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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.

I offer an integrated approach using a Humanistic, Person-centred, Relational, CBT, Guided Imagery, Creative and Psychodynamic model as my core theoretical practice.

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.

Has the Pandemic, Coronavirus, Omicron and COVID-19 made you question your beliefs?  Have you felt alone, with no-one to talk to? I can help you with positivity and structure.

Have you lost 'touch' with your religious or spiritual beliefs?  Would you like to explore your spiritual and religious beliefs in a safe and caring environment?

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 Humanistic, Person-centred, Relational, CBT, Guided Imagery, Creative and Psychodynamic approach as my core theoretical model 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)

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Armed Forces
  • Sports


From £50.00 to £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The first session is 50 minutes.

The sessions are approximately 50 minutes long.

Individual £50

Couple £65

Walk and talk in nature therapy 50 minutes £50

Invest in yourself.  Invest in your future.

When I work

I work flexible hours to suit your needs.

Further information

I offer a remote counselling, psychotherapy, mental health service for people all over the United Kingdom, notably London West W1 and other parts of London; Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Newcastle, Sunderland and Belfast.

I also offer a remote counselling, psychotherapy, mental health service World-wide; from the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, both Western Europe and Eastern Europe, South America and Asia, 

Northern Integrative Health Practice Ltd, Durham Road, Sacriston, Durham, DH7 6FE

Stanhope Methodist Church, High Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, Durham, 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.