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.
- Dr Rob ArcherChartered Psychologist
- Afirah AzmiPsychotherapist
- Dr Gary BellConsultant Psychiatrist
- Gary BloomClinical Psychotherapist
- Dr Edward ClarkPsychiatrist
- Dr Polly CockerClinical Psychologist
- Dr Dominic de SouzaConsultant Psychiatrist
- Richard DennyTrauma Therapist
- Neelam DosanjhClinical Psychologist
- Dr Francesca DucciConsultant Psychiatrist
- Samantha FaragCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Anna GoodsonClinical Psychologist
- Dr Huw GoodwinClinical Psychologist
- Francis GossDE&I Expert
- Dr Pardeep GrewalConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Sharad HaridasConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Richard HeronGlobal Wellbeing Advisor
- Dr Phil HopleyConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Harrison HowarthPsychiatrist
- Dr Sarah KeenClinical Psychologist
- Dr Sarah Jane KhalidCounselling Psychologist
- Deborah KinseyCBT Therapist
- Dr Kathryn KissellCounselling Psychologist
- Julie KnightCounselling Psychologist
- Prof Pieter KrugerConsultant Psychologist
- Dr Marisa LangClinical Psychologist
- Dr Alexander LangfordConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Alison LennoxConsultant Psychiatrist
- Jake LovelockPsychologist
- Ranjit MannCounselling Psychologist
- Dom MerchantPsychotherapist
- Dr Judith MohringLifestyle Psychiatrist
- Dr Nick MooneyClinical Psychologist
- Dr Guy MossClinical Psychologist
- Dr Filippo PassettiConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Cinzia PezzolesiClinical Psychologist
- Gisela RamirezCBT Therapist
- Dr Monica RamirezConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Ruairi RobertsonNutrition Expert
- Dr Matthew SawaConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Gauri SethParenting Expert
- Dr Cristina SperindeiClinical Psychologist
- Dr Matthew StiffCounselling Psychologist
- Dr Sylvia TangConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Aisha TariqClinical Psychologist
- Sarah TurnerDBT Therapist
- Richard TurrellAddictions Therapist
- Marco TurrentFinancial Expert
- Dr Pamela WaltersConsultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Jo WoodCounselling Psychologist
Dr Rob Archer
Rob is Cognacity’s UK and European Director. He 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 including within financial and professional services and elite sporting teams.
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.
A published researcher, Rob focuses on the importance of developing psychological flexibility, which research data suggests has a major impact on performance, health and resilience. 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 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.
Afirah Azmi is a psychotherapist, who has worked in numerous mental health settings, such as private hospitals and treatment centres, delivering group work and one-to-one therapy.
Afirah has worked with patients suffering from a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, substance misuse and process addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder and, psychological, emotional, sexual and physical abuse. In addition to working with Cognacity, Afirah has her own private practice and is an Associate Consultant Psychotherapist with another organisation. Afirah is currently training in EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing.
Afirah works with clients from 18+ adults, from young to old, who may be struggling with a myriad of past and current life problems. Some of these problems include trauma (such as childhood neglect or abuse), toxic relationships, anxiety, work-related stress, addictions, eating disorders, root causes of OCD. She works on promoting the clients’ self-efficacy and autonomy especially where a patient is struggling with low self-esteem, low self-worth, feelings of unexplained shame, internal conflict. Afirah helps to identify faulty core beliefs and maladaptive coping strategies, attempting to understand the root cause of distress for the individual with consideration and care.
Afirah has a particular interest in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse and has published a short article on this subject, Recovering from a Relationship with a Narcissist.
Afirah is passionate about is helping clients navigate difficult life situations, family relationships and problems in interpersonal relationships. Afirah uses an Integrative approach depending on the clients’ individual needs. She works collaboratively with patients by building a strong therapeutic relationship to deliver both long and short-term therapy.
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.
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 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 Polly Cocker
Dr Polly Cocker is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with 10 years of experience working across NHS and Private settings. She currently works as a Highly Specialist clinician within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, alongside her work at Cogancity. She is trained across therapeutic modalities and works primarily from a Psychodynamic approach. This develops a deeper understanding of how we relate to ourselves and others, exploring the links between the past and present, to give individuals more freedom in moving forward.
Dr Polly Cocker offers brief and long-term therapy for adults experiencing complex mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, mood and personality disorders, who may be looking for help within relationships and in navigating past trauma. She has specialist experience in working holistically with people experiencing physical health issues, paying particular attention to the relationship between the mind and body. She has experience in perinatal mental health, working alongside adults where there are attachment-based difficulties and stresses related to the transition to parenthood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Anna Goodson
Dr Anna Goodson studied Psychology at Newcastle University and completed her clinical psychology doctorate at University College London (UCL). She is now a Clinical Psychologist accredited by the HCPC and has worked in mental health in the NHS for 9 years in various roles, trusts and services. Anna’s varied experience in mental health has informed her clinical practice and she takes an integrative clinical approach. Anna has experience in a range of therapeutic modalities but in particular draws upon Cognitive-Behavioural, Narrative and Psychodynamic approaches in her clinical work. She enjoys working with individuals from different backgrounds, of different ages and supporting them with a range of difficulties. In particular Anna has experience in supporting those who struggle with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and developmental disorders.
Anna has a particular interest in the mind-body connection and supporting individuals whose problems may have been described as “medically-unexplained”. She has good experience of working within medical settings to support individuals with difficulties such as, rheumatological difficulties, tinnitus, hearing loss, migraines, chronic pain, musculoskeletal difficulties, and health anxiety.
Outside of work Anna enjoys spending time with her young family and catching up with friends. She enjoys being active outdoors, BBQs and spending time in the countryside.
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
Francis Goss LLB (Hons) is our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Expert Consultant, providing input and advice on topics including DE&I strategy, leadership development, unconscious bias, terminology and legislation. He also delivers a range of DE&I courses based on a model called New ERA which focuses on the skills of empathy, respect and acceptance. He has delivered DE&I presentations and training to employees at all levels in multiple sectors including investment management, insurance and charity.
Francis has over 20 year’s HR experience and holds a portfolio of roles including Director, People Experience Consulting at Gallagher, Advisory Board Member, Engage for Success (the UK’s employee engagement taskforce), advisory member of the Department of Work and Pensions Dashboard Steering Group and a Non-Executive Director at Exclusive Collection.
Francis was the founding Chairperson of Gallagher Benefit Service’s Diversity and Inclusion team, working with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team on the strategy and delivery of initiatives focused on promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging. He has addressed audiences including the Reward & Employee Benefits Association Conference and the House of Commons HR team. Francis is married to Elli with two sons, holds an Honours Degree in Law and a Diploma in Employee Motivation and is a keen rower.
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.
Dr Sharad Haridas
Dr Sharad Haridas is a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Addiction medicine at Cognacity. With an international background having grown up in Singapore, he trained in Psychiatry in London, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015. He has held various NHS Consultant roles since 2019, and is the lead for an NHS drug service and community mental health team. He also consults for a detox and rehab facility.
Sharad has been an honorary lecturer at UCL medical school and he continues to deliver lectures to higher trainees in Psychiatry. He is published in the field of Psychedelic Drug Research at Imperial College. His main area of clinical practice is the confluence of mental ill-health, addictions and ADHD. A maxim to his practice is that empathy is central to the recovery of the individual. He has long been interested in new and emerging treatments for mental health and the neuroscience behind them. His avenues of enquiry include health optimisation via intermittent fasting, and supporting client lifestyles to enhance the interface between gut and brain.
Being a lifelong tennis player and all-round sportsperson, he understands the spirit of competition, but also brings a lightness to the table. In his free time, he also enjoys playing the guitar and piano, and has a deep passion for the wild landscapes of this World.
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 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 Harrison Howarth
Dr Harrison Howarth graduated from Imperial College London School of Medicine with a distinction in medicine and a first-class honours degree in research sciences. He developed an early interest in psychiatry and completed his core training in North Central London. Harrison gained experience in the care of both inpatients and outpatients with a range of presenting illnesses including complex depression, anxiety and trauma, ADHD, psychosis, and substance misuse issues.
Harrison is published in both the fields of psychiatry and general internal medicine, with a particular research interest in the mental health of athletes competing at the elite level. He recently authored the psychiatry chapter of a medical school textbook, along with Dr Gary Bell, a colleague at Cognacity.
Harrison is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and approved under section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act as having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
Outside of work, Harrison has a passion for music and plays in a folk-rock’n’roll band. He also enjoys long walks in the country with his dog, Finn.
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 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.
Deborah Kinsey is an Assistant Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who works with adults, adolescents, children and their families.
Deborah has experience of working with depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, PTSD, low self-esteem, perfectionism, anger management and interpersonal difficulties as well as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has worked at Cognacity for over 10 years, and previously worked within the NHS IAPT service delivering evidenced based interventions with a strong emphasis on assessment, formulation and specific treatment protocols.
Within private practice she draws upon a holistic and integrative approach to therapy including person-centred, psychodynamic, attachment theory and life-span development in addition to third wave CBT therapies such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness based practice. Deborah is experienced in delivering both online and face-to-face therapy.
In her spare time, Deborah enjoys spending time with her family which includes two Maine Coon cats and visiting the theatre
BSc (Hons) Psychology – The Open University
MSc CBT – Goldsmiths University London
Final year Counselling Psychology Doctorate – Wolverhampton University
Dr Kathryn Kissell
Kathryn is a Counselling Psychologist. She has extensive experience working in the NHS, mental health charity, private sector and workplace settings.
Kathryn employs an integrative therapeutic style, working collaboratively to tailor her interventions to the specific needs of the client. Her approach draws on humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural modalities as well as systemic therapeutic approaches.
Kathryn offers both long and short term individual client work. She works with individuals experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety disorders, depression, stress, work and relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss.
Kathryn also works with couples and families.
As a Bowen Systems couples therapist Kathryn works with couples to support them to address the challenges facing them and to build strong, long-lasting relationships. Couples may be in crisis, struggling with a significant challenge or simply feeling disconnected. She sees couples of all ages, whether married or not, mixed or same sex, living together or apart.
As a Bowen Systems Family therapist Kathryn supports families to deepen their connections, communicate better and find creative ways to work together to get through stressful times. The whole family may be in difficulty, or one member in particular may be struggling and their problems affecting the rest of the family.
Kathryn works with families with children and adults of all ages and across all generations, living together or apart. For individual therapy clients who are between 16 and 18 years old, monthly family therapy is a vital part of the therapeutic process.
Kathryn is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She completed her clinical doctorate in Counselling Psychology at University of Roehampton and holds a BA(Hons) and MA(Oxon) in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. Kathryn is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
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.
Prof Pieter Kruger
Prof Pieter Kruger is a HCPC and HPCSA registered consultant psychologist and professor of clinical psychology. He has been working as a psychologist since 2003 in both the public and private sectors and is currently the Director of International Operations. Pieter is also the Director of the Centre for Health & Human Performance (CHHP) at North-West University in South Africa and a visiting professor at the UCL Medical School in London (since 2011).
Pieter is 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 for over two decades.
Pieter is currently a double Masters national track cycling champion, but is also a keen recreational mountain biker, enjoys playing squash and spending time outdoors with his family.
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.
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Dr Alexander Langford
Dr Alex Langford qualified from Southampton Medical School in 2009. He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and completed a BSc in Psychology in 2012. He started his psychiatric training in South London, became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014, and moved to Oxford to complete his training in 2015. His NHS consultant posts were on female and intensive care psychiatric units, before he moved completely into independent practice in 2022.
Dr Langford treats a wide range of mental illnesses including mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, psychotic illnesses, long-Covid related psychiatric issues and psychiatric medication withdrawal difficulties. He enjoys running (marathon PB 2:59:44), chess, and spending time with his family.
Dr Alison Lennox
Dr Alison Lennox is a Consultant Psychiatrist and an expert in neurodevelopmental conditions. She is one of few adult psychiatrists in the UK with specialist expertise in the assessment of Adult Autism. Outside of her work with Cognacity, Alison is a Clinical Lead for the Buckinghamshire NHS Adult Autism Diagnostic Service. Alison is a member of the Executive Committee for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Neurodevelopmental Special Interest Group. She is delighted to have been invited to contribute to the National Autism Training Programme for Psychiatrists.
Alison read for an undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge before completing her medical degree at University College London. She trained as a doctor in Oxford and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014. Today when time permits, she tutors and examines Oxford University medical students in clinical communication.
She has significant experience in the interplay of Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD. She delivers a weekly NHS adult ADHD clinic providing diagnostic assessments, medication titrations, and Shared Care recommendations.
Alison is regarded as a compassionate doctor who is focused on delivering high quality Autism assessments by understanding and supporting the experience of individuals. She provides a careful, accurate and thoughtful assessment with individualised recommendations.
Her training in general and liaison psychiatry means Alison is also able to understand the interplay of neurodevelopmental, mental health and medical conditions. She is particularly interested in commonly co-occurring conditions such as eating disorder and OCD and understands different autistic presentations and masking.
In her leisure time Alison enjoys Peloton, following Formula One, poetry, and walking her dog in the countryside.
Jake Lovelock is a British Psychological society (BPS) registered Psychologist and CBT Psychotherapist, who provides training and coaching to a range of Cognacity clients, such as PwC, RBC and the Rugby Players Association, among others. Jake works with professional athletes and individuals in high pressure environments to get the most out of their minds.
Academically, Jake has an undergraduate degree and three postgraduates in psychology from institutions like University of Oxford (Distinction) (BSc, MSc, PGCert and PGDip respectively). In our clinic, he is a BABCP accredited psychologist and conducts psychotherapy (CBT) with clients suffering with mental disorders; and on the road, he works with national sporting teams and organisations across the country to improve elite athlete performance under pressure.
Specializing in performance, mental health and building an individual’s psychological resources; Jake now uses his background to help people achieve sustainable high performance.
In his downtime, Jake is often being dragged around the UK by his Siberian Husky competing in Canicross or Bikejoring dryland dog sports.
MSc (Psychol.), BABCP Accredited, ACBS Accredited, MBPsS, Level A & B BPS Occupational Test User.
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.
Dom Merchant MBACP, AP ADAP – Cognitive Psychotherapist
Dom Merchant is a BACP registered Cognitive Psychotherapist with a particular focus on metacognitive and mindfulness-based approaches. Having initially studied Human Sciences at Oxford, Dom trained in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University. He graduated with distinction and is currently undertaking Masterclass training with the Metacognitive Therapy Institute. He is an Advanced Practitioner member of Addiction Professionals (formerly FDAP).
Dom’s main clinical interests are anxiety disorders, ADHD, and addictive behaviours of all kinds, and he aims to help clients relate to their thoughts and behaviours in more helpful ways. Alongside his practice, Dom is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research at LSBU where he also provides counselling skills, safeguarding and resilience training.
He has worked in both luxury private settings and the prison system, and continues to provide reflective practice and resilience support to frontline teams in a men’s prison and a special educational needs school in East London.
Away from work, Dom enjoys swimming, sailing, kitesurfing and most other water-based activities. He completed a Channel relay swim for charity after leaving school, but is not built for cold water!
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 Judith Mohring is also an expert in neurodiversity and is a trainer with the UKAAN (UK Adult ADHD Network).
Dr Nick Mooney
Dr Nick Mooney is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked extensively across a broad range of mental and physical health services in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Nick has particular interests in working with adolescents and adult populations who are experiencing psychological and emotional challenges. These challenges may also be secondary to physical illness and injury, including cancer and chronic pain.
Nick aims to provide effective assessment and therapy for a variety of common psychological, emotional, and behavioural difficulties. He has experience providing a number of therapy approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Nick’s approach is one of collaboration and guidance. Once the factors that are maintaining the difficulties are understood, Nick can help you learn specific techniques to manage these challenges and take steps towards improving the activities and relationships that are important to you.
Nick recognises that the end goal of therapy is not to ‘fix’, or ‘cure’ the anxiety, stress, or pain. Instead, it is about learning to acknowledge that our thoughts and feelings are valid given our experiences in life, and that psychological strength comes from living well with the natural discomfort that arises from pursuing valued goals. In order to practice this attitude Nick regularly competes in long distance running events, and is an ardent fan of a reliably unpredictable London-based football club.
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 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 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.
Gisela Ramirez has 20 years experience working in mental health. Gisela started as a staff nurse in a medium secure unit after completing a BSc in Psychology and nurse training. Gisela ran therapy groups focusing on preventing re-offending.
After undertaking further training Gisela developed a desire to deliver more therapy and cover a variety of difficulties, then starting a role in an NHS Secondary Care Psychological Service working with more complex cases including PTSD, complex PTSD, personality disorders and the other more common anxiety and depressive difficulties.
Gisela has a special interest in OCD and is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Gisela is also currently on the EMDR accreditation pathway for the EMDR Association.
Gisela offers a variety of approaches in services at Cognacity including EMDR, CBT, ACT and CFT
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 Aisha Tariq
Dr Aisha Tariq has over 10 years of experience in adult mental health. By specialising in evidence-informed therapies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy (ST), Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), she has been able to provide effective and tailored interventions across a range of difficulties.
Aisha has worked as an on-site psychologist at PwC in the past and is an experienced wellbeing coach providing a tailored and evidence-informed approach, specialising in overcoming burnout, imposter syndrome and challenges associated with perfectionism. Aisha works with individuals experiencing challenges in a safe, non-judgemental environment using cutting-edge approaches with proven effectiveness.
In her spare time, Aisha’s passion is art, both creating and observing. At the moment she is enjoying pottery throwing.
Sarah Turner is a BACP Accredited Integrative Therapist with over 15 years in private practice and the private clinical sector. Sarah is trained in a variety of modalities and works with adults and adolescents.
Sarah specialises in working with individuals and groups with complex mental health difficulties including chronic depression and anxiety, complex PTSD ASD, ADHD and personality disorders.
Sarah has a specialist interest in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is trained by British Isles DBT Training. As such, Sarah has substantial experience delivering DBT programmes that include running skills groups, out of session skills coaching, 1:1 sessions and family support evenings. Sarah is a member of the Society of DBT and a Patron of the William Glasser Institute.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys painting in water colour, sewing and spending time with family and friends.
Richard Turrell is an experienced specialist addictions therapist, having completed his addictions training at Bath University and has worked in the field of treatment for addictions / compulsive behaviours for over 12 years. He is an accredited Advanced Practitioner with the Addiction Professionals Registered Body. He has worked in a variety of renowned in-and out-patient settings, as well as his own private practice.
Richard has developed a relational approach to the treatment of addictive / compulsive behaviours which draws on a number of evidence based models, and has worked to integrate treatments for some of the major drivers of addiction into his work, such as trauma and shame. To further this, he is working towards his Master Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute. He is passionate about helping the people he works with not only make the behavioural changes they need to make in terms of the presenting issues which bring them into treatment, but to work through the underlying issues too. His specialist areas include alcohol and drug misuse, as well as compulsive or out of control sexual behaviours.
When he is not working, Richard is a keen cook, loves to travel and experience new things, and is a huge movie buff.
BSc (Hons) 1st Class (Addictions), AP-APM, Accredited BLAST practitioner (Accelerated EMDR).
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 Pamela Walters
Dr Pamela Walters is a Consultant Psychiatrist with expertise in general adult, addiction and forensic psychiatry. She treats a wide range of disorders, including psychosis, mood disturbances, trauma, substance misuse, neuro-developmental disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD and has a keen interest in sports psychiatry.
She has worked extensively in the NHS and more recently the private and charity sectors. She has worked in forensic services, prisons, outpatient and in-patient hospitals including private in-patient and outpatient settings.
Pamela has worked for the national substance misuse and mental health charity, The Forward Trust as clinical director and responsible officer, 2017-2022 where she has developed services and designed treatment pathways, supported doctors and had extensive involvement in doctor’s training, and evaluating patient experience. She has worked as a national advisor for psychiatric standards for the Parliamentary and health services ombudsman. Pamela has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists addictions executive and is currently the addictions advisor to SEPSIG (Sports and Exercise Special Interest Group) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Pamela has published research on substance misuse, sports matters and mental health dilemmas with Imperial College and Harvard University. In 2021 she collaborated with the University of Wisconsin on substance misuse management in athletes. More recently, she has written contemporary articles for the Drink and Drug news. Pamela has taught on the MSc course at the Institute of Psychiatry on both Forensic and Addictions courses.
Pamela is passionate about psychedelic medicine, which she sees as the future of psychiatry. She is currently training in psychedelic medicine at the Mind Foundation Berlin and is a keen member of the psychedelic community UK and Europe-wide and a member of PHP. Pamela is also involved in clinical trials in UK with psychedelics medicine in mental health.
In her downtime, Pamela is a keen runner & engages in well-being practices of mindfulness and meditation and enjoys painting.
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.
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