About us 2018-07-19T18:37:47+00:00

Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd is a collective of qualified practitioners with over 130 years combined experience. Find out about us below.

Heather Howard-Thompson

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Adult)  & EMDR Practitioner (Child, Adolescent & Adult)

I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, with over 20 years experience in the NHS. I launched Yorkshire Psychotherapy in January 2015 and have since taken on Associates to offer a wide range of therapies to individuals and businesses.

I have worked in a number of roles for the NHS, over the past twenty years as both a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Manager and Psychotherapist.  I provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement and Desensitisation (EMDR) for a range of common mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and trauma, as well as specialising in work related stress, bullying and harassment and mediation.

I undertake regular clinical supervision with an accredited supervisor, am DBS checked and have Public Liability Insurance.

Qualifications and training

  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
    1997: The University of Sheffield

  • Bachelor of Medical Science in Enduring Mental Health Practice
    2003: The University of Sheffield

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an experiential introduction (2 day workshop)
    2011: Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

  • Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation
    2008: ACAS

  • Short Term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: 80 credits at Level 6
    2009: The University of York

  • Managing Chronic Pain:  A practical skills workshop on using CBT for persistent pain
    2015: BABCP Regional Workshop

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Training – theory and practice (parts one, two, three and four)
    2013: EMDR Extra

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
    2015 Sheffield Hallam University

  • CBASP: Innovative Treatment for Persistent Depression
    2016: BABCP Regional Workshop

David Thompson

RMN & EMDR Practitioner (Adult)

I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse and EMDR Practitioner, with over 40 years experience of working in a range of mental health services.

I recently retired from the NHS, where I worked within an Occupational Health Department, providing work place support, cognitive behavioural interventions and EMDR for staff. I have a special interest in pain management and the use of EMDR to help manage pain.

Qualifications and training

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
    1971: General Nursing Coucil for England and Wales

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing
    1991:  Council for National Academic Awards

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT for Pain Management, Metacognitive Interventions
    2011, 12, 13, 15: British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

  • CBASP: Innovative Treatment for Persistent Depression
    2016: BABCP Regional Workshop

  • Registered General Nurse
    1974: General Nursig Council for England and Wales

  • EMDR parts 1,2,3 and 4
    2014- EMDR Europe

  • Stopping Self Harm and Replacing it With Something Better
    2005: Association of Psychological Therapies

  • Metacognitive Interventions
    2013: BABCP Regional Workshop

  • Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing
    1989: Council for National Academic Awards

  • 80 points at Level 6, Short Term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    2013: University of York

  • Managing Chronic Pain:  A practical skills workshop on using CBT for persistent pain
    2015: BABCP Regional Workshop

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
    2014: Wellpresent

Penny Swales

Counsellor (Adult)

My Training and experience, grounded in the Person Centred approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy, enables me to offer clients an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and warmth.

I have six years experience working in an NHS setting and Private Practice and with a variety of issues.
I consider myself to be an integrative therapist as I have completed training and professional development within the theories of Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Dreams and Nightmare Analysis.

Qualifications and training

  • Level 3 Person Centred Counselling
    2007: CPCAB

  • Level 3 Integrative Therapies 
    2008: Open University CPCAB

  • Advanced Diploma in the theory and practice of therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy
    2011: ABC

  • Relationship training
    2001: Teminos Sheffield

  • Dream and Nightmare analysis post graduate training
    2015: Yorkshire Counselling Network

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Post graduate training
    2013: Yorkshire Counselling Network

  • Sexual Abuse training course
    2011: SARC

  • Act post graduate training course
    2015: Leeds University Hospital Counselling Network

Jane Taylor

RMN & Training facilitator

Hello, my name is Jane and I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1991.

I have many years experience in mental health nursing and management and use a range of interventions with clients to help facilitate change. I have recently moved into teaching and believe that education and information are the foundations of initiating change in ourselves. I have a special interest in coaching and facilitating change through sharing experiences in group work.  I also enjoy addressing prejudices that surround mental health through awareness sessions in a thought provoking manner from a DBT and ACT perspective.

Qualifications and training

  • RMN
    1991: The University of Sheffield

  • MSC – medical and health sciences
    2010: Sheffield University

  • PGDipEd
    2015: Huddersfield University

Mark Smart

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Adult)

Hi, I’m Mark and I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

I have worked within the NHS for over several years as a Registed Mental Health Nurse supporting recovery of individuals with a variety of mental health conditions. I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioual Psychotherapist with knolwedge in treating a variety of emotional disorders, including anxiety and depression. I have a particular interest in working with Veterans.

Qualifications and training

  • Mental Health Nursing Studies BSc (Hons)
    2009: Huddersfield University

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.
    2016: Sheffield Hallam University

  • CBT and Eating Disorders Training
    2012: The Skills Development Service.

  • CBT and Learning Disabilities
    2015: BABCP

  • CBASP/ Situational Analysis combined with CBT
    2017: BABCP

Vicky Haywood

Life Coach

Hi, I’m Vicky. I’m a Life coach and Reiki Practitioner. I feel my ultimate aim in the work I do with people is to enable them to live to their highest potential.

