Professional background and experience

I offer a safe and comfortable space for adults who are experiencing psychological difficulties, emotional distress, mental health issues and relationship difficulties. My approach involves developing an understanding of the development and maintenance of people’s difficulties so that they can reduce their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.

I am experienced in offering both specific time-limited psychological interventions and longer-term psychological therapy for an extensive range of difficulties.

As an integrative clinical psychologist, I draw upon a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches so that treatment can be personalised to meet people’s needs effectively. These approaches include (but are not limited to) cognitive-behavioural, compassion-focused, trauma-focused, mindfulness, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, systemic, psychodynamic, dialectical behavioural and cognitive-analytical.

It is my experience that creating an atmosphere based on empathy, trust and compassion facilitates the process of being able to find a shared understanding of difficulties and identifying the key factors that are underlying and maintaining distress. Understanding these factors plays a powerful role in enabling people to begin to change unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, make positive changes and to move forward with their lives.

I have worked within the mental health field since 1996 and my passion for promoting recovery remains active. I care deeply about helping people to learn how to alleviate their suffering and bring about change.

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.