Lincoln Team

Lincoln Team

Our services are delivered by a team of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals led by Clinical Director, Alice Vine. Please click our Clinicians’ profiles below for more detailed information.

Alice Vine

Alice Vine

Forensic Psychologist & Clinical Director

BSc (Hons), MSc, CPsychol.

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Expertise and Experience

Alice is the Director and lead Psychologist of the Purple House Clinic, Lincoln.

Alice is a highly experienced Psychologist, having led an NHS Forensic Child and Adolescent Service in Lincolnshire. She is a Registered and Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Alice is experienced in working with clients of all ages – adults, children and adolescents. She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems, complex grief, addictions, trauma, and child behavioural problems. Within her NHS role Alice has gained a vast experience providing assessment and treatment, working predominantly with Looked After Children and young people whose behavioural difficulties have brought them into contact with criminal justice agencies, or have caused them to be excluded from educational settings. For this type of work, Alice works with children, their families and involved professionals in order to gain a deep understanding of the specific circumstances which may have contributed towards their difficulties. This holistic approach seeks to engender effective coping strategies, increased personal resilience, and minimise risk-related behaviours.

Alice specialises in Child Psychology, offending and behavioural problems, attachment and trauma (PTSD). She also has extensive experience of working with adults suffering with emotional and interpersonal difficulties (often linked to childhood), personality disorders and accompanying risk-related behaviours. Alice is skilled in working with complex presentations including dissociative conditions. She utilises several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Schema Therapy.

Alice is an EMDR Consultant who supervises groups and individuals in their EMDR practice. She also facilitates regional EMDR training events.

Alice has over 17 years’ experience working with clients within secure and community settings. Alice provides supervision, consultation and service development. She also provides supervision services for a number of public and private service providers.

Qualifications

2005 – Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2), British Psychological Society.

2002 – Master of Science in Applied Forensic and Legal Psychology (MSc.), University of Leicester.

1999 – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology (BSc. Hons).

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL06784

British Psychological Society (BPS): 098653

EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

Specialisms

Child/Adolescent Psychology (mental health problems, behaviour problems and parenting).

Attachment difficulties, including Looked After and Adopted Children.

Adult Psychology (PTSD, Personality Disorders, childhood trauma, interpersonal problems).

Offending Behaviours, Risk Assessment, Formulation and Management.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (Alice is an accredited EMDR Practitioner, Consultant and Facilitator).

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Katie Hall

Practice Manager

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Katie joined the Lincoln administrative team in August 2020, bringing many years of experience working in the public healthcare sector.

Katie will be your first point of contact in Lincoln and will guide you through the referral process in a warm, friendly and professional manner, whilst ensuring that all of your questions are answered.

With an empathic and considerate nature, Katie will always strive to do her best for everyone who contacts our service.

Samantha Brierley

Administrator

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Samantha recently joined our Lincoln team as our Office Administrator in April 2023.  She has a passion for helping people and will be another friendly voice on the telephone or at the end of an email.

Samantha will be your first point of contact in Lincoln and will guide you through the referral process in a warm, friendly and professional manner, whilst ensuring that all of your questions are answered.

Samantha will use her previous experience in a variety of Health and Social care environments and will strive to do her best for everyone who contacts our service.

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Sarah Beddows

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc, MClinPsych, PGCert, CPsychol, AFBPsS

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Expertise and Experience

Sarah Beddows is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist who currently specialises in Autism Assessments, working with Children & Adults with Learning Difficulties, Challenging Behaviours and Personality Disorders. Sarah has specialist skills in working with children, young people and their families systemically.

Sarah has experience of assessing and working therapeutically with clients of all ages. Sarah has specialism in working with children on the Autistic Spectrum, adults with Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, older adults post stroke, older adults with dementia and adults with acute mental health difficulties.

Sarah manages the Neurodevelopmental Pathway here at the Purple House Clinic  in Lincoln.

Sarah is skilled at working systemically with families and has developed specific training interests in this area.  She also has expertise in offering assessments for Neurodiversity in the area of Autism and ADHD assessments and interventions.

Sarah has also worked with adults with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, drug-induced psychosis and schizo affective disorder.

Sarah has engaged clients within a wide range of settings including the NHS, special hospitals and universities.

Sarah has worked therapeutically with adults and children with learning behavioural difficulties, young offenders with mental health and learning difficulties, university students, secondary school pupils with special educational needs such as autism, developmental delay and behavioural issues such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and also primary school pupils including those with english as an additional language.

Qualifications

2023 – PGCert Systemic Practice University of Leeds

2016 – Master of Clinical Psychology, CQ University, Australia

2001 – Master of Applied Forensic Psychology, University of Leicester

1995 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), University of London

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL06784

British Psychological Society (BPS): 098653

EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

Specialisms

Neurodiversity Assessment, specifically ASD & ADHD.

Adults with Learning Difficulties and Personality Disorders; Assessment and Therapy.

Adult Mental Health; Depression, Anxiety, Attachment Difficulties, Pain Management, PTSD, Dementia.

Assessment; Cognitive, Capacity, Functional, Neuropsychological.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Systemic Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and radically open (DBT and RO DBT )

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioural Family Systems Therapy (BFST)

Imagery Rescripting

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Trauma focused CBT

IPT for Depression

Play Therapy (Including Sand Tray)

Sarah Todd

Forensic Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc, CPsychol, AFBsS

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Expertise and Experience

Sarah is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and a BPS Chartered Psychologist.  Sarah has many years experience working as a Psychologist within both complex NHS services and Independent Practice.  Sarah is experienced in working with adolescents and adults of all ages and provides assessment, formulation and therapeutic intervention for a wide range of both common and complex psychological issues.  She specialises in the area of Trauma and Mental Health, including PTSD, complex trauma and dissociation, and she works with an attachment focussed and relational approach.  She is skilled in working with complex presentations and alongside her independent practice leads an NHS Forensic National Service for Deaf individuals who experience complex difficulties with mental health, personality and risk.

Sarah is an experienced Schema Therapist and uses this model of therapy with individuals of all ages and with couples.  She has an interest in working with those who experience difficult patterns in their relationships with both others and self, and individuals who struggle with their identity.  She is an experienced EMDR practitioner and enjoys using attachment focussed EMDR with those who have experienced attachment and relational trauma or who struggle in their view of self, relationships with others or with their emotional regulation.  Sarah is creative in her therapy and ensures she adapts formulation and therapy for everyone she works with making sure she is always responsive to their needs.  She draws on several varied therapeutic models and believes strongly in the therapeutic relationship’s role in promoting recovery and driving healthy change.

Qualifications

2006 – Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2) – British Psychological Society

2001 – MSc in Forensic Psychology – Leicester University

1996 – BA Psychology Degree – University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) – PLY22639

British Psychological Society (BPS) – 151530

International Society of Schema Therapists (ISST) – Accredited Schema Therapist

EMDR Association UK and Ireland – Accredited EMDR therapist

Specialisms

Adolescent psychology (Trauma, mental health difficulties, attachment difficulties including looked after adolescents, emotional and/or behaviour problems.)

Adult Psychology (PTSD, Complex Trauma, mental health difficulties, relational and interpersonal difficulties, parenting support, struggles with identity.)

Couples looking to work through relationship issues (Including co-parenting, managing divorce, trauma.)

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Schema Therapy (Sarah is an accredited Schema Therapist.)

EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (Sarah is an accredited EMDR practitioner.)

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Our Associate Clinicians

 

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Dr Chloe Isbister

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Isbister is an Associate Clinical Psychologist at the Purple House Clinic in Lincoln.  She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC.  Dr Isbister is experienced in working with clients of all ages including adults, children, adolescents and their families.  She specialises in the assessment of neurodevelopmental conditions including Autism and ADHD and she is skilled in providing comprehensive assessment of Autism and co-occurring mental health difficulties.  Dr Isbister has a particular interest in working with people who have a history of childhood trauma and attachment difficulties and where there are neurodevelopmental concerns.

Dr Isbister is experienced in providing therapeutic interventions to adults, adolescents and children using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP). She is also skilled in working with other professionals to support an understanding of an individuals difficulties.

Dr Isbister currently works part time for the NHS as a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist within a specialist Autism service for both children and adolescents.  She has previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health services and with a Psychology Diabetes team.

Qualifications

2013 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Canterbury Christchurch University, Solomons Centre

2006 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Bsc Hons), Sheffield Hallam University

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) – PYL30143000

Specialisms

Neurodevelopmental Assessment

Child/Adolescent Psychology (Mental health difficulties including Anxiety and Depression)

Childhood Trauma & Attachment Difficulties (Including Looked After and Adopted Children)

Main Therapeutic Approaches

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP)

Dr. Mary Jinks

Dr Mary Jinks

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc, DClinPsy.

