Emma Handley, BACP (Your Therapy).

Emma Handley, BACP (Your Therapy).

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 to you and together we will find ways of working that feel like the best fit for you.

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

I am a creative and integrative counsellor. This means that I am able to 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 difficulties that you are experiencing.

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

Experience: I have experience of providing psychological therapies to adults, young people and children in a range of settings.

Using my in-depth, specialist training, I counsel and work with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. I am particularly sensitive to the difficulties faced when trying to seek the right kind of service. You will be believed.

I have a background in education and have worked therapeutically with clients in Primary and Secondary school settings. Further to this, I have counselled young adults in a University setting, encountering a broad range of presenting issues, particularly anxiety and relationship difficulties.

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

I have additional specialist training and experience of counselling adults and young people in a hospice setting who are coping with bereavement and loss, including issues associated with long-term health conditions and end of life.

Organisations: Alliance Psychological Services, Butterwick Hospice, Durham University, Place2Be and the Darlington Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre.

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 and apply my learning to my practice.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Your personal experiences are more than a tick box. Lets 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