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North Star Psychotherapy

About me

I am a UKCP registered Humanistic Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist working with individuals over 18 years of age.

Life is too short to be unhappy, anxious or unfulfilled. Even the strongest among us can feel lost, unsure and unhappy at times. As a professional therapist, I can help you to understand and manage whatever life throws at you, and do it successfully.

I believe that you have the strength not simply to survive, but to thrive.

Emotional struggles can be an intrinsic element to everyday life and can often appear overwhelming. On such occasions talking therapy can bring enormous relief. Having an opportunity to engage with a therapist who is unbiased and approaches each individual with compassion, respect, empathy and who is non-judgemental is pivotal in assisting the client when undertaking a journey of recovery.

Our lives today are changing rapidly and becoming progressively complex. We find ourselves communicating via a multitude of electronic devices. The opportunity to experience face to face connections is decreasing. It is the ability to forge a relationship with another that nourishes and benefits our health, heart and soul.

I work from a consulting room adjacent to my home, based in a rural area within the Tyne Valley.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • UKCP Registered
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Post Grad Diploma in Psychotherapy (distinction)
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling

I have gained my experience working within the NHS, a Hospice setting, a Women's Centre, MIND, and in Private Practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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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UK Council for Psychotherapy


Additional information

£50 individuals

£65 Couples

Each session lasts 50 minutes.

Further information

My training has allowed me to work with different levels of difficulty. These could be deep seated issues to the problems that have arisen or developed more recently. Our initial assessment meeting would enable us to decide together which would best meet your needs from short-term counselling to long-term depth psychotherapy.

I work within an integrative and humanistic framework with transactional analysis as my core theoretical model but also encompassing other theories and approaches as appropriate to meet the clients need.

I believe that the nature and the quality of the therapeutic relationship is of crucial importance in enabling change and resolution, and is a vehicle for addressing and making changes to people's lives and the way that they think, feel and behave.

Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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