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Mary Jinks is an Associate Clinician of the Purple House Clinic. She is a registered dual qualified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist.

Mary is experienced in working with clients of all ages – children, adolescents and adults. She provides assessment, formulation and therapeutic intervention for a range of psychological, emotional and relational difficulties including anxiety, depression, phobias, eating disorders, low self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, behaviours of concern, addictions, and trauma.

Mary draws on several therapeutic approaches depending on clients’ needs. For example, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT). She is an accredited Schema therapist. Mary is creative in her ability to adapt the model to suit each individual client and is responsive to their particular needs. Mary engages in evidence-based practice.

Mary delivers staff training and consultancy and can assist with service evaluation and reflective practice-based groups/team supervision.

Mary currently works full-time in the NHS with clients with complex needs. She has worked in criminal justice and forensic mental health settings. She previously held an academic post at the University of Nottingham whereby she co-authored publications on topics including alcohol-related violence and engagement and readiness for intervention for individuals with personality difficulties.

Qualifications

2016 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Lincoln.

2013 – Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2), British Psychological Society.

2008 – Masters in Forensic Psychology (MSc), University of Leicester.

2006 – BA (Hons) Psychology.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL29371.

The International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

Specialisms

Adolescent psychology (mental health problems, attachment difficulties, behaviour problems).

Adult psychology (PTSD, eating disorders, Personality Disorders, childhood trauma, interpersonal difficulties).

Forensic Psychology (offending behaviours, risk assessment, formulation and management).

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Schema Therapy (Mary is an accredited schema therapist).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT).

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET).

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Lynn Chapman

Dr Lynn Chapman

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy.

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Lynn Chapman is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Associate with Purple House. Lynn has been employed within the NHS since 2006; she has experience working with Children, Adolescents and Adults both in the community and inpatient settings.

Lynn is highly experienced in working with a range of  mental health challenges. This includes difficulties with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma (PTSD and Complex Trauma where the trauma has occurred during childhood); Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Psychosis and Interpersonal difficulties.

Psychological assessments and therapies are tailored to each individual. Lynn will draw on her range of skills, therapeutic knowledge and evidence-based best practice, in order to support the person in working towards their goals.

Lynn has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma; this may be due to a ‘single-event’ such as a road traffic accident, work-place accident or an assault. Lynn has also worked with more ‘complex’ trauma such as with veterans, individuals who may have experienced abuse from a young age or domestic abuse.

Qualifications

2011 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

2004 – Bachelor of Science.

1999 – Counselling Skills and Counselling Theory.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL27190.

Specialisms

Adult Psychology, including but not limited to:

  • PTSD;

  • Childhood trauma;

  • Interpersonal difficulties.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR).

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Zoe Powley

Zoe Powley

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

RMN, BSc Hons, MSc in CBT, PG Cert.

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Expertise and Experience

Zoe Powley is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.  She has over 25 years’ experience of working clinically, within a variety of mental health settings, with clients of all ages – adults, children, adolescents and their families. 

Zoe provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for clients experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive difficulties and post-traumatic stress. 

Zoe’s Masters qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) allows her to specialise in using cognitive-behavioural interventions to help address the above, with both individuals and their families, adapting these to suit individual needs, differing developmental abilities and complex presentations. 

In particular, Zoe is skilled in using creative approaches to engage young people in therapy and working with clients who have more than one presenting mental health problem. 

Zoe is also trained in, and experienced in using, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), solution-focused and systemic approaches within her clinical work.

Zoe is highly experienced and skilled in providing clinical supervision and enjoys teaching and training, holding posts as an Associate Lecturer within several local universities.

Qualifications

2017 –  Post-Graduate Certificate in High Intensity Clinical Supervision, University of Derby.

2016/2017 – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Parts I, II and III.

2012 – Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Distinction), University of Derby.

2004 – Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Healthcare Studies (Child, Adolescent and Families Pathway), University of Nottingham.

1997 – Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (RMN), University of Nottingham.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP): 100054.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): 94C0322E

Specialisms

Adult, child and adolescent mental health.

Working systemically with families.

CBT for complex presentations.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

EMDR.

Solution Focused Therapy.

Systemic Approaches.

Dr Vivien Rushmere

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol.

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Rushmere is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has 27 years’ experience working in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, both in community and inpatient settings.

Dr Rushmere is highly experienced in supporting young people and their carers/ families with a range of significant Mental Health difficulties. This includes difficulties with anxiety, mood, self-esteem, self-harm, eating related issues, family relationships, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Gender Identity issues. She utilises her breadth of experience to deliver bespoke interventions dependent on the individual’s specific requirements. This can incorporate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP), EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy and other integrated approaches.

Dr Rushmere has a particular interest in trauma and attachment-based difficulties, and within her NHS work has provided specialist services to Looked After and Adopted Children and to community projects promoting healthy attachments in babies.

Dr Rushmere also advocates the benefits of human-animal contact and is a trained Animal Assisted Therapist. She was joined by her Therapy Dog Petra, in 2012, who continues to work alongside her as a loyal friend and invaluable co-therapist. Dr Rushmere is also trained in Equine Assisted Therapy and has been involved in research and service developments in this area.

Dr Rushmere has a passionate interest in the increase in prevalence of Mental Health difficulties in young people, and has been vocal in raising awareness of the benefits, challenges and pitfalls of social media on psychological wellbeing.

Qualifications

1998 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Birmingham.

1992 – Bachelors of Science (Honours), Joint degree in Psychology and Music, University of London.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL25863.

Specialisms

Child and adolescent mental health.

Developmental trauma and attachment.

Animal assisted therapies.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP).

EMDR.

Solution Focused Therapy.

Systemic Therapy.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT).

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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Dr Lyndsay Mappin

Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, PG Dip NeuroPsy

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Lyndsay Mappin is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist currently specialising in adults with personality disorder, trauma backgrounds and who have unmet neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological need.  Lyndsay works to provide a broad range of clinical services and therapies to clients alongside offering specialist assessment, intervention and consultation for ADHD, Autism and a range of other neuropsychological difficulties.

Lyndsay has worked with a diverse range of client groups and presentations including children and families, older adults, intellectually disabled and adult community, and forensics. She has worked as a Multi-Systemic Family Therapist with Children and Families in crisis and was strategic lead in the development of substance abuse, mental health and sexual health services for children and young people.

Lyndsay has a special interest in neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental disorders and has extensive experience of both assessing and treating individuals with poly- diagnoses and complex needs.  In 2022 Lyndsay completed a post-doctoral qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology and is working towards obtaining registration as a chartered Clinical Neuropsychologist.

Lyndsay is a member of the East Midlands senate and has engaged with regionally commissioned service reviews across the county. She is also a professional member of bodies including the Klinefelter’s Association, and contributes specialist support where possible.

Qualifications

2022 – Post-doctoral diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, Bristol University

2013 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Trent DClinPsy

2005 – Professional MSc in health and social care management, Oxbridge University for NTA

2000 – BSc (Hons) Psychology (clinical), Manchester University

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) –  PYL29900

Specialisms

Neurodevelopmental assessment- Autism and ADHD, including differential diagnoses

Neuropsychological assessment and neurorehabilitation approaches to intervention including brain injury, stroke, dementia, epilepsy, genetic and endocrinology disorders e.g. Klinefelter’s Syndrome

Complex trauma, personality disorder and mental health interventions

Strategic family therapy formulations and intervention

Forensic approaches

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Neuro-Behavioural Intervention

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Schema Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Strategic Family Therapy (MST trained)

Functional Analytic

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Mrs Jade Williams

Specialist Occupational Therapist & Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner

BSc (Hons), PGCert, PG D

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Expertise and Experience

Jade Williams is an Associate Occupational Therapist at the Purple House Clinic in Lincoln. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist and a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Association of Sensory Integration Practitioners. Jade has been qualified for over 10 years and has experience working with clients of all ages. She specialises in working with autistic people and people with intellectual disabilities with a range of common mental health needs. She provides specialist OT and Sensory Integration assessments and interventions to support clients to reach their full potential. Jade works closely with clients, families, schools, employers to support clients holistically.

Jade has specialist knowledge around sensory, environmental and rehabilitation approaches to improve functional skills in activities of daily living (self-care, play, dressing).

Jade is currently working towards her master’s qualification and has an interest in trauma and attachment theory.

