Professional background and experience

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2004 and specialise in working with adults experiencing a range of mental health issues, relationship difficulties and emotional distress. I am experienced in offering both specific time-limited psychological interventions and longer-term psychological interventions. Compassion is at the heart of my work and I aim to create a therapeutic space where individuals genuinely experience being heard and understood.

My psychological treatment approach involves finding a shared understanding of an individual’s difficulties and tailoring psychological interventions to meet the specific needs of the individual. I use a range of psychological approaches to inform my work but primarily use a cognitive-behavioural approach. A cognitive-behavioural approach can enable individuals who find themselves ‘stuck’ in unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving to make positive changes and move forward with their lives.

Working in a range of settings (including the NHS, the Third Sector and University Student Wellbeing Services) has helped me to understand the diverse and unique nature of each individual’s life experiences and circumstances and how these contribute to their mental health issues, relationship difficulties and emotional distress. I am highly skilled at working collaboratively with individuals to identify and target the key factors that are maintaining their distress.

In addition to my clinical work, I have also led in the strategic planning, development and implementation of Clinical Psychology Services within Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams in the NHS, Mental Health Services in Newcastle University Student Wellbeing Service and a Substance Misuse Service for Turning Point.

Training and qualifications
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Training placement at Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre, 2003-2004
  • Foundation course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2004
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
Accreditation to professional bodies
Areas of special interest

What to expect from our Therapists

We carry out rigorous checks and vet all our therapists before they join the team. They must meet with our high standards of professional specification which includes:

This means that the mental health professional you see will be qualified, experienced and competent.

We are a private mental health clinic and have a number of therapists with different specialities. Because of this, we can offer therapies to help with a wide range of mental health issues from Anxiety to PTSD and child psychology.

First, we carry out a triage step during a 15-minute free initial telephone consultation. Depending on the challenges you’re facing, we will then recommend a counsellor, CBT therapist or clinical psychologist.

We also have clinic locations throughout the North, so there is usually one not too far from you.

As a result, we can usually offer an appointment quickly and at a time and place convenient for you. But, above all, tailored to your needs.

If you’re interested in  booking an appointment with Janet Pilkington, book a free initial consultation here.

Please note, not all of our therapists work from all our clinic locations. Contact us for information on which therapists it is possible to see at which locations.