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Our Team

Dr Tony Paenell
Dr Tony Parnell
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Doctorate in Counselling (Trauma)
M.Sc in Counselling Psychology | Diploma in Counselling
AFBPsS - Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society
Diploma in Supervision | EMDR qualified
Accredited BPS RAPPS supervisor
I am a lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. I have over 20 years’ experience in both education & NHS settings using cognitive behavioural, EMDR & counselling approaches. I specialise in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & related trauma issues. My practice covers a wide range of presenting issues & the supervision of trainee & qualified psychologists & therapists. I also undertake assessment & treatment for medico-legal purposes.
Dr Sam Fitzpatrick
Dr. Samantha Fitzpatrick
Clinical Psychologist
CPsychol
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Chartered Member of British Psychological Society
Member of BABCP
IPTUK NW lead
HCPC registered
I am a chartered clinical psychologist and joined the NHS in 2008. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I am currently clinical lead working with first episode psychosis and use evidence-based therapies, such as CBT for psychosis/bipolar affective disorder and Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT), to provide a more holistic psychological treatment for clients. I train and supervise staff to enhance the psychological approach to mental health in the team. I have also previously worked in IAPT services, both as a practitioner and supervising therapists, in a wide range of difficulties including depression and anxiety. The anxiety disorders are panic, phobias, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD and trauma. I use both CBT and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression as per NICE guidelines. I also use other types of therapy such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for personality issues and compassion-focused therapy (CFT) for shame-based difficulties. I also undertake assessment and treatment for medico-legal purposes.

I have worked privately at the Rooms for three years and have been able to help many clients. Difficulties have ranged from stress to bipolar affective disorder to personality difficulties. I am very passionate about supporting clients in their recovery and will do all I can to alleviate your distress.
Dr Kate Friedmann
Dr Kate Friedmann
Clinical Psychologist
(seeing individuals, couples & families)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BABCP accredited therapist & supervisor
Chartered Member of British Psychological Society
Association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
HCPC registered
I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist and have worked in the NHS for over 15 years with families, individuals and couples. I have experience working with a wide range of mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety (including OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, worry and panic) or trauma-related distress and also work with the problems caused by normal life events such as stress, bereavement or family breakdown. I am an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) and supervisor but also draw on other evidence-based approaches in my practice, such as Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-based practices.  

As well as offering assessments and therapy at The Rooms I also work in the NHS offering training, consultation and supervision to professionals who are providing evidence-based programmes to young people in the care system.
Jenny Williams
Jenny Williams
Dietitian & Counsellor
M.Sc Nutrition & Dietetics | Post Grad Diploma Counselling
Post Grad Cert Sports Nutrition | PG Cert Eating Disorders
M.Sc modules in CBT, Obesity & Eating Disorders
BACP accredited counsellor | Registered with HCPC & BDA
I have worked for the NHS since 2007 & also in the private sector as an accredited counsellor & registered Dietitian. As a Dietitian I specialise in working with adults & young people with Eating Disorders as well as their carers’. I also work with people with specialist dietary needs such as diabetes, IBS, PCOS & people who participate in sport. I offer Weight Management sessions for those who wish to lose weight & keep the weight off. Within my role as a counsellor I offer a safe, non-judgmental space for people to explore their difficulties. My specialist areas include bereavement, eating difficulties, relationship problems, low mood, stress, workplace issues, personal development, low self-esteem/confidence.
Rifa Ahmad
Rifa Ahmad
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP accredited and EMDR trained
Post Grad Diploma CBT
EMDR part 1-3
B.Sc Hons Specialist Community Mental Health Practitioner
Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
Registered RMN/ NMC/HCPC/BABCP

I have16 years’ experience of working in mental health settings in the NHS, as a Mental Health Nurse and as a Therapist. I have worked with people suffering a wide range of mental health problems from mild depression to severe and enduring : Bi-polar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Psychosis, Severe Depression/ Anxiety and dual diagnosis. Previous to this I worked with patients suffering from Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviours

I am currently working in a Specialist Eating Disorders Service across East Lancashire as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Senior Nurse offering management supervision and clinical input within the NHS.
At The Rooms I am able to offer specific treatments for numerous anxiety and depressive disorders including: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Anger problems, Anxiety problems. I also offer EMDR for traumas and have a special interest in Compassion Focused Therapy (one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT) and Mindfulness. I also undertake any other instructions for CBT from legal firms for PTSD as a result of road traffic accidents.

I am fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.
laura griffiths
Laura Griffiths
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health Problems
Advanced Diploma in Stress Management
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BABCP full accreditation
After joining the NHS in 2005 I have worked with adults suffering with anxiety and depression conditions. Using CBT I have treated a range of is disorders including depression, panic, OCD, worry and health related anxiety. I have worked in NHS settings, community centres, private hospitals and take insurance referrals.

I am particularly interested in tackling low self esteem, stress and depression problems. I have also trained in life coaching and career coaching.
denise tatersall
Denise Tattersall
Integrative Counsellor seeing individuals and couples
Diploma in Counselling – Manchester University .
Relate trained couple counsellor
BACP registered
I have over 20 years’ experience working in various mental health settings, including the NHS and have now retired from the NHS. I have worked with people with a wide variety of conditions and problems, including depression, low self-esteem, relationship problems and childhood trauma. I have a particular interest in working with grief and loss, having specialised in this for much of my career. I have undertaken additional training in working with couples and worked with Relate for 5 years. I help couples explore their difficulties, supporting them through the process and then helping find resolve within their relationship.

I am able to provide counselling and couple therapy at reduced rates for people on limited incomes.
Graham Williams
Graham Williams
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP Accredited.
Post-graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy 2011
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2008
Diploma in Counselling 2002
MA in Social Work 2001
Diploma in Social Work. 2001
I began my career in health and social care in 1994, after graduating from my first degree (social sciences and humanities). (My previous career was in aircraft engineering, in the RAF and civil aviation). I have worked in mental health for over 14 years. I qualified as a Counsellor, in 2002, and have practised in an NHS occupational health department, and in a community counselling organisation. I joined the NHS full time, in 2008, providing psychological therapies. I am qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I have also supervised other mental health clinicians. I have Full Accreditation, as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, with the BABCP. I work using a CBT approach with people experiencing a range of problems, including depression, PTSD, OCD, panic attacks, generalized anxiety / worry, health anxiety, phobias, social anxiety and low self esteem. In my NHS role, I also teach mindfulness to patients and to staff. I began meditation in 1993 and have had a daily practice for many years. I enjoy practising both CBT and mindfulness, and I have had the privilege of seeing many people's lives change as a result of them actively engaging in the therapeutic process.
Claire Callister
Claire Callister
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
BSc Psychology, DipSW, MA
BABCP and HCPC member
With 20 years experience in mental health services I have worked alongside people who have a broad and varied range of difficulties.  A qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist I have effectively treated problems such as depression, panic, worry, phobias, OCD, PTSD and issues with self esteem, self confidence and stress.

I have a special interest in persistent depression and in working with individuals to find a shared understanding of what could be maintaining their low mood, and then developing long term solutions.  Trauma focussed therapy is also a specialist interest and I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) a NICE recommended treatment for people suffering from PTSD.
Suzanne Bethell
Suzanne Bethell
Mindfulness Trainer
Listed on the UK register of Mindfulness Teachers
Accredited Breathworks Trainer
.b Mindfulness Teacher (Mindfulness in schools project)
Certificate in Teaching in Further Education
BA(Hons) English/Education
I am a UK listed, fully accredited, experienced Breathworks trainer and Mindfulness in Schools teacher and supervisor. If you would like to increase your sense of wellbeing and relate more calmly to stress and difficulty in your life or if you live with chronic pain and have a health condition, I offer a range of Mindfulness programmes on an individual basis. These include: Mindfulness for Wellbeing based on the best selling book 'Mindfulness Finding Peace in a Frantic World; Breathworks Mindfulness for Health, and a new course for people interested in enhancing their creativity: Mindfulness for Creativity. Mindfulness is an approach to life from which we can all benefit.
Integrating Mindfulness into my life has enabled me to worry less, be more accepting of difficulty, live life more fully and with more joy. Over the last four years, I have seen many people who have attended a course, make small but significant changes in their lives through becoming more mindful. They often spend less time ruminating about the past or the future, enjoy the present moment more fully, can be kinder with themselves and others. Neuroscience confirms that Mindfulness can improve memory, boost the immune system, help us be more focussed, is an antidote to anxiety, stress, depression and exhaustion.

Further details of the above courses can be found on the website under ‘Mindfulness’.

I also offer the above full courses and tasters to groups - please enquire if you have an interested group or are an employer looking for workplace training.
Dr Carla Innes
Dr Carla Innes
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Member of Compassionate Mind Foundation
HCPC registered
I am a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience and have worked with both adults and young people experiencing a range of difficulties during this time.

My main work with adults is:

- Providing CBT for people with anxiety difficulties, including OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety and PTSD.
- I also use Compassion Focused Therapy (one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT) for people suffering low mood and complex trauma.
- Mindfulness based stress reduction to enable people reduce their levels of stress and manage it more effectively.
- Undertaking medical/legal assessments. I regularly work with clients who have experienced road traffic accidents for assessment and therapy.
- I also complete cognitive assessments and capacity assessments for people with a range of learning and other disabilities, and have provided a psychological opinion on a range of issues.
dr sarah lawson
Dr Sarah Lawson (Skype Sessions Only)
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
M.Sc Health Psychology
B.Sc Social Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
HCPC Registered
Member of the British Psychological Society
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working within various healthcare settings and with clients from different backgrounds. My approach draws on various psychological approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and compassion focused therapy. I also have training and experience in life/career coaching and personal development. I specialise working with individuals with stress, low self- esteem/confidence and anxiety. I provide a confidential and safe space for my clients to develop self-awareness of their current difficulties and support them to make changes in their life or situation.
michelle wilson
Michelle Wilson
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
BABCP Accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Management of Psychoses
BA Health & Social Care
Certificate in Counselling
Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health)
NMC Accredited
With over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS as Mental Health Nurse, I first became involved in psychological therapy following the completion of a BSc(Hons) Degree in working with individuals experiencing psychoses and their families. This eventually led me to completing formal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training, eventually qualifying as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist 8 years ago: a role which I thoroughly enjoy and find rewarding.

As an accredited CBT therapist I have experience of working with a wide range of problems, such as; depression, phobias, anxiety, panic, worry, agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma and low self-esteem, working with NICE guidelines. I also have experience of working with psychoses and bipolar disorder, and have a special interest in the latter, in particular helping to develop strategies to prevent relapse. I also enjoy working with low self-esteem and problems with self-confidence.

Recently, I have become keen on integrating both Mindfulness and Acceptance approaches into my practice, and have sought training on these (third wave interventions).
Ellen O'Connor
Ellen O'Connor
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Registered General Nurse 1990
Registered Mental Health Nurse 1993
Diploma in Community Health-Specialism Substance Misuse 1995
MSc Business Management 2004
Webster Stratton Parenting –The Incredible Years-2007
Parent Child Game Practitioner and supervisor 2007
MSc Module in supervision Lancaster University 2008
Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy 2012
CBT Supervision Module 2016
I have worked in the NHS since 1987 both as a general nurse and mental health nurse in a variety of settings, although most of my experience has been in mental health, including drug and alcohol services.

I have been a cognitive behavioural therapist since 2012 and now treat people experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, social anxiety, worry, health anxiety, depression, low mood and low self esteem..
Dr Bethan Roberts
Dr. Bethan Roberts
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc Psychology (Hons)
Chartered Member, British Psychological Society
HCPC Registered
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over seven years’ experience in the NHS working across a variety of healthcare settings and with clients from a broad range of backgrounds. I currently specialise in working with adults with a range of learning disabilities or who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition.

I regularly work with people who have recently received a diagnosis of autism to think about how to develop their understanding and management of the condition. I have experience in working with adults and young people experiencing a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, low confidence and physical health related difficulties. I can also work with the problems caused by normal life events such as stress, family breakdown or bereavement.

