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Joshua Darby


Joshua has a long held interest in personal growth & the value of self-exploration. Having always had a strong social conscience & a desire to help others, on completing his A levels Joshua took some time out to volunteer overseas, spending a year working in orphanages in Nepal & Vietnam.

Having survived both the immense culture shock & a nasty bout of dysentery, Joshua continued on his travels. He went on to volunteer on organic farms across Europe, where he explored his growing interest in sustainable living & permaculture.

On returing to the UK, Joshua gained his first experience of social care in a residential home for the elderly. Here he spent two years working as a care assistant, supporting people who were in the advanced stages of Alzheimers disease.

A work life balance that leans much more towards the side of life, has always been a priority for Joshua & this goal has informed his varied work experience.

Joshua has worked in hospital administration as a temp, as a postman & as a volunteer coordinator at the Blaeneinion permaculture project in Wales, where he helped to plant 10,000 trees.

During his time in Wales, Joshua was part of a small intentional community that sought to resolve their difficulties using nonviolent communication. It was here that he first discovered the writings of Carl Rogers & became interested in training as a therapist.

Once back in his native North East, Joshua sought to use this learning to help others by establishing both a supportive Men’s Circle & a monthly practice group that explored the principles & application of nonviolence & empathy.

In 2015, Joshua began his counselling training at the Northern Guild. Since this time he has worked in both a GP service as a primary care counsellor & at The Toby Henderson Trust, supporting clients whose lives have been touched by autism.

He continues to prioritise personal & professional development through regular Buddhist practice, supervision & self-reflection. Joshua also has a keen interest in ecotherapy & intends to offer “walking and talking” ecotherapy in his own private practice.

More about Joshua

Joshua is a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, whose core training is in Transactional Analysis. He also draws upon creative therapies, attachment theory & Gestalt techniques to support his clients to get to the heart of their issues & to overcome any internal blocks on progress.

Joshua works both relationally & cognitively, employing the TA framework to help you to understand why you feel as you feel & do what you do, so that any changes required can be brought about compassionately.

He is warm & gentle in his nature & has an inner calm that is infectious. With Joshua you can be sure that you’ll be met with truly unconditional positive regard, compassion & understanding.

Joshua says…

“As human beings we all face difficulties at times & find ourselves confused, upset, angry, anxious, conflicted or just stuck. When the hard times hit, the presence & understanding of another person can really help.

I will meet you with care & compassion. Together we will explore the roots of your troubles & find the path that suits you to work through them. You will have space to tell your story, explore your experience in the present moment, & consider both your past & what you want from your future.

Our time together will sometimes also involve being with painful feelings, taking some steps outside of your comfort zone, & revisiting troubling memories; but through this work I trust that you will come to find more enjoyment & meaning in life.”

Joshua & the rest of the team look forward to welcoming you to The Clearing.

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The key to successful therapy is a good relationship between you & your counsellor.

If Joshua sounds like the right therapist for you, you can book in your half price, initial consultation with him today.

We offer appointments Monday to Friday between 7am & 9pm & on Saturdays between 9am & 8pm. Arranging your first session with us is quick & easy.

Click on the Book Now button to view the sessions we have available across the next week. Search for a convenient appointment with the therapist of your choice & book in within minutes. You’ll then be sent a confirmation email with all of the information that you’ll need.

We look forward to seeing you soon.