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Our Team

Dr Pasquale Kornecki
Dr Pasquale Kornecki
Senior Clinical Psychologist and Director
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
M.Sc Psychology
B.Sc(Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
Member of British Psychological Society
Trained in EMDR
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS for 10 years and I presently work as a senior clinical psychologist supporting children, young people adults and their families. I work with people who suffer from anxiety related difficulties as well as depression & behavioural difficulties. I have experience in supporting children & young people who have difficulties relating to self-harm as well as those on the Autistic Spectrum (providing both assessment & therapy). I have completed my training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) & work with individuals suffering PTSD. Throughout my training I have developed skills in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) informed approaches with adults, children and adolescents. I believe in being able to offer a range of well-evidenced approaches tailored to best support the individuals I work with.
Stefan Bell
Stefan Bell
Cognitive Behavioural, Schema & EMDR Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Level 2 BABCP accredited)
BSc with Honours Degree in Biology and Behavioural Studies.
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Trained in Schema Therapy on an Accredited International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Program.
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy on an Accredited Program by the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.
Trained in Attachment Focused-EMDR
Trained in Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT)
GDPR Compliant
I am a British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with 10 years of NHS experience. I have worked in various NHS adult mental health foundation (MFT) trusts as well as children and adolescent’s mental health services (CAMHS). I am currently working in the NHS as well as working in private practice.

I have experience of working with all age groups suffering with a variety of disorders. My experience to date includes working with Complex Trauma with PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Perfectionism, IBS, Low Mood, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder & Long-Term Health Conditions. Further to this I am also trained in Schema Therapy that is a long-term therapy for personality disorder. I am currently working towards international accreditation with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). I have experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD). I am trained in EMDR therapy for children and adults working with PTSD, Panic, Anxiety, Attachment Trauma & Long-Term Health Conditions. Furthermore, I provide online assessments, therapy and consultations remotely through Zoom and Skype. I can deliver all modalities of therapy efficiently and effectively via remote working.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people of all ages from children, adolescents and adults helping them to enhance their lives, as well as work through their troubles collaboratively. I am an empathic individual and thrive on listening to people; being able to relate to this age group particularly well, and understanding the troubles that they often struggle with. I value and respect all of my clients and aim to provide the highest standards of service and care. 

I have a huge passion for the work that I do within the field of Cognitive Behavioural, Schema & EMDR Psychotherapy as well as other therapy modalities and I am currently continuing research in the field of Psychology. I have a special interest in attachment focused work in adults.
Louise O’Boyle
Louise O’Boyle
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP Accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) 2009
Psychosocial Interventions (PSI) Diploma Module -2006
Certificate in Managing Health Services (MESOL) - IHSM 1992
Registered Mental Health Nurse-(RMN) 1983
GDPR Compliant

I am an experienced BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) who worked in a NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service since qualifying in 2009 until I left the service in 2017. Prior to this I worked as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in the NHS for over 25 years. My career has given me a broad spectrum of working with adults suffering from mental health issues that has enabled me to develop effective skills at providing high levels of care and standards in my delivery of CBT therapy. I am pleased to now be working in the field of private CBT practice at The Rooms in Knutsford.

My work as a CBT has been varied- I implement evidence-based psychological therapy using NICE guidelines to clients who are suffering from disorders or diagnoses of Depression- Anxiety- Health Anxiety- Panic- Specific Phobias-Social Phobias- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-Post-Natal Depression- Body Dysmorphic Disorders and those clients sustaining low self-esteem and confidence issues.

It is important that CBT work is collaborative and following assessment and agreement of the problem areas to address, that the treatment programme is individually tailored to suit the client need to ensure specific cognitive and behavioural changes. My work includes goal-setting- self assessment and feedback to ensure that progress is established and maintained as appropriate. Relapse prevention work is an important part of this process to complete a therapy programme and ensure continuity of using learned techniques in everyday life once therapy has ended.

I have a special interest of incorporating “Third Wave” therapies –Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness into my work and have completed short courses and workshops to use these approaches effectively. I strive to ensure that clients have a positive experience of using CBT therapy and can achieve their goals of participation with this treatment modality.
Rachel Latimer
Rachel Latimer
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – BABCP Accredited
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
BSc (Hons) Psychology
GDPR Compliant
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and have previously practised as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist. I have experience in providing therapy in rehabilitation centres and hospitals and have delivered CBT to children and young people in school settings as well as in the NHS at CAMHS. I work with people who are struggling with a range of difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Panic, Phobias and Low Self-Esteem. I have confidence working with those who may have a diagnosis of ASD or learning difficulties.

I have a friendly and warm approach and will work flexibly to meet the person’s needs. .
Alex Makin
Alex Makin
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Bsc Speech and Language Therapy
HCPC registered
Member of the Royal college of speech and language therapists
Trained in Parent Child Interaction therapy (PCI)
GDPR Compliant
Communication is an essential aspect of our lives and I am here to help your child achieve their communicative potential.

I have experience in providing assessment and intervention to children presenting with: speech sound disorders/delays, expressive language delay, stammering and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presenting both verbal and non-verbal.

And I am keen to work closely with parents to ensure the best outcomes for the child are met. My main aim of therapy is to support the child to develop their communication skills and confIdence to communicate independently
Jan Makin
Jan Makin
Child Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Grad Diploma in CBT
Registered Health Visitor
State Certified Midwife
State Registered Nurse
GDPR Compliant


I have over 30 years experience of working with children, more recently as a trained cognitive behavioural therapist. I therefore have a great deal of knowledge and experience around child development, both behavioural and physical.

As well as working in the NHS I have also been working in junior schools with children who have a variety of difficulties including various anxiety disorders; separation anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety, health anxiety and PTSD. I have also seen children who have been bereaved or have low mood.

I am very approachable and greatly enjoy working with children and their parents. I have 6 children of my own.
Hannah Finneran
Hannah Finneran
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BSC (Hons) Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies
MSC Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (In Progress)
BABCP accredited
GDPR Compliant


I have worked within mental health services since 2011, with 6 years experience within adolescent services, as well as working for the last 5 years with adults with emotional and mental health issues.

Using CBT I have helped my clients overcome: Depression, Low Self Esteem, Anxiety- including Health Anxiety, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, and Panic Disorder. I am also trained in CBT-ED. This is CBT specifically for Eating Disorders and is effective in treating Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Restrictive Eating Disorders. I am particularly interested in mood disorders and body image and self esteem issues.

In addition to private practice I work within an inpatient and outpatient settings, both within individual and group therapy. I offer both an open and understanding space, to work through their difficulties together in a safe and goal directed way using research supported therapeutic interventions.
Allie Regan Woodall
Allie Regan Woodall
Counsellor - children and adults
Couples counsellor
Family counsellor

Postgrad dip Clinical Supervision
DBT trained
Level 6 CBT
Postgrad dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling: Children (TA)
Postgrad dip Education (Counselling)
MSc Psychological Research (specialising in cognitive neuroscience of language)
PGCE Secondary English (with Music)
BA(hons) English and Creative Studies
GDPR Compliant
Having spent 18 years as a teacher, it seems natural to me to specialise in counselling children and young people. I'm an integrative counsellor and utilise my tools according to how the client wants to work and what their goals are. Sometimes this can mean a purely Person Centred approach works, although many clients prefer to work at a deeper level which is often more easily accessed through a Transactional Analysis informed approach. I use CBT and DBT informed methods in my work and find that these can be used idiopathically or at a client's request.

I have spent six years counselling those who have been sexually abused. In addition, I have counselled for over two years with bereavement in a hospice setting. Therefore surviving abuse and neglect or bereavement and loss are often key themes in my counselling room and we normally find ways to laugh despite some of our heavy work. Even with little ones, using sand tray and creative metaphors can help explore key issues such as these, without potentially retraumatising. I also work with children and young people on issues such as relationships, identity, recovering from being bullied and building self esteem.

I believe the young person or child should be at the centre of the counselling, but can work with parents too providing the limits of this is clearly agreed upon before the commencement of this aspect of the counselling and emotional support. Having worked with families to support their young person, I often find that child development psycho education can be used in practice as well as transaction matching in order to create a more harmonious home environment.

All the above skills do mean I can and do transfer this knowledge to working with adults and often any issues in their childhood can be explored through child development knowledge and use of TA, CBT or DBT.
Dominik Zagala
Dominik Zagala
Counselling Psychologist
Integrative Psychotherapist
Advanced Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
MA in Psychology - clinical, occupational
HCPC, BACP Registered
GDPR Compliant


I am a Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist, when working with my clients I use a variety of approaches. I have received extensive training in both Psychology and Psychotherapy.

I have a wealth of valuable experience both within the UK and Poland. From 2012 until 2015 I was working in Poland as a Psychologist, for the Institute of Oncology. During this time I provided cancer patients with psychological support and counselling. My role also involved running groups and working pragmatically with other professionals. Alongside of this, I also worked at the Family Centre where I was consulting service users and their children, to provide them with psychological therapy/ family therapy.

At the end of 2015 I moved to the UK, since then I have been working within various NHS trusts and settings. I have provided support to patients of the Mental Health Wards at Laureate House (Wythenshawe) and Park House (North Manchester) undertaking therapeutic interventions in groups (2017-2018). In 2019 I worked at Whittaker Day Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne and I was also responsible of running therapeutic groups for older clients.

Alongside of my employed work I have also my own private practice as a psychotherapist which I established in 2016. Within my private work, I have supported a range of clients (individuals, couples and families), who are experiencing various emotional difficulties and mental health problems. These have included (but are not limited to):  

Anxiety,
Addictions,
Bereavement,
Depression,
Eating disorders,
Health related problems,
Personality disorders, 
Problems in relationships, 
Sexual problems, 
Sleeping problems, 
Stress and difficult life events,
Suicidal thoughts and behaviours,
Traumas and work-related problems.

While working with people, I always encourage them to share their thoughts, concerns and worries within a safe environment. I thoroughly enjoy the process of supporting clients in their personal journeys, growth and moments of self-discovery, whilst they work through their personal difficulties and ultimately reach their goals.
Phil Jones
Phil Jones
Mental Health Practitioner
GDPR compliant
I have worked in the NHS since 2002 in a variety of mental health and learning disability settings, completing my mental health nurse (DipHE) training in 2012. My career has remained in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) since then, an area for which I have a strong passion for in helping young people and their families achieve the best outcomes alongside and understanding of their difficulties.

I have spent a number of years working within a CAMHS intensive therapy service delivering psychoeducation, coping strategies including mindfulness and exposure therapy, whilst utilising aspects of a number of therapies such as CBT, DBT, family therapy and elements of MST, this being via intensive internal NHS training and mentorship from previous psychologists, psychotherapist and family therapists.

I have significant experience in working with young people who suffer from anxiety related disorders such as OCD, separation anxiety, generalised anxiety, phobias including emetophobia, sleep difficulties and stress. Either as a main difficulty or an associated difficulty of another mental health difficulty, I have experience of working with young people with low mood and depression. Alongside this, I also have a special interest and significant experience of working with young people and their families where the young person has a diagnosis of ASD which also includes associated experience of interlinked ASD and mental health difficulties such as the above. Ensuring that NICE guidance is followed.

I feel it is important to have an honest approach with young people and their families, ensuring there is clarity about difficulties and the best way to help the recovery process, whilst recognising that the initial steps to engaging with someone new, sometimes can be the hardest.

I’m able to offer sessions on an individual basis, family sessions or a mix of both. Depending on the difficulties, sometimes family sessions can be a safe and effective way to help understand difficulties and support change within the family home. There are times where a young person may not feel able to attend a session on their own, I am wholly accepting of parents attending sessions initially. There are times when out of session tasks maybe beneficial to support the work in session, alongside this and if confidentiality allows, involving parents in a session overview with a view to collaborative working which may include parental support outside of sessions for session tasks. This stems from my experience of working within an intensive therapy service.

I listen to young people and their families in a non-judgemental way offering a comprehensive assessment before working collaboratively on goals set for treatment. It’s important to understand the current difficulties to ensure the right approach is taken, whilst working collaboratively. It’s also important to close a course of treatment, looking at individual relapse prevention work. At all times, risk is being assessed and if needed, safety plans created.

All work carried out is under the supervision of Dr Lucy Kornecki. Due to current difficulties surrounding the global pandemic, all sessions with myself currently are offered via applications such as Skype, Zoom etc.
Pam Eccleston
Pam Eccleston
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
MSc in Professional Practice (CBT) 2015
PG Dip CBT 2001
Registered Mental Nurse 1992
DBT (Parts 1&2)
Member of BABCP
GDPR compliant
I have been registered as an RMN for 28 years and qualified as a CBT therapist almost 20 years ago. I Since then I have worked consistently in the NHS with common mental health problems such as mild/ moderate depression, phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD and trauma and then the past 10 years I have worked with more complex problems such as Personality Disorder, Suicidal Behaviour, Psychosis, Bipolar and Complex Trauma.

As an experienced DBT therapist I have seen that the skills we teach help people cope effectively with emotional dysregulation and unhelpful coping strategies such as alcohol and drug use, self-harm and relationship problems. Exploring emotions and thoughts and teaching mindfulness and other DBT skills, helps people to slow down their reactions so they can respond more skilfully. This can be applied to many impulse related issues such as drug/ alcohol use, eating, gambling to name a few.

I have a keen interest in working with adult ADHD and many of my NHS clients have this as well as other diagnosis. I also have experiencing of adapting CBT clients with ASC.

Initially we would work on developing a shared understanding of your difficulties before we agree on which strategies would help you implement the desired changes.
Sarah Roberts
Sarah Roberts
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
BSc (Hons) Human Communication: Speech and Language Therapy
HCPC Registered
Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Trained
Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) Trained
GDPR compliant
I am passionate about communication and supporting young people and their families to better understand themselves and each other. Communication is important for every aspect of our lives. I work with families and young people to develop their skills and to reach their communication potential.

In sessions, we will be able to work together to explore your individual areas of strength and need, as well as to identify what you want to gain from our appointments. We will work closely to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved for both the young person and their family.

I have experience of working with a wide range of children and young people, from pre-school right up to adolescents. I have experience of providing both assessment and intervention for a range of conditions such as speech sound delays/disorders, language delays/disorders, voice disorders, dysfluency (stammering) and social communication difficulties such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also contribute to Neurodevelopmental assessments for conditions such as ASD and ADHD.
Emma Mahon
Emma Mahon
Neurodiverse Learning
BA (Hons) in Primary Education
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Specialist Dyslexia Teacher-Approved Teacher Status (ATS)
Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences
Post Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Differences
Masters Units in Specific Learning Difficulties: Consultancy and Diagnostic Assessment
AMBDA Certified Diagnostic Assessor of Specific Learning Differences
NPQML in School Leadership
GDPR compliant
I have always been fascinated by the ever-developing neurological research into different brain types and how a child's neurological profile can impact on the way in which they learn. It became my passion to investigate individual learning styles through diagnostic assessment and to develop teaching programmes designed to match the individual child's optimum way of learning. I began my career teaching both in mainstream and in Specialist Education, as Lead Teacher of Cheshire’s largest Resource Provision for children with Autism and Complex Needs. I have also had the opportunity to develop and run an Inclusion Outreach Service for schools, as well as supporting my own school in role as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

I have extensive and varied experience in all aspects of Special Educational Needs and Neurodiversity, with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD's), such as Dyslexia, being my most specialist area of expertise. In this particular field I have been called upon to advise schools across the UK, USA, and many other countries around the world, delivering bespoke INSET training for education settings.

I pride myself in providing diagnostic work to children and young people that whether results in a diagnosis or not, provides the child with an understanding of Neurodiversity, of their own learning profile, and most importantly, an understanding of their own strengths.
Mary Thompson
Mary Thompson
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
BSc (Hons) PsychologyGDPR compliant


I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I can work with a range of mental health issues including Depression, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Worry), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Phobias. I also work with Low Self-esteem and Sleep.

I have 25 years of experience working with adolescents in a range of roles including Careers Adviser, Connexions Personal Adviser and Drug and Alcohol Worker. I have more recently worked with adults of all ages as a CBT therapist.

I bring a warm, empathic, compassionate and non -judgemental approach to my work with clients, quickly putting them at ease.
Fiona Douglas
Fiona Douglas
Counsellor / Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling - 2006
National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy Diploma in Hypnotherapy - 2007
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - 2008
Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision - 2011
Diploma in Coaching - 2021
BACP Registered Member
GDPR Compliant


I am an experienced counsellor and have been in practice for over 15 years. I offer a safe and comfortable space for you to explore issues you may be experiencing, life changes you may want to make or goals you may wish to achieve. My clients find me warm, friendly and empathic, whilst offering a level of honesty and supportive feedback. We can explore strategies to use in life and also discuss past events.

My counselling practice has developed over time to incorporate CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) strategies and interventions, mindfulness, and therapeutic hypnosis where appropriate. I offer solution focussed therapy and also offer longer term counselling if a client feels they want that option.

