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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.
Maggie Day
Maggie Day
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychology
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
GDPR Compliant
I have 10 years of experience working in the NHS for a range of services which include Doctors training, outpatient hospital clinics and psychological therapies. I have 7 years of experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Primary Care and Occupational Health services. I currently work locum for the NHS in Primary Care Psychological Therapy services providing high intensity, time-limited interventions for a range of anxiety disorders and depression. I am passionate about helping people understand their difficulties and to make positive steps towards achieving their goals. In addition to this, I have experience working for a private medical insurance company monitoring and assessing treatment plans in accordance with company regulations and best practice guidelines.

I am able to provide CBT at reduced rates for people on limited incomes.

I undertake cognitive behavioural therapy by SKYPE
Stefan Bell
Stefan Bell
Cognitive Behavioural 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)
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 adolescents mental health services (CAMHS). I am currently working in private mental health care in the South Manchester and Cheshire area.

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, Low Mood, Depression, IBS and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Further to this I am also trained in Schema Therapy and I am currently working towards international accreditation with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). I have experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people of all ages and in particular people 18-25 years of age helping them to enhance their lives, and work through their troubles collaboratively. This age group have high levels of demand placed on them; in terms of developing their education and then transitioning to the work environment. 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 Psychotherapy as well as other therapy modalities and I am currently continuing research in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies.
Chrissy Dickens-Paice
Chrissy Dickens-Paice
Therapeutic Practitioner
Trained in EMDR and DDP
MSc Psychological Research Methods
Diploma in Psychology (Conversion for Postgraduates)
BSc (HONS) Social Work
HCPC Registered
Registered with the EMDR Association
GDPR Compliant
I have worked with children, young people and families affected by trauma and adverse life events since 2004. Since 2007, I have specialised in working with those who have emotional and/or mental health difficulties. I currently work both for the NHS and independently, working with people who have a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma-related difficulties and post-traumatic stress disorder, low self-esteem, separation and loss, attachment difficulties and adverse life events. I have specialised in both consultation and trauma and am currently the clinical lead for these areas.

I believe in the importance of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship that provides the foundation for individuals to be able to engage in and continue therapy. I am passionate about working collaboratively with people and experience has shown me that this facilitates individuals to be able to move forward and achieve their goals. I adopt an integrative approach, using evidence-based models and techniques to meet the unique needs of individuals. I predominantly use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and DDP (Dyadic Developmental Practice) however my approach is also informed by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, counselling techniques, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, mindfulness and creative therapies.
Nigel Spears
Nigel Spears
Clinical Hypnotherapist
(seeing adults and children)

Clinical Hypnotherapist
(seeing adults and children)
MSc. in Clinical Hypnotherapy
CPPD. In Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Diplomate of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Advanced practitioner of the General Hypnotherapy Register
BACP Compliant
GDPR Compliant
I am a clinical hypnotherapist who has worked in private practice since 2010. By expertly tailoring clinical hypnotherapy treatment to each adult or child’s particular needs, I help relieve a wide range of medical conditions and mental and emotional difficulties. I can often help with stubborn, persistent and deep-rooted problems such as insomnia, IBS and skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

In 2018, I launched HypnoConceive®: a unique fertility clinic specialising in offering men and women perfectly natural, safe and side-effect free fertility treatment. Hypnotherapy is clinically proven to increase natural conception by 50% and double IVF embryo transfer success. Egg quality significantly improves and sperm count can increase by approximately 800%.

I specialise in relieving the most overlooked cause of infertility; mental and emotional blocks. It helps increase fertility, natural conception and IVF success with unexplained and diagnosed cause infertility. It also offers a valuable alternative for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and where FSH and AMH levels indicate low ovarian reserve/premature ovarian insufficiency. To learn more please visit www.hypnoconceive.co.uk

Small-scale clinical research which I conducted into the effects of hypnosis on insomnia, proved so successful, it was published in an international medical journal and became another area where I specialise. It also resulted in me becoming one of around twelve hypnotherapists in the UK to have a clinical hypnotherapy master’s degree.

