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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.
Jan Rose
Jan Rose
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, EMDR Therapist and Clinical Supervisor
EMDR Post Grad. Certificate (2012)
Certificate in Mindfulness Training (2012)
Post Grad. Certificate in Dual Diagnosis (2005)
BABCP Accredited (2000 to present)
MSc. Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (1996-1999)
Post Grad. Certificate in the Supervision of Counselling and Psychotherapy (1996)
BAC Accredited Counsellor (1996 - 2001)
BSc.(Hons) Health Care and Counselling (1990)
Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists (1983)
HPC State Registered O.T. (1983-2016)
I have experience of working in NHS mental health services since 1983, firstly as an Occupational Therapist then, since 2000, as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist. My post has incorporated a training and clinical supervision role to a multi disciplinary staff group including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists.

I completed my CBT training in 1999, gaining my accreditation with the BABCP in 2000. Since then my career has included an honorary lecturer and clinical supervisor post on the MSc. CBT course at Chester University, a clinical supervisor role on the MSc. in CBT course at the University of Manchester, and a member of the accreditation panel of the BABCP. I completed my EMDR training in 2012. I have completed extensive training in mindfulness, and short courses in other third wave CBT interventions such as acceptance and commitment therapy , using these where clinically indicated.

I have extensive clinical experience working with anxiety disorders (including OCD, phobias, panic disorder, health & social anxieties, and general anxiety disorder), depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, trauma and self harm. I have experience working in primary and secondary care mental health services, and also in a forensic setting.

I offer all clients a comprehensive assessment and formulation, before moving on to work on collaborative goals. Regular reviews are incorporated into the therapy programme to ensure ongoing progress, and include time spent on an individual relapse prevention plan. Issues surrounding the primary difficulty, such as low self esteem and relationship difficulties are also addressed.

I left the NHS in 2019 and am pleased to be rejoining The Rooms as a private practitioner.
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. .
Stefan Bell
Stefan Bell
Cognitive Behavioural, Schema & EMDR 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)
Trained in Schema Therapy on an Accredited International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) Program.
Trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy on an Accredited Program by the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.
Trained in Attachment Focused-EMDR
Trained in Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT)
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 adolescent’s mental health services (CAMHS). I am currently working in the NHS as well as working in private practice.

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, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder & Long-Term Health Conditions. Further to this I am also trained in Schema Therapy that is a long-term therapy for personality disorder. I am currently working towards international accreditation with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). I have experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD). I am trained in EMDR therapy for children and adults working with PTSD, Panic, Anxiety, Attachment Trauma & Long-Term Health Conditions. Furthermore, I provide online assessments, therapy and consultations remotely through Zoom and Skype. I can deliver all modalities of therapy efficiently and effectively via remote working.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people of all ages from children, adolescents and adults helping them to enhance their lives, as well as work through their troubles collaboratively. 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, Schema & EMDR Psychotherapy as well as other therapy modalities and I am currently continuing research in the field of Psychology. I have a special interest in attachment focused work in adults.
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. 
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.
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
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.
Allie Regan Woodall
Allie Regan Woodall
Counsellor - children and adults
Couples counsellor
Family counsellor

Postgrad dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling: Children (TA)
Postgrad dip Education (Counselling)
MSc Psychological Research (specialising in cognitive neuroscience of language)
PGCE Secondary English (with Music)
BA(hons) English and Creative Studies
GDPR Compliant
Having spent 18 years as a teacher, it seems natural to me to specialise in counselling children and young people. I'm an integrative counsellor and utilise my tools according to how the client wants to work and what their goals are. Sometimes this can mean a purely Person Centred approachwork, although many clients prefer to work at a deeper level which is often more easily accessed through a Tranacational Analysis informed approach.

I have spent six years counselling those who have been sexually abused.  In addition, I have counselled for over two years with bereavement in a hospice setting. Therefore surviving abuse and neglect or bereavement and loss are often key themes in my counselling room and we normally find ways to laugh despite some of our heavy work. Even with little ones, using sand tray and creative metaphors can help explore key issues such as these, without potentially retraumatising. I also work with children and young people on issues such as relationships, identity, recovering from being bullied  and building self esteem. 

I believe the young person or child should be at the centre of the counselling, but can work with parents too providing the limits of this is clearly agreed upon before the commencement of this aspect of the counselling and emotional support. Sometimes working with the family is a beneficial way forward. This type of counselling has the child and their needs at the centre and can happen as a group or as individuals with the main focus staying with the child.
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
Registered RMN/ NMC/HCPC/BABCP
GDPR Compliant

Remote Therapy Open

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.

Kathryn Nokes
Kathryn Nokes
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, 2017
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2006
HCPC Registered Occupational Therapy
BABCP accredited CBT Therapist
GDPR Compliant
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with over 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, low self-esteem and anxiety disorders such as panic, health anxiety and OCD. I also have experience working with clients with long term physical conditions which are impacting on mental health such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome.

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. I have also completed training utilising third wave CBT techniques including Mindfulness-based and Compassion Focused Therapy which influences my practice.
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 4 and a half 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 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
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).
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
Councellor

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. 
 
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)
Accredited EMDR Therapist
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 and accredited 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.
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):  

Anxiety,
Addictions,
Bereavement,
Depression,
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.
Jo Ledwidge
Jo Ledwidge
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
EMDR Therapist
BABCP Accredited
Mindfulness teacher and practitioner
GDPR Compliant
If your life is impacted by fear, pain, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, difficult past events including from childhood; I am keen to help. I am a compassionate therapist and aim to give you the space to understand your difficulties in a safe and supportive environment.

CBT is a therapy that primarily seeks to identify what is maintaining the current problem and making changes that can break this cycle. EMDR is a treatment for unresolved trauma where eye movements are used to help the brain process old memories which continue to have an impact on your life so that you can move forward.

In addition to CBT and EMDR, I am an experienced Mindfulness practitioner and teacher, having trained at Bangor University and at Breathworks. I integrate mindfulness as a therapeutic tool in working with recurrent depression, chronic pain and Anxiety.

My particular areas of expertise are trauma (single episode, multiple adult trauma or childhood trauma) living with chronic pain and recurrent depression. I work with all of the anxiety disorders (panic, health anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, specific phobia) and depression. I have extensive experience working in the NHS and am a fully accredited CBT therapist with the BABCP. I work with adults aged 18+
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
Identity
Loss of Meaning
Infertility and pregnancy loss
Relationship Issues
Gender and sexuality
Sexual difficulties
Depression, including ante & post-natal
Anxiety
Trauma
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
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
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..
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
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.

I presently work as a Clinical Lead for a local charity and have my private practice run alongside this where I offer both long and short term therapies. I have completed a broad range of training and use an integrative approach that can include creativity and play.

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.