I have 21 year’s experience of working within the NHS as a Specialist Mental Health Social Worker. I am also an experienced Practice Educator.

I work alongside adults and young people  who experience mental health difficulties, which include anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorder and psychosis. I can work with people on their own or alongside their partners and families to help them achieve and maintain well-being in every area of life.

Life coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming  (NLP)  focuses primarily on the future rather than exploring the root cause of mental distress, and offers the opportunity to move beyond goal setting. It helps us to understand how we interpret the world, where we see ourselves in it and the reasons that we make certain decisions. In this way we can help to reprogram the brain in relation to patterns of thinking and behaviour.

Overall, Life coaching is a process of guided discovery combined with natural intuition ensuring that you move forward from a position of clarity and integrity which will support you to achieve the changes you hope to make.

Qualifications and training

  • Diploma (Level5) in Performance Coaching
    2013: Simply Changing Limited.

  • Second Degree Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho) Practitioner Award
    2009: Trish Grain Reiki Master and Teacher.

  • Post Qualifying Award in Social Work
    2008: General Social Care Council

  • Mental Health Social Work (Approved Social Worker) Award
    2007: General Social Care Council

  • BSc Psychosocial Interventions
    2005: Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • BA (Hons) Social Work Studies
    1996: Sheffield Hallam University

  • Diploma in Social Work
    1996: Sheffield Hallam University

Patricia Eschoe

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Adult) & EMDR Practitioner (Adult)

I am an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT), an Accredited CBT Clinical Supervisor, an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), a Person Centred Counsellor and a Counselling Supervisor.

I have a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience of working in both general and mental health settings within the NHS over 28years, and also in the voluntary and private sector. My mental health psychotherapy work includes, Lead Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in Primary care & IAPT NHS, CBT in NHS Secondary care & Early Intervention, and CBT in an NHS pain management unit. My experience additionally includes working as a therapist in a rape & sexual abuse service, a therapist for survivors of torture, a co-ordinator in a women’s psychotherapy & counselling service, a therapist for staff & students in a 6th Form College and a therapist for staff & students in a University Counselling and psychotherapy service.

I currently provide CBT, working with individuals experiencing a broad range of common mental health difficulties, including trauma, anxiety disorders, work related stress, depression, and pain management, and I additionally provide EMDR for trauma related problems.

I never underestimate what it takes for individuals to contact a therapist, and I have much respect and admiration for the courage demonstrated by clients during the process of therapy. I hold a strong belief in the CBT and EMDR evidence based approaches, when they are assessed as appropriate to meet the client’s psychological and emotional needs, and I have regularly evidenced clients’ achievements, and positive change, throughout the therapeutic contact.

Qualifications and training

  • Certificate in Post-16 Part Time Teaching
    1993: Yorkshire and Humber Further Education (YAHFE)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
    2005: University of Derby

  • Masterclass in CBT for Health Anxiety
    2009: University of Hull

  • An Introduction to Metacognitive Therapy
    2013: BABCP South Yorkshire Region

  • Working with Psychosis
    2014: BABCP Forum

  • CBT with Older Adults
    2015: BABCP Regional Forum

  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
    2000: University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery

  • Master of Science in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
    2006: University of Derby

  • Master Class in CBT for Social Anxiety
    2009: University of Hull

  • Attachment Focussed EMDR – Healing Relational Trauma
    2013: EMDR Extra

  • Managing Chronic Pain: A practical Skills Workshop on CBT for persistent pain
    2015: BABCP South Yorkshire Regional Workshop

  • CBASP and Social Media
    2016: Barnsley & Tayside NHS

  • Stress Management Training
    2002: Sheffield Stress Consultancy

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Ethics & the Law
    2006: Manchester University

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) levels 1-4
    2013: EMDR Extra

  • Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) Intensive Training
    2014: RDASH, NHS Tayside, and University of Dundee

  • CBT for Personality Disorders – Skills based Workshop
    2015: University of Hull

  • CBT, Hierarchy, and Graded Exposure
    2017: University of Nottingham Psychotherapy Services Workshop

Ann Swift

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Adult) & EMDR Practitioner (Adult)

I completed my training as an occupational therapist in 1996 and after a brief spell of working on a general ward, I went on to specialise in mental health, working both in hospital and in the community.

Having been particularly interested in cognitive behavioural therapy, I completed a basic skills course in 1999 and went on to complete a masters degree in psychosocial interventions and a post graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. I am also trained in EMDR and DBT.

I have worked as a psychotherapist for the NHS for the last 13 years and during that time, helped to set up and teach on the IAPT high intensity CBT course at the University of Sheffield, for which our team won a Fellowship Award.

In the last 20 years I have worked with a diverse range of mental health problems with individuals and groups. I am particularly interested in helping people to understand how mental health problems develop, how they are maintained and most importantly, how they can be overcome.

Mike Underwood

Counsellor (Adult)

Hi, I’m Mike. I’m a qualified counsellor. I work as a counsellor in an NHS setting and I also work at a domestic violence charity.

