Doug Pazienza BSc, Dip. Humanistic Counselling, Reg. MBACP

Doug Pazienza BSc, Dip. Humanistic Counselling, Reg. MBACP

Station Terrace
Tynemouth Metro Station
Tyne And Wear
NE30 4RE

Whitley Bay
Tyne And Wear

07956 591 647

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Station Terrace
Tynemouth Metro Station
Tyne And Wear
NE30 4RE

Whitley Bay
Tyne And Wear

07956 591 647

About me


Hello, I'm Doug Pazienza, a BACP-registered counsellor at the Coast.  I operate Face2Face Counselling Service  and offer individual counselling from two locations on North Tyneside.


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.

My approach

As a humanistic counsellor, I look at things holistically and that includes gaining an understanding of the totality of the person and their contextual experience.  The humanistic approach is a fundamentally optimistic and relational "talking therapy".  It emphasizes the working alliance between client and counsellor as the facilitator for therapeutic change.

My belief in this puts you, the client, at the centre of my practice.

I work in an accepting and empathic way that fosters a safe environment where you can find the headspace to express yourself openly and explore difficult feelings with me.  I will do my best to be non-directive, non-judgemental, non-advisory and impartial as we work through your issues.

True to the humanistic principle of self-agency, I will use my skills to support and encourage you to drive forward the constructive changes you wish to make in your life and I shall accompany you on the therapeutic journey.

As a qualified and experienced professional adhering to the BACP code of ethics, I am committed to respect, trust and honesty in my dealings and a commitment to the autonomy and well-being of my clients.

What you can expect

When we make initial contact, I'll take some basic information from you over the phone and we'll book a consultation for the two of us to get a taste of meeting together.

Sometimes reaching your goals can be frightening, difficult or painful and you may very well need the continued support of a trusted therapist to accompany you.  Therefore, it's important for you to get a sense that we could form a trusting relationship and constructive working alliance.

The first couple sessions involve looking at your presenting issues, why you came to counselling and what you hope to get from it.  We'll also do an assessment and I'll cover the counselling frame, the limits of disclosure and pertinent administrative details.

If we decide that we can’t work together for any number of reasons, I’ll help you find an appropriate referral.

About me

I am American British and have lived in England since the mid-1990s.  I relocated from London to the North East in 2016 after visiting here for ten years.  I began practicing as a trainee in 2013.  Previously I managed an individualized health promotion and self-management programme for an interactive healthcare company.

My background in Geography and Urban & Regional Studies imparts a deeper sociological understanding of the environment, culture, economy and politics from the external world that impact upon the psychological experience of the individual's internal world of emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

I am interested in learning more about psychogeography and eco-psychotherapy.

Attachment theory features prominently in my practice as it is arguably the basis for understanding our lifelong pattern of relationships with the self and others.

I enhance my counselling practice and personal wellness through volunteering for a charity. My certified therapy dog and I make weekly visits to a local hospital so we can improve the lives of people suffering from delirium.

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic credentials

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.

My skills in the person centered approach, gestalt and transactional analysis impart versatility in my clinical work that allows me to adjust my orientation in order to privilege the client’s way of relating.  As a reflective practitioner, I am better equipped to deal with real, complex and difficult situations in a dynamic, ethical and skilful way.

Clinical training

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, chemsex addiction, co-dependency, body image, low mood, living with medical conditions, LGBT issues and anger management.

Patient representative

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 in Reflective Therapeutic Practice - Middlesex University, London 2016

BA in (1) Geography (2) Urban and Regional Studies - University of Minnesota Duluth 1988


Registered Member BACP - my registration number and logo are displayed below

Volunteer - Pets As Therapy

Training and Certificates

T.A. 101 - Metanoia Institute 2013

Introduction to Kohut - WPF Therapy 2014

Introduction to Mentalization - WPF Therapy  2015

Certificate of Proficiency Exam - BACP 2016

Working with Binge Eating and Emotional Overeating - BACP 2017

Working with Partners of Trans-Identified People - BACP 2017

Setting up in Private Practice - WPF Therapy 2017

Borderline Personality Disorder: The therapist's experience of the patient - WPF 2017

Animal Assisted Therapy with Traumatized People - Confer 2018


Full professional liability insurance - Towergate Insurance

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chemsex, Co-dependency

Photos & videos

  • Home counselling room
  • Countryside meets the Coast
  • My business card
  • My business card


Fees for sessions taking place at my home

£30 for an initial consultation.  Future sessions cost £50.  Under special circumstances, a concessionary fee may be available.

Fees for sessions taking place at Swissphysio

Please see  for rates, cancellation fees and advance payments for sessions booked at Swissphysio.

All sessions

All sessions are a 50-minute therapeutic hour.  They occur weekly and generally follow a pattern of same time, day and place.

I usually recommend a course of six sessions with most clients.  However, there is no obligation but I believe it's important to terminate any length of counselling with an ending so we can reflect on our work and you can process any feelings that arise from our ending.

To enquire about booking a session at either location

Please message me through the Counselling Directory or email me at 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.

Further information

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

Tynemouth, NE30 4RE
Whitley Bay, NE26

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday afternoon and evening appointments at Swissphysio. Flexible scheduling at home.

Types of client

Older adults
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