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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About me

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have also experience in counselling adoptees who are searching for their birth families.

Photos & videos

  • The Hospital Garden
  • Jane Porterfield
  • The Richardson Garden
  • My Room


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.

Further information

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

Barnard Castle, DL12 8HT

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

There is a comfortable waiting area and reception.


Flexible, between 9 - 6.30pm Monday to Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults