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, Senior Therapist & 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 am an experienced accredited therapist and I have worked within mental health for over 13 years. I have experience working in various services including primary and secondary care, forensic, learning disability and acute teams within the NHS and private health care.  


I always work with the person first rather than the diagnosis, and I believe it is key to help you understand how your experiences have contributed to your difficulties.


I am creative in my practice and often integrate third wave approaches such as ACT into the evidence-based approaches of CBT and EMDR.  A large proportion of my work is trauma focused supporting people in processing difficult experiences so they can function better in the here and now. This includes traumas impacting upon self-esteem, anxiety, low mood, and other related difficulties.

Associate Therapists 

Dr Alex Kydd, Clinical Psychologist 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology PsychD

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. 

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.

Roxanna, Psychotherapist 

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


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)


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.

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, Psychotherapist 

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


I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I have over 6 years working in the NHS in secondary care and primary mental health services.  I am trained to work with people who have 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 into my work depending on the difficulties clients may present with.  


I have special interest in working with young adults (18-30 years old) and perinatal mothers and fathers.

Matt Dawkin,  Psychotherapist

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

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 10 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 people and 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 depression, low self-esteem and anxiety-related problems, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) social anxiety and others. I incorporate my skills using a number of models including CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

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

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. 

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