BSc Hons., MSc, DClinPsy, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons., MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Dr Rachel McCormick has experience of working with both adults and children presenting with emotional and behavioural difficulties e.g. self harm, low mood, anxiety, relationship difficulties and complex mental health problems. Therapeutically Dr McCormick offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic therapy and attachment based work. Dr McCormick’s previous experience includes being clinical lead within a provision of services to looked after and adopted children,and providing the psychological input to a multi-disciplinary service for adults and young people presenting with early onset psychosis.
Dr McCormick undertakes joint instructions within family proceedings, both in care cases and private proceedings. Dr McCormick has obtained the Expert Witness Certificate from Cardiff University in 2008 and is experienced in assessing both adults and children covering a range of issues. Dr McCormick has a particular expertise in the assessment of vulnerable young parents,sibling relationships, assessing children in relation to placement options (e.g.adoption, foster care), separation issues and in disrpted adoption placements. Dr McCormick has over 12 years experience in this area and has given evidence on numerous occasions and provides, on average, 30 assessment reports per year.
Dr McCormick has many years experience of offering training and consultation to Local Authorities and other organisations on a range of psychological issues (e.g. working with children with attachment difficulties, working with vulnerable young people and mental health).
BA Hons., DClinPsy, PGDipCogTher, CPsychol, Cert MRclick to view full profile
BA Hons., DClinPsy, PGDipCogTher, CPsychol, Cert MR
Dr Leanne Tidsey is a Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Therapist. She has a number of years experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties. This includes several years as a clinical lead for young people presenting with emotional disorders including eating difficulties and deliberate self-harm. She also had a position as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS working with children and adults.
Dr Tidsey delivers specific assessments and therapeutic work for adults and children focussing on a range of difficulties (e.g. eating problems, anxiety, depression, deliberate self-harm, PTSD, OCD).
Dr Tidsey has undertaken post qualification training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, having gained qualification as a Cognitive Therapist in 2008. She is a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist. Dr Tidsey is also qualified in the use of EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) therapy.
Dr Tidsey provides reports to the Court in personal injury cases, advising on issues such as the impact of psychological symptoms arising from trauma, prognosis and recommended therapeutic interventions.
In addition Dr. Tidsey has undertaken assessments of both adults and children related to child care and private family law proceedings.
Dr Tidsey undertakes assessment and therapy for individuals following trauma, (e.g. road traffic accidents, physical assault, accidents at work/school, and witnessing distressing incidents). This has included work focussing on clients’ return to school/work/ work related activity. Dr Tidsey draws from a range of therapeutic models, including CBT, and systemic models.
Dr Tidsey is an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)Expert. She also holds the Certificate in Medical Reporting.
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Dr Rachel Varley is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) ad provides psychological assessment and interventions for adults. She has experience of working with adults who are experiencing mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self harm and suicidal ideation as well as other chronic difficulties resulting in ongoing problems in relationships and daily life. Dr Varley has worked extensively with clients who have experienced some form of trauma either as children or adults. Dr Varley uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) as her main therapeutic approaches.
Additionally, Dr Varley is the clinical lead for the Adult Autism Assessment and Intervention service and has experience in providing diagnostic assessments and interventions as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Dr Varley undertakes adult assessments as part of expert witness work in court proceedings and has provided reports for care proceedings, medico-legal claims and criminal cases where further understanding has been needed in relation to a client’s learning ability, diagnosis of autism or history of trauma.
Dr Varley currently provides training and consultation (in relation to learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Conditions) to a number of services on a regular basis. This includes providing psychological input to individual clients and staff teams as required.
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, PGDipCogTher, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, PGDipCogTher, CPsychol
Dr Amanda Gill has over ten years’ experience of working in mental health settings in the NHS in both community and hospital settings. In her current NHS role she works in a multidisciplinary CAMHS team with children and families with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Dr Gill has developed a number of areas of clinical expertise including working with anxiety and low mood and providing assessment and therapeutic work for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders. She also works with complex behavioural and attachment difficulties and manages risk in relation to deliberate self harm and serious mental illness. Dr Gill provides supervision, teaching, training and consultation to parents and other professionals.
Dr Gill provides specific assessments and therapeutic work for children and adults focussing on a range of difficulties (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, deliberate self harm, behavioural and attachment difficulties). She has particular expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in which she has undertaken post qualification training. She is accredited as a therapist and supervisor with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). She also draws on a number of other therapeutic models and theories to meet the individual needs of her clients including developmental, attachment, social learning and systemic models. She utilises approaches such as the Parent-Child Game in relation to complex behavioural and attachment difficulties and has received training in delivering Webster-Stratton parenting programmes.
Dr Gill provides psychological assessments of both children and adults to the Court within family law proceedings and in personal injury cases.
Dr Gill undertakes assessment and therapy for individuals following trauma (e.g. road traffic accidents, physical assault, accidents at work/school, and witnessing distressing incidents)models.
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Dr Walker has a number of years experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing psychological distress including anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. She has experience of working with adults and children and much of her past work has been with individuals with Autism, intellectual disability and those with brain injury. This involved working closely with families as well as the individual directly affected, looking at adjustment to the new future and assessment. She is trained in the use of the ADOS and DISCO Autism assessments and has previously held positions in Adult Autism diagnostic teams as well as completing childhood assessments. In her previous NHS role Dr Samantha Walker worked primarily with learning disabled offenders, those exhibiting challenging behavior and those who are at risk of offending, offering specific assessment of risk (e.g sexual, violence, arson) and treatment around factors that can lead into offending such as childhood abuse and neglect. She is experienced in behavioral approaches and has undertaken further training in attachment theory, the cognitive-neurorehabilitation approach for individuals after brain injury and behavioral analysis for people with learning disability. Therapeutically, Dr Walker employs a cognitive behavioral approach with a schema focus which is employed on a one to one basis in therapy but also has experience of working behaviorally and systemically with teams and families who support individuals presenting in distress.
Dr Walker undertakes joint instructions in criminal law proceedings regarding individuals with possible learning disabilities, such as where mental capacity is implicated, as well as child care proceedings where learning disability may be a concern.
Dr Walker undertakes assessment and therapy for individuals following trauma such as road traffic accidents, birth trauma, physical assaults and witness trauma. She has experience in delivering therapy for trauma drawing on a range of models such as CBT, solution focused work and systemic approaches.
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Dr Lindsey DuQueno has extensive experience of working with children, adults and families and has developed specialist skills in working with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Dr DuQueno delivers specific assessments and therapeutic work for adults and children focussing on a range of difficulties (e.g. anxiety, low mood, relationship problems etc). She uses two main approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Integrative Psychotherapy which is a term used to describe a therapy that draws on elements of more than one therapeutic approach, chosen to suit the individual’s needs. Within her integrative work she draws upon knowledge and experiences in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT – an approach found to be effective for longstanding, personality problems), mindfulness training, systemic therapy and using a psychodynamic framework. Dr DuQueno has also undertaken further training in evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Webster-Stratton parenting programmes, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy for trauma.
Dr DuQueno undertakes assessment and therapy of individuals experiencing psychological difficulties (including post-traumatic stress) following psychological trauma. She has worked with trauma that has arisen from events such as witnessing or directly experiencing accidents or violence, serious bodily harm, physical assault and childhood abuse. This has included work focussing on clients’ return to school/work/ work related activity. She employs a cognitive-behavioural therapeutic model of intervention, or an integrative approach chosen to suit the individual’s needs
BA Hons, MSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsSclick to view full profile
BA Hons, MSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Mrs Westeman has over 25 years experience of working as a clinical psychologist n the NHS and independently with children, young people and their families and carers. She also has extensive experience of service development in CAMHS and of teaching and supervision within clinical psychology training and with other health and social care professionals.
Mrs Westeman undertakes assessment and intervention in relation to the full range of emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties working to address the issues with parents/carers as well as children and young people. Addressing the emotional issues for children living with a disability is a particular interest. Interventions are based on careful assessments and integrate a range of approaches based on psychological models and theories such as behavioural, cognitive, attachment and personal construct theory.
Mrs Westeman has a special interest in autism spectrum conditions and neurodevelopmental difficulties. She is trained and experienced in a range of psychometric assessments and other approaches such as ADOS and DISCO as well as behavioural interventions, TEACCH and Social Stories.
Mrs Westeman also has many years experience of consultation and training to Local Authorities and private organisations in relation to care and assessment of children who are looked after or adopted. Addressing issues arising out of attachment difficulties is of particular interest to her.
Mrs Westeman has a specific concern in relation to bilingualism and the emotional difficulties that arise in relation to adapting to a new culture and learning a new language as a result of refugee status or geographical relocation.
Mrs Westeman offers assessments and interventions in Swedish/Norwegian/Danish as well as English.
BSc Hons., DClinPsy, PGDipCBP, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons., DClinPsy, PGDipCBP, CPsychol
Dr Knowles undertakes assessment of risk, mental state, vulnerability and competence with regard to children, young people and adults (including parenting capacity).
Dr Knowles has experience of mental health difficulties experienced by children, adolescents and adults. Dr Knowles fulfilled the role of clinical lead for several years for children and young people with neuro-developmental difficulties and more recently he fulfils a role as clinical lead in providing therapy for mental health and emotional difficulties. Dr Knowles has undertaken specialist post-graduate training in psychotherapy. He is a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist.
Dr Knowles undertakes joint instructions related to child care proceedings and private family law in addition to criminal law proceedings where mental capacity or mental health is implicated. He has undertaken expert witness training as part of his continuing professional development. Dr Knowles is experienced in assessing both adults and children and advising both court, advocates and agencies accordingly.
MSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsy, CPsycholclick to view full profile
MSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Dr Alison Downes has experience of providing assessments and interventions for children, adolescents, and adults, who have complex needs such as learning disabilities, mental health difficulties and acquired brain injuries. In her one-to-one work she primarily employs cognitive-behaviour models, although other psychological models and theories also inform her practice. She has a special interest in Mindfulness Based Approaches, both with individuals and groups, and has attended Bangor University’s Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat (level one). She continues to develop both her own mindfulness practice and teaching skills, with support from one of Bangor University’s mindfulness supervisors.
Dr Downes undertakes assessments of individuals with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, often in addition to substance misuse, cognitive deficits and personality disorders, for the civil and criminal courts.
BSc Hons, MSc., PGCE., Couns Psychclick to view full profile
BSc Hons, MSc., PGCE., Couns Psych
Ms. Shieldhouse has experience of working with adults presenting with a range of complex and enduring mental health problems including dual diagnosis difficulties, e.g. personality difficulties, sexual abuse, self harm, substance misuse, anger management and learning disability. Ms Shieldhouse applies both traditional and individualised CBT approaches (e.g. trauma focused CBT or when working with perpetrators of domestic abuse), as well as providing Schema Therapy for clients with more enduring personality difficulties and underlying beliefs which can be typically resistant to more traditional forms of CBT.
Ms Shieldhouse’s previous clinical experience includes being clinical lead within a secure forensic setting for women with personality disorder.
Ms Shieldhouse undertakes instructions relating to both public and private child care proceedings, and also criminal proceedings. Ms Shieldhouse obtained the Family Law Expert Witness Certificate from Cardiff University Law School in 2011, having worked as an expert witness already for 6 years. Ms Shieldhouse’s experienced in assessing both adult and older children covering a range of issues. Specialist subjects include domestic abuse, substance misuse, young parents, learning disability, assessment of adult attachment to the child as well expert realistic evaluation of parents’ amenability for therapy, which therapy is most likely to be effective as well as offering practical timescales for meaningful change.
Ms Shieldhouse has taught on psychology post graduate courses at Bangor University and Social Work degree Courses.
BSc, MSc, UKCP registered Systemic Psychotherapistclick to view full profile
BSc, MSc, UKCP registered Systemic Psychotherapist
Marie is a qualified and experienced Systemic Psychotherapist or Family Therapist registered with the UKCP. Marie has experience of working in the NHS and in therapist education, training and supervision. Marie is experienced in working with child and adolescent and adult mental health concerns and wider family difficulties including parenting and family relationship problems across the lifespan including eating difficulties, child behaviour problems, adult sibling relationship difficulties and couple’s relationship problems including those of middle age and beyond.
