About Dr. Matilda Moffett

Dr Moffett is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). She is also a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Dr Moffett has an Honours Degree in ‘Psychology with Biology’. She then obtained a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. This is awarded after a further 3 year course involving taught academic courses, six supervised clinical placements of 6 months each and a significant research component.

She currently works in the areas of clinical and health psychology including the following:

  • Low self esteem
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • social anxiety disorder
  • specific phobias
  • depression
  • interpersonal/relationship difficulties
  • bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • substance misuse
  • eating disorders
  • weight/obesity management
  • preparation and support for weight loss surgery.

For psychological and emotional support and therapy including cognitive behavioural therapy, contact Dr Moffett.

Read more about Dr Moffett on the Nuffield Health website.

Mental Health Problems

Some of the most commonly diagnosed mental health problems are described below:

Stress and Anxiety Disorders

Some degree of anxiety is perfectly normal. We all experience situations from time to time that make us fearful and apprehensive. However, for some people their anxiety has no obvious cause. In these cases, the anxiety usually becomes overwhelming and may interfere with normal day to day functioning. People who regularly have a debilitating level of anxiety are suffering from an anxiety disorder Anxiety disorders are conditions in which high levels of stress and anxiety feature predominately. These include panic disorder, agoraphobia and specific phobias such as driving/flying, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and acute stress disorder.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a specific anxiety based disorder and typically has two main features: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, ideas or urges that repeatedly appear in your mind; for example, thinking that you have been contaminated by dirt and germs, or worrying that you haven’t locked the front door. Compulsions are repetitive activities that you feel you have to do in order to manage your worry/anxiety. This could be something like repeatedly checking a door to make sure it is locked or washing your hands a set number of times.


Depression has been identified as being responsible for a large number of adults being unable to attend work or enjoy social activities. Depression is a disturbance in mood characterised by varying degrees of disappointment, sadness, hopelessness, loneliness, self-doubt and guilt. It can severely disrupt how you function, eat, sleep, and get along with others. Some people are more prone to anxiety and or depression, and it can develop for no apparent reason. You may have no particular problem or worry, but symptoms can develop quite suddenly. An episode of anxiety or depression may also be triggered by a life event such as relationship problem, bereavement, redundancy or illness. In many people it is a mixture of the two. For example, the combination of a mild low mood with some life problem, such as work stress, may lead to a spiral down into depression.


Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression)

If you have bipolar disorder you will experience swings in mood. During 'manic' episodes, you are likely to display overactive, excited or impulsive behaviour. At other times, you may go through long periods of feeling very depressed. There are different types of bipolar disorder, which depend on how often these swings in mood occur and how severe they are.

Symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression

When you're anxious, you will typically also have a range of physical symptoms. These happen because of your body's 'fight or flight' response, which is caused by the release of the stress hormone adrenaline. The symptoms can include:

  • stomach upsets
  • dry mouth
  • rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • tightness or pain in your chest
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • difficulty swallowing
  • shaking

When you are anxious and/or depressed, you are likely to also experience the following psychological symptoms, which can include:

  • sleeping difficulties (insomnia)
  • changes in appetite (increase or decrease)
  • feeling worried or uneasy all the time
  • feeling tired
  • being irritable or quick to get angry
  • being unable to concentrate
  • a fear that you're 'going mad'
  • feeling not in control of your actions, or detached
  • suicidal thoughts

Weight and Eating Problems

Weight Management

Successful Weight Management

Overweight conditions and obesity are experienced by a growing number of people of all ages. Are you struggling to lose weight and/or keep it off in the longer-term? Do you find yourself in the vicious cycle of attempting to diet only to fall off the wagon several days or weeks later? You are not alone! It is recognised that losing weight is often very difficult and there can be important psychological components to eating that are overlooked. Psychological problems can affect an individual’s ability to make and sustain the behavioural changes that lead to weight loss. Such difficulties are frequently overlooked and may require management. If a difficulty in losing weight and keeping it off sounds familiar, then you may well benefit from one-to-one sessions covering topics such as body image, low self-esteem, stress and emotional eating. Sessions incorporate basic cognitive restructuring and problem-solving skills to help you:

  • Reframe faulty thoughts about food, eating, your body and yourself
  • To help you to establish a regular pattern of eating
  • To learn about self-care
  • Set clear limits with oneself and with others, and maintain clear boundaries
  • Understand the basic principles of healthy eating, including the consequences of food deprivation
  • Understand the basic principles of habit formation and habit change
  • How to replace negative eating habits with other, more pleasurable activities
  • How to assume a lifestyle consistent with long-term weight loss maintenance
  • Manage stress effectively

Weight Loss Surgery

If you have a severe weight condition (a Body Mass Index of above 40, or 35 with co-existing health conditions such as diabetes) then you may be considering weight loss surgery. There is clear evidence that gastric surgery for obesity results in weight loss. Such treatments have also been shown to enhance (in fact, to double) the effects of weight loss pills.

The Role of Psychology in Weight Loss Surgery

It is known that weight regain after successful loss typically occurs when behavioural changes slip and emotional eating becomes difficult to manage. As such, it is important to meaningfully address any underlying emotional eating/binge eating difficulties prior to surgery. Some weight loss surgery candidates also have psychological difficulties that are not related to their weight and that may complicate and outlast successful surgical treatment. Thus, for many individuals it is important to deploy psychological interventions before and after weight loss surgery in order to maximise weight loss and minimise relapse.

