Oonagh Atkinson MBACP (Accred)
I qualified as a counsellor in 2008 and I currently work in a variety of settings. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, older adults, children and young people. I offer skilled, confidential counselling in safe, comfortable environments in areas of County Durham (Chester le Street & Newton Aycliffe), Newcastle upon Tyne and South Tyneside.
I work from from both a client centred perspective and have recently qualified with Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I like to draw on approaches which are best suited to the individual. My aim is to support the client whilst working towards greater personal understanding. I believe the relationship developed is key to successful exploration and change. I am also able to use creative means to explore issues with clients.
I have experience working with:
- generalised anxiety
- bereavement and loss
- relationship issues
- workplace related issues
- family issues
- low confidence/self-esteem
- image issues
- carer support
- working with elderly clients experiencing loneliness and life change
- abuse (emotional, sexual and physical)
- pregnancy related issues (miscarriage, loss late in pregnancy)
- post natal depression
- living with terminal illness
- emotional eating issues
as well as others highlighted below.
i am committed to my own personal and professional development, and have recently completed a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as gaining my Certificate in Supervision from York St John University.
I also work with young people age 13+ who have issues with low self-esteem, struggle to feel they 'fit in' to their surroundings and/or who are having difficulty at home - I have found that offering a safe environment to express fears and anxieties in a non-judgemental relationship can lead to greater understanding of where they are on their own journey.
I am currently one of the Directors at The Road Centre Ltd in Chester le Street. The Road Centre has been a well established counselling service for 25 years providing individual, couple, children & young people therapy.
Please visit our website at www.theroadcentre.com for further information on locations and more details on what we are able to offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
UKRCP Registered Indepedent Counsellor
Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other therapies available:
The Road Centre also offers children and young people therapy, CBT therapy, supervision, mediation and mentoring.
All therapists who work at The Road Centre are fully qualified and experienced.
For further information please visit our website.
Individuals - £45.00 per session
Young people - £40.00 per session (under 18 years of age)
Couples - £60.00 per session
I offer short and long term therapy. I am also an approved provider for insurance companies BUPA and AVIVA. If you would like your sessions covered by your insurance then it is usually best to contact your provider to confirm their criteria. If you need any help with this, please don't hesitate to ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday-Friday appointments can be arranged as early as 8.30 am to 7.00pm subject to availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I gained my Certificate in Supervision from York St John University in 2016.