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Professional Psychological Services for adults and children. CBT and psychological therapy.
Employee resilience and wellbeing.

07799 917 550 / [email protected]

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Hello and thanks for visiting us at Well Mind People.

We work with both adults and young children and organisations.  All our CBT therapist are BABCP accredited (the gold standard of CBT).  People tend to come to therapy when they are feeling distressed or struggling in some way.

Here are some of the difficulties we can help with:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety or Phobia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Health Anxiety
  • Eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Stress
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Childhood Abuse and Trauma
  • Unstable mood
  • Worry
  • Interpersonal and Relationship difficulties
  • Anger
  • Workplace/School problems
  • Addictions
  • Adjustment to Life events and Transitions
  • Low self-confidence and self esteem
  • Sleep problems
  • Coping with chronic health problems, disability and pain
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Self-harm
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience

The benefits of our employee well-being approaches

Our programmes can promote better levels of employee well-being and resilience. Evidence shows that comprehensive training in Mindfulness can reduce employee stress and improve mood and coping skills.

Employees who enjoy mental well-being are more likely to be motivated and engaged with customers. Less employee absenteeism, more productivity. More engagement with organisational goals.

In a climate of difficulty in talent retention, employees who run mental health well-being programmes are seen as more attractive places to work than those who do not.

What is CBT?

The chances are you have heard of CBT as it is often in the news. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy that is concerned with the way people think and act in various situations and explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way. CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy.

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The Well Mind People are experts in mental health and wellbeing and adhere to strict codes of ethics and standards by relevant professional bodies. Contact us to see how we can help your organisation improve its mental health and wellbeing.

Our People

Consultants

Sara Whammond Clinical Lead & Director

I trained at Oxford University to qualify and practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I am also a Registered Mental health Nurse (RMN). I am registered with the NMC and accredited by the BABCP.

I have worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years which has helped me amass a great deal of experience and knowledge. We all have mental health and it is important to our wellbeing that we tend to it when we need to. I have had lots of positive feedback from my clients. In fact, most people come through word of mouth which is great.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered mental nurse 1989 NMC 85I325IE
  • PG Diploma in CBT OCTC / Oxford University 2011
  • Full accreditation with BABCP 120646
  • EMDR part 1,2 and 3

I have also completed further training in the following:

  • CBT Master class for Depression
  • CBT for childhood trauma
  • Anxiety: Clinical updates and Master class
  • Coping with Adversity
  • CBT for Long Term Medical Conditions
  • CBT for Insomnia
  • CBT for Trauma
  • CBT for Psychosis
  • CBT for delusions and hallucinations
  • CBT For military veterans
  • CBT for complex problems
  • CBT for OCD

I supervise junior doctors training at Oxford University in CBT.

CBT and Psychology Associates

Tom Coates

Tom is a fully accredited CBT Therapist who has worked within the NHS for the last 10 years.

Tom’s interest in the area of mental health developed at a young age, and he actively pursued the study of Psychology at school. Tom went on to graduate with a First Class degree from the University of Chester, before completing a Masters degree in Psychological Research at the University of Sheffield. Following this, Tom began working in a highly specialist inpatient and community Eating Disorders service, supporting individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

In 2013, Tom joined a thriving primary care mental health service located in Buckinghamshire. During this period, Tom took on further studies at the University of Reading, completing both a Post Graduate certificate and later a Post Graduate diploma in Evidence Based Interventions, enabling him to work as a qualified CBT Therapist. In this role, Tom gained experience supporting individuals presenting with various emotional health disorders including:

Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia and Health Anxiety.

In recent years, Tom has enjoyed working within a specialist weight management project that supports individuals to lead a healthier life through lifestyle change. Within this role, Tom has developed further knowledge and skills, often utilising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to support service users with goals around losing weight.

Alongside his clinical work, Tom has also developed his supervision and management skills within his NHS role, providing regular clinical supervision to both qualified and trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapists.

Catherine Ghouse

Catherine is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in evidence based psychological therapy for children and young people. As well as having a small private practice, she is also working as a Senior Clinical Tutor at the University of Reading.

Catherine has over 14 years of working with children and young people and families within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the NHS.  Catherine aims to work together with clients to develop a shared understanding of their difficulties and to enable them to work towards individual goals to bring about positive changes. CBT can help build resilience via developing new ways of coping and can be particularly effective in helping people with anxiety (including Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Separation Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and low mood/depression (including low self-esteem).

Qualifications

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CBT)
  • Masters in Applied Social Studies (including Diploma in Social Work)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children
  • Accreditation
  • Fully accredited with the BABCP
  • Professional Bodies
  • Professional registration as a Social Worker with the HCPC
Location: Thame
Lucy Bamford-Leggett

Lucy is a fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist with extensive experience working in private practice and in the NHS with individuals who have suffered various emotional health disorders including Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Health Anxiety, Social Phobia, and depression.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Lucy first trained at post Graduate level in 2009 studying CBT and Recovery in Psychosis and Complex Mental Health, going on to specialise in treating adults experiencing their first episode of Psychosis.

In 2011 Lucy furthered her CBT training and skills gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT for Anxiety and Depression. Lucy gained vast experience of treating people suffering with anxiety, depression, and trauma in the community.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Lucy is trained both within the NHS and at Post Graduate level in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. DBT can be helpful if you struggle with difficulty in managing your emotions or if you are exhibiting self-destructive behaviours, such as eating disorders and substance use disorders. DBT can help you overcome this by helping you understand and accept your difficult feelings; learn skills to manage them and make positive changes in life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Lucy is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) by the leading EMDR Europe Academy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that is the result of trauma.

EMDR is also effective in treating other mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, and panic disorder.

Lucy’s therapeutic approach is warm, kind and caring with a strong emphasis on working together to achieve your goals.

Beth Fissenden-Lowe

Beth is a qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Swansea University, a post graduate certificate and a post graduate diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments from Reading University. She has worked in mental health services for the NHS and the private healthcare sector for 10 years, treating patients with symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders, such as panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, specific phobias, low self-esteem and social anxiety.

Beth understands that seeking professional help for mental health difficulties can be extremely daunting and talking to someone about these is difficult. Beth makes sure all her patients feel comfortable and able to be open and honest by using an empathetic and non-judgemental approach to therapy sessions.

Beth understands that it is really important to feel heard and understood by your therapist.  She prides herself in working collaboratively as a patient-therapist team to explore their difficulties and build upon patient’s strengths and resilience, to bring about positive change to the patients’ lives. She hopes that patients will come away from therapy sessions feeling confident to implement the techniques learnt and continue to build upon the progress they have made so far, enabling them to manage and work through life’s many twists and turns.

She has completed additional training at Exeter University allowing her to treat patients who have long term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms and illnesses.

Tara White Jones

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who has worked clinically for a number of years in various clinical settings across the lifespan, particularly with adults and adolescents.

My areas of special interest and experience include the full spectrum of anxiety disorders, depression and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. In addition to this, I have also trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Couples therapist, specialising in interpersonal difficulties related to depression.

Alongside private practice, I currently work as a Specialist Psychological Therapist in the NHS with adults experiencing PTSD and complex needs. I also have a specialist interest in providing supervision and training, and currently work as a Clinical Supervisor and guest lecturer at the University of Reading, Charlie Waller Institute. I therefore remain abreast of current research and evidence based treatments.

I work predominantly using Cognitive Behavioural therapy, however, I also draw on other approaches, such as compassionate-focused approaches, in order to meet individual needs. I adopt an empathic, non-judgemental and collaborative approach, believing that effective therapy is not only guided by the evidence base, but by an individual’s unique needs, goals and strengths. My aim is to create a shared understanding of your difficulties, to understand blocks and strengths towards building resilience and cultivating new skills in order to bring about effective change.

Paula Reid

Thank you for visiting my profile, so, if you have reached this far then I know you are ready for change. The question you may well be asking yourself is: Why should you work with me?

The answer is simple – as your therapist, I will help you travel through your therapeutic journey, in a caring and empathic manner. The sessions are goal-focused and only when you have comfortably completed your goals and feel stable in your life, then will therapy be completed. All therapy sessions are set at your own individual pace.

I am passionate about the work that I do, and I can say with absolute conviction that I love my job. My clients tell me I am approachable, friendly and that they find me easy to engage with. I have over 20 years’ experience of working within a number of settings, which include the NHS, local authority and the voluntary sector. I now work part time in the private sector as well as having my own private practice. I offer therapy to both in-patients and out-patients. I also have experience of running and designing group work programmes.

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and I am currently registered with the BABCP. I have extensive experience in working with adults, parents, children, and adolescents. I am also a trained Social Worker and registered with Social Work England.

I often use CBT to work with anxiety, depression, low mood, eating disorders, phobias, OCD and eating disorders.

I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). This therapy is evidence based and considered an effective intervention for treating the long-term impact of trauma, so if you have been traumatised by past events then this may well be the therapy for you.

In 2020 I trained in Schema therapy. This therapy helps to address those unhelpful behaviour patterns which may have developed because of early life experiences; it is a therapy which helps you to become the healthy adult you deserve to be, some of the behaviours you may have developed might be as follows:

A mistrust of others
Engaging in unhelpful relationships
Being overly dependent upon others
Coping with your behaviours using food, alcohol, drugs, or avoidance
Often using anger to push people away

As a parent myself I also know how challenging children can be so if you need support and help with parenting a primary school age child, then I am here to help. I am trained in delivering a specific parenting package to parents of anxious children. This programme can be delivered online, and it will help you to parent your child more effectively.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my profile and I look forward to working with you.

Alison Litster

It is so important to take care of our mental health and well-being and sometimes we need a helping hand with that! Life can feel over-complicated and coping with it becomes hard. Working with a CBT therapist can help change your unhelpful or distressing thoughts and emotions and improve the way you think, feel and behave.

I’m Alison, I am an accredited therapist registered with the BABCP with a background of many years in NHS psychiatric nursing, a career I have thoroughly enjoyed! I have specialised in Alcohol and Drug issues and alongside this, have both ward based and community experience in a broad range of psychological issues. This cognitive-behavioural approach is a talking-therapy that can help illicit change through challenging specific current problems to gain a new perspective. In therapy we would work at a pace that suits you with the structure and timing fully explained and work together throughout. We’ll focus on the specific issues you find particularly difficult and look for practical ways to improve this…your therapy – your goals!

Gaining support is the first step in working towards change and CBT is an evidence-based therapy that can assist in positive and manageable change. I can work with you on an extensive range of issues from everyday anxiety, stress or low mood to more persistent mental health issues such as:

Social anxiety
Health anxiety
Panic Attacks
Body image issues
Depression Intrusive thoughts
Self-esteem issues
Anger management
PTSD / trauma
Sleep disturbance
Bereavement
Grief / loss
Alcohol dependency
Drug misuse

Also, emotions, mood and life events related to the Covid Pandemic.

Psychotherapy aims to stop negative cycles which causes distress or anxiety or fear, by breaking them down. We would work together on your goals and help empower you to cope in a healthy way to feel better within yourself and deal with everyday life more confidently. Ultimately, helping you get to the point where you become your own therapist!

Alison

“you may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”
Maya Angelou

Qualifications
RMN – Registered Mental Nurse with the NMC
Post Graduate Certificate in Drugs and Alcohol – West of Scotland University
Specialised in Drug and Alcohol Nursing (Unit and Community based)
Post Graduate Diploma in CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – West of Scotland University
Accreditation with the BABCP

Training – ongoing training includes:
Behavioural Activation for Depression
CBT for Needle Phobia
Advances in CBT for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Personality Disorder and CBT
CBT for Health Anxiety and Coronavirus
Early Intervention in Psychosis
Volatile Substance Misuse
Motivation Interviewing
Co-occurring substance Misuse and Mental Health Disorders
Treating Anxiety and PTSD

Sarah Battye

My name is Sarah, and I am a fully qualified and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

I have been working in child and adult mental health for over 10 years. I work in an IAPT Service as a CBT Therapist and have previous experience working with children under CAMHS, adults, and their families as a Multi Systemic Therapist.

I graduated from Keele University in 2009 in Criminology and Psychology. In 2018, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Manchester. Both of these courses are accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist (BABCP).

I am straightforward, open, honest and approachable. I have extensive experience of working with a variety of Depression and Anxiety difficulties and have special interest and knowledge with Low Mood, OCD, Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Specific Phobias.

I am happy to discuss your difficulties and work out together if I can be of any help to you.

I am accredited with the BABCP and use evidence-based interventions to maximise recovery and relapse and do so by personalising CBT to the needs of the individual.

My aim is to help people recover and lead a fulfilling life. Enabling you to gain – not only an understanding of your difficulties – but to develop a range of skills to help you overcome these and feel equipped, looking to the future, to overcome any barriers that may come your way – ultimately giving you the tools to become your own therapist.

I am happy to discuss your difficulties and work out together if I can be of any help to you. I can work with you on an extensive range of issues from everyday anxiety, stress or low mood to more persistent mental health issues such as:

  • Depression
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Panic
  • Health Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Phobia’s
  • Social Anxiety
“I have worked with Sara for many years. Her dedication and skill are impressive and she has made an enormous difference to many people’s lives as a therapist. More than that she is an excellent team player and is a great motivator and supporter of those around her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Dr Andrew Molodynski, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Oxford University. Trust, National Mental Health Lead BMA Consultant Committee, Deputy National Speciality Lead for Mental Health NIHR CRN, October 2019
“Initially you suggested I might need 6 sessions so I am really grateful for the way we have worked together to achieve my goals in 4!”
Charlotte
“Your sensitive questions and encouragement have enabled me to get a much more positive perspective on my life”
James
“I was sceptical at first at how talking could make a difference but it did and I now feel so much better! Thanks”
Oliver
“I have taken a huge amount from the course. I feel that I can approach the way I process thoughts/feelings differently, and I can choose to change the ways I interact. The course has been life changing – another way for me to live.”
“I have learnt that it is a gradual process of practising to incline the mind and find a sense of space. I know this will benefit me immensely and my family.”
“I really enjoyed the course and am taking away a toolkit to use daily”
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FAQs

Individual therapy

What is your cancellation policy?2021-01-26T12:33:15+00:00

Any appointment cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice is fully chargeable. We are unable to waiver this due to difficulty filling late cancelled appointment slots.

Are the sessions confidential?2021-01-26T12:32:56+00:00

Yes, they are. We adhere to strict codes of confidentiality which are on our terms and conditions. We are GDPR compliant. The only exception is when we need to prevent serious harm occurring. This is very rare and would be discussed with our clients first.

How many sessions will I need?2021-01-26T12:32:33+00:00

This will depend on the nature of the problems. CBT is a short-term therapy and most people will make progress in between 6-12 sessions. We offer longer term therapy too. Your therapist will discuss how many sessions you will need following assessment, but this can change according to progress.

What are the costs?2021-01-26T12:32:15+00:00

Fees charged vary from £100 to £150 depending on length of session (e.g. standard session, specialist assessment, consultation, supervision, couples or family work). Standard sessions are 50 minutes long. Sessions are paid for at the end of the session by cash, cheque or BACS. We are registered with most health insurers. Please check at time of booking.

How do I make an appointment?2021-01-26T12:31:24+00:00

Please click on the booking form on the front page or email [email protected]. You can also contact us by phone on 07775708759.

Employee Wellbeing Packages

Please contact us to discuss your needs. Each package is bespoke and priced accordingly.

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07799 917 550

[email protected]

Well Mind People Ltd

Registered Office: Ptolemy House, Reading Road, Wallingford, OX10 9DN

Company Number: 14004613