Oonagh Atkinson

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MBACP (Accred)
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Chester Le Street, Co Durham, DH3
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About me

I qualified as a counsellor in 2008 and offer a range of therapies from our comfortable therapy rooms in Chester le Street.  I offer a safe, comfortable environment and work with individuals, older adults and young people. It is my aim to offer a confidential space in which you can explore your current difficulties whilst working towards greater personal understanding, enabling change and improved wellbeing.  I also offer sessions online and via telephone for anyone who may struggle to meet face to face.

I believe the key ingredient to a successful outcome in therapy is the relationship we establish.  I work from a client centred perspective at a pace that is suitable to the client.  I also have a qualification in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).  

I use an integrative approach to therapy and have also done additional training to broaden my experience.  Other approaches include mindfulness, transactional analysis, working with the Inner Child and trauma focussed work.

I have experience working with:

- generalised anxiety
- depression
- 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
- bullying
- abuse (emotional, sexual and physical)
- pregnancy related issues (miscarriage, loss late in pregnancy, baby loss following delivery)
- 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 gained my Certificate in Supervision from York St John University in 2016. 

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 the Director at The Road Centre Ltd in Chester le Street.  The Road Centre is a counselling service which was established in 1993.  It provides counselling for individuals, couples, children & young people therapy. 

Please visit our website at www.theroadcentre.com for further information 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 Independent Counsellor
Certificate in Counselling Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • BUPA
  • Health Assured

Additional information

Individuals - £50.00 per session
Young people - £40.00 per session (under 18 years of age)

When I work

Monday-Friday appointments can be arranged as early as 8.00 am to 7.00pm subject to availability

Further information

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.

Chester Le Street, Co Durham, DH3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

I gained my Certificate in Supervision from York St John University in 2016.

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