Psychologists

DR VICKY CHARLES

CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Vicky qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and much of Vicky’s career has been with children and young people within the NHS. More recently, Vicky has been helping adults and she is able to help people of all ages including children from the age of five, adolescents and older 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 you.

Vicky integrates a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Systemic Family work.

The types of challenges Vicky can help deal with are but not limited to anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, trauma, depression/low mood, anger issues, grief and loss, childhood trauma, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), attachment 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.

Vicky is also available for remote consultations and therapy through telephone and Skype appointments. This means you don’t have to be located close to Shropshire to receive therapy from her.

Vicky is professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a memeber of the Divison of Clinical Psychology in the British Psychological Society.

DR ALEXANDRA BARNETT

CHARTERED 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 can also provide couples and marriage counselling at our clinic in Newport, Shropshire.

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

JOANNE WRIGHT

CHARTERED PRACTITIONER 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

CHARTERED 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 VICTORIA PARLANE

CHARTERED HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Victoria Parlane is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Health Psychologist and Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist with over 14 years’ experience in psychological well-being settings.

Victoria has completed advanced training in therapeutic approaches, with a special interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and is a member of worldwide Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS).

Victoria has experience of supporting people with physical health problems and associated emotional distress. She applies health psychology models combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Compassion and Acceptance-based approaches, which provides a unique package of skills to offer clients. Her focus is on empowering people’s ability to manage their emotional and physical pain, to work with challenges faced, so the quality of their general life and psychological well-being can improve.

As a Health Psychologist, Victoria offers behaviour therapy, Victoria says, “the approach I take is a very active form – not just talking about problems. You and I, as a team, will work together to ensure a change to take you in the direction you want to go. The approach I take will enable you to do things that matter most to you even when psychological barriers are present, resulting in improving quality of life, living a more enriched life”.

Victoria has successfully supported clients with many concerns including, but not limited to: • Anxiety • Depression • Stress and trauma • Long-term conditions (e.g. Chronic pain, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Cancer, Diabetes etc.) • Adherence to medication and self-management programmes • Adjustment to illness diagnosis and treatment • Low confidence • Sleep problems • Lifestyle choices (Smoking, alcohol, physical activity).

RHONDDA WATERWORTH

CHARTERED COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

Rhondda is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and offers services to individuals, couples and families remotely.

She has over a decade of experience in providing therapy and supporting many clients across the world. She has experience of working within the mental health services and private practice in Australia, as well as private practice in France and the UK.  This experience includes specialised techniques for helping children, adolescents, families, adults, as well as couples’ therapy.

Rhondda also has experience in online therapy and over recent months has helped many individuals adjust to COVID-related issues in the UK, Australia, Europe and Asia.

She uses a tailored humanistic approach including techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Brief Therapy, and Family and Strategic Therapy. She also has experience in helping those with non-neurotypical challenges, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing issues. Her extensive experience over the last ten years has included providing treatment and support to children, young people and their families with Autism and associated conditions as well as  specialising in supporting those with various forms of eating disorders.

DR SOPHIE BURGESS

CHARTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Sophie has over nine years of experience working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist, after completing her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Leeds University. She has worked primarily with children, young people (0-25) and families within both physical and mental health services. She is also trained in Family Therapy (MSC) and is passionate about providing psychological support for the family as a whole and the wider family support network.

Sophie is committed to providing an ethical practice that is collaborative, non-blaming, and strengths building. She favours an integrative approach, predominantly informed by Family (systemic) therapy and Narrative therapy but is also influenced by a range of other therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). Sophie is passionate about the use of Non-violent Resistance (NVR), an approach aimed at supporting parents/ carers when young people are showing violent and/ controlling behaviour. NVR is also used in the treatment of self harm, diabetes management, OCD and other anxiety related problems.

Her special interests include supporting young people and families in the context of a physical health condition including pain management and adjustment to diagnosis. She is also interested in working with individuals/ couples throughout their family journey, including throughout fertility treatment, pregnancy loss, and during peri and post natal challenges.

Sophie is able to work with a variety of other presenting difficulties which include but are not exclusive to: anxiety, anger, low mood, OCD, trauma, grief, low self esteem, school difficulties, and relationship difficulties.

Therapists

CAROLINE LACEY

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPIST

Caroline qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 2013 from the University of Derby and is accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.

She provides face-to-face and video sessions for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, panic, social anxiety, stress, perfectionism, anger management and low self-esteem. Face to face sessions are held from Caroline’s private practice clinic in Telford.

She works integratively to offer the most tailored treatment plan possible. In combination with CBT she uses motivational interviewing, mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.

She can work with adults and young people from the age of 14 years old, and specialises in CBT for weight loss.

GEMMA

CBT/EMDR THERAPIST

Gemma is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and trained EMDR therapist. She is fully accredited with the 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.

Counsellors

MATT

COUNSELLOR AND EMDR THERAPIST

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.

SARAH

COUNSELLOR

Sarah is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Although Sarah is predominantly a Person-Centred Counsellor, being ‘integrative’ means that she is able to remain flexible in her approach to meet your needs. She offers both face to face and remote services. Face to face sessions are held at her own clinic based in Newport, Shropshire.

Sarah offers a safe non-judgemental space which will enable you to explore personal issues, past experiences or difficult relationships. She understands that it can feel difficult to seek help and she aims to make your appointments feel safe and comfortable while working at a pace that feels good to you.

Sarah’s past clients have described her as a warm, down to earth, and compassionate person who is a good listener, which is helpful if you are feeling vulnerable, uncomfortable or fearful about sharing your feelings.

She is able to work to support clients with a range of issues and problems including Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Addictions, Alcoholism, Body dysmorphic disorder, Bullying, Domestic Violence, Feeling sad, Health Anxiety, Bereavement and loss, Depression, Low Self-Esteem and Low-Confidence, Stress, Post Natal Depression, Loneliness, Social Phobia, Work Related Stress, Relationship difficulties, Suicidal thoughts, Sexual Violence, Self-Harm, Service Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress and Redundancy.

NIKKI SMITH

COUNSELLOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Nikki is a person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with BACP – the UK’s largest registering body for counsellors and psychotherapists. She has an advanced DBS and is committed to working collaboratively with adolescents, adults and geriatric clients to re-discover themselves.

Nikki believes that therapy needs to be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual and is able to support those struggling with a variety of issues which include but are not exclusive to anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues, grief/loss, mood disorders, ADHD/ADD, PTSD/traumatic stress, Men’s issues, Medical/health stressors, Pregnancy/childbirth, Women’s issues, divorce/ separation, anger management, fears/panic attacks, stress management and eating disorders.

She has six years clinical experience and has provided therapy in various settings for charities, local authorities, community projects and the private sector.

Working in the private sector and managing the delivery of physiotherapy for 15 years, Nikki recognised that the loss of mobility was linked to increased psychological issues. Researching this lead to her into studying a degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Warwick.

Valuing a non-judgmental approach that is honest and friendly, Nikki believes that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is key to experiencing positive psychological change. She aims to provide a calm and empathic environment at a time where you can often feel in the darkest of places.