Coastal Counselling - Fi Dawson

Coastal Counselling - Fi Dawson

NE61 5JJ


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About me

What I offer

I offer one to one counselling to clients in the Morpeth and Ashington area. This can be face to face or telephone-based, a consideration for clients currently following self isolation or social distancing advice. Please call me for details as reduced prices apply to telephone sessions. Currently all sessions by telephone.

My name is Fi Dawson. I offer regular 50 minute sessions for clients experiencing current emotional difficulty.These emotional difficulties might include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, work-related stress among other issues. Clients are encouraged to consider their self care whilst having counselling to improve their well being. I work collaboratively with clients to use all of the available resources that they may have to improve the quality of their life. Confidentiality is always discussed and agreed before counselling commences.

My counselling room is based in Ellington Village in a quiet, semi-rural location that can be reached directly by bus or car. I am also able to offer telephone counselling to clients.

Clients are offered the opportunity to have my therapy dog in the room as a companion animal if they think this will be of benefit to them. This is always the choice of the client. Please feel free to ask me for further information.

Why have counselling?

Everyone has their own life story and at times it is beneficial to take time to reflect and talk about things that are causing you to feel 'stuck' in a set of circumstances. This is often easier to do with someone who is not a close relative or friend, helping you view your concerns in a non-judgemental way.

A counsellor helps you to move on from your past experiences with the aim of exploring new and better ways to cope and move forward in a positive and more conscious way. In my sessions this might be done with a mixture of  talking, coaching ,guided self help, art and practical relaxation techniques with clients seeking helpful ways to express what they are feeling.

Most if not all counsellors have been the client too so we can appreciate how it feels to meet someone for the first time and begin to discuss personal issues. When you first make contact with me you will have a chance to ask any questions you might have about how I work and then you can decide if you would like to continue. In our first face to face session we can begin to look at the issues that have brought you to counselling and plan how best to support you.

How many sessions will I need?

Sessions are always tailored to suit the individual.I work short term usually offering 6 to 12 sessions. This can be reviewed and extended where appropriate. Please contact me to arrange an initial consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BEd Hons in Education 1993, FDA Psychodynamic Counselling 2008 and have a current DBS certificate. I am a registered member of the BACP abiding by their professional standards. Please see I have been a counsellor since 2008 in a variety of community settings. I have always worked with the public in every job role I have had and I continue to learn from every person that I come into contact with. I have an interest in Animal Assisted Therapy and provide visiting pet therapy in the local community for the charity Pets as Therapy. I am currently undertaking further study in Animal Assisted Therapy. I work in a community based setting for a local mental health charity in addition to my private counselling.

I receive regular supervision from an experienced colleague to ensure high levels of performance and opportunities to develop new skills/ techniques. This is done using anonymous samples of client work. I continue to access further training to promote my own development in the counselling field. BACP regularly audits its members to ensure high standards are being met and I was successfully audited in January 2020, achieving all of the criteria set out by the panel.

I have worked with a range of clients in different environments. In my experience clients find the counselling session is much less daunting than they imagined and that they are glad they took the first step in making contact.

Range of work roles:

Within the Primary, Further and Higher Education sector

Parent Support helpline

Mind GP Patient Counselling Service

Further Education College Student Counselling Service

University Student Mental Health and Well-being Service

Care setting with Looked After Children

Private Practice

Employee Assistance Programme

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Therapy dog used as a companion animal in sessions for clients who choose this option.


Please ring for information alternatively you can email me with any enquiries

Usually £35/£40 per 50 minute face to face session. There are concessions for OAP/ low income clients, please ask about this as there are reductions available depending on your circumstances.

Telephone sessions will be shorter in duration and available at a fee of £30/ 40 minutes. This method of counselling may be particularly helpful for clients dealing with self isolation or social distancing at the moment.

Currently all sessions by telephone.

Further information

I offer telephone -based counselling for £30/40 minutes for clients self-isolating or following social distancing advice. Ring for more information about this service.

If you enjoy the company of animals and think that this would help you to feel more comfortable, I can arrange for my therapy dog to be present in the room during counselling. A lot of clients choose to do this and it can enrich their experience of counselling. This is agreed with individual clients and is your personal choice.

Maps & Directions

Morpeth, NE61 5JJ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Please ring or email Monday to Friday 9.00-6.00 (please note appointments outside of these times may be possible so please ask.) If you leave me a voicemail I will return your call.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme