About me

Let me introduce myself, my name is Paul and I became a counsellor because I have always had an interest in mental health issues; how as humans; we all think, feel and behave and interact with one another.  My philosophical foundation is that I believe that everybody has the capacity to think and to decide their own destiny; to develop an awareness, an understanding and an empathy; they have it within themselves to change.  I would like to thank you for visiting my counselling page.

I am a qualified counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), DBS cleared and fully insured.

Based in Stanhope (Weardale), Barnard Castle (Teesdale) and Sacristion (just off the A167). All places of practice offer free parking. Please request address details for Barnard Castle. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples, delivering both intense short term and long term therapy. Either in person or via Skype.

Are you worried or feeling anxious about; Lockdown, COVID-19, furlough or a loved one who works as a key-worker on the 'frontline' against the coronavirus?  Are you feeling lonely through self-isolating and need someone to speak to?  Or suffering from domestic abuse? I can help you with positivity and structure.

I appreciate that we can all experience difficulties in our lives and I believe that we can all benefit from counselling and therapy in dealing with these challenges.

Are you ready to change your life for the better? 

Struggling with unhelpful behaviours or thinking patterns that are holding you back? Anxious, feeling low or like you just cant think straight?

Counselling is a chance to be heard in a confidential, safe, accepting and judgemental free environment. It really does change people's minds!

I also offer face-to-face counselling.

The darkest times can bring us to the brightest places.

There is hope.


Sometimes the best way to find a counsellor is through recommendations, so below are some comments from recent thank you cards that I have received, used with permission.

* Many thanks for all your help and support over the year.

* Thank you for listening, for caring, for being there.

* Thank you for your endless kindness and patience.

* My heartfelt and sincerest thanks Paul for all your helpful and professional guidance over these past months. This has been undoubtedly a very difficult and challenging time for me. I really don't think that I could have recovered so well or achieved all the progress to date without your help.

*  There were days when I didn't feel like talking to anybody but went along to the session anyway and left feeling much better.

*  Very useful in helping me plan time and assessments.

* He’s been so lovely and helpful, the support has been so useful especially during the pandemic,

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and experience:
I have worked with many clients, who I've had the privilege of helping. Working together to remove hurdles to make their future a brighter place. I have extensive experience of counselling and mental health services, including: GP surgeries, Crisis Team, Mind, student mentoring, Autistic and disabled students and my own private practice.  I have completed training on a BACP accredited course with Newman University.


Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 6

Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Certificate in Introduction to Counselling

Certificate in Pathological Demand Avoidance

Level 1 Counselling

I offer an integrated approach using a person-centred approach and relational model as my theoretical practice and I can utilise a mixture of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit each client.  These include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic therapies
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Creative / Arts therapies


Focusing on a client's thinking on the 'present' rather than the past or future; allowing the client to recognise their thoughts and feelings and to experience the joy of using their senses; sound, touch, scent, taste and vision in their lives.

Walk and Talk therapy:

I also offer a walk and talk in nature therapy; a form of counselling that takes place outside in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Research shows us that exercise and simply being in nature can promote physical, mental and emotional health.

I believe in its value (counselling) because I have seen again and again how people have benefitted from counselling and therapy, developing a therapeutic relationship based on trust, sensitivity, respect and an appreciation of all issues.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Armed Forces
  • Sports

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£45.00 per session

Additional information

The first session is 50 minutes.

The sessions are approximately 50 minutes long.

Individual £45

Couple £60

Walk and talk in nature therapy 50 minutes £45

Invest in yourself.  Invest in your future.


I work flexible hours to suit your needs.

Further information

If your lonely or self-isolating or suffering from severe anxiety, I can offer:

2 x 30 minute phone calls spread out over a week.

Telephone calls £25

I am handling sessions during social distancing through phone or online.

Northern Integrative Health Practice Ltd
Durham Road

Stanhope Methodist Church
High Street
Bishop Auckland
DL13 2UP

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Only Sacriston and Barnard Castle are accessible by wheelchair.

Paul Lowe

Paul Lowe