Jeff Surma

Jeff Surma

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Darlington

Darlington DL3
Sessions from £35.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hi my name is Jeff, I'm a Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor. I hope I can offer you what I believe counselling gave me when, in my late 30s (some 25 yrs ago) I was advised to speak to a counsellor at a time of personal confusion, anxiety and stress. Counselling enabled me not only to "step out of and look at" my world for an hour each week, but it also led me to begin to make changes necessary for me to live a more meaningful life - including a change of career!  

So what did I get from counselling? I was able to talk confidentially with someone who was not family or one of my friends and who was impartial. It felt scary at first but I slowly began to feel safe, accepted and not judged. I grew to trust my counsellor and felt it was ok to talk about my stuff - that it was not selfish to do  so, rather it was self caring. I was not seen as a case or a diagnosis but as a human being struggling to make sense of things happening in his life. I was not told how to live, rather I was helped to find my own way.

I've worked in many settings including a drug/alcohol agency but most recently, and for several years, I've been employed part-time at both a local hospice and a GP surgery (where a client might come with any issue under the sun!)

If after reading this you feel you might like to contact me (though I remember how big a step that felt for me), then please do so.

Go well


Practice description

I am a Person-Centred Counsellor. You are at the heart of my work and your well-being is my primary concern. I will be happy to explain this in more detail when we first speak or meet if you so wish.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Personal development, 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

Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short-term face-to-face work