Laura McGuinness Dip/P.g.Dip/MSc MBACP

Laura McGuinness  Dip/P.g.Dip/MSc MBACP

Jesmond Therapy Centre
7 Holly Avenue West
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear

07495 498251

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Jesmond Therapy Centre
7 Holly Avenue West
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear

07495 498251

About me

I am a psychotherapist with over 6 years experience within NHS primary care, private practice and the charity sector. I offer individual therapy for a wide variety of issues. I am currently based at Jesmond Therapy Centre, Newcastle.

As an integrative therapist I combine a number of therapeutic modalities to tailor therapy to your needs. I hope to provide you with skills and techniques that will help you to deal with the challenges that life sometimes throws. I work relationally and believe that what goes on between us in the room can be therapeutic in itself. In my work I will offer you the opportunity to be safe, understood, and heard while we work with your story.

I am a humanistic and person centred therapist which means that I value you the client at the heart of my work, and believe that everyone has the capacity to change and progress. We can all get lost along the way at times, and professional therapy can give you the support you need to develop self-awareness, modify unhelpful patterns, and make positive changes to your life.

Some people enter therapy knowing what they need to work through, others don’t. You may just have a feeling that something is not quite right. Regardless of what leads you to therapy I will meet you with warmth, empathy, understanding, and a genuine interest in whatever you bring.

Deciding on a therapist can be overwhelming and arriving at a first session can be anxiety provoking. Trust that you will be welcomed in a warm sensitive and open way, without judgement or preconceptions, and with an understanding of the thoughts and feelings that may currently be making life difficult for you.  If you are nervous and feel like you would benefit from an informal phone call or email before we meet to discuss my ways of working or to get to know me, please get in touch and this can be arranged.

I offer both short and long-term work with a wide range of issues, some of the most common include:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Grief/Loss
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Work Stress
  • Study Stress
  • Trauma (Recent and/or Historic)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Difficulties
  • Sexuality Issues
  • Confidence/Self-Esteem
  • Panic

Feel free to contact me for availability or further information

~ Laura

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have
known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
and have found their way out of those depths.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

All of my counselling and psychotherapy qualifications were attained at Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling.


  • In House Counsellor, NHS Primary Care (2011-2015) - Successfully worked with a wide range of issues and clients, both short and long term.
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Turning Point (2014-2015) - Telephone counselling with those in long-term unemployment, where physical and mental health issues created barriers to work.
  • Therapist, WHiST (2015-2016) - Long Term therapy in women only service. Working with women with a history of domestic and sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, and childhood trauma, amongst other issues.
  • Associate Intern, Northern Guild of Psychotherapy & Counselling (2015-2016) -  Working in Private Practice with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, low self-esteem and work stress.
  • Psychotherapist, Private Practice (2016 onwards)


MSc Psychotherapy (2017)

Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (2017)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (2015)

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2014)


Sandy Murray Memorial Award 2016 (Psychologists Protection Society)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£40 per 50 minute session.

I offer some discounted rates dependent on personal circumstances, please contact me for more details.

Further information

I have a special interest in Jungian Psychology, and creative methods within therapy.

Maps & Directions

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 2AR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme