Emma Handley MBACP

Emma Handley MBACP

Barnard Castle


07484 344267

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About me


Finding the right counsellor can feel like a challenge. It is important to choose a counsellor that feels right for you.

I offer a safe, respectful space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Take the first step and get in touch for a confidential phone call and see if you think we can work together.

The most important part of counselling is a therapeutic relationship. My clients describe me as genuine, warm and non-judgemental. I will listen and together we will find ways of working that feel like the best fit for you.

I am an integrative counsellor. This means I can use a broad range of counselling tools and approaches. I work ethically, effectively and safely with young people and adults. We will find and build upon your existing skills and resources so that you are better able to navigate the unique difficulties that you are experiencing.

Testimonial: "Emma regularly sees me at my worst. I have told her about things I am not proud of but she never judges."

Testimonial: "She provides me with a space that is safe to completely fall apart then start putting myself back together again. She is instinctive and innovative and combines a multitude of techniques to get me moving in the right direction."

Sessions usually last about 50 minutes. We can work in single sessions or longer-term, depending on what works best for you. To make sure our work together is meeting your needs, we will review it regularly.

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Training, qualifications & experience


I have experience of providing a broad range of psychological therapies to adults, young people and children in a variety of settings, including IAPT. In private practice, I work with a wide range of presenting issues and difficulties.

One of the areas in which I have specialist training is bereavement and loss. I support young people and adults of all ages who are coping with different experiences of loss and bereavement including separation, redundancy, long-term health conditions and end of life.

My experience of providing support for adults, children and young people undergoing treatment for or living with cancer means that I am particularly able to empathise with individuals who are experiencing similar life events.

Further to this, I have worked with young adults in a University setting, encountering a broad range of presenting issues such as exam stress, procrastination, perfectionism, low mood, anxiety and relationship difficulties. My background is in education and I have worked therapeutically with clients (teachers and students) in Primary and Secondary school settings. I am currently a tutor of counselling at an FE college.

I also volunteer as a counsellor for a charity offering services to adults and young people who are survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Organisations: Alliance Psychological Services, Butterwick Hospice, Durham University, Place2Be and RSACC.

Qualifications: I am a qualified counsellor (FdA Counselling:Distinction and Diploma in Counselling) and a member of the BACP. I have additional graduate qualifications and professional postgraduate qualifications in Education. Currently, I am studying for my MSc in Psychology.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Your personal experiences are more than a tick box. Let's talk and see if we can work together.

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£40 per session

Student discount available.

Further information

I am a member of the BACP, registered with the ICO and have professional indemnity and liability insurance. I also have an Enhanced DBS certificate.

Maps & Directions

Barnard Castle, DL12
Darlington, DL1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme