Fiona Summers-Smith

Fiona Summers-Smith

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Durham

Durham DH1
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

I know that it can be a daunting and scary time when we find ourselves having to look for a counsellor.  It can appear to be like sticking a pin in a map.  I believe that the foundation of any counselling is the working relationship.  This enables exploration and understanding of the issues which prompted your search of the BACP counselling directory.

I have worked as a counsellor since qualifying in 1999, providing counselling and supervision in the Durham area.  My initial training was in the Humanistic Integrative model, (an approach that systematically considers the whole person - mind, body and spirit).  since qualifying I have extensively widened by knowledge and experience, to include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - a treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories), sand and art therapy and working with the inner child and the subconscious.  I understand the we as humans, are all individuals and need the counselling experience to be individually tailor-made to gain the most from our sessions.  

I have mainly worked providing counselling to the NHS in GP practices, helping clients heal from a wide range of issues.  I have also worked with ASCA (Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse) and MIND mental health charity, alongside my private work. 

I have rooms available in Sacriston (wheelchair access) and Chester-le-Street at present.

I have had feedback throughout the years from clients and colleagues that I have integrity and a down to earth, calm style of working.  I believe in making the counselling experience as comfortable as possible, even when exploring difficult issues and yes, dare I say, sometimes even enjoyable. 

I look forward to welcoming you.

Practice description

I have a small purpose designed, private room in a building I share with another professional person.  There is free on street parking and toilet facilities along with a warm welcome and tea or coffee on offer.

My first session

A first session comprises contract setting and a chance for any questions to be answered. The opportunity to assess if I am the right person to support and empower you to work with what ever is causing difficulties in life at present.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Creative therapy, Eclectic, EMDR, Humanistic, Integrative, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Play therapy, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited