Castle Counselling & Psychotherapy UKCP & HCPC Reg Therapist - J Porterfield

Castle Counselling & Psychotherapy 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 counselling and psychotherapy with adults. With over 25 years of mental health experience within the NHS, I offer both short term and longer term counselling and psychotherapy depending upon a client's needs and timescales, (these always agreed following assessment). However, during therapy, this can be negotiated. Sessions usually last 50 minutes.

I have much experience of working with individuals who have had a mental health diagnosis, for example, Depression and Anxiety Disorders and may already be involved or have been involved with other health professionals. However you maybe new to counselling and I am experienced in helping clients come to the right decisions for them.  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 a NHS Specialist Psychodynamic 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 with too little time and I endeavor to provide all of the above. Psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling is an exploratory 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.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 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked in Adoption Services in the past counselling Adoptees and preparing potential applicants to adopt. I have also experiences in counselling those adoptees who are searching for birth families.

Photos & videos

  • The Hospital Garden
  • A River Walk
  • Jane Porterfield


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