Fiona Summers-Smith Reg'd. MBACP (Accred.). EMDR Therapist. Supervisor

Fiona Summers-Smith Reg'd. MBACP (Accred.). EMDR Therapist. Supervisor

County Durham

21a North Burns
Chester Le Street
County Durham

07555 959648

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About me


I know that it can be a daunting and scary time when we find ourselves having to look for a counsellor. It appears to be like sticking a pin in a map. Just trust your gut instinct as you browse the directory.

I believe the foundation of any counselling is the working relationship, which enables exploration and understanding of the issues which prompted your search of the Counselling Directory.

I have worked as a counsellor since qualifying in 1999, providing Counselling and Counselling Supervision in the Durham area. My initial training was in the Humanistic Integrative model, (an approach that systematically considers the whole person - mind, body and spirit). Since qualifying I have extensively widened my knowledge and experience, to include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - a treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories), Sand and Art therapy and working with the inner child and the subconscious. I understand that we, as humans, are all individuals and need the counselling experience to be individual and tailor-made to gain the most from our sessions.

I have mainly worked providing counselling to the NHS in GP practices in Bishop Auckland and Willington, but have also worked with ASCA (Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse) and MIND mental health charity, alongside my private work.

I have had feedback throughout the years from clients and colleagues that I have integrity and a down to earth, calm style of working. I believe in making the counselling experience as comfortable as possible, even when exploring difficult issues and yes, dare I say, sometimes even enjoyable.

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP Accredited

Diploma in Counselling.

EMDR Therapist Training.

Member of EMDR Europe.

Member of EMDR North East.

CASCADE Diploma in Supervision.

Training in art, sand and play therapy and alternative ways of communication.

18 Years experience working in GP practices for the NHS which has given me extensive experience with the wide range of issues referred by GPs, Nurses and Mental Health Workers. I have a special interest in healing from childhood abuse and trauma.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling Supervision.


£45 per hour for both one to one counselling and EMDR

Further information

My Office is based in Carrville, Durham but I have rooms available for counselling sessions in Chester-le-Street and Sacriston.

I undertake Counselling Supervision from the office in Carrville or my home in Durham.

Maps & Directions

Durham, DH1
Chester Le Street, DH3 3TF

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

I have one room available in Sacriston that is Wheelchair accessible but rooms at Carrville and Chester-le-Street have steps.


Flexible weekday hours.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I qualified as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor in 1999 and have expanded on my knowledge and experience over the years to include becoming a qualified EMDR therapist, working with alternative ways of communication and the subconscious.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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