Megan Riley

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MBACP (registered), MSc CounsPsych
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Newton Aycliffe DL5 & Durham DH1
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About me

I’m a qualified counsellor with an MSc in Counselling Psychology, my main aim as a counsellor is to help people to be empowered to make the changes that they wish to. Through my private practice I work with adults over the age of 18 with a particular focus on people in their late teens and 20’s. This is a time of many transitions and it can be difficult to adapt to the changes that are presented. I help people to make links between experiences in childhood or teenage years and current issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and difficulties in relationships. 

I have an understanding of some of the issues that young adults might face:

  • It could be that you experienced trauma during childhood such as a bereavement, bullying or any childhood adversity and you would like help to process this. 
  • You might be a student struggling with social anxiety, ADHD, relationships or you are about to finish university and want support to navigate this transition.
  • Maybe you feel lost, a lack of hope for the future or unsure of which path to take. Or you could feel stuck with perfectionism and feel stressed.
  • You want to feel equipped to deal with family issues that may have had an impact on your sense of identity and self-worth.  
  • Shifts in your friendships and you feel a sense of loss or you’re not quite sure where your place is anymore. Or it could be that you feel disempowered, have experienced emotional abuse or manipulated in your romantic relationships and want something different.
  • You may be experiencing work-related stress or panic attacks related to your work environment. 

This list is not exhaustive and there are so many reasons why someone would access therapy. The common theme is that a lot of the time people are looking for change and they are not sure how to get it, or what that change will look like. I see it as a privilege to walk alongside you throughout this process. 


I experienced a significant loss during childhood and accessed therapy in my 20’s in order to process this. Through my practice, I help other people to do the same. There is so much value in engaging in therapy in your 20’s as it can set you up to thrive (not just survive) in later years. Choosing a therapist who  has experienced therapy themselves means that we can understand how vulnerable it feels to be the client. I am trained in person-centred counselling which means that I believe, when given the right conditions, people can reach their full potential. It is my job as a counsellor to support you along the way by showing empathy, honesty, authenticity and helping you to see that you are valuable.  

Previous Experience

I have previous experience in a charity setting supporting people with a range of experiences including feelings of low self-worth, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse and rape, loneliness, relationship difficulties and loss.  I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I also engage in monthly supervision sessions with a clinical supervisor so that I can ensure that I am helping in the best way that I can. 

First Steps

I offer a free 20 minute initial phone call so that you can ask any questions and tell me a little bit about what you would like support with and if you have any goals. This is also so that I can assess whether I am able to support your needs. I work in an open-ended way so that we can talk about how many sessions are necessary as we go along, every person is different and this is dependent on your needs. After this initial call if you are happy to move forward then we can book in a first session on a day/time that works for both of us. Sessions will take place on Zoom or telephone and will last 50 minutes.

Some benefits of accessing therapy online are that it is accessible, no transportation or parking costs, less time consuming and you can choose a place where you feel safe - anywhere you won’t be overheard.

If you would like to enquire, please feel free to send me a message through the Counselling Directory and I will get back to you within 24 hours. 

Take care,


Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Counselling Psychology (now Counselling & Psychotherapy) 

BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Level 3 AIM Award in Specialist Sexual Abuse and Rape Support Services 

Carolyn Spring PODs training. working with shame & dealing with distress: Working with suicide and self-harm 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Impact of the pandemic
Social media


£60.00 per session

Additional information

My fees are £60 for a 50 minute session.

I offer a free 20 minute introductory call to new clients.

I prefer to work with people on a weekly basis at the same time/day. However I understand that this is not always possible due to work, family etc so I am able to be flexible where possible. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Saturday appointments available upon request. 

Newton Aycliffe, Durham, DL5

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Online platforms

Megan Riley
Megan Riley