DR DARREN 

My personal practice is an integrative, holistic style of therapy underpinned by a humanistic approach, which draws on a number of theoretical modalities and techniques. I have found this to be highly successful in supporting clients with a wide range of difficulties.

The support you would like and an explanation of how I work is discussed in full during an initial half-price assessment.

Taking the first steps to get help can be daunting. This is why I always offer therapy in an emotionally supportive and empathetic manner to help you to achieve the changes that you are looking for. As a psychologist I work with the processes of change; though change is never easy, it’s always worthwhile.

I’m fully trained in a diverse range of therapies. This means when we first meet for your consultation, we can consider which approaches may be the best fit for you & therefore the most effective, ensuring you a unique & individualised treatment plan.

This is a journey that we will embark upon together & I will be there to support you with the challenges along the way. The struggles that I have faced in my own life have taught me just how important feeling connected with others is in building & maintaining our emotional wellbeing. It is this connectedness that is at the heart of the therapy that I’ll offer you.

I am an experienced, fully qualified Counselling Psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am the lead psychologist at Beacon Therapy, based in the heart of Northumberland.

I have many years post qualifying clinical experience. After a number of years in teaching, I completed a Masters in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. During my career I have worked with adult populations in NHS and private sector drug and alcohol rehabilitation settings. I am currently employed as a Psychologist working for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS trust.

I have experience of working with individuals and couples.


EDUCATION

2014-2017
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Teesside University.

2012-2014
Masters In Psychology, Sunderland University.

1994-1995
Post-Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education, Newcastle University.

1992-1995
BA (Hons) English and History, Northumbria University.
Enhanced DBS.

I have an extensive and ongoing portfolio of CPD, current enhanced DBS, professional indemnity insurance and evidence of 40 hours of personal therapy undertaken in 2015/16.


MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS

British Psychological Society (No. 430031
Health and Care Professions Council (No. PYL35470)