Peter McDonnell - MA (Counselling) MBACP (Accredited)

Peter McDonnell - MA (Counselling) MBACP (Accredited)

Newcastle Upon Tyne

0749 339 1676

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Newcastle Upon Tyne

0749 339 1676

About me

Finding a counsellor, you feel able to talk to about important issues in your life, takes time and careful consideration. That is why I offer an initial meeting to discuss what you might like to address with counselling and to find out whether we would be able to work together - free of charge.

Counselling offers a safe private space to discuss the issues that are troubling us. It is confidential and takes place with someone who isn’t a member of our personal community. Counsellors are trained to help people explore their thoughts and feelings and to consider how these relate to the difficulties they are experiencing. As insight and understanding develops, there is the possibility of positive change: to come to a new accommodation with things as they are, or to make changes to the way we live our lives.

My approach to counselling emphasises a hopeful view of human beings and our ability to develop and be self-determining (Humanistic) and acknowledges the role of previous life experiences in influencing who we are and the choices we make (Psychodynamic).

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (awarded in 2010), and have been qualified to practise as a counsellor since 2005. My primary qualifications are an MA in Counselling (Durham University, 2006) and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Loughborough University, 1981).

I have worked as a counsellor: in private practice since 2012, for the NHS since 2007 and in education from 2006 (six years), including management responsibilities in all three areas. I have also been working as a counselling supervisor since 2006. My career has included extended periods in consumer research and in the field of learning disability.

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£40-£50 for a 1 hour session.

Reduced rates for people on restricted incomes (including students) and for those who decide to have weekly sessions for a period of time.

Further information

Accessible office with good transport links opposite Newcastle Central Station.

Maps & Directions

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I offer both daytime and evening appointments.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Finding a Supervisor, who will be able to support the quality and development of your counselling and with whom you will be able to talk openly, takes time and careful consideration.

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