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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
GDPR Compliant
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..
Dr Carla Innes
Dr Carla Innes
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Member of Compassionate Mind Foundation
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
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.
Becky Gorton
Becky Gorton
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Supervisor
Senior Child & Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner

PGCert Supervision Skills (CBT pathway) University of Manchester 2021 (pending)
PGDip Evidence Based Psychological Therapies CYP (CBT pathway) University of Manchester 2017
Dip Naturopathic Nutrition College of Naturopathic Medicine 2010
Foundation in Family Therapy Merseyside Psychotherapy Institute 2004
Dip Social Work/ DipHE (Applied Social Sciences) University of Portsmouth 1998

BABCP Full Accreditation
SWE Registered
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) from 2002-2021 most recently as a Senior CAMHS Practitioner/ Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Lead. This role included supervising a CBT student, qualified CBT’s and Children and Young Peoples Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
I have seen children and young people with a wide range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, specific phobias and other conditions. I was also part of the CAMHS Multi Disciplinary Team offering assessments and interventions for Children and Young People with social communication difficulties (including young people on the Autism Spectrum and with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Primarily in private practice I offer CBT and CBT Supervision. I am on the Private Practice Register and a recognised provider with a number of Health Insurance Companies. Additionally I am a marker for the Psychological Therapy Training Centre. I have undertaken post graduate training in adapting CBT for people with cancer and people on the autism spectrum. I also offer behavioural intervention approaches and draw on my wider experience in family work and parent training.

My background is in Children's Services, both in a multi-disciplinary children with disabilities team and in children and families teams.
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 .
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.
Alison Triste
Alison Triste
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate diploma in CBT
Foundation certificate in Emotional Health in Children. Bolton Behaviour Support accredited by the University of Bolton
H.L.T.A Manchester Metropolitan University
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
Member of the British Psychological society
29 years’ experience working with children
Delivering CBT to children, adolescents and adults for 8 years
GDPR compliant
Remote Appointments Only
Hello, here is a little back ground about me. I travelled to America and worked as a Nanny for a year when I was 18 then came back to England to study for a Psychology and counselling degree. I then trained as a young people’s advice worker giving support to 16-25 year olds. I continued working as a Nanny for the next 14 years alongside bringing up my own family which included 2 step children and my son diagnosed with Autism, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. I also ran a pre-school group, worked as a pre-school gymnastics coach and began working in primary school from 2003 where I qualified as a Higher-level teaching assistant (H.L.T.A.)
The teaching role entailed teaching children aged 4-11 and delivering the teaching provision for children with specific learning difficulties and Autistic spectrum conditions for which I completed additional training. I then trained in working with children with emotional health difficulties and became the social and emotional aspects of learning coordinator (SEAL’s) in school which entailed carrying out group and 1 to 1 interventions. I felt that the children I worked with needed extra strategies to manage emotions so I trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist specialising in working with children. I also trained to work with Adults.

For the past 8 years my focus has been on mental health and have been using predominantly CBT interventions with children in schools, working systemically involving the parents and schools where necessary and have developed a private practice for children, adolescents and adults.
Currently I am piloting a whole class program in building resilience and emotional health as a preventative measure and have written a book on CBT in schools which is just at the editing stage.
For the past 7 years I have supervised trainee CBT Therapists working with children, adolescents and adults in addition to qualified therapists in a variety of settings including CAMHS, schools, the NHS and private practice.
I also deliver whole staff training in mental health for school staff and children, using CBT techniques.

As CPD I have trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Metacognitive Therapy and Bereavement counselling for children.
To assess a person’s needs, I carry out a full case conceptualisation using a formulation to best inform treatment. I
fit a disorder specific evidence based CBT treatment with flexibility, drawing from additional approaches if helpful. My passion is enabling children and adults to maximize their potential by working collaboratively to meet their treatment goals by using a combination of symptom reduction protocols in addition to Positive Psychology.

I have experience of treating:

Separation anxiety LSE
Social anxiety Perfectionism
Health anxiety Sleep difficulties
Generalised anxiety
Panic disorder
Agoraphobia
Specific Phobia
Trauma (P.T.S.D)
Depression
Self-harm/distress tolerance
Anger
OCD/BDD
Stress
Phil Jones
Phil Jones
Mental Health Practitioner
GDPR compliant

Remote Appointments Only
I have worked in the NHS since 2002 in a variety of mental health and learning disability settings, completing my mental health nurse (DipHE) training in 2012. My career has remained in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) since then, an area for which I have a strong passion for in helping young people and their families achieve the best outcomes alongside and understanding of their difficulties.

I have spent a number of years working within a CAMHS intensive therapy service delivering psychoeducation, coping strategies including mindfulness and exposure therapy, whilst utilising aspects of a number of therapies such as CBT, DBT, family therapy and elements of MST, this being via intensive internal NHS training and mentorship from previous psychologists, psychotherapist and family therapists.

I have significant experience in working with young people who suffer from anxiety related disorders such as OCD, separation anxiety, generalised anxiety, phobias including emetophobia, sleep difficulties and stress. Either as a main difficulty or an associated difficulty of another mental health difficulty, I have experience of working with young people with low mood and depression. Alongside this, I also have a special interest and significant experience of working with young people and their families where the young person has a diagnosis of ASD which also includes associated experience of interlinked ASD and mental health difficulties such as the above. Ensuring that NICE guidance is followed.

I feel it is important to have an honest approach with young people and their families, ensuring there is clarity about difficulties and the best way to help the recovery process, whilst recognising that the initial steps to engaging with someone new, sometimes can be the hardest.

I’m able to offer sessions on an individual basis, family sessions or a mix of both. Depending on the difficulties, sometimes family sessions can be a safe and effective way to help understand difficulties and support change within the family home. There are times where a young person may not feel able to attend a session on their own, I am wholly accepting of parents attending sessions initially. There are times when out of session tasks maybe beneficial to support the work in session, alongside this and if confidentiality allows, involving parents in a session overview with a view to collaborative working which may include parental support outside of sessions for session tasks. This stems from my experience of working within an intensive therapy service.

I listen to young people and their families in a non-judgemental way offering a comprehensive assessment before working collaboratively on goals set for treatment. It’s important to understand the current difficulties to ensure the right approach is taken, whilst working collaboratively. It’s also important to close a course of treatment, looking at individual relapse prevention work. At all times, risk is being assessed and if needed, safety plans created.

All work carried out is under the supervision of Dr Lucy Kornecki. Due to current difficulties surrounding the global pandemic, all sessions with myself currently are offered via applications such as Skype, Zoom etc.
Dr Lucie Rutter
Dr Lucie Rutter
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology
HCPC Registered
Webster Stratton Incredible Years Parent Training Accredited
Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Accredited Practitioner
GDPR compliant
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).  

I have over 10 years’ experience working in both NHS and private mental health services. I currently work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) with children, young people and their parents. I have experience working with people with mild to severe mental health problems. These include anxiety related conditions such as generalised anxiety, OCD, health anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD, social phobia and other specific phobias. I have supported young people with low mood, depression and school refusal. I have experience managing risk such as self-harm and suicidal ideation and helping families to support young people who are experiencing these difficulties. I have worked with young people who have low self-esteem, eating disorders, sleep problems and other emotional difficulties. I have experience of assessing and contributing towards diagnosis for Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

I use evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Video Interaction Guidance (VIG), Third Wave Therapies such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). I have experience of family therapy and encourage families to be involved in supporting young people with their difficulties.

I usually meet with parents and young people together to begin with and then with the young person on their own when they feel comfortable to do so. My aim is to help explore the difficulties that individuals and families are looking for help with and then be honest and transparent in the ways in which I am able to support. I am able to offer individual sessions, family sessions and a mix of both when required. I recognise that engaging with someone new can be daunting for young people and their families and therefore initially I prioritise helping people to feel comfortable to share their difficulties.
kirsty hill
Kirsty Hill
EMDR Therapist, Relationship Therapist, Counsellor, Trauma Therapist, Life Coach
Diploma in Counselling Level 4
Rewind Trauma and phobia THERAPY – Human givens society
BACP accreditation
EMDR Qualification – EMDR Masterclass
Relationship Therapy QUALIFICATION - CFC
Diploma in Coaching – Centre of excellence
GDPR Compliant
I qualified as a counsellor in 2006 working for a local charity which is still ongoing. I have undertaken many projects for them working with:

Victims of domestic abuse in Wythenshawe as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Young people in schools and pupil referral units and in private practice.

Trauma projects for young people – one being those at risk of/involved in Child Sexual exploitation as part of a multi-disciplinary project in Rochdale, Wigan and Stockport. Another working with care leavers. Working with victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

EAP clients.

I facilitate crisis management groups when needed.

I feel I offer my clients a non-judgemental, safe place to unpick their issues and look at making positive changes and move forward. I work at my clients pace, giving them the time and space they need to feel more in control of their own lives. I have had the luxury over the years of being able to give my trauma clients the time and space they need to come to terms and move on from what has happened to them. I am as passionate about my work today as I was when I started my training back in 2003.
Katie Meggers
Katie Meggers
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

BABCP Accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in CBT
Foundational Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Post Graduate certificate in Practice Assessment
Post Graduate Mental Health Social Work Award
Diploma in Social work
BA (Hons) Social Work
GDPR compliant and registered with Social Work England
I originally trained as a social worker and have spent 22 years working within statutory mental health services including the last 6 years working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the NHS.

I love to work with young people and their families to support them to bring about the changes they wish to make in their lives. I have worked with a wide range of mental health difficulties including social anxiety, OCD, specific phobia, GAD, PTSD, panic, low self esteem and depression.

As well as working with mood disorder and anxiety, I have worked with young people with difficulties managing emotions, self harm and suicidal ideation. I have a special interest in working with young people with attachment difficulties and have completed further training in this area.

I enjoy working using both CBT and DBT dependent upon the needs of the young person.
Andrew King
Andrew King
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

BABCP Accredited
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural psychotherapy
BA honours in Youth work
Teaching assistant level 3
GDPR Compliant
I am qualified cognitive behavioural therapist with experience of working in NHS services, private practice and further education settings.

I previously was working as youth worker and have over 17 years’ experience of working with children and young people aged 0-20 in different capacities. Including people with ASD, ADHD, severe learning disabilities, emotional and behavioural difficulties, anxiety, and low mood disorders.

In my current role I work as high intensity cognitive behavioural therapist in a NHS service working with people aged 16+.

I very much enjoy working with children and young people and feel I can keep folk engaged in the process often with humour and fun all done sensitively and empathetically. During our time in therapy, we will work collaboratively on your aims for therapy.

I have experience of working with, separation anxiety, OCD, PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania, anger issues, Panic attacks and agoraphobia.
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 experience. I offer individual therapeutic intervention to adults and children, and I can also offer sessions with parents and children together. I have experience of working with a range of mental health difficulties, such as Depression, Anxiety disorders, and PTSD. I have experience working with people in difficult circumstances, including challenging relationships, domestic violence, and people experiencing grief and loss. I also have experience of working with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Condition, both therapeutically and in assessment and diagnosis.

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. This approach can also be used in adult sessions, particularly when adults have experienced early adversity or trauma. However, whatever current challenges you are facing, I will work with you collaboratively to understand you and your situation. I will approach your care without judgement. I am a big believer in being person-centred, and working in a strength based approach that promotes recovery and emotional wellbeing.
Sally Hinchliffe
Sally Hinchliffe
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
BSc (Hons) Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
PG Certificate Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS since 2015 providing mental health support. I have experience working in the child and adolescence mental health service (CAMHS), where I worked with young people aged 6-18 years, providing interventions for a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, health anxiety, OCD, phobias and depression-related difficulties.

My role is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with young people and their caregivers alike, to be able to work towards your goals for therapy, in order to achieve what you want to achieve from accessing therapy and support. I provide a safe and warm environment for therapy to be an open and honest environment.
Liz Meller
Liz Meller (remote therapy only)
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.
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
GDPR 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. .
Jenny Williams
Jenny Williams
Dietitian & Counsellor
M.Sc Nutrition & Dietetics | Post Grad Diploma Counselling
Post Grad Cert Sports Nutrition | PG Cert Eating Disorders
M.Sc modules in CBT, Obesity & Eating Disorders
BACP accredited counsellor | Registered with HCPC & BDA
 GDPR Compliant
I have worked for the NHS since 2007 & also in the private sector as an accredited counsellor & registered Dietitian. As a Dietitian I specialise in working with adults & young people with Eating Disorders as well as their carers’. I also work with people with specialist dietary needs such as diabetes, IBS, PCOS & people who participate in sport. I offer Weight Management sessions for those who wish to lose weight & keep the weight off. Within my role as a counsellor I offer a safe, non-judgmental space for people to explore their difficulties. My specialist areas include bereavement, eating difficulties, relationship problems, low mood, stress, workplace issues, personal development, low self-esteem/confidence.
Nicki Livesey
Nicki Livesey
Counsellor, Play Therapist and Family Mentor

Advanced diploma counselling
Advanced diploma family mentoring
BTec hospital play specialism
Listening through play course
BACP member
Member of GCH ( trainee hypnotherapist)
GDPR Compliant
My name is Nicki Livesey, I am a person centred counsellor which enables me to work with Adults, Teenagers and Children.

My speciality is working with Teenagers and Children especially with behaviours associated with ADHD Dyspraxia Autism as well as Deliberate Self Harm, School Phobia, Depression, feelings of Sadness, Anxiety, Loss, Seperation and living with Addiction, Anger Management, Confidence Building, Bullying are a few to mention.

In my sessions I often use therapeutic play, (listening through play) for my younger clients, although my teenagers and adults love a bit of play dough too! I can offer practical support for families/Carer's with behaviour issues and also support for Parents who maybe new to a diagnoses.

I offer a very warm confidential welcome and a setting which many of my adults have said makes coming to therapy very relaxing. I can offer therapy for Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Seperation, living with Addiction, family issues, feelings of Sadness and many more difficulties you maybe experiencing.
Rachel Curtis
Rachel Curtis
Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) TSTA(P)
Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) CTA (P)

Diploma in Counselling
Cert. Advanced Play Therapy
Cert. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Watch, Wait & Wonder
Webster Stratton Parenting –The Incredible Years
UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist
BACP Registered Member
Accredited UKCP Supervisor
EMDR Pending
Counselling Lecturer
GDPR Compliant
I am a highly experienced integrative psychotherapist, with 19 years clinical experience. My model of therapy offers flexibility and adaptability to your each child or young person I see.

My experience is within children’s services in the NHS and private healthcare. I have also worked with social services, the criminal justice system and third sector organisations supporting children & young people.

I work with issues such as:

Grief and loss
Identity Loss of Meaning
Family relationships
Gender and sexuality
Sexually harmful behaviours
Attachment issues
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Abuse
Self-harming behaviours
Bullying
Self-esteem and confidence

I use a variety of tools, techniques and approaches in my work, which is one of the joys of Transactional Analysis. There’s no set process, rather it is a collaborative journey towards a mutually agreed goals or purposes. With young children I use a variety of play therapy materials, such as sand, miniatures, puppets etc. I find teenagers prefer talking to play, however may use music or media during therapy. I all depends upon the individual and my intent is that your child or teenager feels listened too and valued in the therapy process.
Anna Dagnall
Anna Dagnall
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

BSc HONS psychology
INLPTA Dip NLP
Dip in professional studies in nursing (Mental Health)
BSc HONS Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis (CBT and early intervention)
PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CYP)
PGCert Supervision skills for mental health professionals
BABCP provisionally accredited (working toward full)
GDPR Compliant
I am a qualified mental health nurse and CBT therapist and I have worked in the NHS for 14 years. The first five years in acute adult mental health services and for 9 years in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent mental health services). Latterly I have been the Clinical Team Leader and CBT Lead in CAMHS.

I have a special interest in child mental health and I work with a wide range of mental health difficulties including OCD, generalised anxiety disorder, PTSD, social anxiety, specific phobia, panic disorder, low mood and low self esteem. I am particularly interested in anxiety disorders.

I am really passionate about CBT and how it can help young people understand their difficulties and how to tackle them. I take a team work and collaborative approach.

I incorporate other approaches such as NLP and counselling skills.

I am a qualified supervisor and provide clinical supervision for CBT to colleagues and trainee CBT therapists.
Zara Winstanley
Zara Winstanley
Counsellor for children and young people
BSc (Hons) Psychology
PGDip Counselling & Psychotherapy
Advanced Diploma In Clinical Supervision
Certificate In Couples Therapy
Certificate In Group Work Adults & Children
Accreditation in Family Substance Misuse Programmes
GDPR Compliant
BACP Registered
NCS Accredited
I am a Counsellor and Supervisor with 14 years of experience and have worked in a variety of settings; Mental Health team, running children’s counselling services, secure residential units with teenagers, supporting young adults on the Autistic spectrum, a GP Practice Group, in a hospice Family Support team counselling family members from 5 years old, pre and post bereavement, in a women’s prison working with both the individuals and their family members, facilitating family substance misuse programmes, EAP work and having a small private practice. I have completed a broad range of training and use an integrative approach that can include play and creativity.

Very often when something happens directly to our children, or in the context of their life, it is the response they have to the event that can leave us as parents distressed and not knowing how to support them. Some children and young people develop challenging, risky or withdrawn behaviours and emotions, others may start to have difficulty interacting with peers and in other social situations; their responses be them behavioural, through expressions of art and even social media, may be out of the normal range however these responses can be their way of coping.

I customise the therapy to meet the individual’s needs and focus on first creating a safe and stable environment to help build up trust so they are then able to express their emotions through which ever medium best suits them. I start the process by meeting with the client and their parent/s and complete a brief assessment to get an overview of presenting behaviours and emotions, engaging the child/young person first and foremost so it can immediately help them to feel in control of the process.
Dr. Sara Bardsley
Dr Sara Bardsley
Clinical Psychologist
BA (Hons) Clinical Psychology
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy trained 2016
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2016
EMDR trained 2019
HCPC registered
GDPR compliant
I have worked within the NHS for 5 years as a clinical psychologist and specialise in offering assessment, formulation and therapy for individuals with physical and mental health difficulties, which often involves developing an understanding of the links between people’s physical and emotional difficulties and supporting them to manage their associated distress.

I have experience of working with children and families in different settings including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS), community and hospital based physical health settings, and forensic settings in young offender’s prisons. I have experience of working with children with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, self-harming and suicidal behaviours, attachment and relational difficulties and a wide range of physical health problems, including medically unexplained symptoms. I offer assessment and therapy for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children from secondary school age upwards.

My work with children with physical health problems involves supporting both the child and family to understand and cope with the psychological distress associated with living with and managing a physical health problem. I have experience of working with and liaising with different services that might be involved in a child and families care such as social services, medical professionals, mental health services, and the criminal justice system.

I work in a relational way with both children and families and understand the challenges and impact that emotional and physical health difficulties can have on the family dynamic. I work individually with children but also work with children and families to think about the emotional impact on the family dynamic.
Dr Stephanie Leyland
Dr Stephanie Leyland
Counselling Psychologist
PG Certificate in Systemic Practice
EMDR Training, levels 1-3 (in addition to Attachment-focussed and FLASH technique)
British Psychological Society Supervisory Training, levels 1-3
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
BSc Psychology
HCPC Registered
I am a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, working with adults, children and families. I have experience in NHS, third sector and private settings, since 2011, gaining my doctoral qualification in 2016. Further training I have undertaken includes eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, Clinical supervision, dialectical behavioural therapy, compassion- focussed therapy and systemic practice.

My training enables me to work across the lifespan from a variety of psychological models, coming from the position of understanding distress and emotional difficulties as a response to difficult life experiences. I work collaboratively with clients to understand their difficulties, to find their own way forward and recovery journey. I work with clients who have experienced trauma and adversity and those who exhibit a range of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, self-harm, suicidality, voice hearing and dissociation. I also offer a safe and supportive space to process historical/current difficult life experiences, as well as transitional times, such as bulling, abuse, grief and loss, relational and perinatal difficulties. In addition, I have experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals who are exploring their sexuality and/or gender identity, along with those who are accessing ongoing treatments to affirm their identified gender.

In addition, clients must be wanting to access this kind of psychological therapy for it to be effective.
Angela Brunt
Angela Brunt
Therapeutic Counsellor
CPCAB BACP Accredited level 4 Therapeutic Counselling lINLPTA NLP Diploma
WSC working with children and Young People, (Children and Young Peoples Services, Social Care)
Adolescent Mental Health WSCB
Working with Couples PCCS
Play Therapy PTUK
Suicide and Self Harm level 3 Children and Young Peoples Service
GDPR Compliant
I have been a Therapist and Mental Health Practitioner for over 15 years, working with children, young people, adults, couples and families as well as being a School Counsellor where I work with additional needs such as Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues, Autism, learning Disabilities/Difficulties and ADHD all within a Trauma Informed Practice.

