About us

Dr Catherine Lane (Director)
 
  • 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)

Dr Jenny Smerdon (Director)
 
  • 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

 

Catherine has over 18 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 empathic and supportive approach focuses on developing a trusting and collaborative relationship with young people and their families within which change can 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 18 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 Marianne Roberts (Associate)
 
  • B.Sc. Psychology, University of Reading (2004)

  • DClinPsy, University of Southampton (2012)

  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered

  • Clinical supervision (RAPP) accreditation

Marianne is a Clinical Psychologist with a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has over 10 years of experience working within Psychology and mental health. Her early career involved working with children in research settings, including Plymouth Babylab and Bristol’s ‘Children of the 90’s’, before going on to complete doctoral training. This included CAMHS and specialist paediatric placements at the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, where she also worked after completing her clinical training. Most recently she has worked within NHS service specialising in children’s health and where she has supervised and mentored Clinical Psychology Trainees and Masters students and run therapeutic children’s groups. She has treated children and young people with a range of emotionaland psychological difficulties, including panic, self-harm, OCD, appearance related concerns, anger and behavioural difficulties. She is particularly specialist in loss and bereavement work and helping young people adjust to differences caused by physical health issues. She practices a number of therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Systemic therapy and narrative therapy. She loves working with children and believes building a strong relationship is key to the success of therapy so she aims to bring a little fun to each session where possible, including making sessions creative and interactive alongside evidence based work to improve mental health. 

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