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**Limited face to face sessions currently available.  Initial assessment consultations available immediately.  Online or telephone sessions also available.  Get in touch to find out more. 

My Approach

I am an integrative therapist which means that I am able to draw on a range of therapeutic models to guarantee that therapy is tailored to your specific, individual needs. This has proven to be highly successful in supporting clients with a wide range of difficulties. The support you would like and an explanation of how I work is discussed in full during an initial assessment consultation.

I am not a run of the mill Psychologist. I don't match the stereotypes, I don't fit the moulds. Yet, it's from this perspective where my success with clients lies. I'm approachable and down to earth with lived experience of mental health issues. This means that I have developed a sense of empathy that has evolved from my personal experiences of therapy and the processes of change.

How Therapy Can Help

Taking the first steps to get help can be daunting. This is why I always offer therapy in an emotionally supportive and empathetic manner to help you to achieve the changes that you are looking for. As a psychologist I work with the processes of change; though change is never easy, it’s always worthwhile.

I’m fully trained in a diverse range of therapies. This means when we first meet for your consultation, we can consider which approaches may be the best fit for you & therefore the most effective, ensuring you a unique and individualised treatment plan.

This is a journey that we will embark upon together and I will be there to support you with the challenges along the way. The struggles that I have faced in my own life and with my own mental health have taught me just how important feeling connected with others is in building and maintaining our emotional wellbeing. It is this connectedness that is at the heart of the therapy that I’ll offer you.

My Experience

I am an experienced, fully qualified Counselling Psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am the lead psychologist at Beacon Therapy, based in the heart of Northumberland.

I have many years post qualifying clinical experience. After a number of years in teaching, I completed a Masters in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. During my career I have worked with adult populations in NHS and private sector drug and alcohol rehabilitation settings.

I have experience of working with individuals and couples.

Please call or email me to set up an initial 50 minute assessment session. During this we can find out about what is causing you distress and how I may be able to help. Following the initial assessment we can then agree any future appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, (Teesside University)
  • MSc Psychology, (Newcastle University)
  • PGCE in Secondary Education, (Newcastle University).
  • BA (Hons) English and History, (Northumbria University)
  • Enhanced DBS.

Advanced Training Includes:

  • Anxiety and stress in the modern world
  • Depression and low-mood
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Alcoholism and addiction
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Sexual abuse
  • Relationship psychology
  • Trauma

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.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Areas of counselling I deal with

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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From £81.00 to £100.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

10% Concessions Available for Eligible Clients


Supervision £50

Psychological Therapy, initial assessment - £90 

Psychological Therapy -  £90

Couples Therapy, initial assessment - £100

Couples Therapy - £100

Weekend sessions and sessions after 6pm - £100

Private Health Insurance

I am an approved provider with insurance companies AVIVA and AXA PPP Healthcare. If you would like your appointments to be covered by your insurance then it is usually best to contact your provider to confirm their criteria. If you would like any assistance then please contact me. Note that my fees for insurance work are variable and thus differ from those quoted above.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Currently, a strictly limited number of face to face sessions are available on Wednesday.  Online and telephone sessions area available Monday-Saturday.

Further information

I run a discrete clinic in rural Northumberland for face to face work.   I work with clients globally online.

Currently, a strictly limited number of Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday appointments have become available.  Evening appointments are available.

I keep initial assessment appointment spaces available every week and appointments can be booked up to two hours before. Payment is taken at the point of booking.

Beacon Therapy
Netherton Park
NE61 6EF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked
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.

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision available.

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Dr Darren Adamson

Dr Darren Adamson