Welcome to Lighthouse Therapy Group
A beacon of hope during dark times...
Life is not easy, at times it is extremely hard and it is at these times that we often find ourselves alone with nowhere to turn. We strongly believe that every individual regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or social standing should be offered every opportunity to explore their true being.
We are a passionate, private counselling practise committed to offering high quality therapeutic counselling to the people of Sunderland, Washington and the surrounding areas.
We have a dedicated team of counsellors with a diverse area of experience, ranging from Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Domestic Violence, Historical Childhood Abuse, Grief, Bereavement, Cancer and Anticipatory Grief. We also offer dedicated support for our Armed Forces Veterans and their families.
All our counsellors follow a humanistic approach which means that we all believe that you Have within yourself the resources and the capacity to grow and overcome your issues if you’re provided with the correct environment. We aim to provide you with a safe and non-judgemental environment based around trust and mutual respect where together we can explore whatever issues brings you to counselling.
All our counsellors adopt an integrative style of counselling as we recognise that each person is a unique individual and not everyone would fit into a one style of therapy. We do this by creating a unique and individual style of therapy for each and every individual.
Meet the Team
We're a small team of dedicated, friendly counsellors. This is us...
Founder & Head Counsellor
I’m an Armed Forces Veteran with a burning desire to change peoples opinions around Mental Health issues. I formed Lighthouse Therapy Group in order to create an environment where people feel safe to openly discuss any deep rooted life concerns which are causing them difficulties in their everyday lives. I regard myself as an existentially informed counsellor which is a philosophical perspective on life and in particular, the meaning of life. Together within the therapeutic relationship we can explore how you make sense of the world that you find yourself in and how you can grow and develop within it. I place great emphasis on meeting each and every individual client at relational depth where I can gain a deep empathic understanding of the world from their eyes in order to better facilitate personal growth.
Human nature has a resilience that never ceases to amaze me, people are able to heal and learn to understand their process. Emotional distress can come as a result of many factors, the list is endless, what one person may find difficult will be different for the next but what can be said is that it is undeniable that at some point we will all experience emotional distress. It is how someone handles that difficulty that will impact their mental health. It is important for a person in distress to understand their emotions and experience them. Denying them can only come at the cost of your mental health but by confronting these emotions you will be allowing the recovery process to begin. my approach is to create a safe environment for clients to explore whatever content they bring to each session, I work only with the material that my clients feel important. On occasion if I feel it will be beneficial to the client I will use a slightly more directive approach and challenge the client with subjects they may be struggling with. Ultimately my goal is to ensure the client is able to leave counselling with the tools they need to deal with their emotional distress. So please feel free to approach me for an initial consultation with the aim for you to meet me in person and see if the fit is right for you. Don’t hold back and miss out on a lighter life.
Life is challenging, enlightening and yet we can’t hide that it has dark times. It is through experiencing we learn ourselves. We open to our vulnerabilities, although allowing to shine through positive encounters.
You are the expert of yourself, how you feel and your emotions, I wish to facilitate and support to find your pathway, listen to your inner voice and speak of your true self potentials you are holding within.
To ask for support can feel overwhelming, however through my empathic compassion, commitment, we can overcome together. I counsel with an integrative person-centred approach. The time is yours to discuss and explore what you wish to bring with upmost confidentiality.
I work with complex issues and mental health problems. If you find yourself struggling from anxiety, depression, abuse or an event which is causing discomfort. Come for a consultation and we can discuss options and start your journey together.
When life creates challenges, this is when we learn.
I feel that every individual deserves to be heard. At times we may call out for support, at other times we may only whisper yet regardless of how loudly we can use our voice, my priority is to listen closely and hear what is being said.
I have come to appreciate that it is necessary to nurture our mental health in order to maintain wellbeing and aim to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust and compassion in a relaxed, warm setting with total confidence. I believe we all have the ability to grow and change the way we feel when we are understood.
I offer a person-centred approach to counselling which focuses entirely on your individual needs and enables you to find your own way forward at your pace. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers or make promises to resolve every issue easily but I am passionate about finding common ground where we can both meet as equals.
Counselling is a unique relationship and I am often left feeling privileged to be allowed into the lives of my clients and be in their world.
We are conveniently situated with good transport links to both Sunderland, Washington and surrounding areas. We are nestled on the banks of the River Wear at the North East Business and Innovation Centre which is just off the A1231 and walking distance to the new iconic Northern Spire Bridge.