About me

Personal private therapy in a quiet location in South West Durham area.


I provide therapeutic counselling for a range of issues and presentations utilising the assorted tools I have developed through many years working with a range of clients.

Acknowledging the individuality of each client is paramount. What feels comfortable to one person may fill another with dread. Therefore I maintain a holistic approach and focus on enabling and empowering individuals through a range of talking therapies and use of mediums such as drawings and diagrams as appropriate.

I have worked with traumatised individuals since 1991. Predominantly victims of crime and those experiencing loss through sudden fatality.

All counselling work undertaken subject to acceptance at initial assessment.

Outreach available in some circumstances. Telephone counselling on request.

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited Member British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP, Accred)

Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling: Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (cpcab)

Current DBS at Enhanced level

Level 3 Safeguarding

2017 Special Award Winner:
Outstanding Commitment for Supporting Victims of Sexual Abuse, (PCC for Cleveland).

Qualified: Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Advanced Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) practitioner.

Pre trial therapy provider

Chartered Manager and MCMI

MSc School of Health & Social Care

Member organisations


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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pre-trial therapy in line with pre trial therapy protocols for witnesses/victims attending court.


Additional information

Standard fee £50 per hour session

Student counsellors £30 per hour session

Free initial assessment


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Early evening appointments available Tuesday & Thursday

Newton Aycliffe

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Outreach sessions may be available in some circumstances


Sue Smith

Sue Smith