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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.
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.
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. .
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 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. 
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.
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
Remote Appointments Only
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.
Lindsey Marshall
Lindsey Marshall
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy ( Salford ) 2001
Registered Mental Health Nurse ( Chester ) 1995.
Certificate in Mindfulness Training 2013
DBT ( part 1 ) 2019)
Loss and Bereavement Training. 1998
GDPR Compliant

I have worked within the NHS since qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse in 1995. My various posts all over the North West have been in psychological therapy departments , and have provided me with extensive experience working with clients in both primary and secondary care services experiencing a range of mental health problems.

I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in 2001 , and took up post as the Clinical Lead Practitioner for the Therapy centre within Macclesfield Mental Health Services. I trained and clinically supervised a range of disciplines including , psychologists , medical students and nurses. I also gained accreditation at this time with the BABCP.

I continue to attend training and short course’s in ( third wave ) CBT approaches including Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I enjoy working with individuals who are experiencing difficulties of varying degrees with their mental health which is preventing them enjoying and living their best life. I treat a range of mental health problems including , Depression and Mood Disorders , Anxiety Disorders such as Panic , Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I treat clients who have experienced trauma and as a result are struggling with adjustment issues and associated symptoms . I also work with individuals with low self esteem and confidence/ self image issues.
Paddy Rafferty
Paddy Rafferty
CBT (CFT/DBT), EMDR, Couple Therapy, Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Counselling - 1996
M.Sc, Applied Psychology (with distinction) - 2003
FDAP Accredited Drug and Alcohol Counsellor - 2004
Fully Qualified Relate Counsellor - 2006
Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies - 2010
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist - 2011
IAPT HIT Supervisor - 2011
IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression - 2012
Qualified EMDR Therapist, 2017
Certified Mindfulness Teacher, 2017
Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher, 2018
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, 2020.
GDPR Compliant
Personal Introduction:
Since qualifying as a counsellor in 1996, my career as a therapist has seen me working in a range of settings including the third sector, the NHS (most recently as a Psychological Therapies Lead) and private practice with the Rooms. As an experienced and versatile therapist and supervisor, I am accredited as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. I have experience of working with couples and am a fully qualified Relate trained Couple Counsellor and IAPT Couple Therapist for Depression.

Finally, I am a certified and accredited Mindfulness Teacher and have had training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT). As a Mindfulness Teacher, I have taught on both the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes at the University of Manchester.

My training and practice as a therapist have given me much experience of working with trauma and the continuing impact into adult life of distressing events from childhood. Included here is the long-term and often hidden impact of growing up in families affected by problematic parental drinking or substance use, which was the focus of the Masters research which I completed in 2003.

I work under clinical supervision in accord with my professional registration and I am GPDR Compliant.
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
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 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.

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 adults 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 worked with individuals and families supporting them through different stages of diagnosis and treatment for cancer and have experience of working with a range of physical health problems, including medically unexplained symptoms. I have experience of supporting individuals with complex and often difficult to understand physical health diagnoses and symptoms such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and functional neurological disorder.

Within my current role within the NHS, I work with people who present frequently at A&E or at their GP surgery to seek support in relation to their physical or mental health difficulties and support those individuals to learn different ways to manage their distress and increase their sense of control over their emotions, their relationships, and their lives. I offer clinical supervision to other professionals and provide training and consultation.

I have experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma, often in the context of their relationships, which has gone on to impact on how they experience and cope with their emotions and how they relate to both themselves and others. I also work with couples to help them to identify and modify unhelpful dynamics and responses in their relationship, address challenges they may be facing together, and improve communication and patterns of relating.

I specialise in Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT), which is an approach which has been shown to help people with a range of different problems including depression, self-harm, relationship difficulties, personality disturbance, and functional (medically unexplained) symptoms. PIT is a psychodynamic intervention that focuses on problematic patterns in relationships that are used to avoid difficult emotions, which increases the individual’s experience of emotions such as anxiety and depression. There is a focus on the relationship between the therapist and client to help the client to understand some of the problematic patterns that might exist in other relationships in their lives. .
Lou Hillier
Lou Hillier
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Remote Appointments Only

BSc Psychology (Hons) (BPS approved) 1999
Post Graduate Certificate Counselling & Psychotherapy 2000
Certificate Hypnotherapy 2001
Diploma & Advanced Certificate Counselling 2000-2002
MSc Counselling Psychology Humanistic & CBT 2004
Doctoral Qualification Counselling Psychology 2005
Certificate Mindfulness Training 2008
Diploma Neurolinguistic Programming 2009
Certificate Equine Assisted Psychotherapy 2011
Post Graduate Practitioner Diploma Cognitive Analytic Therapy 2015
Certificate CBT for Personality Disorders (Beck Institute approved) 2017
Certificate Third Wave CBT, CFT, DBT, ACT & Mindfulness 2018
EMDR Trained
Since qualifying as a psychologist in 2005, I worked for 15 years in the NHS in primary care, secondary care community mental health teams and also in the voluntary sector, providing services to adults, couples and young people/children 12+. Since 2020 I have worked exclusively as an independent psychologist.

The range of psychological therapies I provide include: interpersonal and integrative psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, counselling, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy, solution focused therapy, cognitive analytic therapy, mindfulness and hypnotherapy.

I have experience of working across the full spectrum of conditions from mild to severe presentations. I specialise in interpersonal relationships, attachment, complex trauma, addictions, current/historic abuse, loss/bereavement, as well as the main anxiety and depression related conditions, for example, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic, health anxiety, OCD, stress, PTSD, low self-esteem, low confidence, low mood, low motivation and bi-polar disorder.

The purpose of all the training is to be equipped with the widest possible selection of strategies, skills, techniques and theories to draw upon to make sure my clients get treatment that is highly tailored to their unique individual requirements and the most appropriate assistance to meet their goals and needs.

GDPR Compliant
Accredited by Health Care Professions Council (HPCP) & British Psychological Society (BPS)
Approved Insurance Provider for: BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Healix, (WPA pending).
Jane Leach
Jane Leach
Person-Centred, Integrative Therapist
BACP registered
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Social Sciences
GDPR Compliant
As an experienced Person Centred, Integrative counsellor I work with adults and adolescents. I am a registered member of the BACP therefore I adhere to their guidelines working ethically to promote the well-being of my clients. I am a warm, open empathic counsellor with the belief that each person is unique and has the ability for growth and change. I believe the therapeutic relationship is vital to the success of therapy which means I will provide a safe, open, and non-judgemental, confidential setting where you will be at ease.

I work with clients helping them to find a greater understanding of ‘self’ and enable them to overcome any difficulties they may be having in various aspects of life. My experience is extensive having worked in a medical setting for many years which led me to supporting individuals and families through various life experiences within the community.

I have counselling experience through training and private practice of working with a wide range of client issues; Bereavement, loss, low self-esteem, difficult life events, relationships issues, family issues, anxiety, depression.
Louise O’Boyle
Louise O’Boyle
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP Accredited
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) 2009
Psychosocial Interventions (PSI) Diploma Module -2006
Certificate in Managing Health Services (MESOL) - IHSM 1992
Registered Mental Health Nurse-(RMN) 1983
GDPR Compliant

I am an experienced BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) who worked in a NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service since qualifying in 2009 until I left the service in 2017. Prior to this I worked as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in the NHS for over 25 years. My career has given me a broad spectrum of working with adults suffering from mental health issues that has enabled me to develop effective skills at providing high levels of care and standards in my delivery of CBT therapy. I am pleased to now be working in the field of private CBT practice at The Rooms in Knutsford.

My work as a CBT has been varied- I implement evidence-based psychological therapy using NICE guidelines to clients who are suffering from disorders or diagnoses of Depression- Anxiety- Health Anxiety- Panic- Specific Phobias-Social Phobias- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-Post-Natal Depression- Body Dysmorphic Disorders and those clients sustaining low self-esteem and confidence issues.

It is important that CBT work is collaborative and following assessment and agreement of the problem areas to address, that the treatment programme is individually tailored to suit the client need to ensure specific cognitive and behavioural changes. My work includes goal-setting- self assessment and feedback to ensure that progress is established and maintained as appropriate. Relapse prevention work is an important part of this process to complete a therapy programme and ensure continuity of using learned techniques in everyday life once therapy has ended.

I have a special interest of incorporating “Third Wave” therapies –Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness into my work and have completed short courses and workshops to use these approaches effectively. I strive to ensure that clients have a positive experience of using CBT therapy and can achieve their goals of participation with this treatment modality.
Dr Laura Richardson
Dr Laura Richardson
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
MSc Psychology
PgCert Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
BSc Psychology
HCPC registered
GDPR Compliant
I started working in psychology in 2009, before undertaking my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2014. Since completing my training to become a clinical psychologist, I have worked in both the NHS and the charity sector, and within different therapeutic settings.

I have experience of working with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss. I have a particular interest in physical health and I have supported individuals experiencing various health problems including stroke, dementia, neurological conditions, non-epileptic attack disorder and cancer. I am able to offer therapeutic interventions to adults of all ages.

I have experience of using different therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy and mindfulness. I aim to work in a person-centred and collaborative way; working with you to make sense of whatever difficulties you are experiencing, and in jointly considering ways to move through these.
Fiona Douglas
Fiona Douglas
Counsellor / Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling - 2006
National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy Diploma in Hypnotherapy - 2007
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - 2008
Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision - 2011
Diploma in Coaching - 2021
BACP Registered Member
GDPR Compliant
I am an experienced counsellor and have been in practice for over 15 years. I offer a safe and comfortable space for you to explore issues you may be experiencing, life changes you may want to make or goals you may wish to achieve. My clients find me warm, friendly and empathic, whilst offering a level of honesty and supportive feedback. We can explore strategies to use in life and also discuss past events.

My counselling practice has developed over time to incorporate CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) strategies and interventions, mindfulness, and therapeutic hypnosis where appropriate. I offer solution focussed therapy and also offer longer term counselling if a client feels they want that option.

Issues I have worked with include abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, depression, disabilities, emotional distress, gender identity, health related issues, life skills, loneliness, low self confidence, low self esteem, loss, mental health, miscarriage, personal development, redundancy, relationship problems, self harm, sexual orientation, stress and work related issues.
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.

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
Remote Appointments Only
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 undertake cognitive behavioural therapy by SKYPE
Pam Shahlavi
Pam Shahlavi
BA (Hons) Applied Community Studies – Manchester (1991)
Post Grad Diploma in Social Work – Manchester (1993)
Certificate in Mental Health and Distress - Open University (1997)
Practice Teaching Award – Salford (1998)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling – Manchester (2002)
Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy – Lancashire Care NHS Trust (2010)
IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression - Tavistock London (2014)
GDPR Compliant
In 1993 I began working for Social Services as a Social Worker and Counsellor with individuals and families in both Medical and Mental Health settings as well as in the community.

I also qualified as a practice teacher and supervisor of social work students and served as a member of the practice assessment panel at the University of Manchester. For 6 years I also counselled Social Services staff with work related distress. I was then employed by the NHS as a secondary care counsellor in hospital settings and GP practices with older people, couples and carers of all ages. I first started working at The Rooms in 2014 as a counsellor with individuals and couples.

I offer an initial assessment session with you so that we can jointly explore the issues bringing you to therapy and decide if we are able to work together to find the outcomes you are seeking.

We can then organise further sessions but I am also able to refer you to other services or therapists if that feels more appropriate. I provide both short and long term counselling for individuals and couples, together with follow-up sessions at intervals if needed.

As well as considerable professional training and experience I have also undertaken my own extensive individual and group therapy and personal development. This has enabled me to appreciate the apprehension many people have when first visiting a counsellor - building a trusting and confidential therapeutic relationship is a high priority.

In entering therapy you are about to embark on a journey towards feeling empowered and with more self-awareness; emotional resilience; a stronger sense of your identity; greater relationship satisfaction and the ability to rise to future changes and challenges in your life.
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)
Sarah Allen
Sarah Allen
Cognitive Analytical Therapist & Counsellor
MA Integrative Counselling
ACAT Accredited CAT therapist
BACP Accredited Counsellor
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

Diploma in Counselling. University of Manchester 2000
M.Sc in Addiction Counselling. University of Greenwich 2002
Member of BACP
Accredited member FDAP
GDPR Compliant
Remote Appointments Only
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. 
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. .
Dominik Zagala
Dominik Zagala
Counselling Psychologist
Integrative Psychotherapist
Advanced Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
MA in Psychology - clinical, occupational
HCPC, BACP Registered
GDPR Compliant

I am a Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist, when working with my clients I use a variety of approaches. I have received extensive training in both Psychology and Psychotherapy.

I have a wealth of valuable experience both within the UK and Poland. From 2012 until 2015 I was working in Poland as a Psychologist, for the Institute of Oncology. During this time I provided cancer patients with psychological support and counselling. My role also involved running groups and working pragmatically with other professionals. Alongside of this, I also worked at the Family Centre where I was consulting service users and their children, to provide them with psychological therapy/ family therapy.

At the end of 2015 I moved to the UK, since then I have been working within various NHS trusts and settings. I have provided support to patients of the Mental Health Wards at Laureate House (Wythenshawe) and Park House (North Manchester) undertaking therapeutic interventions in groups (2017-2018). In 2019 I worked at Whittaker Day Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne and I was also responsible of running therapeutic groups for older clients.

Alongside of my employed work I have also my own private practice as a psychotherapist which I established in 2016. Within my private work, I have supported a range of clients (individuals, couples and families), who are experiencing various emotional difficulties and mental health problems. These have included (but are not limited to):  

Eating disorders,
Health related problems,
Personality disorders, 
Problems in relationships, 
Sexual problems, 
Sleeping problems, 
Stress and difficult life events,
Suicidal thoughts and behaviours,
Traumas and work-related problems.

While working with people, I always encourage them to share their thoughts, concerns and worries within a safe environment. I thoroughly enjoy the process of supporting clients in their personal journeys, growth and moments of self-discovery, whilst they work through their personal difficulties and ultimately reach their goals.
Pam Eccleston
Pam Eccleston
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
MSc in Professional Practice (CBT) 2015
PG Dip CBT 2001
Registered Mental Nurse 1992
DBT (Parts 1&2)
Member of BABCP
GDPR compliant
I have been registered as an RMN for 28 years and qualified as a CBT therapist almost 20 years ago. I Since then I have worked consistently in the NHS with common mental health problems such as mild/ moderate depression, phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD and trauma and then the past 10 years I have worked with more complex problems such as Personality Disorder, Suicidal Behaviour, Psychosis, Bipolar and Complex Trauma.

As an experienced DBT therapist I have seen that the skills we teach help people cope effectively with emotional dysregulation and unhelpful coping strategies such as alcohol and drug use, self-harm and relationship problems. Exploring emotions and thoughts and teaching mindfulness and other DBT skills, helps people to slow down their reactions so they can respond more skilfully. This can be applied to many impulse related issues such as drug/ alcohol use, eating, gambling to name a few.

I have a keen interest in working with adult ADHD and many of my NHS clients have this as well as other diagnosis. I also have experiencing of adapting CBT clients with ASC.

Initially we would work on developing a shared understanding of your difficulties before we agree on which strategies would help you implement the desired changes.
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
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 unique needs. I work with adults, couples, families and children.

My experience is within both the NHS and private healthcare, the criminal justice system, womens organisations and LGBTQI+ organisations.

I work with issues such as:

Grief and loss
Loss of Meaning
Infertility and pregnancy loss
Relationship Issues
Gender and sexuality
Sexual difficulties
Depression, including ante & post-natal
Abuse (sexual, physical, financial, emotional)
Life changing illness
Work & career related issues

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. Therapy can be short or long term.

I am a registered gender psychotherapist with the London Gender Clinic and able to provide assessment and reports for gender dysphoria and associated treatment.

I am also able to work with sexually harmful behaviours, including offending, and able to provide assessment and reports.

I lecture in Counselling at a Liverpool University & College and supervisee students, qualified therapists and supervisors.

Sian Phillips
Sian Phillips
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
ENB 650 (currently Post Graduate Diploma) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
BABCP AND NMC accredited
GDPR compliant

Remote Appointments Only
With over 25 years experience delivering psychological therapy for people with Eating Disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and other related psychological difficulties relating to food and eating. Experienced in use of the current research based CBT approaches for this client group
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.
Zara Winstanley
Zara Winstanley
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
BSc (Hons) Psychology
PGDip Counselling & Psychotherapy
Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Accreditation in Family Substance Misuse
GDPR Compliant
BACP Registered
NCS Accredited
I am a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with over 14 years of experience working with adults and children, individually, in couples and family groups.

