Steven Saunders

Steven Saunders

County Durham

Newton Aycliffe

07541 961672

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About me

Hi I'm Steven, an Integrated Counsellor, which means I am skilled to work with my clients in various methods to suit the individual. My main aim for successful counselling/therapy to take place is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship then integrating whatever method/approach works well for the client.

Life is complicated and and sometimes makes no sense, We struggle to keep things together; Relationships, work, Thoughts, Feelings. can sometimes make us feel stuck and lost, which drains us from our life source. Maybe you have spent blood, sweat and tears searching your soul for the answers, turned to drink and drugs to alleviate stress, relationships affected by whats happening. Feeling out of control, scared, Anxious/depressed. Or maybe feeling there's no place for you in this world, or do not fit in with others. if this is you then give me a call, your problems are waiting for someone like myself to be explored in a non-judgemental, safe, respectful environment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I started my training working as a volunteer counsellor at the Butterwick Hospice, working with both adults and children experiencing Loss and Bereavement. This work was massively inspirational to me; helping clients discover who they and how to go on living without their loved one.

Throughout my time at the Butterwick I combined my love and passion for both Drumming and counselling to develop DRUM THERAPY as part of the service i offer, delivering Drum therapy sessions to clients, specialising in working with Emotions.

Also worked as a college counsellor, delivering mainly solution based therapies over short term contracts.

When I qualified as a counsellor I worked as a children/young peoples counsellor for a year within a Children's charity working with; Looked after children, Young Carers, High risk families. This work gave me massive insight; helped me understand family dynamics, Mental/emotional issues, Social issues. yet most of all; Children and Young people and the issues they face today with all kinds of pressures.

  • Here are some of the area's I've trained in;
  • loss and Bereavement level 2
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)-(degree level.)
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Solution based Therapy
  • DRUM/SOUND Therapy
  • Safeguarding procedure, (level 3)
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Extremism
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Bereavement
  • Nervousness
  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Low self Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Bullying
  • Drug abuse
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Spirituality
  • Anxiety
  • depression
  • Addiction
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mental Health diagnoses
  • Loneliness
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Physical pain management

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Sessions available day times/evenings

MY fees are generally £40/session. However I do offer a sliding scale

Student counsellor reduction.

Children/Young People reduced rates.

Further information

I am an individual member of the BACP - (soon to be a registered member 2018)

Fully DBS Checked.

I have had monthly continuous supervision for 4 years without gaps.

I run Drum therapy groups, (Drum Circles) for interested clients, also Drum Circles for counsellors

I also work in schools providing tailor made counselling and group work with 3 years experience of running groups for children and Young People. Groups are usually client lead offering children and young people a space to use various methods (play, art, craft, music, role play to express themselves in a safe created environment.  Experience group work done; Brereavement, Anger, Relationships, Anxiety, Emotional  Resilience/Wellbeing , Young Carers, Confidence,  Self  Esteem, Stress.

I have professional liability insurance.

Maps & Directions

Darlington, DL1
Newton Aycliffe, DL5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


8am to 9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults