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Coastal Counselling

About me

What I offer

I offer one to one counselling to clients. I am based in Northumberland but will accept telephone or Zoom clients from any UK area. This service is currently offered as telephone-based or online via Zoom only due to current Covid 19 Restrictions. Face to face sessions are currently unavailable.

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 currently able to offer telephone or online counselling to clients via Zoom.

In face to face work 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


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

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 per 40 minutes.

Zoom sessions £35.00/£40.00 per 50 minutes

When I work

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.

Further information

Face to face session not currently available due to Covid 19 Restrictions.

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 face to face 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.

Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme