Counsellor steps out on her own in new venture

Counsellor Anna Dallavalle, of Stepping Stones.
Counsellor Anna Dallavalle, of Stepping Stones.

It’s good to talk, or at least counsellor Anna Dallavalle believes so.

For the qualified professional has just set up her own counselling service, Stepping Stones, to help individuals and couples talk through their concerns.

Ms Dallavalle has worked for a number of years in GP surgeries, student services at Durham University and charities such as Relate, covering a range of issues, from depression and anxiety to coping with the menopause.

Now in addition to her regular work at Guide Post Medical Group, she is offering private sessions from her base in Oldgate, Morpeth.

“I started my own business because there seems to be a lot of limitations when you are working with organisations,” she said.

“I was curious to see what it would be like to organise everything from the first point of contact to conclusion. It’s good because you get to see a big variety of people. In a private practice you can do a bit of everything whereas in Relate it is couple-work and in GP surgeries there is no couple-work.”

Ms Dallavalle works with young people and adults, and offers long or short-term support. A free half-hour consultation is advised.

“People can come and meet me so we can get to know each other a little better,” she said.

“Counselling is so personal that somebody may be a very good counsellor, but they are not the right person for you.”

To contact Ms Dallavalle email steppingstonesne@yahoo.com