Ann Attwood MBACP(Accred) MACC
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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.
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)
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9am-5pm Tuesday to Friday (late evening Wednesday to 8pm)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|