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Our Child and Adolescent Team

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. For the past 10 years I have worked as therapist and Director of The Rooms (our sister organisation). I am now retired from clinical practice and concentrate on my role as Director.
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 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. I have experience of working with severe mental health problems in young people, 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. 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 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. I have an honest approach and am always clear about what I think the difficulties are and what is needed to help the young person 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..
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 young people experiencing a range of difficulties during this time. I am a specialist in working with young people and their families on a range of issues including:

- Parenting anxious children (most appropriate for children aged 10 and under)
- Parenting approaches to Autistic Spectrum Conditions
- Adapted CBT with young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition
- Work with adults and children with intellectual disability including approaches to ‘behaviour that challenges’. I also offer training and consultation to professionals and staff teams in this area.
- CBT for anxiety difficulties including OCD, social anxiety and PTSD (for adults and young people)
- Compassion Focused Therapy relating to a range of difficulties including low mood, anxiety and complex trauma
- Mindfulness based stress reduction with young people

My work in the private sector also includes medical/legal assessments. I regularly work with clients who have experienced road traffic accidents for assessment and therapy. I also complete cognitive assessments, capacity assessments and have provided a psychological opinion on a range of issues.
Lisa Dale
Lisa Dale
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Practice for Children and Young People in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Post Graduate Certificate in Management Skills for Health and Social Care
BA (HONS) Business Studies
With over 8 years experience in delivery of Evidence Based Practice for the NHS, I support children, young people and their families in a CAMHS multi disciplinary team.
I currently work as a CBT therapist (BABCP member), offering CBT to young people from the ages of 7-18 years. 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 am also qualified to deliver CBT to adults.
I work with children and young people, who experience low mood, anxiety, self-harm, stress, social anxiety, panic disorder, vomit phobia, general phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, separation anxiety, generalised anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. This is evidence based practice, supported by research that demonstrated the value that CBT can bring to the above.
Each session is collaborative and based on the needs of the young person. It is important to involve the parents initially, to discuss the current difficulties, and to focus on individual goals. This then initiates the formulation, 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.
In direct support to my colleagues at CAMHS, I also provide supervision in the delivery of a CBT approach with young people.
I am also trained in Triple P, offering support to parents to manage the changing behaviour of young people, aged between 2-16 years. I am also trained in managing and supporting parents, where the parent may experience low mood, anxiety or anger difficulties.
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 have worked in the NHS for 22 years as a Clinical Psychologist & since 2008 as a Cognitive Analytical Therapist (CAT). I have worked in a specialist Eating Disorder service for 20 years & have treated many young people with Eating Disorders.
Suzanne Bethell
Suzanne Bethell
.b Mindfulness Teacher
Listed on the UK register of Mindfulness Teachers
.b Mindfulness Teacher (Mindfulness in schools project)
Accredited Breathworks Trainer
Certificate in Teaching in Further Education
BA(Hons) English/Education
I am a qualified and experienced .b Foundations teacher and have delivered this course over several years to many teachers, support staff, parents and school nurses in a number of secondary schools and academies in Greater Manchester. It is an excellent course specifically designed for people working in schools and acknowledges that this can be very pressured at times.

The course gives staff the opportunity to take a breathing space and replenish their personal resources. It provides helpful strategies which can be integrated in to the working day without taking up more precious time, but which enable individuals to feel calmer and more resilient. There is a requirement that whilst on the course, participants also develop a guided meditation practice at home. Often a community of support is built amongst staff who attend the course which continues after the course’s conclusion.

For over twenty five years, I worked in colleges as an advanced practitioner, teacher trainer and CPD manager and have considerable experience of facilitation and training of adult groups.
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 – hospital in patient and the community. The majority of my experience has been in mental health, now specialising in children’s behavioural and emotional well- being for ten years.

I currently work with children, young people and their families using a variety of skills. I work as a cognitive behavioural therapist with children and young people experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, school refusal, OCD and also I work with young people experiencing low mood and low self- esteem.

I work with children of all age groups. I support parents to strengthen their positive parenting strategies and their relationships .
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 have also trained in working with children and young people and particularly enjoy working with teenagers, with issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, panic, OCD and depression.
Dr. Samantha 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.

Although I don’t see small children I am very experienced in dealing with young people aged 14+ and routinely see them at The Children’s Rooms for all of the difficulties named above. .
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 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) 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. I have experience of working with individuals and families together whom are experiencing the impact of low mood & anxiety, with difficulties such as depression, social anxiety, low self-esteem, panic disorder, separation anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder/worry, trauma/PTSD, addictive and habitual behaviours.

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 and registered as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC, being governed by their respective professional practice & ethical standards.

Additionally, I am registered as a Hypnotherapist with The National Hypnotherapy Society, having trained as a Hypnotherapist 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 with younger children, teenagers and their parents, it is very important to me that each session is collaborative and based on what it is agreed that you want to be different in your life. When problems have been part of us and our family 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. To make sure we focus on goals that will make the best positive difference we need to first make sure we understand the problem and how it has become stuck. We call first stage of therapy formulation or developing a shared understanding of the problem and is very important to get therapy off to a good start together.
Dr Joy Harris
Dr Joy Harris
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Member of British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society Expert Witness
HCPC registered
I have extensive experience (over 20 years) of working as a clinical psychologist specialising in helping children and their families. I offer assessment and therapy for a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems in children from birth to college age. I frequently help children and young people with depression and low self-esteem, anxiety problems, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder and difficulties with anger. I also work with children who have been traumatised, either by road traffic accidents, abuse and bullying. I often see children who have behavioural problems, who may be on the autistic spectrum or suffer ADHD, and I help them and their families, to deal more effectively with their difficulties. My most recent role in the NHS has been in leading a team who help children deal with the psychological distress of living with physical health problems, and this is my specialist interest. I frequently deal with children with selective eating problems, constipation and soiling, anxiety, pain and other emotional and behavioural difficulties associated with physical health conditions. I start therapy with an assessment. This may or may not include the child depending on the child’s age and parents’ concerns. We go through the child’s background history and talk about parents’ concerns and goals for treatment. I can then help parents prepare their child for therapy. All the techniques I use are evidence-based but as play is such an important part of development I use humour and creative strategies to make the appointments child friendly and appropriate to the child’s developmental stage. If there is a concern about the child’s cognitive abilities I also offer psychometric testing to explore these and I provide a report with recommendations. I also offer advice on referrals to other professionals when a child presents with difficulties that are outside of my experience. I have considerable experience in training other professionals who work in health and education and in social services. I also supervise a number of other clinical psychologists. I am a British Psychological Society Expert Witness and as such I am able to carry out medico-legal assessments and treatment for children and families.
Sam Heywood
Sam Heywood
Counselling Psychologist
BSc. (Hons) Psychology
MSc. Psychology and Counselling
Professional training in Counselling Psychology
Post Grad Cert in Counselling Supervision
Post Grad Cert in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)
HCPC registered
IPT-UK registered
I have worked for the NHS for 23 years, and I qualified as a Counselling Psychologist in 2002. Since then I have worked in services for Children, Young People and their families. My core training covered humanistic, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and psychodynamic approaches. I have a post graduate certificate in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A). IPT-A focusses on transitions, disputes, interpersonal difficulties and grief as causes of depression and helps young people both to overcome their depression and manage their conflict in their relationships more effectively. I also trained as a yoga teacher to complement my mental health training and experience and find that this is especially helpful when treating anxiety.

I am trained in Triple P, (a parenting approach for both primary school aged and teenagers) and have worked with parents struggling with stress/anxiety or anger.

In addition, I have completed short training courses with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre on CBT and at the Anna Freud Centre on Mentalization. I have also obtained a post graduate certificate in Counselling supervision so I am able to offer supervision to trainee Counselling Psychologists and counselling students.

It can feel daunting to a parent to have a child struggling with anxiety or depression, so I do encourage parents to attend initially and I continue to feed back during my work with young people so that they are aware of the process of the therapy.
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 clinical psychologist supporting children, young people & their families. I work with children who suffer from anxiety & panic, OCD & social phobia 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 recently completed my training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) & work with children suffering PTSD. As part of my training I have developed skills in delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) one of the ‘Third Wave’ therapies of CBT & mindfulness to children. I believe in being able to offer a range of well-evidenced approaches tailored to best support the children & young people I work with.
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 children, adolescents and their families or carers. I have experience working with children with a wide range of mental health difficulties; anxiety (including OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, worry and panic), stress and depression, trauma-related problems, bereavement and adjustment to life-changing circumstances. I am also an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) and supervisor and have training in both compassion focused and mindfulness-based therapies for children and adults. While I work directly with some children and adolescents, a lot of effective interventions are parent-based or may involve parents in some way. For parents of younger children, I strongly recommend a parent-only consultation in the first instance but think this is a good starting point for any parents/carers, no matter how old your children.

The most important aspect of my work is to reach a shared understanding with both individuals and parents/carers so that we can come up with an evidence-based plan for treatment that will make sense and will be the most effective way to alleviate psychological suffering and distress.
Jenny Williams
Jenny Williams (nee Wilson)
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 & HCPC registered Dietitian. I have worked extensively with children & young people on a Child & Adolescent Mental Health unit (CAMHS). As a dietitian I specialise in working with young people with Eating Disorders as well as their carers’. I also work with children with specialist dietary needs or who need help with Weight Management. Within my role as a counsellor my specialist areas are working with children & young people who have been bereaved, have eating difficulties or lack self-esteem & confidence.
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 with Relate for more than 20 years with individuals, couples and families, until 2014. I also teach on the Psychotherapeutic Counselling courses at Staffordshire University.
Although I don't see children or young people as individuals, I do them within the family group, helping them to deal with family issues more effectively.
Christine Latham
Christine Latham
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR Therapist
B.Sc Psychology (2000)
MA Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma CBT
Diploma in Eating Disorders
EMDR trained
Accredited member of BABCP
EMDR practitioner through EMDR UK and Ireland
I have over 15 years’ experience of working with clients in a variety of settings. These have included, the Community, Voluntary Sector and the NHS.

I am currently working with adults in the NHS but I do have considerable experience in working with children and young people from the age of 11. I was a Therapy Services Manager for a children and young person’s Mental Health Charity in Cheshire. I see children with problems such as trauma, anxiety (including PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, worry and panic) and depression and low mood. I particularly like to work with children and young people with low self-esteem.

My treatment mode is compassionate, empathic and holistic, and focuses on helping the young person move toward recovery and wellbeing.
Emma Giles
Emma Giles
Play and Creative Arts Therapist
Diploma in Play Therapy
Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
B.A (Hons) Primary Educational and Professional Studies with Qualified Teacher Status (2:2)
BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Merit)
Member of Play Therapy United Kingdom
Registered on the Professional Standards Authority list for Play and Creative Arts Therapists
I have worked with children for 17 years as a nursery nurse, teaching assistant, primary teacher. For the past 5 years, I have worked with children as a therapeutic play practitioner and play therapist to support their mental health. This is a role that I thoroughly enjoy and find very rewarding.

Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a form of counselling for children. Play is their natural form of self-expression, which enables them to play out any feelings and worries in a safe way, at their own pace without feeling interrogated. Through the therapeutic relationship with the child, I am able to gain an insight into their world and reflect back emotions and any struggles through the metaphor of play. Within my role as a Play Therapist, I offer a safe, non-judgemental space for children to explore their difficulties.

I have knowledge of supporting children who have experienced, to name a few, Abuse, Attachment difficulties, Bereavement/loss, Neglect, Low self-esteem/confidence, Short concentration span, Difficulties with peer relationships, New siblings, Divorce, Looked After Children, Trauma.
Liz Meller
Liz Meller
Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
MSc Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (Leeds University)
Cert in Higher Education in Addiction Studies (Leeds University)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy – (Brief UK Bristol)
Level 3 Qualification in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (Chester University)
NVQ Level 2 Youth and Community Practice (The National Youth agency)
AFT (Association of Family Therapy) Registered
UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Registered
I have nearly 20 years’ experience working alongside children, young people, adults and families in a number of inpatient and community settings. I have worked for the NHS since 2001 in both the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and the young person’s substance misuse treatment service. As an experienced children’s and young person’s practitioner I aim to promote wellbeing and emotional resilience.

Family Therapy:
As a registered family and systemic psychotherapist, I help people in close relationships to help each other. Family therapy enables family members, couples and others who care about each other, to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s perspective, and appreciate each other’s needs. It enables people to build on strengths and make positive changes in their relationships and their lives.

Research shows that family therapy is beneficial for children, young people and adults of all ages experiencing a wide range of difficulties and circumstances. These include (but are not limited to) child, adolescent and adult mental health difficulties, parenting difficulties, illness and disability in families, separation, divorce and step-family life, eating disorders, fostering, adoption and kinship care and substance use.

Individuals:
As well as couples and families I have experience working alongside individuals, in particularly children and young people with a range of presentations. These include low mood, anxiety, anger, loss, school refusal, difficult attachments, relationship difficulties with peers and family, autism and substance use. I would describe my practice as integrative as I draw upon a wide range of models, depending on the need/development stages of the individual.

I also provide consultation, training and supervision to other professionals. I am currently conducting a Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Supervision with the aim of becoming an AFT (Association of Family Therapy) accredited supervisor by November 2017.
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, and currently work as a clinical psychologist supporting children, young people and their families, and am currently setting up a new service.   In my work with children and young people, I work from age 12 upwards.  I work with children and young people who struggle with a broad range of presenting difficulties including low mood and anxiety, (panic, social phobia, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia), trauma, bereavement, and abuse.   I also have experience in working with teenagers who self harm, and struggle with relationship difficulties, as well as young people at risk of developing severe mental health problems.  I work using a broad range of therapeutic techniques based on a detailed and thorough assessment, with particular interest in cognitive and meta-cognitive therapy.