Dr 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
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 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
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).
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.
Todd, D., & Smith, M. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) after brain injury. Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis.
Dr Jan Smith
Jan is a Chartered Psychologist and the Director of Healthy You Ltd. She has over 15 year’s experience in providing psychological support, to those affected by serious injuries sustained through birth, road traffic injuries, industrial injuries, serious assault and clinical negligence. Jan also carries out expert witness assessments and reports for those with psychological injuries sustained through birth trauma or clinical negligence.
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. She also 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.
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 runs an annual birth trauma conference for families, healthcare professionals, academics and litigation staff. Jan also provides training in the UK and abroad to maternity students and healthcare professionals on birth trauma and its impact. She has also been a birth trauma advisor for Radio 4 and contributed to their programme ‘Dad’s & PTSD’ with Fi Glover. Jan is part of a number of research projects about birth trauma, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
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 has recently featured on the Fi Glover show on radio 4 on the show 'Dads and the delivery room', sharing her knowledge and experience on the topic of PTSD in fathers following a traumatic birth experience. You can hear her valuble insights via the link below:BBC - Radio 4 link
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
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.
(Business Development Manager)
Sabrina has been our Business Development Manager, since 2018. She spent many years in corporate financial services. Sabrina brings a wealth of organisational experience and an ability to be able to work with teams to help them reach their potential. Within Healthy You Ltd, Sabrina is responsible for new initiative planning, training/conference organisation, understanding our client’s requirements, and helping us define and realise our vision.