Guitty Bonner BSc PGCE DTC MBACP

Guitty Bonner BSc PGCE DTC MBACP

Great Whittington

07867 943 883

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Great Whittington

07867 943 883

About me

I am a fully qualified, integrative psychotherapeutic Counsellor, with UKCP and BACP accredited training and registered member of BACP, offering a safe, non-judgemental and confidential service.

Emotional struggles are a part of every day life but sometimes they can become overwhelming. That is when the talking therapies, by helping with the resolution of the problems besetting one, can bring enormous relief.

I work with adults and older teenagers and offer individual as well as couples counselling. Also, I am able to offer short, medium and long term work depending on what is sought and needed.

With individuals' counselling I have experience working with a range of problems including depression, anxiety in its various presentations, bereavement, OCD, stress-related issues, abuse, trauma, panic attacks, relationship tensions, separation, family struggles and divorce. Sometimes we don't know what is the basis of our difficulties until we start exploring them in a safe and confidential manner.

With couples work, acceptance, repair and enrichment are sought as outcomes. Often an exploration of the patterns of relating as separate individuals and their underlying origins (when young) is required alongside unbiased work with the couple as a single entity. Greater awareness leads to a greater understanding of the need and the 'how' for improved relationship.

The first session is an important one in that you decide whether you have found the right kind of counsellor to work with and I decide whether I am in a position to help you.

As an integrative counsellor, I draw upon a range of psychological models as no one method suits everyone. Transactional Analysis and Attachment Theory form the core but I employ concepts and skills from other well established therapies. With couples work I employ the above but also models for improving communication such as mindful dialogue.

I am bound by the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

For more details about my person and approach to work please refer to my website:

Where I see clients

Great Whittington village, Northumberland.

At Great Whittington sessions are held in a welcoming, professionally-dedicated space with its own entrance at my house.  Great Whittington is a tranquil and beautiful village in Northumberland, close to Matfen, Corbridge, Bellingham, Chollerford, Hexham, Slaley, Stocksfield, Ponteland, Prudhoe and their environs. Newcastle is easily linked to this village through the dual carriageway of the A69. Just the driving to this location and back is therapeutic as it allows for contemplation and taking in natural beauty. Car parking is available and free. Furthermore, this location offers discretion.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained in humanistic integrative psychotherapeutic counselling with the following overall qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons 2:1) Human Biology awarded by University of Surrey 1976
  • PGCE senior school science awarded by Gypsy Hill College, (now known as Roehampton University), Kingston upon Thames, Surrey 1977
  • Stage 1 CIPD Human Resource Management 1995
  • DTC with Distinction (Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - BACP and UKCP accredited) awarded by the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Newcastle upon Tyne 2010
  • Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2009 and listed on their new Register.
  • Certificate in Couples Work awarded by Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Newcastle upon Tyne 2015

I trained at the notable Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling (established over 30 years ago) and worked within a NHS GP Surgery for 3 years (receiving a wide range of referrals with good outcomes) before starting in private practice in 2011. I also have voluntary and charity work experience.

I came to counselling in later life building on my personal qualities, knowledge and skills acquired through previous employment and training (in education, medical research and hospital administration) and the rich tapestry of life in general including family and community life. I believe in the important contribution this profession makes in assisting people get back on track often after unnecessary prolonged periods of struggling and despair.

I enjoy keeping my knowledge up to date through continual professional development and formally review my practice and professionalism with regular visits to an impartial experienced registered practitioner. These are mandatory for members of BACP.

I am dedicated to the wellbeing of my clients.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clients who feel they do not fall into any of the above 'categories' but nevertheless have a need to talk are welcome to contact me.  Such areas might include:

Family tensions e.g. breakdown in communication with a partner or older teenage child
Social isolation
Low mood from chronic illness and/or disability
Just someone to talk to


A session is normally 60 minutes.

Individual counselling:
£45 per 60 minute session
£55 per 60 minute session

I am happy to offer a reduced rate for clients on low incomes.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to call me if you wish to discuss anything. There is no obligation to make an appointment if you do just want an initial brief chat. You can either call me on 07867 943883, email me at for further information or visit my website:

Remember, no problem is ever too 'small' to receive help with.

Maps & Directions

Great Whittington, NE19

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Normally only Tuesdays and Wednesdays, limited evening session available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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