Our staff – Qualifications, Experience and Accreditation

Qualified, Professional, Experienced Therapy


I am Sue Richardson and I am the lead counsellor and therapist at northernlightscounselling. Our company is all about our clients and we want to make sure that you have the best counselling and therapy service we can offer. We want to make sure that you see a professional therapist with the appropriate knowledge and experience who can help you in your particular area of need. So that you can have confidence in our service and you can find a therapist to suit you, you can see a brief description of my qualifications, knowledge and experience set out below.

All clients have an assessment in the first instance, usually over the telephone or sometimes at the first visit. You will then be seen either by me personally or if it is more appropriate by another qualified associate therapist. We offer therapy from male and female therapists and our therapists have a wide range of skills and experience. All of the counsellors and therapists at northernlightscounselling are people who are passionate about helping others. Compassion and caring are so important to us we make it a cornerstone of the company.

We are based in County Durham in the Derwentside area but cover most of the North East. You can contact us via this website, by e mail on northernlightscounselling1@gmail.com or by telephone on 07525149283

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I have a clinical background and have worked both in the NHS and in the private sector for the last 30 years. I began my career in nursing, took a Masters degree in Business but quickly became interested in counselling. I first qualified with a Diploma in Counselling in 1993. I have worked in a variety of Education, Clinical and Quality Improvement roles within the NHS and more recently have moved full time into providing psychotherapy in the North East. I graduated in 2016 with an Advanced Clinical Diploma in Psychotherapy and set up northernlightscounselling.biz. I am also qualified in Neuro Linguistic programming and I am a qualified mediator.
I am professionally accredited by the National Counselling Society accredited number – NCS13-00558

I have a lot of experience as do our associate counsellors having worked in a counselling service in Newcastle seeing clients with work related stress, issues with bullying and depression and anxiety. I have also worked for 12 months for a local hospice specialising in counselling clients with life changing illness, bereavement and depression. I have worked at MIND for 6 months seeing clients with a range of complex mental health issues.
Counsellors who are our associates are all highly qualified and accredited and specialise in certain areas. we have specialised counsellors who have worked with issues such as domestic violence, rape abuse and suicide. We have an associate who has also worked with the perpetrators of these things.

We also have experience with group work and will run groups periodically in particular in areas such as mindfulness, life coaching, building self esteem and developing confidence.

I hope the above is helpful in reassuring you that we are a company who really are about using highly qualified and competent professionals to help you. If you want any further information or just an informal chat give me a call on 07525149283.

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