Issues I have worked with include abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, depression, disabilities, emotional distress, gender identity, health related issues, life skills, loneliness, low self confidence, low self esteem, loss, mental health, miscarriage, personal development, redundancy, relationship problems, self harm, sexual orientation, stress and work related issues.
Melissa Batty
Melissa Batty
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
M/Sc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
BSC (Hons) Psychology
GDPR Compliant


I have 10 years experience working in a variety of mental health settings, providing support for adults and young people. For the past 4 years I have worked in the private sector supporting both inpatient and outpatient clients, with individual and group therapy.

I am confident and experienced in using CBT to support clients to work through and overcome:

Depression
Low Self Esteem
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Health Anxiety
Social Phobia
Specific Phobias
Panic Disorder
OCD
Problems in relationships
Stress

I offer a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental space, so that the client and I can work through the presenting difficulties collaboratively.

I work under clinical supervision in accordance with my professional registration and I am GDPR compliant.
Claire Friday
Claire Friday
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Adult Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

MSc Psychotherapy (Newman University)
Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Diploma in Adult Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Registered UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
GDPR Compliant
My name is Claire Friday. I have trained as a integrative Psychotherapist at the Northern Guild in Newcastle. Before training as a psychotherapist I worked for over 15 years in the adoption field.

I have worked with various charities, including a child bereavement service and within primary school settings supporting children and young people. More recently I have worked as a psychotherapist with adults within an Enhanced Primary Care Team.

My training at the Northern Guild incorporated working creatively with both children and adults, as appropriate to support and enable expression where words may be difficult to find.

I work with issues such as bereavement, low self-esteem, OCD, somatic issues, eating issues, self-harm, identity issues, peer/bullying issues, anger, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, attachment issues and trauma.

My approach to therapy is to be a companion alongside my client, supporting them by providing a calm and safe environment to explore what brings them to therapy.

When working with children and young people I will meet both the client and parent/s to support understanding of the current difficulties and explore how I can support the client and agree an initial plan so there is a shared sense of direction.

Karen Wood
Karen Wood
Counsellor /Couple Therapist /Mindfulness Teacher
Diploma in Counselling | Certificate in Couple Counselling
Post Grad Certificate in Primary Care – Salford University
Certificate in Counselling Supervision – Psychotherapy Centre Manchester
Integrated Mindfulness Teacher Certificate – Salford University
BACP accredited | HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
Remote Appointments Only

I am a BACP accredited Counsellor offering short & long term therapy to individuals & couples for a wide range of difficulties. These difficulties can include relationship problems, depression, anxiety, loss, family issues & work stress. I have undertaken an extensive amount of training in Counselling/Couple Counselling/Group Work and Mindfulness Teacher Training, and I have been a Counsellor for 15 years both privately and in the NHS. I can also offer ‘one to one’ tailored sessions in Mindfulness, for those wishing to learn more about it, or for those who would like to explore a different approach to dealing with anxiety /depression or life’s challenges. If you are interested, please ask and we can set up a session, to explore your needs and what would be best for you.

For information, I have also taught on several groups for Anxiety Management and Mindfulness for Depression. So I have a good sound knowledge of the problems that people face when in the throes of depression or anxiety. I have also done lots of ‘one to one’ sessions of Mindfulness for people, wishing to learn the benefits of being more mindful for health and wellbeing as well as other psychological problems. As mentioned I previously worked in the NHS and was asked to organise Mindfulness sessions for staff – as part of a health and wellbeing initiative. These were well attended and the results were appreciated and positive.

I am warm, friendly & approachable & utilise my skills & experience to help you talk things through in a confidential environment. I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I draw on many approaches. I know how hard it is to ask for help, & by looking at this profile you are already a step closer to making the changes you desire.
Mandy Stagg
Mandy Stagg
Hypnotherapist and Counsellor
Certified Hypnotherapist and Counselling Cert Hyp Cs
Registrant member of the National Hypnotherapy Society ( professional standards authority accredited register)
GDPR Compliant
I am a Hypnotherapist and when working with my clients I use a variety of approaches. My work covers a wide range of experience from hypnoanalysis to hypno birthing. I am extremely passionate about healing the subconscious mind gently through Hypnotherapy, whether it be one session, thoughtfully put together for a smoking cessation or a treatment plan for weight loss. The gentle healing nature of Hypnotherapy works really well for past trauma regression and inner child work, either as a stand alone treatment or working alongside other therapies.

What I treat?
Stress management
Anxiety
Phobias and habits including- simple Phobias, complex Phobias, social Phobias, panic attacks and agoraphobia
Self confidence and Self esteem
Exam nerves
Weight control- loss and maintaining a healthy weight
Smoking cessation
Pain management (Hypnoanalgesia is the use of Hypnotherapy as an analgesic)
Hypnobirthing
Hypnoanalysis ( Hypnoanalysis in its various forms is used to uncover incidents and their associated emotions that have occurred in the past and are affecting the person in the present)
Sexual and fertility issues

My aim I believe good rapport and trust are at the base of a good therapist/client relationship, and my aim is to treat my clients with empathy. We will spend some time in therapeutic conversation so I can best get to know your modalities and personality, this will ensure we can move forward with a treatment tailor made for each individual to secure the best possible outcome from Hypnotherapy.
Dr Lucy Kornecki
Dr Lucy Kornecki
Senior Clinical Psychologist and Director
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
Member of British Psychological Society

GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS for over 10 years & qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2010. I have undertaken private work for a number of years, both in therapeutic & legal capacities. I currently specialise in working with children, young people & their families as well as adults. I have experience of working with severe mental health problems in, including anxiety & panic, OCD, PTSD, health anxiety, social phobia & depression, behavioural difficulties, risk (in particular self-harm) & Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I am trained in the Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule & have experience of assessing & diagnosing ASD in young people and adults. I primarily use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but also have experience in family therapy & approaches such as mindfulness & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) one of the ‘Third Wave’ therapies of CBT. I also have experience of working with young people and adults in forensic services.

As a parent it is often daunting to think about bringing your child to see a psychologist and the young person themselves can be very anxious, not knowing exactly what it will be like. Likewise it can be difficult for adults to make the first step in engaging in therapy. I have an honest approach and am always clear about what I think the difficulties are and what is needed to help people recover from them. I try to be flexible and creative in my approach, with a focus on making people feel at ease, particularly when I meet them for the first time. If young people don’t feel they can come into sessions on their own at first I am happy for parents to accompany them and also for parents to help explain what their difficulties are if they are unsure about how to do this. Where confidentiality will allow I include parents in the therapy by providing summaries of sessions and asking for their help in supporting their child with out of session tasks. I am happy to see parents on their own to offer advice about how to support a young person if they are not keen to attend therapy themselves.

I have experience of doing group sessions with families, helping discuss difficult relationship issues or difficulties that are having an impact on various family members. This can often make a huge difference as it is a different environment and the session provides a boundary so everyone’s views can be respected and people are reminded of the need to listen to each other. Each young person and families needs are different and the type of approach you would like to take (whether that is individual or group sessions) can be thought through in the first session and altered if required as the therapy moves along.
Elaine Mayall
Elaine Mayall
Co-ordinator
Retired Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Counsellor

M.Sc Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies, 2000
M.Sc. Occupational Psychology, 1993
Diploma in Counselling, 1996
BABCP accredited / BACP registered member
GDPR Compliant
I worked in the NHS from 1993 to 2006, as both a therapist and manager. Since 2006 I have worked exclusively at The Rooms in Poynton. In 2017 I retired from my clinical practice and now concentrate on my role as Director of The Rooms in Poynton and co-ordinator of The Rooms of Knutsford.
Lyndsey Bevan
Lyndsey Bevan
Specialist Occupational Therapist
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
PGDip Working with children, young people and families: a psychoanalytic observational approach
HCPC registered
Member of the Children, Young People’s and Families Specialist Section of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy
GDPR Compliant
Occupational Therapists (OTs) are often concerned with the difficulties people have in carrying out everyday activities. OTs work holistically, using areas of strength or interest for engagement in assessment and/or intervention.

I qualified and have worked in the NHS since 2008 in a variety of settings within children’s services, including Paediatrics, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (inpatients and community) and second opinion diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

I work with children and young people to think about both their strengths and difficulties in their day to day life, looking at self care (washing, dressing, eating), productivity (school, work, volunteering) and leisure (hobbies and interests). I am able to work with infants, children, young people and families to work towards achievable goals to improve quality of life and help them to achieve optimum function.

I can help with assessment and intervention of possible Neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and ADHD), sensory processing needs, fine and gross motor difficulties, recommending specialist equipment and adaptations to the environment. I can use a variety of methods including advice and information, signposting, coaching, adaptation, rehabilitation and skill development.

I have a special interest in undertaking assessments and intervention for children with possible ADHD and/or ASD, working with children who experience Sensory Processing Difficulties and with children with complex physical difficulties such as Muscular Dystrophy.
Caroline Worth
Caroline Worth
Psychodynamic Therapist
B.A. (hons) Psychology and Health
PGDip Psychodynamic Therapy
PGDip Clinical Supervision
Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) practitioner
Relate Trained
MBACP (accredited for over 10 years)
GDPR compliant
I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years having extensive expertise working with a wide range of clients; I also have a clinic at The Priory Hospital, Altrincham offering individual and couples work for almost 15 years.

I am a fully accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) which is a national association for practitioners. Psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors can become members only if they meet exacting standards and training requirements. These conditions were introduced to protect the public and to insure the high quality of available psychological therapies.

What I Treat
In my role as Psychodynamic Therapist in a NHS psychological therapies team for adults in Cheshire, I offer specialist assessments and therapy; alongside supervision and mentoring. As a sessional therapist at the Priory, I offer treatment for individuals and couples. Previously I have worked within secondary care services.

I am trained primarily in psychodynamic therapy, also offering related therapy models adapted to each client. I focus on Psychodynamic therapy; Bereavement; Relationship issues; Depression; Adjustment Disorder; Childhood Trauma; Anxiety Disorders, connected to past trauma; Individual therapy; Couples Therapy; Trauma; Relationship problems.

Aim
I believe in helping you to understand your symptoms better, to learn what things help and hinder your emotional wellbeing, and recognise what changes are needed to maintain progress long-term. I aspire to help you to improve your emotional wellbeing.
Amanda Boden
Amanda Boden
Counseller and Psychotherapist
Advanced Diploma (CPCAB) – Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Counselling (CPCAB)
IAPT – Couples Counselling for Depression
Registered Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
GDPR Compliant
I have 10 years experience working in a variety of mental health services providing support for adults, young people and couples. For the last 5 years I have worked within an IAPT (Improving Access for Psychological Therapies) provider focusing on outreach work in GP Surgeries, Children’s Centres and a Recovery College.

 I work as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist using different theoretical models to enable me to work effectively with each individual client and not expect the client to fit the theory. I offer a safe space which is non-judgemental and confidential to enable clients to explore issues and difficulties they may be experiencing in their lives. I believe the therapeutic relationship is an extremely important part of the process. I am passionate about supporting people, enabling them to facilitate change, gain self awareness, personal growth and finding their best way forward.

As a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) I work within their Ethical Framework. It is a requirement to have regular clinical supervision to ensure effective and safe practice. Ongoing CPD (Continuing Professional Development) is essential and over the years this has included undertaking training in many areas – Working with Young People, Suicide Awareness, ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) awareness, Couples. Domestic Abuse, Anger Management Long Term Conditions as well as all mandatory in house training within an IAPT provider.
Dr Lesley Goodson
Dr Lesley Goodson
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
British Psychological Society Accredited
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS for over 15 years and I presently work as a senior clinical psychologist supporting children, young people adults and their families. I have experience of working with severe mental health problems, including anxiety & panic, OCD, PTSD and depression. I have also provided intensive support to individuals who engage in self harm and para-suicidal behaviours. Throughout my career I have developed my skills in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with adults, children and adolescents, both individually and in groups. I have also ran groups for parents of children who present with challenging behaviour, ADHD and ASD using The Incredible Years Programme.

I currently specialise in providing comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessments that focus primarily on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition (ASD/C). I am trained in the use of the Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Inventory – Revised (ADI-R). I believe in being able to offer a range of evidenced approaches tailored to best support the individual’s need.
Tom Berry
Tom Berry
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, BABCP Accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (Level 2 BABCP Accredited)
BSC Hons Degree in Sport and Health Studies (First Class)
Fully Accredited Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Level 2 (Distinction) Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Classroom
GDPR Compliant
My name is Tom Berry and I am a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), adhering to their internationally renowned standards and scientifically proven methods of treatment. Having worked with people experiencing mental health difficulties for over a decade, I have a wealth of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in public, private, health and educational settings. Some of the main difficulties I am experienced in treating include: 

Anxiety Disorders 
Panic
Depression
Phobias
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Low self-esteem/confidence
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
​Stress
Anger
Sleep difficulties 

​My main passion is found in working together with clients in order to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties before working together as a team to overcome these difficulties and pursue a happier, more meaningful life, free from distress. I believe in working collaboratively as this supports in empowering clients to become equipped with the necessary tools to continue what they achieve in therapy long after they finish, ensuring that the therapy process is short term in regards to time and costings, however, long term in regards to achievements. In order to ensure that I provide patients with the best level of care, I continue to access regular CPD training events and supervision with an accredited therapist. I am passionate about learning new methods of supporting individuals in order to make sure that I have a wide range of skills and tools to support varying difficulties and personality types.

Every step of the therapy process is completed with the utmost compassion and understanding and is completed in a safe environment in order to ensure that clients feel able to explore their difficulties freely without judgement. 
Ffion Brooks
Ffion Brooks
CBT Therapist
Bsc PSychology
PGDip Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CYP)
BABCP Accredited
GDPR Compliant
I have over 9 years experience of supporting children and young people with common mental health problems. I am an accredited CBT Therapist and I have gained my experience working in the NHS, private sector and in schools.

I have worked with a wide range of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, specific phobias and other conditions. I have experience of using CBT and supporting those who also have additional neurodevelopmental needs such as Autism.

I understand the importance of implementing the CBT protocols, however adapting the principals to the needs of the young person and their family.  
Paddy Rafferty
Paddy Rafferty
CBT (CFT/DBT), EMDR, Couple Therapy, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Counselling - 1996
M.Sc, Applied Psychology (with distinction) - 2003
FDAP Accredited Drug and Alcohol Counsellor - 2004
Fully Qualified Relate Counsellor - 2006
Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies - 2010
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist - 2011
IAPT HIT Supervisor - 2011
IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression - 2012
Qualified EMDR Therapist, 2017
Certified Mindfulness Teacher, 2017
Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher, 2018
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, 2020.
GDPR Compliant
Personal Introduction:
Since qualifying as a counsellor in 1996, my career as a therapist has seen me working in a range of settings including the third sector, the NHS (most recently as a Psychological Therapies Lead) and private practice with the Rooms. As an experienced and versatile therapist and supervisor, I am accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. I have experience of working with couples and am a fully qualified Relate trained Couple Counsellor and IAPT Couple Therapist for Depression.

Finally, I am a certified and accredited Mindfulness Teacher and have had training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT). As a Mindfulness Teacher, I have taught on both the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes at the University of Manchester.

My training and practice as a therapist have given me much experience of working with trauma and the continuing impact into adult life of distressing events from childhood. Included here is the long-term and often hidden impact of growing up in families affected by problematic parental drinking or substance use, which was the focus of the Masters research which I completed in 2003.

I work under clinical supervision in accord with my professional registration and I am GPDR Compliant.
Dr Rebecca Duckhouse
Dr Rebecca Duckhouse
Educational Psychologist
Doctorate in Educational Psychology
Masters in Educational Psychology
PGCE
Psychology BSc (Hons)
HCPC registered
GDPR compliant
I am an experienced educational psychologist providing assessment, support and intervention for children and young people (aged 0 to 25), their families and educational settings. I have worked for 20 years in both local authority and private practice.

My work with individual children, parents and families frequently includes psychological assessment of children’s abilities and areas of need. I use a wide range of assessment activities as appropriate to the child’s age, areas of need and situation. I also find it valuable to start our work together with an initial consultation meeting with the key adults around the child, this includes parents and may include school or other services. The aim of the child centred, holistic assessment will be to develop an improved understanding of the barriers a child is facing and also the aspects of their development that will help them to be happy and successful. Following initial assessments, where appropriate, I provide a detailed report with advice that can be used to support the child at home and at school. This is often supplemented by meetings at school to discuss the assessment, or with attendance at multi-professional meetings such as ‘Team Around the Family’ and Annual Reviews.

Following an initial consultation or further assessment we may agree that it would be helpful for me to work with the child in a therapeutic intervention to support their wellbeing and help develop skills. This can be tailored to the needs of the child; frequently using Narrative, Solution Oriented and/ or Person Centred techniques. We may agree instead for me to work with the adults around the child to help them to develop the strategies needed to support the child at home or at school. This would use a robust ‘plan, do, review’ cycle as required by the SEN Code of Practice.

Also, I contribute to assessments of autism, sometimes using the DISCO (Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders) and I am experienced in supporting parents and schools to meet the needs of this varied group of children post diagnosis.

