Meet our Therapists

Bournemouth

  • Dr Lauren Rooney Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Lauren Rooney

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Bournemouth

    My Experience

    I have worked in the NHS since 2013, supporting people across the lifespan from young children to older adults with a range of difficulties, including people who have had strokes or brain injuries, long term neurological conditions and learning disabilities.

    I have experience of working with a range of issues including anxiety and depression, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, OCD, bereavement and difficulties coming to terms with long term conditions. I also have experience working with clients who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse. 

    In my current role in the NHS, I work in an Older Adult Mental Health Team, supporting clients with managing mental health problems, the stress of being carers, and working with people with cognitive difficulties including memory problems. I also have specialist interest in supporting people with long-term health problems or multiple issues including both physical and mental health problems. Through my research, I have developed a particular interest in working with couples – particularly where the male partner may be experiencing mental health problems. 

    My Values

    I value the importance of a safe therapeutic relationship, where clients are supported to explore their difficulties. Taking the step to see a therapist is understandably very challenging, so developing a collaborative, empathic working relationship is a very important element. I aim to support clients to develop new perspectives and enthusiasm for change based on their strengths. 

    The Models I work with

    I am trained in a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Activation and Systemic therapy. I aim to tailor the model used to you, adjusting the techniques to meet your needs and objectives. We can work to integrate therapies, or use them in their pure form depending on the outcomes you desire.  

    Training and Qualifications

    • PsychD Clinical Psychology 2016
    • MSc Experimental Psychology 2010
    • BSc (hons) Medical Neuroscience 2009
    • Mindfulness Training – The Rowans Hospice May/June 2017
    • Clinical Supervisor training – Southampton University April 2014
    • Compassion Focussed Therapy – Paul Gilbert May 2016
    • ACT for Neurorehabilitation – Psychology Chartered  May 2017
    • Bereavement and Loss - Southern Health  June 2017
    • Presented at Men’s Mental Health Conference - UCL 2012
    • Working with People with Autism – ADRC 2012
    • British Sign Language Level 2 – Portchester Community College    May 2017

Devon

  • Dr Pete Keohane Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Pete Keohane

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Devon

    My Experience

    I have worked in the NHS since 2009 supporting both adults and adolescents, with a variety of difficulties.  Prior to this, I also have experience working in not-for-profit healthcare organisations and large research organisations.  I have worked with people living with severe, complex and chronic mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psychosis, childhood abuse, chronic health conditions and complex co-morbid presentations. 

    My Values

    My values centre round enabling individuals, couples and families to recognise strength and resilience and move towards their valued way of living. It is important to me to create a safe, open and collaborative space in which to explore current and historical difficulties and experiences. I value the opportunity to empower individuals, couples and families to make useful changes in their lives and move towards a richer and more positive existence.

    The Models I work with

    My interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) & Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. However, I will always aim to adapt or integrate therapeutic models to fit the needs of the people I work with. Therefore these models can be used in their 'pure' form or as part of an integrative approach depending on what works best for you. 

    Training and Qualifications

    Academic

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton, 2014
    • Post Graduate Conversion Degree in Psychology (GradDipPsych), University of East London, 2009
    • Undergraduate Degree in International Relations with Politics (BSc Hons), Plymouth University, 2005

    Clinical

    • Narrative Practice, The Dulwich Centre, 2016
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), University of Reading, 2016
    • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Skills Training Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust & ACAT, 2015
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Posttraumatic Problem in Living, Contextual Consulting, 2015
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Up to Speed, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, 2014
    • Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Clinical Practice, Middlesex University, 2010
    • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Middlesex University, 2009 
    • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), ACAT, 2008

    Supervision

    • Clinical Psychology Supervision, University of Southampton, 2015
    • Supervising Systemically (Andy Burnham & Barry Mason), Institute of Family Therapy, 2015
    • Develop & Explore the Supervisory Relationship, University of Southampton, 2015
    • Systemic & Social Constructionist Perspectives on Clinical Supervision, University of Southampton, 2014

    Teaching & Education 

    • Teaching Tomorrows Doctors, University of Southampton, 2016
    • Teaching Students in a Clinical Setting, University of Southampton, 2015

    Professional Registration

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professionals Council (HPC) 
    • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) 

Hertfordshire

  • Dr Lisa Wilson Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Lisa Wilson

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Hertfordshire

    My Experience

    I have worked within the NHS since 2005 and, in that time, I have worked with people from across the lifespan and from a variety of backgrounds. I therefore have good experience of working with a range of psychological difficulties, such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, low mood, low self-esteem and confidence, difficulties within relationships, bereavement and loss, trauma and other experiences.

    In my private practice, I have worked with individuals experiencing difficulties similar to those listed above. In particular, I have worked with people to help them manage the effects of being stressed or having been bullied, low self-esteem and low mood, anxiety and coping by self-harming.

    Within my NHS roles over the past seven years, I have specialised in two areas. One of these has involved working with people who are struggling to manage the effects of severe and enduring mental health problems. The other has centered on working with people who have chronic physical health conditions, which are having a significant impact on their lives and have become difficult to manage (e.g. rheumatic conditions; chronic fatigue; multiple sclerosis; diabetes; chronic pain; limb loss).

    The majority of my clinical work has been with adults between the ages of 16 and 85.

    My Values

    The process of coming to therapy to talk about areas of difficulty or distress can feel very exposing and, as such, is something I consider to be a very brave step to take. I therefore work hard to provide a safe and trusting relationship, in which someone can feel able to bring and explore their difficulties without feeling judged, to then find a way through the difficulties together. The process of considering and making changes can also be very difficult. I therefore value the opportunity to explore this with individuals, in order to acknowledge any barriers that may have been ‘keeping them stuck.’ This is all with a view to then helping individuals towards living in a way that reflects their values.

    The Models I Work With

    I have had experience of working from a variety of theoretical frameworks and find that the most effective approach is grounded in thorough assessment and formulation. Building a detailed shared understanding of how someone’s difficulties developed and have since been maintained enables therapeutic work to be person-centered and individualised. This process tends to involve focusing on the narrative that the client brings, but also considering the networks and relationships they grew up in at home, at school and within society.

    The main models I draw upon in my current practice are Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT); Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I regularly use ideas from both Psychodynamic and Systemic Therapy to inform my practice. Within an individual’s therapy, the frameworks that we use will always be determined by the reasons that the person is seeking support and the changes that they would like to see.

    Training and Qualifications:

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Birmingham, 2011
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Research – Open University 2008
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Warwick 2004
    • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Hogrefe, Oxford, 2017
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Shame and Self-Criticism, Contextual Consulting, London, 2017
    • Mentalisation Based Practice, South Essex Partnership NHS Trust, 2015
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Russ Harris, London, 2014
    • Helping Survivors of Childhood Trauma, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, 2014
    • Treating Long Standing and Complex Patterns of Avoidance, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, 2014
    • Introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, 2012
    • Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), University of Birmingham, 2011
    • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust 2010
    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council: PYL27436

London

  • Dr Mark Groves Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Mark Groves

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years of experience in health care, social care, and voluntary/charity sectors, including many years of clinical practice in the NHS. I have have worked with client groups across the lifespan, presenting with the full range of mental health problems. This includes; stress, adjustment to loss, identity and self-esteem issues, depression, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma, personality disorders, substance misuse problems, self-harm, and suicidality. I have also worked with people with physical health problems and physical disabilities, including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have delivered psychological therapy with individuals, groups, families, and multidisciplinary teams.

    I have supervised other professionals in their psychological work. I am an experienced trainer and have delivered training to a variety of audiences and groups. I have delivered training in my NHS roles, to Trainee Clinical Psychologists during their Doctoral training, and recently at the British Rheumatology Society’s annual conference.

    My Values

    I believe that people are the expert of their own experiences but challenging life events can mean that any one of us can develop difficulties with our mental health and then find it difficult to identify a way forward. At these times, I am passionate about offering my expertise as a Clinical Psychologist, combining this with the individual’s expertise about themselves, to support them to make meaningful changes in their lives. I want to support the people I work with to challenge the stigma that can often be attached to a mental health difficulty.  I believe in providing a framework for them to develop a perspective of a mental health struggle as an understandable reaction when considered within the context of their life experiences.

    I understand that seeking psychological therapy can be daunting and scary, so my initial aim for everybody I see is to develop a trusting relationship with them. This allows us to work openly and develop a plan together for moving forward, which is meaningful to the individual. Experiencing a mental health difficulty or living with a chronic condition can be all consuming and I have hope for everybody I work with that change is possible.

    The Models I Work With

    As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a range of psychological models and will adapt therapy to the person that I am working with. My main interest and clinical experiences are in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but I also draw upon a range of models dependent upon the individual’s needs. My main focus is always upon developing a shared understanding of the person’s difficulties, which gives us a plan for moving forwards.

    Training and Qualifications

    • ACT for Trauma, Contextual Consulting, London; 2018
    • Clinical Supervisor Workshop, IoPPN, London: 2018
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Guys and St Thomas, NHS Trust; 2016
    • Trauma and Psychosis; reflections on the atest developments; Lincoln, British Psychological Society, 2013
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, The University of Oxford; 2011
    • Behavioural Family Therapy, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust; 2011
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care Practice, Liverpool, John Moores University, 2005
    • BSc [Hons] Psychology, The University of Liverpool; 2002

    Registrations

    • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): HCPC registration number: PYL27131. Registered from 1st June 2017
  • Dr Mayowa Aina Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Mayowa Aina

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I have worked in psychological services since 2007 supporting adolescents and adults to understand, manage, change and thrive in their mental health and wellbeing. I have experience working with a broad range of personal development issues and difficulties, relationship and relational problems, mental health and ill health and clinical health difficulties. These include difficulties such as anxiety (OCD, Phobias, and Panic), low mood, emotion regulation difficulties, trauma and psychosis. I also have experience of supporting people with relationship difficulties, stress, adjustment to illness (for example coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis), bereavement and life stage transitions.

    My Values

    I value creating a safe space where people can share and explore their experiences. I feel that this is crucial because it allows people to move towards their full potential and to feel supported to make choices about the valued directions they would like to move forward in. This flexible and collaborative approach to the therapeutic relationship is so important because it enables the client to become empowered and to move towards a richer and more fulfilling experience of life.

    The Models I Work With

    I work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I recognise and value that each person is an individual. I am aware that each individual will have their own unique circumstances that have led them to their current difficult situation. In response to this, I tailor therapy to each person I work with. I achieve this by using elements of the different therapies that are best placed to support the particular difficulties each person is facing.

    Training

    • Doctor of Clinical Psychology - University of East London - 2012-2015
    • BSc Psychology (Hons) 2:1 - 2004-2007
    • CBTp Top Up Workshop Certificate - 2016-17
    • Supervisor Training -2016
    • Family Intervention for Psychosis (PgCert) - 2016
    • Therapeutic Engagement (Object Relations and Mindfulness Approaches) - 2012
    • Certificate in Community Mental Health Care - 2010
  • Dr Michaela Dunbar Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Michaela Dunbar

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I have experience supporting adults, children and adolescents with a range of issues including OCD, panic attacks/anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, self-harm, chronic pain, chronic fatigue. I also work with behavioural difficulties in children and young people, including providing parenting support using Webster-Stratton. Prior to this, I worked in mental health research. I offer individual sessions with adults and young people and I also offer family therapy sessions where this would be helpful.

    My Values

    It’s important for people to have a good experience of therapy. I understand that whether you are an adult, parent, child or adolescent, coming to therapy is a big and important step, and the idea of talking to a stranger about things that you are struggling with, and you may have never spoken about before, can seem daunting. With that in mind, my first aim is to cultivate a trusting, confidential, and non-judgmental relationship that makes you feel comfortable and safe enough to share your experiences and difficulties with me. From this starting point, my aim is to help you to develop a helpful understanding of your difficulties from which we can work towards implementing change strategies to support you in your journey forward.

    Each person I meet with in therapy is a unique individual who is the expert of their experience, so our work together will be collaborative throughout, so that together we can explore what your obstacles are to thriving and meeting your potential.

    The Models I Work With

    My training includes a range of evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and systemic approaches. Depending on your individual needs I work by using these approaches in their pure form or integrating them.