Jade also has experience of delivering training in sensory awareness, working part of a multi-disciplinary team and providing clinical supervision.

 

Qualifications

2023 – Currently studying Post graduate diploma in Sensory Integration/Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner

2023 – Diagnosis and treatment of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, University of Winchester

2022 – The SOSI-M and COP-R: Theory, Administration and Scoring, Sensory Integration Education

2022 – Post grad Certificate in Sensory Integration- Distinction, Sheffield Hallam University

2013 – Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University

 

Professional Registrations and Memberships

Health Care Professions Council

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Association of Sensory Integration Practitioners

 

Specialisms

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Intellectual Disabilities

Mental Health conditions

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Sally Giles

Speech & Language Therapist

BSc (Hons).

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Expertise and Experience

Mrs Giles is an Associate Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Purple House Clinic in Lincoln.  She is a registered Speech and Language Therapist with both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and the Health Care Professionals Council.

Mrs Giles is experienced in working with a wide range of clients with communication difficulties and diverse client groups.  She now specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions within Autism.  Additionally, she has specialist knowledge in Selective Mutism, Dysfluency and other speech, language and communication difficulties.

Mrs Giles uses the Autism Diagnostic Obeservation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) for which she is fully trained.  She also undertakes training and consultancy with external agencies and clinical supervision.

Alongside working in private practice, Mrs Giles still works within the NHS where she has over 20 years experience.  For the last 6 years, she has worked and continues to work as a Speech and Language Therapist within a multidisciplinary team on a diagnostic pathway for Autism.

She is able to offer her expertise to provide direct and indirect assessment alongside therapeutic interventions within the field of Autism.

Qualifications

1998 – Bsc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, University of Wales, Cardiff.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists – RC0012747

Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) – SL00872

Specialisms

Autism

Communication Difficulties

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)

Ms Stephanie O'Neill

Highly Specialised Speech & Language Therapist

BSc, MSc

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Expertise and Experience

Stephanie is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who specialises in Neurodiversity. She maintains over 8 years of experience working with children and adolescents with a diagnosis of both autism and ADHD in a therapeutic capacity. She has worked independently within both mainstream and specialist provisions providing both assessment and therapy to children between the ages of 3 – 18 years old.
As a specialist in autism, Stephanie then trained as an autism assessment clinician when working with a private psychiatrist and became trained to administer both the ADOS-2 and ADI-R assessments. She has worked predominately as an autism assessment clinician for the past 3 years, assessing children, adolescents and adults and working in a range of experienced multi- disciplinary teams.

Qualifications

2015 –  Speech and Language Therapy – De Montfort University 

2012 – Child Studies (Focus on Language Development) – The University of Lincoln

Professional Registrations and Memberships

HCPC

Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy

Specialisms

Neuro Developmental Assessments

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Speech & Language Therapy

Dr Caroline Lamerton

Dr Caroline Lamerton

Forensic Psychologist

BSc (Hons), PGC SSRM, ForenPsyD, CPsychol, AFBsS

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Lamerton is an Associate Psychologist at the Purple House Clinc in Lincoln. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Research and a Doctorate in Forensic Psychology Practice.  Dr Lamerton is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and a BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

Dr Lamerton has experience of working in a diverse range of both clinical and forensic settings. Early in her career, she worked voluntarily within a special needs school, in an ‘Appropriate Adult’ role within the probation service supporting children in custody, as a camp counsellor for Camp America and as a physical support worker.  During her training, she worked in medium secure care for men and women (inpatient & outpatient), mainstream and healthcare prison enviroments and private practice specialising in child protection and parenting assessments.  Following qualification, she worked in a prison for the treatment of individuals who have commited sexual offences.  Since 2011, Dr Lamerton has worked within high secure forensic mental health care.

Dr Lamerton has many years experience working as a Psychologist both within complex NHS and independent practice settings.  She has worked with a range of presenting difficulties, including clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, PTSD, complex trauma and dissociation.

Dr Lamerton is passionate about working within an attachment model where the safety of the therapeutic relationship offers a springboard from which clients can begin to experience change.  She uses a trauma informed, systemically aware, psychologically led and evidence-based way of formulating a client’s difficulties; recognising the importance of the many varied factors that influence development, aetiology and maintenance of distress.  Helping clients to understand their pathway to therapy and destigmatising the process is one of Dr Lamerton’s main aims.