I also enjoy providing support directly to schools at number of levels. This may be through consultation with individual staff about particular children and subsequent direct assessment with the child. When there are concerns about a group of children I can provide small group and class interventions improving wellbeing and group cohesion. I also support staff development, this includes individual and group supervision (SENCO and teaching assistants for example); use of ‘Solution Circles’; and action focused staff training (including but not confined to Mental Health First Aid, bereavement and loss, sexualised behaviour and children with learning difficulties, understanding the importance of attachment, trauma informed practice, child and teenage development, promoting resilience, developing aspiration within our children, learning difficulties, dyslexia, ADHD, Autism).

In recent times I have also have had the opportunity to work with and provide training for foster carers, and to deliver parent support and development groups. I am certified to deliver the one and two day Mental Health First Aid Youth/ School courses and have recently provided well evaluated sessions for foster carers, school based staff and Youth Workers.
Nicki Livesey
Nicki Livesey
Counsellor, Play Therapist and Family Mentor

Advanced diploma counselling
Advanced diploma family mentoring
BTec hospital play specialism
Listening through play course
BACP member
Member of GCH ( trainee hypnotherapist)
My name is Nicki Livesey, I am a person centred counsellor which enables me to work with Adults, Teenagers and Children.

My speciality is working with Teenagers and Children especially with behaviours associated with ADHD Dyspraxia Autism as well as Deliberate Self Harm, School Phobia, Depression, feelings of Sadness, Anxiety, Loss, Seperation and living with Addiction, Anger Management, Confidence Building, Bullying are a few to mention.

In my sessions I often use therapeutic play, (listening through play) for my younger clients, although my teenagers and adults love a bit of play dough too! I can offer practical support for families/Carer's with behaviour issues and also support for Parents who maybe new to a diagnoses.

I offer a very warm confidential welcome and a setting which many of my adults have said makes coming to therapy very relaxing. I can offer therapy for Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Seperation, living with Addiction, family issues, feelings of Sadness and many more difficulties you maybe experiencing.
Dr Susannah Peers
Dr Susannah Peers
Clinical Psychologist
Post-doctoral Certificate in Perinatal Psychology
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Post-graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Accredited Video Interaction Guidance Practitioner
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
I have over 12 years experience of working in the NHS and since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist my specialism has been working with young children and their parents/carers(aged 11 and under) and women/birthing people in the perinatal period and their partners. I currently work part time in a Perinatal Mental Health team and my previous NHS roles have been working within CAMHS and a service for children under 5 and their families.

I work in a holistic and integrative way , drawing oncompassion focused therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytic therapy. I also use attachment, psychodynamic, narrative and systemic thinking to inform my approach.

In addition to my doctoral training I have done further training with The University of Liverpool and Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in the perinatal period. I am also an accredited Video Interaction Guidance Practitioner and trained in the Solihull model, these strengths-based approaches to relationships underpin much of my clinical work.

I aim to bring a supportive and nurturing approach to each individual or family I work with, in a safe and non-judgemental space.

I work collaboratively with children, parents and families on a wide range of issues including:

- Anxiety
- Low mood
- Low self-esteem
- Emotional regulation
- Behavioural difficulties
- Parenting challenges
- Antenatal depression and anxiety
- Post-natal depression and anxiety
- Transition to parenthood
- Birth trauma and it’s effects
- Parent-infant relationships
- Relationship and attachment difficulties
- Developmental trauma
- Grief and loss
Kirsty Hill
Kirsty Hill
EMDR Therapist, Relationship Therapist, Counsellor, Trauma Therapist, Life Coach
Diploma in Counselling Level 4
Rewind Trauma and phobia THERAPY – Human givens society
BACP accreditation
EMDR Qualification – EMDR Masterclass
Relationship Therapy QUALIFICATION - CFC
Diploma in Coaching – Centre of excellence
GDPR Compliant
I qualified as a counsellor in 2006 working for a local charity which is still ongoing. I have undertaken many projects for them working with:

Victims of domestic abuse in Wythenshawe as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Trauma projects for young people – one being those at risk of/involved in Child Sexual exploitation as part of a multi-disciplinary project in Rochdale, Wigan and Stockport. Another working with care leavers. Working with victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

EAP clients.

I facilitate crisis management groups when needed.

I have been working with young people since 2009. I started out in schools working with issues such as anxiety, family issues, exam stress, friendship groups, relationships, substance misuse, pregnancy, abuse and more. I worked in many schools all over the borough.

I began working in pupil referral units and which was more trauma focussed work and I felt very drawn to it. I began training in trauma work – rewind and EMDR and was part of setting up and delivering therapy to victims of child sexual exploitation.

I currently work on a project with care leavers offering EMDR and trauma based strategies.

I was a co-facitlitator in a group for 14-18 year olds which ran for 8 years offering emotional support and practical advice for vulnerable young people.

With young people particularly it can feel they have a lack of choices and control. Therapy can help them to change the things they can control in a positive way and help them manage their emotions around the things they can’t. I feel I offer my clients a non-judgemental, safe place to do this, to unpick their issues and look at making positive choices and move forward. I work at my clients pace, giving them the time and space they need to feel more in control of their own lives.

I am as passionate about my work today as I was when I started my training back in 2003.

I feel I offer my clients a non-judgemental, safe place to unpick their issues and look at making positive changes and move forward. I work at my clients pace, giving them the time and space they need to feel more in control of their own lives. I have had the luxury over the years of being able to give my trauma clients the time and space they need to come to terms and move on from what has happened to them. I am as passionate about my work today as I was when I started my training back in 2003.
Lou Hillier
Lou Hillier
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Remote Appointments Only

BSc Psychology (Hons) (BPS approved) 1999
Post Graduate Certificate Counselling & Psychotherapy 2000
Certificate Hypnotherapy 2001
Diploma & Advanced Certificate Counselling 2000-2002
MSc Counselling Psychology Humanistic & CBT 2004
Doctoral Qualification Counselling Psychology 2005
Certificate Mindfulness Training 2008
Diploma Neurolinguistic Programming 2009
Certificate Equine Assisted Psychotherapy 2011
Post Graduate Practitioner Diploma Cognitive Analytic Therapy 2015
Certificate CBT for Personality Disorders (Beck Institute approved) 2017
Certificate Third Wave CBT, CFT, DBT, ACT & Mindfulness 2018
Since qualifying as a psychologist in 2005, I worked for 15 years in the NHS in primary care, secondary care community mental health teams and also in the voluntary sector, providing services to adults, couples and young people/children 12+. Since 2020 I have worked exclusively as an independent psychologist.

The range of psychological therapies I provide include: interpersonal and integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive analytic therapy, mindfulness and hypnotherapy.

I have experience of working across the full spectrum of conditions from mild to severe presentations. I specialise in interpersonal relationships, attachment, complex trauma, addictions, current/historic abuse, loss/bereavement, as well as the main anxiety and depression related conditions, for example, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic, health anxiety, OCD, stress, PTSD, low self-esteem, low confidence, low mood, low motivation and bi-polar disorder.

The purpose of all the training is to be equipped with the widest possible selection of strategies, skills, techniques and theories to draw upon to make sure my clients get treatment that is highly tailored to their unique individual requirements and the most appropriate assistance to meet their goals and needs.

GDPR Compliant
Accredited by Health Care Professions Council (HPCP) & British Psychological Society (BPS)
Approved Insurance Provider for: BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Healix, (WPA pending).
Dr. Sara Bardsley
Dr Sara Bardsley
Clinical Psychologist
BA (Hons) Clinical Psychology
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy trained 2016
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2016
EMDR trained 2019
HCPC registered
GDPR compliant
I have worked within the NHS for 5 years as a clinical psychologist and specialise in offering assessment, formulation and therapy for adults with physical and mental health difficulties, which often involves developing an understanding of the links between people’s physical and emotional difficulties and supporting them to manage their associated distress.

I have worked with individuals and families supporting them through different stages of diagnosis and treatment for cancer and have experience of working with a range of physical health problems, including medically unexplained symptoms. I have experience of supporting individuals with complex and often difficult to understand physical health diagnoses and symptoms such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and functional neurological disorder. Within my current role within the NHS, I work with people who present frequently at A&E or at their GP surgery to seek support in relation to their physical or mental health difficulties and support those individuals to learn different ways to manage their distress and increase their sense of control over their emotions, their relationships, and their lives.

I offer clinical supervision to other professionals and provide training and consultation. I have experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma, often in the context of their relationships, which has gone on to impact on how they experience and cope with their emotions and how they relate to both themselves and others. I also work with couples to help them to identify and modify unhelpful dynamics and responses in their relationship, address challenges they may be facing together, and improve communication and patterns of relating.

I specialise in Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT), which is an approach which has been shown to help people with a range of different problems including depression, self-harm, relationship difficulties, personality disturbance, and functional (medically unexplained) symptoms. PIT is a psychodynamic intervention that focuses on problematic patterns in relationships that are used to avoid difficult emotions, which increases the individual’s experience of emotions such as anxiety and depression. There is a focus on the relationship between the therapist and client to help the client to understand some of the problematic patterns that might exist in other relationships in their lives.

I have experience of working with children and families in different settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS), community and hospital based physical health settings, and forensic settings in young offender’s prisons. I have experience of working with children with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, self-harming and suicidal behaviours, attachment and relational difficulties and a wide range of physical health problems, including medically unexplained symptoms. I offer assessment and therapy for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children from secondary school age upwards.

My work with children with physical health problems involves supporting both the child and family to understand and cope with the psychological distress associated with living with and managing a physical health problem. I have experience of working with and liaising with different services that might be involved in a child and families care such as social services, medical professionals, mental health services, and the criminal justice system.
Rachel Webster
Rachel Webster
Person-centred, Integrative Therapist
BACP & BPS registered
MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy
MSc Psychology
PGC Integrated practice in Childhood & Youth
PGCE
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
GDPR Compliant
Fully Insured
As an experienced person-centred, integrative counsellor / therapist, I work with adults, children, and adolescents. In addition to private practice, I work as a CAMHS mental health practitioner, working with a variety of moderate and complex presentations. My experience includes neurotypical and atypical individuals who may or may not have diagnoses, but who struggle with social and communication interactions; such as school anxiety, relationship difficulties and identity issues. I specialise in working with risk in teenagers and young people who self-harm or who experience suicidal ideation. My aim is to explore those thoughts and behaviours; comfortable in holding the risk whilst adhering to boundaried safeguarding & safety planning.

I have gained my counselling experience in a variety of settings; including as a bereavement and loss counsellor in hospices, within schools as a counsellor and with adults involved with social care. More recently, I have offered voluntary counselling to the Frontline 19 charity for NHS clinical staff on their difficult journey through the Covid pandemic.

Prior to my role in CAMHS, I worked in education for a total of 15 years; from early years settings through to adult education. My roles have included specialist support assistant, learning mentor, inclusion manager, teacher, tutor, and university lecturer. My career has given me a broad spectrum of experience in relation to the barriers we can all face in life. Whether that is a young child who experiences anxiety, or a teenager who is bullied and self-harms as a coping mechanism, to an older adult who has lost someone close and feels the agony of loneliness…I believe in the power of being listened to and truly heard.

I hope to offer you a professional yet down-to-earth, therapeutic relationship where we can work together on the issues that have led you to seek counselling for yourself or your child. I aim to offer you a compassionate safe space to talk - without fear of judgement. I acknowledge it can be challenging to trust someone with your innermost fears and worries; it can feel awkward or even painful. Yet therapy can offer you an opportunity to grow, to gain insight and to feel empowered to make changes or to accept yourself more genuinely.