Anna Dallavalle, (Accred)
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live in unimaginable ways. For some of us, living with our family is a source of stability, for others a source of danger or additional stress. Some of us feel lonely as we spend lockdown on our own. Some grieve for the loss of loved ones and the impossibility of saying goodbye. For most of us, the emotional difficulties we were struggling with before will be magnified by the current circumstances. Face to face counselling is no longer available and this has left many people feeling that they have no option but face their struggles alone.
As a consequence of the pandemic, I now work remotely using Zoom video connection. This is an option that offers many of the benefits of face to face sessions while keeping my clients and myself safe. Video counselling has some basic requirements:
A laptop, tablet or smartphone
A stable internet connection
A room in the house where you feel comfortable and have privacy.
There is no additional cost to use the software and no obligation to continue if you do not feel comfortable. Before your first session, I will email you some guidelines of how to get the best from your video counselling sessions.
I am a Registered Accredited Counsellor with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work both with individuals and couples on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement or improving the quality of your relationships.
I offer short and long-term support depending on your needs and I use a variety of approaches including, but not exclusively, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy. I can help you work through anxiety and depression as well as relationship difficulties, low self-esteem and other issues.
Evening and weekend appointments are available.
RECOGNISED PROVIDER WITH BUPA, AVIVA, AXA PPP HEALTHCARE AND VITALITY HEALTH.
For more information about how I work, please visit my website www.steppingstonesne.co.uk
Why emotional well-being matters
When we think of counselling we normally see it as a last resort when everything else has failed and we don't know what else to do. Counselling can offer a unique opportunity for us to develop our emotional intelligence and learn new skills which will equip us to deal with what life throws at us more easily. Most of us look after our physical wellbeing as well as we can: we go to the gym, try to follow a healthy diet. Hobbies and interests keep our minds alert and dynamic. Counselling can help us understand and harness our emotions to our advantage and through this can greatly enhance our quality of life.
If you would like to find out more about counselling, you can contact me either on the phone or via email and we can set up an initial telephone consultation (15 minutes) where I can answer any questions you may have about counselling. There is no obligation to book a counselling session after that.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Couple Counselling with Relate
- 7 years' experience working with couples and individuals at Relate North Tyneside
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (CBT)
- Accredited with BACP
- 1 year working within student counselling services at Durham University
- 6 years working within a GP surgery in Northumberland
- I have my own private practice in Morpeth
- I develop and run a variety of workshops to address everyday issues which affect our quality of life (lack of assertiveness, self-esteem, anger...)
- Author of articles on emotional wellbeing
- Spokesperson for BACP
I have extensive experience of helping women and couples address the emotional symptoms of the menopause and develop a stronger relationship.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional wellbeing during the menopause
If you are not sure whether counselling is for you, I offer a free initial telephone consultation (15 minutes). Do not hesitate to call with any questions you may have. There is no obligation to book a session after that.
Individual session (50 minutes) £50
Couple session (50 minutes) £60
Areas of personal interest
I am particularly interested in working with stress
Stress is a natural response to a perceived threat but when stress levels remain high for a considerable length of time, it can lead to anxiety and depression as well as a series of physical illnesses such as migraines, heart conditions, chronic pain or digestive problems. Learning our triggers and being able to adapt our emotional responses to stress can make a significant difference to our quality of life.
I also work with women going through the menopause to help them address their physical symptoms, the emotional upheaval that it can cause and to re-negotiate their intimate relationships for the future.
I run regular introductory talks about these topics both in Morpeth and Newcastle.