Dr Silke Newman

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Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JL
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About me

Hi I am Silke and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I have over 20 years experience of providing psychological Assessment and Treatment for people with neurodiversity and /or a Learning Disability within the NHS and now also have a private clinic. I can work with clients and /or their support network.

I provide diagnostic assessment of Learning Disability, ADHD, Autism and mental health as well as  therapy and coaching. I utilize a trauma, attachment informed and low arousal approach. I embrace neurodiversity and take into account any sensory issues. I  make adaptations according to your individual needs to make Treatment as effective as possible.

A person with neurodiversity and / or a Learning disability has their own set of strengths, challenges and struggles. They are more likely to have experienced bullying, trauma and abuse. This can make life feel more difficult and cause mental health problems like anxiety conditions, low mood and motivation, self-doubt and frustration. Are you going through a crisis, a major life change, need support, diagnosis or post-diagnostic coaching? I am passionate about adapting therapy to  the specific needs and base our work on your qualities.

I believe being neurodivergent and / or having a Learning Disability should not limit the person you are. It should not stop you dreaming. Understanding the challenges more clearly and the reasons for them will help us find alternative ways of coping and support you reach your goals and have a fulfilling life.

Alternatively, you may be a carer of somebody with Autism and / or a Learning Disability. Are you worried not being able to continue to cope?  Do you struggle to understand what is going on for them and how to help them? It can be very challenging and exhausting to support/care for somebody over a long period of time and understand their needs. It is important to sustain your own wellbeing. I have worked with many carers supporting mild moderate and severe learning disabled individuals, provide consultancy to understand functions of behaviours, meet needs in alternative ways and reduce challenging behaviour utilizing a positive behaviour support model.

I use different evidence based treatments adapted to autism, ADHD and / or learning disability depending on the specific needs. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualification

Doctor Clinical Psychology: University of Leeds 2003
MSc Health Psychology: University of Guildford 1996
BSc Psychology: University of East London 1995

DISCO - Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders 2012

Expert Witness Training, RDASH, 2 days  September 2016
Positive Behaviour support, TEWV, 2 days, December 2918
Sensory Training, TEWV 1 day May 2018
Think On Coaching, Andy Gilbert, 1 day, October 2018
Compassionate focussed therapy, Paul Gilbert, 3 days. July 2021
The Flash Technique for trauma, 1 day, January 2021
Understanding autism - update, TEWV, 1 day, January 2022
Pathological Demand Avoidance, 1 day, March 2022
Mentalization Based Therapy, TEWV, 2 days, February 2023

Regular Adult and child safeguarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and GDPR training.

Work experience

1. Current Employer Name Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Employer address System’s House, Amy Johnston Way, York YO30 4XT

Telephone number 01904 528300

Job Title Consultant Applied psychologist Locality Lead for people with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism

Start date October 2018 -  ongoing

2.  Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Job Title Clinical Director for York and Selby Learning Disabilities Services

from June 2018 -  June 2019

3. Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust

Employer address System’s House, Amy Johnston Way, York YO30 4XT

Job Title Consultant Clinical Psychologist Inpatients for people with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism

from October 2014 -  2016

Reporting to Operational Service Manager

4. Onyx centre St Catherine’s Hospital, Doncaster DN4 8QT

Telephone number 01302 798093

Job title Principal Clinical Psychologist for people with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism

from 10/2008 - 10/2014

5. Barnsley PCT

Job Title Principal Clinical Psychologist for people with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism

From 10/2003 -  09/2008

6. Employer name Birmingham Children's hospital/Princess Diana Hospital

Job Title Assistant Psychologist for Children

From 08/1998To 10/2000

7. Employer name Whitty Bush Hospital

Employer address Bro Cervyn, Hawerford West  Wales

Job Title Assistant Psychologist for Adults

From 11/1997 - 09/1998

Member organisations

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Carer burden

Challenging Behaviour

Positive Behaviour Support


£120.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • WPA

Additional information

I am in the process of registering with various health insurance companies. I am registered with WPA and Bupa.

When I work

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Further information

I have worked with people with autism and with Learning disabilities for over 20 years within the NHS. I aim to increase quality of life with each interventions. I believe whilst I am an expert in Psychology every person is an expert in their own right and with the right support can formulate and develop their potential, happiness and life goals.

Often it is hardest to make the first step to seek help when you need it most. I would be privileged to work with you. I can offer a free 30 minutes initial consultation session to see if I can help and if you feel I may be a 'good fit' for you. 

I will adapt session length to your needs and I can use some email/telephone contact in-between sessions where needed. I use bespoke visual materials, diagrams and structure as required. 

I write a draft therapeutic report as part of assessment on our shared understanding of the problems. This  will help us understand triggers, how the problems are maintained and which interventions to use to change them. I will regularly review our progress with you.

Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre, Innovation Way, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JL

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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I make all my sessions and work accessible to neurodivergent clients and other disabilities. I do this by finding out about your qualities and needs as we start working together including session length, use of materials and pace.

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