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Doug Pazienza Eco-minded Counselling and Psychotherapy

Whitley Bay, Tyne And Wear, NE26
Whitley Bay, Tyne And Wear, NE26

About me

  • Humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist
  • Ecotherapist
  • 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.

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 about 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.

What I offer


I am orienting my practice toward ecotherapy. 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.

For more information about this, please go to my blog.

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.

Attachment Therapy

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.


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 Counselling Directory.

A photo of my two-sided business card is further up the page.

Training, qualifications & experience

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 - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Ecopsychology UK

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet bereavement

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Photos & videos


Fees for sessions taking place at my home

£30 for an assessment.  Future sessions cost £50.

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.


I have a welcoming counselling room at my home in the tranquil surroundings of a farm just outside Whitley Bay.  There are photos above.

The farm lies beside the boundary of North Tyneside and Northumberland at the Coast so it's convenient to Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, Earsdon, Backworth, Silverlink, Holywell, Seaton Delaval, New Hartley 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.

Our meetings are safe and confidential.


Ecotherapy  Ecopsychology  Nature based therapy  Eco-minded counselling and psychotherapy

Whitley Bay
Tyne And Wear

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Wheelchair user access


Monday to Thursday mornings and afternoons. Fridays and Saturdays by arrangement.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Doug Pazienza Eco-minded Counselling and Psychotherapy

Doug Pazienza Eco-minded Counselling and Psychotherapy