About me

North Yorkshire Psychological Therapies is an independent psychology service for members of the public based in a discreet yet attractive premise in central Middlesbrough.  It is a limited company and I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC and the BPS.  The assessment and therapy service that I offer is collaborative, supportive and sincere.  Developing a therapeutic relationship with you is the foundation of the work that we can do together.

Since 2002, I have worked therapeutically with adults and children who are emotionally distressed and who want support to make changes to improve the way that they cope with a range of life experiences.  I provide 1:1 therapy for adults of all ages and young people.  I also provide group work (see my website for more details).  I am trained and skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches and will work alongside you to identify the best approach for you.

I encourage you to look at my website and make a decision that is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Certificate in Supervision
  • Certificate in Psychodrama
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Qualification in Counselling Psychology (awarded by the British Psychological Society in 2008)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology

I have worked within the National Health Service with people with learning disabilities, homeless adults with mental health problems and between 2009 and 2014, I worked with adults with chronic pain.  I have also worked with children and young people with a range of difficulties (including trauma, bullying, behavioural difficulties and low self esteem).

My experience includes work within a charitable organisation for adults with drug and alcohol addiction and for adults and family members/partners of adults who are HIV positive.

I have experience of working with clients who experience depression, anxiety (including phobias) and pain (including pain that doesn’t have a medical diagnosis).  I have also worked with clients who have experienced childhood trauma and adult trauma (including accidents and domestic violence), bereavement, adjustment, difficulties with assertiveness/confidence, self harm and low self esteem.  Furthermore, I have worked with clients with addiction to prescribed medication, to alcohol or illicit substances.  Finally, I have worked with adults and young people who are coming to terms with their sexuality and personal identity.

If I feel unable to work with a specific difficulty or if I feel your need would be better met by another service, I will be honest with you about this.

Currently, I am a Principal Lecturer of a local Doctorate in Counselling Psychology where I work as part of a team teaching others to become Counselling Psychologists.
I have experience of supervising trainee and qualified counsellors and psychologists.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Additional information

£85 per hour for therapy.


Evenings, Thursday and Friday daytimes

Further information

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is someone who has a degree in psychology and then achieves a qualification in a specific area of psychology (in my case, Counselling Psychology). Training is at least six years long and a range of clinical experiences are gained during that time.  The title of Counselling Psychologist is protected which means that people can only use this title if they are Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  This ensures that the public are protected and have someone to report to if they have concerns about the service they have received.  It also means that the Psychologist has to meet a specific set of criteria to ensure that they are competent to deliver the service that they offer to the public.

Office Suite 02.03
Commerce House
1 Exchange Square

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.


Dr Daisy Best

Dr Daisy Best