Clinical Psychologists

Leeds

The Talking House

Grange Park, Old Boston Road

Wetherby

LS22 5DY

Leeds Counselling and Therapy Rooms

55 Great George Street

Leeds

LS1 3BB

Insight Therapy Centre

67 Hilton Road 

Chapel Allerton

LS8 4HA

Thorpe Park, Regus

1200 Century Way

Leeds

LS15 8ZA

The Lawrence Clinic
4-6 Greenside
Pudsey
LS28 8PU

5 Victoria Arcade
South Hawksworth Street
Ilkley
LS29 9DY

The Tower Clinic
8 Tinshill Lane
Cookridge
LS16 7AP

Horsforth Therapy Centre

155a Town St

Horsforth
LS18 5BL

Crossgates Chiropody & Therapy Centre

The Old Manse

13 Austhorpe Road

Crossgates

LS15 8BA

Our Leeds Clinical Psychologists comprise of the following members:

 

Dr Joanne Allen

Dr Vickie Campbell-Hemming

Dr Laura Charlton

Dr Joanna Mary

Dr Rebekah Olive

Dr Adele Parker

Dr Gita Robson

Dr Kathy Thwaites

 

Please see below to read more about each member’s experiences. 

Dr Joanne Allen

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsy

 

Based at Chapel Allerton

 

PopulationAdults

Specialist areasTrauma, Anxiety & Depression

 

Dr Joanne Allen is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working in an NHS secondary care community mental health team, supporting adults with severe, enduring and complex mental health difficulties. She works with a wide range of mental health difficulties and also has experience and training in working with couples and family systems, as well as co-facilitating therapeutic groups. She offers specialist psychological assessment, formulation and therapy.

 

Jo follows an integrative approach to psychological therapy, drawing on a number of different therapeutic modalities including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and mindfulness. In addition, much of her practice and understanding of human distress and dysfunction is informed by systemic and narrative therapies. Jo also has an interest and experience in working with people with cognitive difficulties, often as a result of acquired brain injury.

 

Jo offers a safe, non-judgmental space to explore a person’s difficulties and experiences to come to a shared understanding and way forward. The therapy approach is tailored to an individual’s particular presentation and needs, without being diagnosis driven.

 

Jo is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and is a member of the EMDR Association.

 

Dr Vickie Campbell-Hemming

Clinical Psychologist 

BSc (Hons) MSc DClinPsy 

 

Based at Cookridge & Pudsey

 

PopulationChildren, Young People & Adults

Specialist areas: Neuropsychology & Neurorehabilitation

Dr Vickie Campbell-Hemming obtained a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Leeds in 2003. She obtained an MSc in Forensic Psychology in 2006 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2010.

 

She has eleven years of professional experience, within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors, working with children, adults and older adults. She has experience of assessing and providing psychological interventions for a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, bereavement and adjustment, to adverse life events, including past trauma, physical illness and ill health.

 

Vickie integrates a combination of evidence based therapeutic interventions in her clinical practice, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy. She strongly values the importance of developing safe, therapeutic relationships with clients and prides herself on building strong therapeutic alliances.

 

Vickie's current role within the NHS involves working with older adults with severe and enduring mental health problems, within a Community Mental Health Team. She also provides input into the Memory Assessment and Treatment Service, undertaking detailed memory assessments and providing individualised strategies to assist clients with their memory difficulties. This role incorporates direct clinical work and indirect work, including the provision of consultation and teaching and training to other professionals.

 

Vickie has significant experience of working within the field of clinical neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation. This has included undertaking neuropsychological assessments with both adults and children and using these to devise individually tailored cognitive rehabilitation strategies to address a range of difficulties associated with acquired brain injury, including memory deficits, difficulties with executive functioning and challenging behaviour.

 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the Yorkshire countryside, swimming, relaxing with a good book and experimenting with home cooking. 

Dr Laura Charlton

Clinical Psychologist 

BSc (Hons) ClinPsyD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

 

Based at Pudsey

 

PopulationChildren, Young People & Adults

Specialist areasGender Identity Development

Dr Laura Charlton is a Clinical Psychologist, gaining a BSc Psychology Hons (First Class, University of Newcastle) in 2005 and completing her doctoral clinical training (DClinPsychol) at the University of Leeds in 2011. She has 15 years’ experience of working within the NHS working across several contexts and in independent practice since 2013 seeing clients across the lifespan (from children to adults).

 

Laura has expertise in complex assessment and offers a range of therapeutic approaches to best suit the needs of her clients, including CBT, CFT and EMDR. She has experience in supporting people with emotional difficulties such as low mood and anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma and adjustment to illness or life events. She has specialist expertise in assessing and offering support around identity development, in particular gender and sexuality, and has presented a several national and international transgender healthcare, paediatric and psychology conferences. 

 

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her children and partner, watching live music and browsing book shops. 

Dr Joanna Mary

Clinical Psychologist 

BSc(Hons) ClinPsyD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

 

Based at Leeds, Chapel Allerton, Cookridge & Crossgates

 

PopulationYoung People & Adults

Specialist areas: PTSD, Eating Disorders, Interpersonal & Relationship Difficulties

 

 

Dr Joanna Mary is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.  She is registered as a practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL18603) and she is a member of both the British Psychological Society and the Division of Clinical Psychology (membership number: 074508).

 

Joanna obtained her BSc in Psychology at the University of East London in 1995 and she qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in 2004.  She also obtained an MA and post-graduate diploma in Working with Groups, at the Tavistock Clinic in affiliation with the University of East London in 2012.

 

Joanna has over twenty years of experience working in NHS mental health services.  She has worked with people with a wide range of mental health issues in GP surgeries, community mental health centres, inpatient units, forensic settings and specialist services in London, Hertfordshire, Essex and Yorkshire. 

 

Joanna has specialist skills in working with trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, abuse and neglect and self-harm.  She is skilled in carrying out psychological assessments, and individual and group therapy and she is also experienced in supervising other psychologists and training and supporting staff groups. 

 

Joanna's research has been in exploring childhood attachment issues and the experiences of vulnerable children, foster carers and staff in the care system.  She has also studied group and organisational dynamics and discrimination extensively and she has a particular interest in understanding the way that mental health problems are viewed in society.

 

Joanna is able to work in an integrative way, drawing on a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive analytic therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy.

 

Joanna has always been committed to finding a way of meeting the individual needs of the people she works with.  She is conscientious, transparent, professional, thorough and compassionate in the way she works and she has a good sense of humour.  Joanna values the importance of having a good work/life balance and she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as music, art and physical exercise.

Dr Rebekah Olive

Clinical Psychologist BSc (Hons) DClinPsychol

Based in Ilkley

 

PopulationYoung People & Adults

Specialist areasPTSD, Anxiety Disorders & Depression

 

Dr Rebekah Olive qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Leeds in 2009. She is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (PYL 24259). She is also a trained counsellor, having obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in counselling from York St John College (affiliated with Leeds Metropolitan University) in 2006.

 

Rebekah has eight years’ professional mental health experience within the NHS, working with a wide range of mental health difficulties in adults, children, groups and families.

 

Rebekah has worked in independent practice since February 2011 and is one of NCPS’s first associates having work very closely with NCPS’s Managing Director, Dr Adele Parker, for over 8 years.  She is skilled in assessing and treating the effects of trauma with adults and young people. She also specialises in depression, low self-esteem and anxiety disorders.

 

Rebekah is experienced in delivering training on psychological issues, particularly attachment. She is also available for supervision.

 

Away from NCPS, Rebekah is mum to a bouncing two year old boy, keen barbershop singer and partial to the odd bit of cheese and wine.

Dr Adele Parker 

Clinical Psychologist 

BSc (Hons) ClinPsyD CPsychol AFBPsS

NCPS Managing Director

Based at Wetherby

 

PopulationChildren, Young People & Adults

Specialist areasDevelopmental Trauma, Complex trauma & PTSD

Please read more about Dr Parker under Senior Management, Managing Director

Dr Gita Robson

Clinical Psychologist 

BSc (Hons) ClinPsyD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

 

Based at Thorpe Park

 

PopulationAdults

Specialist areas: Health Psychology, including medically unexplained symptoms 

 

 

Dr Gita Robson is a Clinical Psychologist working both privately and within the NHS. She is trained to help people with a range of emotional health difficulties, but have a specialist interest in the links between physical health and mental health. 

 

In addition to treating common difficulties such as anxiety, low self-esteem and depression, she also see patients who are managing acute or long term health conditions, including management of symptoms that are medically unexplained. 

 

Her therapy approach draws largely upon third wave cognitive approaches such as compassion focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness. She is also trained to deliver therapy in other models, which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.

 

Outside of work, Gita tries to practice what she preaches for her own wellbeing. She likes to meditate as it gives her a few moments to re-connect with herself after a busy day. She also likes to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Gita is a bit of a foodie and particularly enjoys cooking new recipes from around the world. In the summer she tries to be a little bit more active and enjoys running (albeit very short distances) and doing yoga in the garden.

Dr Kathy Thwaites 

Chartered Clinical Psychologist BA (Hons)

ClinPsychol AFBPsS

 

Based at Crossgates

 

PopulationAdults

Specialist areasChronic Pain & Fatigue, Eating-Difficulties/Weight Management & Trauma

 

Dr Kathy Thwaites specialises in working with people over the age of eighteen with a wide range of difficulties relating to both physical and psychological health.  Including Psychological trauma, Eating-difficulties/Weight Management, Living with long term health conditions, Chronic pain and Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Low Self-esteem, Interpersonal and relationship difficulties, Anger, Sexual Trauma/Abuse, Self-harm and Bereavement.

 

Her main therapeutic approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 

Kathy is a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). 

 

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009 Kathy has worked within local NHS mental health services providing individual and group psychological therapy for people experiencing a range of mental health / psychological difficulties, e.g. depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, relationship distress, difficulties regarding past trauma.

 

Kathy has more recently worked within NHS physical health services, offering psychological therapy input for people experiencing Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Cancer diagnoses. This has involved work around both acceptance and adjustment to the physical health difficulty itself, as well as work on the psychological impact that this can have (such as anxiety, lowered mood, lowered confidence, anger, change in sense of identity).  More recently Kathy’s work has involved work in a Weight Management Service offering psychological support to client’s accessing dietetic input around weight loss. She is interested in the psychological factors that support clients to make positive changes to their health. 

 

In addition to the above, Kathy has an interest in the psychological impact of trauma and is trained in EMDR and also uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her work around trauma. Kathy is experienced at working with clients regarding both childhood trauma as well as trauma in adulthood. 

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