Beth Sibbald

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UKCP Accredited Relational Psychotherapist
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 5QN
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About me

Whatever you're going through, don't go through it alone.

People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons: you may want support with a life event, transition or past trauma, be experiencing anxiety or depression, be feeling dissatisfied in your relationships, be feeling stuck or want to better understand yourself and what you want from life.

I will work with you to build a safe and trusting relationship in which you can feel deeply heard, accepted and supported to share and explore whatever you are experiencing.

I'm fascinated by the ways we search for meaning in our lives, and I know how amazing and transformative good relationships of all kinds can be, and how painful it can be when we struggle to find or keep them. I'm passionate about helping people learn to relate to themselves, others and the world in the fullest possible way. 

We become who we are in our first relationships, and continue to become, in all our relationships, for the rest of our lives. Theories of Attachment and Human Development are central to my approach. In our earliest relationships we learn what is encouraged, expected and valued in us, and what is not. Were you encouraged to talk about your feelings? Were you praised for getting good grades, or for putting others first? Did you learn it was ok to be angry? Did you learn you had to shout loudly to make your needs heard, or that there was no point and it was safer to keep quiet? Did you learn to "pull yourself together" and "get on with it"? That it is safer not to need others? These are just examples of the sorts of things we learn as children, then take with us into future relationships. There can come a point where we realise the ways we adapted as children don't work so well any more in our adult relationships and we aren't getting what we need or feeling happy or fulfilled. 

In a good therapeutic relationship you can learn to feel accepted and valued just as you are. Together we will learn about you and the ways you have learned to be in relationships and in the world, and about what works for you and what doesn't. The more awareness you have, the more possible it becomes to change your patterns and to heal and grow (if you want to!) 

I know what a brave step it can be starting therapy (I've been there). Research now shows that the relationship between client and therapist is the most important factor in determining the success of any therapy (more so than the type of therapy). I offer a free initial appointment so you can get an idea of what it would be like to work together and see if we're a good match. If you think we might be, get in touch, I'd love to hear from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked one to one with clients in the charitable sector and in private practice for seven years. My background is in visual arts and literature. I find art and stories can be powerful tools in helping us to understand ourselves and the world.

I came to train as a psychotherapist following my own utterly transformative experience of a long-term therapeutic relationship. I chose a training which involved 5 years of regular group process (like group therapy), which was about learning about myself in relationships with others. I am absolutely committed to my own ongoing (neverending!) personal and professional learning and development. 

"People can only meet you as deeply as they've met themselves" (Matt Kahn)


  • PGDip Relational Integrative Psychotherapy - Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute
  • Level 3 Bereavement Care - Cruse
  • Level 3 Counselling - Tyne Metropolitan College
  • Level 2 Counselling - Tyne Metropolitan College
  • BAHons Illustration and Design - University of Sunderland
  • BAHons English Literature - University of Northumbria at Newcastle

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

There is often one specific issue that brings someone to therapy (depression, addiction, etc.) Central to my approach is the understanding that everything is connected. Whatever you're going through now and whatever ways you have of  coping are understandable in the context of the family and society you grew up in,  and of everything that has happened to you in your life since then. You aren't a diagnosis or a disorder, you are a unique and amazing human being, doing the best you can in the circumstances. It is impossible to separate one issue from the rest of you and your life, and very often therapy becomes about much more than the thing that first caused you to seek help. For this reason I don't find it helpful to say I do work with this issue but not with that one, but for reference the list above includes some of the issues I have experience of working with people on. 

I have a particular interest in working with boarding school survivors. 

If you are unsure whether I can work with you on a specific issue, please ask.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

When I work

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St Gabriel's Parish Centre, 2 St Gabriel's Avenue, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 5QN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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My therapy room is up one flight of stairs.

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Beth Sibbald
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