A little about us...

Chapters is located at Unit 17, Parsons Court, Welbury Way, Aycliffe Business Park, County Durham, DL5 6ZE.

We occupy the top floor space of a modern office building that is just perfect for our needs. We have light, airy classrooms, cosy and comfortable counselling rooms and our office gives us the perfect mix of seeing the sky and tree tops along with the comings and goings of life outside of our safe 'cocoon'. We also now have a ground floor counselling room for anyone who is unable to climb the stairs (we do not have a lift).

For our students, our centre is light, bright and comfortable with everything needed to create a productive, adult and fun space in which to learn. The atmosphere is friendly and positive, and as a private counselling training provider we are not clinical in our approach to the classroom. Instead we believe that the clients and students are the heart of our space and therefore we have a down to earth, relaxed environment where everyone is free and encouraged to be themselves.

We have kitchen facilities (including a fridge, microwaves and a bulging biscuit tin!). Oh…and the kettle rarely gets cold at Chapters! We also have a water cooler and an honesty jar with the treat trolley (so one way or another you will never go without!).


We have a great range of resources specifically to meet the range of teaching methods and styles. We have light and bright classrooms with large whiteboards, flipcharts, a large 42″ screen for presentations and a dvd player for students to watch themselves practising their skills on the big screen (that always goes down well!).  Due to changes in delivery of courses with the Covid-19 lockdown, we now also have access to Microsoft Teams and Zoom for online teaching sessions.

We have a huge collection of creative resources, play-doh, stones, shells, art materials, toys, prompt cards, laptops and tablets with wireless internet access,  music facilities, educational dvd’s and dvd recording equipment. We also have an ever growing collection of counselling related books that students are welcome to sign out and borrow, we now have over 200 counselling books and piles of professional journals.

For our clients we have private, calm counselling rooms that are spacious, warm and comforting. We have masses of resources that we can use if appropriate, from paints and drawing to toys and activity sheets to complete. Our younger clients often enjoy creating their own boxes that are very special and unique to their counselling experience with their therapist. At Chapters we are happy to facilitate this kind of creative work as well as engaging in classic talking therapy.

This is a video that we made with our awarding body (CPCAB) talking about setting up a private training centre. You get to see a little of what it is like in our centre and you get to see some of our students hard at work! Is it just me or does everyone wonder if that's how they sound in real life?!

Meet The Team


Sharon Lawrence

Counsellor, Supervisor, Tutor & Course Lead

Dip.Couns, Cert Ed (FE), L6 Cert Supervision, Reg MBACP (Snr Accred) NCS (Accred)

Sharon qualified as a counsellor in 2002 and began teaching counselling the same year. She spent 7 years as a senior lecturer teaching at a local college before setting up Chapters in 2008. She now balances running the business, seeing clients, couples, and supervisees with teaching. She became BACP accredited in 2008 and Snr accredited in 2015.


Jane Dodds

Counsellor & Tutor

Dip.Couns, D32/33, L4 PTTLLS, Reg MBACP 

Jane qualified as a counsellor with Chapters at the end of 2009 after being a student in Chapters first ever Diploma group! Previously Jane had been a trainer in retail so already had a good skills set to bring to the Chapters team. Jane is trained to work with children and young people as well as couples and adults. Jane is currently working towards BACP accreditation.

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Michelle also qualified as a counsellor at Chapters, completing her Counselling Diploma in July 2019. Michelle is currently putting those brilliant skills to good use with Chapters clients and has also completed L3 teacher training and is now completing her L4 qualification. She is the newest member of our team but is certainly no wallflower - we love having her on board and she has grown into a fabulous tutor.

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Tara Waugh


Dip.Couns, Reg MBACP 


Michelle Cowling

Counsellor & Tutor

Dip.Couns, Reg MBACP 

Tara qualified as a counsellor in 2017 and has continued to juggle her 2 worlds ever since - 1 life as a brilliant hairdresser and the other as a wonderful counsellor! Tara enjoys working with adult clients but does have experience of working with children too. She constantly rises to the challenges that come her way in all areas of her work and is looking to train in couples work and is working towards BACP accreditation at present.