Acorn Emotional Wellbeing

Ethics and Quality Assurance

•We endeavour to keep clients at the centre of what we do

•Give assurance around professional standards, e.g. through having regular clinical supervision

•Provide a safe framework for both client and counsellor

•Ensure we keep up to date with research and continuing professional development

About us


I am a Person-Centred Counsellor with a passion for helping people. I have over 17 years’ experience working in the NHS as a mental health professional. I have experience working with both adults and young people who have had range of difficulties from complex and severe to mild and moderate. Some examples of the challenges I have helped people with are: anxiety, depression, self- harm, family relationship difficulties, family breakdown, bereavement and loss, work related stress, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, borderline personality disorder, LGBT and anger issues.
My aim is to deliver high quality counselling to those that have need of it; trying to help people to help themselves, helping them to get to a point where they can find their own future path to success.



I am a Person-Centred Counsellor with five years experience and a background in Child Psychology. I work with adults and children helping them to explore their world and their place in it. I firmly believe that everyone benefits from being listened to in a safe, non judgemental and enabling environment. Personal challenges can effect all of us as some time in our life, for example self-harm, anxiety, OCD, BPD,PTSD, loss, low mood, LGBT, low self worth. Counselling can help you to navigate through troubling times.


What We Do…

Anyone over the age of 16 years struggling with psychological distress and feels in need of someone to talk to can access our service for brief assessment and subsequent counselling intervention. For those under the age of 16 years we will need to have a discussion with a parent or carer in the first instance, to ensure we are the right people to be involved, and that we have consent from an appropriate adult to be involved.

For members of the Durham County RFU, and Lancashire RFU (players, referees, coaches, support- staff) and the Northumberland Referee Society, funded counselling sessions are available for adults and young people.

If you are not a member of the RFU family you can still use our service, and we would simply discuss our fees with you at point of self- referral.
Typical difficulties that we would work with are as follows: - stressful life events, relationship difficulties, anxiety, low mood, depression, self- harm, sense of identity, life transitions – births, deaths, marriage, divorce, retirement, leaving home.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and if you are in any doubt about whether we can help you please get in touch anyway and we can have a chat to figure it out together.
If we don’t think we are the right people to help we will do our best to find out who is and get you in touch with them.

We are not able to provide an emergency or crisis service. Our contact hours are 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis and need immediate help, or feel that you or a loved one may put their life at risk of imminent harm, you have options…

Call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest Hospital.

The hospitals in County Durham, Teeside, Newcastle and Gateshead that have A&E departments are : …

University Hospital North Durham, Durham,

RVI, Newcastle

Queen Elizabeth, Sheriffs Hill Gateshead,

James Cook University Hospital, Teeside

Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust CAMHS Crisis Team (Durham and Darlington):
Tel: 0191 441 5738 (Adults North Durham)
Tel: 01325 552 230 (Adults South Durham and Darlington)

Tel: 0191 441 5733 (for under 18s durham and Darlington)

Tel: 0303 123 1146 Newcastle, North tyneside & Northumberland

Tel: 0303 123 1145 South of Tyne & Gateshead


Adults for a list of numbers:


There are also some fantastic, helplines available some of which run 24hours a day.


Available 24/7 365

Tel: 116 123 (free to call)


Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM)

This organisation exists to prevent male suicide by offering support to men in the UK via a helpline and website

Available: 5pm to midnight 365 days a year

Tel: 0800 58 58 58

Papyrus – Prevention of young Suicide


mon to fri 10 am to 10 pm 2pm to 10pm

weekends 2pm to 10pm

bank holidays 2pm to 5pm

tel: 0800 068 4141



SANE provide helpline emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends or carers.

Tel: 4:30pm – 10pm every evening

Textcare service and 24hours online support forum

Tel: 0300 304 7000

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