Sunderland Primary Care Counselling


What Do We Offer?

Counselling is a talking therapy that is offered between 6 to 8 sessions. Counsellors will build a supportive, non-judgmental and in-depth relationship with you based on empathy and honesty. Our counselling service is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Together with your counsellor, you will establish and work towards a therapeutic aim. Through exploration of your experiences and emotions, your counsellor will support you to:

  • Access and express underlying feelings and make sense of them
  • Find new meanings to make positive changes in your life.
  • Reduce your negative thoughts and feelings
  • Feel better about yourself and your life
  • Find ways to achieve a greater degree of choice and purpose in the world
  • Develop emotional awareness
  • Gain greater understanding of yourself, your relationships, and your responses to others
  • Find different ways to manage your feelings
  • Explore childhood experiences and feelings and how they related to present day situations


Counselling is suitable for:

  • People who can explain what is bothering them
  • People who can be reflective between counselling sessions
  • People who want to explore feelings and emotions

Counselling can be helpful for individuals experiencing mild and moderate feelings of:

  • Depression or low mood
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement, Grief and Loss
  • Complicated or long-lasting feelings of grief
  • Work problems
  • Adjusting to significant Life events and Changes
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Loss of confidence
  • Anger
  • Issues around maintaining attachments and relationships


Who is this service for?

This service is available to anyone aged 16 or over that has a common mental health problem and is living in Sunderland and is registered with a GP Surgery in Sunderland.

How do I refer?

There is a single point of contact to access counselling in Sunderland and this is through Sunderland Talking Therapies.


Online: To make a referral please contact Sunderland Talking Therapies directly by going to their website and completing their self-referral form. Link to Sunderland Talking Therapies website


GP Referral: You may wish to speak to your GP or a health professional for some more information. Following your discussion, they may refer you to us via Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service

Telephone: You can call  0191 566 5454. This is a dedicated Self-Referral Line which is available Monday – Friday,  9am – 5pm.

Where is the service located?

Our Sunderland Primary Care Counselling Services is located at our bespoke counselling building in the centre of Sunderland.  We also provide telephone and online counselling.

What other support is available?

We offer a number of specialist counselling services. Our counsellors working in these specialist counselling services have specialist training to meet the needs of a particular group of people.

Our Specialist Counselling areas are:

  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Living with Cancer and End of Life Counselling
  • Trauma Counselling for Survivors of Sexual Violence
  • Workplace Occupational Health Counselling
  • Counselling for Children and Young People

Please see the 'Our services' page for more information on these services

What do people say about this service?

‘What I found most helpful about their service was the understanding and patience, it felt at ease and that it was at my own steps and pace’

‘An exceptional, consistent service’

‘I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs counselling, it helped me tremendously’

‘I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all staff and the service in general for your hard work and support… you are highly appreciated by myself and a lot of others. Thank you’



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