Working with you today for a brighter tomorrow…

Professionally accredited service in Northumberland offering counselling, psychotherapy and support.

Feeling depressed or anxious? Need to make a change? We are  a psychologist and counsellor partnership based in the heart of Northumberland with extensive experience of working in a variety of NHS and private health settings.

Limited number of  initial assessments available immediately.

10% discount available for eligible clients.

Dr Adamson works with clients from insurance providers AXA, AVIVA and Vitality Health.

Location

Based in Northumberland, we can offer late evening & weekend appointments to fit around your schedule.

Appointments

Appointments are available weekdays between 8am & 9pm and Saturdays between 9am & 1pm.

Therapy at Beacon

Why we are different…

Founded by Dr Darren Adamson, Beacon Therapy is unique in its approach.  Darren has first-hand experience of the unfortunate stigma arising from problems with mental health. Struggles with his own mental health taught him that people should not be made to feel ashamed when needing support or guidance.  

The aim at  Beacon Therapy is to shine a light on mental health issues and to serve as a hub of knowledge, understanding and best-practice while providing the highest quality therapies customised to meet individual need.

Our philosophy has always been to focus on the person in addressing their problems. Thus we formulate and implement bespoke treatment plans that are proven to work and to last.

 

An initial assessment consultation will offer the opportunity to meet with your chosen therapist to discuss your particular concerns at greater length and to decide which type of therapy may be suitable for you at this time.

We have found  that an effective therapeutic relationship built upon trust and respect is the foundation of effective therapy.  That is why we provide a safe, confidential and discrete service where a powerful therapeutic relationship is given the space to thrive.

 

 

What We Do

We develop a shared understanding of your current situation and create a personalised treatment plan.

How We Do It

We work collaboratively through a process of guided reflection and discovery to achieve lasting change.

Accreditations

We are a fully qualified and professionally registered psychologist and counsellor partnership with years of experience.

Where to Find Us

Our clinic is discretely situated in the heart of Northumberland.  We support clients globally online.

Any Questions?

Many of the questions that you may have can normally be answered during your initial assessment consultation. 

Some frequently asked questions are addressed here. Click the questions in the panel to reveal the answers. If you have a question that isn’t answered here please contact me and I’ll do my best to help.

 

Does Therapy Work

This is important question – a lot of the success between the therapist and client depends on your expectations, an initial assessment helps to clarify your goals of therapy.

How do I know if I need therapy?

Only you can decide whether you wish to engage with therapy. Just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference. Therapy is both a time and financial commitment and this is explored during an initial assessment.

How long is therapy?

Each therapeutic journey is deeply unique to the individual. You can go to a therapist once, for a few months, or embark on long-term therapy–each depends on different expectations and goals.

Is therapy for times of crisis?

You don’t need to have a ‘major’problem to go to a therapist. Just feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate. However, people often look for a therapist during a crisis. The reason for going to therapy at this point is so to be able to stabilize your life and reduce feelings of being overwhelmed, threat, panic, fear and confusion.

Is it confidential, judgmental, embarrassing?

Confidentiality is explained in full during an initial assessment, this service is non-judgmental and while you may hold some embarrassment about disclosing issues I hope that we can very quickly alleviate any embarrassment so as to best support any problem you may be struggling with.

Dr Darren Adamson

Lead Psychologist

Born and raised in Northumberland, I initially worked as a secondary school teacher after completing a PGCE at Newcastle University.

Unresolved problems with my own mental health stemming from adolescence led to compulsive behaviours and an eventual breakdown. 

Working with a psychologist allowed me to understand, reflect upon and ultimately change my damaging behaviours and I began to recover my sense of self and my dignity.

It was at this point that I decided that I wanted to learn more in order to help others who may feel lost or alone, as I once did.   Change, although difficult, can be achieved with knowledge, support and the right treatment.

Dr Darren Adamson

Lead Psychologist

Born and raised in Northumberland, I initially worked as a secondary school teacher after completing a PGCE at Newcastle University.

Unresolved problems with my own mental health stemming from adolescence led to compulsive behaviours and an eventual breakdown.

Working with a psychologist allowed me to understand, reflect upon and ultimately change my damaging behaviours and I began to recover my sense of self and my dignity.

It was at this point that I decided that I wanted to learn more in order to help others who may feel lost or alone, as I once did.   Change, although difficult, can be achieved with knowledge, support and the right treatment.

Jane Spowart

Associate Counsellor

Having taught in secondary schools for 25 years, six of which as a Senior Leader, I began retraining as a therapist following a spate of redundancies due to the radical restructuring of the organisation for financial reasons.

The impact of this experience made me re-evaluate my sense of identity and recognise a need for change while still working with others (in a caring profession). Issues I have faced in my own life as a parent, employee, colleague and partner to those struggling with their own mental health, are typical of many people, as is the mind-set of ‘just getting on with it’.

However, this isn’t always the healthiest attitude, because it doesn’t necessarily allow you to express or challenge your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Working with me will allow you to do just that.

Jane Spowart

Associate Counsellor

Having taught in secondary schools for 25 years, six of which as a Senior Leader, I began retraining as a therapist following a spate of redundancies due to the radical restructuring of the organisation for financial reasons.

The impact of this experience made me re-evaluate my sense of identity and recognise a need for change while still working with others (in a caring profession). Issues I have faced in my own life as a parent, employee, colleague and partner to those struggling with their own mental health, are typical of many people, as is the mind-set of ‘just getting on with it’.

However, this isn’t always the healthiest attitude, because it doesn’t necessarily allow you to express or challenge your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Working with me will allow you to do just that.

What does it cost?

 Appointments with Dr AdamsonAppointments with Jane Spowart
INDIVIDUAL
Initial Assessment£90 per session, 8-6pm£45 per session, 8-5pm
Individual Therapy£90 per session, 8-6pm£45 per session, 8-5pm
COUPLES THERAPY
Initial Assessment£100 per session, 8-6pmn/a
Couples Therapy£100 per session, 8-6pmn/a
WEEKEND & AFTER 6PM
Individual Therapy£100 per session£50 per session
Couples Therapy£110 per session

What People Say

Darren strikes the perfect balance between probing the underlying issue and providing tailored support to help you manage your condition in your daily life.

Darren has the unique ability to guide you to deeply analyse your condition without making the experience uncomfortable

“Over months of meeting, he carefully taught me how to cope with the problems I was having and overcome them; with patience, wisdom & experience”

Take the first steps…

Beacon Therapy

Netherton Park Farm,
Stannington, Northumberland,
NE61 6EF