Enabling people to Perform Well

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Our Story

In 2007, with a growing recognition of the limitations of applying psychology within traditional services, James and Andy created Changing Minds in order to apply psychological knowledge and theory more flexibly and effectively within the ‘real world’.

Driven by a passion to develop more positive futures and enable others to realise their potential, Changing Minds UK has developed to work in the UK and internationally with individuals and organisations across a range of settings including high performance sport, business, mental health, and criminal justice.

Enabling people to Perform Well

Our Approach

We aim to apply psychological knowledge and theory both flexibly and effectively in the complex systems that exist in the real world.

Courageously Different
Creatively
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Supportively Challenging

Our Framework

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Investing in People,
Sustaining Performance

Performing Well adopts a holistic approach to understanding the developmental needs of individuals, teams, and organisations, seeking to both enhance performance and support wellbeing.

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Our Values

As a sustainable organisation that lives its values and provides ethical and high quality psychological services, we aim to have a meaningful impact with people in everyday life.

People

We believe strongly in the importance of people and relationships, and working with the existing strengths inherent in individuals and systems. We value diversity, equal opportunity, and individual difference and strive to treat each person sensitively, fairly, and with dignity and respect.

Practice

We value high quality psychological practice, underpinned by a strong ethical foundation and robust governance processes.

Perspective

We value the importance of maintaining perspective on our work, emphasising the importance of reflective practice, clinical supervision, and external scrutiny.

Our Clients

Our People

Changing Minds staff have experience of applying high quality psychological services across a wide range of systems, and are passionate about enabling others to Perform Well.

The Directors

Dr Andrew Rogers

Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Dr James Bickley

Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

The Team

Jon Marzetti

Trainee Sport Psychologist

Giles Carré

Trainee Sport Psychologist

Matt Thombs

Consultant Sport Psychologist - Lead for Performance Services

Dr Sue Wood

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Charlene Rouski

Clinical Psychologist

David Morris

Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Valerie Gotz

Assistant Psychologist

Dr Sue Knowles

Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Child and Family Lead

Sinitta Yu

Assistant Psychologist

Alex Feary

Sport Psychologist

Chris Bradley

Sport Psychologist

Dr Amanda Bickley

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Pauline Hughes

Office Manager

Dr Duncan Law

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Simon Jafari

Counselling Psychologist

Jen McDonald

Senior Office Administrator

Dr Gayle McKerracher

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Shreeta Raja

Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Jess Sheffield

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Andrew Rogers

Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Andrew is a Chartered Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and co-director of Changing Minds UK. He has over 20 years’ experience of delivering high quality applied psychology provision across a broad range of care and performance environments including elite sport, business, NHS, mental health, social care and the criminal justice system. He also has substantial experience in clinical management, leadership and psychological service development.

Andrew has a particular interest and expertise in supporting people and organisations with the implications of relational attachment, threat and trauma on human development, resilience, wellbeing, and performance. He is passionate about the value of psychological understanding in developing potential and realising ambition.

Andrew has provided psychological support for a number of CEOs & high-performance leaders and elite athletes across professional and Olympic sports, and has worked with a range of sporting and performance organisations in developing client performance, resilience and emotional wellbeing. Andrew has worked in and managed specialist psychological services within community, residential, prison, and hospital settings supporting children, adults and families presenting with high risk and complex needs arising out of their life experiences. He believes strongly in delivering high quality psychological services within a robust ethical framework, and working with the inherent strengths within people and systems in their pursuit of wellbeing and performance.

Andrew has specialist knowledge and experience of working with young people with a history of high-risk behaviour, including serious offending, and was lead for psychological provision in a nationally recognised NHS adolescent forensic mental health service until moving to work full-time in independent practice in 2014. Andrew has provided consultancy services both in the UK and internationally in relation to psychologically-informed culture change, strategic development of mental health services, complex adolescent mental health, looked after children and youth justice services. Andrew is currently National Clinical Advisor for ‘Secure Stairs’, an NHS England-led project supporting the development of a psychologically and trauma-informed framework of integrated care for young people within the secure estate.

Andrew has been a visiting lecturer at several British universities, has presented research and clinical interests at conferences nationally and internationally, is published in a variety of books and peer-reviewed journals and has a number of mainstream TV and radio appearances promoting psychological understanding of human development and mental health. Andrew currently clinically supervises professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as supervising trainee and qualified practitioner psychologists.

Andrew is married with three young children and enjoys time with family, reading and sport.

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Dr James Bickley

Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist

James Bickley is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and co-director of Changing Minds UK.   He combines a passion for sport with a desire to support others, particularly those at risk of exclusion, in realising their potential, achieving their goals, and enabling them to Perform Well.

James has over 20 years of experience working with challenging presentations in a broad range of care and performance environments.  He has led or developed psychological services in Mental Health, Youth Justice, and High Performance settings.  In particular, James has specialist knowledge and considerable experience in working with young people who present with high-risk behaviours.

Through his work, James has developed an ability to make sense of complex presentations or needs, and enables others to work effectively with these challenges through the provision of training, supervision, consultation, or expert opinion.  James promotes the importance of developing shared understanding and firmly believes that an effective consultant or practitioner leaves an individual or system more psychologically informed, more empowered, and ultimately in a better place.

James started Changing Minds UK with his business partner Andrew Rogers in 2007, as a result of a growing recognition of the limitations in traditional models of delivery in complex systems. The company has since become one of the most highly regarded providers of comprehensive psychological services in the UK, striving to have a meaningful impact with people in everyday life.

James is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He has presented research and clinical interests at both national and international conferences and published in a variety of books and peer-reviewed journals.

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Jon Marzetti

Trainee Sport Psychologist

Jon is a Trainee Sport Psychologist at Changing Minds, currently working towards full BPS accreditation and HCPC registration. Under the supervision of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Sport Psychologist, Jon is embedded within the Short Track Speed Skating World Class Programme and a Premier League Football Academy, supporting the psychological needs of the organisation and the individual needs of their elite athletes.

Jon has also been involved in supporting the psychological assessment of clients in looked after children settings. This work has included the administration of standardised assessment tools and the preparation of psychological reports. Jon’s other responsibilities include the development, delivery and evaluation of psychologically informed training sessions for a variety of organisations in both sport and business.

Jon has previously worked for Brighton and Hove Albion FC, where he supported the provision of psychological support for their Women and Girls’ First Team and Development Squad. Additionally, he holds an FA Level 2 coaching badge and a BACP Level 2 counselling certificate. His wider background includes working for the English Football League’s commercial department as well as a brief period as a full-time athlete.

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Giles Carré

Trainee Sport Psychologist

Giles is a trainee sport psychologist, undertaking Stage 2 accreditation with the British Psychological Society. Giles already holds a BSc in Sport Science & Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Science, both from the University of Birmingham, and a second master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University. Giles brings a wealth of experience across high performance media settings having worked for a range of companies across a variety of shows in a career in television production and development spanning 16 years.

Since joining Changing Minds, Giles has worked across first team and academy high-performance sport environments in rugby, football and cricket. This involves applying psychological approaches both one-to-one with individuals and systemically, supporting players, coaches, support staff, and key stakeholders. Giles has also been instrumental in the development of the ‘Performing Well’ framework, a philosophy of practice which underpins the delivery of applied psychological principles across a range of performance environments. These include high-performance sport, business, and the performing arts.

Giles is passionate about establishing relationships of trust and openness that allow individuals, teams, and systems to flourish. He has a particular interest in the complexities and subtleties of dynamic, high-intensity environments, and enjoys bringing a level of perspective and support that can enable breakthroughs and increase understanding. He recognises the importance of being embedded within a system for it to gain maximum benefit. Giles’ creativity, life experience, and positivity enable him to adapt easily to new, unfamiliar, or difficult situations, and he thrives on the challenge of problem solving in even the most complex of arenas. Fundamentally, Giles believes in recognising and supporting people’s individuality, and working together to understand where we are and what is next.

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Matt Thombs

Consultant Sport Psychologist - Lead for Performance Services

Matt is a sport psychology consultant and has had experience of working in elite sport, from a talent and World class performance standpoint, since 2001. He worked as a senior lecturer in sport psychology, before opting to operate as an applied consultant on a permanent basis. He has successfully supported numerous national governing bodies of sport, individual performers, professional teams and their coaches/support staff. Matt is typically embedded in the systems and environments he operates in, and works with multiple stakeholders from an organisational, wellbeing and performance perspective.

Matt is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), a HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) registered sport psychologist, a BPS (British Psychological Society) chartered sport psychologist, BASES (British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences) accredited sport scientist, an AASP (Association for Applied Sport Psychology) certified consultant, a chartered scientist with the Science Council and an accredited Insights Discovery coach.

Matt has accrued experience of successfully working across a number of sports, for example Thai Boxing, Tennis, Motor Sport (MX1 & Supersport), International Hockey, GB Skeleton, English Premier League/Championship Football, and International/Premiership Rugby Union. This work has been at various levels of competition, such as the Winter Olympic games, Winter World University Games, International Test matches, Grand Prix’s, World Championships, Junior World Championships, European Championships, British Championships and English domestic leagues.

Matt spent 7 years as the Rugby Football Union (RFU) National Academy Head of sport psychology (2007-14), where he was embedded in the U20 programme and supported a group of post U20 players up to and then into the senior squad. Matt currently works with two Gallagher Premiership Rugby Union sides, an English Premier League football team and in various business contracts.

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Dr Sue Wood

Clinical Psychologist

Sue is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience in working with people across the lifespan in a variety of service contexts. This has included work with young people, families, adults and staff across inpatient, community and applied settings. Prior to joining Changing Minds in October 2018, Sue worked in a NHS child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) for 2 years. She has also worked as a mental health mentor at the University of Warwick and is an Associate with St Basils; supporting the delivery of training for staff in providing psychologically informed environments.

Sue was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology jointly from the University of Warwick and Coventry University in 2016, and also holds an MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology and a BSc in Psychology, both from the University of Warwick. Sue has training across a range of psychological approaches and has undertaken further introductory courses in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Sue has a specialist interest in supporting mental health in elite sport environments and has undertaken research in this area with professional footballers. Since joining Changing Minds, Sue has been working with the performance team across a variety of elite sport settings supporting wellbeing through individual work, consultation with systems, and education/training. She has also worked with the child and family team supporting assessments for adoption support.

Sue has a longstanding interest and passion in sport. She has competed at junior

international level for football and continues to play both football and hockey at a national level.

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Dr Charlene Rouski

Clinical Psychologist

Charlene is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with young people and adults with complex needs and the support systems around them.

Charlene works with a variety of client groups, including young people and families with complex needs, working in residential care provisions, educational settings, fostering and adoption services and services that support care-experienced young people. Charlene facilitates ongoing psychological consultation to staff teams and carers, undertakes multi-agency team formulation sessions, delivers training, contributes to the ‘matching process’ when thinking about foster carer suitability, provides clinical supervision to staff from a range of disciplines, and supports with service development, including the development of models of care and outcome frameworks. She also completes comprehensive psychological assessments, provides therapeutic interventions to adults, young people and families and works with Local Authorities supporting children and families where there are safeguarding needs. Charlene also works within adult wellbeing services undertaking assessment and therapeutic work.

Charlene utilises an integrated approach where she draws upon attachment and trauma informed frameworks to guide her work. She has a special interest in developmental trauma, self-harming behaviours and Child Sexual Exploitation. Charlene has also undertaken training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

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David Morris

Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

David holds an MSc in Psychology and is a trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working within the Clinical Psychology team at Changing Minds. David’s clinical work has predominately been within services for young people, families and adults with complex needs, whilst also supporting the psychological needs of organisations and individuals within business and elite sport environments. Alongside his role as a clinician, David is business development manager of 19 Wilson Patten, a wellbeing and business centre in central Warrington.

David has competed psychological assessments and formulation alongside delivering psychologically informed interventions with children, young people and adults. He often delivers therapy primarily within a cognitive behavioural framework, but also uses an integrative approach incorporating other therapeutic approaches such as Mindfulness, Compassion Focussed Therapy and DBT skills. He has also supported the delivery of training on topics such as brain development, attachment behaviour and developmental trauma. David has delivered psychological services within the business environment that has focused on a variety of wellbeing and performance needs. This has included individual therapy and wellbeing training for employee’s alongside bespoke performance workshops focused on improving team functioning, communication and developing resiliency. David has supported work within elite sport environments including the psychological profiling and support planning of developing athletes at GB rowing, canoeing, skeleton and weight lifting. David has previously spent 3 years working as an Assistant Psychologist for Changing Minds and has a wider background experience as a service manager in a residential and community outreach provision for homeless adults. David is due to receive his BABCP accreditation in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (PGDip) from Bolton university in January 2020.

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Valerie Gotz

Assistant Psychologist

Valerie joined Changing Minds UK in October 2017 as an Assistant Psychologist and is currently working towards a professional career in clinical psychology. She holds a BA degree in Social Psychology and has a wider background working with children in an education setting to support their learning and well-being.

Valerie has experience of supporting children with additional social and emotional needs. Since joining Changing Minds, Valerie has been involved in supporting the psychological assessment of clients in the looked after children and post adoption support services. This work has included the administration of standardised assessment tools and the preparation of psychological reports. Valerie supports clinicians who work with those in the care systems around the child using attachment and trauma frameworks to offer assessments, consultations and therapeutic intervention. She receives regular clinical supervision from a Clinical Psychologist.

Valerie has a wider background working in analytics where she held a senior position delivering insight into consumer behaviours in a marketing setting.

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Dr Sue Knowles

Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Child and Family Lead

Sue is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Child and Family Lead of Changing Minds UK, where she is a member of the Senior Management Team. Sue leads a team of Applied Psychologists, Therapists and Assistant Psychologists and oversees the Child and Family Service and the Adult Wellbeing Service. This involves liaison with multiple stakeholders and agencies, ensuring high quality practice across the service through outcome measurement and evaluation, development of frameworks of care, supervision and coaching.
Sue is trained to work with clients across the lifespan, including adults, young people and families. She has specialist skills in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma, and/or present with concerns including anxiety, self-harm and attachment/relationship difficulties.

Sue has a particular interest in providing psychological services in education settings, where she works closely with the Senior Leadership to develop whole school strategies for performance and wellbeing, embedding an attachment-aware and trauma-informed approach across their provision. In addition, Sue works within organisations, promoting emotional wellbeing and resilience within high pressure and high challenge environments, supporting them to ‘Perform Well’. This work includes developing company-wide wellbeing and development strategies, psychological consultations, personal development planning and coaching with the Senior Leadership Team and designing bespoke training. Sue is an accredited ‘Spotlight’ facilitator (a personality profiling tool for use within organisations, which is designed with performance in mind).

Sue’s clinical practice involves undertaking comprehensive psychological assessments and therapeutic work, consultations, training and supervision with birth families, foster carers and residential care staff. Sue also provides individual therapy for adults and young people. In addition to her clinical work, Sue writes self-help books for young people (including the bestselling books ‘My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track’ and ‘The Anxiety Survival Guide: Getting Through the Challenging Stuff’). Her third book will be published in January 2021. Sue is also research supervisor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses at Lancaster University. She has a range of academic publications from her own research and the studies that she supervises.

In addition to her registration as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Clinical Psychologist, Sue has undertaken formal training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) (levels one and two) and Theraplay® (level one) and uses an attachment/trauma framework in much of her work. She works in an integrative manner and has also had training in a range of therapeutic approaches including Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Dr Sue Knowles
Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Child and Family Lead
BSc. (Hons), D Clin Psy, C. Psychol

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Sinitta Yu

Assistant Psychologist

Sinitta works within the Child and Family Service at Changing Minds UK. She works with young people, and those who care for them, who have complex needs including attachment di­fficulties, developmental trauma, social communication di­fficulties and mental health needs.

Sinitta has a range of experience having previously worked within a national residential child care provision, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), and an inpatient secure ward. Sinitta works with the Applied Psychologists at Changing Minds to support psychological consultation and team formulation for fostering and residential care services, to undertake comprehensive psychological assessments for young people with complex needs and their families, to facilitate training, and provide individual psychological therapy. Sinitta uses an integrative therapeutic approach in her work, drawing from attachment/trauma principles, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.

Sinitta also undertakes clinical research, outcomes and evaluation activities for Changing Minds and other associated organisations. Sinitta has attended training in Sensory Processing Principles and Parenting with PACE. She holds a BPS accredited Undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology.

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Alex Feary

Sport Psychologist

Alex is a sport psychologist working with leading sportsmen and women. With a decade of competing in mixed martial arts and rugby, Alex holds a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University and is a BPS Chartered Sport Psychologist. He has worked as an applied practitioner within elite sport since 2012, and prior to this worked as an assistant psychologist within a clinical setting with adolescents presenting with complex needs.

Alex has supported adolescent and adult elite performers and the coaches and systems around them across a range of Olympic and professional sports. This includes amongst others, work with Premier League and Championship football clubs, England Netball, GB Canoe, and National Cricket. Alex believes strongly in integrating psychological knowledge from a range of theoretical perspectives in helping to assess and understand the needs of the clients and the systems he works with.

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Chris Bradley

Sport Psychologist

Chris is a Chartered HCPC registered Sport Psychologist. He holds both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Sport and Exercise Psychology and has worked in a range of high performance systems since 2010. He also has qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and teaching. Chris is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and is a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Chris has worked as a practitioner across many amateur and professional settings, with the majority of his experience in supporting athletes and elite performance systems within professional tennis, football, and snooker. In each of the settings in which he has worked, Chris has developed programmes that promote psychological awareness across coaches and the wider support environment, as well as direct work with athletes. Outside of sport, Chris has obtained experience in education and mental health, including six months as a support worker on a mental health unit. Chris takes a holistic approach to his work, preferring to support his clients in ways that can help them achieve success both within and outside of sport.

Chris has experience of playing and coaching tennis to a high standard. Outside of work, Chris enjoys travelling and live music. Chris once appeared on children’s TV show 50/50! His karaoke song of choice is Disco 2000 by Pulp.

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Dr Amanda Bickley

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Prior to joining Changing Minds in 2016, Amanda worked for 7 years in a specialist Local Authority Looked After and Adopted Children’s Psychology Service. She is highly experienced in working with children, families and those in the care systems around the child using attachment and trauma frameworks to offer psychological assessments, consultations and therapeutic intervention.

Amanda’s current clinical practice involves undertaking comprehensive psychological assessments and working therapeutically with children and their families and individual adults to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs. Amanda continues to specialise in providing attachment focused intervention and provides post adoption support to a number of families, funded through the Adoption Support Fund. Amanda has undertaken training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay® and regularly uses these approaches in her clinical work.

Amanda also manages a psychological consultation service commissioned by a local authority for both foster carers and residential staff. Amanda has extensive direct experience of offering consultations to staff teams (foster carers, senior social work managers, social workers and teachers) who support children and young people who have experienced complex trauma, separation and loss. The focus of these consultations is to create shared understanding and promote therapeutic parenting approaches in all aspects of the child or young person’s life.

Amanda is currently leading on the development of our services in the Midlands and supervises a staff team of Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists.

Prior to working as a Clinical Psychologist, Amanda worked for the Youth Justice Board supporting the development of offending behaviour programmes in secure and custodial environments. She has also held a Senior Management position (Head of Youth Offending Services) within a custodial setting for young people, managing a multi-disciplinary team responsible for psychological intervention (including offence focussed work) within the centre.

Amanda’s interest in working in youth offending developed when studying criminology as part of her undergraduate degree. She went on to complete a PhD in Forensic Psychology and wrote her thesis on the impact of film violence on young offenders.

