Professional Practice of Chartered Clinical Psychologists
Offering face-to-face talking therapies to help people to find a way forward with emotional and psychological difficulties.
Our clinic based in a historic Georgian property in the coastal town of Tynemouth offers a confidential, relaxed and welcoming environment.
We offer prompt, accessible and excellent quality evidence-based talking therapy services.
Our therapists are all members of the British Psychological Society and are also registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards in care.
We have a positive, forward-looking approach to therapy, keeping up to date with the latest developments in psychological practice.
Our principles of practice emphasise mutual trust, respect, confidentiality and compassion.
WE WELCOME DIRECT SELF-REFERRALS AND REFERRALS FROM GP’S, PSYCHIATRISTS AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. WE ARE REGISTERED WITH ALL MAJOR HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDERS.
Matilda qualified as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology in 2006. For the past 6 years she has worked as a private practitioner, gaining extensive experience. Matilda also has 10 years experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. She has particular interest in general adult mental health and working in the area of weight management. Matilda also works from the Nuffield Health Hospital Newcastle where appointments can also be arranged if required.
Since qualifying as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology Dr Lalayiannis has worked within the NHS supporting adults suffering from health conditions and related emotional and psychological problems. She also works as a private practitioner and has a special interest in adjustment to chronic physical health conditions and general adult mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Brenda McLackland is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS. Throughout her time at the NHS, Brenda worked with adults with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. During the latter half of her career, Brenda specialised in perinatal psychology and worked with parents and babies. Having become fascinated by family relationships, Brenda went on to work with parents of children of all ages.
Dr Jenny Johns is held in high regard for her work in local NHS Mental Health Services, and in private practice over the last 15 years. Jenny is experienced in working with a range of mental health difficulties, from stress and depression, to PTSD, Complex Trauma and Personality Disorder. Jenny has particular areas of special interest in mindfulness, trauma and personality disorder. Her extensive training reflects a broad range of Psychological Approaches: CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, DBT and Family/ Couples Therapy.
Since qualifying in 2005 at the University of Newcastle, Dr Lennox worked within NHS secondary care services for adults experiencing mental health difficulties. Since 2015 she has worked with older adults experiencing a range of physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties, whilst also working as a private practitioner. She has a special interest in Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and working with those having experienced significant life trauma. Her adaptable approach for individuals and couples incorporates evidence-based therapies such as CBT, EMDR and CFT.
Dr Bruce has over 15 years experience practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. She has expertise in adult mental health and since 2002 has practiced as a Clinical Child Psychologist. Dr Bruce has expertise in the management of anxiety and depression, and specialises in the assessment and management of psychological difficulties associated with a range of physical health problems. She is a registered Paediatric Neuropsychologist and has expertise in neuropsychological assessment of traumatic or acquired brain injury in children and adolescents aged 3-19. Dr Bruce also has significant expertise in the assessment of Dyslexia.
Dr Oliver-Jenkins is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working in both the NHS and private practice. She works with adults who are experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression, particularly when these arise as a result of life limiting health conditions. Veronica has undertaken extensive training in a range of therapeutic approaches but works predominantly using CBT. She is also an experienced supervisor and provides supervision to a number of qualified professionals locally.
Armele Philpotts is a highly qualified and experienced relationship and family therapist, practicing in the NHS and at Relate Northumberland and Tyneside, and offers confidential individual, couple and family therapy at the Clinic. People’s needs are all different and change over the course of counselling. Armele’s approach integrates elements of person centred, systemic, psychodynamic and behavioural therapy. She can help with relationship difficulties and also to support couples in preparing for making a commitment.
Dr Emma Honey qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from Newcastle University in 2010. She works privately and in the NHS. She has over 15 years’ experience working with children and young people, and has a specialist interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated mental health difficulties. She is experienced in adapting cognitive behavioural therapy to meet the needs of children and young people, including those with neurodevelopmental disorders. She also has a clinical interest in helping parents adapt to parenthood, a time which can be stressful for many people.
Paula has over 25 years experience working within the NHS, rising in that time to managing a busy Health Psychology office. She is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic office including reception and administrative duties.
David is responsible for the day-to-day management of the clinic and all aspects of business development and marketing. He has worked in a management role in a small business environment for the last 5 years and holds a PhD, but does not practice as a psychologist.
I would like to say that throughout my treatment I found Matilda to be a highly competent, compassionate, professional who in my opinion give me my life back, and for that I will be forever grateful.
I’ve been doing really well since our sessions, if you remember our sessions then you’ll appreciate how much of a big step it was when I went down to London on the train a few months ago, for a week. I wouldn’t have managed this without the help you gave me and I’m sure I’ll do more travelling in the future. Everything else is going very well too, anxiety doesn’t really play a part in my life at the moment and although I know it might come back sometimes, I know the help you gave me has equipped me to deal with it. I loved our sessions and couldn’t thank you more.
Matilda has always been highly professional, easy to engage and work with. She has supported and encouraged me throughout a sometimes difficult and challenging journey and enabled me to move away from my comfort zone, towards a better quality of life/being. I thank her and highly recommend her as a Clinical Psychologist/Therapist.
I would like to thank your team for their professionalism and kindness whilst I recently attended your clinic. Tammy, you have taken me through one of the most difficult times of my life. I am a strong individual normally, but the physical and mental issues I have endured over the past year and a half nearly beat me. You made me realise that I had tried to block out what I had gone through to try and forget the experience. When really I needed to relive, understand and evolve from it so I could move on. It was both challenging and at some points upsetting. However, with your guidance, understanding and ability to actively listen to me, you have given me the tools to put my experience into perspective and to process it and move on from it so I can look forward with excitement not anxiety and fear. I can not thank you enough, I know I still have challenges ahead but I look forward to dealing with them head on with perspective, honesty and kindness.
As a first step, we will usually arrange an initial assessment appointment for you with one of our therapists in order that we can find out a little more about your particular issue and discuss the best form of help for you. These appointments are typically 50-60 minutes in length and initial assessment reports outlining your presenting issue and recommendations are then usually provided to you and, with your permission, the relevant health professionals.
You will meet with your therapist to begin the chosen therapy. Each therapy session is usually 50 minutes in length. The exact number and frequency of sessions will depend on your particular circumstances and varies from person to person. Reviews of your progress will take place regularly to ensure you and your therapist are on track to meet the agreed goals.
As you start to improve, you can agree changes to the frequency of sessions as required. Ultimately, there will be a time when both you and your therapist agree that you no longer need to continue in active therapy. However, it can be reassuring to know that you can always come back to see your therapist for an occasional progress review or if you feel you need a ‘booster’ session after a particular set-back. You can even come back for another short course of therapy to help consolidate a new positive perspective or commitment.
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The clinic is located close to the centre of Tynemouth on the corner of Tynemouth Road and Tynemouth Terrace. It is located two doors along from the Kwik Fit Centre.
There is provision for parking along Tynemouth Terrace (subject to permit restrictions on weekends and Bank Holidays). Unrestricted parking is also available on Tynemouth Road, Station Terrace and Newcastle Terrace. Public car parks on Front Street (NE30 4QB) and Sea View (NE30 4PR) are located within a 5-10 minute walk from the property.
The clinic is well served by public transport links with bus and metro transport hubs located within a 5 minute walk away. There is easy access for pedestrians approaching the clinic along Tynemouth Road.