Within my work I draw on a range of approaches and ensure that my work is informed by an up to date evidence base. During my training I developed knowledge in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), compassion focussed therapy (CFT) and in mindfulness based approaches. I work in a person centred way and to support clients in developing an understanding of their difficulties, and always strive to ensure that my approach is adaptable to meet the specific needs of each person.
David Hough
David Hough
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Registered Mental Health Nurse

Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies (CYP) - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - 2017
Diploma in Higher Education - Registered Mental Health Nurse - 2005
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis - 2001
BABCP accredited CBT Practitioner
NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse
The National Hypnotherapy Society Registered Hypnotherapist
Following training to become a Mental Health Nurse, I have worked in the NHS since 2005 across inpatient and outpatient Mental Health Services for Children & Families within the Cheshire and Wirral area. I have worked in both clinical and ward management roles during my career, and now currently work part-time as a Mental Health Practitioner/CBT Therapist in a central Cheshire NHS CAMHS team and also as a Private CBT Practitioner.

During my career in the NHS I have been able to build considerable experience working clinically with both adults and children/adolescents. Alongside my clinical work with children and teenagers I have experience of working with their parents and the emotional impact they experience in relation to low mood & anxiety. I am able to offer support for adults whom are having problems with difficulties such as depression & low mood, social anxiety, panic disorder, generalised anxiety & worry, phobias and trauma.

While developing my clinical practice I have utilised different therapy techniques (such as Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and have chosen to focus my practice by completing post graduate training as a CBT practitioner. This approach has a considerable evidence-base as a primary treatment for anxiety and low mood difficulties. I am accredited as a CBT practitioner by the BABCP having trained in CBT treatment approaches evidenced for the treatment of adults (and also adaptations necessary for children and teenagers). Additional to my BABCP registration I am also registered as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC, being governed by both of their respective professional practice & ethical standards.

I am registered as a Hypnotherapist with The National Hypnotherapy Society, having trained as a Hypnotherapist for the treatment of adults between 2000 & 2001, prior to beginning my career path towards Nursing and CBT. I have a particular interest in helping people to overcome emotional and behavioural difficulties resulting from phobias and past trauma experiences. I find specific hypnotherapy techniques useful when using exposure and imagery based work as a CBT practitioner and often use these techniques to enhance treatment.

Having worked as a mental health professional for many years, it is very important to me that each session is collaborative and based on what it is that you want to be different in your life. When problems have been part of us for some time it is easy to lose our sense of control and hope, so together we will set goals for therapy so that you (and others) can see the impact you can make following each session in your day to day life.
Maggie Day
Maggie Day
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychology
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
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.
Elaine Mayall
Elaine Mayall - Director
Retired Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Counsellor
M.Sc Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies, 2000
M.Sc. Occupational Psychology, 1993
Diploma in Counselling, 1996
BABCP accredited / BACP registered member
I worked in the NHS from 1993 to 2006, as both a therapist and manager. Since 2006 I have worked exclusively at The Rooms and in January 2017 I retired from my clinical practice. I now concentrate on my role as Director of The Rooms.
The Team at The Childrens Rooms

Rachel Beckford
Rachel Beckford
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
(seeing individuals, couples & families)
M.Sc Clinical Psychology
Associate Fellow BPS
ACAT Accredited CAT therapist | HCPC Registered
I worked in the NHS for 22 years as a Clinical Psychologist & since 2008 as a CAT Therapist. I have experience in a range of settings & across a variety of conditions including anxiety, low mood, relationship difficulties, childhood trauma & bereavement. I have worked in specialist Eating Disorder services for 20 years. I regularly teach & supervise others as well as provide therapy to adults, young people & their carers’. More recently, I have been working in private practice at The Rooms. I work with clients to help them make sense of their current difficulties & explore ways in which change may be possible.
Paddy Rafferty
Paddy Rafferty
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Couple Therapist
Diploma CBT | Adv Dip Counselling
M.Sc Applied Psychology | Grad Cert Couple Counselling
Mindfulness Teacher | Member British Psychological Society
BABCP accredited | Accredited Drug/Alcohol Counsellor
I have over 18 years’ experience in clinical practice as a psychological therapist both within the NHS & other organisations. I specialise in using a CBT model to work with all the anxiety disorders & depression. I also use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for depression (one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT). I have extensive experience of working with individuals with drug/alcohol problems & those affected by these issues. I am also a trained & experienced couple therapist dealing with relationship issues & I am also able to offer IAPT couple therapy for depression.
Pauline O'Connell
Pauline O’Connell
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, High Intensity ,2008 Diploma in Higher Education-Registered Mental Health Nurse, 2001
EMDR Therapist 2011
Completed a training course in Interpersonal Therapy 2015
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate in Advanced Practice CBT 2004
BABCP accredited NMC Registered
I have worked in the NHS since 2001 in a number of settings including in the community and within hospital working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems and organic mental health problems.
I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in 2008. I have over 16 years’ experience of working in mental health within the NHS and the private sector in a variety of settings. I use evidence based therapies to help people manage psychological problems including, Depression, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Low Self esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I also have experience of using CBT to manage weight problems. I have particular interest in working with clients with OCD and Depression.
I provide Clinical Supervision to staff with the NHS and privately. I have full accreditation with the BABCP and have retained my Nurse registration with NMC.
I am qualified in EMDR which is a therapy based on the natural coping mechanism that occurs during sleep, in particular during rapid eye movement. This is very effective in treating Trauma and can be used to treat other psychological problems. I have recently trained in Interpersonal therapy which is effective in treating Interpersonal disputes, complex grief, transitions and sensitivities. I have not yet fully qualified in IPT. I have experience of medico-legal work with clients referred by their solicitors.
Dr Lucy Kornecki
Dr Lucy Kornecki
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
Member of British Psychological Society
I have worked in the NHS for 9 years & qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2010. I have undertaken private work for a number of years, both in therapeutic & medico-legal capacities. I have experience of working with a range of problems including anxiety & panic, OCD, PTSD, health anxiety, social phobia & depression. I primarily use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but also use approaches such as Mindfulness & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT is one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT)
Dr Pasquale Kornecki
Dr Pasquale Kornecki
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
M.Sc Psychology
B.Sc(Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
Member of British Psychological Society
I have worked in the NHS for 8 years & I currently work as a qualified Clinical Psychologist. I have experience in working with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety & panic, OCD, & social phobia, depression & behavioural difficulties. I have experience supporting individuals who have difficulties relating to self-harm as well as those on the Autistic Spectrum, providing both assessment & therapy. I have recently completed my training in Eye Movement Desentisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) & have an interest in working with individuals experiencing difficulties with trauma. As part of my training I have developed skills in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). I believe in being able to offer a range of well-evidenced approaches tailored to best support the people I work with.
Pam Shahlavi
Pam Shahlavi
Integrative Counsellor
(seeing individuals & couples)
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
BA Applied Community Studies
Dip SW | BACP registered
Member IPN & PPN | HCPC registered
I have over 20 years’ experience working in various mental health settings for the NHS & Social Services giving me a broad range of clinical skills & experience. I have undertaken additional training including Counselling for Depression & Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT). For some years I have had a special interest in working with older people. I am happy to assess clients with a broad range of problems, discuss their needs & provide the style of counselling appropriate to helping them. I also work with couples.
Sarah Allen
Sarah Allen
Cognitive Analytical Therapist & Counsellor
MA Integrative Counselling
ACAT Accredited CAT therapist
BACP Accredited Counsellor
UKRCP Reg.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and an accredited CAT (cognitive Analytic Therapy) Practitioner. I have been involved in the caring professions for 15 years and have worked as an accredited therapist for the past eight years. This has included work in the voluntary sector, counselling in the community mental health field and Higher Education settings. I now work in private practice. I offer brief focused interventions or longer term contracts.
There are many reasons why people come to therapy. At times it can be in response to unexpected life changes; sometimes it is to deal with problems of anxiety or depression, or perhaps more longstanding psychological issues or relational difficulties.
Working with a therapist can help develop clarity and insight into your issues. It offers you the opportunity for developing more self-awareness and supports you in working towards making changes in your life or finding new strategies for coping better with life's challenges. My aim and commitment as your counsellor/psychotherapist is to offer a safe, confidential space for you to explore your difficulties. Our collaborative therapeutic relationship, wherein we will work together side-by-side, aims to bring insight and clarity to your issues. This enables a different perspective from which you can begin to make changes. 
Belinda Priestley
Belinda Priestley
Psychotherapist, Family Counsellor, Sex Therapist and CBT
M.Sc Psychology and Counselling (2001)
Diploma Psychosexual Therapy (2000)
Post Graduate Diploma Couples Therapy (2003)
Post Graduate Intermediate Qualification Systemic Family Practice (AFT Accredited) (2006)
Post Graduate Diploma CBT (2012)
BACP Accredited Member
BABCP Member
AFT (Association of Family Therapists) Member
I am a BACP accredited psychotherapist. I worked for Relate for more than 20 years with individuals, couples and families until 2014. I am a trained Sex Therapist and CBT psychotherapist working mainly with 3rd Wave CBT models, which include mindfulness and compassion-focused techniques. I also teach on the Psychotherapeutic counselling courses at Staffordshire University. I have a particular interest in working with issues of conflict in relationships and with stress and anxiety. I am also interested in working with spiritual issues in psychotherapy and in engaging with people from all faiths and practices.
Dr Jackie Chang
Dr Jackie Chang
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Integrative Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling. University of Manchester 2000
M.Sc in Addiction Counselling. University of Greenwich 2002
Member of BACP
Accredited member FDAP
As an integrative counsellor I can help people deal with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and feelings of loss and hopelessness. I listen carefully and respectfully to clients without making any judgements and I help them to make sense of the situation in which they find themselves. Then I continue to work collaboratively with clients so that they develop the skills necessary to overcome their problems, thereby moving on to a happier and more fulfilling life.

