Nicole Addis



Nicole Addis is an experienced supervisor, trainer and UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist, who has worked in both private and NHS settings since 2000. She set up Peel Psychological Consultancy, a private counselling and psychotherapy service in 2012 and now runs this business in addition to continuing her private clinical practice, conducting research, and providing supervision and training.


Nicole leads the level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling course in conjunction with the Ellesmere Centre and accredited by the UKCP.


Nicole has a special interest in trauma and believes that relational trauma lies at the heart of most psychological distress. During the past several years, Nicole has developed ENGAGE-MENT (EM). EM is based on a ‘two person’ psychotherapy and incorporates teachings from the fields of traumatology, relational psychotherapy, modern day attachment and interpersonal neurobiology. The model has proven to be effective in both short and long term counselling and psychotherapy, where it is being currently rolled out in the NHS, law and industry. This model was recently showcased at the Cumbrian Transactional Analysis Conference in Penrith 2020.

Nicole states (TACC, 2020):


ENGAGE-MENT, is a two- part, integrative framework suitable to short or long-term psychological intervention, that incorporates the fields of trauma, relational psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis and interpersonal neurobiology, promoting, self-awareness, self-resilience and self-satisfaction.


Held deep within in a relational field and supported by the therapist’s sense of self and their commitment to and understanding of  the intensity and need for an embodied, interrelatedness, that is safe, ENGAGEMENT provides the foundations  for a reparative experience in which the therapist is able to sustain their resilience to and for the client in times of deepest distress, confusion and trauma whilst remaining vulnerable enough to love and brave enough to fear, all that the relationship will bring and survive.”


Nicole’s focus continues to be the promotion of talking therapies. In today’s climate she feels that these therapies need to be based on individual client need, at the heart of which, is support for practitioner well -being, set in a framework for evidence- based practice, that has at its heart a loving presence.


She lives in the country with her family and animals where she balances busy times, enjoying food with friends, dog walks and riding with quieter times alone, reading, writing and pottering.

Alice Mexter

I am an integrative humanistic psychotherapist with over fifteen years clinical experience.  My first degree was in Classics and Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford.  I also have a Diploma and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy.


I believe that the central question of therapy is ‘Who Am I?’ and that profound self-acceptance is the fundament of psychological wellness.  I take great pleasure in my work.  I have a particular interest in intercultural therapy and existential crisis.

Angela Watters

At certain times in our lives we will all experience difficulties, or face challenges, which can leave us feeling confused, fearful, lost or isolated. These emotions can also have an impact on our relationships with others. I believe that the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is the foundation of successful therapy, as it provides a safe base to feel heard, accepted and understood. I understand how much courage it takes to engage with therapy and want a person to believe it is something that brings about change.


I have a person centred approach to my work, but describe myself as an intergraded therapist, specialising in addiction issues. This includes drugs, alcohol, relationships, and gambling.  I see beyond the addiction, to the underlying feelings and can help with issues around trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement, loss, domestic violence, historic abuse, and sexuality.


I am passionate about working with anyone who struggle with self-identity, self-esteem, trauma, family issues, and relationships.


I aim to make therapy an authentic, rewarding and collaborative experience. I have been working as a counsellor since 2017 after gaining my BA (Hons) in counselling. I look forward to meeting you.

Helen Attridge

I believe therapy is all about the relationship between the client and therapist and I am committed to providing a safe, open and confidential space in which we can work effectively. I tailor sessions specifically for each individual, and work with a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques in order to help you achieve your goals.


Over the years I have worked successfully with people who have brought with them a variety of mild and serious issues, but also many people who have no clear presenting issues and are simply looking to talk through some things, and generally feel better about themselves and their lives. This may involve relationships, work, or family issues, but I have also worked with bereavement, anxiety and depression, and many other issues.


I am usually your first point of contact, and will work with you to arrange an assessment session at a time convenient to you. We can then discuss which therapist will be best for you.


You can call me or send a message to 07494 755 889 or email me on We aim to have organised an initial assessment for you within a few days.


I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Jane Netts

Psychotherapist, Psychosexual Therapist, Counsellor, Trainer & Supervisor

Working with Individuals and Couples

I am a registered member of the BACP


Originally with a 10 year commercial background in Business and Marketing before moving into the therapeutic world where I now have 25 years’ experience in the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Working in private practice as well as for EAP’s  and various counselling organisations.


Experienced in both Short term solution focussed work and long term therapeutic approaches.


I work relationally and am originally from a Humanistic Integrative background but also have Psychodynamic and Systemic training and have experience of using CBT techniques

Jonny Maxfield

I am a qualified integrative relational counsellor, and I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).


My therapy style is centred on creating a supportive and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship in which we can explore and work through the challenges you bring collaboratively.


Everyone is unique and not everyone’s needs are the same, being an integrative therapist allows me to use a range of therapeutic models and techniques depending on your need and wishes.


I have worked with a wide range of client issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse, relationship issues, stress, self-esteem, and childhood related issues.

Jane Spowart

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, with experience of working with clients dealing with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief and loss, low self-esteem, age-related issues, work-related issues, anger and relationships. After a 27 year career in education, 6 of which as a Senior Leader, I also have experience in working with clients who struggle to manage a work/life balance due to working in high-pressure environments. Therapy can provide the safe space you need to make sense of what is happening in your life, regroup and feel empowered to make positive changes going forward.

I also work with couples to help them to develop more effective ways of problem-solving and interacting with one another to avoid repeating negative patterns of behaviour or allowing resentment to build up. Individuals in the couple will increase their knowledge of themselves, each other and learn new skills in how to communicate more effectively, negotiate and deepen understanding of the dynamics in their relationship.

I believe in the importance of developing a strong, collaborative relationship with each client, so that I can tailor services to best meet the needs of the individual or couple.

Dr. Roberta Caiazza

Registered Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC)


Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)


Member of EAGALAEquine Assisted Growth and Learning Association


I am a Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the NHS mental health services and private sector working with clients who present with a wide range of problems in their life- emotional, mental and behavioural.
Skilled in Healthcare, Public/Conference Speaking, Personality Assessment, and working with a variety of cohorts and complex presentations.


I trained in Italy and I am BPS registered and UK HCPC accredited. I undertook additional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy and Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia and Equine Assisted Therapy.


I am a Clinical Supervisor, offering clinical placements.  I am an active member of the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle.


I am the principal investigator (PI) on a number of studies and I have been granted a Greenshoots research award for the last two years and the Bill Downes Issued by the British Psychological Society.


Throughout my career I have worked with different age cohorts which has enabled me to be mindful of the different challenges that an individual may face at different stages of their life and how I can how I can best apply my skills and evidence-based knowledge in a person-centred manner.


Being a clinical psychologist, I am a firm believer in person cantered ethical practice. My main goal is to offer a professional holistic approach to help the client define goals and plan of actions to achieve personal, social and vocational development and adjustment.


I am experienced in working short-term and long term to address complex and enduring issues:

Personality disorders
Loss and Bereavement
Trauma and PTSD
Complex Personality Problems
Anger Management
Personal Development
Stress management
Low self-esteem and self-efficacy

Languages: English/ Italian

Steph Keenan

I am an experienced BACP registered Relational Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy.


For over a decade, I have worked with various Charitable Organisations, Community Interest Companies, the NHS, as well as in Private Practice.


I have a particular interest in working with those who have experienced childhood trauma or abuse, particularly with individuals who have developed personality difficulties as a result. My focus continues to be in this area with complex clients.


As a Psychotherapist, I believe that when a client comes for counselling, they bring a particular problem to explore or resolve, when they come for psychotherapy, they bring their whole Self.


I also firmly believe that psychotherapy does not change WHO we are, but changes HOW we are in the world.


Practicing as an Integrative Psychotherapist means that the theories and modalities I utilise can vary. Being integrative also means that I use my whole Self; I may share my knowledge with you, my thoughts, feelings, and intuitions.


When I am not working, I might be spotted enjoying and running in nature.

Tory Dodd

I’m Tory Dodd the administrator for Peel.  I mostly work from home and on a part time basis.


My whole working career has been in administration and book keeping in lots of different environments.  My role in Peel is supporting Nicole with day to day admin tasks and invoicing.


I live locally on the family farm, and most of my time is spent there both in the office and outside especially at lambing time

Why Choose Us?

  • Free 10-minute telephone consultation
  • Individually tailored to meet your personal needs
  • Flexible appointment times (daytime, evening, weekends)
  • Quick response 
  • Confidential
  • Evidence based ENGAGE_MENT Model 


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.’

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

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:


  • Bereavement
  • Separation / divorce
  • Illness
  • Retirement
  • Change of life situations
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Working / Life Demands
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Feeling Confused
  • Feelings of Worthlessness
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low Mood
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Confusion


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.



What kind of therapist do I need?


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 Psychologist
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.

Talking helps to solve problems