    Training and Qualifications

    • EMDR – Part 1, Sandi Richman (2017)
    • Trauma Focussed CBT, David Trickey (2017)
    • DBT essentials, the Association for Psychological Therapies (2017)
    • Basic Life Support, adult & paediatric (2017)
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders: Dr Christopher Fairburn, (2016)
    • Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Dr Tom Lynch, BPS (2016)
    • Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Level A: Dr Susan Howard, (2015)
    • Compassion Focussed Therapy: Dr Paul Gilbert, BPS (2013)
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of Surrey 2016

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered member of the BPS (CPsychol) and member of the DCP (Division of Clinical Psychology), Faculty for Children, Young People and Their Families, and Developmental Psychology section.
    • HCPC – registration number PYL34044
  • Dr Jack Closs Counselling Psychologist

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    Dr Jack Closs

    Counselling Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I have worked in mental healthcare since 2010, qualifying as a counselling psychologist in 2017. Currently, I am employed in an NHS psychotherapy service; I offer cognitive behaviour therapy to people with common mental health conditions. Whilst training, I gained experience in using psychological therapies across a broad range of NHS mental health services, with adults, adolescents and families. I have worked both in outpatient and inpatient settings. Before I began my training, I worked for three years in mental healthcare, within NHS, charity and research settings. My main role during this time, was within an NHS mental health hospital, supporting people in their recovery from particularly overwhelming mental health conditions. 

    My Values

    As a counselling psychologist, as well as learning multiple psychotherapeutic approaches, my training was based on the importance of understanding an individual’s unique experience, and on how this can be explored in a therapeutic relationship. Although there are many things that shape who we are as individuals, it is, I believe, our relationships, both with ourselves and others, that often influence us most profoundly. By developing our awareness of these relationships, we can develop valuable and compassionate self-understanding. I aim for my clients to be able to use this understanding to help them to find ways of improving the quality of their lives.

    The Models I Work With

    I have experience of using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Person-Centred Therapy, and both short-term (c.6 sessions) and longer-term (c.40 sessions) psychodynamic therapy. I tailor my therapeutic approach according to what the client wants to work on, integrating different approaches as appropriate.

    Training and Qualifications

    • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, City, University of London, 2013-2017.
    • Psychology, MSc, University of East London, 2009-2010.
    • Philosophy and Politics, BA, University of Leeds, 2005-2008. 

    Professional Registration

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), December 2017, Registration Number: PYL35334.
    • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), The British Psychological Society (BPS), and member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. 
  • Dr Andrea Papitsch-Clark Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Andrea Papitsch-Clark

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I am a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in the NHS. Having completed my clinical psychology training in 2006, I worked with people across the lifespan, presenting with a range of both mental health (for example, OCD, health anxiety, panic, depression, low self-esteem) and physical health difficulties (for example, adjusting to illness, management and loss) to work towards the changes and goals they have identified. People often come to therapy for support with anxiety related difficulties, low mood, depression, stress, adjustment and bereavement related problems and my aim is to support and facilitate the changes needed to reduce distress and improve quality of life. I am particularly interested in working with people in a relational way – understanding how the relationship with self and others is developed and maintained and how this affects the individual in their day-to-day interactions, their past and future.

    I have worked in private practice since 2013, with individuals, couples and families, across the lifespan and with different challenges. Overall, I have experience and feel comfortable with working with a wide range of clinical, relational, physical health and emotional problems. One of my areas of specialism is in working with people with physical health problems, and helping clients adjust to and manage the impact of these conditions, physically and psychologically. This is reflected in my current role working for a charitable organisation supporting people with cancer where I have been since 2016.

    My Values

    My aim as a therapist is to support my clients on their journey to a more fulfilled and fulfilling life, whatever the difficulties they are experiencing. I am a supportive, open and non-judgemental therapist, and aim to stand side-by-side with my clients, in a bid to understand and explore their difficulties together. Through this, I try to help my clients reach their full potential, and try to empower them to take ownership of the changes they are making. This is with a view to maintaining these changes in future, and beyond the end of our therapeutic involvement working together.

    The Models I Work With

    I try to work integratively, and incorporate elements of different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness. More recently, I have been learning about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and try to incorporate elements of this approach into my practice. Generally, with this broad array of approaches, I aim to tailor the intervention to the client I am with, in a bid to ensure a ‘best fit’ for that person.

    Training and Qualifications

    • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London 1997 – 2000
    • PhD ‘Information Processing Biases in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME’, Royal Holloway, University of London, Pass 2005
    • DClin Psy, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, University of London 2003 – 2006

    Further Training

    • Constructing a new Self: a cognitive therapy approach to personality disorders. Christine Padesky. London: 12-13th June 2006
    • Breathworks ‘ Introduction to Mindfulness as a health care intervention for managing chronic pain and illness (special interest in CFS/ME’), 12th and 13th July 2010. Manchester Buddhist Centre, Manchester.
    • Institute of Psychiatry ‘Achieving Excellence in CBT – CBT top-up training’ – as part of this series I attended different workshops and masterclasses on the application of CBT to different conditions, including ‘social anxiety’, ‘health anxiety’, ‘depression’, ‘ptsd’, ‘ocd’, ‘panic disorder’, ‘depression’, ‘chronic depression’, ‘body dysmorphic disorder’, ‘generalised anxiety disorder’ and ‘chronic health conditions’. July 2010 – May 2011. Institute of Psychiatry, London.
    • Mindfulness Training Ltd ‘Four day experiential introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Skills Training, 03/03/2013, London.
    • Contextual Consulting ‘ACT made simple’, and ‘ACT bootcamp’ presented by Russ Harris. 12th and 13th June 2014, 10th and 11th July 2015. London.
    • Schema Therapy Associates ‘ Schema Therapy with complex cases (Module 1)’, ‘Schema therapy skills and working with Borderline Personality disorder (Module 2) and , ‘Schema therapy skills working with Narcissism and Anxious/Avoidant Personality Disorders (Module 3)’ by Gill Heath and Tara Cutland Green. 11th – 13th December 2014, 4th and 5th May 2015, 24th – 26th February 2016. London.
    • Contextual Consulting ‘ACT for Physical Health Problems workshop’, presented by Ray Owen. 10th and 11th October 2016. London.
    • British Psychological Society – Special Interest Group Oncology and Palliative Care ‘Compassion-focused therapy in Oncology and Palliative Care’, Andrew Rayner and Heidi Napier, 24th Nov 2017, Manchester.
    • Contextual Consulting ‘Supercharging CBT, with elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Fiona Kennedy, 7th and 8th December 2017.
  • Dr Amy Stewart Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Amy Stewart

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    Having worked in psychological services within the NHS for over 10 years, I have had rich and varied experiences of working therapeutically with children, adults and families supporting them with their mental health and wellbeing.  I have experience of working therapeutically with a range of  issues that one may face during their lifetime. This includes mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as challenges with confidence and self esteem. I am experienced in working with those adjusting to the implications of chronic health conditions (e.g. chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome) and neurological conditions (e.g. epilepsy, dementia and migraine).  I also have experience of working with individuals and families adjusting to relationship changes, for example through bereavement, separation, fostering and adoption.  I work with both children and adults and am also experienced in offering consultation and training to professionals, both individually and in groups. 

    My values

    I am a warm, passionate and respectful psychologist who places importance on ensuring my clients feel supported to share and explore challenging aspects of their life in a safe and helpful environment.  I value working flexibly with my clients and endeavour to work in collaboration with them to select a therapeutic model or approach that they feel will best fit with them.  I value the opportunity to reduce the stigma attached to mental health, making sense of the problems or issues that bring someone to therapy in the context of their lives; holding in mind both historical and current life circumstances. I aim to maximise my clients’ internal strengths and resources to support them with overcoming the challenges they face so that they can live rich, full and meaningful lives. 

    The models I work with

    Having trained and worked with a variety of psychological models, I aim to work flexibly with my clients, tailoring the approach to their needs. The main models that I draw upon include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), attachment based therapies including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness approaches, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Systemic Approaches. 

    Training and qualifications   

    • Supervisor Training, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, 2017
    • ACT for Chronic Health Conditions, Contextual Consulting, 2016 
    • Family Partnership Model, South London and Maudsley, 2016
    • Children and young persons  IAPT Outcome Monitoring, CYP IAPT, 2016
    • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1, Adoption Plus, 2015
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East London-, 2015
    • Good Clinical Practice Training, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust,2014
    • Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme- Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy, Provider Training, University College London, 2012
    • BSc Psychology, University of Surrey-2009

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Member of the Health and Care Professionals Council ~ Practitioner Psychologist, Pin: PYL32222
    • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Dr Liz Millward Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Liz Millward

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I have experience of working with a range of difficulties, including stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, trauma, anxiety and depression, but most of my experience is in severe and enduring mental health difficulties. 

    I have worked in the NHS since 2011, and during this time have worked to support people in all life stages, from a diverse range of backgrounds. In my NHS work at present, I specialise in supporting people in later life, and neuropsychology (the study of the structure and function of the brain). This work means that I often work with individuals that are experiencing loss and those who are struggling with long term health conditions. I also support families and couples that are going through stressful life events. I have specific interests in using third-wave therapies, like mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy.  

    My Values

    I value open and honest therapeutic relationships. I believe that through good relationships, both in the therapy room and outside of it, we can change and evolve as people. I endeavour to use collaboration and pacing to achieve a safe and comfortable therapeutic space, so that my clients can explore their own experiences, and build on their own resilience to overcome their difficulties. 

    The Models I Work With

    I predominantly use an integrative and formulation led approach. This means that I develop a psychological understanding of a person’s difficulties with them, and then use this understanding to inform therapy. This ensures that every intervention is person centred and tailored to need. My training as a psychologist included equal training in Cognitive Behavioural therapies (CBT, ACT, Mindfulness), Systemic therapies, and psychodynamic therapies.

    I also use manualised approaches using CBT, Mindfulness and ACT when a less intense intervention is needed, often over a shorter number of sessions. 

    Training and Qualifications

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology- University of Surrey, 2016
    • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- University of Oxford, 2016
    • Introduction to Compassion Focussed Therapy- Gray Rock, 2011
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practise- Middlesex University, 2013
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Kent 2011
    • Chartered Psychologist Status with the British Psychological Society
    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Dr Sarah Crowley Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Sarah Crowley

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    Drawing on my 10 plus years experience working across psychological services, I am able to offer a highly tailored approach to support others to explore and develop their own psychological well-being.

    Alongside my own private practice, I work for a prestigious private hospital in North West London offering neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation to clients with neurological conditions within a residential unit. Cognitive rehabilitation may involve strategies to overcome or compensate for difficulties in areas such as memory or planning skills, however an equally important part of my work is to provide psychological therapy and adjustment support to my clients and their families.
    In my private clinic I offer both neuropsychological assessment and psychological therapy. I have experience working with a broad range of psychological difficulties such as, anxiety, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, OCD, bereavement and trauma.

    My Values

    I value the importance of the therapeutic relationship and focus on creating a warm, safe and trusting environment where people are able to explore their difficulties and feel supported. My aim is to help people develop an understanding of their difficulties in a way that generates new perspectives and possibilities for change that feel personal and meaningful. I have respect for people’s individuality and always aim to work collaboratively to help people build on their own unique strengths and resources.

    The Models I Work With

    In my therapeutic work, I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic therapy, Mindfulness, Behavioural Activation, Schema therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Systemic therapy to inform my approach. The model that we choose to work with together will depend on what you are hoping to gain from therapy and the type of difficulties you are experiencing. I always aim to provide a tailored approach and I can work flexibly to either use models in their ‘pure’ form or to integrate different models and techniques, depending on a person’s individual needs.

    Training and Qualifications

    • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of East London, 2014
    • BSc Psychology, University of Kent, 2007

    • Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy, Confer, 2016
    • The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation, Confer, 2016
    • Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, 2015
    • Psychology and Health Conditions, East London NHS Foundation Trust, 2015
    • Working with Post Natal Depression, East London NHS Foundation Trust, 2015
    • Service User Experiences of Postpartum Psychosis, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust, 2015
    • Epileptology Conference, University of Oxford, 2014
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (3 months), University of Hertfordshire, 2011

    Professional Registration

    • Health & Care Professions Council (HPCP), Registration No. PYL31560
  • Dr Manus Moynihan Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Manus Moynihan

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    Currently based in East London, I have worked in the NHS and voluntary sector for over fifteen years across a number of settings including adult mental health, CAMHS, physical health and disability services. In this time I worked therapeutically with children, young adults, adults, couples and families. I have experience helping people manage a range of specific issues like anxiety, depression and phobias/OCD. However, I also support people with relationship difficulties, concerns with stress, trauma, worry, low mood, adjustment to illness and bereavement, and life stage transitions.

    My experience extends to providing supervision, consultation, and training to individuals, organisations, and schools.

    My Values

    I place a huge emphasis on creating a safe space where people can share and explore their experiences. In taking care to ensure clients feel supported, the work will always precede using models and practices in line with your values. This flexible and collaborative stance is so important therapeutically, as it is where I consistently see people make the most sense of the challenges they face. I think it also important to balance these challenges, with a reminding of people’s strengths and resources which are often hidden behind stories of stuck-ness and distress.

    The Models I Work With

    I have been trained in a number of psychotherapy models which I can I use either discreetly or integratively depending on the needs and preferences of the person or family. In this way, sessions can draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion focused approaches, as well as Psychodynamically informed interventions. I have also received additional training in Systemic and Family therapy and can work systemically with individuals, families and organisations.

    Training and Qualifications

    • MA Systemic Psychotherapy – Tavistock and Essex University, 2019
    • Supervisors training - North Thames Training group, 2017
    • Motivational Interviewing, Tavistock, 2017
    • Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (PGDip) – Tavistock and UEL, 2017
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - University of East London, 2015
    • Development of psychoanalytic theory (PC4) – Tavistock, 2015
    • MSc Neuropsychology – University of Bristol, 2010
    • H Dip Psychology – UCD, Ireland, 2009
    • MA History – NUIM, Ireland, 2002
    • BA Theology and History – St Patricks University Maynooth, Ireland, 2000

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered member of the BPS (CPsychol) and member of the DCP (Division of Clinical Psychology).
    • HCPC – registration number PYL32259
  • Dr Nicole Stokoe Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist

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    Dr Nicole Stokoe

    Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist
    Clinic: London

    My Experience

    I have worked in psychological services since 2001 supporting adolescents and adults to understand, manage and grow in their mental health and wellbeing. I have experience working with a broad range of personal development issues and difficulties, relationship and relational problems, mental health and ill health, clinical health difficulties (for example living with chronic enduring physical health difficulties such as chronic pain and Multiple Sclerosis) and existential challenges.

    My Values

    I value the role of the therapeutic relationship in enabling, mobilising and empowering people to move towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship offers a collaborative space to explore and understand current difficulties from which change and new ways of being can grow. My intention as a therapist is to facilitate understanding and change that will ultimately enable the client to leave the therapeutic relationship and continue on their journey through life in their valued direction.

    The Models I Work With

    I work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy. I recognise and value that each person is an individual and therefore tailor therapy to each person I work with. I achieve this by using elements of the different therapies that are best placed to support the particular difficulties each person is facing.

    Training and Qualifications 

    • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Hogrefe, Oxford, 2017
    • Cognitive Difficulties in Adults with Psychosis, West London Mental Health Trust, 2017
    • CBT for Unusual Experiences, Delusions and Persecutory Beliefs; Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, 2016
    • Clinical Skills Building Intensive – Intermediate level, Stephen Hayes, September 2016, 2 days
    • Solution Focused Therapy 2014
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Dr Fiona Kennedy, 2014
    • Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Entrenched Conditions (CAT), ACAT, 2012
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Russ Harris, 2012
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Approaches, University of Southampton, 2011-2014
    • PhD, Acute Mental Health Crisis, University of Hertfordshire, 2012
    • BSc Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, 2003

    Registration 

    • Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), October 2014, HCPC pin: PYL31272
    • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, March 2017

Portsmouth

  • Dr Juanita Merriman Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Juanita Merriman

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Portsmouth

    My Experience

    I use a variety of psychological approaches to help people live more meaningful lives and move towards the goals which are important to them. I seek to take into account an understanding of their wider situation and adapt my approach according to their own needs and abilities.

    I have worked within the NHS since 2014, prior to this I was working for private and charitable healthcare services. My experience has included working with people with mental health difficulties, chronic pain, learning disabilities, medically unexplained symptoms as well as with people adjusting to life after a brain injury, a stroke and physical health problems.

    I am currently working in the NHS with adults over 65 who have mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, including memory problems. I am also working in the NHS with adults who have a learning disability and mental health problems or challenging behaviour. I work with families, partners, carers and individuals, depending on what is appropriate for the individual.

    My Values

    I believe in providing people with a calm and safe space, allowing them to take the time to explore their current and historical experiences. It is through this, I hope to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties and an appreciation for the direction they would like their life to move in. I believe by building on their existing strengths we can work towards a future where they feel more able to cope with difficult experiences and can make steps towards living a richer and more meaningful life.

    The Models I Work With

    I use a variety of psychological approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people live more fulfilled lives and move towards the goals which are important to them. I seek to take into account an understanding of their wider situation and adapt my approach according to their own needs, abilities and wishes.

    Training and Qualifications

    • DBT 4 day course (Southern Health NHS Trust) - 2018
    • ACT 8 week course (Russ Harris) - 2017
    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week course (Rowans Hospice) - 2013
    • Mindfulness 1 day course (Grayrock) - 2012

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) - PYL34821

Southampton

  • Dr Sara Carr Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Sara Carr

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    Supporting individuals to become more present in their lives and better able to engage in what matters to them are at the centre of my practice. I have worked in the NHS since 2010 and have experience working with adults, children and young people with a range of complex mental health difficulties (including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder), grief and loss, and adjustment to long-term health conditions (such as diabetes) and chronic pain. I have a special interest in supporting mothers across the perinatal period, with my most recent research exploring mindfulness, mental health and maternal sensitivity.

    Passionate about promoting emotional wellbeing across the lifespan, I currently work within an older adults mental health team in the NHS.

    My Values

    Based on my experience to date, I believe that everyone tries their best to overcome difficult situations and challenges, but sometimes these solutions can unconsciously result in more negative thinking and unhelpful patterns of behaviour that can leave individuals and families feeling “stuck,” overwhelmed and out of control.

    Importantly, my approach to therapy is totally collaborative. I have a firm belief that only individuals and their families are the experts on their lives. My role is to offer different perspectives to their personal situations and to help them develop a deeper understanding about the challenges they are facing, with a view to finding alternative ways forward with which they are comfortable. I aim to help clients to develop the confidence and capacity to take forward some of the skills and strategies we discuss in therapy and to apply these incrementally in their daily lives. The therapy space I provide is compassionate, empathic and transparent. I hope to support people to overcome their barriers and to develop more helpful patterns of behaviour so with the view to supporting people to feel less distressed, more in control, and moving in a direction that matters to them.

    The Models I Work With

    My practice is integrative, drawing on a range of evidence-based theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. My work is also informed by Attachment Theory and Systemic Therapy. I enjoy working with families, partners and carers, if required, and consider the wider system in formulating difficulties. I would look forward to discussing these approaches with clients to ensure that they meet their needs.

    Qualifications and Training

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D. Clin. Psychol.) –University of Southampton, 2017
    • PhD Cognitive Psychology - University of Southampton, 2012
    • MSc Research methods in Psychology - University of Southampton, 2007
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Southampton, 2006
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Southern Health – due to commence Sept 2018
    • Clinical Supervisor Workshops – University of Southampton, March & June 2018
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Russ Harris Online Course – June 2016

    Professional Registration

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), PYL34562
  • Dr Kathryn Gaussen Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Kathryn Gaussen

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I have worked in the NHS since 2006, working in a variety of settings supporting adults and adolescents with managing mental health problems and helping them to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I have experience of working with a range of presenting problems; such as Complex Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD, also referred to as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder EUPD), Psychosis, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I also have experience of working with couples and in supporting families/carers. 

    In my current NHS role I work in a community mental health team supporting people with severe and complex mental health problems. My areas of interest include Complex Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder. 

    My Values

    I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship in which clients can feel supported to explore their difficulties and to discover new ways to view and manage those difficulties. As everyone is an individual I aim to tailor therapy to meet each client’s needs and to make it feel personal and meaningful to them, whilst also taking into account the research evidence. 

    The Models I Work With

    I have trained in a range of therapeutic models such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). My work is also informed by Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Systemic Approaches. I believe it is important to work collaboratively and therefore we can work together using an integrated approach or in using therapies in their pure form.  

    Training and Qualifications

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth 2011-2014
    • MSc in Mental Health Studies, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry 2008-2010
    • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Southampton Solent University 2004-2007
    • Clinical Supervisors Training, Southampton University, 2016
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis, Dr Joe Oliver, 2016
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy boot camp advanced workshop, Dr Russ Harris, 2015
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy made Simple, Dr Russ Harris, 2015
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Up to Speed DBT training, Southern Health NHS, 2015
    • Certificate in Psychotraumatology, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 2013-2014
    • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Sussex Partnership Trust 2013
    • Compassion Focused Therapy, Plymouth Community Healthcare 2012
    • Certificate in Family Therapy, Plymouth University 2011-2012
    • CBT for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Charlie Weller Institute 2011
    • Anxiety Traps! CBT Antidotes, Christine Padesky 2010
    • CBT Boot Camp: Building Core Clinical Competencies, Christine Padesky 2010

    Professional Registration:

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), PYL31044
  • Anna Lisicka Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

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    Anna Lisicka

    Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I have worked in private and the NHS psychological services since 2010 supporting adults with a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety and depression and more severe and enduring mental health problems, such as brain injury, psychosis and personality disorder.  

    My Values

    I value the potential of every human being to change and develop and I believe that strong therapeutic relationship may enable and facilitate learning.
    I am committed to collaboration and empowerment of individuals in their journey towards recovery and fulfilling their potential. 
    I respect and appreciate the diversity of individuals, their culture, religion and lifestyle choices. 

    The Models I Work With

    I work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model. I value and often incorporate the elements of third wave CBT, such as Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). 

    Training and Qualifications 

    • PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Advanced Level Practice), 2017
    • Mindfulness Day Training, Solent NHS, 2017
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology Conversion for Postgraduates, Open University, 2011
    • MSc Applied Psychology, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, 2006
  • Hubert Fanka Senior Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapist

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    Hubert Fanka

    Senior Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I have worked with NHS for the past 15 years. I work with individuals from a range of social and cultural backgrounds and I am motivated by the opportunity to work with diversity as a psychological therapist. As part of my duty, I assess, formulate and implement plans for the formal evidence based psychological treatment and/or management of individual difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy. I am able to provide specialist psychological therapy using evidence based modalities (CBT, DBT, EMDR, CFT and ACT) I am mindful of my environmental challenges and also able to reflect and recognise my own strengths but also my own challenges and opportunities in my helping capacity.

    My Values

    My passion for therapeutic work is entrenched in my interest and the understanding of human happiness. I sincerely believe in the practical benefits of a life spent helping others, fully investing in the promotion of empathy and compassion. My approach is based on good understanding of, and a commitment to the principles of recovery, choice and personalisation. 

    The Models I work with

    I am trained confident and competent on a range of psychological modalities (CBT, DBT, EMDR, and ACT) and balanced it with other priorities which involve consultancy, supervision and leadership. I have in depth experience of working with a wide variety of client groups (Primary, secondary and impatient care). I have good knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific groups (personality disorder, dual diagnosis, Bipolar, people with additional disabilities, psychosis and complex trauma, anxiety, Depression, Eating disorder, OCD, and CFS) and able to maintain a high degree of professionalism despite the challenges of these complex presentation.

    My Specialisms

    • Adult Mental Health Care
    • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
    • Anger Issues
    • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
    • Bi-Polar Disorder
    • Childhood Trauma
    • Depression
    • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Psychosis/ Schizophrenia
    • PTSD
    • Phobias
    • Personality Disorder
    • Emotions Coping skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Religious conscience
    • Self Esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Spirituality
    • Stress Management
    • Emotional resilience
    • DBT informed work
    • ACT informed work

    I am involved in the training and development of staff and service. I am a trained clinical supervisor and also provide specialist supervision (CBT and DBT informed work).  My approach is integrative and humanistic.

    Training and Qualifications

    • Doctorate in Clinical Practice student: final Year   (University of Southampton) Final Year      
    • PG Diploma in Cognitive behavioural therapy for Anxiety and depression (IAPT). (University of Southampton)      2012
    • MSC In mental Health Studies(University of Southampton) 2011
    • PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Severe and enduring mental illnesses (Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Bipolar affective disorder) (University of Southampton) 2009
    • Post Graduate Diploma in mental health studies (University of Southampton) 2007
    • MSC in Psychology (University of YDE I) 2000
    • BSc Psychology + Sociology+ Philosophy Joint honours (University of YDEI) 1996             

    Relevant Training

    • EMDR Europe Training level 1, 2, 3, 4 (EMDR Europe trainers) 2017
    • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy Intensive training (Behavioural Tech) 2017
    • Clinical Supervisor Training (University of Southampton, school of psychology) 2015
    • Family Connection Training for Borderline Personality Disorder  2017
    • PG Diploma in Cognitive behavioural therapy for Anxiety and depression (IAPT). (University of Southampton)  2012                                                                                                           
    • PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Severe and enduring mental illnesses (Personality Disorders, Psychosis, Bipolar affective disorder) (University of Southampton) 2009
    • Up To Speed DBT Training (Hampshire Partnership Trust) 2007 
    • Mentorship Training (university of Southampton 2008

    Professional Registration

    • BABCP Registration Number: BABCP 110240

    Language spoken: French, English, Spanish

  • Samuel Afari Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

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    Samuel Afari

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I am qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). Having been working in the National Health Service for many years, I have gained valuable experience of working with people with a wide range of mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, Psychosis/Schizophrenia, Personality Disorder, Bi-polar Disorder. I have also used CBT to help people with issues with anger management, self-esteem and self-confidence and problem solving.

