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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 Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Level 2 BABCP accredited)
BSc with Honours Degree in Biology and Behavioural Studies.
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
GDPR Compliant
I am a British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with 10 years of NHS experience. I have worked in children and adolescents mental health services (CAMHS) and in various NHS adult mental health foundation (MFT) trusts. I am currently working in private mental health care in the South Manchester and Cheshire area.

I have experience of working with children and young people suffering with a variety of disorders. My experience to date includes working with Complex Trauma with PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Perfectionism, Low Mood, Depression, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Further to this I am also trained in Schema Therapy and I am currently working towards international accreditation with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). I have experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

I thoroughly enjoy working with children and young people and in particular with teenagers, helping them to enhance their lives, and work through their troubles collaboratively. This age group have high levels of demand placed on them; in terms of developing their education and growing up in the age of social media. I am an empathic individual and thrive on listening to young people and understanding the troubles that they often struggle with. I value and respect all of my clients and aim to provide the highest standards of service and care. 

I have a huge passion for the work that I do within the field of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy as well as other therapy modalities and I am currently continuing research in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies.
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.
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
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
GDPR Compliant
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
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.
Emma Mahon
Emma Mahon
Neurodiverse Learning
BA (Hons) in Primary Education
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Specialist Dyslexia Teacher-Approved Teacher Status (ATS)
Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences
Post Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Differences
Masters Units in Specific Learning Difficulties: Consultancy and Diagnostic Assessment
AMBDA Certified Diagnostic Assessor of Specific Learning Differences
NPQML in School Leadership
GDPR compliant
I have always been fascinated by the ever-developing neurological research into different brain types and how a child's neurological profile can impact on the way in which they learn. It became my passion to investigate individual learning styles through diagnostic assessment and to develop teaching programmes designed to match the individual child's optimum way of learning. I began my career teaching both in mainstream and in Specialist Education, as Lead Teacher of Cheshire’s largest Resource Provision for children with Autism and Complex Needs. I have also had the opportunity to develop and run an Inclusion Outreach Service for schools, as well as supporting my own school in role as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

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

I pride myself in providing diagnostic work to children and young people that whether results in a diagnosis or not, provides the child with an understanding of Neurodiversity, of their own learning profile, and most importantly, an understanding of their own strengths.
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.
Rifa Ahmad
Rifa Ahmad
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Specialising in Eating Disorders
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
GDPR Compliant

I have 16 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 and anxiety to severe and enduring illness.

For a number of years I have been working in a Specialist Eating Disorders Service across Easts Lancashire as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Senior Nurse, offering management supervision and clinical input to people of all ages within the NHS.

At The Children’s Rooms I am able to assess and treat young people presenting with Eating Disorders or with issues relating to eating.