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Meet the team

Leathes Psychology has a flexible and highly-experienced team of psychological therapists with experience in both private and NHS settings. This ensures we're able to meet the needs of a wide range of personal situations and psychological difficulties.

Dr Femke Leathes

DClinPsych​

Founder

I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

My qualifications are:

 

  • BA Hons (1st Class) Manchester University

  • PsyDip (Distinction) Oxford Brookes University

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) Oxford University

I am an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, and registered accordingly with the International Society of Schema Therapy.

Following my undergraduate degree and before qualifying in clinical psychology, I worked for a number of years in business. This has given me a broader perspective on the challenges faced by many of my clients and their families.

I have experience working with a wide variety of clients and using different therapeutic approaches. My areas of special interest and experience, include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, difficulties with self-esteem and personality disorders. I specialise in working with clients with more longstanding difficulties.

I work predominantly using Schema Therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but do integrate other therapeutic models when required.

I have worked in the NHS for a number of years and continue to maintain links with the doctoral training course at Oxford University, for which I provide teaching.

Dr Jess Bezance

DClinPsych

I am a registered member of the Health Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

 

My qualifications are:
 

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, Cardiff University

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych), Oxford University

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Intermediate Systemic Practice with Families and Couples, Bedfordshire University

I have experience working with a wide range of client difficulties across the lifespan. I am mindful of the importance of our context and relationships, and therefore adopt an integrated approach using ideas from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion-focussed and systemic theory. My special areas of interest include low self-esteem, adjustment and transition and trauma.

Alongside my private work I work in the NHS with people with severe mental health difficulties. I also have links to Oxford University as a supervisor.

Dr Mark Bruce

D.Psych.

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

My qualifications are:
 

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Loughborough University

  • Diploma (Distinction) Psychoanalytic Theory

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (D. Psych), Glasgow Caledonian University

I have experience of working with clients with a wide variety of difficulties using different therapeutic approaches. My particular areas of interest and expertise include weight and eating-related conditions, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I am principally a CBT-oriented therapist, although I value the use of a range of approaches. We all experience our self, others and the world around us in a unique way and I will look to explore this with you within the context of a collaborative, caring and trusting therapeutic relationship. I work with adults, young people and groups and offer brief, as well as open-ended therapy.

Alongside private practice, I have experience working in a number of different environments including NHS hospitals, private hospitals, clinics, and charitable organisations. I currently work part-time for the NHS in a military veterans’ service, and part-time for a private hospital in a specialist weight management service.

Lisa Bruton

Adv Dip, MA, UKCP Reg

I am an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and abiding by the BACP Code of Ethics.

My qualifications are:
 

  • BA Hons (1st Class with Honours), University College London

  • Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling

  • Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy

  • Certificate in Mindfulness Teacher Training

  • Certificate in Trauma Support

  • Certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I specialise in couples work and for this use an Integrative approach, drawing on a range of theories and techniques to best help my clients. As well as running a private practice I have worked for the NHS, the Metropolitan Police, and in Higher Education settings. I have also lectured in Psychotherapy and ran MIndfulness Groups privately and for the NHS.

I consider that coming for couples therapy is a courageous move, and I endeavour to respect this by creating a safe environment where each person can communicate honestly and clearly. Often the work is sensitive, relating to issues of communication, connection or lack of between partners, recurring arguments, intimacy problems, adjusting to life transitions such as parenthood or infertility, financial and work pressures. I guarantee utmost confidentiality and a genuine commitment to helping clients think about what is best for them both as individuals and as a couple. 

Dr Lisa Debrou

PsychD

I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


My qualifications are:
 

  • Bachelors degree in Psychology, University of the West of England

  • Masters degree in Health Psychology, University of the West of England

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey
     

I work with adults and some older adolescents. I have worked with a variety of issues including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, anxiety, depression, panic, PTSD, adjustment issues (to health conditions), relationship problems, low self-esteem, burnout and work-related stress.

 

The main therapy models I use in my work are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My areas of special interest are with people who are living with chronic health conditions or life-limiting illnesses, medically-related phobias and general adult mental health. I have experience of working both in the NHS and the private sector (both in the UK and abroad).

