Dr O’Mara

Clinical Psychologist, BA (Hons), MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol


I am an independent Clinical Psychologist with Chartered Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means I have doctorate level training in Clinical Psychology and meet the standards set out by the BPS and HCPC.  I have extensive experience providing psychological assessment reports and psychological therapy. I can also offer training and supervision upon request.

Further training in:

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).

Systemic family therapy

Cognitive Behaviour therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.


My main philosophy is to be honest about how I can be helpful and to work collaboratively with the young person and family’s to achieve shared goals.

Nathan Gibson

Trainee Integrative Psychotherapist, LAC/Post Adoption Specialist


Having worked for the LINK since 2013, Nathan has gained a plethora of valuable experience with children, young people and their families who are suffering with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, including group work facilitation, 1:1 tailored interventions and outreach support.  Although already educated to BA Hons standard, he is continually developing his role and has successfully completed DDP level 1 and 2 training. He is also currently undergoing his fourth year of TACT training, ultimately enabling him to become a Integrative Psychotherapist trained in both adults and children and young people. Nathan has also received individual training on attachment and trauma from Stephanie Hunter, Senior Lecturer at Sunderland University. Nathan has also received excellent feedback from his work in Sunderland supporting families through the ASF which is commented on in our service evaluation.  Nathan leads as our student placement coordinator, supervising Social Work students joining us on placement from Teesside University his role includes their recruitment, training, supervision and case management. Nathan holds his professional registration with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)

Lisa Whiteley

Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner, LAC/Post Adoption Specialist


Lisa is a qualified Social Worker following the completion of her Masters in Social Work in 2011 and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. After completing her Masters in Social Work, Lisa worked within a statutory Child Protection and Child in Need team for 3 years. Lisa also has experience of working with adults with physical and learning disabilities within both the statutory and voluntary sector. In addition to this, Lisa has previously undertaken training and voluntary work with the Witness Support Service at Teesside Combined Court empowering and supporting individuals through the court process. Lisa has also completed her Level 2 DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) training which allows her to use this approach in her work with children and families.

Peter Haggerston

Therapeutic Social Worker


Peter has worked at the Link since March 2017. He is an adopter and foster carer for children with complex needs. Peter provides therapeutic interventions using Theraplay techniques for children with disrupted attachments and early life trauma. He works with families to build attachments, and a sense of safety and empathy within the family. Peter supports children to process and integrate early life trauma and dissociation. He is also an EMDR practitioner and is registered with HCPC and a student member of the National Counselling Society. Peter is currently studying to become a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and is in his third year of study.

About Us


The Link is a Community Interest Company or a CIC for short, which means we are motivated by making a positive change rather than making money.  We believe that nobody should have to face emotional distress alone, so we provide a variety of therapeutic services, activities, training and events to support children, young people and families who are facing challenges in relation to mental health.


The Link CIC, Community Ventures Ltd, 101 The Greenway, Middlesbrough, TS3 9NA


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