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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
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. 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..
Stefan Bell
Stefan Bell
Cognitive Behavioural, Schema & EMDR Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Level 2 BABCP accredited)
BSc with Honours Degree in Biology and Behavioural Studies.
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Trained in Schema Therapy on an Accredited International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Program.
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy on an Accredited Program by the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.
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 children and adolescents mental health services (CAMHS) as well as within various NHS adult foundation trusts.

With children and teenagers I work with a variety of disorders. This includes Complex Trauma with PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Perfectionism, IBS, Low Mood, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and long term health conditions. Further to this I am also trained in Schema Therapy that is a long-term therapy for personality disorder.

I am trained in EMDR therapy for children, working with PTSD, Panic, Anxiety and long-term health conditions.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people of all ages from children and adolescents in helping them to enhance their lives, as well as work through their troubles collaboratively. I am an empathic individual and thrive on listening to people. I value and respect all of my clients and aim to provide the highest standards of service and care. 

I have a huge passion for the work that I do within the field of Cognitive Behavioural, Schema & EMDR Psychotherapy as well as other therapy modalities and I am currently continuing research in the field of Psychology.
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' & EMDR 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
Post graduate certificate in CBT supervision
EMDR therapist (part 1,2 and 3)
Enhanced EMDR complete child training level 1
GDPR Compliant
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.
Becky Gorton
Becky Gorton
Senior Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

Dip Social Work/ DipHE Applied Social Sciences
Dip Naturopathic Nutrition
Foundation in Family Therapy
PGDip Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CYP)
HCPC Registered
BABCP Provisional Accreditation CBT
GDPR Compliant
I have worked for the NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) since 2002.  I see children and young people with ASD, ADHD and a wide range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, specific phobias and other conditions.

My background is in children’s services, both in a multi-disciplinary children with disabilities team and in children and families teams.

Primarily in my private work I offer CBT and have undertaken additional training in adapting CBT for people on the autism spectrum and for people with cancer. I also use behaviour intervention approaches and draw on my wider experience in family work and parent training. .
Rachel Beckford
Rachel Beckford
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
(seeing individuals, couples & families)
M.Sc Clinical Psychology
Associate Fellow BPS
ACAT Accredited CAT therapist | HCPC Registered
GDPR Compliant
Coming for an initial session and seeing a psychologist for the first time can feel daunting. I will try to put you at ease and will take time to listen carefully to your concerns. Together we will try to understand what is causing you to feel distressed. We will make sense of why you are feeling stuck and explore ways in which change maybe possible.

I have been working as a psychologist for a long time both as a therapist as well as a manager, clinical lead and trainer. I qualified as a clinical psychologist 25 years ago and worked in the NHS for 22 years. I have worked in private practice for 5 years. I have experience in a range of settings and across a variety of conditions including anxiety, low mood, relationship difficulties, childhood trauma and bereavement. I worked in specialist eating disorder services for 20 years and was clinical lead for a county wide service. I regularly supervise others.

In addition to being a psychologist I am also trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. This approach helps us to work together to understand why unhelpful patterns in relationships with ourselves or others keep developing and prevent us from living life to the full. Often these patterns have been our ways of surviving difficult experiences in the past.

I am available to work with adults, couples, young people and their carers..
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
GDPR Compliant
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
GDPR Compliant
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.
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
GDPR Compliant
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.
Geraldine Osowska
Geraldine Osowska
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post-graduate training in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
GDPR Compliant
My name is Geraldine Osowska and I have been working in mental health since 2002. My job is my passion, I like to offer my clients a warm welcoming space, giving them space to think and time to talk. Everyone is different and therefore my interventions are client focussed and tailored to the individual. My goal is to help people feel empowered, confident and good about themselves.

My post-graduate training is in Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy and I have over 17 years experience working with children and adults with emotional and mental health issues. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Social Phobia, OCD, Panic Disorder and PTSD, I also have a special interest in working with Eating Disorders, Body Image Difficulties, Low Self Esteem and Relationship Difficulties.

I am fully accredited with The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).
Dr James Oliver
Dr James Oliver
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant

I have worked in the NHS for over 7 years in a variety of mental health services. I specialise in working with young people and families with a range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, OCD, trauma, body-image concerns, low mood, adjustment issues, and low self-esteem. I have a specialist interest in supporting young people with emotional difficulties associated with a health condition, with my NHS work specialising in this.

I understand it can often be daunting to talk about difficult thoughts and feelings. This can be true for both parents and young people alike. Developing a therapeutic relationship is often the key to successful support. I am a big believer in supporting young people and families to feel comfortable to talk about their difficulties openly and honestly, and to develop a joint understanding of their concerns. In this way it makes finding helpful support more productive.