My approach when working with someone is always to try first to understand their story. I genuinely enjoy working with people to try and find a way through their difficulties. Being ‘stuck’ in distress can often feel overwhelming and it is hard to know how to find a way out. I see my role as a psychologist in therapy as being a guide to help people become ‘unstuck’ so quality of life can improve. I will always tailor what I am doing to the person in front of me.

Dr Alison Griffiths

DClinPsy

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS). I also have full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

My qualifications are:
 ​

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, The University of Nottingham

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), University College London​

I have worked in a range of NHS services throughout my career, both as a clinician and in leadership and supervision roles. I have also worked locally as a University lecturer and have been involved in several psychological therapy research trials.
 

I use approaches approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) or otherwise supported by a scientific evidence base. My central models of therapy are CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Schema Therapy. I also practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy). I have a strong interest in mindfulness-based interventions, which I integrate within my practice.
 
I specialise in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I also work with individuals with physical health symptoms, or complicated grief, to facilitate the process of adjustment. I use Schema Therapy to support people with longer standing difficulties, including those with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.


In all my work, I recognise the influence of unique life circumstances on the development of people’s difficulties. I aim to support clients to build on their strengths, as well as to learn new skills, to both overcome their current life challenges and build future resilience.

Dr Amanda Hall

Psych.D., AFBPsS

I am chartered by, and am an Associate Fellow of, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 


My qualifications are:
 

  • Post Grad Dip. Psychology Thames Valley University

  • MSc. Counselling Psychology, City University

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Psych. D.), City University

I have a strong commitment to evidence based therapies and am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


I have considerable experience as a Principle Counselling Psychologist in adult mental health, both in NHS primary and secondary care settings. More recently I have worked in a personality disorder service delivering intensive treatment using DBT.

My areas of special interest and experience include anxiety, depression, difficulties with self-esteem and personality disorders. I have extensive experience working with clients with more longstanding difficulties and am particularly interested in the role of shame in the context of psychological distress.
 

Before qualifying in counselling psychology, I worked for a number of years in business. This has given me a broader perspective on the challenges faced by many of my clients; the striving, the pressure to be and do better, often with less resource. 
 

My aim is to work collaboratively with clients in order to develop a shared understanding of the difficulties, identify and use strengths, learn new skills where needed and cultivate the conditions for resilience and courage in order to live wholeheartedly.
 

I work in private practice and am a guest lecturer for several universities in the home counties. I am currently designing a program of skills for secondary schools to help students become their best self.      

Debbie Howard

PGDip in CBT

I am a registered member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

 

My qualifications are:

  • BSc Hons (1st Class) Bangor University

  • PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Royal Holloway

My mode of working is exclusively cognitive-behavioural. This includes behavioural approaches such as behavioural activation (BA) and exposure and response prevention (ERP).

My areas of interest include depression, self-esteem, OCD, social anxiety and generalised anxiety (GAD).

Alongside private practice, I am currently employed as a lecturer and supervisor at Reading University. In this capacity, I train NHS high intensity therapists, and trainee CBT therapists from other professions.

Dr Karla Maguire

PsychD

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 

My qualifications are:
 

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Physical and Mental Health, University of Reading

  • Postgrad. Cert in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies, University of Reading

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. PsychD. University of Surrey

 

I have experience of working with adults and young people supporting them with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, relationships, loss and adjustment.

I aim to work with clients to develop a helpful understanding of their difficulties from which we can identify ways to work towards improving their emotional wellbeing. I believe in the importance of a safe, honest therapeutic relationship that supports clients to share their difficulties and make the changes that are important to them.

My main therapy model is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) however I draw on other approaches depending on each client’s individual needs and goals. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and systemic approaches.

Alongside my private practice, I work in the NHS with people with learning disabilities. I have links to several universities as a supervisor and mentor for students on doctoral training courses.

Dr Phil Moss

Psych.D., AFBPsS

I am chartered by, and am an Associate Fellow of, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

 

My qualifications are:
 

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Plymouth

  • M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psych. D.), University of Surrey

I have further post-doctoral training in other therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Training (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT), and in working with addictions and personality disorders.

My main approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), although I use other approaches such as DBT, mindfulness-based approaches, CAT and compassionate-focused approaches as required. My aim is to help people to achieve the best possible resolution and recovery from the difficulties they are experiencing.

I have considerable experience as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in adult mental health, pain management, disability work, and in forensic mental health. I also previously worked in the NHS with ex-armed services veterans with mental health and adjustment difficulties. In addition to working in private practice, I currently work as a Clinical Psychologist in Occupational Health

Dr Emily Nobes

DClinPsych

I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 
 

I am also accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
 

My qualifications are:
 

  • Psychology BSc Hons Nottingham University

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) Oxford University
     

My whole career has been spent working with children and adolescents, and I enjoy the challenges and creative opportunities from working across the full age span. Until recently I worked within the NHS and was the clinical lead for a CBT treatment service for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD and PTSD. 
 

My specialist interest is in OCD, and anxiety disorders and the application of evidence-based therapies such as CBT. Alongside this I am experienced in working with a wide variety of difficulties using a range of different approaches. I have experience of working with young people with autistic spectrum disorder. 

I am also interested in supporting the development of colleagues, through supervision and training. I have additional postgraduate qualifications in supervision and leadership.

Dr Nikkita Osiadacz

DClinPsych

I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 
 

My qualifications are:
 

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Plymouth

  • PGCert in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions

  • PGCert in Forensic Psychology

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Canterbury Christchurch University

I have worked in a variety of NHS services as a clinician, including working with both adults and children with long term health conditions. 
 
I prefer to use an integrative approach to therapy – drawing on a variety of models based on the individual’s need. I often find that needs change during the course of therapy, and therefore adapting the therapeutic model to this need is beneficial. I can also work within a specific model as required. The models of therapy that I use are: CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Narrative therapy and systemic approaches.
 
I specialise in the treatment of both children and adults with long term health conditions, providing support to the adjustment of an illness and the impact it can have on quality of life. I also work with children and adults with anxiety disorders, depression, stress and low self-esteem. I can also provide parenting support to families.

The aim of my work is to support individuals in developing their resilience and skills base in order to manage their difficulties on their own in the long term.
 

Dr Lexy Rose

DClinPsy

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

My qualifications are:
 

  • BA (1st Class) Experimental Psychology, Oxford University 

  • MSc (Distinction) Mental Health Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IOPPN) (King’s College London, KCL)

  • PGCert, Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments (IAPT Pathway), Reading University

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), IOPPN (Kings College London)

 

I have worked with a wide range of client difficulties in different contexts. My therapeutic approach focuses on using warmth and curiosity, holding in mind that people are trying their best given their personal experiences and developed coping strategies.

I work to develop a shared understanding of the current difficulties, as well as identifying a person’s strengths and values. My therapeutic style is informed by the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), integrated with ideas from mindfulness and compassionate-focused approaches.  I will always tailor techniques to meet individual needs. 

My areas of interest include working with adults with anxiety, low mood, self-criticism, and more long-standing difficulties. Alongside private practice, I work in the NHS, supporting adults with learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders including Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
 

Dr Melissa Snaith

MA(Hons), DClinPsych

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

My qualifications are:
 

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) Oxford University

  • Postgrad. Certificate in Advanced Trauma Studies

  • Postgrad. Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies, Reading University

  • BA (Hons) Reading University

I use a number of different therapeutic approaches, so I can adapt treatment to suit clients’ individual needs. I have further post-doctoral training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.

I work with a wide variety of clients, primarily adults and adolescents. My areas of special interest and experience include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and stress, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and difficulties with self-esteem.

Prior to qualifying in clinical psychology, I worked for a number of years in management, commissioning and strategy roles. I have worked clinically in the NHS for a number of years and currently work as a specialist psychologist in a service for post-traumatic stress disorder. I’m also a clinical tutor at Reading University lecturing and supervising trainee cognitive behavioural therapists.

Dr Sian Thomas

DClinPsych

I am a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in working with children, young people and families. I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

My qualifications are:
 

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), University of East London

  • MSc in Health Psychology, University of Westminster

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology, University of Bath

My approach is integrative, recognising the importance of context and relationships, working collaboratively with each individual and their family with an aim of achieving meaningful change.

 

I am able to use a range of therapeutic approaches in my work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have experience of working with a range of difficulties across the lifespan. My areas of interest include physical health, anxiety, self-esteem, behaviour, development, body image, appearance and visible difference.

I have worked in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Central London, which included working in schools, children’s centres, GP practices and a Social Care Fostering team. Between 2011 and 2018 I worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford supporting children and families attending specialist surgery services. I now work solely in private practice.

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