Welcome to Guiding Hand Counselling

We are pleased to offer private individual adult and young people’s counselling in addition to providing online and telephone counselling.

We are a private, independent counselling service situated within County Durham, Sunderland and Gateshead. Guiding Hand Counselling is designed to deliver a high quality, professional and confidential service to those who may be at a stage in their life where counselling input can help them.

Guiding Hand Counselling is led by Sarah Foster BA (Hons) (MBACP) who is registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Counselling Children and Young People (CCYP). This means that you can be assured that the service you receive is delivered by a qualified counsellor who adheres and works within strict ethical codes of practice.

We live in a busy, complex world where there are many different types of experience that are challenging for people to cope with. Most of the time we get on with life, however, sometimes we are stopped in our tracks by either a situation or an event that we do not, at that moment in time have resources to sort out. It is at this point that counselling is a really useful option at these moments.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” 
Lae Tse

“Have patience with all things, but first with yourself” 
St. Francis de Sales



We will shortly be offering workshops. Check back here for more details later.

Face to Face Adult Counselling

We offer one-to-one short and longer term counselling in a confidential and safe place

Young Persons Counselling

At times young people can experience problems within their lives, causing them to worry or even withdraw from normal activities

Online Counselling

Instant chat counselling allows you to interact and respond immediately via online text messenger

Telephone Counselling

Telephone Counselling is just like having a face-to-face counselling session except you’re talking to a trained counsellor over the phone