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About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Parks Inner Child Therapy Practitioner, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. I aim to provide a calm, caring and safe environment for clients to discuss and work through any difficulties they might be experiencing.

I work in an integrative and collaborative way drawing on theoretical knowledge, models and skills which are suited to an individual client's needs and preferences. I initially trained in Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapy models with aspects of Transactional Analysis. I have engaged in further training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and trauma and abuse, and also offer Parks Inner Child Therapy. I am currently the only PICT therapist in the North East of England.  I also draw on aspects of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

I believe that it is essential in any work that I do that the client and I work towards developing a genuine and good therapy relationship, so that we can work alongside each other to turn towards and process difficulties and empower positive change. I offer psychological assessment, formulation and psychological therapy for a range of issues.

Although I work with a variety of areas/issues, I have a particular interest in working with issues which stem from early childhood difficulties such as trauma, abuse and less resourceful parenting. I believe that by working in a supportive and collaborative way, we can develop understanding and awareness of the impact of our early life experiences on the ways in which we might relate to ourselves, others and the world around us. We can then work towards making positive and helpful changes leading to us thriving instead of just surviving, being our true self and the person we were always meant to be had we not experienced those issues.

Throughout my career I have worked within a variety of settings including: the National Health Service, Primary Care Psychology, Learning Disability, Pain Management, MIND, women's only organisations and within various Secondary School Education establishments. I have worked within community settings including GP practices, outpatient services, and completed home visits. I have experience of working with children and adults, with a range of difficulties including complex, co morbid, and longstanding difficulties.

I offer appointments within Durham and Consett. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctor of Counselling Psychology-Teesside University
  • Applied Psychology Degree BSC (Hons)-Durham University
  • Parks Inner Child Therapy  (PICT) Diploma QC Practitioner
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Accreditation Level 2
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • NCFE Fast Track in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 3
  • Introduction to Counselling Concepts Intermediate Certificate
  • Effective communication with children Level 3

I have also engaged in a variety of training workshops in many areas including:

• Penny Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) Foundation Workshop for Trauma and Abuse Resolution
• Working with trauma and dissociation
• The impact of child abuse on children, professionals and adult survivors
• Shadows in the body
• DBT Essentials
• Running DBT skills development groups
• Mindfulness
• Couples therapy
• Cognitive Analytic Therapy
• An introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming
• Stress management
• Group therapy skills training
• Working with PTSD

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, if your not sure about what your difficulties might be exactly or if I can help you, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss your needs further.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Individual Psychological Therapy £65 (50 minutes)

Reduced fee for Counselling Psychology students in training £55

Individual quotes apply to organisational work, depending on requirements

Parks Inner Child Therapy £97.50 (1hr 30 minutes) £130 (2hrs)

PICT is a structured but flexible visualisation based therapy model. It provides fast and longlasting change, without the need to talk at length about difficulties or memories. It's gentle approach encorporates cognitive restructuring, transactional analysis and neuro linguistic programming to achieve resolution.

PICT might be helpful for you if you have longstanding difficulties related to childhood trauma, abuse, less resourceful parenting, or other childhood related events. Difficulties might include depression, anxiety, low self esteem, feeling not good enough, anger issues, feelings of guilt or shame, relationship issues, traumatic memories, unwanted behaviours, or other issues. You might have had therapy before to discuss these issues, but still feel stuck with these difficulties and want an effective and efficient way of resolving the impact these issues have on you and your life.

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Further information

Please contact me via telephone by calling or texting to book an appointment or to discuss your needs.

Telephone: 07763229998

Or you can email me using my contact form at the top of my profile. (Please note that my response might initially go into your spam or junk inbox)

We can discuss your needs initially by phone or email, then schedule an appointment so that I can get to know a bit more about you and the issues you would like to work through. This will also give you a chance to discuss with me how you would like to work in therapy, ask any questions you might have, and see how I can help you.

Northern Integrative Health Practice Ltd
Durham Road


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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


Please contact me to discuss your requirements. I offer daytime and evening appointments Tuesday-Friday, from 9am until 7pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Dr Lesley Welch Chartered Counselling Psychologist. DCounsPsych, Bsc (Hons)

Dr Lesley Welch Chartered Counselling Psychologist. DCounsPsych, Bsc (Hons)