About me

  • I am an accredited counsellor and accredited EMDR practitioner and have been working since 2004. I have considerable experience of helping people recover from a wide range of distressing problems including addictions, anxiety, depression, stress, excessive anger, and trauma.
  • In addition to my counselling practice, I also provide supervision for counsellors who work from a humanistic perspective.
  • I believe that the best way to help people to recover is to learn about the obstacles that prevent change and by utilising their own resources constructively. This means that I listen attentively to what the client would like to alter about their behaviour and suggest a variety of different techniques to enable them to make these changes. I believe that counselling is most effective when it is an open and active collaboration between the client and me.
  • I am based in Durham and have a purpose built counselling room in my garden. Whilst I see the majority of clients at my office, I can also make home visits and provide sessions via SKYPE/Facetime. I also work from Jesmond Therapy Centre on Wednesdays.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am trained in several key approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. These include the following qualifications:

  • MA in Counselling (Durham University) - completed in 2006.
  • MSc in Psychology (Sunderland University) - completed in 2016.
  • PGDiploma in Counselling (Durham University) - completed in 2004.
  • PGDiploma in Human Givens Therapy (Nottingham Trent University - completed in 2010.
  • EMDR UK and Ireland accredited practitioner (Feb 2020); Parts 1-4 in EMDR - completed between 2009 and 11 (EMDR Europe).
  • Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy - completed in 2008 (BRIEF).
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision II - completed in 2008 (NCFE/Paradigm Campbell Associates).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 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).

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£55.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

  • Counselling/EMDR: £55 per hour
  • Counselling supervision: £45 per hour


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Mondays to Thursdays, as well as evening availability during the week.

Newton Hall
County Durham

Type of session

In person
Tom Livesey

Tom Livesey