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About me

Face to face appointments available, with safe social distancing.

I am the lead therapist at Talk Durham and work alongside four colleagues. We are based in central Durham (DH1), we are able to offer face to face appointments and our office has ample free parking.

Across our team we have specialisms in;

Couples therapy
Children's therapy
LGBTQ issues
Anxiety (including anticipatory anxiety)
Compassioned focused therapy
Art therapy

My personal practice integrates EMDR, CBT, psychoanalytic and humanistic approaches. The support you would like, and an explanation of how I work, is discussed in full during a first appointment.

I have almost 15 years post qualifying clinical experience.  During my career I have worked with student populations in Durham University's counselling service supporting undergraduates, postgraduate and staff.  I worked with young people (aged 11-16) in both main stream, alternative education and foster care settings. I have delivered 1:2:1 and group anger management programmes in the community and Holme House Prison, 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.

To view and book appointments available this week, with myself or my colleagues, please follow this link;


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

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

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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

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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Additional information

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

Therapy (including EMDR) -  £80

Couples Therapy - £85

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

I am an approved provider for AVIVA and AXA PPP Healthcare. If you would like your appointments to be covered by your insurance please contact your provider to confirm their criteria. Please note fees for insurance work are variable and may involve an excess to be paid dependant on your policy.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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

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.

St Giles
Church Lane
Durham City

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ample free parking available on site.

Languages offered

Sign/other languages would include an interpreter present.


Dr Louise McDonnell, Charted Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)

Dr Louise McDonnell, Charted Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol)