Dr Christina Palmer, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director

BA Hons (Applied Psychology and Criminology), MSc (Psychology), PGDip (Low intensity CBT interventions), PGDip (High Intensity CBT), Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PsychD


I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist accredited with BPS and HCPC. Clinical Psychologists differ from psychotherapists as we are trained at doctoral level and are required to work with clients across the lifespan using a wide range of approaches, as well as carrying out their own research. This ensures that we are able to keep abreast of the most up to date theories and research and integrate this into our work.  

I have over thirteen years experience of working within mental health, most recently as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. I have worked across services spanning primary care, secondary care, acute, specialist and forensic services within the NHS and private sector. This has included working with people across the lifespan. I am also an experienced supervisor with experience of offering supervision to other psychologists and therapists.

I draw on a broad range of evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). Exposure to lots of theories and approaches means that I can offer a comprehensive assessment which supports you to think about which approach is right for you and why.

Nicola Rhodes, Psychotherapist & Clinical Director


BA Hons (Applied Psychology and Criminology), MSc (Psychology), PGDip (Primary Mental Healthcare), PGDip (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

I am a BABCP accredited psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).


I have over thirteen years experience working in mental health services in primary and secondary care NHS services, forensic services, charity and the private sector. I currently support people with a variety of common mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, PTSD, low self esteem and more.

I enjoy working creatively and collaboratively with clients to develop a tailored treatment plan to meet their individual needs

Associate Therapists 

Marie-Louise Lowcock, Occupational Therapist


BSc Hons (Social Sciences:Psychology), BSc Hons (Occupational Therapy)

I am a fully registered Occupational Therapist accredited with HCPC and RCOT.  I am currently employed in the NHS as a Senior Occupational Therapist.  I have over 10 years experience of working within mental health services.  This has included both acute and community settings and has spanned across working age and later life age groups.  I currently support people with severe and enduring mental health conditions and common health difficulties such as depression, burnout, stress management, anxiety, trauma, OCD, loss and bereavement and more.  I provide a wide range of therapies and as well as Occupational Therapy I also specialise in wellness recovery planning, work-based recovery planning following a mental breakdown, and low intensity CBT such as behavioural activation for depression and graded exposure to anxiety.  I am passionate about working collaboratively with clients to help support their recovery following illness, in re-engagement in meaningful activities, routines, goals, and in rediscovering a life that is once again fulfilling.  Witnessing the transformation clients can make is incredibly rewarding. 

Dr Alex Kydd, Clinical Psychologist 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PsychD

Carol Stevenson, Psychotherapist

BSc Psychology, PG Diploma Mental Health Studies, PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a background in mental health practitioner training.  I have also completed specialist training called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also trained in the use of third wave cognitive approaches such as mindfulness, which I incorporate into my practice. 

I use a compassionate and holistic approach to my time when working with clients, to gain an understanding of what is happening and how this makes you feel. Together we work out how difficulties have started and what keeps them going. I have worked in the NHS for 15 years with lots of different people to build experience of working with depression and anxiety problems. Using my knowledge and experience along with your understanding of what is happening for you, we can look forward to empowering you to live life the way you want.

I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the BPS and HCPC. I have worked for over 12 years with people of all ages experiencing a wide range of difficulties in a variety of NHS settings. This includes experience of working within the NHS in a senior role as a Principal Clinical Psychologist.  


I work within a range of models and I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also draw on systemic and attachment theories, mindfulness, Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to inform my practice.  


One of the most important factors in meaningful therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. I offer short and longer term therapy, starting with specialist assessment and drawing on appropriate models to develop a shared understanding of your experiences. From a position of hope and compassion we would think together about finding ways forward. 


I work within an LGBTQ+ Affirmative practice. 

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