John Cashinella-Stanness. BA Hons Couns. Fda Couns. Reg MBACP (Accred).

John Cashinella-Stanness. BA Hons Couns. Fda Couns. Reg MBACP (Accred).

Tyne & Wear


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About me

I am an Accredited Humanistic Counsellor (Gestalt) and Supervisor and work with people of all cultures and backgrounds, short and long term.

I work within a holistic (phenomenological) approach whereby the client’s entire world and environment is taken into consideration and explored, bringing all areas of the client’s being into awareness. This allows for a dynamic and organic way of working, allowing a free-flowing process of change to evolve.

You will find me a very up-front, congruent, honest, accepting and empathic individual with a good sense of humor, who aims to provide the very best service I can for my clients.

The basis of my work involves awareness building and an emphasis in the ’here and now’, which means moving away from the regretful hurt of the past and the anxieties of worrying about the future. This helps clients focus towards being able to express themselves verbally and emotionally, identify emotions where numbness or unsure feelings exist and move forward in a positive, truthful and healthy way.

This approach can help clients become comfortable with their inner-self in order to move on from situations and function with a better inner peace than before.

Training, qualifications & experience

I specialise in Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Bereavement and Loss , incorporating Mindfulness and existential philosophies and have experience in working in many areas of Mental Health such as;

Working with adults and young people, as a Mental Health Adviser for government based employment services the North East of England.
NHS, local Counselling services, mental health charity work (MIND)

I work with most presenting issues.

I am qualified up to BA Hons degree level in Professional Counselling Practice.

I am a fully Registered, Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
MBACP (Accred.)

I am a qualfied Supervisor and offer Supervision to other therapists or workers in caring, supportive roles and can provide training in therapy practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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£50 per 50 minute session for individuals or £60 for couples (relational issues).

Negotiable fees for organisations.

Further information

There are no specific ’types’ of person that present needing counselling support. Counselling is usually sought when it is the only option available in order to cope or come to terms with a situation or personal issue. It can sometimes be hard to pinpoint why you may feel the way you do and counselling is there to help unravel the unsurity and help you make sense.

Many people can find counselling a difficult step yet probably the most rewarding one of their lives.

Counselling can be an exploration into the self that no other form of help or support can fulfil in quite the same way. Counselling can be a challenging process at a difficult time, yet counselling can also be enlivening and freeing for those willing to explore themselves.

Humanistic Counselling is based on talking rather than teaching and gets to the root of the problem rather than masking it, making it a long term solution rather than a short term fix.

Gestalt as in other forms of Humanistic Therapy emphasis’s the importance of the counselling relationship as a healing tool within counselling.

Maps & Directions

Houghton-le-spring, DH4
Durham, DH1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday-Friday 9am - 7pm Later times are available on request but are limited.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am qualified through Suparna supervision training Harrogate. .

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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