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Sunderland & Washington Based Counsellor

Debra Johnson MBACP. 

RGN. CSS/SW. BA (hons). MSC.

Professional Counselling Services in Sunderland SR6, Washington NE37

"Let's Talk" Counselling Therapy


Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Debra Johnson and I am a professionally qualified and highly experienced  Registered Clinical Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP.

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I have extensive counselling and mental health experience of working in NHS, Primary Health Care, MIND, Charities and my private practice. I am also a qualified Nurse (RGN) and Social worker.  I am qualified with a BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling. I offer individual counselling and couples counselling and I am a Specialist Student Mental Health Mentor.

My clinical experience includes:

  • Phobias, panic attacks, clinical depression, health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, Macmillan cancer care counselling, SAD.
  • Relationship issues, marriage breakdown, affairs and betrayals, mid-life crisis, gambling, drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Historical sexual, physical and emotional abuse, rape, domestic and sexual violence. 
  • Eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anorexia, poor self esteem, low self confidence and poor body image. 
  • Employment related stress, bullying, workplace conflict, anger management, depression, low mood,  retirement transition, loneliness. 
  • Hyper sexuality (Sex addiction, pornography & Internet addiction), Transgender issues pre and post surgery and LGBT issues.
  • Military life issues, deployment, injury, trauma, life transitions, resettlement. 
  • Bereavement, grief, loss, suicide, infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, post natal depression, Infertility, abortion. 
  • Spiritual issues.

Take the first step 

"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried".

Carl Rogers 1961.

Many people find it daunting to come for counselling. Often its simply because they don't know what to expect or feel embarrassed or anxious. I understand how daunting it can be which makes it very important that you feel you have a sense of whether I am the right person to work with you. To help achieve this

I offer a 60 minute initial assessment session at a reduced rate of £35 without obligation. 

It gives you a chance to meet me and ask questions and discuss any anxieties you have about therapy. It also gives me the opportunity to listen to what you hope to achieve from counselling and begin the process of developing a plan of care. 

To Get Started

"Your Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." Jim Rhon.

  • Please call me on 07707741983 for a FREE 10 minute consultation or you can email me at [email protected].
  • I'll answer your questions about counselling and ask what you hope to get from it.
  • I will offer you an assessment session which costs £35 without any further obligation.
  • Here in comfortable and safe surroundings you can meet me and decide if you want to work with me and what to expect.
  • If so, we can plan our counselling sessions which last 1 hr, the cost for these is £40.
  • I am a registered member of the BACP and work in accordance with their ethical framework, ensuring that I work with your best interest at all times. My work is professionally supervised in accordance with the BACP registration requirements.
  • You can view my Professional profile at

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Individual Counselling

Are you feeling anxious or having personal, relationship or family difficulties? Do you need someone to listen to you compassionately and non-judgementally on a one to one basis? I know how difficult it is to take that first step or make that call, but it could be the opportunity to make a real difference in your life. 

Everyone can go through difficult times in life and we all can benefit from genuine and caring support in managing these challenges. I can support you by offering you a relaxed, safe and confidential space to explore your personal issues in a caring, accepting and respectful way to help you make sense of what is going on for you and what you want to change. I have extensive experience of working in the health care sector as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Trained nurse (RGN) and Social Worker. I adopt an intuitive, holistic and compassionate approach to my work.

  • In difficult situations I aim to help you to:
  • Understand your problems and clarify any confusion.
  • Challenge and resolve any negative beliefs and patterns of behaviour.
  • Learn how you can manage your problems and move forward.
  • Help you cope with life's challenges and transitions more easily and confidently.
  • Develop new coping strategies and resilience.
  • Approach life with a clearer mind and a more hopeful and positive outlook.

What is Counselling ?​

Counselling  Therapy is a confidential service that enables you to talk through worries or situations that are causing problems in your life, and helps you to better understand and manage them. Therapy offers you a safe, confidential space, where you will be listened to without  judgement . As the client, you are in control of the counselling process, you will be able to express your feelings openly and work through issues at your own pace, in your own way.

The counsellor helps you by using psychological theories to develop a treatment plan which enables you understand your problems, how they have developed and how they are maintained. A range of different therapeutic techniques can then be used to help you to make changes in your life. Counselling can be very brief, or longer-term, depending on the needs of the client. 

Our sessions last 60 minutes, and the number and frequency of sessions is negotiable, we can work on this together. The counselling process can be very creative and we can work with a variety of creative methods during your sessions.

I look forward to meeting you.

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"One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cant change". Anon

"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt My life". J.K.Rowli​ng

Meet Angel 

The therapeutic benefit of exercise and animals is well documented. Angel is my 4 year old Golden Retriever with a quiet temperament and a great love of people. Who better to accompany us on a Walk and Talk therapy session?

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads"

Henry David Thoreau

I am also member of CAPO, Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors.


Individual Counselling

Whatever issue is troubling you, please contact me to discuss your needs in complete confidence

Individual sessions last 50 minutes and are conducted in private surroundings. I offer a very flexible service including, evening, weekend and daytime appointments at a choice several venues where I practice. 

These include areas in: 

Tyne & Wear, South Tyneside, Harton, South Shields,NE34, NE32, Jarrow NE32, Washington NE37, NE38, Sunderland, Whitburn, Cleadon & Seaham, SR1, SR2, SR6.  

Walk & Talk

Outdoor exercise has huge benefits for our mental health and physical well-being. I offer outdoor therapy sessions which last 60 minutes and take advantage of our beautiful local coastline and countryside.

The cost is £40 per session.

The benefits of outdoor therapy


  1.  FREE 10 min initial telephone Consultation without obligation.
  2. Assessment session 50 minutes £35.
  3. Follow on sessions 50 minutes £40.
  4. Couples counselling assessment fee £35 for 60 minutes.
  5. Follow on sessions £45