Dr Christina Palmer, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead

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

Specialisms: Psychological Assessment, PTSD & Complex Trauma, Low Self-Esteem, Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems, Clinical Supervision 

 

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 15 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 extensive experience of providing psychological assessments and consultations as well as working with staff teams and involvement in service development. 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, Senior Therapist & Clinical Lead

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

Specialisms: PTSD & Complex Trauma, Low self-esteem, Chronic Health Conditions / Mental Health Problems, Clinical Supervision

I am an experienced BABCP accredited therapist responsible for supervising and supporting a diverse team, in addition to my own clinical practice. I have worked in mental health for over 15 years in various services within the NHS and private healthcare. This includes working within primary care, acute and forensic hospitals, learning disability services, amongst others. I have been involved in service development, which includes developing and delivering wellness programmes. The broad nature of my experience means that I have a good understanding of how to adapt and tailor treatment to work with people experiencing a wide range of problems.       

I am integrative and creative in my practice, drawing upon various therapeutic models including CBT, EMDR, ACT and other cognitive approaches. I always work in a person-centred way, in order to tailor support to effectively overcome difficulties such as anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, worry, health anxiety, PTSD and low mood. I am particularly interested in working with complex trauma and self-esteem, as I find helping people to move beyond past traumas and adverse life experiences extremely rewarding.

My aim is to help you understand your difficulties, and ensure treatment is based on your goals and what you want to get out of therapy, supporting you to develop new ways of coping.

Associate Therapists 

Dr Alex Kydd, Clinical Psychologist 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PsychD. EMDR Cert.

Specialisms: Psychological Assessments, Complex Trauma, Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems, Clinical Supervision

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. 

Dr Jon Chatfield, Clinical Psychologist

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PsychD, MSc Forensic Psychology, BA (Hons) Social Psychology. EMDR Cert.

Specialisms: Psychological Assessment, PTSD & Complex Trauma, Interpersonal and Personality Difficulties, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Clinical Supervision and Professional Consultation

I am a Clinical Psychologist, accredited with HCPC. I have over a decade’s experience of working with people across the lifespan, in a range of inpatient, community, and forensic settings; specialising in adult mental health. I have extensive experience or working with staff teams both in the NHS and other organisations, in a consultative capacity, and regularly provide clinical supervision to other psychologists and therapists in both NHS and private roles.

 

I have experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches, but most commonly draw on Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and aspects of Schema-Focussed Therapy (SFT). 

The quality of the therapeutic relationship is extremely important to me, as is creating a safe and creative environment in which psychological change can occur. I use a range of therapeutic tools in my work, including diagrams, letters and creative activities, as I believe that therapy should be unique to you as a person, rather than your diagnosis or the symptoms you are experiencing. 

Roxanna Jones, Psychotherapist 

BA Hons (Psychology and Ancient History), MEd (Psychology of Education), PGDip (Mental Health Practice), PGDip (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). EMDR Cert.

Specialisms: Eating Disorders, Phobias, Complex Trauma & Anxiety-Related Problems

 

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and have experience working for over nine years as a mental health practitioner in public, private and charitable sectors, working with a variety of clinical presentations. I value working with a diverse client base and welcome all clients seeking a non-judgemental and safe place for support with their mental health.

 

I am a warm, curious and empathetic therapist who enjoys working with individuals holistically. I approach therapy as a cooperative process to best support people in connecting to their innate strengths and to enable them to bring about positive changes. I work with a wide range of mental health presentations. These include individuals experiencing a wide variety of anxiety and mood disorders such as depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder, work related stress, OCD, health anxiety, panic disorder, social and specific phobias. With a focus on the CBT framework, I also incorporate a variety of therapeutic models into my practice such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

 

I have specialist experience working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and medical phobias (for example, dental phobia). Furthermore, I have a particular interest in working with social phobias, low self-esteem and managing depression by improving interpersonal relationships.

Shona Cooke, Psychotherapist 

MSc Politics of Rights. PG diploma in Social Work. PG diploma in Psychological Therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR Cert.

Specialisms: Anxiety, Depression, Peri-Menopause

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT).
I have enjoyed working within the field of mental health for over twenty years within the voluntary sector and in community mental health services within the NHS.

My core profession as a Mental Health Social Worker provided me with the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of people and a variety of issues (such as, depression, complex trauma, psychosis and various anxiety-related problems) before training to become a therapist.

I enjoy working transdiagnostically, working with the person rather than the diagnosis. I aim to help people to understand the link between their symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and potential underlying causes, such as low self-esteem. My approach involves working alongside clients to develop practical strategies or 'tools' that will support them to overcome their difficulties. My work draws on approaches such as CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and EMDR. 

I work with a range of problems including anxiety, OCD and depression and PTSD amongst others. I particularly have an interest in working with women who are in the menopause transition. I really value being able to support women to manage the anxiety and depression that can accompany this period along, or other transitions, in order to develop new coping strategies that will allow them to adapt and flourish.

I also have an interest in working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD can be extremely distressing and often people can wait many years before having this recognised. I enjoy helping clients to get a better understanding of this diagnosis and tools for managing the excessive and uncontrollable worry that is typical of GAD. 

Marreyah Haq, Senior Psychotherapist 

BSc (Hons) Psychology,  PGDip Mental Health Practice, PGDip (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 

Specialisms: Perinatal, Sleep Disorders / Insomnia, Young People

 

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I have over 7 years working in the NHS in secondary care and primary mental health services and specialist perinatal services.  I have helped lots of people overcome a range of difficulties including depression, low self-esteem and a range of anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety and other anxiety-related problems. 

I work collaboratively with all clients to ensure we can develop a personalised treatment plan to meet their needs and goals for therapy. I incorporate skills from compassion focussed therapy (CFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and distress tolerance / stabilisation into my work depending on the difficulties clients may present with. I also run mindfulness workshops.  

 

I have special interest in working with young adults (16-30 years old) and perinatal mothers and fathers. I am also passionate about working with sleep disorders and insomnia and have been involved in developing programmes in our service and within the NHS.

Matt Dawkin,  Psychotherapist

BSc (Psychology), PGCert (Low Intensity Psychological Interventions), PGDip (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). EMDR Cert.

Specialisms: Sleep Disorders / Insomnia, Anxiety & Men's Mental Health

I am a BABCP accredited Psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am an experienced therapist and I have worked within mental health services for over 11 years. I have experience working in primary and secondary services including, adults, learning disabilities, children’s services, physical health services, older people services and dementia, both in the NHS and private health care.

I have always worked in a creative way with and try to put the person at the centre of everything I do. I believe that a holistic approach is crucial in understanding a person’s needs. I am experienced in working with various problems including depression, low self-esteem and anxiety-related problems, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), social anxiety and amongst others.

I draw on a number of models within my work including, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).

I have a special interest in working with anxiety-related problems, men’s mental health, grief and addictions.    

Marie-Louise Lowcock, Psychotherapist

 

BSc Hons (Social Sciences:Psychology), BSc Hons (OT), EMDR Cert. 

Specialisms: Trauma, Anxiety and Depression 

I am an integrative therapist with a core profession in Occupational Therapy. I am HCPC and RCOT accredited. I am currently employed in the NHS as a Senior Occupational Therapist and have over 11 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 have experience of supporting people with a wide range of difficulties ranging from severe and enduring mental health conditions to common mental health difficulties such as depression, burnout, stress management, anxiety, trauma, OCD, loss and bereavement and more. 

I work in an integrative way, which means that I can draw upon many therapeutic approaches within my work such as Occupational Therapy, CBT, and EMDR, amongst others. 

 

  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. 

Abi Newman, Psychotherapist / Counsellor

 

FdSc Counselling.  EMDR & Embodied Therapy Cert.  

Specialisms: Trauma, Eating Disorders, Embodied Approaches

I am a BACP accredited therapist working in a trauma-informed way.

I have over 10 years’ experience of working in both Voluntary and Private mental health settings; residential and non-residential in the UK and overseas in various roles. I have seen and experienced the healing effect of truly meeting someone through relationship and being alongside people in moments of challenge/pain/joy/celebration. I am influenced by a Humanistic way of being in the therapeutic relationship, which involves being present and curious. My work is informed by neuroscience, EMDR, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, and Somatic Experiencing, all having a strong focus on working with trauma.

 

I have an empathetic, warm, compassionate nature and aim to work with clients to build a safe relationship where they feel comfortable to explore the things that can make them feel vulnerable. Working as an Integrative embodied therapist I have experience of working within various areas inclusive but not limited to; trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, personality disorders, abuse, addiction, depression, relationship issues, gender and sexual diversity, eating disorders and anxiety.

