Rugby Team

Rugby Team

Our services are delivered by a team of highly trained Psychologists and therapists, led by Dr Hayley Poole and Dr Rachel Kemp, Clinical Directors. The team in Rugby have particular expertise in general Adult Mental Health, general Child Mental Health, Child Behaviour, Developmental Trauma and PTSD. They also have specialist expertise in Physical Health conditions and Psychosexual difficulties. We offer specialist assesssments in ADHD, ASD and Educational Psychology. We also offer Speech and Language assessment and therapy, occupational therapy and sensory assessment, art therapy and play therapy. Please click our Clinicians’ profiles below for more detailed information:

Dr Hayley Poole

Dr Hayley Poole

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director

BA (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol.

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Poole is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and Health and Care Professions Council. She has over 25 years experience working in mental and physical health settings in both the NHS and in private practice. She now works fully in private practice.

Dr Poole is experienced working with people of working age (16+ years). She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of common psychological issues including depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, trauma, relationship issues, psychosexual difficulties including sexual pain disorders and sexual health and physical health issues such as adjustment to acute, chronic and life limiting illness, medication adherence and pain management.

Dr Poole works integratively drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), acceptance based interventions and person centred approaches.

Dr Poole’s role as Clinical Director at Purple House includes direct clinical work as well as many aspects of management; clinical governance, human resources and service development.

Qualifications

2003- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Universities of Coventry & Warwick.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL19722

British Psychological Society (BPS): 72747

Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology (BPS)

Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health (BPS)

EMDR Association UK and Ireland

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (Professional Associate)

Specialisms

Adult Mental Health (including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, trauma and PTSD, relationship issues, bereavement)

Physical health (including adjustment to acute, chronic and life limiting illness, chronic pain management and pelvic pain, trauma related to ill health or treatment and birth trauma

Psychosexual issues (including sexual pain disorders, erectile dysfunction)

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Integrative work that is person centred

Dr Rachel Kemp

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director

BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol

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Experience & Expertise

Dr Rachel Kemp is joint Director of the Purple House Clinic, Rugby. Dr Kemp 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 15 years of experience working in the NHS, primarily with adults in an acute physical health setting. Prior to training as a Clinical Psychologist Dr Kemp trained as a Forensic Psychologist and worked in the Prison Service for seven years. 

Dr Kemp has expertise in working with adults experiencing difficulties including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, adjustment difficulties, physical health difficulties (e.g. long term conditions / medical trauma / psychosexual difficulties). She has also had extensive experience of working with adults who have experienced childhood attachment difficulties / traumatic childhood experiences, which continue to have an impact on life in adulthood. 

Dr Kemp draws upon a number of different models in her work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and psychodynamic ideas to offer an integrative and individually meaningful approach to clients.

Dr Kemp is experienced in providing clinical supervision and has completed accredited supervisor training. She also has experience of research, training and doctoral level teaching. 

Qualifications

2008 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy) University of Leicester

2000 – MSc in Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham

1997 – BSc (Hons) in Human Psychology, Loughborough University

Professional Registration and Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL 16470

British Psychological Society (BPS)

EMDR Association UK and Ireland

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (Professional Associate)

Specialisms

Adult Mental Health – mental health difficulties, interpersonal difficulties, relational difficulties, childhood trauma, physical health

Adult Physical Health – adjustment, medical trauma, psychosexual difficulties

Staff support, Supervision and Consultation

Main Therapeutic Approaches

A client-centred integrative approach incorporating

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

 

 

Clinic Administration

Maureen Smart

Clinic Administrator

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Experience & Expertise

Maureen joined The Purple House Clinic Rugby team in August 2021, bringing with her over 40 years of experience gained in a variety of administration and customer service roles.

Maureen 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, Maureen will always strive to do her best for everyone who contacts our service.

At the Purple House Clinic we are committed to providing excellence in service, and all of our administrative staff undertake continual development and training in areas such as data protection, information governance, safeguarding, customer service, health and safety, first aid etc.

Jo Orcherton

Clinic Administrator

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Experience & Expertise

Jo joined the Purple House Clinic in June 2022.  She has many years of experience in administration and customer service. With her very approachable nature Jo will be able to discuss the needs of clients in a pleasant, professional manner.   

Being the link between clients and clinicians, Jo provides a positive and friendly experience, ensuring a warm appropriate welcome to the services of the Clinic. 

