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To book an appointment with one of our Psychologists in Leicester, please call 0116 326 6517 or email

Purple House is a group of private Psychology clinics located in England and Scotland. Here at Leicester, our team of highly qualified and experienced Psychologists provide a range of assessment and therapy services, including: adult mental health, child & adolescent mental health, child behaviour/parenting, adopted children and learning difficulties. Referrals are accepted from individuals (self-referral or referral of a family member) and from organisations (e.g. solicitors, insurers, schools, employers). Enquiries are treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Leicester Psychologist


Our Services

For Adults

Assessment and therapy for: depression, anxiety, OCD, post-natal depression, stress, low self-esteem, PTSD, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, phobias, bereavement, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia...and more.Psychologist Loughborough

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For Children & Families

Child Psychologists for help with behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, post traumatic stress (PTSD), attachment difficulties, developmental trauma, adjustment to life events, low self-esteem, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia...and more.Psychologist Loughborough

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For Professionals

Training, workshops and lectures to organisations on subjects related to mental health, Psychology and child development. We also provide consultancy and clinical supervision services.

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Psychological Assessment

In-depth psychological assessments and pre-therapy assessments for children, adolescents and adults. Assessments of: mental health difficulties, emotional/behavioural difficulties, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, learning disabilities, interpersonal difficulties, complex trauma (including adopted children), neuropsychological/cognitive difficulties and IQ testing.

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Psychological Therapy

Psychological Therapy for children/adolescents and adults. Individual, couple, family and group therapy available. Approaches include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)Schema Therapy and Creative Therapies.

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Consultation & Support

Consultation and Support to the family members of a child or adult with difficulties, or to other professionals working to support that individual. We can provide formulation services, psycho-education, therapeutic parenting, behavioural support and other systemic interventions.

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Our Team

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The team at Leicester is led by Clinical Director, Dr Vicki Edwards. Trained to doctorate level, our Psychologists are experts in the assessment and treatment of psychological problems.

Dr Vicki Edwards

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director
(C.Psychol., D.Clin.Psy., PGDipPsy., BSc.Hons.)

Expertise and Experience

Dr Vicki Edwards is Director of The Purple House Clinic, Leicester. Dr Edwards is a Clinical Psychologist, Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has over fifteen years  of NHS experience working in a specialist team within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Dr Edwards has expertise in working with children who have attachment difficulties and their carers i.e. foster carers, residential staff, adoptive parents and teachers. She is able to offer psychological assessments and interventions for a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, complex trauma and child behavioural problems. Dr Edwards also has extensive experience of providing consultation and training to professionals, for example, foster carers, social workers, and teachers in areas such as attachment, self- harm, mental health and sexual abuse. Dr Edwards has post-qualification training in attachment therapy, group therapy and supervision. She is a BPS accredited Clinical Supervisor. Dr Edwards has written and published within this area of research and presented at National and International conferences on the topic of child maltreatment. She is able to see clients in and around the Leicestershire area.


2003 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.), University of Leicester.

1998 - Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (PGDipPsy.), University of Nottingham.

1991 - Bachelor of Science (BSc.Nursing), University of Southampton.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (PYL03877).

British Psychological Society (088327).

Division of Clinical Psychology and subdivision of Children, Young People & Families.

BPS Accredited Supervisor.


Child/Adolescent Psychology - mental health problems, behavioural problems, parenting and family difficulties.

Attachment difficulties, including Looked After and Adopted Children. Work with carers and professionals.

Family & Relationship difficulties.

Adult Psychology - PTSD, relationship difficulties, childhood trauma.

Therapeutic Approach

An integrated approach that is client centred - focusing on building resilience, working with strengths and developing understanding of difficulties in order to develop full potential.

Post-qualification training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Attachment therapy), Group Therapy and Clinical Supervision.


Dr Elizabeth Lee, Clinical Psychologist, The Purple House Clinic Leicester

Dr Elizabeth Lee

Clinical Psychologist
(C.Psychol., D.Clin.Psy.)

Expertise and Experience

Dr Lee is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages - adults, children and adolescents. She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of common psychological issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems, trauma, child behavioural problems, children and parents struggling with issues around death and dying, loss, trauma, anxiety and adjustment to chronic and life-limiting physical health conditions. Further to qualification in 2006 Dr Lee has worked in a range of settings both in the NHS and privately. She has a specialist interest in trauma and neuropsychological rehabilitation and has post qualification training in Clinical Neuropsychology and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).


2015-2016 - EMDR, Parts 1, 2, and 3, Richman EMDR Training

2009 - Diploma in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology, University College London

2006 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.), University of Glasgow

2001 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc. Hons.), University of Warwick

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (PYL16482)

British Psychological Society (133862)


Dr Sophie Davies, The Purple House Clinic Loughborough

Dr Sophie Davies

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
(MBChB, MRCPsych.)

Expertise and Experience

Dr Davies studied medicine at Sheffield Medical School, moving to Leicester as a trainee psychiatrist in 2005. After working in a number of different specialties including Adult Mental Health, Old Age Mental Health and Eating Disorders she continued further training working with children and young people in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), becoming a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2016. Dr Davies worked in the NHS for 13 years before beginning private practice.

Dr Davies is experienced in working with children and young people with a wide range of difficulties and provides assessment and support for those with depression, anxiety, obsessive / compulsive problems and emotional and behavioural difficulties, particularly those with symptoms suggestive of a neurodevelopmental condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Following assessment Dr Davies will develop a care plan with young people and their families considering the most appropriate next steps. Should medication be required she will initiate and monitor medication for depression and ADHD for example, often in collaboration with the patient’s GP. Dr Davies will also be able to consider therapeutic options with the family and considers psychological therapies, lifestyle interventions and psycho-education (understanding about the condition and difficulties) alongside medication. Dr Davies is particularly interested and experienced in detailed assessments around complex presentations, including young people with potential ASD, ADHD and the emotional and behavioural consequences of traumatic events and can diagnose and support multi-disciplinary assessments.

A note on medication

Dr Davies regularly prescribes medications, for example, antidepressants or medication for ADHD. However, these are powerful medicines with side-effects that need to be monitored, either by herself, NHS services or your GP. Whilst NHS services may agree to take over the prescribing, you will at least in the first instance need to pay for your private prescriptions which can be expensive. To avoid disappointment, it would be appropriate to discuss your requirements with the Purple House team or your GP prior to assessment.


2003 – Sheffield Medical School, MBChB

2008 – Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

2016 – Certificate of Completion of Training

Professional Registrations & Memberships

General Medical Council – 6075727

Royal College of Psychiatrists – 815077

Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Royal Society of Medicine


Assessment, medical treatment and monitoring of children and young people with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

The assessment and medical management of ADHD.

The assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder – Dr Davies is also trained in administering the ADOS and the DISCO, two of the assessment tools for ASD. To see Dr Davies introducing ASD and explaining some of the difficulties and characteristics of this condition see

Katie Cobley, Forensic Psychologist, The Purple House Clinic, Leicester

Katie Cobley

Forensic Psychologist
(BSc. Hons, MSc, C.Psychol (foren), AFBPsS)

Expertise and Experience

Katie Cobley is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has experience working in numerous settings and with different clients, including in custodial settings, mental health hospitals and in a children and adolescent service. Her clients have ranged from young offenders and adults in custody, children and adolescents in secure settings, and in an inpatient and outpatient low secure mental health service. Katie is able to offer psychological assessments and intervention for a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, complex trauma, social and interpersonal skills difficulties, emotional and anger management difficulties and motivation issues. Additionally, as a Forensic Psychologist, Katie is able to provide violence risk assessments in adults and youths, as well as group and individual interventions to address aggression and harmful sexual behaviours.

