Ex Service Personnel Support

At North East Counselling Services we understand many of the issues that you and/or members of your family may be facing following time spent in military service. We know the transition to civilian life can be a struggle for you and your family. We can help as we’ve helped many others. Make the first step and get in touch.

We offer a range of services specifically for war veterans (ex-service personnel) and their families in the North East, tailoring services to suit your individual needs.  We will match you with the most appropriate member of our counselling team, several of whom are ex-forces individuals themselves, always offering a safe and confidential place to talk.

We have funding to provide support free of charge to veterans and their family members in Gateshead and we can provide private counselling to those peopel who live outside of the Gateshead area.  We charge £25 for an assessment appointment and £40/session thereafter.  We work closely with Walking with the Wounded in the North East who may be able to help you.

If you feel you need to talk contact us on (0191) 466 1314

Objectives for the Gateshead project

This project aims to provide a range of dedicated counselling for ex-service personnel and their families and to facilitate links to other support networks, helping them in the transition back into everyday life.

We understand that experiencing military service and/or leaving military service for whatever reason can have a profound effect on individuals and their families’ wellbeing. We provide free, bespoke counselling interventions for each individual, matching them with the most appropriate counsellor. Some of our counsellors are ex-service men and women themselves and they have assisted in shaping our support to meet the many needs of this group of people.


Data is being collected to measure the impact of the service. Outcomes include:

  • Increased wellbeing
  • Better coping strategies
  • Reduction in the use of prescription drugs
  • Improved communication with family
  • Keeping families together
  • Helping other family members to access one to one counselling
  • Gaining employment or training
  • Working links have been made with other regional support agencies.


For further information or to discuss new commissioning opportunities please contact Marj Hunter on 0191 4661314 or email

This project is commissioned by Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

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