At the Purple House Clinic we are committed to providing excellence in service, and all our administrative staff undertake continual development and training in areas such as data protection, information governance, safeguarding, customer service, health and safety, first aid etc.

 

Our Associate Clinicians

Dr Livea Coelho

Dr Stephanie Nadany

Clinical Psychologist

BSc Hons, MA, DClinPsy

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Nadany is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Rugby. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the NHS for over 20 years with adults and children with learning disabilities, young people in custodial settings and children and young people with mental health
problems. She has specialist skills in working with families, having undergone further postgraduate training in family therapy.

Dr Nadany has a particular interest in working with individuals with neurodevelopmental differences, such as autism. She completes autism and ADHD assessments with school aged children and young people, assessing for learning disabilities in both adults and children.

Dr Nadany is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Vision Sciences at the University of Leicester, working as a Senior Clinical Tutor on the Doctorate Programme for Clinical Psychologists.

Qualifications

2023 – Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy (MA), Distinction, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, associated with the University of Essex
2007 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Royal Holloway, University of London
2001 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), Upper Second Class, University of Reading

Professional Registrations and Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL17630
Association of Clinical Psychologists

Specialisms

Neurodevelopmental assessments in school aged children (autism, ADHD)
Assessment for learning disability (adults and school aged children)
Child/Adolescent Psychology (mental health problems, relationship difficulties and behaviour problems)

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Dr Nadany usually works with more than one member of a family. The reason for this is that when one person in a family has a problem, it often affects not just them, but others in the family too. Sometimes families worry about being blamed for problems, but Dr Nadany builds on the strengths within the family and jointly works with families to find a way forwards. She works with families to resolve conflict and enable family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions
safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
‘Family’ can be anyone who is important and does not have to be a blood relative.

Cassandra De Souza

Practitioner Psychologist

BSc (Hons), MSc,

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Expertise and Experience

Cassandra is a Senior Associate Psychologist at Purple House Rugby. She is an Educational Psychologist and a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Cassandra is experienced in working with children and adolescents.

 

Cassandra works therapeutically with children and adolescents experiencing difficulties including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, low mood, tics, and behavioural difficulties.  She is experienced in supporting neurodivergent young people and uses creative ways to adapt her approach to ensure that clients can fully engage.  Cassandra offers a kind and creative approach aiming not only to help clients overcome challenges but to pursue fulfilling and purposeful lives.  She offers psychological consultations for parents/carers or professionals to support children and young people. These consultations cover a range of issues including

  • Behaviour concerns
  • Parenting/family demands
  • Education and learning related issues
  • Sleep issues
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Social and emotional needs

 

Cassandra has worked in Local Authorities and in private practice since 2004 including a specialist role in behaviour and social and emotional needs.  Cassandra has experience in working with large organisations, groups and individuals.  She has pursued a range of therapeutic training through continuous professional development to enhance the range of support offer clients.

 

 

Qualifications

2010 – Foundation of Systemic Practice: Working with Families – Prudence Skynner Family & Couple Therapy Clinic, Springfield University Hospital

2004 – MSc Educational Psychology, University College London

1998 – BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Birmingham

 

 

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) PYL04918

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

 

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cassandra uses a range of evidence-based therapeutic models and selects approaches that best suit client needs.  These approaches include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

 

Alison Mann

Speech & Language Therapist

BSc (Hons), Cert. MRCSLT, HCPC, MASLTIP

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Expertise and experience

Alison Mann is an Associate Speech and Language Therapist at Purple House, Rugby.  Alison Mann is experienced in working with clients of all ages – ranging from toddlers to children and adolescents, and adults. She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of speech, language and communication difficulties including speech sound difficulties, fluency disorders, developmental delays, children and adults with learning difficulties (including autistic spectrum conditions, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy), emotional literacy, social interaction, pragmatic difficulties, memory, cognition, executive functioning difficulties, trauma, aphasia, dysarthria, and dyspraxia. 

 

Alison believes that developing a relationship of trust with the client is essential to the therapeutic process.

 

Alison has worked with case managers and in private homes, clinics, schools, and colleges. She has delivered training to colleagues and school staff. She values working as part of a team and recognises that in addition to professional colleagues, parents and carers are a valuable resource and essential part of the team around a client.

 

Alison has written and prepared reports for parents for SEND tribunals and also local authorities.

 

Alison tailors therapy sessions so that they are enjoyable, fun and motivating.

 

Alison Mann has worked exclusively in private practice since graduating from university.

 

Qualifications

May 2022             –  ADOS – 2 assessment

July 2021              –  Shape Coding part 1

January 2020      – SCERTS  2-day training course 

July 2017             –  Colourful Semantics (language intervention)

December 2015 –  ADOS – 2 assessment 

2009 – 2015         – Birmingham City University BSc (Hons) 1st class Speech and Language Therapy

 

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Healthcare and Professions Council   (HCPC) – SL33321.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)  – RC0030963.

The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) – 3053.

 

Specialisms

ASC

Children and adolescents with emotional literacy difficulties

 

Therapeutic Approaches

A range of therapeutic approaches are utilised according to the area of difficulty being addressed. All approaches are holistic and person centered with an emphasis not just on a person’s impairment but also on their mood, confidence, self-esteem, functioning and social relationships.

Dr Hayley Wilch

Educational Psychologist

BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc (Educational Psychology), DrAppPsych (Educational)

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Expertise and Experience

Dr Wilch is an Associate Educational Psychologist at Purple House Rugby, registered with the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC).  Dr Wilch has over 20 years’ experience in working with children aged 0 – 19 years.  She now works fully in a private capacity.

Dr Wilch provides individual assessment and bespoke interventions, approaches and pathways forward for a range of learning barriers including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, anxiety, memory, executive functioning, visual spatial skills, social interaction and communication and child behavioural issues.  Dr Wilch also has expertise and experience in contributing towards assessments where there is a concern relating to dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD.  She has worked with children of all ages with complex and challenging presentations.

Prior to working in a private capacity, Dr Wilch worked for Leicester City Council Educational Psychology Service for 3 years before transferring to West Northants County Council, where she worked as a specialist in ASD, for 19 years.

Qualifications

2006 – Doctorate of Applied Psychology, Educational (DrAppPsych), University of Nottingham

2002 – Masters of Science, Educational Psychology (MSc), University of Sheffield

1995 – Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), University of Leicester

1994 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology, (BA Hons), University of Leicester

Professional Registrations & Membership

Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): (PYL22308)

Specialisms

ASD assessment pathway including the administration of the ADOS assessment

ADHD assessment pathway

Special Educational Needs including identification through assessment

Main Therapeutic Approaches

 Solution Focused based approaches

Consultative practices

Motivational Interviewing

 

     

    Dr Joanne Lomas

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    BSc (Hons), DClinPsy

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    Expertise and Experience

    Dr Lomas is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Rugby. She is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist.  Dr Lomas is experienced in working with adults with a range of presenting difficulties including depression, anxiety, self- harm, violence, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems and trauma.   She specialises in working with adults with complex emotional/interpersonal problems, often linked to childhood, who present a risk to themselves or others.  She is skilled in working with complex presentations, including personality disorder, and in assessing, formulating and managing risk.   She has had extensive experience of working with males and females in forensic settings across different levels of security, including inpatient and community settings.    Some of this work has been within specialist services for people with learning disability and/or autism.    

    Dr Lomas has routinely carried out and supervised complex psychological assessments and formulations of risk within prison, inpatient and outpatient community settings, utilising measures of violence and sexual violence such as the HCR-20 and SVR-20 as well as standardised measures of mood, mental state and personality (including the Psychopathy Checklist – PCL-R).  Dr Lomas is also experienced in completing court reports and has attended Court as an expert witness on several occasions.   She is trained in assessing autism using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-II) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-II) and regularly carries out assessments of capacity.

    Dr Lomas has had training and experience in several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), Schema Therapy, Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She delivers training to external agencies and provides clinical supervision and consultation.  

    Dr Lomas has worked in the NHS for over 20 years and has spent the last two years working as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.   This role includes direct clinical work as well as many aspects of management, clinical governance, human resources and service development.

    Qualifications

    2004- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Birmingham.

    1998 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Health Psychology (BSc Hons), University of Wales: Bangor.

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL02449.

    Specialisms

    Forensic Psychology (risk assessment, formulation and management).

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

    LD & Autism (including adult autism assessments).

    Court Reports.

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

    Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

    Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

     

    Jo Wildsmith

    Creative Arts and Play Therapist

    BSc (Hons), PGCert, PGDip

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    Expertise and Experience

    Jo Wildsmith is an Associate Clinician at Purple House Rugby. She is a Registered Creative Arts and Play Therapist and a Licensed Parenting Practitioner. Jo is experienced in working with children and adolescents of all ages. She is also a clinical supervisor and provides creative supervision for other external therapists and professionals.

    Jo gained her first degree at Warwick University in Coventry and then moved on to post graduate studies at Leeds Beckett University where she qualified as a Play Therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings such as criminal justice, leaving care teams, pastoral teams, as well as child and adolescent mental health services. Her work involves one to one therapy with children as well as group work. She works therapeutically with a range of emotional, psychological and behavioural issues. Common presenting concerns are attachment disorders,
    developmental delays, anger or aggression, school issues, family issues, abuse, neglect, anxiety, depression, autism (ASD) and other neurodivergent conditions. Jo specialises in attachment and trauma with children that are within the looked after children’s services. She is skilled in working with complex issues and disassociation.

    Jo has also directly worked with schools and parents / carers from a trauma informed perspective to help stabilise placements and resume harmony within family homes. Jo is qualified in Parent and Child Attachment Play which is an evidenced based approach that affirms attachment and how this is mechanised within the parent and child relationship. Jo is really passionate about the work that she does and part of that means she is always open to more research and learning to help the families that she works with.

    Qualifications

    2019- Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (PGDip), with distinction, Leeds Beckett University.
    2018- Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (PGCert), with merit, Leeds Beckett University.
    2016- Bachelor of Arts in Childhood, Education and Society (BSc Hons), 2.1, University of Warwick.

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    British association of counselling and psychotherapy (BACP)
    Clay Therapist – BCT Consultancy
    Licenced Attachment Play Practitioner – Clear Sky

    Specialisms

    Child/Adolescent Psychology, Developmental Trauma, Attachment difficulties, Parenting

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    Creative Arts and Play Therapy
    Clay Therapy
    AutPlay Therapy
    Parent and Child Attachment Play
    Compassion Focused Therapy

    Dr Laura O'Halloran

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych, Cpsychol

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    Expertise and Experience

    Dr O’Halloran is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Rugby. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist . Dr O’Halloran studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Psychology. She went onto to gain a Master’s qualification in Applied Neuropsychology which provided her with specialist knowledge
    in neuroscience and skills of assessment and intervention in different areas of psychological function such as memory, language and attention. Dr O’Halloran then completed her doctoral training to become a Clinical Psychologist. Once qualified Dr O’Halloran went on to achieve status as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.

    Dr O’Halloran has mainly worked with children and families with both physical and mental health difficulties. Dr O’Halloran’s area of expertise is assessing for neurodevelopmental disorders and impairments of cognitive functioning. She has also worked with families under the care of social services within a child protection team.

    Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr O’Halloran has completed post graduate training in supervision in clinical practice, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and undertaken specialist training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also provided training and supervision to charities and mental health professionals. Prior to working in
    private practice, Dr O’Halloran worked in the NHS for 10 years, including 3 years as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Paediatrics.

    Qualifications

    2010-2013 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, completed. University of Leicester
    2004-2006 – MSc Applied Neuropsychology, University of Nottingham
    1998-2001 BSc (Hons) – Human Psychology (2:1), De-Montfort University,

    Professional Registrations & Memberships
    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL30412
    British Psychological Society (BPS): 193548

    Specialisms

    Child/Adolescent Psychology (mental health problems, neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and ADHD), behaviour problems and parenting).
    Attachment difficulties, including Looked After and Adopted Children.
    Paediatric Psychology (in particular chronic physical illnesses such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis).
    Specialist Training
    The Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders – version 12 (DISCO 12)
    Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – version 2 (ADOS-2)
    Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI – R)

    Dr Rebecca Bomben

    Clinical Psychologist

    BSc (Hons), DClinPsy

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    Expertise and Experience

    Dr Bomben is an Associate at Purple House Rugby and a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She is experienced in working with individuals across the lifespan (children, adolescents, and adults) and providing psychological assessment and intervention for a variety of common mental health concerns including low mood, anxiety, eating difficulties, emotional intensity, and trauma. Dr Bomben is specifically interested in attachment relationships and working with individuals to develop a shared understanding of the links between early life experiences and present emotional and/or interpersonal difficulties. She is skilled in offering a warm and non-judgemental space for making sense of a problem or difficulty and thinking together about how best to address it. Dr Bomben tailors her approach according to individual need and preference, predominantly drawing upon evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She has also undertaken specialist training in assessing for autism spectrum disorder and general cognitive functioning.

