Mel Kakkar

Mel Kakkar

Tyne And Wear

07774 308663

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Tyne And Wear

07774 308663

About me

I am a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, and a registered nurse.

I have over 13 years experience working in a variety of mental health fields, in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in private practice.

I believe that therapy works best when it is done in partnership with people; so I work hard to build strong relationships with my clients so we can tackle problems together.

I have a special interest in abuse and trauma, however am also experienced in working with a full range of anxiety and depression disorders.

The approaches I use and what you can expect

CBT is one of the most widely used treatments in the UK for all sorts of mental health and emotional difficulties including trauma, anxiety disorders and depression. It is also one of the most widely researched and validated treatment methods. CBT involves experimenting with different ways of thinking about things and reacting to things in order to help change your mood for the better.

EMDR is also a widely used treatment for trauma, or any kind of difficulty resulting from 'bad experiences'. EMDR helps people to become more tolerant of their troubling memories, as well as to think differently about them.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • EMDR Levels 1-3 (Alexandra Richman, London 2013)
  • PgD Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Teesside University 2012)
  • Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy (BRIEF, 2007)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Northumbria University) 2004

I have worked in a variety of settings in the NHS in both mental health and learning disability nursing roles. I have worked in Primary Care mental health services since 2010 working with 'common mental health problems' such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis), Social Anxiety/Phobia, specific phobias, low self esteem, childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addictions, impulse control disorders and body dyspmorphic disorder.

I continue to work in the NHS part time, but dedicate half of my time to private practice now.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Fees are negotiable depending on whether we are doing EMDR or CBT, or whether we are seeing each other face to face or speaking over the telephone or internet.

Assessments are always half price.

Costs are usually as follows:

  • EMDR / CBT session: £40 per hour
  • Telephone / Internet Sessions: £30 per 30-40 minute session

Discounts can be given if sessions are purchased in blocks.

Further information

My clinic is in central Gateshead, very close to the metro station. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to central Newcastle. I am also happy to offer telephone treatment sessions, or sessions using Facetime or Skype.

Maps & Directions

Gateshead, NE8

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Please contact for further information

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Supervision available for clinicians wishing to develop their skills working with CBT, or with a psychiatric focus.

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