Avanti Counselling & Psychotherapy


Welcome to Avanti Counselling & Psychotherapy

A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life

Welcome, and thank you for visiting. My name is Amy Loughran and I am a Middlesbrough-based therapist providing online psychotherapy and EMDR therapy throughout the UK.

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Are you experiencing difficulty in your life and need support navigating it?

Would you like to create further understanding of yourself or your relationships and how they negatively affect you?

Do you want someone who will listen to you without judgement and repercussion?

Are you seeking change but unsure where to start?

Are you overwhelmed, have low self esteem or are you grieving someone or something?

My counselling experience is varied which includes working with individuals who are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, work related stress and domestic abuse. I have 15yrs experience of working within Blue Light services and the associated trauma which accompanies those roles.

I am trained in person centred, psychodynamic, CBT and EMDR therapy and draw upon each approach to ensure sessions are tailored to you. Essentially, research shows us that despite the approach of therapy, it is the power of the therapeutic relationship which creates positive change. I will provide a space for you where you can be yourself and bring your things for us to work through together.

I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and how powerful and transformative it can be. Being heard, listened to and understood can be the most powerful and validating experience of all.

There doesn't have to be something "wrong" with you to go to therapy. You may be experiencing severe job stress, you find you are worrying a lot of the time but can't pinpoint why, you want to explore past trauma and how it impacts you today, or you are struggling to make a decision about something.

Therapy is a place to explore, create self awareness and understanding of self in order to progress in your life the way in which aligns to you and your values.

Being a person centred therapist is my foundation. Offering individuals a safe, welcome and confidential space to be themselves and received without judgement. I am also qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which brings focus to thoughts, behaviours and emotions.

I am psychodynamically trained to explore the past and how the past shows up in the present. As an integrative therapist, I draw upon each modality of therapy depending on what you need.

First and foremost, I am a client-lead therapist. I go at your pace and focus on the areas which bring you distress or difficulty. I like to collaborate with each person to help them achieve the change they seek.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a comprehensive psychotherapy that helps you process and recover from past experiences that are affecting your mental health and wellbeing. It involves using side to side eye movements combined with talk therapy in a specific and structured format. EMDR helps process the negative images, emotions, beliefs and body sensations associated with traumatic memories that seem to be stuck. These can contribute to a range of mental health problems.

EMDR helps you to see things from a different perspective and relieves the symptoms that you were suffering. EMDR was developed for therapy for treating trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a treatment for PTSD, but it can be used to help with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, addictions, behavioural difficulties and relationship issues. If you are interested in receiving EMDR therapy, please get in touch.

What issues can therapy help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through therapy:


Low confidence or self-esteem

Anger management


Work related stress

Family difficulties


Health anxiety


Panic attacks

Relationship issues

Grief, loss or bereavement

Addictive behaviours

Trauma and post-traumatic stress

Domestic Abuse

Fees & availability

Each session last for 50 minutes at £50 per session. I am available Mon-Fri 9-5pm via Teams. If these time are not suitable for you, please let me know, I can be flexible.

Sessions are to be paid for in advance of each session and if cancelled outside of the 24hr notice period prior to your appointment, it can be rearranged. If it is less than 24hrs notice to cancel, the fee is non refundable/transferable.

Emergency Service Workers

If you are an emergency service worker, a 10% discount will be applied to each session upon presentation of your employment Identification card.

My Qualifications

  • EMDR Practitioner
  • CPCAB Level 5 CBT
  • Accredited member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Fda Counselling
  • Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer
  • BUPA Recognised
  • Safeguarding Adults Level 3
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • Full Insurance
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how I approach my work, or to arrange an initial appointment. I am happy to answer any of the questions or queries you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment and offer a free 15 minute telephone call if you would like to discuss further. This allows us to look at the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and if I am the right therapist to help you.

You can also call me on 07514 779 400. I have a confidential voicemail service that is only accessed by me. Please feel free to leave me a message if I have not answered. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

“Amy was very knowledgeable in her field of expertise and the whole process felt personal to me.”

“Therapy allowed me to be open and honest, something which I know I wouldn't have done by myself. I found it so much easier to speak to someone who didn't know me on a personal level.”

“Being able to speak about my problems allowed me to spend time on working out where they stemmed from or what triggered them which in turn helped me to develop strategies to change things for the better.”

“Amy did not rush anything, everything was at my pace. If it wasn't for Amy, I wouldn't like to think of the path I might have taken. I cannot thank her enough.”

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