Doug Pazienza BSc, Dip. Humanistic Counselling, Reg. MBACP

Doug Pazienza BSc, Dip. Humanistic Counselling, Reg. MBACP

Station Terrace
Tynemouth Metro Station
Tyne And Wear
NE30 4RE

Whitley Bay
Tyne And Wear

07956 591 647

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Station Terrace
Tynemouth Metro Station
Tyne And Wear
NE30 4RE

Whitley Bay
Tyne And Wear

07956 591 647

About me


Hello and thank you for taking a look at my page.

I'm Doug Pazienza, a BACP-registered counsellor at the coast.  From two locations on North Tyneside, I offer face2face, individual counselling that is either short-term or long-term.


I have a welcoming counselling room at my home in the tranquil surroundings of a farm just outside Whitley Bay.  There are photos below.  I also see clients at Swissphysio in Tynemouth and a weblink to my profile can be found next to my photo above.

The farm lies beside the boundary of North Tyneside and Northumberland so it's convenient to the Seaton Valley and Blyth.  It's walkable from Whitley Lodge or Beaumont Park along the Waggonways.  I'll give you my address when we arrange our first session.

Swissphysio is located at the Tynemouth Metro station making it convenient to all of Tyne and Wear including Newcastle.

At either location, our meetings are safe and confidential.

My approach

As a qualified and experienced professional adhering to the BACP code of ethics, I am committed to respect, trust and honesty in my dealings and a commitment to the autonomy and well-being of my clients.

I work in an accepting and empathic way that hopefully fosters a safe environment where you can find the headspace to express yourself openly, explore difficult feelings with me and we can work through your issues.

I will do my best to be non-directive, non-judgemental, non-advisory and impartial while using my skills to support, encourage and accompany you in driving forward the constructive changes you wish to make in your life.

As a humanistic counsellor, I look at things holistically and that includes gaining an understanding of the totality of the person and their contextual experience.  The humanistic approach is a fundamentally optimistic, relational "talking therapy".  It emphasizes the working alliance between client and counsellor as the facilitator for therapeutic change.

My belief in this puts you, the client, at the centre of my practice.

What you can expect

When we initially meet, we'll discuss why you sought counselling and what you hope to get from it. It's important that you get a sense that we could form a trusting relationship and constructive working alliance.

Sometimes reaching your goals can be frightening, difficult or painful and you may very well need the commitment and support of a trusted therapist to accompany you.

If we decide that we can’t work together for any number of reasons, I’ll help you find an appropriate referral.

About me

I am American British and have lived in England since the mid-1990s.  I relocated from London to the North East in 2016 after visiting here for ten years.  I began practicing as a trainee in 2013.  Previously I managed an individualized health promotion and self-management programme for an interactive healthcare company.

My background in Geography and Urban & Regional Studies has equipped me with a way of looking at the world more holistically and sociologically.  These perspectives have deepened my understanding of the spatial relationships that impact upon the individual.

I enhance my counselling practice and personal wellness through volunteering for a charity. My certified therapy dog and I make weekly visits to a local hospital so we can improve the lives of people suffering from delirium.

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic credentials

I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London on a two-track academic programme.  Upon completion, I was awarded a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling by Metanoia Institute and a BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice by Middlesex University.

My skills in the person centered approach, gestalt and transactional analysis impart versatility in my clinical work that allows me to adjust my orientation in order to privilege the client’s way of relating.  As a reflective practitioner, I am better equipped to deal with real, complex and difficult situations in a dynamic, ethical and skilful way.

Clinical training

Over the duration of my training, I attended weekly counselling.  I began practicing as a trainee counsellor in 2013 in a volunteer placement at a community outreach service and subsequently at a holistic health service in an NHS outpatient centre for wellness.  At both placements, I undertook clinical supervision.


I have experience of working with a culturally diverse clientele of men, women and trans-identified persons from their mid-20s to late 60s.

I have supported my clients through their difficulties with generalized anxiety, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, chemsex addiction, co-dependency, body image, low mood, living with medical conditions, LGBT issues and anger management.

Patient representative

Before relocating to the North East, I was a patient representative for my local NHS surgery with a seat on a forum consisting of patients, the practice manager and GP.  We addressed the impact of NHS commissioning, consolidation and government mandates on the surgery and its service users.


Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Metanoia Institute, London 2016

BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice - Middlesex University, London 2016

BA in (1) Geography (2) Urban and Regional Studies - University of Minnesota Duluth 1988


Registered Member - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (my registration number and logo are displayed below)

Volunteer - Pets As Therapy

Training and Certificates

T.A. 101 - Metanoia Institute 2013

Introduction to Kohut - WPF Therapy 2014

Introduction to Mentalization - WPF Therapy  2015

Certificate of Proficiency Exam - BACP 2016

Working with Binge Eating and Emotional Overeating - BACP 2017

Working with Partners of Trans-Identified People - BACP 2017

Setting up in Private Practice - WPF Therapy 2017


Full professional liability insurance - Towergate Insurance

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chemsex, Co-dependency, Family alcoholism.

Photos & videos

  • Home counselling room
  • Countryside meets the Coast
  • My business card
  • My business card


Fees for sessions taking place at my home

£30 for an initial consultation.  Future sessions cost £50.

Fees for sessions taking place at Swissphysio

Please see  for rates, cancellation fees and advance payments for sessions booked at Swissphysio.

All sessions

All sessions are a 50-minute therapeutic hour.  They occur weekly and generally follow a pattern of same time, day and place.

I usually recommend a course of six sessions with most clients.  However, there is no obligation but I believe it's important to terminate any length of counselling with an ending so we can reflect on our therapeutic journey and you can process any feelings that arise from our ending.

To enquire about booking a session at either location

Please message me through the Counselling Directory or email me at or alternatively, call me on 07956 591 647.

Please be sure to leave your telephone number if your call goes to my personal voicemail.

A photo of my two-sided business card is further down the page.

Further information

I am establishing a professional network of local therapists for client referrals, peer supervision and counselling discourse about topical matters.  Should you be interested in joining, please get in touch.

Maps & Directions

Tynemouth, NE30 4RE
Whitley Bay, NE26

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday morning, afternoon and evening appointments at Swissphysio. Flexible scheduling at home.

Types of client

Older adults
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