Dr Louise McDonnell, Charted Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)

Dr Louise McDonnell, Charted Counselling Psychologist  (CPsychol)

St Giles
Church Lane
Durham City

07496 513788

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About me

On line appointments now available

I am based in central Durham, in a discrete office, there is ample free parking outside, no waiting area and appointments timed so that you will not meet other clients before or after your session.

My personal practice is an integrative, holistic style of therapy underpinned by a humanistic approach which draws on a number of theatrical bases and techniques. I have this found to be highly successful in supporting clients with a wide range of difficulties. The support you would like, and an explanation of how I work, is discussed in full during an initial assessment.

I have over 10 years post qualifying clinical experience.  During my career I have worked with student populations in Durham University's counselling service supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Prior to this I worked in with young people (aged 11-16) in both main stream, and alternative education settings. I have delivered 1:2:1 and group anger management programmes in the community and Holme House Prison, I've worked extensively with social services and their fostering service and across the business sector offering work placed therapies.

For many years I have been a part of NHS counselling teams based in central Durham GP surgeries, this has included Claypath/Green Lane and Dunelm medical centre as well as the Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic Specialist Service based at Lanchester Road Hospital.

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Training, qualifications & experience

2019 Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing for Children

2016-2018 Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Teesside University.

2016 Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), stages 1,2 & 3.

2012 – 2013 Masters In Psychology, Sunderland University.

2008 – 2011 BA (Hons) Counselling (Specialising in CBT), Sunderland University.

Enhanced DBS.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Neurodiversity - described by The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service as "the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people naturally think about things differently due to different ways of processing information". Neurodivergence includes Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

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  • Evening appointments available


Please see website for full information and staff members of Talk Durham

Please be aware university student discount is not available if accessing therapy via insurance policies.

Counselling initial assessment (with Michael) £20

Counselling (with Michael) - £40

Therapy, initial assessment - £35

Therapy -  £70

Couples Therapy, initial assessment - £40

Couples Therapy - £80

University Student price £60

University Student initial assessment £30

EMDR therapy, initial assessment - £45

EDMR therapy session - £90

Appointments available to book now for week www.talkdurham.co.uk

Further information

Early morning, late evening and Saturday appointments available.

Insurance work undertaken.

I keep initial assessment appointment spaces available every week and appointments can be booked up to two hours before. Payment is taken at the point of booking.

Maps & Directions

Durham City, DH1 1QQ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Sign/other languages would include an interpreter present.


Please click on www.talkdurham.co.uk to view and book appointments available this week.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme