Our Team


Dr Matilda Moffett
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Matilda qualified as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology in 2006. For the past 6 years she has worked as a private practitioner, gaining extensive experience. Matilda also has 10 years experience as a psychologist in two NHS trusts. She has particular interest in general adult mental health and working in the area of weight management. Matilda also works from the Nuffield Health Hospital Newcastle where appointments can also be arranged if required.


Dr Leonie Lalayiannis
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Since qualifying as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology Dr Lalayiannis has worked within the NHS supporting adults suffering from health conditions and related emotional and psychological problems. She also works as a private practitioner and has a special interest in adjustment to chronic physical health conditions and general adult mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.


Brenda McLackland
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Brenda McLackland is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working in the NHS. Throughout her time at the NHS, Brenda worked with adults with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. During the latter half of her career, Brenda specialised in perinatal psychology and worked with parents and babies. Having become fascinated by family relationships, Brenda went on to work with parents of children of all ages.


Dr Jenny Johns
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jenny Johns is held in high regard for her work in local NHS Mental Health Services, and in private practice over the last 15 years. Jenny is experienced in working with a range of mental health difficulties, from stress and depression, to PTSD, Complex Trauma and Personality Disorder. Jenny has particular areas of special interest in mindfulness, trauma and personality disorder. Her extensive training reflects a broad range of Psychological Approaches: CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, DBT and Family/ Couples Therapy.


Dr Tammy Lennox
Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Since qualifying in 2005 at the University of Newcastle, Dr Lennox worked within NHS secondary care services for adults experiencing mental health difficulties. Since 2015 she has worked with older adults experiencing a range of physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties, whilst also working as a private practitioner. She has a special interest in Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and working with those having experienced significant life trauma. Her adaptable approach for individuals and couples incorporates evidence-based therapies such as CBT, EMDR and CFT.


Dr Susan Bruce
Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr Bruce has over 15 years experience practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. She has expertise in adult mental health and since 2002 has practiced as a Clinical Child Psychologist. Dr Bruce has expertise in the management of anxiety and depression, and specialises in the assessment and management of psychological difficulties associated with a range of physical health problems. She is a registered Paediatric Neuropsychologist and has expertise in neuropsychological assessment of traumatic or acquired brain injury in children and adolescents aged 3-19. Dr Bruce also has significant expertise in the assessment of Dyslexia.



Dr Oliver-Jenkins is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working in both the NHS and private practice. She works with adults who are experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression, particularly when these arise as a result of life limiting health conditions. Veronica has undertaken extensive training in a range of therapeutic approaches but works predominantly using CBT. She is also an experienced supervisor and provides supervision to a number of qualified professionals locally.

Armele Philpotts

Armele Philpotts

Armele Philpotts is a highly qualified and experienced relationship and family therapist, practicing in the NHS and at Relate Northumberland and Tyneside, and offers confidential individual, couple and family therapy at the Clinic. People’s needs are all different and change over the course of counselling. Armele’s approach integrates elements of person centred, systemic, psychodynamic and behavioural therapy. She can help with relationship difficulties and also to support couples in preparing for making a commitment.



Dr Emma Honey qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from Newcastle University in 2010. She works privately and in the NHS. She has over 15 years’ experience working with children and young people, and has a specialist interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated mental health difficulties. She is experienced in adapting cognitive behavioural therapy to meet the needs of children and young people, including those with neurodevelopmental disorders. She also has a clinical interest in helping parents adapt to parenthood, a time which can be stressful for many people.

Dr Janet Pilkington

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Janet is a clinical psychologist who has 20 years’ experience working with adults experiencing a range of severe and complex mental health issues. She uses evidence-based psychological approaches to tailor therapy to meet individual need and often uses a CBT framework as the basis for treatment. Janet works with a variety of difficulties, ranging from very specific short-term issues to more complex longstanding difficulties.

Paula Mitchelson


Paula has over 25 years experience working within the NHS, rising in that time to managing a busy Health Psychology office. She is responsible for the smooth running of the clinic office including reception and administrative duties.


Dr David Lowery
Clinic Director

David is responsible for the day-to-day management of the clinic and all aspects of business development and marketing. He has worked in a management role in a small business environment for the last 5 years and holds a PhD, but does not practice as a psychologist.