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Diane Stainton Counselling

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Registered MBACP (Accredited)

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Initial Assessment/Consultation

I will try to respond to your initial enquiry within 24 hours and offer you an appointment for an initial session of 50 - 70 minutes within 7 days. The assessment is an opportunity for you to talk about whatever is troubling you and for us to discuss what type of therapy would be best for you: longer term psychodynamic, short-term CBT or a combination of both. If we decide we are able to work together and to go ahead, a time and day for regular weekly sessions will be arranged.

Psychodynamic Counselling

I offer this to adults seeking change for unhelpful, deep rooted patterns of behaviour, feelings or thoughts. Working with this model, my counselling is based on careful and non-judgemental listening, supporting, rather than directing you. In the safety of the counselling space, a working relationship develops so that you have the freedom to speak about whatever is troubling you, enabling you to explore any unconscious emotional patterns or unhelpful thoughts which may be preventing you from living your life more fully. This type of counselling is open-ended and may last for up to many months. It is a NICE recommended therapy.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

I also offer CBT which is a form of therapy which aims to alter troubling thoughts and behaviours. It is also available from the NHS. It can help with specific issues like anxiety, addictions and obsessional behaviours. Sometimes, in specific cases, I offer this in combination with psychodynamic therapy. It tends to be short term work.


I am able to offer counselling to couples who wish to talk about their relationship to each other in the presence of a non-judgemental counsellor..



post-natal depression

bereavement and loss

mid-life crisis

relationship issues




identity issues



anxiety and stress

low self esteem

eating disorders

anger management