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About me

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 a comfortable, friendly and non judgmental environment in my consulting room in North Shields 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. 

COVID -19 Because of the current difficulties with Coronavirus, I am temporarily offering telephone counselling only.         

So, if you are experiencing:



Stress at home or at work

Relationship difficulties


Low self esteem

Panic attacks

Problems with painful childhood memories/experiences

Confidence issues

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life changes
Decision making
Time management


Additional information

Monday - Friday the fee is £40.00 per hour for individuals and £45.00 per hour for couples.

Telephone counselling appointments are payable in advance of each session.

My consulting room in North Shields is at ground floor level and offers free parking.


Appointments are offered between the hours of 10.00 a.m and 5.00 p.m Tuesday to Thursday and 10.00 a.m until 3.00 p.m on Fridays.

Further information

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.

43 Bolingbroke Road
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 7NF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
D. Lesley Purvis

D. Lesley Purvis