I have worked in various settings; A Mental Health Team GP Practice group Residential units with young adults Schools Counselling Services/Family Services A local hospice, working with pre and post bereavement, A women’s prison working with both individuals and their families, Facilitated family substance misuse programmes, EAP work.

My endeavour when working with a client is to customise the therapy to meet their needs as their history and experiences are unique to them. I create a safe, non-judgemental environment to establish trust so a client feels able to express their emotions. To facilitate change for a client it is vital to work to their pace; each individual can then meet their goals in their time.

It can be a difficult experience when first coming to therapy and it can challenge you to feel out of your comfort zone however this process can make us stronger so that we will have the tools for future challenges.
deborah barlow
Deborah Barlow
Person Centred Therapist
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Trained Bereavement Counsellor (Macmillan)
BA(Hons) Humanities and Social Science
BACP Member
GDPR Compliant
I am a Qualified Counsellor holding a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework . I have also been trained as a Bereavement Counsellor by Macmillan and I have worked extensively at their Wellbeing Centre at Trafford General Hospital.

My aim is to enable clients to feel peaceful ,find courage and overcome fears and challenges . I aim to enable clients to move on from unhelpful thinking or patterns of living , overcome anxiety and to live a more enjoyable and productive life.

I use Person Centred Therapy . PCT is a non-directive therapy so as a counsellor I will not be giving advice or problem solving but I will be supporting clients to do this for themselves. This is achieved by enabling clients to experience the conditions that they need to heal and grow. I work with clients who want to make sense of their life experiences and the connections that these may have with their past. I give client’s time, space and support to help make sense of why their lives are like they are and to move towards how they want their lives to be.
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
Remote Appointments Only
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.

Sessions are currently taking place remotely via Zoom making remote access essential. In addition, clients must be wanting to access this kind of psychological therapy for it to be effective.
Dr. Bethan Roberts
Dr. Bethan Roberts
Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc Psychology (Hons)
HCPC Registered
GDPR Compliant
Remote Appointments Only
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ experience in the NHS working across a variety of healthcare settings and with clients from a broad range of backgrounds. I currently specialise in working with adults with a range of learning disabilities within an NHS setting, and as such have highly specialist therapy skills and am able to adapt my approach to the specific communication and cognitive needs of those I work with. I have also previously worked extensively with autistic children and adults and their families. This work has included diagnosis of autism as well as working with individuals to understand and live with sensory, communication or other differences.

In addition to the work above, I have experience in working with adults and young people experiencing a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, low confidence and physical health related difficulties. I can also work with the problems caused by normal life events such as stress, family breakdown or bereavement.

Within my work I draw on a range of approaches and ensure that my work is informed by an up to date evidence base. During my training I developed knowledge in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), compassion focussed therapy (CFT) and in mindfulness based approaches. I work in a person centred way and to support clients in developing an understanding of their difficulties, and always strive to ensure that my approach is adaptable to meet the specific needs of each person.
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.
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
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 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 look forward to connecting with you.
neil jacklin
Neil Jacklin
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BABCP Full Accreditation
NMC Registration
GDPR Compliant
My specialist area is delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Older adults. I enjoy helping older adults who are experiencing difficulties with their mental well-being and helping them to flourish. My Cognitive Behavioural Therapy qualification coupled with older adult community specialist experience enables me to treat conditions such as, Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD and adjustment disorder.

I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, (Full Accreditation with the BABCP) and qualified community nurse older adult specialist, on the NMC register. I have forty years of front line clinical knowledge within the field of mental health. I have worked predominantly within the NHS, most latterly as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

I can offer home visits, or clinic setting, whichever you prefer.
I have previous experience of representing my NHS trust at the North West Older Adult CBT forum, which feeds into the National Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategy. I have undertaken occasional teaching sessions at Manchester University on topics related to older adults and psychological therapies. As a former member of the CWPT NHS Ethics Committee I am fully aware of issues such as confidentiality and I am GDPR compliant.