Psychologists

DR VICKY CHARLES

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Vicky has been working in Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing since 2003 and she was the Lead Paediatric Liaison in her last role at a NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Vicky qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and much of Vicky’s career has been spent within Children and Young People’s mental health services.

Vicky is able to help people of all ages including children, adolescents and adults.

Vicky is passionate about early intervention and prevention within mental health and takes a Positive Psychology approach to building on individual’s strengths and enhancing resilience to improve wellbeing.

She is able to integrate a range of therapeutic approaches to develop the most suitable approach for the individual.

The types of approaches she uses are CBT and systematic family work.

The types of challenges Vicky can help deal with are but not limited to, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, trauma, attachment difficulties, eating difficulties and behaviour challenges.

Vicky strongly believes in the value of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to address the challenges they are facing within a safe and supportive space.

She is professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

JOANNE WRIGHT

PSYCHOLOGIST

Joanne Wright is a Chartered and Registered Psychologist and is professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has two main passions. Firstly, working to reduce the symptoms of people experiencing stress, anxiety and other negative experiences. This can stem from single or multiple life events. Secondly, she also specialises in working with children and adolescents to empower change.

Her treatment approach is based upon extensive experience in the private and public sectors. Joanne initially qualified as a Forensic Psychologist in 2004. She has then undertaken extensive further training relating to the treatment of trauma and is an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist for adults and children.

Additionally, Joanne integrates stress reduction techniques including Mindfulness, Clinical hypnotherapy and general wellbeing approaches into her work.

Joanne is also qualified and competent to diagnose Autism, using gold-standard assessments. She also provides treatment and support to children, adults and families with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Joanne is equally comfortable devising and delivering bespoke workshops and has completed coaching and communication skills qualifications.

DAVID PACKWOOD

COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

David is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He is also a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

David has been working as a Psychologist and Psychotherapist for over thirty years, helping people to move to a happier life. His many years of experience includes working within NHS Primary, Secondary Care Services and private practice. David has also taught for many years as a college and university lecturer and has helped and advised other therapists as a clinical supervisor and case work facilitator.

He works with individuals, couples and groups, from the age of eleven upwards. He has extensive experience of treating mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, sexual anxiety and identity issues. He can work with clients across the spectrum from mild to severe and he specialises in therapy for men.

His core approach is psychodynamic and he integrates a number of other modalities into this framework, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy using stories and fairy tales. This integrative approach allows him to adapt his treatment to the needs of the individual.

David is very much aware that facing our concerns can be frightening and that therapy can only be effective if he is able to facilitate a safe therapeutic relationship, between the client and himself. He believes that most of our emotional problems arise from early relationship strategies which we developed so that we could feel more secure with our caregivers. However, these strategies can often prevent us from coping effectively as adults.

He sees his role as enabling you to safely explore and understand the strategies that are no longer helpful to you, so that you can move on to choose more effective ways of coping with your life. This will be achieved together and will be sustained by his belief in the timeless healing power of a relationship based on acceptance and trust, a belief that lies at the heart of all his work.

DR ALEXANDRA BARNETT

COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

Alexandra completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2011 and since then has worked in various mental health settings with children, young people and adults, both in the UK and New Zealand.

She can work with a wide range of difficulties including depression/low mood, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, low self esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder and eating difficulties such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Alexandra integrates a wide range of therapeutic approaches to best meet the needs of the individuals. This includes CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), solution focused therapy and compassion focused therapy.

Alexandra has worked with individuals, families, couples and groups.  She has worked with clients face to face, using online tools (i.e. skype) and over the telephone.  She is passionate about making therapy accessible to all and is happy to work with people using whatever method they feel most comfortable with.

Alexandra can provide Assessments and both short and long term therapy.

Alexandra is professionally registered with both the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

CBT Therapists

GEMMA FORSHAW

CBT/EMDR THERAPIST

Gemma is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and trained EMDR therapist. She is fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and has over 15 years’ experience working within Primary Care Mental Health Services, delivering high quality and evidence-based psychological therapies to people suffering psychological distress, including: depression, anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, trauma, PTSD, health anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD, low self-worth and interpersonal difficulties.

Among other qualifications, she has a BSc Hons degree in Psychology with Counselling Skills, a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care, a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and has completed training in EMDR; Parts 1, 2 & 3.

Gemma works collaboratively with people to identify and work towards their goals using effective approaches to best meet their needs and achieve the most out of therapy. A focus often includes helping towards preventing similar difficulties in the future by people being able to develop greater insights into things that maintain problems and importantly, developing various strategies to change these.

CARL PRICE

CBT THERAPIST

Carl is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and is provisionally registered with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Carl has experience of delivering CBT in the NHS in a primary care setting and more recently in a secondary mental health community environment. 

Carl works collaboratively with people to deliver CBT in a compassionate way in order to help people identify problems that may be maintaining their difficulties and also to identify and achieve their goals.

He uses a range of evidence based CBT techniques and interventions to help people, who are presently struggling with depression and anxiety problems, that are impacting on daily life. Through using such techniques and interventions, change can made and goals achieved. He supports people using CBT to facilitate personal change and develop strategies to support them in becoming their own therapist. 

He is qualified to deliver CBT and treat problems such as depression, low self-esteem, OCD, excessive worry (GAD), health anxiety, social phobia, and panic.

Carl has been a qualified Mental Health Nurse for almost 16 years and holds a mental health nursing diploma qualification, from Staffordshire University. He has worked in a variety of mental health settings and environments, over the years. More recently he qualified as a CBT Therapist and now holds a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, also achieved through Staffordshire University. [/column_1]

Marcia Rathbone

CBT Therapist

Marcia offers an interesting therapy which is both supportive and kind. You will have time and space to explore your difficulties, and you will learn about psychological processes that can be contributing to these, like unhelpful thinking styles, the relationship between mind and body, coping skills that make us feel weaker and more fearful. The focus will be on techniques to help you manage, build confidence and feel less overwhelmed by life.

She has been working in private practice for the last two years and runs a successful practice in Sutton Coldfield and Shrewsbury, and now she joins the Beaumaris Wellbeing Centre in Newport. She is fully accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and originally trained as a counsellor and taught counselling for over 10 years. Retraining as a CBT therapist in the NHS means that she has nearly 10 years experience of CBT therapy and can offer therapy for a wide range of fears – including social anxiety, health anxiety. In addition, she uses CBT for over thinking which can be exhausting, obsessions and compulsions, trauma, low mood, stress, wherever it is coming from and also panic attacks. She is trained in mindfulness based CBT and is a qualified mindfulness teacher. She is also trained in advanced Acceptance and Commitment therapy.

She is currently studying EMDR, a technique developed to relieve the symptoms of trauma, which is a frightening experience impacting on sleep, memory and the stress mechanisms.

She has worked in business management and further education, as well as the NHS.

Counsellors

MATT SHINTON

COUNSELLOR

Matt is a qualified Counsellor with over 10 years’ experience, gained in several settings: the NHS, higher education and private practice. As a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) he adheres to an ethical framework that places you at the centre of our work, but most importantly provides you with a safe environment to explore your feelings and experiences.

Matt holds various qualifications: A Diploma in Counselling, A Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision, Master’s degrees in Counselling Psychology and Psychological Trauma, and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

He has experience of working with many issues – relationship; bereavement and loss; anxiety; PTSD; stress – but more importantly, his intent, when working with Clients, is to develop a safe, therapeutic relationship whereby you, as the expert, can talk about what you need to, enabling you to find the answers you seek.

  MICHELLE WILCOX

   COUNSELLOR

Michelle is a Person-Centred Counsellor who is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Michelle empathises with the difficulties of daily life and its strong demands. Michelle can help both children and adults, and she has up close and personal experience of supporting children with mental health issues, and severe physical disabilities.

She will work closely with you, to understand what you need and how you can find a more comfortable place to be. Michelle will listen to you in a completely non-judgemental way and you will be in a safe environment, to openly discuss what is of most importance to you. In her experience, being able to talk about your feelings leads to deep and lasting positive change.

Her background is within the early education sector, where she gained over a decade’s worth of experience, as the lead practitioner in planning, observing and monitoring children’s education. As a Counsellor, she has worked for several organisations over the last four years, offering her services to survivors of domestic violence, with people experiencing addictions, abuse, trauma, and grief and loss. Within these roles she has supported children, young people and adults with bereavement, infant loss, addictions, substance misuse, depression, anxiety, and those who have experienced sexual trauma.

Other Therapists

CAROL BANCROFT

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIST

Carol is a fully qualified and experienced complementary therapist with over 10 years of hands on experience in the complementary therapy field. She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the Complementary Therapists Association as well as the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.

Her initial training was at the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences based in New York City gaining an Associate Degree in Health Sciences majoring in Massage Therapies. She is extensively trained in many forms of massage including swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, therapeutic, sports, prenatal (pregnancy), onsite/seated massage and Indian Head massage as well as shiatsu and reflexology. Carol is always looking to further her knowledge in the complementary health field so she can provide her clients with first class therapies.

Carol specialises in treating each client as a unique individual and customises each session to meet the clients specific needs. She provides her clients with premier quality wellness through excellent massage techniques and exceptional customer service so they have a rewarding experience and leave the therapy room in the best place they can be.

NATASHA HARVEY

CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST

Natasha is an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist. She would like to help you to make positive life changes and get to the root cause of what has been holding you back or causing you a problem. Every Hypnotherapy session she provides will be tailored to you, focusing on  the goals and results you want.

She will use a mixture of complementary therapies and tools from Hypnotherapy, NLP, (neuro linguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique), EMDR and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). This involves bringing together science and energy to help create positive shifts to help you change thoughts, habits, behaviours, self limiting beliefs and rewire neural pathways for a more joyous life.

Natasha can specifically help with giving up and quitting smoking (smoking cessation) and weight loss.