Tara Evans. BA (Hons) Counselling. Dip.Couns Registered MBACP (Accred)
Elmwood Community Centre
53 Darlington Road
I provide a personal counselling service to people who wish to access a warm, safe relationship in which to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviour without fear of judgement. I have a clear professional approach whilst maintaining a down to earth and human style of working with real people who have very real issues. I work with local businesses, EAP schemes and agencies to offer counselling for Children, Young People and Adults
I specialise in relationship issues, depression, anxiety, low self esteem and anger management for individuals. I have 7 years of experience and I am an accredited counsellor and trainer / lecturer. I practice in the Stockton, Darlington and Newton Aycliffe Areas
I help with:
- Anger Management
- Bereavement and Loss
- Family Issues
- Separation and Divorce
- Postnatal Depression
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Low Self Esteem
- Relationship Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Childhood difficulties
- Sex and Sexuality
- Unexplained Sadness
- Work related difficulties
- Mid Life Anxiety
- Rape and Sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Children and Young People
I am an eclectic Counsellor with a core modality of the Person-Centred approach. This means I aim to treat each individual with respect and acceptance. The Person-Centred approach places great emphasis on providing a safe, comfortable space for you to discuss whatever is troubling you in an empathic, non-judgemental and confidential relationship.
The goals of Person-Centred Counselling are increased self-esteem; trust in one’s inner feelings and experiences as valuable sources of information for making decisions; increased ability to learn from (rather than repeating) mistakes; decreased defensiveness, guilt, and insecurity; more positive and comfortable relationships with others; an increased capacity to experience and express feelings at the moment they occur; and openness to new experiences and new ways of thinking about life.
I can also offer a Cognitive Behavioural Approach using techniques drawn from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. CBT is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act. By talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think (‘cognitive’) and what you do (‘behaviour’), which can help you feel better about life. I can help you make sense of your experience, find meaning and identify new cognitive and behavioural strategies for you to put into practice, so that you can make the changes you want in your life. Other approaches that can be used to benefit clients are solution focussed which is an approach based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Together, we will acknowledge present problems and past causes, however, we will explore your current resources and future hopes, helping you to look forward and use your own strengths to achieve your goals.
How we work together will depend on the reasons you are attending counselling, your goals and what you feel comfortable with, which we can discuss when we begin. A focus in our work may be how we can help you make changes in your life, for example, finding ways to relax, to build self-esteem, relate with others differently or combat your depression and anxiety, so that you can move forward in your life in a more rewarding and fulfilling way
Some 7 years ago I found myself unsatisfied with life and realised that I had somehow lost my direction and passion. I began seeing a counsellor to explore some issues and to embark upon a journey of self discovery. As my values, feelings and frame of reference slowly changed I became more interested in therapeutic work and enrolled on a course to train in counselling.
I have 5 years of counselling experience and in that time I have worked in a private counselling and training organisation, local colleges and private practice as a counsellor and lecturer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor (BA (Hons) Intergrative Counselling. Dip.Counselling) with vast experience of working with adults and children and young people, as well as a qualified teacher (Cert Ed). I am also an Accredited Counsellor (Accred). I have an up to date enhanced DBS check and all relevant insurances. I engage in regular supervision and ensure that my practice meets the requirements of my professional body, the BACP.
I am a qualified teacher (Cert Ed) working in my own private training organisation, local organisations and FE Colleges /Universities where I have taught all levels of Person-Centred/Intergrative counselling. In addition to this I have designed, developed and delivered a variety of training courses for the NHS, fostering agencies and counsellors who are enhancing their CPD.
I have premises in Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Hartburn (Stockton) that gives the space needed to offer an 'ideal' environment for sessions.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Experienced children and young people's counsellor.
Individual counselling fees are charged at £35 per session (Initial session £40)
Students are offered a reduced rate of £25 (dependant on availability)
EAP Schemes please contact directly
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact to arrange suitable time for sessions
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|