The Living Way is a Professional Counselling Service offering counselling and emotional support to the people of Sunderland and the surrounding area. This service is available to all regardless of faith, creed, belief or geographical area.
We offer a safe and confidential environment to talk about your personal concerns; we cover many areas such as: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship difficulties, Anger, Bereavement and loss, Low Self-esteem, Issues arising from abuse, Transitions and life stages, Work-related difficulties, Faith issues and Support for those suffering with or affected by terminal illness; however, this is not an exhaustive list.
We provide face to face Counselling on a one to one basis, also couple counselling and family therapy.
All our counsellors are Christian, however, they do not impose their own values or beliefs onto clients; and will only include the Christian dimension within sessions where a client requests this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Frances holds a BA (Hons) in Counselling; The Relate certificate in Couple and Relationship Theory and Practice; Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling.
She has over twenty years experience of working with individuals and couples. She is Accredited with the Association of Christian Counsellors and also a registered member of the BACP.
Rachel holds The Diploma in Counselling. She has a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies, and is trained in Working with Young People; she holds the Advanced Certificate in supporting Bereaved Children and Young People. Rachel is also a qualified Couples and Family Counsellor.
The Living Way supports counsellors in training, we work alongside local colleges to provide a placement for students who work under supervised practice.
All counsellors undergo regular Continued Professional Development, participating in regular training to enhance their skills and qualifications. The Living Way is also affiliated with The Association of Christian Counsellors.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling we deal with
Spiritual and faith issues
The Living Way aims to be accessible and affordable to all, this is reflected in the ethos of the running and management of the service. We do not have any set fees or a scale of charges, clients are asked where possible to make a contribution to the cost of their sessions however no one will be refused counselling if they are unable to do this.
When we work
We offer counselling sessions Monday to Friday with a variety of times both daytime and evenings