I have a special interest in working with clients with alcohol, drug and gambling problems.

Alcohol & Drug Use Assessments. 
These are available for people whose alcohol or other drug use is causing problems in their lives but who are not yet sure if they are addicted (dependent). Clients are helped to take a realistic look at their problem and make wise and healthy decisions about the best way forward.

Recovery Coaching
is appropriate for addicted clients who are newly abstinent. The aim is to help them take and maintain responsibility for their sobriety and to develop the healthy living skills to deal with life’s problems without recourse to chemicals (drugs & alcohol) 

Family Coaching 
is intended for family members and close friends of people who love someone who has developed addiction. The indirect ‘fall-out’ suffered by such families can be even more serious and longer lasting than the harm suffered by the addicted person. 
 
Rachael Smith
Rachael Smith
Person Centred counsellor
Diploma in Counselling
Registered Member BACP (Accred)
I am an experienced BACP Accredited person-centred counsellor with over 20 years’ experience of working within the NHS. I work with clients across a broad range of presenting problems. Clients often come to see me because they are feeling depressed or anxious for a variety of reasons: they might have been affected by life events or changes in circumstances such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or separation. A client might be feeling stressed by work, or overwhelmed by caring responsibilities. Sometimes the feelings are not linked to any particular event: a client might just be feeling “stuck” and not know exactly why they are feeling the way they do.

There is no one reason to come to counselling, each reason is completely unique to the individual coming.

Who can benefit?
Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages with a range of personal issues and presentations. The non- directive style is thought to be of benefit to individuals who have a strong urge to explore themselves and their feelings, in order to make sense of specific psychological habits or patterns.

What can I help with?
Bereavement, Depression, General counselling, Loss, Mental health issues, Self Esteem, Infertility, Identity problems, Health related issues I have a particular interest in working with older adults and their carers who might be experiencing sudden physical health changes. I have 20 years’ experience of working with neurological conditions such as Stroke. I am able to provide home visits in order to support individuals who might otherwise find it difficult to access a counselling service.
Christine Latham
Christine Latham
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR Therapist
B.Sc Psychology (2000)
MA Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma CBT
EMDR trained
Accredited member of BABCP
EMDR practitioner through EMDR UK and Ireland
My particular interest is in the research and treatment of trauma, anxiety (including PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, worry and panic) and depressive disorders. I also work on helping clients improve their self-esteem and deal with anger. I have worked with adults, young people and older adults. My treatment mode is compassionate, empathic and holistic, and focuses on client recovery and wellbeing.

I have 15 years of clinical experience gained by working with clients in a variety of settings which has included, the Community, Voluntary Sector and IAPT Primary Care settings. I am currently a Senior Clinician within the NHS IAPT service.

