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Mandi Purvis (The Cleadon Counsellor)
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hello and Welcome. Please do have a look around and get a sense of whether I am the right therapist for you. If you are finding things a bit of a struggle at the moment then speaking with someone whom you feel comfortable and connected with is the most important start for your journey into Counselling. You may be grieving the loss of a loved family member, your job, a pet, or a relationship. You may feel anxious, depressed or worried about situations or issues in your life. You might feel ‘not good enough’ or perhaps you are going through work, identity or life changes and family struggles that are confusing and overwhelming.
Hello and Welcome. Please do have a look around and get a sense of whether I am the right therapist for you. If you are finding things a bit of a struggle at the moment then speaking with someone whom you feel comfortable and connected with is the most important start for your journey into Counselling. You may be grieving the loss of a loved family member, your job, a pet, or a relationship. You may feel anxious, depressed or worried about situations or issues in your life. You might feel ‘not good enough’ or perhaps you are going through work, identity or life changes and family struggles that are confusing and overwhelming.
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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.
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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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Dr Kristina Askew Westcott
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thank you for visiting my profile page. I am a Clinical Psychologist and accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner with over 16 years experience working with adults with mental and physical health problems. I offer evidence based psychological assessment and therapy for a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship problems, trauma and post-traumatic stress, adjusting to medical conditions and treatment adherence. I work both individually (age 16+) and with couples.
Thank you for visiting my profile page. I am a Clinical Psychologist and accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner with over 16 years experience working with adults with mental and physical health problems. I offer evidence based psychological assessment and therapy for a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship problems, trauma and post-traumatic stress, adjusting to medical conditions and treatment adherence. I work both individually (age 16+) and with couples.
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Claire McPhail
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I'm an integrative, trauma-informed counsellor and supervisor based County Durham. I work 1-1 with adults in person and remotely. I have a relational and collaborative approach, meeting clients with understanding and warmth, providing a safe space where feelings, thoughts and behaviours can be explored. My practice is inclusive and respectful. I am an LGBTQ+ allied and neurodiversity affirming therapist. I have a particular interest in sexual violence, domestic abuse and loss. I am also a qualified breathwork facilitator and EFT practitioner.
I'm an integrative, trauma-informed counsellor and supervisor based County Durham. I work 1-1 with adults in person and remotely. I have a relational and collaborative approach, meeting clients with understanding and warmth, providing a safe space where feelings, thoughts and behaviours can be explored. My practice is inclusive and respectful. I am an LGBTQ+ allied and neurodiversity affirming therapist. I have a particular interest in sexual violence, domestic abuse and loss. I am also a qualified breathwork facilitator and EFT practitioner.
0191 743 9541 View 0191 743 9541

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in SR6

< 10

Counsellors in SR6 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sexual Abuse
100% Self Esteem
100% Women's Issues
100% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aviva
67% AXA PPP
67% Vitality

How Counsellors in SR6 see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in SR6?

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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.