Meet our Experts
Our global team of psychologists has been built in order to provide a best in class service. Our team use their specialist knowledge, professionalism and communication skills to demonstrate consistent and reliable outcomes.
- Gary BloomClinical Psychotherapist
- Dr Gary BellConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Dominic de SouzaConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Mark DonatiCounselling Psychologist
- Neelam DosanjhClinical Psychologist
- Samantha FaragCounselling Psychologist
- Ranjit MannCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Phil HopleyConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Huw GoodwinClinical Psychologist
- Dr Pardeep GrewalConsultant Psychiatrist
- Prof Pieter KrugerConsultant Psychologist
- Dr Amy IversenExecutive Coach
- Deborah KinseyCBT Therapist
- Dr Kathryn KissellCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Marisa LangClinical Psychologist
- Jake LovelockPsychologist
- Dr Antonio MetastasioConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Guy MossClinical Psychologist
- Dr Cinzia PezzolesiClinical Psychologist
- Dr Rob ArcherChartered Psychologist
- Dr Tim RogersConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Matthew SawaConsultant Psychiatrist
- Evie DilkesExecutive Coach
- Dr Matthew StiffCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Sylvia TangConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Filippo PassettiConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Jo WoodCounselling Psychologist
- Richard DennyTrauma Therapist
- Dr Richard HeronGlobal Wellbeing Advisor
- Dr Sarah KeenClinical Psychologist
- Dr Francesca DucciConsultant Psychiatrist
- Marco TurrentFinancial Expert
- Dr Ruairi RobertsonNutrition Expert
- Dr Sophie BostockSleep Expert
- Dr Gauri SethExecutive Coach
- Dr Judith MohringConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Cristina SperindeiClinical Psychologist
- Julie KnightCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Alexander LangfordConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Eimear KingConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Edward ClarkPsychiatrist
- Dr Sarah Jane KhalidCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Daniel KaitiffConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Monica RamirezConsultant Psychiatrist
Gary Bloom is a clinical psychotherapist working from our Harley Street clinic. Gary treats conditions like depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours, relationship issues and also specialises in teenagers who are finding it hard to find a way in the world.
Gary holds a postgraduate diploma in Psychotherapy and a BA honours from the University of Wales. His specialities include treating elite sportsmen and women and he presents a radio show on this topic, “on the sporting couch“ on talkSPORT.
Gary Bloom is the Sports Performance Psychotherapist at Oxford United Football Club.
Gary’s first book about his work as a clinical sports psychotherapist ‘Keeping your Head in the Game’ was published by Penguin Books in Feb 2021
Dr Gary Bell
Dr Gary Bell is an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist and Executive Coach. He read Oriental Studies followed by Medicine at the University of Queensland. He came to the UK to specialise in psychiatry. He became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1985 and a Fellow in 2000.
His main areas of clinical interest are perinatal mental health, complex anxiety and depressive disorders and ADHD and co-existing physical ill health such as chronic pain and cancer. He is currently the Mental Health Lead for St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy. He was previously a Lecturer at UCH and a Senior Lecturer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical Schools and an Examiner for the University of London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published widely in the fields of medical education and liaison psychiatry.
His work as an Executive Coach draws upon years of clinical experience but focuses on helping individuals identify a greater sense of purpose within and find the motivation to implement the necessary changes in their life to achieve this.
Away from medicine, Gary enjoys rugby (as a spectator!), music, including relearning the piano and spending time with family and friends.
Dr Dominic de Souza
Dr Dominic de Souza qualified from Leeds University, trained in Melbourne, Australia and London and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2007, working across both the NHS and private sector. As a Royal College examiner and tutor, he is involved in teaching and training of junior doctors and medical students. He also advises health insurance providers.
Dominic takes a recovery-orientated and holistic approach to assessment and treatment of adults with mental health problems. His interests include mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, trauma, personality disorders, learning disability and ADHD. His additional forensic and legal training provides further expertise in preparing medicolegal reports ranging from criminal cases to employment/occupational matters.
Outside of work, Dominic enjoys playing and watching sports with his kids, reading and going to music concerts/festivals.
Dr Mark Donati
Dr Mark Donati is an HCPC registered counselling psychologist, approved supervisor and associate fellow of the BPS, senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and BPC accredited practitioner of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). He gained first-class bachelors and master’s degrees in psychology before going on to complete a PhD and clinical training.
Before joining Cognacity, Mark spent over 10 years working in psychological services in the NHS, including as lead counsellor for the Brent IAPT Counselling Service and team leader for the North Lambeth Talking Therapies Service. He specialises in providing short and long-term psychodynamic and integrative therapies, tailored to the individual. His academic interests are in the areas of professional training, reflective practice and supervising doctoral research.
In addition to his clinical work, Mark is an experienced trainer and consultant, and is currently Head of Doctoral Training at the University of Roehampton, where he enjoys educating and inspiring future generations of counselling psychologists.
Neelam Dosanjh is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an Organisational Consultant. She has worked in the NHS for over 25 years managing and leading psychological services. A key aspect of her work is to conduct a full assessment to collaborate with the patient on the best treatment approach.
She provides brief and longer term therapy using a wide range of approaches for her clinical work which include psychodynamic therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) which is NICE recommended for depression and anxiety, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) another NICE recommended short term therapy for depression, CBT and Mentalisation Based Treatment (MBT) for personality difficulties.
Neelam provides clinical services for a range of presentations with an underlying key focus on relational experiences and attachment theory. Clinical services include relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety, addictions, personality difficulties , eating disorders, post -traumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders, stress and work related stress
She is an accredited supervisor and trainer with the Anna Freud Centre.
She is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the Health Professionals Council (HCPC).
Her passion includes supporting the NHS and social justice.
Samantha Farag is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years of experience in private practice and in the NHS where she set up and managed a Talking Therapies service for several years. Samantha Farag is a Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC); an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) and an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society.
Samantha also established and directs the MSc. in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her specialisms includes adult mental health, and personal and professional development within high performance settings including corporations and elite sports.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is always ready to try something new.
Ranjit Mann is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with an excess of 15 years’ experience, which has encompassed a charity-funded women’s centre, the Independent sector and the NHS, in addition to extensive experience in private practice. Within the NHS, Ranjit has previously held core roles in setting up both a Community Adult Eating Disorder Service, and a Mental Health and Well-Being service within the Occupational Health Department. Ranjit is also a guest lecturer on a London University’s Master’s Degree Course. Ranjit is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society and is an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society.
Drawing on evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, her work is characterised by an integrative, collaborative approach, with an underlying focus on relational experiences and attachment theory. Her specialisms include; EMDR, CBT, DBT, post-graduate diploma in Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, MANTRA and Mindfulness. Ranjit works with a wide spectrum of clinical and complex psychological conditions such as the bi-polar spectrum, complex trauma, PTSD, addictions, weight management, pain management, mood disorders and anxiety disorders, as well as in the treatment of eating disorders complicated by symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, Severe and enduring mental health difficulties and medically unexplained symptoms. she works with adults, adolescents and children presenting with complex difficulties.
Ranjit enjoys going to exhibitions, theatre, socialising and taking her own advice of trying to spend time at home having a duvet holiday on a Sunday once a month.
Dr Phil Hopley is a Medical Doctor and Consultant Psychiatrist. After 19 years working with the NHS, he founded Cognacity and is now Managing Director.
Phil’s training in forensic, general and sport psychiatry combined with a career playing Premiership rugby enabled him to develop his passion for the mental health of elite performance in sport and business. In recent years Phil has worked as the mental health advisor to a number of blue chip organisations and sport bodies guiding mental health strategy development and providing coaching / crisis support. Phil is also nationally recognised as an accomplished expert witness in a wide range of medico-legal areas including high profile sport disciplinary matters.
In his downtime, mindful dog walking, watching sport, playing golf and trying to keep up with the next generation of Hopleys helps to keep him balanced.
- Strategic Advisory
- Board Level Leadership & Performance Coaching
- Crisis Management
Dr Huw Goodwin
Dr Huw Goodwin is a Clinical Psychologist and is the Mental Health Lead at the Royal Ballet School. He has previously worked in the NHS in a wide range of mental health settings and has combined this with extensive experience in the world of sport performance.
Further to his clinical expertise, Huw has provided education, advice and training to professional (and Olympic) athletes, coaches, sports physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and other support personnel; along with teaching at university and college environments.
Prior to his current career, Huw had been an athlete on a UK Sport Olympic training programme, as well as being a professional rugby league player before that. He is now a qualified coach in Rugby League, Handball, and Football, and is currently Head Coach of a professional player development programme in rugby league.
- Anxiety Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Trauma/Complex Trauma
Dr Pardeep Grewal
Dr Pardeep Grewal is a medical doctor and consultant psychiatrist. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine (MBBS), neuroscience at University College London (BSc) and addictions at Kings College London (MSc). He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych).
He has been a leader of several NHS services in London for more than 10 years. He has delivered a Saturday clinic at Cognacity for the past two of these. His areas of interest are general, addiction and occupational psychiatry. He has particular clinical expertise in treating alcohol problems, drug addiction and co-existing mental health conditions.
His research interests include treatment of novel psychoactive compounds. He is a very experienced expert witness in court and employment cases. He works with the Financial Services Authority, General Dental Council and General Pharmaceutical Council. He is a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission. He teaches at UCL Medical School and lectures nationally.
When not working he spends his time cycling, swimming and reading. He has endured the pleasure and pain of supporting Arsenal FC for more than 25 years.
Prof Pieter Kruger
Prof Pieter Kruger is a HCPC and HPCSA registered consultant psychologist and professor of clinical psychology. He has been working in the public and private sectors for the past 18 years and is currently the Director of International Operations. He is also currently the Director of the Centre for Health & Human Performance at North-West University in South Africa and a visiting professor at the UCL Medical School in London since 2011.
Prof Pieter Kruger has been specialising in elite performance (business and sport), as well as anxiety disorders in clinical practice. He has a special interest in the design and implementation of high-performance strategies to optimise wellbeing and performance in high pressure environments on a systemic, team and individual level. He has been working with various Olympic athletes, elite sports people and elite teams in England, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
As a former road and track national cycling champion, Pieter is still a keen recreational mountain biker, enjoys playing squash and spending time outdoors with his family.
Dr Amy Iversen
Dr Amy Iversen is an executive coach with 15 years of experience in delivering transformative conversations to her clients.
Amy has always been interested in the mind. Her first degree was in Experimental Psychology and she went on to train as a medical doctor and later as a psychiatrist.
Alongside this, she had a highly successful research career, publishing more than sixty papers and completing a PhD. She now works solely as a coach, albeit one with a sound understanding of what makes people tick. Amy has worked extensively at Partner level in professional services & financial services, and with CEOs from start-ups to blue-chip. She is passionate about coaching and is currently studying for a Masters in Coaching and Consulting for change at INSEAD.
She divides her time between King’s Cross and Whitstable and enjoys running by the sea with her dog Bitzer Maloney. She is the proud mummy to Dolly, Theo and Luna.
Deborah Kinsey is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who worked for Cognacity within the admin team for eight years whilst taking a BSc (Hons) Psychology with The Open University.
Following that, Deborah trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with SDS Seminars in advance of an MSc in CBT at Goldsmiths University London. This was a unique training course as it incorporated third wave psychological therapies such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. She now works within the NHS as well as at Cognacity.
Deborah having originally trained as a dancer, has a particular interest in dancer’s mental health and wellbeing which has been and will continue to be the focus of her academic research.
In her spare time, she loves going to the theatre and enjoys spending time with her family which includes two Maine Coon kittens!
Dr Kathryn Kissell
Dr Kathryn Kissell is an experienced Counselling Psychologist at Cognacity who is passionate about enabling growth and transformation within individuals, groups and organisations.
Kathryn completed her clinical doctorate in Counselling Psychology at University of Roehampton. She also holds a BA(Hons) and MA(Oxon) in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. Kathryn is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society.
Kathryn has extensive experience working in the NHS, mental health charity, private sector and workplace settings. She employs an integrative therapeutic style drawing on humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural modalities as well as systemic therapeutic approaches. Kathryn works with individuals experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety disorders, depression, stress, work and relationship difficulties, eating disorders, bereavement and loss.
In addition, Kathryn is a Bowen Systems coach and consultant and works as a visiting research fellow & MBA course lecturer at London South Bank University Business School. Kathryn’s corporate work seeks to mature leadership, foster greater employee resilience and well-being as well as enhance organisational functioning.
Outside work, Kathryn loves nothing better than relaxing with her family, growing edible delights on her allotment and eating Indian food.
Dr Marisa Lang
Dr Marisa Lang is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist experienced in Adult Mental Health and Corporate Well-being Programmes.
She obtained her clinical doctorate at University College London and specialised in Cognitive-Behavioural approaches at Oxford University. Drawing on evidence-based practice, her work is characterised by an integrative, client-centred and collaborative approach.
Having worked in the field of stress-management and mental-health awareness for over 20 years, she is part of Cognacity’s Corporate Service team delivering workshops across the UK and Internationally.
Marisa has been pivotal in the development of various training programmes covering topics such as Mental Health and Burnout Awareness, as well as Resilience and Wellbeing promotion. She has considerable delivery experience across professional services firms, helping people in high pressure environments apply evidence-based strategies to optimise performance and wellbeing.
Click here to see a short video of Marisa highlighting Bad Stress – what is your stress signature
Jake Lovelock is a British Psychological society (BPS) registered Psychologist, who provides training and coaching to a range of Cognacity clients. Jake works with professional athletes, corporations as well as providing psychotherapy in our Harley Street Clinic.
Academically, Jake has an undergraduate degree and two postgraduates in psychology, and is currently completing a third postgraduate at University of Oxford (BSc, MSc, PGCert and PGDip respectively).
He is also the in-house Performance Psychologist for a national rugby team, where he specialises in performance, mental health and burnout. Jake now use his passion for elite performance under pressure to create sustainable high performance systems in all his work.
In his downtime, Jake is often being dragged around the UK by his Siberian Husky competing in dryland dog sports.
MSc (Psychol.), MISC, MBPsS, MABP, Level A & B BPS Occupational Test User.
Dr Antonio Metastasio
Dr Antonio Metastasio is a Medical Doctor and a Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Metastasio has a significant experience as psychiatrist both in the NHS and in the independent sector.
Dr Metastasio is a specialist in General Adult and Addiction Psychiatry, he has also trained in Genomic Medicine. He has also a special interest in emerging treatments and in personalised medicine. Dr Metastasio has been also acting as advisor in Personalised medicine start ups and also has been involved in cutting edge research and clinical trials.
In his spare time Antonio enjoys reading, watching films, cooking and also playing with his two children.
Dr Guy Moss
Dr Guy Moss qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in the year 2000 and worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient NHS hospital settings prior to joining Cognacity in 2008.
In his clinical practice, Guy thrives on variety and specialises in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) & Mindfulness for treating Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Alcohol and Behavioural Addictions, Relationship Unhappiness (and Couple Therapy), Bereavement, Trauma, Panic, OCD, ADHD, Impulse Control (Anger/Eating) and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Guy is an Associate Fellow with the BPS and is registered with HCPC and EuroPsy. Guy is also a Chartered Neuropsychologist and provides expert witness reports in fitness to work, occupational stress and personal injury.
Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi
Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a qualified Mindfulness Teacher. She has a post graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Oxford University. Cinzia is currently acting as the Clinical Director of the Mindfulness Project and is collaborating both with the clinical and corporate teams at Cognacity.
Cinzia has started her career as researcher at Hertfordshire University where she gained a PhD in the topic of “human factors and patient safety’. Before moving the UK, Cinzia was a professional volleyball player for several years and she still cultivates a passion for sports and healthy eating.
Dr Rob Archer
Dr Rob Archer is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in helping organisations and individuals build resilience, improve mental health and sustain high performance.
Having trained at the University of London and Ashridge Business School, Rob now provides training, coaching and consultancy for a wide range of clients in financial and professional services, oil, gas and construction, FMCG, public sector, creative industries, SMEs and elite sporting teams.
Dr Rob Archer set up The Career Psychologist in 2008 to help people transform their careers. Through a combination of applied psychology, decision science, psychometric testing and coaching, The Career Psychologist now helps thousands of people get unstuck and move forward with purpose. Rob writes regularly on the psychology of career change in his blog, Headstuck!
Rob’s practice and research focus on the importance of developing psychological flexibility, which research data suggests has a major impact on performance, health, innovation and learning. He has just led the largest research trial of its kind in this area and speaks regularly at international conferences on these topics.
Rob is also a former Schools and University cricket international, and fast deteriorating runner.
He is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with recent clients including the Royal Bank of Canada, 3M, Mars, PwC, BP, Standard Chartered, Bain & Co, as well as a host of Magic Circle law firms. Rob has also worked extensively in elite sport, working with both athletes and managers in Premiership soccer, cricket, tennis and Formula 1.
Rob is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chartered member of the Divisions of Occupational and Coaching Psychologists.
Rob lives with his young family on the Olympic Park in London. He is also a former Schools and University cricket international, and fast deteriorating runner.
Dr Tim Rogers
Dr Tim Rogers is an internationally recognised sports psychiatrist: the first doctor in the UK to receive certification by the International Society for Sport Psychiatry. For many years, Tim has worked across the spectrum of mental health, wellbeing and performance within elite sport and dance. Tim supports both individuals and teams in elite football, in the Olympic and Paralympic Systems, elite rugby, cricket, tennis, horse racing and many more. Tim offers support to members of the League Managers Association. Tim is an approved expert on the Football Medicine and Performance Association (FMPA) register.
Dr Tim Rogers is one of a very small number of psychiatrists to have also completed postgraduate training in applied sport and exercise psychology. Having worked and trained in high performance environments, he understands the culture of professional sport and dance, and the unique pressures that come with this. Tim is a specialist member of the Sport Resolutions National Anti-Doping Panel. He was formerly a registered UKAD psychiatrist accredited to undertake therapeutic use exemption assessments.
Tim has experience of assessing and caring for footballers subject to FA disciplinary proceedings when supported by the PFA. Tim supports athletes and coaches as an expert in other situations related to sports and civil law proceedings.
Tim was a founding executive member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group.
Tim is also Clinical Director for Togetherall, a piece of digital technology that creates a community of people who support each other and confide anonymously in a safe space 24/7.
When not working Dr Tim Rogers likes to plan holidays!: cold or warm weather; his own or anyone else’s!
Dr Matthew Sawa
Dr Matthew Sawa is a Medical Doctor and a Consultant Psychiatrist. He has extensive experience in Psychiatry both in the NHS and Independently. He became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2006. He then completed his higher training in General Adult Psychiatry in in 2010, by being awarded a dual Certificate of Completion of Training in General Adult and Rehabilitation Psychiatry. Matthew was then awarded with Distinction a Master Degree in Healthcare Education and Clinical Leadership by Kingston University, London. He acted as a Clinical Advisor for the Royal Pharmaceutical Council from 2012 to 2015. He has led various audits, research and quality improvement activities since 2002.
Dr Sawa is passionate about re-integrating adults back into a fulfilling and meaningful life. He believes that effective management of mental illness commences with careful listening and eliciting a comprehensive history, including relationship with parents and early childhood experiences, current circumstances, habits, preferences, diet and future aims and objectives. Dr Sawa’s dual training in General Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Psychiatry enables him to formulate comprehensive treatment plans in partnership with the clients.
Matthew maintains careful work life balance, by spending meaningful time with his wife and three children. He enjoys listening to a wide range of music genres, cycling, swimming, cooking and reading.
Evie Dilkes works with individuals to enhance wellbeing during challenging times such as these. She helps individuals cope through both short-term and long-term change and shows them how to live in a way that their future self would be proud of. She specialises in resilience, work-life balance and individuals working in high-pressure situations.
Evie is a Psychometric Analyst and qualified accredited Executive Coach. She studied psychology for 5 years and started working within the corporate wellbeing sector 2 years ago. Evie often utilises psychometric assessments to pinpoint areas that might be holding an individual back. Evie uses modern psychological techniques and has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness and meditation to maximise wellbeing.
Dr Matthew Stiff
Dr Matthew Stiff is a chartered counselling psychologist with experience of working within the NHS, charitable and private practice, including eating disorders, addiction, bereavement and general. He has assisted on training in psychometrics at City, University of London, as well as delivering talks on mental health in the workplace to senior managers in leading companies. Having previously worked at board level in the public and private sectors he has an understanding of the inherent pressures of corporate environments.
Dr Matthew Stiff is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
Matthew works with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling and other addictive behaviours), autism, bereavement, eating disorders, complex trauma, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and learning difficulties. He brings to his work positivity and warmth, working with his clients to understand their problems to develop a solution-focussed approach. He uses his knowledge of person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural theory to adopt an integrative, collaborative approach to his work. His specialisms include CBT, EMDR, DBT, ACT, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness and Person-Centred Therapy. Matthew has played a key role in helping to develop Cognacity’s residential addictions workshops in Manchester and runs a regular evening addictions group at Cognacity’s Harley Street clinic.
As a former archaeologist Matthew enjoys travel in the company of friends and family, experiencing the historic environment, throwing in a bit of local food and culture, along with not quite enough exercise.
Dr Sylvia Tang
Dr Sylvia Tang is a highly-trained Consultant Psychiatrist based in London. Dr Tang has over 29 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of mental health symptoms. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, emotional instability, eating disorders, OCD and PTSD.
Dr Tang graduated with an MBBS degree from The Royal London Medical School in 1992. She later completed her specialist training at various London hospitals, including the Royal Free Hospital. Dr Tang became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1997 and later, a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych).
She started her first Consultant post at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust in 2001, where she also became Medical Director in 2006 and Deputy Chief Executive in 2012. From 2001-2014 she worked in the community in Archway, inpatient ward, acute assessment unit and crisis home treatment team.
Dr Sylvia Tang joined Priory Group as Group Medical Director in 2014 and became Chief Executive of Priory Healthcare in December 2016. Dr Sylvia Tang then left Priory Group in 2019 to pursue other opportunities.
She has also sat on variety of committees including the NHS England London Clinical Senate Council as one of the 11 clinical experts to review evidence for service reconfiguration in London, NHSE National Mental Health Payment Steering Group and London Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network.
Dr Filippo Passetti
After studying medicine in Florence (Italy), Dr Filippo Passetti went to Cambridge to study towards a PhD in Experimental Psychology. He then trained in clinical psychiatry in Cambridge and London, including lectureships at the Royal Free & UCL and at St. George’s Medical Schools.
He worked as consultant psychiatrist at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust and at the Cambridge community alcohol services before starting in private practice. His main academic interests have been in the neuropsychological changes associated with addictive disorders and the neuropsychological/ functional MRI predictors of clinical outcome in addiction treatment.
Since joining Cognacity, Filippo has become increasingly interested in resilience and stress-related disorders, particularly in the context of parental separation and divorce. At Cognacity, Filippo leads on the development of the addiction treatment services, including the residential gambling treatment services based at Leon House in Manchester.
In his mid-life, Filippo has taken up kitesurfing and anything resembling it (skateboarding, snowboarding and sliding on slippery floors).
Dr Jo Wood
Dr Jo Wood is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist specialising in mental health and sports and exercise psychology. Jo has extensive clinical experience after spending 17 years working in the NHS in both primary and secondary care, working with adults, young people, couples and families. Previous roles have included providing clinical leadership and supervision to a wide range of mental health professionals. Following her initial psychology training at City University, Jo completed further post-graduate CBT training at Oxford and is an accredited CBT and Schema therapist, as well as a Consultant EMDR practitioner. She also has had training in Mindfulness and ACT.
Dr Jo Wood has experience of working with a wide range of clients, including amongst others, those from the legal profession, banking, IT, the media and sport. Jo is able to work with a wide range of issues and specialises in trauma, anxiety disorders, adjustment/transitions, complex presentations, eating disorders, personality disorders and performance. She provides both short and long-term therapy.
Dually accredited as a Sports and Exercise Psychologist, Jo has worked with professional/elite athletes from a range of sports including rugby, cricket, athletics, boxing, swimming and gymnastics. Jo also has experience of working with younger athletes in academy settings and GB development squads. As part of her work, Jo has helped athletes with performance anxiety issues, sports trauma, adjustment to injury and retirement, as well as athlete mental health.
In her spare time, Jo enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family (including two dogs), powerlifting and completing a PhD focusing on identity leadership.
Richard Denny is an accredited Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) member and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner, having completed EMDR training with Richard Mitchell and Dr Manda Holmshaw of EMDR Europe in 2015. He is a member of the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland.
He trained in Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention with Devon Ashwood at Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and has been running MBRP groups at Start2Stop since 2013.
Richard has supported clients at The Hepatitis C Trust since 2009, working with disproportionately affected groups with a high prevalence of mental health disorders and addiction issues, who are often marginalised and have poor access to healthcare and health outcomes, including injecting drug users, the homeless and ethnic minorities.
His experience in the Third Sector developing, funding and delivering outreach programs for Hepatitis C clients, allowed him to acquire growing recognition and knowledge of ‘syndemics’, where clusters of disease act collectively and exacerbate the prognosis and burden for those affected, and he has promoted the need to build strong health systems that are accessible, affordable, and available for vulnerable populations worldwide.
Richard is a founder member of the Trauma Centre UK, a new, patient-centred, peer-led charity that promotes trauma awareness, understanding and education within professional bodies and institutions, with the aim of improving trauma related public services.
He completed certification in bio-feedback (HeartMath 2018), delivering scientifically validated methods to help clients increase resilience in challenging emotional climates.
Dr Richard Heron
For over 15 years, as VP Health and CMO Dr Richard Heron led BP’s global health agenda. This included wellbeing, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and public health in over 65 countries. He has held prior health, safety, and risk management leadership roles with AstraZeneca.
Now consulting, Richard is co-chair of IOMSC, an association of 47 National OH Societies, representing 70% of the world’s workers. He is on the NHS Expert Advisory Group for employee health and wellbeing, and the UK National Wellbeing Forum. He has recently joined the Global Wellbeing Advisory Board at Champion Health. He has also worked on expert advisory groups for departments of Health, Work and Pensions, and PHE.
A past-President of both Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London and Edinburgh), the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a Senior Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
Richard is an honorary professorial fellow of International Business and Health, University of Nottingham. His specialist interests include leadership, health, work and organisations, and work-related mental health.
Dr Sarah Keen
Dr Sarah Keen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with a broad range of experience and knowledge from the 15 years that she has been offering mental health assessment and treatment. This has largely been within the NHS, but most recently she has worked within the charity and private sectors also. She is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a Chartered Member of The British Psychological Society (BPS).
Following her doctoral training, she has kept up-to-date through much personal and professional development. This enables her to work with many different types of difficulty and to utilise a variety of different modes of therapy, in particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness based approaches, which she can then tailor to the individual needs of each client. That said, her greatest passion in her work is for Compassion Focused Therapy – a ‘third wave’ therapy, blending ideas from evolutionary psychology with the latest understanding from the neuroscience literature. This approach offers a ‘humanist’ way of conceptualising mental distress, and can be used to support and inform individuals or couples who present with all sorts of personal challenges in their lives. This way of working embodies Sarah’s own beliefs about the beauty, but also the struggles, of being human, and helps direct us to how we might best heal and strengthen ourselves and each other.
In addition, Sarah has extensive specialist experience of trauma focused work and has worked with both perpetrators and survivors of significant crimes. She has also worked with military veterans, and understands the unique challenges of repatriation to a ‘normal’ life after significant traumas and distancing.
Dr Francesca Ducci
Dr Francesca Ducci trained in psychiatry in Italy and in London. She did a PhD in addiction biology in Italy and worked for four years as postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA.
She published a number of research articles on addiction and other mental health disorders in prestigious scientific journals
She works both in the private sector and NHS. She does her private practice in Harley street with the Cognacity team. Since 2013, she has been appointed as substantive Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust and she is currently working in the Early Intervention in Psychosis team.
She consults both in English and Italian.
Marco Turrent is an FCA approved Financial Advisor and workplace financial education specialist who leads the Cognacity Financial Wellbeing team. He has over 20 years’ experience of advising investors: from individuals to family offices and institutional asset owners.
Marco holds a BA in Psychology (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) and an MBA (Cambridge University). Marco has a thorough understanding of global financial markets having worked in New York, Mexico City and London from where he developed his deep interest for the intersection between psychology and finance.
Marco has lectured on Finance & Financial Markets at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and on Derivative Markets at the University of London. When not working, Marco’s time revolves around his young family – usually rocking out with his three daughters but also, on occasion, ideally grabbing a moment of peace with a strong espresso, and a good read like The Economist.
Dr Ruairi Robertson
Dr Ruairi Robertson is an expert in the nutrition of gut health and brain health. He has a undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and a Ph.D in Microbiology and has conducted research in Harvard University Medical School, University College Cork and currently in Queen Mary University of London.
His research explores the many fascinating ways that your gut and its microbes contribute to your health and disease and how different diets affect these interactions. This research is uncovering new insights into the exciting influence of gut microbes on the human body, from belly to brain. Dr Rauiri is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pasteur Institute, Paris.
Dr Sophie Bostock
Dr Sophie Bostock is a Sleep Evangelist with a mission: to help people to improve their lives by unlocking the science of sleep and performance.
Following degrees in Medicine and Entrepreneurship, Sophie completed a PhD in Psychobiology at UCL. This led to an interest in sleep in as one of the unsung heroes of health and wellbeing. Sophie spent 5 years as Innovation Lead at Big Health, a digital medicine company, where she was awarded an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowship for her work on Sleepio, an online CBT sleep improvement programme.
As part of the Cognacity team, Sophie provides keynote talks, workshops and coaching for clients in business, healthcare and elite sport. Sophie regularly features as a sleep expert in national media (e.g. BBC News, ITV This Morning, The Telegraph, The Guardian) and has been invited to deliver talks for Ted Talks and Google.
Dr Gauri Seth
Dr Gauri Seth is a mother of three children, and executive parent and emotional intelligence coach, with a background in medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.
Gauri graduated from the University of Bristol with a first-class honors in Bioethics. She has worked as an NHS doctor and clinical academic, with specialist experience in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Her clinical experience includes working with couples and families in systemic therapy, mothers in perinatal psychiatry, adults in schema therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive analytical therapy.
Gauri is widely published across peer-reviewed academic journals and has received several awards for her research. She has collaborated and published on Medical Ethics education in medical schools across the UK.
Gauri founded Brain-Based Connection in 2021, a parenting coaching programme to support parents with emotional connection with their children. Gauri is passionate about sustainable mental health, and the importance of the parenting period on transgenerational wellness.
Gauri is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, advises Shawmind, a UK based charity, on supporting parents with emotional connection and is a parent expert for SPARKLE, a clinical trial at Kings College London developing interventions for family wellness.
Dr Judith Mohring
Dr Judith Mohring is a Consultant Psychiatrist. Her career in mental health spans over 20 years in settings including the NHS, prison services and primary care. She is an expert in the emerging field of lifestyle psychiatry and evidence-based wellbeing having pioneered this approach in her City and Harley Street practice over the last 5 years.
Dr Judith Mohring is a skilled facilitator, executive coach and therapist. Her teaching career has expanded – developing and delivering a broad range of webinars, workshops fireside chats and keynote presentations. Her subject areas include anxiety management, practical well-being advice, women in the workplace and managing family and work-related stress.
Her passion is communicating ideas about the mind in a clear and accessible way. She graduated from the Universities of London and Cambridge as a Gold Medal finalist (MBBS, MA Cantab, MRCPsych) and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association and the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr Cristina Sperindei
Cristina Sperindei is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorders – ASD, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder- ADHD, Learning Difficulties- LD, Intellectual Disability – ID, Oppositional and Defiant Disorder – ODD, Conduct Disorder) and Mental Health in children and young people.
After qualifying in Italy as a Clinical Psychologist and gaining experience in a Paediatric hospital, Cristina relocated in London and obtained the recognition of her title with the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC. Since then, she worked for the National Health Service – NHS in Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services – CAMHS (Community outpatient clinic) in supervising professionals and completing complex neurodevelopmental assessment and treatment (mainly Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy – CBT, Psychoeducation and Positive Behavioural Support – PBS) along with conducting clinical research and service quality improvement projects.
During these years Cristina developed an interest in improving ADHD assessment implementing neuropsychological testing to the usual diagnostic process and further investigating ADHD features and differential diagnosis. Along with ADHD, Cristina has extensive clinical experience in ASD and comorbid anxiety and depression which she acquired in working with children, young people and their families with a systemic approach.
Julie is a registered Consultant Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has over 27 years of clinical practice across community, EAP and Mental health Inpatient units in Australia and the UK. Within clinical lead posts Julie has contributed to the development of innovative models and programmes for care and recovery.
In response to an individual’s difficulties, Julie will match and integrate a range of psychological approaches such as ACT, CBT, DBT, Narrative therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Her clinical speciality includes Addictions Therapy and EMDR. Julie has expertise in psychometric assessments.
Julie has extensive experience in the provision of clinical supervision to other Health Care professionals. Above all, she values the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and is committed and passionate about helping others to find their own voice and embrace recovery. Away from practice Julie enjoys DIY projects, planting spring bulbs and National Trust Properties.
Dr Alexander Langford
Dr Alexander Langford qualified from Southampton Medical School in 2009. His first few years of medical practice were in the South West, during which time he became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and completed a BSc in Psychology in 2012. He then moved to South London to start his psychiatric training, became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014, and moved to Oxford to complete his training in 2018. His NHS consultant posts have been on female and intensive care psychiatric units. He is a supervisor for junior doctors and medical students, and the lead for a consultant training program.
Dr Alexander Langford enjoys treating mental illnesses not limited to mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. He likes to use medications assertively, and enjoys the flexibility and dynamism of working privately. He enjoys running (with an increasingly old marathon Personal Best of 2:59:44), chess, and spending time with his family.
Dr Eimear King
Dr Eimear King is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Cognacity and is experienced in assessing and managing mental health conditions including anxiety, mood disorders and mental health in the perinatal period.
Dr King graduated from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in 2008 with degrees in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics. She completed her psychiatry training in Northern Ireland gaining membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2013. Dr King gained her Certificate of Completion of training (General Adult Psychiatry) in 2016 before taking up her substantive consultant post in 2017 in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) where she leads an outpatient Primary Mental Health Team.
Dr King has completed a Masters in Medical Education (QUB, 2016) and is a Clinical and Educational Supervisor within the Southern Health & Social Care Trust.
Dr Edward Clark
Dr Edward Clark read Economics at the University of Nottingham before undertaking his medical studies at the University of Warwick where he developed an early interest in psychiatry and was president of the University Psychiatry Society.
He completed his psychiatry core training at Central London teaching hospitals where he worked in both inpatient and community settings, covering a full range of ages from children to older adults. He has taught and examined medical students at both Imperial College London and University College London, and is keen to encourage and support the next generation of psychiatrists.
He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and approved under section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act.
After work you will find him at his local tennis club, and at the weekend he unwinds by playing golf, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Dr Sarah Jane Khalid
Dr Sarah Jane Khalid is a Chartered Consultant Counselling Psychologist, an Accredited CBT Psychotherapist and Life Coach who has a wealth of experience and knowledge from her 15 years in the NHS, as well as charity and private sectors. She has extensive training in different modes of therapy, in particular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Sarah Jane also is a visiting lecturer for accredited CBT Courses and her specialisms include low self-esteem/confidence, dermatology conditions, and women’s issues such as returning to work and post natal depression.
Dr Daniel Kaitiff
Dr Daniel Kaitiff trained in psychiatric medicine at Central North West London and has held consultant positions in Twickenham, London and Manchester. He has held lead positions in End of life care and has also developed a communication course which was acknowledged at Imperial Educational Excellence Conference.
Dr Daniel has worked in private practice in Harley Street and Manchester. He is a liaison (Hospital) and Older Adult Psychiatrist who had the pleasure of further training in Adult ADHD under Professor Nutt. Daniel has further interests in Sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar, OCD, alcohol addiction, PTSD and forensic work. He has complemented his educational commitment by further training in family therapy and various cognitive approaches.
- Adult ADHD
- Autistic Spectrum
- Bipolar Affective
- Cognitive disorders ie. (dementia Diagnosis and management) Depression
- Impulse Control
- Personality Disorders
- Reactions to Stress
- Alcohol Addiction
- Motivational management
- Life coaching
Dr Monica Ramirez
Dr Monica Ramirez trained as a general psychiatrist in Hospital de La Princesa, Spain. In the NHS Dr Ramirez works as a the C&A consultant psychiatrist in the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team and is the Lead of the Emotional Disorders Team in her CAMHS service.
Dr Ramirez has a bio-psycho-social approach to Mental Health. This means she sees mental health problems emerging from a combination of factors including biological (e.g. genetics) psychological, family and environmental factors (e.g school, community). Dr Ramirez endeavours to involve both the family and the child/ young person in the initial assessment and should it be helpful (e.g. ADHD assessment) obtain school feedback in order to undertake a thorough assessment.
Dr Ramirez covers all areas of child psychiatry. She also has particular expertise in depression/anxiety, ADHD and psychosis. She has extensive experience in using medication to treat mental health problems. However, she also explores other options, including psycho-education, individual talking therapy, parenting interventions, family therapy (among others) before considering starting a new medication.
Dr Ramirez endeavours to empower her patients to be part of the decision-making process regarding the best medication and treatment plan, by discussing the various options including different types of psychological therapies and any potential side effects of the medication. She consults in English and Spanish.
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