Nicola Potter, Psychotherapist / Counsellor

Accredited MBACP.

EMDR Cert. 

Specialisms: Relationship Issues, Domestic Abuse, Eating Disorders

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner. I currently work in the NHS as well as private practice in this role. I also have experience of working in the private sector. I work in an integrative way drawing on various approaches including CBT, humanistic and person-centred approaches, amongst others. This means I have training which integrates different therapeutic approaches, so I am able to guide you in ways best suited to your needs, by working together to find resolutions to your problems.

I work with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, Trauma / PTSD and Complex PTSD, Depression, Eating disorders, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, bereavement, relationship troubles and anxiety. I have a special interest in working in women’s health, whether it may be self esteem issues, fertility or effects from abusive relationships. 

Melanie Kinross, Psychotherapist / Counsellor

MSc Psychodynamic Counselling (Child and Adolescent), National Centre for Eating Disorders Practitioners Skills Cert. 

Specialisms: Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Eating Disorders

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and I have over 12 years experience of working in this role. I have experience of working with with adults, children and adolescents both in private practice, within the private sector and in my role as a school counsellor. I have been involved in service development projects as well as delivering wellbeing programmes and training. I also offer supervision.   

I work in a person-centred way, which means that I can adapt therapy to meet the needs of, you, the client. I offer short, medium and longer-term work drawing on various models including dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP), brief solution-focused models and psychodynamic counselling. 

I work with various problems including anxiety, stress, depression, Eating disorders, self-esteem, relationship issues, sexuality, loss, bereavement and trauma. I also specialise in working with work-related issues.   

Kyo Gbondo, Psychotherapist

BSc (Psychology), PGCert (Low Intensity Psychological Interventions), PGDip (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Specialisms: OCD, BDD and Young People

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) currently offering Private therapy, whilst also working part-time in the NHS. My experience ranges from working in both primary and secondary care mental health services for over 10 years. I have worked with young people, adults and older adults. This includes working in a specialist psychiatric service, in prison services and in the community, delivering person-centred care. I have extensive experience working with people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders such as Stress including work-related stress, Health Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress disorder and Panic to name a few. I am also experienced in working with Body Dysmorphia (BDD) and various eating disorders. 

I am compassionate in my approach and believe in working collaboratively to achieve your goals. We will work together to help you make sense of your difficulties and help you to find practical ways to overcome them.

I have a specialist interest in working with young adults (16 - 30 years). I am really passionate about working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and have helped many people overcome the difficulties associated with OCD throughout my career. 

Lisa Kemsley, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Coach

Dr Selina Thorrington, Clinical Psychologist

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsychD)

Specialisms: Psychological assessment and formulation, trauma, mood and anxiety problems, severe and enduring mental health.

I have over 15 years of experience working with mental health within the NHS. I currently work in Urgent Care in a more consultation role, and have previously worked in a number of settings including adult secondary care, early intervention services and forensic acute care.

 

I draw from a number of psychological models to inform my practice including Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Schema Focused Therapy (SFT). I offer specialist assessment, short and longer term therapy.

 

From a compassionate and curious stance, I will work alongside you to explore what may feel challenging or confusing from your past and present in order to develop a shared understanding of what is impacting on you now. From this place of deeper understanding you can start to move towards what is important to you.

Adv Dip Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling, Dip Executive Coaching and Organisational Development, EMDR Cert, Management Consultant, Dip Clinical Supervision

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Specialisms: Relationship and family issues; Anxiety; Depression; Trauma; Self-Esteem issues, Narcissism; Critical Incident and Stress Management; Executive coaching and workplace issues.

I am a professionally qualified and experienced therapist and clinical supervisor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have extensive experience in a wide variety of both therapeutic and organisational settings and across a broad range of life issues. I have been working with individuals for over 15 years in both short- and long-term ways. I am trained in several therapeutic approaches which helps me tailor my work to each individual and the difficulties and challenges being faced. Therapeutic approaches that I draw on include psychodynamic and person-centred approaches, Transactional Analysis, CBT and EMDR. Therapy or coaching can offer an opportunity to grow and change in ways which are difficult to achieve on your own or with family and friends. I aim to support you by offering a warm, non-judgemental, and confidential relationship. I can help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of yourself to help you move forward and live a more fulfilling and contented life.