Amanda is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She holds an enhanced DBS certificate.

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Pauline Hughes

Office Manager

Pauline has worked in the NHS for over 19 years, she has extensive experience working in Human Resources, administration and as a Medical Staffing Manager. She provides management oversight for all administrative functions within Changing Minds UK.

Pauline is the first point of contact for Human Resources, Finance and Accounts. Pauline believes strongly in supporting staff and the importance of polite, effective and engaging customer service.

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Dr Duncan Law

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Duncan, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience working in psychological health across the NHS, local authority, higher education, third sectors. He has worked with Changing Minds, since 2016, in elite sports environments spanning: football, rugby and swimming. Alongside this he is a Consultant Clinical Associate at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families (AFNCCF). An Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London’s Faculty of Brian Sciences, teaching on a variety of mental health transformation programmes, teaches on the Royal Holloway University of London Clinical Psychology doctoral training, and is an external examiner for the University of Reading.

Duncan is director of MindMonkey Associates: www.MindMonkeyAssociates.com offering applied psychological consultation, mentoring, and training to a range of individuals and organisations across the UK, Europe and North America. Working closely with colleagues at Common Room Consulting, he delivers mental health training to front line professionals in health and education that is co-design and delivered with young adults with lived experience. He is a founding board member of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) and trustee of MAC-UK, a charity working with vulnerable young people in inner city London. He is the former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families. Duncan has written extensively for academic journals and books including: Cooper and Law (2018) ‘Working with goals in psychotherapy and counselling’ Oxford University Press.

He has particular expertise in working with goals in therapy; developing of the goals-based outcomes (GBO) tool (see www.goals-in-therapy.com). He has particular interest in applied psychological practice in whole system change, quality improvement, evidence-informed & feedback-informed practice. Above all he is interested in the effective application of complex psychological ideas in ways that make then accessible and acceptable to enrich lives and enhance performance.

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Dr Simon Jafari

Counselling Psychologist

Simon is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist who specialises in working with children, young people, adults and the systems designed to support them. For the last 8 years, Simon has supported children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings. He has worked with a diverse range of needs, such as low mood, anxiety, self-harm, social-communication difficulties (e.g. ASD), attachment and trauma related needs. In his last post, within a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU), he provided comprehensive psychological assessments, risk assessment, psychological formulation, and clinical interventions for adolescents with complex needs.

Simon currently provides psychological input for individuals within the domains of Looked After Children and Adoption services, providing psychological assessment and intervention to adoptive parents and Looked After Children. Simon works closely with a Local Authority to provide psychological intervention into their residential care homes, including psychological consultations with staff, team formulations, individual assessments, staff training and support. He also supports young people and adults within the local community.

Simon also leads the delivery of a psychological well-being service within an organisational setting, where he liaises closely with the HR Manager and provides consultations, wellbeing screenings, psychological assessments and therapeutic work (including group work and individual).

Simon also has a special interest in supporting the development of children and young people within educational environments. He is responsible for developing psychological provision for pupils and staff in educational settings with a view to supporting psychological well-being and sustainable performance.

Simon is also the research lead within Changing Minds UK, which aims to promote evidence-based practice and ongoing audit, evaluation and research activities.

Simon utilises a range of psychological approaches in his work, primarily drawing on attachment and trauma frameworks. His therapeutic toolset includes Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and he has completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. He adopts an integrative approach in his therapy and believes in modifying the tools he harnesses in order to complement individual strengths and preferences. Simon is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Jen McDonald

Senior Office Administrator

Jen is a qualified Primary Teacher with 10 years teaching experience within a variety of settings including Nursery, Primary and SEN schools. From her teaching career, Jen has experience of working effectively within a team, prioritising workloads in order to meet targets and deadlines, and using creativity to plan and organise. All of these skills are utilised in her role at Changing Minds UK.

Jen provides support with all administrative functions within Changing Minds UK and 19 Wilson Patten.   She is the first point of contact for booking enquiries and for people visiting 19 Wilson Patten. Jen believes in the importance of delivering a polite, welcoming and effective customer service.

