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Meet the Team
 
Catherine Taylor, Director, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Catherine Taylor, Director, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist
BA Hons in Experimental Psychology (University of Oxford), M. Phil in Psychopathology (University of Cambridge), Diploma in Clinical Psychology – British Psychological Society, Chartered as a Clinical Psychologist (B.P.S.), Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (23 years), holder of current practising certificate for Clinical Psychology (B.P.S.) and Health Professionals Council registered. Having enjoyed a career in clinical psychology now spanning 28 years, I have worked in both Adult Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Mental Health and have been a senior NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of two NHS services for 10 years until taking an NHS sabbatical to work privately full time (since 2009). I have clinically supervised many qualified clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists and colleagues from other professional groups (in psychological therapies), regularly lecturing at UCL, UEA, ARU, Cambridgeshire Social Care organisations and the PCT and trained/ practising in a wide range of psychological therapies (CBT, BT, CAT, EMDR, systemic FT, behavioural FT, Neuropsych., IPT, psychodyn., play, IMH/ attachment). Throughout my career, I have assessed and treated PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and others) both on an in- and outpatient basis. I have consulted widely to other agencies and services. Within the NHS, I am proud to have set up, contributed as lead psychologist to, and managed a number of new services including Cambridgeshire Fostering and Adoption Clinical Psychology Service, neuropsychological assessment service, eating disorders and difficulties through the lifespan, parenting support services and many more and contributed within a number of different NHS Trusts and locations areas - GOSH, CPFT, CC Trust, Beds, N.W. Norfolk. I work regularly as an Expert Witness in Court proceedings within my specialist areas. I have good links with all specialist NHS services in mental health throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties. I have also set up and maintained a successful private practice since 1994.
Dr Julia Gale
Dr Julia Gale
I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professionals Council. Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Universal College London, I have worked in the NHS and independent practice with children, adolescents and adults. I worked for many years within the NHS/Social Care in fostering and adoption services. My work has involved complex assessments, individual therapy as well as consultations to staff teams and adults who are caring for young people with multiple difficulties. I have trained and supervised professionals working with young people with complex difficulties in a variety of settings including education and Social Care. The adults and children I work with present with a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, anxiety (including phobias, OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, generalised anxiety), PTSD, eating difficulties, relationship difficulties, difficulties with anger and self-harm. I predominantly use a Cognitive-Behavioural approach and frequently draw upon ideas from Compassion Focussed Therapy. I also have a particular interest in attachment theory and attachment informed interventions. I have additional training in tools to assess under 5s parent-child relationships, as well as the Story Stem Assessment Profile, training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, the Incredible Years parenting programme, and FLASH, a parenting programme for teens who self-harm. I am trained in a range of different therapeutic approaches including systemic therapy and behavioural therapy; which allow me to draw on different theories and models to suit the needs of the individual I’m working with.
Dr Helen Upright, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Helen Upright, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
I am a Chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Leeds University, I have worked in the NHS child and adult mental health services. As well as my part-time CCPS work, I currently work as the Lead Psychologist for Cambridgeshire Office of Children and Young People where I manage and supervise clinical psychologists and also hold a clinical caseload. My clinical work involves highly complex assessments, the development of formulations and individual therapy in a variety of approaches. I also offer consultations to other professionals as well as teaching, training and supervision. I have worked with adults and children for many years in a range of settings and presenting with a variety of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety (generalised and specific), PTSD, anger, self harm and eating issues. I have worked with individuals, couples, families and schools/ institutions. I predominately employ a cognitive behavioural approach and have undergone further post-doctoral training. However, I also have a particular interest in attachment, trauma (and am fully qualified and competent to deliver all NICE guidance approved interventions (including trauma-focussed cognitive therapy and EMDR for adults or children) and have co-authored a book about parenting children with challenging behaviour.
Dr Richa Mehta Aspland
Dr Richa Mehta Aspland
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Since receiving my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I have worked clinically both as a senior Clinical Psychologist, and a Neurodevelopmental clinical coordinator and lead within Child and Adolescent mental health teams (CAMHS). I also have experience of working in clinics specializing in diagnostic assessments and treatments of childhood anxiety and depressive disorders, following evidence based national guidelines. I also have an MSc in Psychology of Education and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and certifications in Family Therapy. My clinical roles have enabled me to work with children presenting with a range of issues including social anxiety, separation difficulties, trauma, abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety and depression. My work also included assessments of parenting, attachment, neurodevelopmental difficulties and behavioural issues. I have worked alongside and consulted to mental health teams and social care and school systems. My other roles were contributing to clinical teaching and seminars at UCL clinical psychology doctoral course and working as a clinical practice tutor at the Anna Freud Centre.
I offer a therapeutic space for children and their families to talk about any issues that are impacting on the child’s ability to function well and enjoy their experience of friendships and relationships. I believe in enabling the child and their family to have a psychological understanding of the issues, focus on their strengths and help enhance the child’s sense of well-being and happiness.
Dr Shani Langdon
Dr Shani Langdon
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I obtained a BA Hons degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and gained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University. Since 2003, I have worked for NHS services in London, Oxfordshire and Kent, with clients across the age spectrum with a variety of difficulties. My post-qualification work has been in older adult services in the NHS and I have considerable experience in neuropsychological assessment, pre-diagnostic work and post-diagnostic therapy. I have offered individual/couples therapy for people experiencing depression, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, eating disorders, and difficulties adjusting to changed life circumstances, including illness. I work using mainly mindfulness-based approaches, having done additional post-qualification training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and draw on a number of other models including cognitive behavioural, systemic, narrative, and psychodynamic models. I have provided supervision to assistant psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, qualified clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals. I have also provided consultation and training to other professionals, including mental health and care home staff.
Dr Anita D’Urso
Dr Anita D’Urso
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I have worked in both Cambridge University Hospitals as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist as well as Lead Clinical Psychologist within Paediatric Liaison services in Bedford Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS). Following completion of my doctorate degree, I have completed further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative therapy, Systemic Family therapy and Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (a gold-standard behavioural intervention for the treatment of Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome).
Within my role, I have worked with children and young people experiencing difficulties around anxiety (including phobias, generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder), low mood, trauma, anger and low self-esteem. I have also worked jointly with my medical colleagues to provide treatment for a number of health symptoms including headaches, medically unexplained pain and Tic Disorders. I am keen to utilise research evidence to provide the best possible interventions for the children and young people that I see and have published and presented my work in a number of academic journals and at medical conferences.
Dr Tanya Paxman
Dr Tanya Paxman
I am a chartered clinical psychologist (since 2007) registered with the Health Professions Council. I have an M.A. in Psychology and my clinical doctorate was obtained at University College, London. In addition, I have the post graduate diploma in paediatric clinical neuropsychology. I have worked within the NHS with children pre-school and school age with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disability with mental health difficulties and specialised in autistic spectrum disorders providing neuropsychological assessments, capacity assessments, contributing to diagnosis (trained in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and in delivering adapted cognitive behavioural therapy to children with autistic spectrum disorders and their families/ carers as well as having extensive experience in behavioural work with children and their families. I have also trained in attachment based approaches such as the Solihull approach and use parent infant video analysis to promote positive relationships between parents and their children. I have extensive experience in delivering parent training and in general outpatient CAMHS difficulties (formulating and treating in a variety of different psychological models according to client need).
Dr Vanessa Shearing
Dr Vanessa Shearing
I am a clinical psychologist registered with the health professional council. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oxford University and have extensive experience of working in the NHS with both adults and children. Whilst experienced in working with those with mental health difficulties, I have particular expertise in working with people who are experiencing psychological distress associated with physical health conditions, illness or disability. I currently work as a senior clinical psychologist at Papworth Hospital, a specialist hospital for those with cardiac and thoracic conditions. Prior to this I have worked in other hospitals and mental health services. My experience has included working with those struggling with anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, obsessive compulsive disorder, managing pain, coping and adjustment to changes in health or after traumatic experiences, difficulty managing medical treatment or making health related decisions, and dealing with medically unexplained symptoms. My work may involve treating mental health difficulties, or may have the aim of helping people to find meaning and quality in their life when these are challenged. I work individually, but also with partners or family members where appropriate. I draw upon a range of therapeutic approaches in which I have undertaken additional training including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive analytic therapy, as well as drawing upon models of coping and adjustment, and narrative and systemic ideas. I can offer individually tailored, flexible and effective assessment and intervention to adults and young people facing a wide range of psychological difficulties, including those managing the impact of physical illness or disability or other challenging life circumstances. I am also experienced in providing supervision, consultation and training to other professionals or organisations.
Dr Charlotte Montgomery
Dr Charlotte Montgomery
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). After obtaining my BSc (Hons) in Psychology, I completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London). I subsequently received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of East Anglia. I have experience working in both the NHS and the charitable sector with children and adolescents, adults, and older adults. My area of expertise is working with children and adolescents who are struggling with social, emotional, or behavioural difficulties, including young people who have neurodevelopmental disorders (particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder), and learning difficulties or disabilities. I have a special interest in understanding the reasons why a child might be struggling to access education and whose quality of life is affected by their understanding of the world around them. I have experience working within a Child Development Centre conducting neuropsychological assessments of pre-school and school-aged children. I am trained in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and use this in conjunction with other cognitive and psychological assessments to contribute to diagnosis and produce comprehensive neuropsychological reports with clear recommendations, where appropriate, for supportive adaptations both at school and at home. I currently also work for the NHS, within a therapeutic school for children who present with complex difficulties and who have struggled to manage within mainstream education settings.
Dr Sara Katsukunya, PETERBOROUGH AND SAWTRY CLINIC
Dr Sara Katsukunya, PETERBOROUGH AND SAWTRY CLINIC
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professionals Council. I have also been a member of the British Psychological Society since 2006. I have worked for the NHS in Cambridgeshire since 2005 and I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia in 2010. I have enjoyed working in a range of services in the NHS, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Adult Mental Health Services and Learning Disability Services. Since I have qualified I have worked as a Multi Systemic Therapist for children who have been abused and neglected. During this role I gained specialist experience in providing trauma therapy for both children and adults experiencing PTSD. I currently work as a Specialist Clinician within the new unit model in Cambridgeshire’s Children Social Care Service. In this role I provide individual therapy for Looked after Children, as well as consultation to social workers, teachers and foster carers using behaviour management and attachment informed interventions. I am able to provide thorough assessments, leading to individual and personalised formulations of difficulties which inform specific, tailored interventions. Additionally I am competent and enjoy using a wide variety of neuropsychometric tests. I have experience working with clients with a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety (including phobias, OCD, health anxiety), PTSD, eating disorders, psychosis and addiction. I have worked with individuals, couples, families, schools and staff groups, providing individual therapy, family therapy and consultation in order to improve lives for children and their families. I predominately use Cognitive Behaviour and Systemic approaches and I have a special interest in Attachment Theory.
Dr Roland Casson
Dr Roland Casson
I am a Clinical Psychologist (registered with the Health Professionals Council and Chartered with British Psychological Society) and a Systemic Practitioner (postgraduate diploma). Since qualifying as a Psychologist (University of Hertfordshire) in 2005, I have worked with children, young people, and adults with neurodevelopmental diagnoses (primarily autism spectrum conditions and intellectual disabilities) in community NHS services. Most of my work has been with young people and adults experiencing difficulties around anxiety, low mood, trauma, anger, and challenging behaviour. I approach these issues through working with individuals, their families, their schools / professional / community networks. I am experienced in the use of systemic, cognitive-behavioural and behavioural approaches. I am interested in working with people to make sense of difficulties and find ways of managing distress, and am particularly interested in community psychology approaches to promoting recovery. Much of the work that I do is around identifying underlying difficulties around social communication and cognitive functioning (trained in the use of ADOS, ADI, WISC / WAIS and various other neuropsychological assessments). I have worked in Cambridgeshire CAMHS neurodevelopmental services for the past five years as a senior Psychologist. This role involves individual and group work with young people, their families and professional networks, as well as crisis risk assessment, supervision, consultation, training, service development and research / service evaluation. I am interested in using research evidence to improve local service provision and have recently completed a CLAHRC fellowship.
David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in assessment and evidence-based intervention to traumatised children, young people and families, I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I worked in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist from 1994, becoming Head of the Child Clinical Psychology Service in South Lincolnshire in 1998. I then specialised in working with trauma and traumatic bereavement in 2000 and worked at the Traumatic Stress Clinic in London as it became part of Great Ormond Street Hospital. I then worked as Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary Children’s Hospital, before establishing a special service for traumatised and traumatically bereaved children and young people in Luton and Bedfordshire. I have a BSc(Hons) in Human Psychology, an MA in Child Psychology, and the “Statement of Equivalence” from the British Psychological Society. I have also undertaken further training in assessments of parenting, assessments of attachment, Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Psychotraumatology and clinical supervision. In addition to direct work with children, young people and families, I am a BPS-registered supervisor and supervise other psychologists working with traumatised children and young people. I regularly lecture at various universities and provide training for various professional groups. I act as an expert advisor to police or as an expert witness for the Court in civil and criminal cases, particularly in the areas of trauma, bereavement and child testimony.
Francesca Bullock
Francesca Bullock
Administration Manager - I have extensive experience and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, managing sensitive information and dealing sensitively with enquiries or problems concerning a range of mental health and other difficulties. I have worked for the Police and NHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) working in a variety of teams including: Aspergers, ADHD, Child Sexual Abuse, Court Assessment Service, Eating Disorders, Psychiatry and general out-patients as a Medical/Clinic Secretary and Team Co-ordinator for many years.
Catherine Hutt
Catherine Hutt
Administrator: I have worked in administrative and project management based roles for a number of years across the charity, education and publishing sectors. I have worked for organisations such as Cancer Research UK and Cambridge University.
Dr Louise Watson (currently MATERNITY LEAVE)
Dr Louise Watson (currently MATERNITY LEAVE)
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). I obtained a BSc Hons Degree from the University of York in 2008 and completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex in 2013.
I have experience of working with children, adolescents, adults and families, across a range of NHS and non-NHS settings. I have experience of working with a range of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, hearing voices, anger, trauma, as well as attachment, personality and relationship difficulties.
I am currently also employed within the NHS, working alongside staff in Suffolk County Council to provide psychological consultation, advice, and training to Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS) staff as well as working directly with children, young people and families. Within this role, I regularly provide support to foster carers, teachers, social workers and family support practitioners.
I have specific experience of working within criminal justice and offending behaviour settings, and am trained in the use of a variety of forensic assessment tools, as well as being experienced in completing assessments for the public law outline (PLO) process and care-proceedings. I am also trained in the use of neuropsychological assessments (e.g. WISC/WAIS) and I have experience in applying such assessments to identify underlying difficulties with cognitive functioning and learning. It is important to me in completing such assessments that I work collaboratively with individuals to understand their difficulties and to recognise and draw upon their strengths.
My approach is to work with people individually or as a family to make sense of emotional and/or behavioural difficulties in order to reduce psychological distress, improve wellbeing and to help people reach their goals. I am able to provide detailed assessments, leading to personalised formulations of difficulties which inform interventions tailored to the individuals needs. Whilst I most frequently use cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) in my work, I also have experience in and can offer a range of other therapeutic interventions including systemically informed, cognitive analytic informed, mentalisation informed, attachment informed and solution focused approaches. In addition to my direct clinical work, I have a special interest in supporting police personnel with the emotional demands of their role and am actively engaged in research in this field within police services in the East of England.
Dr Stephanie Ashton MATERNITY LEAVE
Dr Stephanie Ashton MATERNITY LEAVE
Adult Mental Health and Eating Disorders After finishing my psychology undergraduate degree, I studied for a further year to complete my Masters in Physical Activity and Health. Following this, I began working in the NHS in a primary care mental health service and subsequently worked in a mental health research post, mostly exploring early intervention in psychosis. I then became a qualified Clinical Psychologist after completing my doctorate at the University of East Anglia in 2012. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and I am also a fully accredited practitioner with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). During my Clinical Psychology training I worked with both children and adults in a range of community and inpatient settings. I completed a specialist placement in adult eating disorders, which is a particular area of interest of mine, and I also wrote my thesis on the topic of binge eating and obesity. Since qualifying, I have worked in a local Psychological Wellbeing Service providing therapy to adults with a range of difficulties including depression, low self-esteem, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding, panic, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and body dysmorphic disorder. I mainly work with individuals and I will work with partners or family members where appropriate and I have also facilitated a number of therapy groups. I now work as a Senior Clinician in my NHS role and therefore I am part of the service management team and am involved in service level decisions and development. I also offer clinical supervision and consultation to other staff members including trainee clinical and counselling psychologists and CBT therapists. At an initial assessment I work collaboratively with the person I am seeing with the aim of coming to a joint understanding of the current difficulties and putting together a plan for treatment. Whilst I most frequently use cognitive behaviour therapy in my work, I am also able to offer a range of other therapeutic interventions including compassion focussed therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive analytic therapy. I will tailor my approach to suit the individual, and in a way which I think is most likely to bring about positive change.



 

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