To get the best possible results with IBS, I use a two pronged approach. The first uses an expertly tailored approach which calms the digestive system and relieves the physical and biological symptoms. The second uses Dr OS. Palsson’ 7 stage American clinical hypnotherapy protocol, which similar to Professor PJ Whorwell’ 12 stage UK protocol has been clinically proven to relieve IBS for over 20 years. Results show that 76-80% of IBS can be relieved with hypnosis.

For more information about hypnosis, hypnotherapy and what I can help with, please visit www.headstartclinicalhypnotherapy.com
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.
Julie Demick
Julie Demick
Counsellor
PGDip Person Centred Counselling
BA Hons Human Resource Management
Registered member MBACP
Certificate of Proficiency
GDPR Compliant

As a person-centred counsellor I offer a safe, confidential space and an active, empathetic listening ear to help you journey through your troubles, upsets, anxieties or difficulties to a transformative place where you can find the best resolution for you.

“It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard”.  (Carl Rogers A Way of Being, Houghton Mifflin, 1980: 12)

Since qualifying as a Person Centred Counsellor in 2006, I have worked across a variety of sectors including charities, private practice and occupational health and well-being, providing 1 to 1 counselling, group work, training and support services to clients and staff of all ages. Whether counselling, training or managing counselling services my passion is always one of support, honesty and empathy to assist individuals on their path to self-actualisation.

I look forward to our journey together.
Dr Louise Fairburn
Dr Louise Fairburn
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
MSc Research Methods in Psychology
BA (Hons) Psychology with English (First Class)
HCPC Registered
GDPR Compliant


I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009 and have since worked in both NHS and private settings. I specialise in working with adults. I have extensive experience in providing psychological assessment and treatment for a range of mental health difficulties, including generalised anxiety, health anxiety, panic, social phobia, depression and stress related issues.

I also have particular expertise in the area of Clinical Health Psychology. In my NHS role, I am currently a Principal Clinical Psychologist working in a large hospital trust, providing specialist intervention when psychological difficulties are related to physical health problems. Often emotional difficulties can arise following a new diagnosis of a condition, appearance and bodily changes following surgery and/or treatment, or when managing a chronic, ongoing health condition. I can also provide support and intervention when making decisions about whether to undergo a particular form of surgery or treatment.

I draw on a range of psychological models to inform my practice and will tailor these to suit the individual. I primarily draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
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.
Dr Lauren Adderley
Dr Lauren Adderley
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Biology
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2011 and have since worked in both private and NHS settings. I specialise in working with children, adolescents and their parents/families but also work with adults. I am especially interested in perinatal and infant mental health (pregnancy until the end of the first year).

Therapeutically, I work with a wide variety of presenting problems. I am particularly experienced in the treatment of anxiety disorders including OCD, panic and phobias. I also have vast experience of working with low mood/depression and self harm.

Along with a colleague I provide group interventions for parents of young children with anxiety and/or behavioural difficulties.

I work largely within a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework but also draw on other therapeutic approaches, including cognitive analytic therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and attachment-based models in order to inform interventions.
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.
Katy Baldwin
Katy Baldwin
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
B.Sc (Hons) Psychology
M.Sc (Hons) Language Pathology
HCPC registered
Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy
GDPR Compliant
I am an experienced Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist specialising in autism and social communication difficulties. I have worked in the NHS, and qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2006. Since then I have worked with both children and adults with social communication needs in a variety of different roles. I mainly work within multiagency teams both for the NHS and independently; assessing, advising and providing intervention for children and teenagers with social communication difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions. I have wide experience in delivering interventions for both children and adults with a broad range of social communication needs, and of supporting other professionals working with them.