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Dr Gayle McKerracher

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Gayle is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Associate for Changing Minds, who has worked with children, young people and their families for the past 18 years, working in a range of community, inpatient and outpatient settings.

She is highly experienced in working with children and young people with mental health difficulties, living in adverse circumstances and for the last 8 years leading a team within a specialist children’s hospital. She works mainly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach but incorporates attachment frameworks and ACT in her clinical work. She has particular interests in working with people who have experienced trauma, adjusting and coping with challenging experiences as well as offering supervision, consultation and training with staff working with young people and families.

She is a registered Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Dr Shreeta Raja

Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Shreeta is a HCPC registered Senior Clinical Psychologist, and has over 10 years’ experience in the NHS, working with people across the lifespan and in settings ranging from community to forensic inpatient.

Much of her work has been working with young people, young adults and families with complex clinical presentations and with the services that support them, in order to increase psychological understanding and wellness. She has particular experience in working with care-experienced young people and those who have experienced adversity and trauma.

Shreeta also has considerable experience working within the area of elite sports, recognising that many of the same psychological theories and skills she had used in other settings can be applied to the high-performance environment. Since joining Changing Minds, Shreeta has worked with individuals (elite athletes and support staff), performance teams and organisations to improve performance and promote overall wellbeing through psychological consultation and individual work. Shreeta is working to support the development of the Changing Minds provision in London.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Shreeta draws on a range of psychological knowledge and theories to understand human behaviour and performance, including complex trauma and attachment theory. She integrates a number of therapeutic approaches into her work including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy and recognises the high value of working systemically. In addition to her clinical work, Shreeta is a past member of the British Psychological Society’s national committee for children, young people and families and has published on traumatic presentations in young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society.

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Jess Sheffield

Clinical Psychologist

Jessica is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises working with young people and families in a variety of different settings. Jessica is part of the child and family team at Changing Minds working with clients within fostering and adoption services, residential care and educational settings. She provides psychological assessment, formulation, consultation and therapeutic intervention to address a wide variety of difficulties through direct and indirect work with individuals, families, groups and wider systems. Jessica utilises an integrative approach with an attachment and systemic focus.

Prior to joining Changing Minds in 2019, Jessica was in training completing core placements across the lifespan and varying service contexts. This has included working with adults, young adults and children to provide psychological therapy to address a wide-range of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, with specific practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Attachment-based therapy. In her final year of training, Jessica had specialist experience of working in an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Learning Disability service for children and young people and a Children in Care (CiC) service.

Prior to training, Jessica has over ten years experience of working with children and young people. This has included supporting their learning, development and wellbeing within education, residential and community settings, particularly with children who have social communication and sensory processing differences and additional learning needs. Jessica has also worked as a Research Assistant on a national research trial in the field of adolescent mental health.

Jessica was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2019 from the University of Lancaster, a Post Graduate Certificate in ASC in 2009 from Manchester Metropolitan University and a BSc in Psychology in 2006 from the University of Birmingham. She has undertaken training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

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Courageously Different

We pride ourselves on a willingness to work outside traditional models of psychological delivery. By applying a broad range of psychological theory flexibly we are better able to meet the needs of a range of clients, avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ prescriptive approach.

We aim to empower clients and systems to grow and develop through promoting shared understanding and co-ordinated action, which live beyond our involvement.

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Creatively
Simple

Our focus is always to deliver a high quality service, bringing psychological science to life by creating practical solutions to complex problems that have a meaningful impact with people in everyday life, always maximising the resources available.

We understand the need to be innovative in tailoring our services to the needs of our clients, be they individuals, teams or organisations.

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Supportively Challenging

We recognise the importance of developing resilience within individuals and organisations, and the potential to grow through adversity. We promote the notion of being ‘stronger together’ which incorporates the provision of nurturing care and people looking after themselves in order to support others effectively.

We recognise that people are always doing their best, and can also be appropriately challenged to do better, encouraging them to feel secure in what they do and collectively reflect on their actions.

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