Castle Counselling UKCP & HCPC Reg Therapist - J Porterfield

Castle Counselling UKCP & HCPC Reg Therapist - J Porterfield

The Richardson Hospital
Victoria Road
Barnard Castle
DL12 8HT


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The Richardson Hospital
Victoria Road
Barnard Castle
DL12 8HT


About me

I provide individual adult counselling and psychotherapy. With over 25years of mental health experience within the NHS, I offer both short term and longer term psychotherapy depending upon a client's needs and timescales, these always agreed following assessment. However, during therapy, this is flexible and can be negotiated during sessions. Sessions usually last 50 minutes.

I have much experience of working with individuals who have a mental health diagnosis, for example, Depression and Anxiety Disorders and may already be involved or have been involved with other health professionals. I am also available and experienced in Staff Wellbeing, providing therapy and counselling with both medical and other NHS personnel. 
In addition, I have specialist knowledge in the treatment of Eating Disorders. I have also worked as a Student Counsellor in a University for many years, in a GP practice and Specialist Psychotherapy service.

Finally, I understand it can be very difficult to access the right professional with whom you can share your present difficulties within a safe, respectful and appropriate setting without interruptions, too many cancellations and too little time and I endeavour to provide all of the above. Psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling is an explorative therapy helping us understand our past and present relationships, the often intense emotions attached to those and the many conflicts that surround these experiences.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited practitioner with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I have a current enhanced DBS Check.

My relevant academic and professional qualifications are a Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Degree in Integrative Counselling. In addition, I have trained for a further 4 years in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy within a NHS setting.

Psychotherapy, involves a relationship of developing trust. This can help us to acknowledge and work on those personal difficulties and experiences that can isolate us from other people and undermine our confidence in ourselves. Becoming more able to face our underlying experiences, including those aspects of ourselves that we are uncomfortable with - we can free ourselves to live more fully, become more in tune with, and more accepting of ourselves.

It is important to give a place to all that we are, not just the experiences that have both enhanced and restricted us in the past; for example traumatic experiences and other deeply unresolved issues, but also our underlying potential. Psychotherapy can help us realise, develop and embrace ourselves more fully, become less conflicted, troubled and confused.

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Assessment fee is £60.00
Ongoing therapy fee is £55.00

Further information

I provide a confidential and reliable therapy service within a safe and welcoming environment utilizing a local NHS facility. I have availability throughout the working week seeing potential clients between 9 - 5 pm. If you would like to discuss a potential assessment then please telephone or e-mail me.

Maps & Directions

Barnard Castle, DL12 8HT

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes



Types of client

Young people
Older adults