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Helping you through your dark times in a comfortable, safe and confidential environment.

About us

A safe, comfortable environmentIntroduction to New Dawn Counselling Practice

New Dawn Counselling Practice is the Trading Name used by Keith Liddell for his Private Counselling Practice. The Practice provides a choice of male or female Counsellor.

Keith values a person-centred approach in a collaborative effort between counsellor and client to find an effective way forward. The well-being of clients is the primary consideration at all times. All clients are individual therefore in the first instance please contact us to discuss your needs and concerns.

Based at the Innovation Centre, Consett, we can also by arrangement meet at Gateshead if more convenient. The Innovation Centre at Consett has free parking for clients, and disabled access if required. It is also on a major bus route and close to local amenities and retail park.

Keith LiddellKeith Liddell

Keith is married with two adult children and three grandchildren. After a career spanning over forty years in Sales & Shipping Administration within the Chemical Industry, he studied Counselling and qualified as a counsellor utilising his wide experience of work and family/social life to the full.

Counselling qualifications:-

  • FdA Counselling;
  • BA (Honours) Counselling;
  • Certificate of Proficiency from The BACP;
  • MBACP, Registered member number 051217.


What is Counselling?

Counselling is time set aside by a client and their counsellor, to meet within a comfortable, safe and confidential environment to look at and consider what has brought the client to seek help from the counsellor. This may include talking about life events and experiences, feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking or patterns of behaviour. The counsellor will do their best to help the client to reflect on their issues and endeavour to help the client to find a course of action which is right for them. This course of action may help the client to resolve their difficulties or it may help them to find better ways of coping. Multiple sessions with a counsellor may be appropriate, as talking through issues takes time and all issues may not be covered in a single session. Short term therapy may involve 6 to 10 sessions.
Why Counselling?

Usually a person chooses to enter into counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and stress in their day to day lives at work or at home, or perhaps both. Even with the support of friends and family, difficulties may cause anxiety or depression and it can often be beneficial to discuss matters with a person who is totally independent of family and friends.  Life issues may include bereavement, relationship difficulties, redundancy, health issues, or work related stress or bullying. Indeed, any issue which is greatly troubling a person can bring them to a counsellor.