D. Lesley Purvis FDACoun. MBACP (Accred)
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with much training and experience both with individuals and couples. I realise how important and difficult it is to choose and approach the right counsellor; and how daunting it can be to take that first step. Therefore, your first appointment does not commit you to a full course of counselling sessions. Our first meeting will be an assessment of your difficulties, an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have; and will hopefully, help you decide if counselling is the way forward for you. I endeavour to offer an appointment within 5 working days of initial contact. I provide a confidential space in comfortable, friendly and non judgmental environments in my consulting rooms in North Shields and Newcastle where together, we can safely explore the issues that are currently troubling you.
I am a Humanistic Counsellor qualified in the Person Centred approach to counselling.
I also practice various techniques from the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach to counselling and will use the 'tools' from this modality if I believe this will benefit you.
Also, because I have a certificate in couple counselling, I am able to help you with relationship problems, whether you come as a couple, or alone.
So, if you are experiencing:
Stress at home or at work
Low self esteem
Problems with painful childhood memories/experiences
Post Traumatic Stress
Obsessive Complusive Disorder
DID (Dissociation identity disorder)
Or something else that may be causing concern or distress and you think I can help (see full list of areas covered below), please contact me by email or telephone on the numbers provided above.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified from Sunderland University with a Foundation Degree in Counselling with Commendation; and in addition to private practice, I have nearly 5 years experience working within a busy GP practices in the Newcastle area where I have experience working with patients with a wide range of issues.
As well as my private practice, I work for Employee Assistance Programmes who supply professionals for people who are employed by large, local companies and may be struggling with various issues including work related stress.
I have worked as an affiliate counsellor for MHCO Northumberland IAPT Service.
I hold a RELATE Certificate in Couple Counselling.
An NCFE Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Supervision.
An NCFE Certificate in Bereavement Awareness and Skills.
I am a CRUSE Accredited Bereavement Counsellor and have counselled for the organisation in the past on a voluntary basis as well as supervised the practice of other Bereavement Counsellors within CRUSE.
I attend ongoing continual professional and personal development training on a regular basis.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Monday - Friday the fee is £40.00 per hour for individuals and £45.00 per hour for couples.
All counselling appointments are payable in advance of each session.
My consulting room in North Shields is at ground floor level and offers free parking.
I am BACP Accredited which shows that I have reached the high level of experience required and I work in accordance with their ethical framework for good practice at all times; and I also attend monthly supervision in line with their guidelines.
I have professional indemnity insurance and current CRB clearance.
Because I strive to work ethically at all times and to maintain the highest possible care for individuals, I regularly attend personal and professional developmental workshops and relevant training programmes to keep up to date with current practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are offered between the hours of 10.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m Tuesday to Thursday and 11.00 a.m and 4.00 p.m Fridays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I hold an NCFE Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Supervision and offer a free, initial 1 hour appointment, designed to explore/discuss a mutually beneficial working relationship; and giving/receiving relevant information. Thereafter, my fee is £40.00 per 1 hour session, £60.00 per 1.5 hours a month (as required by the BACP) .View supervision profile