Dr Lamerton has experience of delivering a wide variety of treatments both individually and within a group context.  Some of these include work in relation to self-injurious behaviour, substance and alcohol use, mental health and well-being, depression and anxiety,  phobias, mindfulness and relaxation, insight and formulation, probelm-solving, coping and support work, sexual offending, treatment for violence (including within the family), motivational and self-esteem work, psychosis and personality, to name a few.  Dr Lamerton also has experience of assessing a range of clinical and forensic needs including those required to inform differential diagnosis, complex neurological presentations and linked to the risk of future offending, which inform care planning and pathways.

Dr Lamerton works within a range of models including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Schema Therapy, amongst others. Experienced in working with complexity, she is used to combining elements of different treatment approaches to provide a truly responsive and bespoke service to clients.  She is an EMDR Europe Accredited Practioner as well as working towards both DBT Adherence and Schema Accreditation.

 

Qualifications

2006 – Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (ForenPsyD) – University of Birmingham

2002 – Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods (PGC SSRM) – Nottingham Trent University

2002 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), 2:1 – Nottingham Trent University

 

Professional Registrations and Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – PYL16052

British Psychological Society (BPS): Associate Fellow – 157325

BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

EMDR Association UK and Ireland

 

Specialisms

Adult Psychology (assessment and treatment of complex trauma, personality disorder, mental illness, interpersonal, attachment and adaptive functioning difficulties, substance use)

Forensic Issues (assessments and treatment of violent and sexual offending)

 

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Schema Therapy (ST)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

 

Dr Lesley Gibson

Clinical Psychologist & Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, PGDip

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Gibson is an associate Psychologist at the Purple House Clinic in Lincoln.  She is a registered Clinical Psychologist & Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.  She is experienced in working with Adults (aged 16 years and above).  She provides assessment and psychological therapy for a range of emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, difficulties related to trauma, loss or bereavement, appearance/body issue concerns, relationship/interpersonal issues and distress related to physical health conditions.  She draws upon a range of therapeutic approaches but specialises in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  This is an approach which explores a deeper understanding of psychological difficulties.  This can be helpful when problems are longstanding or there are repeated negative patterns that feel difficult to change.  Therapy can be short or longer term (depending on the problem) and it may involve working through painful feelings related to past experiences and early relationships.  It aims to provide long term change and benefit, rather than short term relief of symptoms

Dr Gibson has worked as a private practitioner since 2017, this has largely involved therapeutic work with adults.  She has been a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS since 2007, working in adult mental health and also a health psychology service.  As well as direct clinical work, she has also offered supervision to a range of other therapists.

Qualifications

2016 – Intercultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Qualifying course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy/University of Essex)

2012 – Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy/Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

2007 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) (University of Hull)

2004 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons) (University of Hull)

Professional Registrations and Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – PYL25054

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) – 157325

Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists – Member

Specialisms

Adult Psychology (16 years plus): Anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, bereavement, appearance or body issue distress, relationship/interpersonal problems.

Health Psychology (16 years plus): Distress caused by or exacerbated by physical health conditions

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Shorter or Longer Term)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

 

 

Dr Emma Mercer

Educational & Child Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc, DEdCPsy

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Emma L. Mercer  is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Lincoln and a Registered Educational and Child Psychologist. Emma is experienced in working with children and young people from ages 0-25 years, with a focus on supporting development, success in learning and a positive educational experience for all.  She provides holistic assessments, not only focussed on the individual difficulties of the child or young person, but also on the potential barriers in the systems surrounding them; at home, at school, and in the community.

In this way,  adults around the child can be guided and supported to strengthen and adapt the child’s support networks, ensuring a more accessible educational experience, and complementing any individualised assessment or intervention that takes place with the child themselves.

Emma has experience in supporting the educational, social and emotional needs of children and young people who experience a range of barriers to their education. These include, but are not limited to;

  • Individuals who are on the autism spectrum or have other communication and language needs
  • Those who experience ADHD or other attention difficulties
  • Those who have specific medical needs (e.g. a genetic condition, brain injury, additional mobility needs or Down’s Syndrome)
  • Those individuals who have faced difficulties in their young lives leading to trauma impacting upon their ability to feel safe and to learn.