I also provide supervision for other CBT therapists.
Karen Wood
Karen Wood
Counsellor & Couple Therapist
Diploma in Counselling | Certificate in Couple Counselling
Post Grad Certificate in Primary Care
Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Integrated Mindfulness Teacher
BACP accredited | HCPC registered
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, family issues & work stress. I have undertaken an extensive amount of training in counselling & I have been a counsellor for over 10 years both privately & in the NHS. I have a vast knowledge of the problems, challenges & issues that come up for people. 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.
Kathryn Nokes
Kathryn Nokes
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
I provide cognitive behavioural therapy for people on limited incomes, at reduced rates.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, 2017
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2006
HCPC Registered Occupational Therapy
I have ten years experience working in the NHS in a variety of physical and mental health settings. I currently work with people who are suffering chronic pain. I am able to see people with a range of mental health conditions including depression and anxiety disorders such as panic and OCD. I completed my MSc dissertation on postnatal mental health including postnatal anxiety disorders which is an interest of mine. I have Clinical Specialist experience in working with chronic pain and utilising third wave CBT techniques including Mindfulness-based and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Lisa Dale
Lisa Dale
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Post Graduate Certificate in Management Skills for Health and Social Care
Accredited practitioner in Triple P for parents of children with emotional / social and behavioural needs.
BA (HONS) Business Studies
BABCP Registered.
I have worked in mental health in various settings, including the voluntary sector, local council and the NHS since 1999. For the past 9 years I have worked in a multi disciplinary team offering children, young people and their families’ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a way of working on difficulties that uses both the way we think, together with what we do, to positively change behaviour and cognitions.

I have experience of working with people who experience low mood, anxiety, self-harm, stress, social anxiety, panic disorder, vomit phobia, general phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalised anxiety disorder. This is evidence-based practice, supported by research that demonstrated the value that CBT can bring.

Each session is collaborative and based on your needs. We set goals together. We would then collaboratively formulate to develop a shared understanding of what the difficulty is. Following a detailed assessment we would then start the therapy sessions, monitoring symptoms and goals on a weekly basis to review progress. My approach is very much based on a compassionate, recovery model.
Dr Philip Milner
Dr Philip Milner
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
B.Sc Hons 1st Class Psychology and Neuroscience
I have worked in the NHS for 10 years, working in adult work for 6 years.  I enjoy working with young adults and adults to improve their social and occupational functioning, and overall well-being, and in particular those that experience periods of life crises.  I work with people with a broad range of presenting difficulties including anxiety and low mood (panic, social phobia, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia), trauma, bereavement and abuse.  I work using a broad range of therapeutic techniques based on a detailed and thorough assessment, with a particular interest in cognitive and meta-cognitive therapy. 
Dr Jennie Dayes
Dr Jennie Dayes
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology
B.Sc. Psychology
MPBsS / CPsychol – Member of the British Psychological Society
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
I am a chartered counselling psychologist who works in both therapeutic practice and research. I have worked in therapy settings for over eight years and provided therapy for over six. As a creative practitioner, I use a variety of models, skills and knowledge to generate a therapeutic space tailored to the client. The models I draw from include CBT, person-centered, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment, and writing-based approaches. I work with clients who are experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, grief and bereavement, and eating difficulties. My current research focuses on death, dying and bereavement. My aim is to provide a safe and quiet space where clients can explore their difficulties and find new ways to work through these.
Carol Royle
Carol Royle
EMDR and CBT Practitioner
Registered (General) Nurse
PG Cert CBT-Greater Manchester West Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre
PG Dip CBT-University of Manchester
Parts 1-4 EMDR-University of Birmingham
MSc EMDR
I am a qualified nurse and I have provided psychological therapy since 2007. I previously worked as a EMDR/CBT Therapist within Primary Care Mental Health Teams (NHS) and I have provided CBT & EMDR privately since 2014. My aim is to provide individualised evidence-based psychological therapy to an excellent standard. I have experience of providing therapies for adults on an individual basis, in groups and for couples. 

I have a particular interest in Psychological Trauma and I have extensive experience of working with Complex Trauma. I have completed training in EMDR (Parts 1-4) and I have a MSc in EMDR from the University of Worcester. I can provide clinical supervision for CBT & EMDR. I have full accreditation with the BABCP and I am an Accredited Practitioner/Consultant in Training in EMDR with EMDR Europe, UK & Ireland.