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Emma Handley MBACP

Barnard Castle DL12 & Darlington DL1
07484 344267 07484 344267

About me

Welcome to my page!

I currently deliver my services remotely and have undertaken additional training to adapt my services to work this way. I often do telephone counselling but can also use video conferencing platforms. There are advantages and disadvantages to online and telephone counselling. I am happy to talk these through with you. I offer an initial free telephone consultation. Please email me if you would like to arrange an appointment.

An important part of effective counselling is feeling that you and your counsellor will work well together. My clients describe me as creative, genuine, warm and non-judgemental. I will listen and together we will work towards lessening your distress and celebrating your 'youness'.

I am an integrative counsellor, this means I offer a broad range of counselling approaches. I work ethically, effectively and safely with adults and young people. 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.

I have no one way of working. My person centred philosophy means that our work will be unique to you. I can also listen and be a safe place for you to explore and discover what it is to 'be'.


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

"She provides me with a space that is safe to completely fall apart then start putting myself back together again."

"I decided to seek counselling when my negative thoughts were becoming too much. Having had counselling before and not getting much out of it, I was nervous at first but Emma gave me a toolkit to find my confidence when I didn't realise it was already there."

"Her analogies taught me to see situations in a different light."

"I would highly recommend Emma as a Counsellor."

I look forward to your call.

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. I also teach counselling at a FE college.


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

Whilst I work with clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties, I have have particular specialist training in supporting people experiencing bereavement and loss, anxiety, perfectionism and those who are survivors of rape and sexual violence.

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.

Education settings:

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 (teaching) and I have worked therapeutically with clients (teachers and students) in Primary and Secondary school settings.


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.


I am a qualified counsellor (FdA Counselling (Distinction) and Diploma in Counselling), have recently completed my MSc in Psychology (Distinction) and have additional graduate qualifications and professional postgraduate qualifications in Education. I am a registered member of the BACP and have completed and additional Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO L1 Membership Course).

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

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

Photos & videos


£40 per session.

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.

Barnard Castle


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Emma Handley MBACP

Emma Handley MBACP