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Our Team

Dr Tony Parnell
Dr Tony Parnell
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Doctorate in Counselling (Trauma)
M.Sc in Counselling Psychology | Diploma in Counselling
AFBPsS - Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society
Diploma in Supervision | EMDR qualified
Accredited BPS RAPPS supervisor
GDPR Compliant
I am a lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. I have over 20 years’ experience in both education & NHS settings using cognitive behavioural, EMDR & counselling approaches. I specialise in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & related trauma issues. My practice covers a wide range of presenting issues & the supervision of trainee & qualified psychologists & therapists. I also undertake assessment & treatment for medico-legal purposes.
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.
Rifa Ahmad
Rifa Ahmad
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
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 Rooms I am able to assess and treat people of all ages with Eating Disorders. In addition I also offer specific treatments for numerous anxiety and depressive disorders including: generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anger problems and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am trained in EMDR which is a therapy which is widely used to treat people suffering the effects of trauma.

I have a special interest in Compassion Focused Therapy (one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT) and Mindfulness.

I also work with solicitors and medico-legal agencies offering CBT and EMDR for people suffering PTSD as a result of road traffic accidents or other traumatic experiences. .
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 am particularly interested in tackling low self esteem, stress and depression problems. I have also trained in life coaching and career coaching.
denise tatersall
Denise Tattersall
Integrative Counsellor seeing individuals and couples
Diploma in Counselling – Manchester University .
Relate trained couple counsellor
BACP registered
GDPR Compliant
I have over 20 years’ experience working in various mental health settings, including the NHS and have now retired from the NHS. I have worked with people with a wide variety of conditions and problems, including depression, low self-esteem, relationship problems and childhood trauma. I have a particular interest in working with grief and loss, having specialised in this for much of my career. I have undertaken additional training in working with couples and worked with Relate for 5 years. I help couples explore their difficulties, supporting them through the process and then helping find resolve within their relationship.

I am able to provide counselling and couple therapy at reduced rates for people on limited incomes.
Claire Callister
Clair Callister
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
BSc Psychology, DipSW, MA
BABCP and HCPC member
EMDR Trained
GDPR Compliant
With 20 years experience in mental health services I have worked alongside people who have a broad and varied range of difficulties.  A qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist I have effectively treated problems such as depression, panic, worry, phobias, OCD, IBS, PTSD and issues with self esteem, self confidence and stress.

I have a special interest in persistent depression and in working with individuals to find a shared understanding of what could be maintaining their low mood, and then developing long term solutions.  Trauma focussed therapy is also a specialist interest and I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) a NICE recommended treatment for people suffering from PTSD.
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 both adults and young people experiencing a range of difficulties during this time.

My main work with adults is:

- Providing CBT for people with anxiety difficulties, including OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety and PTSD.
- I also use Compassion Focused Therapy (one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of CBT) for people suffering low mood and complex trauma.
- Mindfulness based stress reduction to enable people reduce their levels of stress and manage it more effectively.
- Undertaking medical/legal assessments. I regularly work with clients who have experienced road traffic accidents for assessment and therapy.
- I also complete cognitive assessments and capacity assessments for people with a range of learning and other disabilities, and have provided a psychological opinion on a range of issues.
michelle wilson
Michelle Wilson
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
BABCP Accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Management of Psychoses
BA Health & Social Care
Certificate in Counselling
Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health)
NMC Accredited
GDPR Compliant
With over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS as Mental Health Nurse, I first became involved in psychological therapy following the completion of a BSc(Hons) Degree in working with individuals experiencing psychoses and their families. This eventually led me to completing formal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training, eventually qualifying as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist 8 years ago: a role which I thoroughly enjoy and find rewarding.

As an accredited CBT therapist I have experience of working with a wide range of problems, such as; depression, phobias, anxiety, panic, worry, agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trauma and low self-esteem, working with NICE guidelines. I also have experience of working with psychoses and bipolar disorder, and have a special interest in the latter, in particular helping to develop strategies to prevent relapse. I also enjoy working with low self-esteem and problems with self-confidence.

Recently, I have become keen on integrating both Mindfulness and Acceptance approaches into my practice, and have sought training on these (third wave interventions).
Kate Mayall
Kate Mayall
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Career Education and Guidance
NVQ Level 4 in Supporting Children, Young People and their families
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
GDPR Compliant
I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds for over 10 years offering support with wide ranging areas of need and difficulties. I have experience of working with young people with additional needs make key transitions in their lives.

I integrate mindfulness and compassion focussed elements to my practice to complement traditional aspects of CBT allowing tailored support to each individual as required.

I support people with a range of mental health needs including low mood, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and low self esteem. .
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, although most of my experience has been in mental health, including drug and alcohol services.

I have been a cognitive behavioural therapist since 2012 and now treat people experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, social anxiety, worry, health anxiety, depression, low mood and low self esteem..
Louise Benson
Louise Benson
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Statement of Equivalence)
ACAT registered Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner
MSc Educational Psychology
BA (hons )Psychology
Member of the British Psychological Society
HCPC Registered
GDPR Compliant
I have been a Chartered Clinical Psychologist since 2006. I have worked in various settings within the NHS and I currently work part-time in a Community Mental Health team offering therapy to people who experience severe and complex psychological difficulties.

At the Rooms I am able to offer therapy for a wide range of problems of varying degrees of severity. This includes Psychosis, Personality difficulties and Bipolar disorder. I work with Depression and all types of Anxiety problems (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social anxiety, Health anxiety, Worry, Panic and Phobias). I offer therapy for distress related to trauma (PTSD), experienced both in childhood and as an adult. I am experienced in working with individuals who have difficulties caused by the stresses of daily life and who as a result are experiencing difficulties managing their emotions or having relationship problems. I work with individuals who have adjustment difficulties e.g. to physical health problems and those who have developed unhelpful ways of coping with psychological distress e.g. through self-harm.

I am an accredited cognitive analytic therapist (CAT). CAT is an approach which enables people to understand how their life experiences to-date are now influencing how they relate to themselves and to others. It also helps to identify the coping strategies being used, which may once have been helpful but are now keeping the person stuck.

I also work in an integrative way. This means that I can tailor what we do to your specific difficulties. I draw on theory and strategies from evidence-based therapies including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT).

I offer both short-term, focused therapy as well as longer term therapy depending upon the needs we identify through a detailed assessment. My aim is to help people to make sense of their difficulties and to explore the options available for change.
Maggie Day
Maggie Day
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychology
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
GDPR Compliant
I have 10 years of experience working in the NHS for a range of services which include Doctors training, outpatient hospital clinics and psychological therapies. I have 7 years of experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Primary Care and Occupational Health services. I currently work locum for the NHS in Primary Care Psychological Therapy services providing high intensity, time-limited interventions for a range of anxiety disorders and depression. I am passionate about helping people understand their difficulties and to make positive steps towards achieving their goals. In addition to this, I have experience working for a private medical insurance company monitoring and assessing treatment plans in accordance with company regulations and best practice guidelines.

I am able to provide CBT at reduced rates for people on limited incomes.

I undertake cognitive behavioural therapy by SKYPE
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 various NHS adult mental health foundation (MFT) trusts as well as children and adolescents mental health services (CAMHS). I am currently working in private mental health care in the South Manchester and Cheshire area.

I have experience of working with all age groups 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, IBS, 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 people of all ages and in particular people 18-25 years of age 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 then transitioning to the work environment. I am an empathic individual and thrive on listening to people; being able to relate to this age group particularly well, 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 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.
Tim Mayall
Tim Mayall
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance & Development
Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education & Guidance
BA Hons. Degree in Organisation Studies (inc Psychology in Organisations)
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
GDPR CompliantGDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant.
I am a recently qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 10 years experience in providing professional and confidential support for people with a wide range of difficulties.

I have a particular interest and strong experience in working with people that are having work-based difficulties including: work stress, difficult relationships in the workplace, self-esteem and stress during periods of unemployment, anxiety around career thinking/progression.

I am also able to work with a variety of Mental Health Conditions including Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Perfectionism, Low Mood, Depression, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 

I have also completed training utilising CBT techniques including Mindfulness-based and Compassion Focused Therapy which allows for an integrative approach to treatment.

I am able to provide cognitive behavioural therapy for people on limited incomes, at reduced rates. 
Becky Gorton
Becky Gorton
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) with children, young people and their parents/carers since 2002.  I see 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. I have also worked with adults who have disabilities.

In my private work I offer CBT for adults as well as children and young people and have undertaken additional training in adapting CBT for people on the autism spectrum and for people with cancer. 
Jan Hewitt
Jan Hewitt
Counsellor/Cognitive Analytic Therapist
BA
Post Graduate Certificate of Education
Diploma in Art Therapy
Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy
MBACP Senior Counsellor and Supervisor of Individuals
ACAT accredited CAT Therapist
GDPR Compliant
I am a creative and compassionate counsellor/cognitive analytic therapist currently working both at The Rooms and for the NHS.

I have worked in psychological therapies in the NHS for over 40 years, having studied and developed an integrative, therapeutic counselling approach. I am committed to continuing professional development.

I have a wide experience of working with clients who present issues such as depression, loss and bereavement. The CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) model, which is particularly suited to clients struggling with longstanding relational difficulties and personality issues - often a result of childhood trauma - has added another dimension to my work. With its therapeutic tools that are user friendly, flexible, and client centred, I find CAT particularly effective: everyone knows what its like to feel lost; everyone knows what a map is; we all have the potential to find ourselves stuck in the same old unhelpful relational patterns, often when faced with things beyond our control. Identifying our place in these difficult areas on our maps and finding Exits that lead to more satisfying ways of relating, can provide understanding, containment and hope and lead to change for the better.
Jackie Hill
Jackie Hill
Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
Masters in Educational Psychology
Levels 1 to 3 in Person Centred Expressive Artst
GDPR Compliant
I have been a counsellor for more than twenty years. During that time I have worked for Social Services, Manchester Education Authority, the NHS and in private practice. I have helped people with relationship issues, bereavement, life changes, issues at work, low mood, self-understanding and personal development.

Taking time to reflect on what is important to you, is one of the most valuable experiences you can give yourself.

I provide a safe space for you to explore and reflect on: -
- the way you live your life,
- your feelings and emotions
- how your past influences the present.
- what you want to change
This process is intuitive and best approached with openness and creativity. I hope it inspires you as much as it does me..
Lee Martin
Lee Martin
High Intensity Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies 2015
Registered Mental Health Nurse 1983, NMC Registered.
Qualified EMDR Therapist 2013
Completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) 2016
STORM trainer since 2013
BABCP accredited
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the area of Mental Health since qualifying in my core profession as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1983. My career has taken me across a wide range of settings and professional roles, including In-patient services for Adult and Older Persons services, Rehabilitation, Community Mental Health Services, Secure in-patient Forensic services and most recently Primary Care Psychological Therapies Services, where I undertook the role of manager for 6 years before deciding to focus on my role as a therapist full time.

I am a qualified EMDR therapist registered with EMDR Europe and Ireland, and I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

I provide Cognitive Behavioural Analytical System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) for depression which is a treatment for enduring depression, and I provide Feeling State Therapy for Addictions and Trauma.

I have worked with clients presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties which have included Addictions, Depression, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Low Self esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I have a particular interest in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I work closely with the Military Veterans service and the Manchester Arena Hub which supports victims of the Arena bombing. I work with clients who have experienced PTSD as a result of road traffic accidents and other trauma experiences.

Contemplating accessing Psychological Therapy can feel like a difficult thing to do so I aim to ensure that clients are provided with a supportive and safe environment to discuss their personal problems.
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. Since 2006 I have worked exclusively at The Rooms and in January 2017 I retired from my clinical practice. I now concentrate on my role as Director of The Rooms.
The Team at The Childrens Rooms

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.
Pauline O'Connell
Pauline O’Connell
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, High Intensity ,2008 Diploma in Higher Education-Registered Mental Health Nurse, 2001
EMDR Therapist 2011
Completed a training course in Interpersonal Therapy 2015
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate in Advanced Practice CBT 2004
BABCP accredited NMC Registered

GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS since 2001 in a number of settings including in the community and within hospital working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems and organic mental health problems.
I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in 2008. I have over 16 years’ experience of working in mental health within the NHS and the private sector in a variety of settings. I use evidence based therapies to help people manage psychological problems including, Depression, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Low Self esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, IBS. I also have experience of using CBT to manage weight problems. I have particular interest in working with clients with OCD and Depression.
I provide Clinical Supervision to staff with the NHS and privately. I have full accreditation with the BABCP and have retained my Nurse registration with NMC.
I am qualified in EMDR which is a therapy based on the natural coping mechanism that occurs during sleep, in particular during rapid eye movement. This is very effective in treating Trauma and can be used to treat other psychological problems. I have recently trained in Interpersonal therapy which is effective in treating Interpersonal disputes, complex grief, transitions and sensitivities. I have not yet fully qualified in IPT. I have experience of medico-legal work with clients referred by their solicitors.
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 9 years & qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2010. I have undertaken private work for a number of years, both in therapeutic & medico-legal capacities. I have experience of working with a range of problems including anxiety & panic, OCD, PTSD, health anxiety, social phobia & depression. I primarily use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but also use approaches such as Mindfulness & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT is one of the ‘Third Wave’ approaches of 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 & I presently work as a qualified Clinical Psychologist. I have experience in working with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety & panic, OCD, & social phobia, depression & behavioural difficulties. I have experience supporting individuals 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 Desentisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) & have an interest in working with individuals experiencing difficulties with trauma.

In my private practice at The Rooms I am currently involved in providing medico-legal reports and in undertaking assessments for children with possible ADHD and ASD.
Sarah Allen
Sarah Allen
Cognitive Analytical Therapist & Counsellor
MA Integrative Counselling
ACAT Accredited CAT therapist
BACP Accredited Counsellor
UKRCP Reg.
GDPR Compliant
I am an accredited member of the BACP and an accredited CAT (cognitive Analytic Therapy) Practitioner. I have been involved in the caring professions for 15 years and have worked as an accredited therapist for the past eight years. This has included work in the voluntary sector, counselling in the community mental health field and Higher Education settings. I now work in private practice. I offer brief focused interventions or longer term contracts.
There are many reasons why people come to therapy. At times it can be in response to unexpected life changes; sometimes it is to deal with problems of anxiety or depression, or perhaps more longstanding psychological issues or relational difficulties.
Working with a therapist can help develop clarity and insight into your issues. It offers you the opportunity for developing more self-awareness and supports you in working towards making changes in your life or finding new strategies for coping better with life's challenges. My aim and commitment as your counsellor/psychotherapist is to offer a safe, confidential space for you to explore your difficulties. Our collaborative therapeutic relationship, wherein we will work together side-by-side, aims to bring insight and clarity to your issues. This enables a different perspective from which you can begin to make changes. 
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 for Relate for more than 20 years with individuals, couples and families until 2014. I am a trained Sex Therapist and CBT psychotherapist working mainly with 3rd Wave CBT models, which include mindfulness and compassion-focused techniques. I also teach on the Psychotherapeutic counselling courses at Staffordshire University. I have a particular interest in working with issues of conflict in relationships and with stress and anxiety. I am also interested in working with spiritual issues in psychotherapy and in engaging with people from all faiths and practices.
Dr Jackie Chang
Dr Jackie Chang
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Integrative Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling. University of Manchester 2000
M.Sc in Addiction Counselling. University of Greenwich 2002
Member of BACP
Accredited member FDAP
GDPR Compliant
As an integrative counsellor I can help people deal with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and feelings of loss and hopelessness. I listen carefully and respectfully to clients without making any judgements and I help them to make sense of the situation in which they find themselves. Then I continue to work collaboratively with clients so that they develop the skills necessary to overcome their problems, thereby moving on to a happier and more fulfilling life.

I have a special interest in working with clients with alcohol, drug and gambling problems.

Alcohol & Drug Use Assessments. 
These are available for people whose alcohol or other drug use is causing problems in their lives but who are not yet sure if they are addicted (dependent). Clients are helped to take a realistic look at their problem and make wise and healthy decisions about the best way forward.

Recovery Coaching
is appropriate for addicted clients who are newly abstinent. The aim is to help them take and maintain responsibility for their sobriety and to develop the healthy living skills to deal with life’s problems without recourse to chemicals (drugs & alcohol) 

Family Coaching 
is intended for family members and close friends of people who love someone who has developed addiction. The indirect ‘fall-out’ suffered by such families can be even more serious and longer lasting than the harm suffered by the addicted person. 
 
Rachael Smith
Rachael Smith
Person Centred counsellor
Diploma in Counselling
Registered Member BACP (Accred)
GDPR Compliant
I am an experienced BACP Accredited person-centred counsellor with over 20 years’ experience of working within the NHS. I work with clients across a broad range of presenting problems. Clients often come to see me because they are feeling depressed or anxious for a variety of reasons: they might have been affected by life events or changes in circumstances such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown or separation. A client might be feeling stressed by work, or overwhelmed by caring responsibilities. Sometimes the feelings are not linked to any particular event: a client might just be feeling “stuck” and not know exactly why they are feeling the way they do.

There is no one reason to come to counselling, each reason is completely unique to the individual coming.

Who can benefit?
Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages with a range of personal issues and presentations. The non- directive style is thought to be of benefit to individuals who have a strong urge to explore themselves and their feelings, in order to make sense of specific psychological habits or patterns.

What can I help with?
Bereavement, Depression, General counselling, Loss, Mental health issues, Self Esteem, Infertility, Identity problems, Health related issues I have a particular interest in working with older adults and their carers who might be experiencing sudden physical health changes. I have 20 years’ experience of working with neurological conditions such as Stroke. I am able to provide home visits in order to support individuals who might otherwise find it difficult to access a counselling service.
Christine Latham
Christine Latham
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Bolton University)
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (GMMH Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre/University of Manchester)
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Msc in Counselling Skills (University of Manchester)
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Manchester)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Manchester)
EMDR 1, 2, and 3 (EMDR Ireland and UK registered)
GDPR Compliant
Christine Latham a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Registered EMDR Therapist with over 16 year’s experience of providing professional and confidential support for people with a wide range of difficulties across a range of ages.

I am a graduate of the University of Manchester with a Psychology degree and two post graduate diplomas one in Counselling and the second in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, I also have a MSc in counselling skills. I am also a fully qualified EMDR Therapist.

As well as working in my own practice I continue to work in the NHS as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist /EMDR Therapist in an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Medicine) service. These services are widely acknowledged as world leaders in providing evidence based psychological treatments for people with mental health issues.

I started my career as a therapist working with children and adolescents for a charity and then moved on to work for various NHS trusts in outpatient mental health services working with adults experiencing a variety of anxiety and mood disorders, grief and loss. It was at this time that I began studying and working with trauma and the impact of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TfCBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to help individuals cope with traumatic experiences. Both CBT and EMDR have been found to be helpful for individuals with chronic issues resulting from trauma

SPECIALITIES:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Low self Esteem, Health Anxiety, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Relationship, Family, PTSD, Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder (worry), Childhood Related Trauma, Adjustment Disorder, Trichicotamania, Grief, Anger, Work stress, IBS.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a happy, peaceful and progressive life. Often at times our experiences cause us to feel stuck, stagnant, and unable to progress to the next stage in our life. I can help YOU learn how to transform your life experiences, your building blocks, into tools to help catapult you to the next stage in your life. We are all passengers on the train of life and with help, we can all reach our destination.
Kathryn Nokes
Kathryn Nokes
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
I provide cognitive behavioural therapy for people on limited incomes, at reduced rates.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, 2017
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2006
HCPC Registered Occupational Therapy
GDPR Compliant
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with 12 years experience working in the NHS in a variety of physical and mental health settings. I also have worked as a Clinical Specialist with people who are suffering chronic pain which is an area of interest.

I can see people with a range of mental health conditions including depression, IBS, low self-esteem and anxiety disorders such as panic and OCD. I completed my MSc dissertation on postnatal mental health including postnatal anxiety disorders and have provided training to mental health professionals on this topic. I am very passionate about seeing women recover from postnatal mental health difficulties and have experience working with this client group at The Rooms. I have also completed training utilising third wave CBT techniques including Mindfulness-based and Compassion Focused Therapy which influences my practice.
Lisa Dale
Lisa Dale
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
EMDR training (parts 1,2 and 3)
Post graduate certificate in CBT supervision
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Post Graduate Certificate in Management Skills for Health and Social Care
Accredited practitioner in Triple P for parents of children with emotional / social and behavioural needs.
BA (HONS) Business Studies
BABCP Registered.
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in mental health in various settings, including the voluntary sector, local council and the NHS since 1999. For the past 9 years I have worked in a multi disciplinary team offering children, young people and their families’ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

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 have experience of working with people who experience low mood, anxiety, self-harm, stress, social anxiety, panic disorder, vomit phobia, general phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalised anxiety disorder. This is evidence-based practice, supported by research that demonstrated the value that CBT can bring.

I also provide EMDR therapy which particularly helps people who have suffered traumatic events.

Each session is collaborative and based on your needs. We set goals together. We would then collaboratively formulate 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. My approach is very much based on a compassionate, recovery model.
Dr Philip Milner
Dr Philip Milner
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
B.Sc Hons 1st Class Psychology and Neuroscience
GDPR Compliant
I have worked in the NHS for 10 years, working in adult work for 6 years.  I enjoy working with young adults and adults to improve their social and occupational functioning, and overall well-being, and in particular those that experience periods of life crises.  I work with people with a broad range of presenting difficulties including anxiety and low mood (panic, social phobia, generalised anxiety, body dysmorphia), trauma, bereavement and abuse.  I work using a broad range of therapeutic techniques based on a detailed and thorough assessment, with a particular interest in cognitive and meta-cognitive therapy. 
dr jennie dayes
Dr Jennie Dayes
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology
B.Sc. Psychology
MPBsS / CPsychol – Member of the British Psychological Society
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
GDPR Compliant
I am a chartered counselling psychologist who works in both therapeutic practice and research. I have worked in therapy settings for over eight years and provided therapy for over six. As a creative practitioner, I use a variety of models, skills and knowledge to generate a therapeutic space tailored to the client. The models I draw from include CBT, person-centered, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment, and writing-based approaches. I work with clients who are experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, grief and bereavement, and eating difficulties. My current research focuses on death, dying and bereavement. My aim is to provide a safe and quiet space where clients can explore their difficulties and find new ways to work through these.
dr jennie dayes
Dr Didier Danillon
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
HCPC registered
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
NCSCT Certified Stop Smoking Practitioner
I came to the UK from France almost 20 years ago to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, conducting bio-medical research for the development of new drugs. For over 10 years I trained in psychology to pursue my life-long aspiration to become a psychotherapist.

I provide personalised psychological care, with the aim of helping my clients develop an understanding of the difficulties they come to me to address. My approach goes beyond mental-health labels and simply applying counselling techniques and psychotherapeutic models. I engage my clients in a collaborative effort to work towards achieving their goals, using a flexible and creative approach which combines elements from several models supported by research evidence, including CBT.

I have experience of providing care in multiple settings (including the NHS, forensic and hospice settings, and at Samaritans), addressing a wide range of psychological difficulties, such as various forms of anxiety, burnout and low self-esteem often found at the root of depression and suicidal feelings. My passion and main area of expertise are life-limiting and chronic/long-term conditions, end-of-life and bereavement. In addition to my private practice, I work part-time at The Christie Private Care in Manchester, providing psychological care to cancer patients, their families, and other members of staff.
louise marley
Louise Marley
Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher
Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Approaches
PG Cert. in counselling supervision
Lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy, University of Salford
Qualified in Mindfulness-based therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy
Registered member of the BACP
GDPR Compliant
 I am a therapist with many years experience of working in the NHS using integrative counselling approaches, Mindfulness-based therapy and Compassion-focused therapy in both 1-1 and group settings with clients aged 16+. I work within the BACP ethical framework and am committed to continuing professional development.

I am a certified Mindfulness and Compassion-focused therapy teacher, and have run many Mindfulness groups for NHS staff as well as privately. I also supervise trainee & qualified therapists and teach students up to M.Sc level in counselling, psychotherapy and Mindfulness.

In my practice I work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, childhood trauma, bereavement and loss, depression, low self-esteem and confidence.

As an integrative therapist, I offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental place where we can explore your particular difficulties together and draw on a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities to evolve a way of working which is specific to your needs.
andrew king
Andrew King
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Level 2 BABCP Accredited)
BA hons in Youth Work (JNC Qualified)
GDPR Compliant
 I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and have worked with people with a wide range of problems. These include depression and self-esteem issues, anxiety problems including generalised anxiety disorder, panic, social anxiety, agoraphobia, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and stress. I also work with people who have anger problems and with people with substance and alcohol dependencies.

I really enjoy providing cognitive behavioural therapy to people from all walks of life.

I provide therapy at reduced rates for people on limited incomes.
Mary Thompson
Mary Thompson
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
BSc (Hons) PsychologyGDPR compliant


I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I can work with a range of mental health issues including Depression, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Worry), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Phobias. I also work with Low Self-esteem and Sleep.

I have 25 years of experience working with adolescents in a range of roles including Careers Adviser, Connexions Personal Adviser and Drug and Alcohol Worker. I have more recently worked with adults of all ages as a CBT therapist.

I bring a warm, empathic, compassionate and non -judgemental approach to my work with clients, quickly putting them at ease. .