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Counselling and psychotherapy in Morpeth and Newcastle upon Tyne

Do you feel like life is getting on top of you?


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Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed by your emotions?
Or do you find that, no matter what, you always end up in the same place?


Welcome to my website. My name is Anna Dallavalle and I have been a practising counsellor in Newcastle and Morpeth, Northumberland for the past 12 years. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I am a Registered Accredited counsellor with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

One of the most common questions I get is "what is counselling?"

Counselling is a space for you to explore long-standing issues or recently developed difficulties or challenges. It is your time and you set the pace of the work. Some people find it helpful to set objectives that they want to reach by the end of the work while others prefer to keep the conversation more fluid. In general, counselling aims to improve your quality of life.

Psychotherapy can help with a variety of issues including stress and anxiety, anger, depression and low mood, couple and relationship difficulties or low self esteem. Bereavement counselling offers support while we process our grief and sense of loss.

"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves" - Galileo Galilei

My counselling practice is within easy reach of Morpeth, Northumberland and Newcastle upon Tyne.

COVID 19 UPDATE - SINCE THE BEGINNING OF LOCKDOWN I HAVE BEEN WORKING REMOTELY TO HELP KEEP EVERYONE SAFE.


CBT or Counselling?

Counselling and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can be beneficial to many people. They both help the client understand their issues and identify strategies to promote change.

CBT is particularly effective for people who have identified the changes they want to make in their life ("I want to become more assertive" or "I want to improve my self esteem"). It tends to be more directive and focuses on what can be done differently. It lends itself well to short term work and often involves "tasks" to practice between sessions. Its focus is in the here and now.

Counselling/Psychotherapy can be helpful when you are not sure what the problem is. It allows you to explore your emotions and the pace is set by you. I tend to adapt the way I work to each client to ensure the best possible outcome.


Myths about counselling

"MY COUNSELLOR WILL TELL ME WHAT TO DO"

The role of the counsellor is not to offer you advice or tell you what you should do.
Counselling is about finding your own solution to your problems in a way that works for you.



"COUNSELLING WILL TAKE FOREVER"

During the first session, the client sets out their goals for counselling. If they are only available for a limited number of sessions it is important that they tell their counsellor so that realistic goals can be set.



"I SHOULD BE ABLE TO SORT MYSELF OUT"

There are times when we struggle to deal with our problems. There is no shame in reaching out for help to a professional who can assist you. Therapy can offer you a space that is just for you.


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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Italian online

You may have been living in the UK for just a few months or already for years. Opening up to address personal issues is always a daunting thing to do. It may feel even harder in a language which is not your own. A shared language and culture can help create a closer connection with your counsellor.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have all become used to working remotely - and counselling is no exception. I use Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp. This way, I can support you wherever you are in the country. Once face to face work is safe once more, I will be running a mixed psychotherapy practice with consulting rooms both in Morpeth and Newcastle once again while also keeping the option of working online with Italian clients in other locations.


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