I have a flexible, functional and personalised approach to working with my clients. I know how important it is to help deal with real life situations. I consider social, emotional, developmental and environmental factors alongside speech and language skills. I apply my knowledge and experience to help work meet the specific needs of individuals and families, and really enjoy working to help people understand their difficulties and improve their social communication skills.
Sam Beaumont
Sam Beaumont
Counsellor & Couple Counsellor
Accredited diploma in counselling
Post graduate certificate in supervision
Training in couples counselling


I am a very experienced counsellor, having qualified 13 years ago. I have provided counselling through various organisations, including universities, social service and the NHS as well as private work over the duration of that time. I work with a wide variety of clients with a broad range of concerns. These include: life adjustments, issues of identity, bereavement and loss, depression, low self esteem and confidence. Sometimes it is not clear what it is that is bothering you and the attentive listening of another will help you identify it.

My original training was in person centred therapy. This is the belief that our early experiencing influences the way that we feel, think and ultimately react toward the world. So the beginning process of counselling is to provide a non judgemental, unconditional relationship where those parts of your experience can be brought into awareness, understood and allow it to shift or add to your current perspective. This is a process of increasing self understanding and compassion for ourselves. In this way we can change and move forward with our lives. Over the years I have drawn from knowledge and understanding of other psychotherapeutic approaches and can integrate this into your therapy.
Julie Haworth
Julie Haworth
Counsellor & Integrative Psychotherapist
PGCert. Integrative Psychotherapist, MBACP Reg.
PGCert. Education


I am an experienced BACP Registered Counsellor and Integrative Psychotherapist, providing individual counselling and psychotherapy. I have worked in various NHS settings, and continue to work part-time as an NHS counsellor in Manchester.

My main areas of interest are bereavement, grief and loss, childhood bullying, domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, low mood, low self confidence, identity issues.

My counselling practice integrates a number of theoretical models. I aim to help people develop their inner freedoms to interpret their experiences meaningfully. I work by building a therapeutic relationship grounded in courage, creativity, warmth, compassion, and honesty. You will be encouraged to trust in your intuitive ability and together, we will work through the issues bringing you to therapy, building your confidence to make the changes you want to make.

If you've never been in counselling or psychotherapy, it can be hard to believe that talking can be helpful. But if you’re depressed and feeling bad about yourself, you can be profoundly helped by an in-depth conversation in which you come to trust, understand and respect yourself. If your emotions are confusing, talking about them can bring clarity. Talking about your stress and anxiety is a first step toward making it manageable.

When you give yourself time and space to be heard, and when someone truly listens, talking can help you feel connected, valued, whole, and respected.
Helen Carty
Helen Carty
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Certificate in CBT Supervision 2018
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy Merit 2010
Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Merit 2009
Practitioner Accreditation British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Part I EMDR 2007/Part II EMDR 2014/Part III EMDR 2015
Part I EMDR Children & Adolescents 2017
Webster Stratton Parenting Training 2012
MA Philosophy, Psychiatry & Society 1999
BA Hons Health Studies 2:1 1991
Diploma of the College Of Occupational Therapy 1984
HCPC registered
GDPR compliant


I have worked in mental health services in the NHS since 1984 with adults and most recently as a senior clinician with children and adolescents in a CAMHS service. I have a wealth of experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health difficulties including low mood, anxiety, panic, worry, OCD, PTSD, separation anxiety, social anxiety, and specific phobias. I am experienced in helping parents/carers with the challenges they may face when caring for a young person who has mental health difficulties. I am also trained in the delivery of the Incredible Years Programme (Webster Stratton) and I have co-facilitated on the Triple P Teen Programme. I am able to incorporate this knowledge when supporting parents/carers. If appropriate I am also able to offer treatment to parents/carers with regard to low mood and anxiety.

My initial aim when working with children/young people and their parent/carer is to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties and what might be maintaining their distress. From there we would discuss the most appropriate intervention (CBT/EMDR) according to the young person’s needs and preferences. I would routinely liaise with parents/carers in order for them to be able to support the treatment and progress of their young person.

I have a strong commitment to ongoing professional development and clinical supervision, and I ensure that I am informed of current research in relation to working with children and young people.
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. .