    Alongside her private practice, Dr Bomben currently works in the NHS in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). She has over ten years of experience working in inpatient and community mental health settings, and more recently has worked in a staff wellbeing service to support the NHS and social care workforce following the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Qualifications

    2020 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Leicester

    2009 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), First Class, University of Leicester

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL039098

    Association of Clinical Psychologists UK (ACP-UK): 3746

     Specialisms

    Child and Adolescent Psychology (psychological/emotional/behavioural problems including self-harm and eating difficulties, parenting support)

    Attachment difficulties including Looked After and Adopted Children

    Adult Psychology (PTSD, childhood trauma, emotional/interpersonal problems, personality difficulties)

     Main Therapeutic Approaches

    Dr Bomben aims to create an atmosphere of safety, trust, and understanding in her therapeutic work. She listens with compassion and actively collaborates with individuals to identify how best to move forward. Dr Bomben works in an integrative fashion using the following psychological approaches:

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

    Psychodynamic therapy and attachment-based approaches

    Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

    Dr Katharine Mead

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    BSc (Hons), ClinPsyD, CPsychol, BABCP Full Accreditation

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    Expertise and experience

    Dr Mead is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and Health and Care Profession Council. She has experience of psychological assessment and intervention with children, adolescents, and adults since 2002 in the NHS, education and private practice.

    Dr Mead has a keen interest in working with both children and their carers using psychological understanding and strategies to help resolve difficulties such as: depression, anxiety, behaviour difficulties, self-harm, eating disorders, trauma, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and physical health problems such as diabetes and chronic pain.

    Dr Mead uses a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches but her predominant approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Dr Mead uses a cognitive behavioural approach with a relationship based focus understanding the individual and the difficulties in the context of their family and wider system.

    Dr Mead has full accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

    Furthermore Dr Mead has experience of offering supervision to a range of professionals including those offering CBT.

     Qualifications

    2010 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Birmingham

    2017 – Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision for Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Treatments, University of Reading

    2007 – Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples, Birkbeck University of London/ Institute of Family Therapy

    Professional Registrations and Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Registered Practitioner Psychologist: PYL25813

    British Psychological Society (BPS): 42565, Chartered Status since 2011, and member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Faculty for Children, Young people and their Families

    Full Accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

    Registered Practitioner with the Positive Parenting Programme.

    Specialisms

    – Child & Adolescent Mental Health – psychological assessment and treatment of the following:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety (phobias, social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, school refusal)
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Obsessional Compulsive Disorder
    • Self-harm
    • behavioural difficulties
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Support with parenting skills
    • Physical Health – adjustment and support with controlling conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain.
    • Assessment of the intellectual ability of children and adolescents.

    – Training in awareness of and treatment of mental health presentations.

    – Consultation to organisations and health professionals for mental health presentations.

    – Supervision

    Main therapeutic approach

    Dr Mead predominantly listens to the individual/family/carer and develops a shared understanding of the difficulties so that clients can find new ways of understanding and addressing a problem. The therapy is a collaborative process where the client and Dr Mead work together to improve well-being in a confidential, safe and supportive space.

     

     

     

     

    Dr Amanda Bassey

    Practitioner Psychologist

    BSc (Hons), MSc, DForenPsy, CPsychol

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    Expertise and Experience

    Dr Bassey is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Rugby. She is a Registered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. Dr Bassey is experienced in working with adults, and adolescent clients. She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of common psychological issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, and obsessive/compulsive problems. She specialises in working with adults with cognitive difficulties, intellectual disability, and adolescents with emotional/interpersonal problems linked to adversities in childhood. She is skilled in working with neurodiversity such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Dr Bassey utilises therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). She also undertakes training with external agencies and clinical supervision. Dr Bassey is also able to support with Forensic assessment needs should these be required.

     

    Prior to working in private practice, Dr Bassey worked in Private Psychiatric Healthcare for 2 years, working as a Forensic Psychologist in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Conditions . She also works as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University teaching on the Counselling and Forensic Psychology course, she will be joining a rotational post within the NHS in Spring 2022.

     

    Qualifications

    2021 – Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (DForenPsy), University of Nottingham.

    2015 – Master of Science in Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Health Services (MSc), Goldsmiths, University of London

    2014 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), University of Lincoln

     

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL039471.

