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

Houghton-le-spring, Tyne & Wear, DH4
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About me

I am an Accredited Humanistic (Gestalt) Counsellor, Couples Therapist 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 work with most issues presented in therapy including Couples Therapy and have experience in working in many areas of Mental Health.

My current role alongside private work, is as a Senior Therapist within an NHS funded service and I have practiced in many local Counselling services and Mental Health charities such as MIND. I have also worked with staff from the Armed Forces, Police and Government based services.

I am qualified up to BA Hons degree level in Professional Counselling Practice,  and a registered Couples Therapy For Depression Practitioner.

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

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Telephone or Online (Zoom or Microsoft Teams) Counselling:  £50 per 50 minute session

Face to face Counselling: £50 per 50 minute session for individuals

Couples Counselling: £60 per 50 minute session for couples (relational issues)

Negotiable fees for organisations.

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

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 create clarity 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 fulfill 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.

Tyne & Wear

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


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

Please email all new queries for therapy.

Telephone sessions will be conducted from a withheld number.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am qualified through Suparna supervision training Harrogate.  My working model is the 7 Eyed Model of supervision and genre of therapy is Gestalt, although I welcome and work with all genres and models of therapeutic work.  I work closely with client / therapist process and find this fits all working models and for those in any caring supportive role.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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

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