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Psychologist Office Opens in Teesside

Two pyschologists, Dr Daisy Best and Dr Lesley Pilkington are pleased to announce securing a shared consultancy office, in the heart of Middlesbrough.

Commerce House is a Grade II listed building which, with £1.2 million of investment, has been stunningly renovated to create an outstanding business service. It’s location means that Dr Best and Dr Pilkington are able to offer their clients the very best facilities in an accessible and highly professional environment.

Dr Best and Dr Pilkington have over 30 years combined experience in delivering a range of counselling and psychology services. They met at Teesside University where Dr Best continues to work as a Senior Lecturer. Dr Best (of North Yorkshire Psychological Therapies) and Dr Pilkington (of Tees Valley Psychology) specialise in delivering psychological services to private clients and to those referred through solicitors and insurers who have sustained personal injuries whether that be in the workplace, in a road traffic accident or due to medical negligence.

Dr Best explained:

“Psychology services need professional and discrete surroundings. We conduct a number of sensitive services and value the Commerce House environment as one which suits the needs of our clients. Dr Pilkington and I specialise in psychological services that can be delivered beyond some of the restrictions that can, at times, be found in the NHS. The people we work with can be referred to us by third parties (e.g. solicitors, insurance companies) or they access our services directly, often because they value being able to be seen quickly and having the flexibility of securing the number of sessions they feel suit their needs.”

Dr Pilkington, who had several years experience as a Counselling Psychologist with the NHS and as a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University before making the transition to private practice, said about the move:

“Commerce House is perfect for our needs and those of our clients. Our consultancy room feels safe, comfortable and private. The reception area means that our client’s needs are prioritised as soon as they enter the building. The fact Commerce House is easily accessible by public transport is ideal. The building itself is stunning and gives reassurance to the people we work with that they are in safe and professional hands. We can hold our events here in the boardroom and it is an absolute pleasure to work in an iconic Middlesbrough building.”

Whilst both offer direct therapy, Dr Best also delivers training, consultancy and workshops to businesses looking to develop a knowledge of how mental health issues can affect their business and workforce. Dr Best is hosting an event at Commerce House on the 27th September entitled “Mental Health Awareness and Interventions in the Workplace”. This workshop is aimed at leaders and managers of small and medium sized businesses. The event will take place from 9.30-12.30 and will cost £100 per person. Delegates can expect to receive information about common mental health problems, be empowered to notice important signs and symptoms and feel equipped to respond in an effective manner. Information about how to book is available via email at

The offices at Commerce House have filled remarkably quickly and whilst one or two remain, anyone interested in securing exceptional offices space is advised to get in touch with facilities manager, Christine Huntington, as soon as possible. Christine said,

“I would like to extend a huge welcome to Daisy and Lesley. We are delighted they have settled in so quickly, and it fabulous to see their practice’s thriving. Our team at Commerce House offer a fabulous reception service, in elegant surroundings, and it is very satisfying to hear that it meets their need perfectly!”

More information is available at and by contacting or on 01642 200749

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