Our Team

Karen Shawhan Karen Shawhan

  • MA Health Service Management
  • MSc Health Psychology (in progress)
  • BA (Hons) Psychology
  • PG Cert Education
  • RGN

Karen has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare services, as an experienced healthcare manager, educator and independent consultant. Initially working as a general nurse in acute medical nursing and intensive care, Karen has since worked in a variety of roles in healthcare management, consultancy, research and evaluation, teaching and education.

Recent experience includes:

  • Healthcare management - primary care workforce planning and supporting development of new models of care
  • Consultancy – mapping system-wide organizational development needs
  • Evaluation – evaluating a Vanguard mental health service, and design and delivery of national leadership development programmes
  • Research – understanding parental health choices for acutely ill children.
  • Karen has a keen interest in qualitative research, critical management and health psychology approaches.

In respect of teaching and education, Karen is a tutor on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Leadership Programme (to Masters level), and as a tutor on the Mary Seacole Programme when it was delivered by the Open University (PG Diploma), and a module leader for a Masters programme for Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners for four years at Liverpool John Moores University (JMU), as an Honorary/Associate Lecturer.

Gill Smith Gill Smith

Gill is a former qualified nurse, and has over 30 years NHS experience. Gill’s previous roles have involved co-ordination of local cancer services and a regional project exploring neurological rehabilitation. Gill has provided psychological input to clients and their families, for a number of years. She also has experience in training and supporting a range of healthcare professionals.

Gill graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Leeds in 2010, and completed an MSc in Health Psychology at Sheffield in 2013. She is now training to become a Chartered Health Psychologist through Staffordshire University. Gill has experience of providing support to a range of clients, using predominantly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Clinical areas of interest: Adjustment to illness; life-style choices including weight management & smoking cessation; anxiety & depression and stress management. Research areas of interest: Gill has extensive experience in health service improvement, clinical auditing and healthcare management. She is interested in caregiver burden, dementia, long-term health conditions and the impact of stress on psychological wellbeing.

Gill leads the menopause series at Healthy You Ltd. She has experience of supporting organisations to develop menopause awareness in the workplace for employees and support Managers/Directors to consider how best to support their staff with this. Gill runs regular workshops and also offers bespoke training for organisations. Please contact [email protected] if you require any further information.

Dr Emma Kirkby-Geddes Dr Emma Kirkby-Geddes
(Chartered Psychologist)

Before pursuing a career in Psychology, Emma spent a number of years working within the art industry. She particularly has experience and interest in working with older adults, and currently works for Age UK Wakefield District developing interventions to alleviate the impact of loneliness and Frailty. Emma also has experience providing psychological support to clients with mild brain injuries, and those adjusting to life following traumatic experiences, using psychological models, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Emma is a trained Mindfulness practitioner and regularly facilitates workshops to clients and staff groups, to promote mental healthiness and wellbeing.

Clinical areas of interest: behaviour change in older adults specifically for life transitions, loneliness, physical activity; and psychological adjustment following traumatic events.

Research areas of interest: Emma has an MSc in Health Psychology and a PhD in Psychology. Her research interests are wellbeing (eudaimonic/purposeful living), quality of life in older adults and positive psychology. She has skills particularly in conducting literature reviews (rapid and systematic), quantitative/qualitative methodologies and designing validated measures of quality of life for older adults. Emma is also part of a steering group for a NIHR RCT trail called HERO, which is a home-based exercise programme for older people with moderate frailty.

Grainne Dickerson Grainne Dickerson (Health Psychologist)

Grainne has a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. She has worked in Public Health for several years, and more recently is working in the area of Transformation. Grainne has a number of years experience in developing evidence-based interventions to change lifestyle behaviours within public health. In particular, she has devised social norms based interventions for children and young people within education. Grainne is able to effectively engage individuals and groups to change behaviours, leading to improved quality of life. Her work draws on a number of models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. Grainne is a skilled trainer having provided workshops/courses to teachers, GPs, Nurses, multi-disciplinary groups and Council staff on topics that include sex and relationships education, behaviour change and Social Norms intervention development. She has facilitated Behaviour Change Wheel intervention development sessions and routinely advises and trains people on the use of behavioural insight techniques. Grainne also contributes to the teaching of Health Psychology to Masters students.

Clinical areas of interest: Clinical areas of interest: Grainne is skilled in undertaking psychological assessments and formulation, particularly for those with long-term health conditions, and individuals with issues of psychological adjustment.

Research areas of interest: Grainne spent four years working in Public Health Intelligence which involved developing and analysing large scale health data and well-being population surveys. She has experience in service/interventions evaluation, as well as qualitative methodologies.

Karen LedgerKaren Ledger

Karen is passionate about relationships. Within her work, Karen is strongly committed to her relationships with clients, supervsiees, coachees, colleagues and organisations. Becoming an independent practitioner in 1995, Karen seeks to create a working alliance with client’s to enable them to navigate their own route and potential by using an effective therapeutic/coaching relationship. She strongly believes that living a fulfilling personal and professional life should be available for everyone and works with people from varying situations and circumstances where this might be more challenging for some than for others. All her work is underpinned by the Person Centred philosophy of empathy, regard and transparency to provide a non-judgemental environment for people to find their own expertise and way forward. Karen’s many years of training and self development enables her to work in and from emotional depth (or not as the case may be!) to support people in getting from where they are to where they want and need to be. She combines a deeply empathic approach with a dynamic and straight forward attitude. As a therapist and coach Karen creates an environment of acceptance, warmth, transparency, honesty and respect. She has a wide range of experience in therapy, coaching, facilitation and team development interventions, which allows her to draw on other theories and philosophy, which might be helpful to the client/coachee.

Karen works predominantly within the Birth Trauma service at Healthy You Ltd, providing psychotherapy to clients affected by these issues. She has a number of years experience supporting families affected by birth trauma.

Dr Mike Smith Dr Mike Smith
(Practitioner Psychologist)

Since 2001 Mike has worked in neurorehabilitation. After qualifying as a clinical psychologist he worked in a regional neurorehabilitation unit, a community rehabilitation team and also provided neuropsychological input to a stroke unit. While working for the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust he headed a Waiting List Initiative team that successfully reduced the waiting time for neuropsychology assessment. Since 2009 he has worked in private practice providing neuropsychological rehabilitation for brain injury survivors in the community, and very occasionally undertaking medicolegal assessments. Mike is experienced in providing teaching/training and workshops for a range of healthcare professionals, staff working in litigation, and support teams. Mike’s work is externally supervised by a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist.

Clinical areas of expertise: Mike has extensive experience in neurorehabilitation, neuropsychological assessment, acute and chronic pain, as well as psychological adjustment using predominantly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Research areas of interest: process issues in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and understanding the needs of carer’s and their families.

Dr Jan Smith Dr Jan Smith

Jan is a Chartered Psychologist and the Director of Healthy You Ltd. She has expertise in behaviour change, with over 15 years experience in helping those adjust to life-changing injuries.

Jan provides psychological support to clients, through individual, couples and group therapy. In 2014, she developed Healthy You Ltd birth trauma service, which supports families and staff affected by birth trauma. Jan has extensive experience in helping families through their litigation process, particularly in cases where their child sustained life-changing injuries at birth. Increasingly, she is providing support to maternity staff affected by secondly trauma (witnessing a traumatic birth).

Jan campaigns to improve safety in maternity services for families and staff, and leads the Northern Division of the Make Birth Better campaign. She runs an annual birth trauma conference for families, healthcare professionals, academics and litigation staff.

Jan’s research interests lie primarily in women’s health issues. She has experience within intervention design and evaluation of services, as well as qualitative methodologies. Jan contributes to the Sheffield Hallam Menopause Research Group, and collaborates on a number of research projects. She is also a committee member for the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (ECN).

Rehana Hussain Rehana Hussain

Rehana has worked as a Health Psychologist since qualifying in 2009. She has extensive experience of delivering clinical services for individuals and carers living with long-term conditions including cardiac, endocrine, respiratory illness, cancers and pain. Rehana applies health psychology models in combination with psycho-therapeutic modalities to improve long term condition management, psychological adjustment and quality of life. She is an experienced clinician with training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches and Mindfulness. Rehana is a fluent Urdu speaker.

She has worked within public health in various areas including long term condition management, volunteer services, training and developing and evaluating behaviour change interventions.

Rehana is an experienced trainer and has provided training across a range of public and private sectors, including training and coaching volunteers, staff training, academic teaching, training and assessing programmes against quality standards. She has designed and evaluated interventions including culturally appropriate services.

Research areas of interest: predominately within pain management, long term conditions and areas of behaviour change. This includes exploring psychological processes of suffering, disability and adjustment within South Asian populations.

Rehana is a registered Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Dr David Todd Dr David Todd

Dave is a Clinical Psychologist working with people after acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions, including supporting rehabilitation in post-acute, community and residential settings. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Lancaster University in 2008, and has worked within the NHS and third sectors, before joining Reconnect Psychology in 2012. He has received a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from Glasgow University.

Clinical areas of expertise: Dave develops and facilitates neuropsychological rehabilitation, and enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to support people achieving progress with their personal rehabilitation goals. He is interested in cognitive rehabilitation, and cognitive and behavioural psychotherapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Alongside his colleague, Dr Mike Smith, Dave has recently contributed a chapter on ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) after Brain Injury’ (in press). He is also interested in other therapeutic frameworks, such as Narrative Therapy, which seek to support adjustment to life-changing injuries and health conditions.

Research areas of interest: Dave is active in contributing to publications and research on psychological approaches within neurological settings, and has published a number of articles and books. For example, he edited ‘Narrative approaches to brain injury’ published by Karnac Books Ltd in 2014. He contributes practice-based evidence and produces research as part of his clinical practice. He also teaches on the Doctorate programme in Clinical Psychology at Leeds University.

Nicola Stenberg Nicola Stenberg

Nicola is a highly experienced researcher, trainer and psychological practitioner with expertise in delivering and evaluating person-centred interventions that promote the self-management of chronic conditions. She has worked predominantly in the public and charitable sectors but more recently she has been raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing within large corporations. Nicola is a visiting lecturer at Huddersfield University and Staffordshire University, where she delivers teaching inputs about Health Psychology. As a trainee Health Psychologist, Nicola’s work is always informed by current thinking and best practice within the field.

Clinical areas of expertise: Nicola has a particular expertise in the area of chronic pain, after working on placement for two years within Pain Services at Wythenshawe Hospital. She has also played a key role in the development of internationally published pain management resources, including ‘An introduction to Living Well with Pain’ (Frances Cole, 2017). More recently, Nicola has developed an interest in supporting people experiencing sleep difficulties. She has designed and delivered a four-week group intervention based on CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) and now plans to further develop this area of her practice.

Research areas of interest: Now near the completion of her training as a Health Psychologist, Nicola has undertaken and published research in the areas of behaviour change, intervention design and evaluation, self-management of chronic conditions and peer support. Nicola has experience of conducting systematic/literature reviews and also various qualitative and quantitative methodologies.


New Study! #Howareyoudad

New Rochelle, NY, October 16, 2019--A new study has shown that children of fathers with poor mental health had a 2.6 times greater risk of having poor mental health


So important to action for any patient, but particularly for those affected by #sexualabuse #birthtrauma #consentiskey

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