She has extensive experience in providing training  to school staff on a range of topics and leading collaborative problem solving consultations with parents, carers, school staff and other professionals to untangle and begin to solve complex and problem-saturated situations. Emma also works in private rehabilitation teams providing educational neuropsychological support for children and teenagers who have sustained acquired brain injuries.

Prior to working in private practice, Emma worked for a number of local authorities, supporting schools and other educational provisions, running reflective practice groups for school staff, completing individual therapeutically informed work with children and young people to ascertain their thoughts, feelings and dreams about their life and their education, and completing statutory assessments to contribute to Education Health and Care Plan requests. She also worked for a number of years in the care sector before retraining in Psychology, and had the privilege of learning her craft from some of the most resilient and amazing young people she has ever met. She thanks each and every one of them for the teaching they gave her.

Qualifications

2020- Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DEdCPsy), University of Sheffield.

2015- Masters of Science in Psychology (MSc, conversion course route), University of Nottingham.

2010- Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector (DTLLS), Anglia Ruskin University.

2005- Bachelor of Art Philosophy and Politics (BSc Hons),  University of Sussex.

Professional Registrations and Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – PYL38502

Association of Educational Psychologists (Full member)

Specialisms

Educational access and inclusion, trauma and attachment needs (including care experienced and adopted children), social/ emotional/mental health (SEMH) difficulties, acquired brain injury and impaired cognitive functioning.

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Narrative informed approaches to support children to explore their views and thoughts through storytelling.

Personal construct psychology.

Solution focussed consultation.

Trauma informed approaches to education and behaviour.

Holistic and systemic approaches to assessment and interventions.

 

Dr Caroline Lamerton

Ms Simone Beason

Forensic Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc

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Expertise and Experience

Simone is an Associate Psychologist at the Purple House Clinic in Lincoln. She is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and a BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Simone has many years of experience working in a diverse range of both clinical, forensic, and voluntary settings, where she has worked with a range of presenting difficulties, including adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, PTSD, complex trauma, and dissociation. She has also worked in the voluntary sector for many years with children, youth and adults with severe multiple disadvantages.

 

Simone has over 17 years of experience working as a Psychologist in the Prison Service for the treatment of high-risk men and women who have committed serious sexual and violent offences. She is highly skilled in conducting various risk and cognitive assessments, delivering group and individual offender treatment interventions, conducting case formulations to help formulate risk related behaviour, developing, and delivering training and giving evidence as an independent witness at parole boards. Since 2019, Simone has worked in an NHS high secure Forensic hospital, working with men and women with complex presentations who experience complex difficulties with mental health, psychosis, personality, trauma and risk.

Simone is experienced in working with complexity, she is used to combining elements of different treatment approaches to provide a truly responsive and bespoke service to clients. Simone is also an Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Therapist/ Practitioner. She uses this model of therapy to work relationally with young people and adults who experience difficult patterns in their relationships with both self and others. Simone is passionate about working with people in a trauma informed, non-judgemental and compassionate way. Her warm interpersonal style and genuine character assists her in forming strong therapeutic alliances with service users. Simone believes strongly in the therapeutic relationship’s role in promoting recovery and driving healthy change. She is flexible and responsive to her clients which allows her to be spontaneous when it comes to adapting her therapeutic style to their needs and ability level. Simone is a passionate and authentic practitioner who loves to empower people and to help them to believe in themselves and see their potential.

 

Qualifications

2023 – Cognitive Analytic Therapy Therapist/Practitioner Diploma

2011 – Diploma in Forensic Psychology

2005 – Masters of Science in Applied Forensic Psychology

2002 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology (BSc Hons, First Class)

 

Professional Registrations and Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – PYL27294

British Psychological Society (BPS): Associate Fellow – 132414

BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy

 

Specialisms

Adult Psychology (Assessment and treatment of complex trauma, personality disorder, mental illness, interpersonal, attachment difficulties)

Neurodiversity Assessment, specifically ASD & ADHD.

Forensic Issues (Assessments and treatment of violent and sexual offending)

 

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Schema Therapy (ST)

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

 

Clinic Location

Our main clinic in Lincoln is situated in the city centre within ‘The Terrace’, Grantham Street. However, some appointments are held at other clinic rooms in Lincoln. Consequently, please check the location details on your booking confirmation email.

The Purple House Clinic
The Terrace
Grantham Street
Lincoln
LN2 1BD

The Purple House Clinic
The Terrace
Grantham Street
Lincoln
LN2 1BD

   

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