    My Values

    I value uniqueness and diversity and also believe in the equality and empowerment of the individual. Given that each person’s story is unique and different I understand the need to be open minded and non-judgemental. I have good listening ears and I treat all my clients with respect. I work closely with clients to unearth and explore their strengths and capabilities as a way of helping them manage their challenges. The aim is to promote recovery and improve functioning through distress reduction.

    The Models I Work With

    I primarily use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) but sometimes blend in elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassionate Focus Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.

    Training & Qualifications

    • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Advance Level Practice); Southampton University – 2015 to 2017
    • Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) - 2017
    • MSc in Mental Health Studies. University of Southampton - 2010
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Introduction to Anxiety and Depression) – University of Southampton – 2009
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Studies (Mental Health Practitioner). University of Southampton – 2005 to 2007.
    • BA Social Science; University of Cape Coast, Ghana - 1994-1998
  • Jane Butt Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner

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    Jane Butt

    Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I have worked in mental health services 28 years and have provided psychological therapy since 2010 supporting adults to reflect on and find a way to build on their mental health and wellbeing. I have worked with a wide range of mental health needs and have worked a lot with relationship and relational problems. I also work with people from the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual communities, those who identify as having Gender Identity Needs and with people living with HIV.

    My Values

    I value learning from the clients I work with and working collaboratively towards the client's goals to support them in making changes for the better and to move towards the goals they wish to achieve.

    The Models I Work With

    I work with Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). CAT is great for working collaboratively with the clients I support and is really useful to help build self-reflection and greater understanding within their relationships with themselves as well as with others.

    Training and Qualifications 

    • Registered Mental Nurse, Portsmouth and South East Health Authority 1987
    • MSc Social Research Methods, University of Portsmouth, 2006
    • Introduction to CAT, ACAT, 2009
    • Cogntive Analytic Therapy Skills, ACAT, 2010
    • Cognitive Analytic Therapy, PG Dip University of Sheffield Hallam, 2013
    • Solution Focused Therapy 2014

    Registration 

    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), April 2015
    • Association Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT), October 2015
    • National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA), December 2015
  • Katherine Smith Occupational Therapist

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    Katherine Smith

    Occupational Therapist
    Clinic: Southampton

    Who Am I?

    I have been a qualified Occupational Therapist for the NHS for 4 years. In this time I have worked in a variety of clinical areas including neurology, physical rehab and mental health services; with experience of working with adults across the age span. I have worked with a variety of severe and complex diagnoses such as stroke, acquired brain injury, anxiety, depression and personality disorder.

    I work using a holistic and client centred approach using clients own values to work towards their goals. I am passionate in helping people live meaningful lives as independently as possible.

    What Can I Offer?

    At Avenue Therapies I will be working with people with a range of psychological difficulties including anxiety, depression and work related stress.

    I can help provide a practical approach to improve your daily living skills and find new ways of doing the things that are important to you.

    I can help with:

    • Increasing motivation – by learning what is important to you
    • Routine and structure – using timetables and regular activities
    • Money management – learning to budget
    • Improving self care – E.g by learning how to cook independently or use a washing machine
    • Accessing the community – confidence in using the bus or going shopping
    • Managing anxiety - learn practical techniques and graded exposure
    • Returning to employment or voluntary work – help with writing CVs and job applications
    • Finding new hobbies and meaningful occupations

    By grading each task to suit your current level of ability, I can work on the individual skills needed for you to carry out these things independently.

    Training and Qualifications:

    • BSc Psychology, 2009
    • MSc Health Through Occupation, 2012
    • AMPS, 2015
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Practitioner, 2016
  • Dr Catharina Haywood Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Catharina Haywood

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I have worked in the NHS since 2011 and have experience of working with people across the life span, although the majority of my time has been spent working with adults. Much of my work has been with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, however I have also worked with physical health conditions, particularly medically unexplained symptoms. In my current NHS role, I work in an adult mental health team, supporting individuals with psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, and borderline personality disorder. My special interests are PTSD and medically unexplained symptoms.

    My Values

    I believe that therapy is most effective when client and therapist approach the difficulty together in a collaborative way. Through the development of a firm therapeutic relationship, I aim to support clients to discover new ways of viewing and coping with their difficulties and of living a life that is meaningful to them. This will be different from one individual to another and I adapt my sessions and the therapy to suit a person’s needs.

    The Models I Work With

    I primarily use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), although my work is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

    Training and Qualifications

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Southampton, 2014 – 2017   
    • University of St Andrews, MA (Hons) Psychology, 2006 – 2011   
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Up to speed DBT training, 28/11 – 30/11 and 13/12 – 14/12/17
    • CBT for anxiety disorders, Dr Nick Grey, 2017
    • CBT for complex trauma, Dr Nick Grey,  2017
    • OCTC Compassionate Mind online training module, 2017
    • Foundation skills for working with trauma and PTSD, 2016
    • Introduction to ACT, 2015
    • Art Therapy Foundation Course, Roehampton, 2014
    • Post-Diagnostic Counselling in Dementia, 2012
  • Dr Katie Byron Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist

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    Dr Katie Byron

    Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experiences

    I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with experience of working within the NHS and private psychological therapy services. I have worked with individuals of different ages with a range of mental health difficulties. My areas of interest include eating difficulties, anxiety disorders and relationship issues. 

    My Values

    Having worked in mental health settings since 2008, I aim to promote an individual's choice and champion their resilience in overcoming difficult experiences. I believe that therapy can be used as a short-term intervention to support a person to achieve their goals and make the necessary changes to improve their mental health. I think it is important for people to have a good experience of therapy and therefore I value honesty and building a trusting relationship with each individual. 

    The Models I Work With

    I have received training in a range of therapeutic models and approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic Approaches, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I believe it is important to tailor therapy to each person and their treatment goals whilst taking into account the research of effective interventions. 

