About Me


Debbie Maidwell

Counsellor and psychotherapist

Hello, I'm Debbie and a warm welcome to North Star Psychotherapy.

I came to counselling later in life, having built on my own personal life experiences, knowledge and skills through raising my family, and in a career in Education. I developed an interest in counselling, and decided to train as a therapist following a major re-evaluation of my own life, having sought counselling myself, to help me to unravel some difficulties that I had been experiencing.

I want to pursue my deep interest in talking therapy and my wholehearted belief in the benefits that a one-to-one therapeutic relationship can provide a restorative emotional experience. It is my aim to draw on all of my knowledge to create a unique therapeutic relationship with each person.

Having benefitted from my own personal therapy, allows me to understand exactly how it is, to sit in my clients shoes. My clients describe me as warm and approachable, swiftly able to tune into their needs, and reassuring that the process of reaching out for help need not be fearful, but both illuminating and supportive.

Sessions are held in a professionally-dedicated building adjacent to my home in a small and tranquil rural village in the Tyne valley.

Training, Qualifications & Experience.

 UKCP accredited & registered

 Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

 Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (distinction)

 Certificate in Couples Counselling

Professional registration

I am accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This is a mark of quality, high standards of training, and of Professional and Ethical practice.

I work within the Code of Ethics of the governing bodies of the UKCP and BACP.

I hold an enhanced DBS Check and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

I am committed to, and welcome my continuing professional development, and opportunities to pursue particular areas of interest within my profession.

I regularly attend professional conferences and training to expand on my skills, deepen my understanding and increase my therapeutic skills.

My training was undertaken at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy in Newcastle which has been training Counselling and Psychotherapy for 30 years and is renowned for its in-depth and rigorous training programs.

I have gained experience working in:

 NHS Primary Care (within GP surgeries)

 Willowburn Hospice

 WHAC (Women's Health Care Centre)


 Private Practice

Contact us

Contact Info

My practice is located in the village of Ovington, just a mile from the A69, approximately 10 miles from the A1, west of Newcastle, 5 miles from Corbridge, 11 miles from Ponteland and close to Hexham and Newcastle.

You can call me privately on the following number but please note that in order to maintain confidentiality, I don't return missed calls from unknown numbers. If I am unable to answer a call, please leave a voice or text message so I know it is safe to respond.


07790 772140

Location: Ovington, Tyne Valley

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