Meet the Team

If someone contacts me about potentially wanting support and I am not available and/or I feel I’m not the best suited Psychologist to help them, then I always try my best to help them find someone who is well matched and available.

To enable me to best help the full range of people who reach out to me, I have hand selected five other experienced HCPC registered Psychologists with a range of skills and clinical experience to join my team. Please read more about each member of the team below:


Dr Emma Hoogerwerf

Emma is a HCPC registered clinical psychologist with over 14 years’ experience of working with adults, children and their families within the NHS, as well as private and charitable sectors.

Alongside her private work, Emma works as the lead psychologist in an NHS perinatal mental health service, supporting birthing people and their partners from preconception all the way through to parenting in the early years. Within this role, Emma supports people with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, OCD and trauma.

Prior to her current role, Emma led specialist teamswithin a children’s physical health service, where she developed a special interest in supporting parents whose babies had received difficult or complex diagnoses.

Emma has also worked within general child and adolescent mental health services, specialist children’s trauma services, including with fostered and adopted children and within various adult mental health services.  

Areas of Special Interest

-Preconception, including fertility issues

-Perinatal anxiety and depression

-Complicated pregnancies

-premature births

-perinatal loss

-birth trauma

-parent-infant attachment

-parenting

-interpersonal difficulties

 

Emma enjoys working with people with a range of difficulties but has a special interest and strong background in perinatal mental health, parent-infant attachment, parenting, and parent-infant trauma and loss work.

Working extensively with the parent-child relationship has influenced and informed Emma’s practice over the years, leading to continued interest in the role of early experiences in childhood and how they may influence the relationships we hold with our adult self and with others.

Emma is a sensitive, thoughtful and compassionate psychologist who individually tailors assessment and treatment for her clients. As an experienced and truly integrative practitioner, Emma draws on a number ofdifferent evidence based therapeutic perspectives including, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Schema, and attachment models.

Therapy can be hard work, and can involve confronting difficult thoughts, emotions, memories, and behaviours. Emma’s philosophy is that a strong, safe and secure therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of her work. Emma therefore focuses on understanding your personal story and how you came to reach this point in your life. Emma will then use strategies that are specifically targeted to your unique situation and therapeutic hopes. Emma is particularly skilled in empathically challenging any unhelpful or distorted thinking styles.

Further training

Emma has completed further training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprograming (EMDR), Systemic Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).


Dr Jennifer Vaughan

Hello! I’m Jennifer

I qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in 2011 and have significant experience working with adults experiencing a range of emotional health and/or physical health difficulties.

I’m an approachable, reliable and conscientious practitioner, with specialist interests in adult mental health, clinical health and clinical neuropsychological fields.  I’m Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance.

I completed my undergraduate psychology degree at The University of Sheffield and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester. I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology at The University of Glasgow. Finally, I have also completed a BPS-accredited supervisory training course at The University of Manchester.

Professional Experience

Throughout my career, I have worked in a range of NHS and independent settings, including within primary care (e.g., IAPT and GP services), secondary care (e.g., Mental Health Teams), hospital settings and forensic mental health services. My most recent position within the NHS was as a Principal Clinical Psychologist within a Neurorehabilitation Service, specialising in supporting people following experiencing traumatic incidents and physical illnesses.

I have worked with a wide-range of emotional and life-situation difficulties, providing highly specialist assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions tailored to individual needs.  I have helped people in managing experiences of:

  • Anxiety including social anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety
  • Physical Health Conditions e.g. pain, chronic illness, weight management
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Anger
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Worry
  • Neurological Conditions e.g. traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s
  • Stress and Managing Life Transitions
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Substance Use Difficulties e.g. drugs, alcohol
  • Work Related Problems

Approach / Therapies Offered

My doctoral training as a Clinical Psychologist has enabled me to draw on multiple theoretical models using an integrative and person-centred approach to support clients reach their goals within therapy and ultimately within their everyday lives.

I believe every person, their life experiences, and their values and goals are different and so tailoring sessions to ‘best fit’ each person is so important in ensuring the therapy is as helpful and supportive as possible.   Amongst others, the therapeutic models I use in include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation and Neuropsychological Approaches

 

Dr John Burns

I am an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professions Council, and the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

I have worked in various positions and different contexts in the NHS, working with adults, and young people. My most recent post in the NHS was as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working across three prisons in Surrey. I bring a warm, open, and down-to-earth approach to my work and aim to provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space to talk.

I have extensive experience of delivering psychological therapy with a wide range of problems including: anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD; trauma and abuse; low mood and depression; irritability and anger; loss and grief; problems with alcohol or drugs; problems related to self-esteem, identity, and self-worth; self-harming; struggles adjusting to life problems or changes; problems in relationships; difficulties getting the most out of your work or home life

​I can provide Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, or a more flexible and integrative therapy that is tailored to an individual’s particular need.

What to expect

The first stage of therapy aims to develop an understanding of the problems, how they started, what things might be them keeping going, and what strengths and coping mechanisms you draw on.

How therapy progresses is then dependent on the kinds of issues you want to explore. Some problems are better suited to a structured goal-orientated approach that aims to address current symptoms. In this case we would work together to agree a set of goals and a treatment plan. This type of therapy may be relatively short-term (e.g 6-20 sessions) but is dependent on the type and severity of the problems. 

Other problems may require a long-term approach that aims to work on a deeper level and could last several years. There may not be specific problems but a desire to explore things in a more open-ended way. Periodic reviews of the therapy would take place where you can discuss how you feel it is working and review ongoing goals for therapy.

Qualifications

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Birmingham 2009

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Royal Holloway 2010

Schema Therapy Schema Therapy Associates 2018

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR accredited Trainer: Sian Morgan 2019

 

Dr Hannah Whitehead

Her profile will be uploaded soon. Hannah works in an NHS Youth Sexual Assault Service and has extensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) experience. Hannah is available to provide support to Children, Adolescents and families.

 

Dr Kerry Cope


Kerry profile will be uploaded soon too. Kerry is an experienced Psychologist working in an NHS Maternal Mental Health and Perinatal Mental Health Service. She also works with me providing support to new and expectant parents, as well as helping families who have sadly experienced loss.