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Emma Handley MBACP

Barnard Castle DL12 & Darlington DL1
07484 344267
Barnard Castle DL12 & Darlington DL1

About me

Welcome! I hope that you are safe, well and able to take care of yourself in these unique times.

Like many of us, the way I work has had to change. In response to the current situation, I now can only offer telephone and online counselling. Book in for an initial free phone call to see if I am the right counsellor for you. I offer a safe, respectful space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

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. I also teach counselling.


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) 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.

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.

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£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


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

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Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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