As part of her training and career path, Katie has specialised in group therapy for anger, emotional management and cognitive restructuring. Her career began in Her Majesty’s Prison Service with young adults and adult offenders, in which she was involved not only in group and individual therapy, but also in psychological assessments, consultation and training to non-psychological staff. She then moved to a Therapeutic Community which employs both a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach as well as psychoanalytic approaches, focussing on the relational model and the parallels between building therapeutic relationships with clients, and helping them to move towards change. She has also worked to employ both her forensic and clinical skills with clients with diagnosed mental illness and risk behaviours, which have included psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression and personality disorders. In her most recent role, Katie was the Lead Psychologist in a children and adolescent secure setting, in which she was instrumental in setting up a psychological service which was child-centred and helped to implement a psychologically informed environment. Her role included offering individual and group therapy, cognitive assessments, risk assessments and training to staff in areas such as case formulation, a trauma-informed approach and professional boundaries.

Katie is also an experienced clinical supervisor to both trainee psychologists and Assistant Psychologists, and she has completed a BPS accredited clinical supervisor training which enables her to register on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). She has also provided supervision and reflective practice forums for non-psychology staff, and has received positive feedback on her ability to foster a positive team atmosphere.

Katie is a guest lecturer at the University of Leicester, and has provided sessions with undergraduates on the Masters in Clinical Criminology, specifically in Forensic Psychology practice and the role of a Forensic Psychologist. Katie is able to see clients in and around the Leicestershire area.


Current – Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD), University of Leicester

2014 – Diploma in Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society (BPS) Stage 2

2008 – Masters in Applied Forensic Psychology (Merit), University of Leicester

2004 – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, University of Leicester

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (PYL30815)

British Psychological Society (236543)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)


Forensic assessments and interventions – risk of violence and sexual violence, anger and aggression therapy, harmful sexual behaviour therapy

Adult Psychology – personality disorders, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional management, interpersonal difficulties, cognitive assessments

Child/Adolescent Psychology – attachment and trauma difficulties, mental health problems, behavioural problems, cognitive assessments

Professional training in formulation, psychopathy, self-injury and how to deliver group interventions

Psychoeducation and awareness training – mental health awareness, trauma-informed environments and approaches

Therapeutic Approach

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Trauma Focussed CBT

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Katie employs a multi-modal approach in working with her clients, whereby she will draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, DBT and ACT depending on the needs of her clients.

Katie is also due to complete EMDR training (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy) in October 2018, which will add to her therapeutic skills.


Dr Catherine Horn, The Purple House Clinic, Leicester

Dr Catherine Horn

Clinical Psychologist
(BA Hons, CPsychol)

Expertise and Experience

Dr Catherine Horn is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).  She is known as Kate and works using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused and Systemic approaches and is a qualified Systemic Practitioner.  Kate can help with mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, adjustment and relationship problems for individuals, couples and families. Kate works with people affected by trauma, including abuse, loss, bereavement and accidents and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kate is experienced in providing clinical supervision and has completed accredited supervisor training. She has training and experience in facilitating reflective practice groups for staff and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Leicester.


Dr Danielle Grey

Clinical Psychologist
(DClinPsy, MSc, BSc)

Expertise and Experience

Dr Grey is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She has over 10 years experience of working in mental health and secure settings, providing evidence-based interventions across a range of psychological difficulties. Dr Grey’s post-qualified experience has been in specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services, working with young people and their families who experience psychological distress.

Dr Grey provides psychological assessment for a range of emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and low self-esteem. Previous experience of working with clients across the lifespan (children, adolescents and adults) allows her to use an integrative approach to provide idiosyncratic interventions that draw on a range of psychological models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Systemic approaches. Her broad experience has allowed Dr Grey to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and gain skills to work with couples, parents/ carers and families.

Dr Grey has also provided teaching, training and supervision to members of staff.


2016 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Leicester

2010 - Masters in Forensic Psychology (MSc), University of Leicester

2004 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc), University of Reading

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL34353)


Our Clinic Location

Our Leicester clinic is located in the city centre, within the city's historic cathedral quarter, on Friar Lane. In our beautifully appointed clinic, you will feel comfortable and at ease during your visit.

The Purple House Clinic

Rutland House

23-25 Friar Lane



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The Purple House Clinic in Leicester is owned and operated by VE Psychological Solutions Limited, company registration number 9958896.