Our Team

Gill SmithDr Gill Smith


Gill has recently completed a professional doctorate to become a Chartered Health Psychologist and is HCPC registered. A former qualified nurse with over 30 years’ experience working in public and private health care settings, Gill’s previous roles have involved co-ordination of local cancer services and a regional project involving exploring neurological rehabilitation services.Gill has also provided psychological input to clients and their families for a number of years using predominantly Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).



Gill has experience in service evaluation, literature and systematic reviews and collaboration in research proposals. She also as experience in training and supporting a range of healthcare professionals. Gill currently provides freelance tutoring in psychology on the undergraduate programme for University of Essex Online. Gill's clinical areas of interest include; positive ageing, long term conditions, dementia, caregiver burden,women’s health and stress management.



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 workshops and also offers bespoke training for organisations.



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


Before pursuing a career as a Psychologist, Emma spent a number of years working within the art industry in public relations.



Clinical areas of interest:

  • behaviour change in older adults specifically for life transitions, loneliness, physical activity; and psychological adjustment following traumatic events.
  • 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 Mindfulness practitioner, currently training with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre as an MCBT teacher and regularly facilitates workshops to clients and staff groups, to promote mental healthiness and wellbeing.



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 currently undertaking training to become a chartered Health Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She also provides consultancy to Age UK Wakefield District to support the development and delivery of a positive ageing strategy using applied psychology.



Karen LedgerKaren Ledger


Karen is a psychotherapist, trainer and executive coach who works with individuals and groups to greet their potential through effective relationships to achieve high performance and fulfilment. She believes that a satisfying personal and professional life should be available for everyone, regardless of circumstances.



Her work is underpinned by a philosophy of empathic understanding, honesty and respect for people to find their own skill and expertise. She has had in depth training and experience which enables her to provide safety and support for people to work at the fringes of their awareness and in places where they are enriched and at times challenged in their emergence to where they want to be.



She combines a deeply empathic attitude with a dynamic style. As a coach and facilitator she creates an environment of acceptance, transparency, tenderness, realism, and delight.



Karen has over twenty years experience in a wide range of coaching, facilitation and team development interventions. She designs and facilitates training programmes to meet the needs of her clients. Her clients span the independent and public sectors and include cross boundary working with politicians. She has worked with a range of individuals and teams, including Finance Departments, Executive Boards and Senior Management Teams. Her work focuses on building effective relationships and communication to achieve high performance and fulfilment.



She is an accredited NHS Executive Coach and has a contract with the NHS Leadership Academy Framework and sits on the executive Coaching Division of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Karen has successful publications on leadership.


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).



Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Shotton, L., Simpson, J., & Smith, M. (2007). The experience of appraisal coping and adaptive psychosocial adjustment following traumatic brain injury: A qualitative investigation. Brain Injury, 21(8): 857-869.


Smith, M.J., Vaughan, F.L., Cox, L.J., McConville, H., Roberts, M., Stoddart, S., & Lew, A.R. (2006). The impact of community rehabilitation for acquired brain injury on carer burden: An exploratory study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehab, 21(1): 76-81.


Hutchings, J., Appleton, P., Smith, M., Lane, E., & Nash, S. (2002). Evaluation of two treatments for children with severe behaviour problems: Child behaviour and maternal mental health outcomes. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30(3): 279-295.



Peer Reviewed Reports

Hutchings, J., Smith, M. & Gilbert, H. (1999). The parent-child autobiographical memory test: identifying potential deficits in maternal observational style. Report to Research and Development, NHS Wales.


Hutchings, J., Nash, S., & Smith, M. (1998). Comparison of two treatments for children with disruptive behaviours. Report to Research and Development, NHS Wales.


Hutchings, J., Nash, S., Smith, M., & Parry, G. (1997). Second follow-up of preschool children referred to a child and adolescent mental health service. Report to Research and Development, NHS Wales.



Book Chapter

Todd, D., & Smith, M. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) after brain injury. Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis.



Dr Jan Smith Dr Jan Smith


Jan is a Chartered Psychologist, Executive Coach, author, campaigner and is the Director of Healthy You Ltd. She has over 15 year’s experience in providing psychological support, to those affected by road traffic injuries, industrial injuries, serious assault and clinical negligence. Jan carries out expert witness assessments and reports for those with psychological injuries sustained through serious injury, assault or clinical negligence. She has a research post at Sheffield Hallam University.



In 2014, Jan developed our birth trauma service, which supports mums/birthing partners 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. Jan campaigns to improve safety in maternity services for families and staff. She is the Clinical Lead at the Make Birth Better campaign (www.makebirthbetter.org). Jan is the current lead for the Parliamentary Working Group for Birth Trauma. She also provides training in the UK and internationally to maternity students and healthcare professionals on birth trauma and its impact. Jan is an expert advisor on a number of committees providing input into maternity services.



Jan is passionate about supporting individuals to become dynamic, compassionate and diverse leaders. She is an Associate of the NHS Leadership Academy and the Co-Director of a leadership and coaching practice, Between US (www.between-us.co.uk). Jan supports staff who are experiencing high levels of stress, burnout, have been involved in a serious incident in their workplace, undergoing complaint proceedings, or are experiencing work-related trauma. She has created, implemented and facilitated a number of staff wellbeing programmes and leadership courses across numerous organisations. Jan provides psychological consultancy services to a range of industries including healthcare, aviation, finance and construction.



Selected PublicationsBooks:
  • Smith, J. (2021). Nurturing Maternity Staff: How to tackle trauma, stress and burnout to create a positive working culture in the NHS. Pinter & Martin Publishers. London.
  • Smith, J. (2021). Help for the Helpers: Managing the Effects of Psychological Trauma in Health & Social Care Staff. Sheldon Press. London.
  • Smith, J. (2022). Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Following Birth Trauma: A Workbook. Routledge. Cambridge.
  • Smith, J. (2022). Acceptance and Commitment Based Approaches for Perinatal Anxiety. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Selected Journals & Reports:
  • Baptie, G., Baddeley, A., Smith, J. (2020). The Impact of COVID on Maternity Staff. Make Birth Better. London.
  • Baptie, G., Baddeley, A., Smith, J. (2020). The Impact of COVID on Maternity Choices. Make Birth Better. London.
  • Ingman, C., Moore, R., Smith J., Svanberg, E., Wilson, N. (2020). The Make Birth Better Survey 2019: The Circle of Trauma for Parents and Professionals. Make Birth Better. London.
  • Smith, J. (2020). When Two Worlds Collide: Values & Morality. The Psychologist.


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Rehana Hussain Rehana Hussain


Rehana has worked as a Health Psychologist since qualifying in 2009. She has extensive experience of delivering therapeutic 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 Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. Rehana is a fluent Urdu speaker.



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



As well as being a qualified Psychotherapist Rehana is an experienced trainer and has provided extensive 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: Rehana has extensive experience within pain and long-term condition management across cultures. Her interest in behaviour change includes exploring the psychological processes of suffering, disability and adjustment. She has also carried out service evaluations for organisations.



Clinical areas of interest: mental health including Trauma, PTSD, stress, depression and anxiety management, chronic pain, adjustment to illness.



Rehana is a registered Practitioner Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).



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.



Dr Emma Keaveny Cook Dr Emma Keaveny Cook


Dr Emma Keaveny Cook is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with parents and families. She qualified in 2005 and has worked in a variety of settings in the UK including the NHS, local authority services and the Anna Freud Centre and in Sydney, Australia for a brief residential service for families with primary school aged children. Emma has been a Clinical Tutor training other Clinical Psychologists and is an experienced supervisor and Clinical Lead. Emma is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Emma's experiences lead her to utilise a variety of therapeutic models, including systemic approaches, mentalization based treatment and cognitive behavioural approaches. Emma is trained in using Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She strives to tailor the intervention to best meet the needs of the client and their family and actively seeks feedback about the therapeutic process.


Emma is an experienced trainer. She has facilitated national and international training courses for Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F) including in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Australia.



Publications

Keaveny, E., Midgley, N., Asen, E., Bevington, D., Fearon, P., Fonagy, P., Jennings-Hobbs, J. & Wood, S. (2012) Minding the Family Mind: The development and evaluation of Mentalization Based Treatment for Families at the Anna Freud Centre in London. In N. Midgley & I. Vrouva (Eds.), Keeping Children in Mind: Mentalization-based Interventions with Children, Young People and their Families. London: Routledge.

Dr Sarah Barker Dr Sarah Barker


Dr Sarah Barker is an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist, who has worked for over 28 years in the NHS and private practice. She is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Pain Society and EMDR Association UK. She has extensive experience of working with individuals, groups and couples in the areas of chronic pain and physical health, depression, anxiety, reactions to stress, CFS, OCD, bereavement and PTSD/complex trauma.



Sarah has an integrative approach to psychological therapy, and has completed additional training in CBT, ACT and Relational Frame Theory, mindfulness, and systemic therapy. She has published on narrative approaches, chronic pain and chronic illness. Sarah has undertaken Level 1,2 and 3 training in EMDR and finds this a useful tool in addressing the trauma that can be a factor in having a chronic condition. For seven years Sarah managed and supervised a team of clinicians working on a residential pain management programme at St Thomas’. This management experience was supplemented by undertaking a diploma and management consultant training in managing teams and change.



She has regular supervision for her private work and has also undertaken additional training in supervision. She has experience in training IAPT staff and medical professionals and has presented at national and international conferences. Sarah is passionate about integrating psychological care into acute health care settings, and ensuring that a whole person approach is taken in treatment.

Selected Publications:
  • Elias LA, Yilmaz Z, Smith J, Bouchiba M, van der Valk RA, Page L, Barker S, Renton T. (2013). PainDETECT: A suitable screening tool of neuropathic pain in patients with painful post traumatic trigeminal nerve injuries?
  • Smith J, Elias LA, Yilmaz Z, Barker S, Page L, Shah, K, Shah, S, Renton T. (2013). The Psychosocial and Affective Burden of Posttraumatic Neuropathy Following Injuries to the Inferior Alveolar Nerve and Lingual Nerve.
  • Mills, I; Barker, S and Renton, T (2017) The importance of recording mental health history – a case report. Dental Update.
  • Pelington, C; Urbanek M and Barker S. (2018). Psychological Theories of Pain. Primary Dental Journal. 4, 23-29.
  • Barker, S; Urbanek, M and Penlington, C. (2018). Psychological Interventions for Persistent Orofacial Pain. Primary Dental Journal. 4, 30-34.
  • Barker, S; Renton, T and Ormrod, S (2019) A Qualitative Study to Assess the Impact of Iatrogenic Trigeminal Nerve Injury Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache.

Dr Alison Killen Dr Alison Killen


Alison completed her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University in 2020. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner psychologist and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. She has worked in healthcare and health research settings for over 30 years including adult and paediatric nursing, and more recently with people living with long-term neurodegenerative conditions and dementia. She has also carried out consultancy projects for the NHS, University sector and Charitable organisations and has delivered training for a variety of academic, health and voluntary groups.



Alison is experienced in delivering therapeutic interventions with groups and individuals using a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, and Motivational Interviewing. She is currently training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her particular areas of clinical expertise and interest include pre- and post-diagnostic support, self-management of long-term health conditions, Long COVID, adjustment to a diagnosis of dementia and resilience for healthcare professionals and family caregivers.

Sue Noyes Sue Noyes


Sue has worked in the NHS for over thirty years. A Chartered Accountant by background, she was an NHS FD for over ten years in a variety of provider and commissioner organisations, with roles which included responsibility for performance management and monitoring, and commissioning. After two Acting Chief Executive roles, she was appointed Chief Executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service, a role she held for two and a half years.



Sue has also served as a charity trustee for over ten years, including as Chair of the national Ambulance Staff Charity



Now a qualified Coach, and personality profiler, Sue has her own coaching and consultancy business, focusing on career development and support to teams and individuals . She has been a Lay Member at South Warwickshire CCG ; and is now a Non Executive Director of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, where she chairs the Finance and Resources Committee, and is the Baby Friendly Guardian, and the Wellbeing Guardian.


Crispin Atkinson Crispin Atkinson


Crispin has extensive management career in NHS primary care and local authorities, with a focus on service development, partnerships and integrating health and social care. He is a specialist in third sector health and social care organisational transformation, service improvement and growth of income.



Crispin was an NHS Director for a decade and managed the full range of primary care, community health services, commissioning budgets up to £270M and staff of up to 900.



Since becoming an independent management consultant in 2007 he has had a range of senior interim management roles including Interim Director of joint commissioning in West Sussex, Turnaround Director for South East Staffordshire & Seisdon CCG, and Better Care Fund Programme Director for Staffordshire.



He is a programme and project director and manager with extensive experience of establishing and supporting project boards and teams. He has directed major organisational change projects delivering new organisations ranging from 10 to 1200 staff.

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