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About me

I am an experienced chartered clinical psychologist working with adults from 18 up seeking psychological therapy and counselling.

I am able to help people with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, trauma, adjustment to physical illness, relationship difficulties, dealing with transitions such as going to university, retirement and much more.

I provide psychodynamic psychotherapy, this is a longer term treatment which can be particularly helpful in understanding relationship difficulties.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.

As well as my therapy service I provide specialist supervision to counsellors, therapists and psychologists who may wish to develop their skills in either psychodynamic ways of thinking and/ or work with older people.

I abide by the highest ethical standards and am accountable to several regulatory bodies.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2001 and have worked in a range of settings over the past 20 years including older adult services, a regional psychotherapy service and health psychology.   

Training in clinical psychology is extensive and involves completion of both undergraduate and doctoral level training which takes at least 6 years. As a profession it is regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) And the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have also undertaken further specialist training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and am accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).  I am a member of the North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (NEAPP).  

Prior to this training I also obtained a Master of Philosophy in child head injury.

My two areas of particular expertise are psychodynamic psychotherapy and working with older adults. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society


Thursday pm

Fridays 9-5 pm

Further information

For more information about the services I offer please visit my website at www.appletontherapy.co.uk

Whitley Bay
Tyne And Wear

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Older adults


I am an experienced supervisor having supervised clinical psychology trainees, qualified psychologists, trainees in psychiatry and counsellors.  I have specialist expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy (I have completed the North East Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training in psychodynamic psychotherapy) which is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).  I have also worked in a senior role within a specialist psychotherapy service within the NHS.  I am therefore able to provide supervision to those practitioners who interested in learning more about a psychodynamic model.  I also have over 15 years of experience within the NHS of working within older adult services and have considerable expertise in this area.  I supervised many trainee clinical psychologists in this time.  Working with older adults brings with it a need for adaptation in the therapeutic approaches and my skill set reflects this.  I co edited a national journal for psychologists working with older people.I am an accredited Balint Group facilitator.  Balint groups are reflective practice groups used by many GPs and psychiatry trainees and other healthcare professionals.  If you would like more information about the benefits of Balint groups please get in touch, they can be very helpful in providing a space to reflect on the complexities of working in healthcare.  

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Claire Appleton Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Claire Appleton Chartered Clinical Psychologist