anxiety, depression and more. I am nurturing, warm and compassionate and with an approach free from judgement, I can help you to identify and work through any challenges that you are facing. I work relationally using integrative methods which means counselling is a unique process -depending on what you need. Whether you want to work in the here and now to make changes or delve into the past and explore your story, I offer flexibility in therapy sessions.
0191 814 7131 View 0191 814 7131
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IAS Ltd
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
07506 747122 View 07506 747122
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Karen Ambelez Counsellor Clinical Supervisor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Struggling to cope with negative emotions can feel very isolating and, by the nature of some problems, guilt and shame can make us feel stigmatised and prevent us reaching out for support even when its not our fault. People come to counselling for all kinds of reasons from childhood trauma to life events as adults such as divorce, bereavement and stress and what they all have in common is a desire to feel better and begin to enjoy life. Some people find they use alcohol or drugs in an attempt to cope with their feelings but inventively this creates more problems
Struggling to cope with negative emotions can feel very isolating and, by the nature of some problems, guilt and shame can make us feel stigmatised and prevent us reaching out for support even when its not our fault. People come to counselling for all kinds of reasons from childhood trauma to life events as adults such as divorce, bereavement and stress and what they all have in common is a desire to feel better and begin to enjoy life. Some people find they use alcohol or drugs in an attempt to cope with their feelings but inventively this creates more problems
07480 535288 View 07480 535288
Photo of Lindsay Wilkinson, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Lindsay Wilkinson
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
I specialise in working with individuals who have difficulties in managing their emotions and therefore struggle with things like relationships, drinking, substance use, self harming and other impulsive behaviour. You don't need a formal diagnosis to work with me, but I do have a speciality of working with people with personality disorders. I also have lots of experience of working with people who have had traumatic histories and are struggling to manage as a result. This might mean they are depressed, anxious or just finding trusting people hard. As well as these specialities, I also work with all major mental health issues
I specialise in working with individuals who have difficulties in managing their emotions and therefore struggle with things like relationships, drinking, substance use, self harming and other impulsive behaviour. You don't need a formal diagnosis to work with me, but I do have a speciality of working with people with personality disorders. I also have lots of experience of working with people who have had traumatic histories and are struggling to manage as a result. This might mean they are depressed, anxious or just finding trusting people hard. As well as these specialities, I also work with all major mental health issues
0191 917 9403 View 0191 917 9403
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Calm Together Therapies & Wellness
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Welcome to Calm Together, your dedicated specialist therapeutic support service in the Northeast of England! We are here to assist families, young people, and adults on their journey towards healing and well-being. At Calm Together, we understand the importance of mental wellness in today’s fast-paced world. Our goal is to provide you with the support and resources you need to cultivate a peaceful, balanced life. Whether you’re seeking help with stress, looking to improve your mental health, or wanting to build better habits, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.
Welcome to Calm Together, your dedicated specialist therapeutic support service in the Northeast of England! We are here to assist families, young people, and adults on their journey towards healing and well-being. At Calm Together, we understand the importance of mental wellness in today’s fast-paced world. Our goal is to provide you with the support and resources you need to cultivate a peaceful, balanced life. Whether you’re seeking help with stress, looking to improve your mental health, or wanting to build better habits, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.
0191 743 4546 View 0191 743 4546
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Anne Morrison
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR1  (Online Only)
As a busy professional you may feel you don't have time to be stressed and anxious yet you do. You feel under pressure, can't take time off and don't like letting others down. Many of my clients come to me with similar concerns. They often say "I thought I was stronger than this". When we start to talk about what lead them to make an appointment it turns out there have been a number of life-changing experiences that haven't been dealt with. Then something else happens that just 'tripped' them up and they now feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. I help them lead a happier, healthier life where they feel more confident and in control.
As a busy professional you may feel you don't have time to be stressed and anxious yet you do. You feel under pressure, can't take time off and don't like letting others down. Many of my clients come to me with similar concerns. They often say "I thought I was stronger than this". When we start to talk about what lead them to make an appointment it turns out there have been a number of life-changing experiences that haven't been dealt with. Then something else happens that just 'tripped' them up and they now feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. I help them lead a happier, healthier life where they feel more confident and in control.
0191 743 0249 View 0191 743 0249
Photo of Alexa Johnstone, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Alexa Johnstone
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Hi, my name is Alexa and thank you for taking the step in seeking help. I know counselling can be very daunting for some people but rest assured I'm here to help put you at ease. Counselling can be a journey of self discovery, growth and finding the real you. I work using the holistic approach, you will be the one to talk about what you want, in a safe environment and I will listen. Within our sessions I will be non judgemental, meaning that I will accept you for the person you are, I will be honest, and I will be empathetic, meaning that I will strive to see the world through your eyes so I can fully understand.
Hi, my name is Alexa and thank you for taking the step in seeking help. I know counselling can be very daunting for some people but rest assured I'm here to help put you at ease. Counselling can be a journey of self discovery, growth and finding the real you. I work using the holistic approach, you will be the one to talk about what you want, in a safe environment and I will listen. Within our sessions I will be non judgemental, meaning that I will accept you for the person you are, I will be honest, and I will be empathetic, meaning that I will strive to see the world through your eyes so I can fully understand.
0191 743 4333 View 0191 743 4333
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North East Counselling Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
North East Counselling Services provide counselling to anyone aged 4+ using our team of experienced counsellors. We provide counselling for couples in addition to individuals. We believe that getting you the right counsellor is important to your progress which is why we carry out an assessment then allocate you to the most appropriate counsellor, not just whoever is available. We've got a team of around 50 counsellors and 98% of our clients have said that our counselling helped them.
