Joanne Robson, MBACP, BA (Hons) - Seaham Harbour Counselling Services
Joanne Robson, Seaham Harbour Counselling Services
If you are going through a time in your life when you feel overwhelmed and need some help and support, I will work with you to help you to resolve whatever issues you are facing. I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, based in Seaham Harbour and I am passionate about what I do and the help I provide. I deliver counselling in a safe, confidential, comfortable and secure environment.
My office is fully accessible to everyone, including people with mobility issues. There is ample free parking directly outside the building, which is also well served with a frequent and reliable bus service.
All staff are DBS checked and we are registered with the Information Commissioner to ensure confidentiality.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides you with a safe place to talk about your problems without being judged and in complete confidence. It is a process that helps you express yourself to a professional person in a neutral setting. Sometimes it can help you make choices or reach decisions about how to handle your concerns. As your Counsellor I will encourage you to talk about what is troubling you and listen to what you have to say. The aim is to help you become clearer about both the extent and the effect of the problem and maybe to help you recognise possible solutions – ones that will work for you. I will therefore not give you advice, but i will work with you to help you to understand yourself more fully and to find your own inner resources. The sessions will involve considering what you are thinking, feeling and doing and how thoughts, emotions and behaviour all interact together. There are different types of counselling and I will use the knowledge that I have gained from all of these different kinds of therapy to agree with you the most suitable method to help you with your difficulties.
I understand that it can feel quite daunting to come to counselling, which is why I offer a free initial consultation, without any obligation. This is to help you make an informed choice about whether counselling is right for you. This consultation can be either by telephone or face to face, whatever you are more comfortable with or suits your circumstances.
You have made the first step by looking for a counsellor, contact me to begin your counselling journey.
We believe that we are unique in offering our clients a free catch up appointment once their paid counselling sessions have ended.
We have introduced this innovative idea to make sure our clients know that they have our additional support without charge once their traditional counselling relationship has ended.
We offer this optional opportunity to help our clients by providing a free support session if they wish to take advantage of this offer
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree in Counselling
BA Hons Degree in Counselling
I am experienced in all forms of counselling, however I do specialise in addiction, stress, anxiety and depression.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 45 minute consultation is free
£40 per 60 minute session thereafter
Monday to Friday 3pm till 7pm Saturday and Sunday - 10am till 5pm
Making sure Counselling is right for you
I want you to be sure that counselling is right for you.
I offer a free initial consultation. This enables you to decide if you want to go ahead without risk or any obligation. If you decide that you aren't ready for counselling you are free to do so without any cost.
The initial session is a chance to ask any questions you may have. We also discuss what you can expect from me. The session is a confidential chat between you and the counsellor which is aimed at enabling you to agree the counselling that is right for you.
I don't offer 'block bookings' as I don't think you should pay for sessions you don't need. I do not believe that you should be asked to pay for a set number of sessions if you don't require them.