About me

In light of the current situation regarding the corona virus and covid19, there is much uncertainty and anxiety.  Whilst I am currently still able to offer face to face sessions, I mainly offer telephone and online support at the moment. This is to ensure everyone's safety.  Either way, it is secure and I will forward you details if you decide to attend.  So please do contact me. Warmest regards. Debbie

I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have had my private practice since 2003 where I have supported adults and anyone over 16 for over 18 years.

I see clients on one to one basis in my discreet and comfortable room.

You may refer yourself directly to see me, though I also receive referrals from many insurance companies, private medical health companies, employment agencies and various other organisations.

My main counselling practice is in the centre of Durham.  This is very convenient as there is parking nearby and I am walking distance from the station and many of the University Colleges.

I also see clients in a private practice in Crook depending on availability, though currently only Tuesdays.  If this is more convenient to you, please let me know.

My work with clients is confidential and I work according to the code and ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).  As a member of 20 years in the BACP I am bound by its ethical framework for good practise in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the professional conduct procedure therein.

Training, qualifications & experience

In April 2015 I gained my Senior Accreditation qualification having now worked with clients for over 16 years.
I trained at the University of East London and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Integrative).
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor.
I have also trained as a Couples Counsellor.
I was trained in four different theoretical models and approaches, which enables me to work with your unique and individual needs. I work therapeutically in a humanistic way which ensures my work is devoid of any religious influences or pre-disposed beliefs.
I have worked with victims of crime, abuse, rape and sexual assault and domestic violence.

In 2010 I obtained further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to an advanced level.

In 2015 I gained further qualifications in Mindfulness, through the British Institute of Mindfulness  and previously I gained further training in Sleep Issues and Insomnia which can be integrated into your personal therapy.

I qualified as a Supervisor in 2008 to Diploma level and regularly support other counsellors in their work with their clients.

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

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling can be as much about your own personal development as well as dealing with those unconscious issues that may plague you.
Through counselling I will help support you over your hurdles to obtain a better quality of life and peace of mind.
I can help you working through any sleep issues and concerns you may have and I can also use Mindfulness based techniques if these would seem helpful.
We can explore many ways to help you cope better with life in general.

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Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £45- £55 for a 1-1 session and £50-£55 for couples.
These fees can be negotiated in certain circumstances, so do please ask.


Monday to Thursday, daytime and evening appointments in Durham

Tuesday limited availability in Crook

Further information

I can help you deal with anxiety and panic, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, panic attacks, bereavement, anger management, eating disorders, relationship problems, post-addiction, post-traumatic stress, and mild forms of depression.
Having further training and qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) enables me to work with further skills in aiding your professional development as well as dealing with problems that are occurring and getting in the way of your day to day life and relationships. Though I mainly work using integrative models to ensure the therapy supports your individual needs.
I am very happy to speak with you in advance during a short telephone call if you would like further information or to ask more questions.
June 2016 - I have more recently undertaking further training in the field of Mindfulness, so I can help you if you would like to gain more focus, relaxation or just de-stress.  I am also competent in dealing with issues around sleep and insomnia.

Alington House
4 North Bailey
County Durham

Crook Therapy Centre
10 East Bridge Street
DL15 9BJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Having obtained a Diploma in Integrative Supervision in 2008, I offer professional supervision to all counsellors in accordance with BACP code of ethics.

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Debbie Sharp

Debbie Sharp