Dr Anna Thorley Counselling and Psychotherapy
serving Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham

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Tyne and Wear based Jungian Counsellor and Psychotherapist : A Safe Haven in a Troubled World

I choose not to use social media as personal communication is the hallmark of my therapeutic work. Do be in touch if you are intrigued to be offered an in-depth journey towards becoming who you really are rather than one of the crowd.

I am an innovative counsellor and psychotherapist with over thirty years experience, based in a warm and friendly environment in Tynemouth, North Shields. My approach is Jungian, following in the footsteps of C G Jung and his many followers by way of honouring the unconscious roots and the sacred imperatives of our psychological problems. This involves working when possible with your dreams as a way of discerning who you really are as opposed to how you have learned to be by way of the influence of family, friends and of society at large.

Perhaps you are facing bereavement or relationship issues, or are troubled in your working life? Or maybe you are anxious or depressed without knowing exactly why? Even the most self-sufficient person may benefit from talking things through with a counsellor in North Shields who appreciates discovering a sense of meaning through times of turmoil. Our shared therapeutic journey is towards the understanding of the secret language of your symptoms rather than our striving to remove them, in the belief that they are not random and meaningless but alert us to attitudes to life that are crying out for change. For a rite of passage is not an illness, to be cured.

Do take a look at my blog page for a fuller exploration of how I appreciate looking at life.

You are welcome to contact me by phone to ask any questions and to explore whether I am the right therapist for you, otherwise you may email me. I always respond promptly to messages.

Because I am a counsellor in North Shields living very close to Tynemouth Metro station and am within easy reach of he Tyne Tunnel, my counselling and psychotherapy practice covers Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and County Durham. There is ample parking available at all times.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare...
It is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

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Quote for the Month

March 2019

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but he certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how well it turns out.

Vaclav Havel.

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December 2016

Variation on a theme by Rilke
(The Book of Hours, Book 1, Poem 1, Stanza 1)

A certain day became a presence to me;
There it was, confronting me-a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the heights of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task. The day’s blow
fell out, metallic or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.

Denise Leverton

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January 2017

Being present, whether with children, with friends, or even with oneself, is always hard work. But isn't this attentiveness-the feeling that someone is trying to think about us-something we want more than praise?

Steven Grosz, in The Examined Life: How we Lose and Find Ourselves, 2013.

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February 2017

Wear your gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.


March 2017

The human heart can go the lengths of God.
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere, Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul men ever took.
Affairs are now soul size
The enterprise
Is exploration unto God. Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake?

Christopher Fry, in A Sleep of Prisoners.

April 2017

In times of change, the learners will inherit the earth whilst the knowers will be beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists...

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May 2017

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how well it turns out.

Vaclav Havel.

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June 2017

If I have a prayer for love, let it be this,
That I love wisely, well and love what is.

Martha Drake.

July 2017

I know one thing-that I know nothing.


August 2017

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong.

September 2017

I've always thought that true freedom was the interior acquiescence in the unfolding of things.

Marie de Hennezel, in Intimate Death.

October 2017

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.


November 2017

I know how hard it is to stand for feminine values in a patriarchal society.
Do not betray your reality.

Helen Luke.

February 2018

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, that we ascribe to heaven. The fated sky gives us full scope, only doth backward pull our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.


April 2018

I have seen many people die because life for them was not worth living, From this I concluded that the question of life's meaning is the most urgent question of all.

Camus, quoted in The Myth of Meaning in the Work of C G Jung, Aniela Jaffe.

May 2018

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

C G Jung.

June 2018

If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst.

Thomas Hardy.

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July 2018

To be aware of one's own feelings, needs and values and to have the courage to act on them is the essence of conscious femininity,

Marion Woodman.

August 2018

Psychotherapy is an invitation for the soul to speak and to be heard and to be taken into life.

Bani Shorter.

September 2018

Unless devotion is given to the thing that must prove false in the end, the thing that is true in the end cannot enter.

Charles Williams.

October 2018

The woman who is virgin , one-in-herself, does what she does-not because of any desire to please, not to be liked, or to be approved, even by herself; not because of any desire to gain power over another, to catch his interest or love- but because what she does is true.

Esther Harding, in Women's Mysteries, 1982.

November 2018

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be.
Leonard Cohen.

December 2018

It is only with age
that you acquire the gift to evaluate decay,
the epiphany of Wordsworth,
the wisdom of wabi-sabi,;
no thing is perfect,
no thing is completed,
nothing lasts.
Paul Theroux.

January 2019

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Ursula le Guin.

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