Doug Pazienza Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Reg MBACP
- Humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist
- Animal Assisted Therapist
- Pet bereavement counsellor
- Attachment therapist
When I meet a new client, I offer warmth, kindness, compassion and acceptance. I understand that for some, the disclosure of very sensitive and personal information about oneself can feel risky. I am here to listen and not to judge you. I offer a safe and confidential space to meet you.
My approach is fundamentally grounded in the humanistic tradition which places an emphasis on the individual’s free will, human nature and motivational drive.
I am focused on you – the individual, unique in your lived experience, a whole person not merely the category of your problem. I respect that while you may be in great distress, you can make-up your mind what you need to get from therapy. I will customize a therapy plan aimed at meeting your goals. We will work at your pace, as a team to achieve them.
The aim of therapy is not to make you a happy person. It is about helping you to develop emotional resilience so that you can bounce back when life throws you a curve ball. It may also be about reframing your thoughts about who you are and how you fit into your life’s experiences. It is about opening blocked pathways to thoughts, feelings and behaviours and enabling you to live a spontaneous and fulfilling life at your greatest potential.
My ethics align with the BACP and I am committed to the standards of good practice set out in its ethical framework.
How I work
I employ relational and dialogical therapy in all my work. I will lay down the conditions of openness, empathy and sincerity in order to cultivate an authentic relationship with you that is a working alliance of equals.
These conditions create an environment where we can have an open and on-going dialogue about what’s of concern to you, to clarify the confusion of past experiences and/or to confront the conflict you may be currently experiencing with yourself.
My interventions are intended to foster trust, insight and reflection. The effect of this on you is that you will understand your emotions better, develop self-awareness, gain a better sense of who you are and take ownership of your role in your life.
What I offer
I am orienting my practice toward eco-psychotherapy. If we really want to ground ourselves then nature is the place to do it. The simple pleasures of communing with nature can bring us into the present, lend perspective, restore our balance, reduce stress, calm our busy minds and remind us that we belong to a living planet.
I live on a farm with abundant green space and open skies. Along with a semi-private garden, there are tranquil spots to conduct a session outdoors and avail ourselves of all the healing power of nature.
If this is something that you feel drawn to, please mention this when you get in touch for a consultation.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT-C)
I have had a lifelong association with animals and believe that much can be learned from them. The wonderful thing about them is that they live in the moment and have no preconceptions about us. Their acceptance of us is unconditional.
The health benefits of human-animal interaction are widely acknowledged. My certified therapy dog and I have accrued more than 80 service hours at a local hospital for the charity Pets As Therapy.
I am very pleased to work together with my dog and offer AAT-C in my practice where appropriate.
Pet Bereavement Counselling
My interest in nature based therapy works two ways and for those persons whose grief for the loss or separation from a beloved pet is too intense or overwhelming, I offer pet bereavement counselling. I have a referral arrangement with a local veterinary practice.
Another area of focus in my practice is attachment therapy. It is oriented toward emotional healing and re-patterning troubled relationships with the self, others and important things in one’s life.
This can be beneficial to clients suffering low self-esteem, persistent relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression or non-specific disturbances.
These clients need help to tolerate and share difficult feelings often surrounding past experiences that have been disowned or from ones they have dissociated themselves. We will work to open blocked pathways to thoughts, feelings and impulses.
Where words fail us, I may invite lyrical metaphor or music to our session that encapsulates a situation or captures a feeling.
I have a welcoming counselling room at my home in the tranquil surroundings of a farm just outside Whitley Bay. There are photos below. I also see clients at Swissphysio, a multidisciplinary holistic therapies centre in Tynemouth. A weblink to my team profile can be found next to my photo above.
The farm lies beside the boundary of North Tyneside and Northumberland so it's convenient to the Seaton Valley and Blyth. It's walkable from Whitley Lodge or Beaumont Park along the Waggonways. I'll give you my address when we arrange our first session.
Swissphysio is located at the Tynemouth Metro station making it convenient to all of Tyne and Wear including Newcastle.
At either location, our meetings are safe and confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London on a two-track academic programme. Upon completion, I was awarded a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling by Metanoia Institute and a BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice by Middlesex University.
Over the duration of my training, I attended weekly counselling. I began practicing as a trainee counsellor in 2013 in a volunteer placement at a community outreach service and subsequently at a holistic health service in an NHS outpatient centre for wellness. At both placements, I undertook clinical supervision.
I have experience of working with a culturally diverse clientele of men, women and trans-identified persons from their mid-20s to late 60s.
I have supported my clients through their difficulties with generalized anxiety, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, bereavement, chemsex addiction, co-dependency, body image, low mood, living with medical conditions, LGBT issues, relationship issues and anger management.
Before relocating to the North East, I was a patient representative for my local NHS surgery with a seat on a forum consisting of patients, the practice manager and GP. We addressed the impact of NHS commissioning, consolidation and government mandates on the surgery and its service users.
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Metanoia Institute, London 2016
BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice - Middlesex University, London 2016
BA in Geography and BA in Urban & Regional Studies - University of Minnesota Duluth 1988
Registered Member BACP - my registration number and logo are displayed below
Volunteer - Pets As Therapy since 2017
Full professional liability insurance - Towergate Insurance
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
Fees for sessions taking place at my home
£30 for an assessment. Future sessions cost £50.
Fees for sessions taking place at Swissphysio
Please see http://www.swissphysio.co.uk/swissphysio-team/doug-pazienza for rates, cancellation fees and advance payments for sessions booked at Swissphysio.*
All sessions are a 50-minute therapeutic hour. They occur weekly and generally follow a pattern of same time, day and place.
To enquire about booking a session at either location
Please message me through the Counselling Directory or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, call me on 07956 591 647.
Please be sure to leave your telephone number if your call goes to my personal voicemail.
A photo of my two-sided business card is further up the page.
I would like to hear from any local therapists who would be interested in meeting informally from time to time for peer supervision, to mutually promote our practices for client referrals and discussion of any other counselling related matters of local importance.
Please get in touch.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday to Thursday mornings and afternoons. Saturday mornings by arrangement. Tuesday mornings at Swissphysio.
Types of client