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Ann Attwood MBACP(Accred) MACC

Newcastle-upon-tyne NE3 & Morpeth NE61
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Newcastle-upon-tyne NE3 & Morpeth NE61

About me

COVID-19 update:  I am now offering video/telephone sessions.    Are you feeling unhappy, mixed up or stuck?  Are you struggling in your relationship (with partner, friends or family)? Are you finding life difficult or stressful? Maybe you are not even sure what is troubling you or what you need.  You feel things need to change but it’s hard to know where to begin.

I will work with you in a Solution Focused way to look at how you would prefer life to be. We can explore your concerns without judgement or criticism.  I will listen to your individual and very personal worries with the aim of understanding your situation to help you find peace of mind and a solution that works for you.

Taking that first step to meet a counsellor requires courage; I understand this and aim to make it as easy as possible.

In the counselling sessions, you can explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family.  Bottled up feelings of anger, anxiety, grief, guilt, depression and embarrassment can become very intense and overwhelming.  Counselling offers an opportunity to identify and explore your feelings, allowing better understanding and correction if required.

I will work with you to explore feelings of unease in relationships. I am happy to meet you as a couple or individually. An affair or another betrayal in the relationship can leave both partners hurting - counselling can be a healthy way to consider a repair to the relationship, rather than automatically resorting to separation or divorce.

Through ALL Counselling (a group of integrative counsellors) we can offer counselling from various locations in Northumberland which currently include Morpeth (me) and Prudhoe (Lynn Armstrong or Jo Pearson) as well as our main premises at the Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

If I cannot see you at a time to suit you, or if you feel that your issue falls into the specialist area of one of my colleagues, then I may suggest that you see one of my counselling partners (within ALL Counselling) instead of me.  The choice to avail of this option is, of course, completely under your control.

Sessions are normally weekly or fortnightly. We can have an informal initial session so that you can decide if counselling is right for you.

You do not need a Doctors referral - just get in contact directly to make an arrangement for an initial appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Accredited Person-Centred Counsellor and IASTI Certified Solution-Focused Practitioner with over 2000 hours of counselling experience. I work with a focus on solutions rather than problems (solution building rather than problem-solving).

As an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP(Accred)) and a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), I work to their Codes of Ethics.

While at college I met my counselling partner Lynn Armstrong.  After college, we set up a partnership (ALL Counselling) to provide a strong team for our clients.  We have each completed a variety of other training courses to help us help you e.g. Domestic Abuse Awareness and Training, Group Facilitation, Sex Therapy, Trauma, Cruse - Awareness in Bereavement Care, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Play Therapy.

Working in conjunction with others allows me to provide more sessions at times to suit you, in a variety of locations.

My special interest is in relationships so that is where I have focused my extra training.  Lynn, my counselling partner, specialises in bereavement and living with life-limiting illnesses.

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.

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

BACP

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.

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

Marriage Enrichment.
I run Marriage Enrichment and Marriage Preparation courses to help couples strengthen their relationships. The Marriage Enrichment course is for any couple, whether you have been together for one year or 61 years and whether you feel you have a strong relationship or are struggling. Get in touch to find out more.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Per 50 minute appointment...

Individuals: £45 for appointments between 9am and 5pm. £55 for evening appointments.

Couples
:   £55 for appointments between 9am and 5pm, £60 for evening appointments.
(If you would like a longer first session, I can offer a 75-minute first appointment for couples at £75)

Further information

Member Organisations

I am an IASTI Certified Solution Focused Practitioner.
IASTI = International Alliance of Solution-Focused Teaching Institutes.

I am a Registered Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Registered Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).

I work with a wide range of issues and my practice is inclusive of LGBT clients.

The Therapy Centre
Watson House
23 Oldgate
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 1QF

The Grainger Suite
Dobson House
Regent Centre
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Tyne & Wear
NE3 3PF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

9am-5pm Tuesday to Friday (late evening Wednesday to 8pm)

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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