I have adopted and incorporated a flexible approach which encompasses holistic, systemic and compassion focussed ways of working in order to meet individual client needs.

I am a mother of two sons who are all grown up and in their 20s now, both of whom have taught me many additional lessons that psychology and further training could not have.
Sue Colegrave
Sue Colegrave
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Diploma in Family Therapy
MSc Child Development
BSc (Hons) Psychology
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS for over 25 years in child and adolescent mental health services. I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1997 and initially worked in an under 5s service, moving to a Consultants post with 5-18 year olds in 2004. I am now the Lead for CAMHS Psychological Services in South Manchester. I qualified as a Family Therapist in 2003 . I am also trained in Narrative Therapy, Webster Stratton Incredible Years and Non-violent Resistance Therapy. I hold an IAPT systemic supervision qualification and offer supervision to clinicians from a range of professional backgrounds.

I currently work with children, young people and families presenting with psychological difficulties including anxiety, low mood, behaviour difficulties, emotional dysregulation, relationship difficulties and experience of trauma. I work individually with young people and also directly with their families. For me the key to change is a thorough understanding of the issues and the establishment of specific goals with the client. I will tailor intervention to individual and family need. I will work collaboratively with young people and their families to identify their strengths and resources and build on steps they may have already taken towards making change.
Claire Friday
Claire Friday
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Adult Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

MSc Psychotherapy (Newman University)
Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Diploma in Adult Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Registered UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
GDPR Compliant
Remote Appointments Only
My name is Claire Friday. I have trained as a integrative Psychotherapist at the Northern Guild in Newcastle. Before training as a psychotherapist I worked for over 15 years in the adoption field.

I have worked with various charities, including a child bereavement service and within primary school settings supporting children and young people. More recently I have worked as a psychotherapist with adults within an Enhanced Primary Care Team.

My training at the Northern Guild incorporated working creatively with both children and adults, as appropriate to support and enable expression where words may be difficult to find.

I work with issues such as bereavement, low self-esteem, OCD, somatic issues, eating issues, self-harm, identity issues, peer/bullying issues, anger, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, attachment issues and trauma.

My approach to therapy is to be a companion alongside my client, supporting them by providing a calm and safe environment to explore what brings them to therapy.

When working with children and young people I will meet both the client and parent/s to support understanding of the current difficulties and explore how I can support the client and agree an initial plan so there is a shared sense of direction.

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.
rachel spregg
Rachel Spregg
Therapeutic Integrative Counsellor MBACP
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)
Certificate TA101 in Transactional Analysis
PGCERT Early Years Teacher Status
BA (Hons) Early Years Education
HND Early Years Education
Certificate in the Theory & Practice of Nurture Groups
Trained in Therapeutic Messy Play Groups
Trained in Grief Recovery
Trained in the Therapeutic Intervention Drawing & Talking
Trained in Lego Therapy
Youth Mental Health First Aider
Relax Kids Coach
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Peer Massage Instructor
GDPR Compliant
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have experience of working as a therapeutic counsellor within the NHS, Education and community organizations.

Having worked in pastoral care for the last twenty years my skillset in the areas of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills are excellent, I connect well with people of all backgrounds and ages.

I have worked extensively with children exhibiting social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties across all phases from Early Years through to Teenagers. I have led a nurture group for children with attachment related difficulties and provided trauma informed care – I have achieved awards with Nurture UK for my work in this area.

I work from the premise that we are all human beings constructive at our core and have the ability to move forward and be the very best version of ourselves. I believe that we all are doing the best we can at any given time with the resources we have available. Sometimes we need the support of a therapist to help us find ways to manage challenging times and process our thoughts and feelings.
This is where I can help!

As an Integrative counsellor I am trained in Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis. This enables me to draw upon a wide range of theory and tools in order to best meet client’s needs and a diverse range of issues. I love to work creatively and utilise the arts, bringing crafts and play within sessions with children and young people.

I look forward to connecting with you.
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

Remote Appointments Only
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 young 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.