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

The Aske Stables
North Yorks
DL10 5HG


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About me

I provide individual Counselling and Psychotherapy with adults. I have over 25 years of experience in the provision of therapy within the NHS and I am now working in my own practice offering both short term and longer term therapy.

I have much experience of providing therapy with individuals who have mental health difficulties and concerns; for example depression and anxiety. However, you could also be new to counselling and I can offer you a sensitive and supportive introduction to therapy. In addition, I provide support for work- related difficulties and the emotional impact of these.
I have a specialist knowledge in the treatment of eating distress and also have a background in Student University Counselling,Counselling in a GP practice and also in a specialist NHS Psychotherapy Service. I also 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 can often isolate us from other people and perhaps undermine our confidence in ourselves. I believe, 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. 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 birth families.

Photos & videos

  • The Hospital Garden
  • A River Walk
  • Jane Porterfield
  • The Richardson Garden


Assessment fee is £60.00
Ongoing therapy fee is £55.00. I have some low income availability following assessment.

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 pm. If you would like to discuss a potential assessment then please telephone or e-mail me.

In Richmond, I provide the above in a safe, secure and confidential facility specifically designed for a therapy service. I have availability to provide later appointments until 7pm.

Maps & Directions

Barnard Castle, DL12 8HT
Richmond, DL10 5HG

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