Helen Graham

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UKCP Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist MSc
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Durham, DH1 1QF
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor who works with a diverse range of people and the whole of their issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, family issues, ADHD and self-esteem issues. I offer a relaxed, safe and confidential therapeutic space to explore issues that may be troubling you in a caring, non-judgemental and accepting way. I offer face to face, online and telephone therapy sessions. I can offer you a free 20mins telephone or online initial consultation to discuss your needs.

 I work in the centre of Durham where there is free parking outside my premises. It is also on a bus route.

I understand that everyone can go through difficult times in life and we all can benefit from support in handling these challenges.

In difficult situations I aim to help you to:

  • Understand your issues
  • Clarify any confusion you may have
  • Feel more control in your life
  • Cope with your life more easily
  • Approach life with a clearer mind
  • Move forward with your life

Using a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches, I can facilitate a deeper understanding of yourself. People I have worked with tell me their therapeutic experience with me has increased their confidence, self-awareness, personal growth and they have gained a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and contentment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified accredited UKCP counsellor and psychotherapist. I have completed training on a Psychotherapy course accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have a MSc in Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (equivalent to level 7) with Newman University. I have professional and academic qualifications in both counselling and psychotherapy. I have reached highest standards on SCoPEd - I meet all criteria in Column C

I have extensive experience working for counselling and mental health services including, NHS/GP Surgeries, mental health day centres, universities, colleges, counselling charities, such as, Sunderland Mind and Sunderland Counselling Services, occupational health organisations, Gateshead and South Tyneside council and in my own private practice- Counselling Talking Therapy.

My additional and specialist training includes work related stress, anxiety disorder, anger issues, bereavement, depression, low mood, relationship difficulties, loneliness and low confidence, social anxiety, childhood abuse & racism.

I have worked in the education sector for over 15 years, providing training, teaching and mentoring.

Currently, I work part-time as a therapist for Newcastle University.  I am a visiting honorary professor and lecturer at Durham University. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in childhood trauma, anxiety, self-esteem and somatic issues

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Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

I provide weekly or fortnightly sessions

Further information

I offer short and long term counselling or psychotherapy appointments.

Counselling is for short term issues. I recommend a minimum of 6 weeks

* Helps people identify problems and crises and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues.
* It is the best course of therapeutic treatment for anyone who already has an understanding of wellbeing, and who is also able to resolve problems.
* Counselling is a short-term process that encourages the change of behaviour.

Psychotherapy is often used for longstanding personal issues, drawing insight into deeper emotional difficulties and looks at the root of the problem- a minimum of 20 sessions. I teach skills to help you manage difficult emotions more effectively and help with psychological problems that have built up over the course of a long period of time.

I offer somatic experiencing techniques that calm the nervous system down which reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

I use with clients a variety of theories and modalities to strengthen their aspects/ parts of the self in order  to improve their self-esteem, their self- worth and value, and relationships with others.

I support people to recover from abusive relationships and trauma using a wide range of interventions in the sessions.

Unit 9 Vane Tempest Hall, Maynard's Row, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1QF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Helen Graham
Helen Graham