    British Psychological Society (BPS): 323135.

    Jayne Giaramita

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

    BA (Hons), MSc, PGCert, PGDip

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    Expertise and Experience

    Jayne is an Associate Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Purple House Rugby. She is a Registered Social Worker and holds membership with the BABCP.

     

    Jayne is experienced in working with clients of all ages – adults, children and adolescents.  She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention from a cognitive behavioural therapy approach and brings additional skills such as Theraplay.  Jayne is experienced working with a range of common psychological issues including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, self harm, separation anxiety, body dysmorphia, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems and trauma.

     

    Jayne worked with children, young people and parents in social care settings for 12 years, including children with autism, ADHD / ADD, children in local authority care and those who have been adopted. Jayne has worked in an NHS CAMHS team and continues to work in the NHS in an adult community mental health team as a cognitive behavioural therapist, specialising in trauma informed practice.

     

    Qualifications

    2009- Bachelor of Arts in Combined Social Sciences (BA Hons), 2:1. Durham University

    2011- Masters of Science in Social Work (MSc), with commendation, University of Bedfordshire.

    2017- Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Social Work Practice (PGCert), with distinction, University of Coventry

    2022 – Post Graduate Diploma Evidence-based Psychological Treatment for C&YP (CBT route), with merit, University of Reading

     

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Social Work England SW7435

     

    Specialisms

    Child / Adolescent / Adult Psychology (anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, self harm, body dysmorphia, trauma informed practice).

     

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

    Theraplay informed practice

    Emma Compton

    Art Psychotherapist

    BA (Hons), MA Fine Art, MA Art Psychotherapy

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    Expertise and Experience

    Emma Compton is an Associate Art Psychotherapist at the Purple House Clinic in Rugby. She is registered with the HCPC and BAAT where she is listed as a private practitioner and clinical supervisor. Emma is experienced with working with clients of all ages – children, adolescents and adults. In Emma’s practice she regularly conducts assessments and treatment for many psychological issues including anxiety, depression, attachment difficulties, Eating Disorders, obsessive/compulsive difficulties, trauma and emotional and interpersonal difficulties.

    Emma has 7 years of experience working as an Art Psychotherapist with adolescents with complex presentations as well as working with younger children and adults. She previously trained at Warwick University as a teacher specialising with infants. She has gone onto work with all age ranges as well as working in specialist settings with young people diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

    Qualifications and Skills 

    Masters Art Psychotherapy – Leeds Beckett University, 2014-2017

    Masters Fine Art – Nottingham Trent University, 1999-2000

    BA (hons) 2.i Art and English with QTS (infant variant) – Warwick University, 1993-1997

    Diploma in Integrated Supervision – The Grove, London 2019

    NPQML 2022

    Level Three Designated Safeguarding Lead Training Qualification

    Protective Behaviours Training, CAMHS.

    Safeguarding for Schools and Safeguarding for Families CAMHS.

    Autism and its Implications for Teaching and Learning, Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism.

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): AS15938

    British Association of Art Therapists.

    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).

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    Art Psychotherapy

     

    Dr Hauwa Onifade

    Practitioner Psychologist

    <p>BSc (Hons), DForenPsy, CPsychol</p>

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    Expertise and Experience

    Dr Onifade is an Associate Psychologist at the Purple House Clinic, Rugby. She is a Registered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. Dr Onifade is experienced in working with adolescent and adult clients. She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and substance use issues. She specialises in working with clients with experiences of trauma and adverse experiences which result in emotional/interpersonal difficulties in adulthood. Dr Onifade works in an integrative and client-focussed way utilising a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Motivational Interviewing.

     In addition, Dr Onifade is experienced in providing specialist consultancy, supervision, and training to professional staff teams around themes of mental health, substance misuse, and offending. She is also skilled in working with neurodiversity such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Dr Onifade is also able to support with Forensic assessment needs should these be required.