I am keen to work with young people and families in a manner where the young person’s voice in central. I encourage parents to be involved in the sessions, often having an initial appointment together, and in subsequent sessions summarising at the end. It can often be helpful to involve parents in supporting young people with any tasks or ideas away from our sessions. I am also happy to see parents separately if this is felt to be the most helpful form of support.

A range of therapeutic interventions can often be helpful and will be discussed with you to ensure it is the right fit. The therapeutic work I provide is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness and Narrative Therapy. I am also able to offer a full cognitive assessment if it is felt it may be helpful to understand some of the presenting concerns. This would include a full report with recommendations.
Jessica Leigh
Jessica Leigh
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Therapies in Children and Young People
M.Sc Investigative Psychology
M.Sc Psychology
GDPR Compliant

I’m a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist with a number of years experience in the NHS. I can work with a range of mental health issues including depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, OCD, panic, BDD, health anxiety, low self esteem and PTSD.

I have experience in working in a child and adolescence mental health service (CAMHS), working with children aged between 6-18 years. I treated young people with a range of difficulties, and supported caregivers in applying evidenced based approaches at home. For example sleep and behavioural difficulties. Additionally I have experience of working with young people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD.

My role will be to get a shared understanding of the presenting problem/difficulties, and work with you on the therapy goals you wish to achieve in a safe and confidential environment.
Dr Joy Harris
Dr Joy Harris
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society Expert Witness
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
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.
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
GDPR Compliant
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.
Liz Meller
Liz Meller
Systemic and Family Psychotherapist and Supervisor
MSc Systemic and Family Psychotherapy (Leeds University)
PGc Supervision Skills for Mental Health Professionals (Manchester 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 Therapist and Supervisor
UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Registered
GDPR Compliant
I have over 20 years’ experience working alongside children, young people, adults and families in a number of inpatient and community settings. Until recently I worked within the NHS for nearly 20 years in both the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and the young person’s substance misuse treatment service. I currently practice privately at The Rooms at both the Poynton and the Knutsford centres with children, young people, adults, couples and families.

Family Therapy:

As a registered systemic and family 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, with a range of presentations. These include low mood, anxiety, anger, loss, school refusal, difficult attachments, relationship difficulties with peers and family, neurodevelopmental disorders and substance misuse.

As a therapist I draw upon a wide range of models, depending on the need/development/life stage of the individual or family. As an experienced practitioner I aim to work collaboratively with clients ultimately promoting wellbeing and increasing emotional resilience. As a therapist and AFT registered supervisor I adhere to both the AFT and UKCP Codes of Ethics. I am passionate about good practice and evidence based practice (NICE guidelines) in order to safeguard others and promote positive outcomes.

I also provide consultation, training and supervision to other professionals.
Dr Philip Milner
Dr Philip Milner
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
B.Sc Hons 1st Class Psychology and Neuroscience
GDPR Compliant
I worked in the nhs for 10 years supporting children, young people and their families.
At The Children’s Rooms 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.
Lindsey Robins
Lindsey Robins
IPT-A child therapist
Post-graduate certificate in child and adolescent mental health issues
Post graduate certificate in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)
Accredited in IPT-A with IPT-UK
Registered Nurse in Mental health
BNURS (Hons) degree in mental health nursing
registered with the NMC
GDPR compliant
I have worked in the child and adolescent services (CAMHS) in a wide variety of settings since 2004. I have extensive experience of assessing, supporting and treating young people who have wide range of mental health difficulties. I have worked with children to assess whether they meet the criteria for a diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD or ADHD, and I have provided interventions for those diagnosed with these conditions. I have worked with young people and their families where there is difficulties such as depression, low mood, self-harm, suicidal ideation, parental mental health, bereavement, PTSD, trauma, anxiety and emotional dysregulation difficulties.

My background has been quite varied providing me with a wealth of different experiences that I draw on to support my clients. This has included working as a family nurse for the family nurse partnership, where I supported adolescents who were pregnant until their babies were two years old. This focused on supporting attachment and bonding, which has enhanced the work I now offer parents when thinking about support for emotional and behavioural concerns with their children. I have also completed training in the webster-stratton "the incredible years" parenting programme and a sleep programme to support with these difficulties.

Accessing support for mental health problems can be a daunting experience, and it can be even more difficult when part of that illness makes you feel hopeless about the future. I provide a safe and confidential space for young people and families to explore their experiences. One of the interventions I offer a therapy called Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) which is a wonderful therapy and part of the NICE guidelines for the treatment of depression. This focuses on the interpersonal difficulties that an adolescent might have and how this impacts on their mental health. This therapy aims to skill a young person up, working collaborately to improve self-efficacy, confidence and their mental health symptoms. I am quite flexible in my approach and can adapt interventions to meet the needs of individuals. I also draw from my other experience and therapeutic models such as DBT, compassionate minds and mindfulness to support a young person on the road to recovery.
Dr Rebecca Linnell
Dr Rebecca Linnell
Clinical Psychologist
MA (Hons) Psychology
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy

BABCP Accredited Therapist and Supervisor
HCPC registered
GDPR compliant
I am a Clinical Psychologist and have worked in the NHS since qualifying 15 years ago. I have experience providing evidence based therapy for individuals and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including depression/ low mood, low self esteem, adjustment difficulties, and anxiety/ worry (panic attacks, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, and separation anxiety). I can also help people to cope with stress and difficult life events such as bereavement or family problems.

I specialise in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), though also incorporate other approaches such as mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) where helpful. For the last 6 years I have been Organisational Lead for the post graduate training course in CBT for children and young people at the Greater Manchester Mental Health Cognitive Therapy Training Centre, training and supervising other professionals in 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
Trained in EMDR
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS for 8 years and I presently 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.

In my private practice at The Rooms I currently am involved in undertaking assessments for children with possible ADHD and ASD and in providing medico-legal reports.
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
GDPR Compliant
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.
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. .
Pam Allen
Pam Allen
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Person Centred Counsellor
MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy 2017
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2011
BSc (Hons) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practice 2011
Diploma in Life Coaching
Post -Graduate Certificate in Psychology 1999
BSc (Hons) Psychology of Human Communication and Marketing 1998
BABCP Member
GDPR compliant
I have worked within the NHS for 10 years working with children and young people aged from 3-16 years of age. I have mainly worked with children within their educational settings on promoting positive mental health and resilience. Initially part of TAMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools) service I have worked with children and their families on behavioural difficulties, anxiety, depression and self-harm. Prior to this position I worked for 10 years within a Behaviour Support Service with children who had either been excluded from school or were at risk of being excluded. As a qualified CBT Therapist I am able to work on a range of mental health issues such as Generalised Anxiety, Depression, Social Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Phobias, disordered eating, sleep difficulties, trauma, grief and low self esteem.

I have a particular interest in using Mindfulness and Self- Compassion with children and their families to navigate the many challenges of childhood and adolescence.

My approach is firmly based in reducing the stigma around accessing therapy and in normalising mental health difficulties as something that we will all experience at some stage in our lives. I like to make sessions fun (if possible) using a range of techniques (e.g Art or Toys) so that the young person is able to express themselves as clearly as possible.
Dr Kerry Davies
Dr Kerry Davies
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology
HCPC registered
GDPR compliant
I am a Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of working with adults and children. In the past four years I have specialised in working with children and families experiencing a range of difficulties. I currently work in the NHS with children with complex needs and trauma, particularly children who experience high levels of emotional distress, behavioural problems and difficulties within family relationships and attachment.

I have experience of working with a range of mental health difficulties, such as Depression, Anxiety disorders, and PTSD. I have experience of working with behavioural difficulties that can cause significant distress in families, such as self-harm and anger/aggression. I also have experience in working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Condition, both therapeutically and in assessment and diagnosis. However, whatever the current difficulties I will work with you collaboratively to understand your child as an individual in the context of your family. I am a big believer in being family and child centred, and working in a strength based approach that promotes recovery and emotional wellbeing.

I use a variety of therapeutic models, including but not limited to; CBT, third-wave CBT such as Compassion Focused Therapy, and attachment informed approaches. I also work with parents and children in the room together, and draw upon Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in these sessions.
Sarah Rawsthorn
Sarah Rawsthorn M.Ed.
Special Educational Needs Consultant
B.Sc(Hons) Education
M.Sc Education
GDPR compliant
Sarah has 30 years experience working with families and schools the mainstream, independent and SEND educational sectors as a teacher, manager and local authority advisor in the UK and abroad. Sarah has successfully run a Community Interest Educational Consultancy company, Edge Inclusion Partners since 2013 and now joins forces with The Rooms to provide educational expertise.

Sarah offers;
Educational Assessment:
 - Specific Learning Difficulties; Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, Working Memory and Processing Speed, Non Verbal Reasoning Assessment and Report Writing
 - Casework; consultation, recommendations for intervention, signposting, advocacy and support during professional meetings
 -  Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) support

Sarah provides an expert, integrated education and training service for all, she is committed to supporting each child, family, educational setting or organisation by providing a bespoke service to meet specific requirements.