North East Counselling Services provide counselling to anyone aged 4+ using our team of experienced counsellors. We provide counselling for couples in addition to individuals. We believe that getting you the right counsellor is important to your progress which is why we carry out an assessment then allocate you to the most appropriate counsellor, not just whoever is available. We've got a team of around 50 counsellors and 98% of our clients have said that our counselling helped them.
01757 605682 View 01757 605682
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Natalie Holmes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
0191 743 9237 View 0191 743 9237
Photo of Luisa Williams - My Family Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Forensic Psych., Psychologist
My Family Psychologist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My work is to empower you to understand and manage your own and your family's psychological wellbeing. From initial confusion and hopelessness the end game is enlightenment and clarity. I rely on data, clear aims, objectives, and objective measurement.
My work is to empower you to understand and manage your own and your family's psychological wellbeing. From initial confusion and hopelessness the end game is enlightenment and clarity. I rely on data, clear aims, objectives, and objective measurement.
01670 338152 View 01670 338152
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Debbie Robinson
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Welcome to my profile. If you are here then you have made a brave step in seeking support to work through some difficult feelings, emotions, changes or situations you may be encountering. You may be suffering with anxiety that is beginning to take over your day to day life; or thoughts that ruminate in your mind and keep you awake at night. Or maybe you have trauma that has never been healed and is holding you back from achieving the things you want to achieve in life. Reaching out for help can feel challenging but you are here and have cleared the first hurdle and you have come to the right place to get you back on track.
Welcome to my profile. If you are here then you have made a brave step in seeking support to work through some difficult feelings, emotions, changes or situations you may be encountering. You may be suffering with anxiety that is beginning to take over your day to day life; or thoughts that ruminate in your mind and keep you awake at night. Or maybe you have trauma that has never been healed and is holding you back from achieving the things you want to achieve in life. Reaching out for help can feel challenging but you are here and have cleared the first hurdle and you have come to the right place to get you back on track.
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Photo of Victoria Helen Miller - Great Minds Psychology, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych., Psychologist
Great Minds Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Victoria is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 year’s experience in the NHS and private sector. She has a special interest in supporting adults with emotional difficulties that they may face around their physical health conditions. She has has extensive experience of working with anxiety, low mood, adjustment and relationship issues. She also has a special interest in trauma and uses EMDR to formulate and work with adults who have experienced complex or single event traumas.
Victoria is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 year’s experience in the NHS and private sector. She has a special interest in supporting adults with emotional difficulties that they may face around their physical health conditions. She has has extensive experience of working with anxiety, low mood, adjustment and relationship issues. She also has a special interest in trauma and uses EMDR to formulate and work with adults who have experienced complex or single event traumas.
0191 743 9628 View 0191 743 9628
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Dr Jaime Jonsson
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunderland SR1  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability. Welcome and thank you for visiting the information about my online private practice. I am here to help you with whatever arises in your life, big or small, long term or short term. If you are feeling that you can´t manage, have trouble sleeping, worrying, life feels lonely or it is hard to get up on a morning, I am here to work with you towards a more fulfilling and happier life. I offer an online service which is flexible, compassionate, confidential and friendly.
Immediate Availability. Welcome and thank you for visiting the information about my online private practice. I am here to help you with whatever arises in your life, big or small, long term or short term. If you are feeling that you can´t manage, have trouble sleeping, worrying, life feels lonely or it is hard to get up on a morning, I am here to work with you towards a more fulfilling and happier life. I offer an online service which is flexible, compassionate, confidential and friendly.
0141 280 4672 View 0141 280 4672
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Dr Alan Bowman
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life's challenges? I specialise in guiding individuals through pain, trauma, loss, and existential fear. Whether it's bereavement, post-traumatic stress, adapting to change, pursuing personal growth, or feeling lost, I'm here to support you.
Feeling stuck or overwhelmed by life's challenges? I specialise in guiding individuals through pain, trauma, loss, and existential fear. Whether it's bereavement, post-traumatic stress, adapting to change, pursuing personal growth, or feeling lost, I'm here to support you.
0191 607 1134 View 0191 607 1134
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Talking Spaces UK
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Empowering men to navigate life's challenges with confidence and clarity. Talking Spaces is an accessible counselling specialist service for men’s mental health, available in person or via Zoom. Generally men by nature are more action focused, so when it comes to managing difficult life events and emotions I use action and solution based therapeutic approaches and interventions when working with men’s mental health issues. Men need a service with the knowledge understand that social and cultural norms and ingrained beliefs about masculinity are one of the main barriers to seeking counselling in the first place.
Empowering men to navigate life's challenges with confidence and clarity. Talking Spaces is an accessible counselling specialist service for men’s mental health, available in person or via Zoom. Generally men by nature are more action focused, so when it comes to managing difficult life events and emotions I use action and solution based therapeutic approaches and interventions when working with men’s mental health issues. Men need a service with the knowledge understand that social and cultural norms and ingrained beliefs about masculinity are one of the main barriers to seeking counselling in the first place.
01429 806967 View 01429 806967
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David Blakelock
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
0191 917 4532 View 0191 917 4532

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in SR1

20+

Average cost per session

£62

Counsellors in SR1 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
95% Trauma and PTSD
95% Self Esteem
95% Stress
90% Bereavement
80% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% AXA PPP
70% Aviva
70% Vitality

How Counsellors in SR1 see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in SR1?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.