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About me

Hello and welcome to my page.

Well done for taking the first step in what can feel like a daunting process – looking for the services of a good counsellor. And to encourage you beyond that first step, my aim is to help you solve your issues successfully in a safe, confidential and empathic space.

Here is how it works:

  • initial appointment to discuss the issues and check that we want to work together
  • weekly sessions thereafter generally work best, but its negotiable
  • the number of sessions is entirely up to you - you are the expert on you (and I can tell you what I think, if you wish)
  • I make appointments for during the day, in the evening and at weekends
  • counselling works for almost everybody
  • you are welcome back anytime should you feel the need for more counselling, at a later date - the door is open

My field of expertise

I have experience of over 15 years in this vocation and have worked within the NHS, in an employee assistance organisation, for a number of charities and in private practice. My key areas of counselling are listed further down but my recent issue successes include:

  • Stress/'burnout'
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger/fear
  • Trauma
  • Past issues re-appearing
  • Mild psychosis
  • Disassociation
  • Grief/loss
  • Fixations/phobias

How I can help you

Many people feel they should be able to cope on their own but, sometimes, this doesn’t work: something that seemed relatively small and manageable can become overwhelming over time. It may be a current problem you need help to deal with; or it may be a need to know yourself better and become more self-aware (mindful); or it may be the need to make some change in your life in order to feel better. That’s where I come in.

I offer both short term and longer term therapy, working with you on the issues that you bring, at your pace. And, if you feel uncertain or hesitant (which is natural) or would like more information about counselling in general, or the way I work and how we would get started, please feel free to call me for an informal chat.

Training, qualifications & experience



I am a well-qualified, skilled and experienced counsellor. I am also a clinical supervisor to colleagues in counselling. Since 2001 I have worked in voluntary, in self-employed and in salaried counselling practices; both here in the UK and in Scandinavia.

I am passionate about counselling and my reward is to see my clients feeling better after working with me. My job is to help clients find solutions and make the changes they want, as a result of our talking therapy. And the vast majority do just that.

A warm, enthusiastic person with a grown up daughter, I was raised in Edinburgh. I have lived in the USA, France and Norway as well as the UK, which gives me an insight into different cultures and environments – all very useful in identifying and solving different clients’ needs and problems.I have counselled in the UK and in Norway – a useful experience of two different countries, cultures and languages. In addition, my varied life experience is a valuable asset in understanding and empathizing with clients of all backgrounds and ages (to date my oldest client was 92 and my youngest was 10, for example).

Professional Memberships and Training

Accredited member of the National Counselling Society
Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Member of the British Psychological Society
Senior Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine

Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Warwick
Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Counsellors , University of Warwick
MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology, Newcastle University
BSc Honours in Psychology, University of London
Cruse Certificate of bereavement Counselling
PhD in Health Psychology, University of Leeds)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • Single client   £50
  • Couples         £65
  • Supervision   £65


I aim to fit in with my clients' requirements. My work schedule is flexible. Evenings and Saturday a definite possibility, though booked up more rapidly than 9 to 5. Just call me to discuss.

11 Cross Bank Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Norwegian, French

Dr Marianne Hvistendahl Allday

Dr Marianne Hvistendahl Allday