Peel Psychological Consultancy was established in 2012 by Nicole Addis (MSc Int Psych) an experienced supervisor, trainer and UKCP registered psychotherapist.
Since qualifying in 2007, having worked for a number of years in both private and NHS settings, it was Nicole’s wish to bring together a group of highly qualified, committed and like-minded counsellors and psychotherapists to provide a service that suited the individual’s needs and not organisational demands.
Our approach is relevant, flexible and evidence based. We offer our clients a safe environment in which to make positive life changes.
Our team consists of highly qualified, registered counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists. As part of our multidisciplinary approach, we offer treatment with nutrition, hypnotherapy and private medical consultation. Alongside of this, we have access to child, adolescent and family specialists. With this inclusive team, we can offer a range of talking therapies for a number of issues, such as:
Our aim is to provide the best possible counselling service for our clients with a “real world approach”. With the support of individual practitioners experience, expertise and guidance, clients can have the best possible chance to build psychologically strong relationships. Our comfortable and private consulting rooms are discreetly situated in a prime location in Newcastle, easily accessed by all forms of public transport.
All Practitioners are self employed and have responsibility for Registration with and abiding by professional bodies’ Code of Ethics and Practise, along with complying to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Each practitioner holds their own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
All of our therapists are highly experienced, have undergone extensive postgraduate training and are members of a professional body, such as the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) or the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Most of us are humanistic and integrative therapists, which means that we believe that the therapeutic relationship is the primary means through which healing occurs.Our careful assessment process means that you will be matched with the therapist most suitable for your needs and availability.
We are a, committed and friendly group practice, united by our desire to provide the best possible service to our community.
Most of our work comes from word of mouth recommendations from friends, family and colleagues.’
Who needs therapy?
Sometimes we all struggle – with relationships, friendships, family or work. Sometimes a life event, such as a loss or upheaval can leave us destabilised, feeling unable to cope, out of sorts, exhausted, upset, scared or confused. These are the times when we could all do with a little professional help and support.
Why a professional and not a friend?
A professional is trained to help and support you. He or she will offer you confidentiality, safety and anonymity. He or she undertakes an ethical investment in your well being separate from her own. Maintain your friends and friendships, and let the professionals do their work.
What type of things might bring me into therapy?
The answer to this is – anything really. We tend to live busy lives which demand much juggling and offer little support. Sometimes just finding the space to express yourself freely and “off-load” can be enough to resolve even complex issues. Common issues are:
Which Type of Therapy?
One size does not fit all, so finding a therapy that best suits your needs is imperative to its success and your benefit. An Integrative Approach is able to do just that.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
A good question. Both counselling and psychotherapy are talking therapies, founded in the healing power of relationship. Counselling is usually a briefer therapy, which may focus on the resolution of a single issue. Psychotherapy is a more in-depth treatment for complex issues, and is likely to take place over a greater number of sessions.
A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who will have trained for four or five years and will have the knowledge to work with most presenting issues. However, most psychotherapists have areas of special interest or experience. Psychotherapists often work long term and the therapy may have a psycho-dynamic aspect, linking someone’s past to their current difficulties.
A counsellor works in much the same way as a psychotherapist, but usually their training is shorter (two to three years). Counsellors may charge less than a psychotherapist and may specialise in shorter term work.
Some would argue that the terms psychotherapist and counsellor may be used interchangeably, since neither title is protected. When selecting a counsellor or psychotherapist, it is always advisable to ask about their qualifications and experience and to check that they are a full member of a reputable professional organisation, such as the UKCP or the BACP.
Clinical psychologists hold a degree and a PhD in psychology and have usually worked in the NHS. They typically charge more than a counsellor or a psychotherapist. They often have a clinical specialism, such as working with eating disorders.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who has also qualified as a specialist in psychiatric health. They will mainly work with people who have more severe mental health issues and, although talking therapy may form part of the treatment they offer, prescribing the appropriate medication will usually be a crucial intervention.
What to expect?
You will receive a warm and friendly response. We are happy to answer any questions and concerns over the phone. If you decide that you’d like to proceed with therapy, the next step is to meet with one of our assessment team to discuss your needs.
The assessment session, lasting up to 50 minutes, will be a thorough exploration of your needs. After the assessment, we will present you with a choice of appropriate psychological intervention.