     Qualifications

    Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (DForenPsy), University of Nottingham

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), University of Leicester

     Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL039675

    British Psychological Society (BPS): 483676

     Specialisms

    • Adult mental health (post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-harm, personality disorders, and substance misuse)

     

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Motivational Interviewing

    Laura Hall

    Highly Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

    BSc (Hons), SLT, MEd Autism

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    Expertise and Experience

    Laura Hall is an Associate Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) at Purple House Rugby, registered with the
    Health and Care Professions Council. Laura is an extremely experienced SLT and has worked with children of all
    ages with speech, language and communication needs and she is a Highly Specialist SLT for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has many years’ experience in delivering high-quality diagnostic assessments for children to determine if they are Autistic. She is also skilled in supporting children and their families with communication needs as part of ASD in the home and in educational settings. Alongside a number of short courses, Laura also holds a Master’s qualification in the special educational needs of children with Autism. As part of her extensive work within the field of ASD, Laura has also developed skills in working with children with ADHD, attachment difficulties and sensory processing differences.

    Laura’s main role is as part of a team to assess for ASD, where she strives to offer positive experiences for
    neurodiverse individuals undergoing assessment, and their families.
    Alongside her work in private practice, Laura continues to work within the NHS as a Specialist Speech and
    Language Therapist for ASD and has worked for the NHS as an SLT for over 21 years.

    Qualifications 

    2009- MEd Special Education Autism (Distinction), University of Birmingham

    2002- BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy, University of Central England.

    Professional Registrations & Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): SL09086

    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT): RC0018512

    Specialisms

    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Main Therapeutic Approaches  

    Autism diagnostic assessment, including ADOS-2

    Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)

    Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERTS)

    Other ASD specific support and strategies

    Nuala Ryan

    DBT Therapist & Occupational Therapist

    BSc Occupational Therapy; PgDIP in DBT

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    Expertise and Experience

    Nuala is an Associate Clinician at Purple House Rugby. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and an accredited DBT therapist.  Nuala is experienced in working with adolescents and adults with a range of mental health difficulties, but has specialised in working with people with complex emotional needs. Nuala employs assessment to identify and make sense of a person’s difficulties and uses her expertise to provide DBT informed interventions with a primary focus on helping people to regulate their emotions. 

    Nuala supports people to become more aware of their thoughts and emotions and helps them learn how to respond in ways that are more aligned to their goals and values. Intervention involves supporting an individual to be active in doing something different, so they can create a life worth living. 

    Nuala also undertakes training and consultancy within the NHS, and supervision with external agencies. 

    In addition to working in private practice, Nuala has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in a range of clinical settings and has worked in a  specialist DBT Team for the last 13 years. 

    Qualifications

    2022 – Post Graduate Diploma in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy with Distinction, University of Bangor

    1999 – Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (BSc Hons), Class Two, division One,  University of Liverpool

    Professional Registrations and  Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): OT30755

    Society for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy: Accredited Dialectical Behavioural Therapist

    Specialisms

    Working with adults and adolescents whose primary difficulties are linked to problems with emotion regulation.

    Working with people with Complex Emotional Needs/Attachment Difficulties/Interpersonal Difficulties/a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable or Borderline Personality Disorder

     

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    DBT Informed

    Formulation Focused

    Collaborative 

    Use of validation and change strategies

    Goal Focused

    Behavioural – actively doing something different

    Dr Kate Duckworth

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    MA (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol

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    Expertise and Experience

    Dr Duckworth is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House, Rugby. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist. Dr Duckworth has over 22 years’ experience of working with children, young people and families in the NHS. She provides assessment and therapeutic intervention tailored to client need for a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive/compulsive problems, complex trauma, child and adolescent behavioural and
    emotional difficulties, self-esteem and loss and adjustment to life events.

    Dr Duckworth has significant experience working with young people experiencing mental health issues in the context of ASD/ADHD and/or attachment difficulties. She is also experienced in working
    with children and adolescents with mental health issues occurring alongside physical health difficulties.

    Dr Duckworth is skilled in engaging children and young people and in working collaboratively with
    warmth and empathy. She provides an integrative, creative and flexible approach drawing upon a range of evidence-based models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT) and systemic, attachment,
    narrative and psychodynamic approaches.

    Dr Duckworth is highly experienced in providing clinical supervision and consultation to a range of health care professionals and has completed accredited supervisor training. She has experience in facilitating reflective practice groups for a range of health care professionals working in the NHS.

    Alongside private practice, Dr Duckworth continues to work in the NHS in a specialist Child and
    Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) where she has worked since 2001. She worked
    concurrently as a Clinical Tutor involved in doctoral training of Clinical Psychologists and assessment of clinical competencies at the University of Leicester from 2005 until 2023.

