30 Roker Park Road
Tyne And Wear
Ryton On Tyne
Tyne And Wear
0778 654 1984
My name is Tania Davies and I work with adults as an humanistic integrative psychotherapist and counsellor. I am an accredited member of both BACP and UKCP and am also a member of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association. I have worked therapeutically with both short-term and long-term clients for more than 9 years, with the NHS, through Mind and in private practice.
It is very important to me to know how it feels to be a client, so that I am not asking clients to do something I haven’t been willing to do myself and I spent over 6 years in therapy. This helped me to start to understand my own journey of healing and self development which led me to find my own individual integrated approach to therapy.
I believe all of us experience disconnections between our mind, body, spirit, heart and soul which result in many difficulties in our lives. We can feel lonely, misunderstood, depressed, anxious and cut off from ourselves, from life and the people around us. We inherited some of these blocks between these parts of ourselves from our families, we created some as a necessity to cope with experiences in our own lives and we created some so we could fit in with society. Sometimes we need short term or long term help and support in therapy to start to reconnect these parts of ourselves back together again. Often this is when we have experienced a challenging event in our lives such as a bereavement that has pushed us to a place we need support to return from.
When we begin to find ways to understand and heal from the wounds behind these blocks, we start to have a better understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us, and we seem to connect more naturally to the flow of life. This can bring more of a sense of joy, peace and happiness into our lives. This can happen when the client feels held, listened to, understood in a way they have not experienced enough of yet to heal from their wounds. I believe the experience of therapy can feel like a new beginning for the client when they start to learn how to identify the missing pieces in their lives and to understand how to find the answers to the question of what will help them feel more whole again.
Training, qualifications & experience
I receive regular supervision and I am committed to continuous training so that I can continue to offer my flexible approach. I have travelled around the UK and abroad (including the USA) for workshops and training with experts in a number of fields including trauma therapy, existential therapy, Jungian psychology and child development. I have attended several training courses for healers and creative souls with Clarissa Pinkola Estes, whose integrative approach and philosophy is a huge inspiration and example to me.
I continuously work to review and understand how an integrative and holistic approach to therapy can help clients to heal from childhood trauma and give them relief from PTSD, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia and panic attacks. I have a strong interest in how creativity can aid healing especially storytelling and music, how body work such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong can help to release trauma and I seek to understand healing from a cross cultural perspective. In my Master's dissertation, I explored the question of what is contact between the therapist and client from a mind, body and spirit perspective and how does it help the client to heal. I continue to explore and write about this subject.
I chose to work in private practice so that I can offer clients more choice and can work with them longer term if required. I can give clients a high degree of control over their therapy, providing a flexible approach tailored to their individual needs. Working in private practice also allows me to offer sessions at various times of the day to suit the client’s availability.
I have chosen to practice from the Quaker House in Roker, Sunderland because it is a beautiful house in a peaceful and convenient location by Roker Park, close to the sea. The Quaker House can easily be reached by bus, by car (with plenty of street parking), and is close to Seaburn Metro station.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
The cost of the initial session and any subsequent sessions is £45 per hour. Clients usually attend weekly although some clients prefer less frequent therapy over a longer period.
It's very important to understand what the client wants from therapy or counselling, so the first time I meet with a client we complete an assessment together so I can find out more about the client and what they might want from therapy. I will also check if I am best suited to meet their needs and explain to them how we can work together.
When a client first arrives, very often they don’t know what they want or cannot say “what is wrong”. The client and I decide our approach together in the time they need, and sometimes we agree to provide a space for a client, allowing me to get to know them first before sharing deeper issues.
Each time I meet with a client I seek to provide a safe and secure space for them, and together we decide what they want from that particular session and what they might need from me (this can change from week to week and even within a single session).
I follow a unified approach to therapy with the aim of bringing together and harmonising various concepts and approaches. I attempt to affirm the value of each individual by responding to their affective, behavioural, cognitive, physiological and spiritual aspects and levels.
Every client I meet is unique with their own individual needs and wants which can also change over time. Providing integrative therapy for my clients means that I can tailor and adjust how I work to fit with each client. I can bring a very wide range of techniques and ideas, and together we can select those that best suit my clients’ needs and personality. The therapy sessions vary greatly, just as individuals do, but can include:
- working in the “here and now” for symptom relief
- providing information or worksheets to help clients to understand what is happening in their lives, how to change this, and how to gain more control over their lives
- providing a space for clients to explore, understand and discuss how past issues are still affecting their lives in the present, and help to free clients from their negative influence
- helping clients to express their thoughts, feelings and memories in the way that feels most natural for them. This may be by talking, or may include using creative techniques, like drawing or writing or music
- providing space for clients to explore existential questions that can often arise after illness, trauma or bereavement.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays including evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|