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About us

Dr Catherine Lane (Director)
Clinical Psychologist
 
  • B.Sc. Psychology & Sociology, University of Bath (1995)

  • PsychD Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey (2000)

  • Chartered Psychologist, Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered

  • BABCP accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist

  • DBT accreditation Level 2

  • Postgraduate certificate in supervision (2014)

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Dr Jenny Smerdon (Director)
Clinical Psychologist
 
  • B.Sc. Psychology,

       University of Loughborough

  • PsychD Clinical Psychology,

       University of Southampton

  • Chartered Psychologist, Member of British Psychological Society

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered

  • BABCP accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist

  • Postgraduate certificate in supervision

 

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Catherine has over 21 years post-qualification experience of working with children, young people and parents as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS.  This has included working in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) services with children and young people experiencing mental health problems (such as anxiety and depression); in paediatric services working with children and young people with physical health problems and long term conditions which are impacting on their emotional wellbeing; and in private practice. She is also experienced in working with parents and families and addressing difficulties in relationships.

 

Catherine is passionate about helping young people achieve their potential by improving their emotional and psychological wellbeing, using evidence-based psychological therapies.  She has extensive experience of working with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, trauma/ post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bereavement/ loss, low self-esteem, adjustment difficulties, and pain/ fatigue. Catherine specialises in using cognitive behavioural therapy, but incorporates other models such as systemic therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, compassion-focussed therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy where this is appropriate. Her warm, empathic and supportive approach focuses on developing a trusting and collaborative relationship with young people and their families within which change can then take place.

 

Catherine has offered consultation to a range of other professionals. She is also an experienced supervisor and trainer, having offered specialist CBT tutoring and supervision to trainees at Reading University for a number of years.

Jenny is a highly experienced clinical psychologist. Since qualifying 21 years ago she has worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) before moving into the field of paediatrics where she is currently working. She is also a supervisor with Reading University, training CAMHS professionals in cognitive behavioural therapy with children and young people.

 

Jenny thoroughly enjoys her work and has a variety of experience working with anxiety disorders (including social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias); depression; obsessive compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. She also specialises in bereavement work.  

 

She is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies  (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and uses other therapies including systemic (she is trained to intermediate level in Family Therapy), narrative, and mindfulness according to the individual or family she is working with. She also trained in EMDR.  Jenny enjoys working with whole families as well as individuals and can also offer support in parenting and work with adults.                   

 

As well as therapy, Jenny is an experienced supervisor and welcomes opportunities to teach skills-development and other topics relevant to clinical psychology practice. 

Dr Lucy Davis (Associate)

Clinical Psychologist

  • BA (Hons) Psychology – Nottingham Trent University

  • PG Cert in Drug and Alcohol Counselling – University of Leicester

  • PG Cert in Health Psychology – Coventry University

  • DClinPsych Clinical Psychology – Universities of Coventry and Warwick

  • Systemic Practitioner – University of Bath

  • Chartered Psychologist – British Psychological Society

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist – HCPC

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Dr Charlotte Peters (Associate)

Clinical Psychologist

  • BSc Psychology, University of Durham

  • MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences, University College London (UCL)

  • DClinPsych Clinical Psychology -University of Bath

  • Chartered Psychologist, Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered

  • BABCP accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist

  • Foundation in Systemic Theory and Practice (Association of Family Therapy)

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Lucy has worked in the area of psychological assessment and intervention since 1995. She has over fifteen years of experience working as a Clinical Psychologist, within the NHS and private sector. Her extensive experience has included work with individuals across the lifespan, presenting with a variety of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, OCD, attachment problems, long-term physical health conditions, trauma and personal injury. She has a specialist interest in loss and bereavement.

 

In recent years, her NHS role has involved working within a specialist service for children, young people and their families. From her work within paediatric settings, she has developed specialist skills to work with psychological difficulties arising from physical illness and injuries. She is EMDR trained; an evidence-based treatment, recommended for trauma.

 

In addition to her clinical work, Lucy regularly provides supervision, consultancy, teaching, training and staff support. She is a Clinical Supervisor for Qualified Psychologists, Trainee Psychologist’s, MSc students, and non-psychology staff.

 

Lucy offers a warm, thoughtful and compassionate approach, to develop a collaborative and supportive relationship, within her work. She believes a safe and secure relationship is fundamental to therapeutic change. She uses an integrative way of working, drawing from CBT, ACT, CFT, mindfulness and systemic approaches. She is a Systemic Practitioner and recognises the value of working with the family system, to help address the experienced difficulties.

Charlotte has extensive experience working across the lifespan, from neonatal care to older adults, and has a particular passion for working with children and young people. Her current NHS role in Paediatric and CAMHS services, in addition to her work with the Bath CYP Psychology service, means that she is well-accustomed to working with various presenting difficulties in this client group. These challenges include, but are not exclusive to, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement, low mood, anxiety, low self-esteem, long-term physical health conditions and adjustment difficulties. Charlotte is also able to support with parenting in the context of complex physical and mental health difficulties, as well as bereavement. Charlotte also enjoys working with older young people as they navigate similar challenges. 

 

Charlotte is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and uses other therapies, including systemic (she is trained to foundation level in family therapy).

 

Charlotte has a particular interest in working with trauma-related difficulties. Charlotte adopts an integrative approach and tailors evidence-based therapies to the individual or family that she is working with (including CBT, CFT, ACT, and systemic modalities). She works relationally and prioritises building a safe and supportive working relationship with those that she works with. 

Jessica Murphy (Associate)

Counselling Psychologist

  • Advanced Grad. Dip. (Hons) Psychology - University of Melbourne

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist – HCPC

  • Associate Member - Australian Psychological Society

  • Professional Member - Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH)

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Jess is an experienced psychologist who works primarily with children and adolescents regarding a range of experiences surrounding identity/self-esteem, neurotype, life transitions, low mood, stress, anxiety, and general wellbeing. Jess has a strong focus on working on a young person’s connection with self, body, others, and finding their place in the world.

 

Jess has extensive experience and a particular passion for working with the LGBTQIA+ community, specifically experiences related to gender and sexuality. She has experience working with gender diversity, including supporting trans, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people and their families.

 

Jess has also worked extensively with neurodivergent young people and adults, (especially ADHD and Autism),  and is passionate about providing a safe therapy space that respects and celebrates all neurotypes.

 

Jess is influenced by a range of treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, attachment-based, somatic, and mindfulness frameworks. Jess’s approach is trauma-informed, neurodiversity affirming,  intersectional, culturally responsive, holistic and collaborative. 

 

Katherine Legge (Associate)

Clinical Psychologist

  • BSc Psychology, University of Surrey

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter

  • Chartered Psychologist, Member of the British Psychological Society

  • Health Care Professionals Council registered​

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Kat has been working in psychological settings for many years and has focused much of her work in child and adolescent services, both in academic and clinical settings. She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the NHS working in psychological therapy for young people and a Neurodevelopmental Clinic. Additionally, she has worked in a Child and Adolescent Psychology Service in a private practice. Kat is enthusiastic about her work and has experience of working with children and young people presenting with anxiety disorders, low mood, traumatic events, bereavement or self esteem concerns. Additionally, she has worked in a psychological approach to support parents of young people into an assessment service for Autistic Spectrum Disorder whilst they may also have mental health or behavioural difficulties.

 

Kat works collaboratively with young people and their families. She likes to use an integrative approach which tends to focus towards Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Depending on the needs of the young person and family, other approaches will inform the work such as focus on family relationships, parenting or behavioural approaches. Kat values working within a safe, supportive and non judgemental therapeutic relationship developing a space where thoughts and feelings can be explored.

 

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