Dr Scott J Staniforth, PhD Biomed Sci, Dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling
I have been working with individuals and couples therapeutically in variety of settings, including GP practices, charitable organisations, and in private practice at the Jesmond Therapy Centre. I work as a relational Integrated Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, which means I believe there is power and benefit in many different therapeutic approaches. My primary modality is Transactional Analysis, which I use to analyse and understand personality development and interactions. I believe in the power of using relationships in therapeutic healing. Additionally, I use methods such as sand tray, play therapy, story, imagery & metaphor, and CBT to facilitate therapeutic exploration.
I offer a safe, secure and pleasant environment at the Jesmond Therapy Centre, with a warm and open-minded approach. My instinctive approach as a therapist is considered ‘person-centred’, whereby you the client are central to the therapeutic work we do. I’ll work with you at a pace that is comfortable to you, and get a sense of what it is you are looking to gain from being in therapy. Some people choose short-term therapy, some choose more long-term work. Some people have a specific issue they want to work on, whereby others may have more complex needs and are unsure how to find their way through. Therapy can offer the time and the space in your life to sit for a while and consider where you are at, and where you would like to be. I can sit alongside you and support you in this journey.
I have completed 4 years of training at the Northern Guild for Counselling and Psychotherapy, on nationally accredited training programmes for counsellors and psychotherapists (accredited by the BACP & UKCP). I work in agreement with the professional standards of the BACP, for whom I am a registered member (registration number: 144427).
Alongside my therapeutic work, I also work as a biomedical sciences lecturer and private tutor in biological sciences. Subsequent to this, I worked in clinical medical research at Newcastle University, for which I have attained a BSc, MRes and PhD in Biomedical Sciences, specialising in the immunity of complex disease. My academic background compliments my therapeutic work, as I believe research curiosity, adaptability and education are important in the role of a therapist. Put more simply, taking the time to be curious about a person’s history and their current circumstances, being flexible to cater to the needs of the individual, and gradually introducing new options within the context of a secure working therapeutic relationship and environment.
Thank you for taking the time to look over my profile, while considering whether therapy is for you. If you have any questions, do contact me and I will do my best to answer any queries about the service I offer.
Best wishes, Scott
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Currently working as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in private practice
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP)
Other academic qualifications:
PhD in Biomedical Sciences
MRes (Masters of Research) in Medical and Molecular Biosciences
BSc (Hons) in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual therapy is available and charged at £55 per session (50 minute session).
All individual sessions will be conducted remotely, via telephone or video-calling.
Face-to-face counselling is currently unavailable due to the promotion of physical distancing in light of the recent efforts to reduce to the spread of coronavirus.
Couples therapy is currently unavailable.