Marie works using a systemic approach to therapy which recognises the impact of problems on relationships and the potential for stressful patterns to develop which limit the potential for those concerned to resolve difficulties.
B.Med.Sci Hons, MSc, UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapistclick to view full profile
B.Med.Sci Hons, MSc, UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist
Bernadette is a qualified and experienced Systemic psychotherapist or Family Therapist registered with the UKCP. Bernadette has experience of working in the NHS. Bernadette is experienced and specialises in working with child and adolescent mental health challenges including , family relationship problems, bi-polar disorder, conduct problems, emotional problems, including grief, suicide ideation, self -harm, eating problems, somatic problems, and chronic illness.
Bernadette works using a systemic approach to therapy which recognises the relational stance between the therapist and those of whom come to meet together. In collaboration problems and existing patterns which impact upon significant relationships are deconstructed to make space for building the lives people prefer.
BSc, MSc, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc, MSc, CPsychol
Ailsa Smith has 22 years of experience working in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist with children and their families. She undertakes psychological assessment (clinical and neuropsychological) and intervention with children and their families presenting with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. She adopts an integrative approach and draws on psychological models and theories such as systemic theory, behavioural theory, cognitive theory, attachment theory, and solution focused approaches. She has a specialist interest children on the Autistic Spectrum and other Neuro -Developmental disorders, including children with Moderate, Severe and Profound Learning Disability. She is trained and experienced in the use of ADOS and running EarlyBird and Cygnet programmes.
She is trained and experienced in the delivery of Parent Child Game and Incredible Years as well as individual approaches to the management of difficult behaviour.
Ailsa Smith undertakes assessment and therapy for individuals following trauma, (e.g. road traffic accidents, physical assault, accidents at work/school, and witnessing distressing incidents). This has included work focussing on clients’ return to school/work/ work related activity. Ailsa draws from a range of therapeutic models, including CBT, and systemic models and is completing EMDR training.
BSc, DClinPsyclick to view full profile
Assessment has formed a large part of Dr Gorman’s role, both within the public and private sector. She has provided assessment and reports for legal purposes around care proceedings and for personal injury claims. Particular areas of interest include psychological assessment of relationships within the family, psychological wellbeing of children and young people, and parenting capacity. She also has experience of neuropsychological assessment in both adult and child populations. In forensic settings, She has contributed towards multi-disciplinary assessment of risk and offending behaviour.
Dr Gorman has significant experience in systemic and attachment based interventions around understanding and managing relationships where there has been communication breakdown, conflicted relationships or separation. She is also trained in the Incredible Years group programme and the Parent Child Game, specifically aiming to enhance relationships, and decrease problematic behaviour. Alongside family intervention, she also offers individual appointments, working with young people and adults who present with a range of psychological difficulties and distress, such as anxiety, low mood, trauma and anger. She adopts an integrative approach and draw on psychological models and theories such as systemic theory, behavioural, CBT, attachment theory, and solution focussed approaches.
BSc Hons., DClinPsy, PG Dip in Systemic FT, CPsycholclick to view full profile
BSc Hons., DClinPsy, PG Dip in Systemic FT, CPsychol
Dr Steve Mc Govern has worked as a qualified Clinical Psychologist in mental health services within the NHS for over 9 years, having experience of leading teams across a variety of settings including community, hospital, and outpatient clinics. In previous leadership roles He has managed and developed services with paediatric health conditions across a wide range of conditions including Chronic Fatigue, pain, diabetes, psychosomatic conditions and other neurological/ neurodevelopmental conditions. He is experienced in assessment, formulation and intervention to children and families in relation to a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including low mood, anxiety disorders, self-harm, attachment difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bereavement. He has been a member of a multi-disciplinary autism assessment and intervention team, and provided parenting work using the Positive Parenting Approach. Other roles have included the neuropsychological assessment of children and young people with a broad range of difficulties including memory, attention and learning.
Dr McGovern’s key models of intervention are systemic, CBT, solution focused and motivational interviewing approaches. He also makes use of behavioural and narrative approaches, employing both structured and creative approaches to assessment and treatment and make use of techniques and models based upon theories of attachment and social learning theory.