Castle Counselling & Psychotherapy UKCP & HCPC Reg Therapist - J Porterfield
I provide individual counselling and psychotherapy and have over 25 years of experience within the NHS. I am now working in my own practice offering both short term and longer term therapy. Longer term therapy can be viewed as a more in-depth process that supports more complex difficulties and you may have experienced these for some time.
My room is located within the respectful, peaceful and private environment of the Richardson Hospital looking out onto the internal garden.
I have much experience of providing therapy with individuals who want help with what can sometimes be experienced as overwhelming emotions, those of depression, anxiety, bereavement and relationship problems. In addition, you maybe someone who is struggling with your mental health following experience of trauma. I also provide support for work- related stress/difficulties and the emotional impact of these; for example living and working in a rural environment,or experiences of feeling bullied, misunderstood and stressed at work.
If you are new to therapy then I can offer you a sensitive and supportive introduction and at assessment we can both decide the most appropriate way forward.
Therapy involves talking as openly as possible, we will work together to try and understand your problem and look at any difficulties that arise in our relationship. This process helps to increase understanding of yourself and how your problems interfere with how you relate to others.
Throughout my career I have gained a specialist knowledge in the treatment of eating distress. I also have a background in counselling in a GP practice, as a university student counsellor, children's psychological services, adult mental health community services and more recently as a specialist in a NHS Psychotherapy Service. I also currently work as a sessional psychotherapist for a local charity in York.
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; I endeavour to provide all of the above.
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 5 years in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy within a NHS setting.
Psychotherapy and counselling , involves a relationship of developing trust. This can help us to acknowledge and work on those personal difficulties and experiences that often undermine our confidence in ourselves.
Therapy can help us realize, develop and embrace ourselves more fully, become less conflicted, troubled and confused. Initially, the need to talk in a safe and supportive relationship can be the beginning of a process of healing and recovery.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have also experience in counselling adoptees who are searching for their birth families.
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Assessment fee is £60.00
Ongoing therapy fee is £55.00. I have some low income availability following assessment.
My cancellation policy is a 48hour notice for cancelled appointments. If you do not attend without notice then a payment is still required. Thank-you.
In Barnard Castle, I provide a confidential and reliable therapy service within a quiet, safe and welcoming environment utilizing a local NHS facility. I have availability throughout the working week seeing potential clients between 9 - 6.30 pm. If you would like to discuss a potential assessment then please telephone or e-mail me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexible, between 9 - 6.30pm Monday to Friday
Types of client