Louise Catherine McDonnell

Louise Catherine McDonnell

Houghton Le Spring
Tyne And Wear


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Houghton Le Spring
Tyne And Wear


About me

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 anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, complex trauma, PTSD, OCD, abuse and panic.

I have almost 10 years post qualifying experience since finishing my degree in counselling, I have a masters in psychology and finish my doctorate in counselling psychology in April 2018. I have a special interest in trauma and birth trauma.

I am qualified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), both highly effective treatments for complex trauma and a wealth of other presentations.

During my career I have worked with student populations (school and university), forensics, social services, work placed counselling and third sector organisations. I currently have a clinical caseload with NHS primary and tertiary care.

I am happy to offer evening and weekend appointments. Session last 50 minutes and are usually weekly or fortnightly, many clients find up to six sessions to be beneficial however this is designed around you and can include single sessions or long-term therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am currently in my final year on the taught Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Teesside University

2015 Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

2012 – 2013 Masters In Psychology

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

Enhanced DBS

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


£50 per hour.

Further information

I work from therapeutic spaces in Chester-le-Street and central Durham.

Maps & Directions

Houghton Le Spring, DH4

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Chester le Street; Monday and Thursday 5, 6 & 7pm, Saturday 2 & 3pm. Durham: please contact me for details As well as various times during the week

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme