Fiona Summers-Smith Dip.Couns. Dip.Sup. Reg'd. MBACP (Accred.) EMDR Therapist.

Fiona Summers-Smith Dip.Couns. Dip.Sup. Reg'd. MBACP (Accred.) EMDR Therapist.


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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.

17 Year 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.


£40 per hour

Further information

I have rooms available for counselling sessions in Chester-le-Street and Sacriston and undertake Counselling Supervision from my home in Durham.

Maps & Directions

Durham, DH1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

I have one room available in Sacriston that is Wheelchair accessible but the room at Chester-le-Street has stairs.


Currently I have availability of Wednesdays and Fridays but will have more from July 2019

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.

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