As a humanistic-existential counsellor I do not offer analysis or advice as my view is that you are the expert on you. I do however offer a listening ear so that you can tell your story as you see it as a starting point for deeper exploration. I will try to provide the understanding environment, which the world sometimes seems to lack, so that you feel safe to explore whatever seems to trouble you.

Qualifications and training

  • Certificate in Counselling Studies (level 3)
    2014: CPCAB

  • Drugs Awareness Training
    2015: Wakefield Inspiring Recovery

  • Diploma in therapeutic Counselling (level 4)
    2016: CPCAB

  • Working with Trauma short-Term
    2016: Yorkshire Counselling Network

  • Introduction to Working with Dreams and Imagery
    2014: Yorkshire Counselling Network

  • Relational Depth & Emotional Connection online therapy
    2016: BACP

Dr Vicki Wingrove

Clinical Psychologist (Child & Adolescents)

I’m a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ experience of working with children, young people and their families.

I specialise in working with children with additional needs, learning disabilities and/or neuro-developmental conditions (e.g. ASD) who are experiencing mental health issues, factors impacting on emotional well-being or challenging behaviours. I can offer psychological formulations, tailored intervention and parental support packages.

Qualifications and training

  • BSc Hons Psychology:
    1998, Sheffield Hallam University  2:1

  • Griffith Mental Development Scales:
    2008, Ass for research in infant and Child Development

  • ADOS:
    2009, University of Cambridge

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    2017, Online Uni of South Caroline

  • Master of Arts Disability Studies:
    2001, University of Sheffield

  • Family Partnership Model (Core, Facilitator, Supervisor):
    2008/2009, Dr Crispin Day, Centre for Parent and Child

  • Post Grad Certificate in Therapeutic Play:
    2012, Canterbury University/ PTUK  distinction

  • Using Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Childhood Traumatic Grief
    2017, Online Uni of South Caroline

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology:
    2005, University of Teesside

  • ADI-R:
    2009, University of Cambridge

  • Theraplay level 1
    2014, The Theraplay Institute

Karen Khamis-Burtoft

Occupational Therapist (Child & Adolescents)

I have worked as an Occupational Therapist since 1994 and have extensive experience working with people of all ages with a variety of complex needs such as mental health, learning disabilities, physical and neurodevelopmental conditions.

I have been a core member of a multi-disciplinary ASC assessment team since 2013. I am ADOS 2 trained. I am qualified in sensory integration assessment and intervention, which can be a core difficulty of individuals on the autism spectrum.

I have experience of providing advice and support to individuals/families/carers as well as educational settings regarding ASC on an individual basis or as a training package.

Jo Newing

ADHD Specialist Nurse (Child & Adolescents)

I am a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse with a Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I have over 15 years experience of working with Children and Young People.

My specific area of expertise is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. ADHD is a Neurodevelopmental condition which affects both children, adolescents and adults.

My main role is to carry out an in depth assessment to determine the difficulties you and your child are experiencing and to help plan a way forward. The assessment is undertaken by myself, during which time I will discuss any questions and concerns you may have, carry out one to one assessment sessions as well as a school visit if appropriate. The assessment will then be recorded in a comprehensive report.

Qualifications and training

  • Registered General Nurse:
    GNC – 1979

  • Diploma in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing:
    Sheffield University – 2002

  • UKANN National Conference. “The ABC of ADHD”:
    Warwick University – Sept 2011

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse:
    ENB – 1984

  • European Computer Driving Licence (Part 1&2):
    British Computer Society – May 2006

  • City and Guilds Teaching Cert (Adult Learning 730):
    City & Guilds – 1987

  • The RAID Approach to Asperger’s Syndrome:
    Association For Psychological Therapies. – December 2008

Emily Henman

Speech & Language Therapist (Child & Adolescents)

I am a Speech and Language Therapist with over 15 years’ experience.

I initially worked with children in the community and mainstream schools, focussing mainly on special needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). However, for the majority of my career, I have worked with people with learning disability, challenging behaviour and ASD. I am dysphagia trained, sensory integration trained and am an accomplished Intensive Interaction Practitioner.

I often work with not only the child or adult with communication needs but also those people (family, colleagues, friends etc.) in their daily environment and can offer support, intervention and training relevant and suitable to the individual and their families.

Dr Andrew Charters

Psychiatrist (Child & Adolescents)

I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist I attended Guys Hospital Medical School.

After 2 years in hospital paediatrics in Manchester and Edinburgh, I completed general practice training in Newcastle and London. I then worked in community paediatrics in Salford before psychiatric training in greater Manchester.

I worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Barnsley from 1998 – 2016 and have since worked as a medical redactor in Leeds. As a Psychiatrist I was mainly involved in the assessment of adhd and autism spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, psychosis and trauma.

I used pharmacotherapy, family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, hypnotherapy, eye movement desensitisation reprocessing, group therapy and parenting skills.

Gemma Schofield-Webber

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Child & Adolescents)

I am a registered mental health nurse with an advanced diploma in child and adolescent mental health and post graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy.

I have a wide experience of working with Children and young people with over 11 years practice experience. I have a keen interest of working with children who present with anxiety related difficulties including phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders.

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