    Qualifications
    2001 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University of Leicester

    1995 – Master of Arts in Psychology (MA Hons), Second Class Honours Upper Division, University of Dundee

    Professional Registrations and Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): PYL05080
    British Psychological Society (BPS): 396831
    Associate Member of Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families (CYPF), British
    Psychological Society (BPS)

    Specialisms

    Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Supervision, staff support and consultation

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    A client-centred, collaborative and integrative approach including working with parents/carers to
    support therapeutic work and positive change.

    Meriem Reeve

    Specialist Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner

    BSc (Hons), PgDip

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    Expertise and Experience

    Meriem is an associate clinician at Purple House Rugby. She is an HCPC registered Occupational
    Therapist and holds a membership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

    Meriem specialises in Sensory Integration and provides specialist assessment and intervention in this area. She has a wealth of experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of physical, mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions. Meriem has completed additional training in Sensory Attachment Intervention and the Child and Attachment Play Assessment (CAPA) which uses the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment as its core. She uses these approaches
    primarily whilst working with children who have experienced developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.

    Meriem also uses her core skills as an Occupational Therapist to assess, understand and analyse
    individual cases and she uses an occupational lens to determine the most helpful and appropriate
    treatment interventions. She has extensive experience of working with a wide range of educational
    settings including mainstream, specialist and higher education settings. She is passionate about
    embedding sensory integration to support children and young people as well as working with adults around the child to understand the child’s needs and to determine appropriate supportive strategies. This can also include therapeutic support to develop fine and gross motor skills, play, handwriting, visual perception and sensory processing.

    Qualifications

    2021- Post Graduate Diploma in Sensory Integration- Sensory Integration network
    2012- Bsc in Occupational Therapy – Coventry University
    2006- Bsc Combined honours in Business and Psychology- Aston University

    Professional Registrations and Memberships

    Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)- OT66250
    Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)- BT0804453
    Sensory Integration Practitioner- Sensory Integration Network

    Specialisms

    Child/Adolescent, ASD, ADHD, FASD, DCD, neurodevelopmental conditions and associated difficulties
    including sensory difficulties and mental health. Fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, visual
    perception. Attachment, trauma and sensory integration difficulties.

    Main therapeutic Approaches

    Sensory Integration , Sensory Attachment , Sensory Motor.

    Jessica Harris

    Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

    BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons)

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    Expertise and Experience

    Jessica is an Associate Speech and Language Therapist at Purple House Rugby, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Since qualifying in 2014, she has gained a breadth of experience working with children aged from 2-18 years of age, with varied and complex communication needs. She is familiar with leading assessments and therapeutic interventions in a variety of settings including community clinics, mainstream schools, SEN schools and people’s homes.

    Through NHS community clinics, Jessica gained experience supporting children with speech sound difficulties, language delay, Developmental Language Disorder and stammering. Jessica then spent several years working as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in a multi-disciplinary team in Birmingham, assessing preschool children for Autistic Spectrum Condition and Global Developmental Delay.  From 2019, Jessica spent 4 years in a SEN school, supporting children from nursery to
    secondary-school age, with communication needs due to their developmental or physiological conditions. Jessica left the NHS in 2023, in order to start working independently.

    Jessica believes in the importance of keeping her interventions person-centred and neurodiversity-affirming. Through her work, Jessica enjoys building relationships with clients and their families, working as a team towards a shared goal, and celebrating the small wins together.

    Qualifications

    2014- Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Therapy (BSc Hons), Upper-Second Class, Birmingham City University.
    2011- Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Child Language Development (BSc Hons), First Class, Bangor University.

    Professional Registrations &amp; Memberships

    Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC): SL32345
    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT): RC0032830
    Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP): 3938

    Specialisms

    Complex needs
    Autistic Spectrum Condition
    Phonological difficulties
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

    Main Therapeutic Approaches

    Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) e.g. Aided Language Displays, communication books
    Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERTS)
    Makaton
    Intensive Interaction
    Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
    Neuro-affirmative strategies and principles

    Clinic Location

    Our main clinic in Rugby is situated close to the city centre within Eastlands Court Business Centre, St Peters Road. However, some appointments may be held at other clinic rooms in Rugby. Consequently, please check the location details on your booking confirmation email.

    The Purple House Clinic
    Eastlands Court Business Centre
    St Peters Road
    Rugby
    CV21 3QP

    The Purple House Clinic
    Eastlands Court Business Centre
    St Peters Road
    Rugby
    CV21 3QP

       

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