In this instance, my role as a clinical psychologist with the weight loss team at the Nuffield Health Hospital, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is to ensure that surgical candidates are adequately prepared to undergo the surgical procedure and also to provide the appropriate support post operatively if required. Following assessment, psychological intervention is tailored to meet your individual needs and circumstances

Eating Disorders

Specific Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a group of conditions characterized by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual's physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Binge Eating Disorder

Individuals who suffer from severe overweight conditions often experience additional psychological concerns. Experts generally agree that most people with serious binge eating problems often eat an unusually large amount of food and feel their eating is out of control. People with binge eating disorder also may:

  • eat much more quickly than usual during binge episodes
  • eat until they are uncomfortably full
  • eat large amounts of food even when they are not really hungry
  • eat alone because they are embarrassed about the amount of food they eat
  • feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating.
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Compulsive Overeating

A person who compulsively overeats will eat food beyond a standard dietary requirement at various times throughout the day and evening. Overeating for long periods of time can lead to excessive weight gain and high levels of stress. In order to help with the process of weight loss, it is important for the person’s anxiety and compulsion to overeat to be addressed with therapy.

Bulimia nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is characterised by cycles of bingeing (overeating) and purging (ridding the body of the excess food usually by vomiting or laxatives) or by compensatory over-exercising.

Anorexia nervosa

People who have anorexia are very anxious about their weight. They keep it as low as possible, by strictly controlling and limiting what they eat. They restrict what they eat in order to lose weight because they:

  • believe they are overweight.
  • have a very strong fear of being overweight.
  • want to be thin.

Even if they are already very thin and underweight, people with anorexia continue to want to lose weight. It is typical to be obsessed with calories, food, recipes and cooking for others. Sometimes a person with anorexia exercises excessively to use up calories or try to get rid of food from their body, for example, by using laxatives, diuretics or self-induced vomiting.


This is an obsession with a "pure" diet, where it interferes with a person's life. It becomes a way of life filled with chronic concern for the quality of food being consumed. When the person suffering with Orthorexia slips up from wavering from their "perfect" diet, they may resort to extreme acts of further self-discipline, including even stricter regimens and fasting.

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

This can mean a number of things. It can mean the person suffers from anorexia but still has a menstrual cycle or they may still be an "average healthy weight"; it can mean the sufferer equally participates in some anorexic as well as bulimic behaviors (sometimes referred to as purge-type anorexia).

A person with diabetes may deliberately manipulate their insulin levels in an effort to control their weight (sometimes referred to a Diabulmia).

Diagnosis and Treatment of Eating Disorders

There can be various causes for eating disorders to develop in the first place, often due to a combination of biological, psychological or environmental factors. After ruling out organic causes and the initial diagnosis of an eating disorder being made by a medical professional, such as a GP or Psychiatrist, my role is the assessment and treatment of the underlying psychological components of the eating disorder and any co- existing psychological conditions. Eating disorder treatment focuses on restructuring and modifying eating styles and behaviours. The primary treatment incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy and other models of psychological therapy.

How Therapy Can Help You

Many people who live with a mental health problem or are developing one try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s reactions. And many people feel troubled without having a diagnosed, or diagnosable, mental health problem - although that doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling to cope with daily life. It can be very helpful to talk about your problems to close friends and family members. But sometimes, we need help that the people around us aren’t able to provide. When you need extra support, an outside perspective, or some expert guidance, talking to a therapist can help. While the support of friends and family is important, therapy is different. Therapists are professionally-trained listeners who can help you get to the root of your problems, overcome emotional challenges, and make positive changes in your life.

Individual Therapy

Therapy takes into consideration the individual persons concerns and addresses the relevant emotional and psychological factors.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recognised as an evidence- based treatment for many mental health conditions and is a treatment approach that I employ most often. However, as therapy is always tailored to suit the individual I may also recommend Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approaches where appropriate.

Couples Therapy

I am able to offer couples therapy which involves two people in a committed relationship. People go to couples therapy to learn how to work through their differences, communicate better and problem-solve challenges in the relationship.

Group Therapy

I am looking to facilitate group-based interventions in the near future. Some people find that working through issues in a small group/safe environment can offer additional benefits including support, inspiration and ideas from peers who are struggling with the same issues. If you would be interested in a group therapy approach please contact me to register your interest.

Contact me

Daytime and evening appointments are available. Sessions typically last 50 minutes and are held in clean, quiet, confidential rooms.

Self-referrals are accepted as well as referrals from health insurance companies and health professionals such as GPs, psychiatrists, nurses and dieticians.

Appointments are held at the two locations described below. Please contact the below numbers to book an appointment at your chosen location or to discuss individual session charges.

Tel: 0191 2580008 Mobile: 07740 950788

Nuffield Health Hospital:
Second Floor Consulting Rooms, Nuffield Health Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, Clayton Road, Jesmond, NE2 1JP

Phone (Switchboard): 0191 281 6131
Fax: 0191 2811379
Website: www.nuffieldhealth.com/consultants/dr-matilda-moffett

Free parking is available.

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Contact Form

If preferred, please fill out the email contact form below and I will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.


Tynemouth Therapy Clinic:
1 Tynemouth Road, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear, NE30 4AY

Phone (Reception): 0191 2580008
Email: info@tynemouththerapy.co.uk
Website: www.tynemouththerapy.co.uk

Free parking is available close to the clinic. For details please visit the above website.

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