    Training and Qualifications

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Approaches, University of Hull, 2010-2013.
    • BSc in Psychology, University of York, 2007 -2010.
    • Schema Therapy, Dr Heath and Dr Green, 3 days, 2014.
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Masterclass, Dr Padeskey, 1 day, 2013. 
    • Abuse, Trauma and Dissociation, Jacqui Dillon and Eleanor Longden, 2 days, 2012. 
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Personality Disorders, Janet Feigenbaum, 1 day, 2012. 

    Professional Registration

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professionals Council (HPC) 
    • Accredited CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) 
  • Dr Anna Redding Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT & EMDR Therapist

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    Dr Anna Redding

    Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT & EMDR Therapist
    Clinic: Southampton

    My Experience

    I have worked in the NHS since 2004 supporting both adults and adolescents with a variety of difficulties, to make sense of and move forward, enabling them to make a life worth living.  I have worked with people living with severe, complex and chronic mental health difficulties such as personality disorders, psychosis, childhood abuse/complex trauma, dissociative disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex co-morbid presentations. I have also supported people through loss, anxiety (including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD) and depression as well as living with chronic physical health problems. I currently work with adolescents and adults.

    My Values

    My real passion is helping people to feel as though they have more control over their lives (and their difficulties) and to support people to achieve their goals.  Living with mental health difficulties and/ or chronic health conditions can be overwhelming, frightening and all consuming. I aim to instil confidence that people can achieve their dreams and live a fulfilling life by working with the individual to help them both understand and overcome the challenges they are facing.

    The Models I work with

    I use a range of psychological therapies to suit your needs, which we can discuss together during our first appointment.  I am able to work with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focussed Therapy (SFT), Behavioural Activation (BA) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) models.  These can be used in their 'pure' form or as part of an integrative approach depending on what works best for you. 

    Training and Qualifications

    • A Compassionate Approach to the forms and functions of self-criticism, Professor Paul Gilbert, Feb 2018
    • AIP Methods for treating Complex PTSD & Dissociative Personality Structure, Jim Knipe, October 2016, 2 days
    • Clinical Skills Building Intensive – Intermediate level, Stephen Hayes, September 2016, 2 days
    • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Part 1, 2 & 3: Dr Alexandra Richman, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, 2015-2016
    • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), 2014
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dr Eric Morris and Dr Joe Oliver, 2013
    • Going Viral Leadership Training, Talentworks, 2013
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Dr Maggie Stanton and Christine Dunkley, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Behavioural Activation: Dr C Lejuez, 2013
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Personality Disorders, Dr Kate Davidson, 2012
    • Teaching Mindfulness to Clients, GreyRock, Dr Maggie Stanton and Christine Dunkley, 2010
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton, 2012
    • Post Graduate Certificate, Psychological Research Methods, Open University, 2008
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, 2002 

    Professional Registration 

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professionals Council (HCPC), PYL28794
    • Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), Membership Number: 130700 (accredited CBT therapist)
    • Member of EMDR UK & Ireland, Membership Number: R0237 (accredited EMDR therapist)

Surrey

  • Dr Tinisha Kennedy Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr Tinisha Kennedy

    Clinical Psychologist
    Clinic: Surrey

    My Experience

    I am experienced in carrying out psychological assessment and treatment for a range of mental health problems across the lifespan. As well as providing therapeutic interventions for individuals (that is children, adolescents and adults), I have extensive experience in working with families and groups. I have worked closely to support individuals experiencing numerous types of emotional distress, including low mood, anxiety disorders (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder), phobias, behavioural difficulties, psychosomatic disorders, psychosis and a range of emotional regulation difficulties, possibly resulting from but not restricted to psychological trauma. I have worked in a range of settings, including social care settings (with Children Looked After), private sector (inpatient and outpatient settings), and NHS inpatient (forensic), and community care services. Within the NHS, I currently work with Looked After Children. I also provide training and consultation to staff working in highly pressured environments. 

    My Values

    I am passionate about providing clients with a safe and containing therapeutic relationship. I am inspired to work both creatively and collaboratively with my clients to reveal what factors might be driving the problems in question. I value being invited in to share and support clients on their personal therapeutic journey, to bear witness to and promote self-soothing.

    The Models I Work With

    I am an integrative psychologist who enjoys working closely with client, using a Compassion Focussed Therapy Model to thoroughly assess the therapeutic needs of my client. A psychological formulation of the current presenting difficulties is then used to guide the process of therapeutic intervention. I work collaboratively with clients using Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Approaches, Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am able to adapt these models to suit the therapeutic needs of my clients. I am experienced in providing both short term and long term therapy, working with individuals, families and groups. 

    Training and Qualifications

    • PsychD. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. University of Surrey, 2016. 
    • BSc(Hons). Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology. University of Kent, 2012 
    • EMDR. Pt 1 & 2. Dr A. Richman, EMDR Association UK & Ireland, 2018
    • Adaptive Mentalisation Based Integrative Treatment. Anna Freud Centre, 2016 
    • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule2 (ADOS-2). Dr M. Murin. GOSH, 2016
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Essential Skills. APT. Leicester, 2016 
    • Disgust Across the Disorders. Dr D Veale. Greyrock and Stanton Ltd, 2016
    • Repairing the Therapeutic Rupture. BPS, 2016
    • How do Psychologists Look after Themselves in a Changing NHS. BPS, 2015
    • Hiding the Issue? Paedophilia: Time to End the Silence? HMP Thamesmead, 2015
    • Narrative Approaches to Therapy with People who have Killed. Dr G. Adshead, 2015
    • Working with Suicide and Self-Harm in Offenders. Nottingham Trent University, 2015 
    • Managing Therapeutic Drift. Dr G. Waller, 2015
    • Creative & Systemic Approaches in Paediatric Psychology. Gt Ormond Street Hospital, 2014 
    • Compassion Focused Therapy. Prof. P. Gilbert, 2014
    • Women, Trauma & Violence: A Relational Perspective. Tavistock & Portman NHS FT, 2013
    • Therapeutic Group Skills. East London NHS FT, 2012

    Professional Registration

    • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), PYL33580

Avenue Therapies started with Nicole, Anna and Pete. Three Clinical Psychologists, working in the NHS wanting to offer therapy for those who the NHS was unable to support; those on long waiting lists, those falling between the cracks. In setting up Avenue Therapies, we quickly realised we had more referrals than we could manage and started taking on associates. We only work with like minded therapists, who share our values and can offer the highest quality therapy for you.

 

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