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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 parts 1 and 2019

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
Jo Aubrey

Jo is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and is a fully accredited practitioner with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). With a background in Occupational Therapy (OT) Jo is also a registered member with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Jo’s therapeutic approach is genuine and non-judgemental. She is passionate about enabling her clients to make sense of their difficulties, and to learn and develop their own personalised coping styles to overcome their problems and manage any future setbacks.

Jo uses evidence based psychological theories and interventions in her practice (as recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)) which are tailored to each client’s needs, goals, and learning styles. Jo’s collaborative approach ensures that her clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to make changes.

Jo works with adults and has experience treating a range of presentations including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

She has also had further training, with the University of Exeter, in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within the context of long-term physical health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms. Jo’s understanding of the mind-body connection has translated into her collaborative working with specialist doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists within her NHS role as a CBT and an OT.

Jo highly values her role as a CBT Therapist, and dedicates her time to supporting her clients to meet their own version of success within therapy.

Heather Moon – Vogels

Heather is a warm, caring and empathetic practitioner who is genuinely passionate about collaborating with an individual to empower them and help them make positive changes in their lives. Heather has experience and knowledge working with a wide range of difficulties. working with children, adolescents and adults.

Heather completed her training In Boston, USA, and afterwards continued to work in community health care with children aged 4 to 18 and their families, assessing and treating a wide range of difficulties. She has worked with adolescent boys in juvenile detention facilities and has extensive experience working with young adults presenting with difficulties that include anxiety, depression, sexuality, body image and identity issues, self-worth, substance misuse and self-harm. She works with parents to identify problem areas and find constructive ways of supporting their children, and the family system as a whole. Heather also worked with adolescents as well as adults battling addiction, along with the often associated problems of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

In New York, USA, Heather directed student support centre at Columbia University Medical School providing psychological assessment and treatment for students who were seeking support for a wide range of issues common to the university environment. The centre also promoted health education, helped shape policy development, and provided advice, guidance and supervision for deans and student peer group leaders. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with the potential difficulties of university students including performance anxiety, high demands in a competitive environment, loneliness, anxiety, depression, difficulties with changing relationships, academic stress and being away from their systems of support.

In Lausanne, Switzerland, Heather continued to work with adolescents, coaching rowing and providing sports performance psychology to aspiring athletes. Her experience training and competing for the United States National Team in rowing informed this work and allowed her insight into the mental training techniques that can assist one in achieving their goals and reaching their highest potential, whether in sport, career, relationships, academics or other areas of life.

She has taught these mental training techniques in lectures to medical school students and athletes alike, and to individuals looking for this type of support. Additionally, she began working with expats struggling with the issues of identity in a foreign country, becoming a “trailing spouse”, becoming a parent, dealing with language barriers, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and substance misuse.

Heather comes with a great depth of knowledge and experience both nationally and internationally. Her warm and empathic approach, in addition to her ability to tailor the therapeutic process and interventions to the individual and their needs, has helped many individuals overcome personal difficulties. She has a keen interest in neuroscience and research and uses evidence-based approaches and interventions in her assessment and treatment. She is passionate about her work and the people she is working with to overcome perceived obstacles, and return to living a fulfilling and peaceful life.

Locations: Wallingford & Oxford
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.

“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.

Contact us

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07799 917 550

[email protected]

Head office

Ptolemy House, Reading Road, Wallingford, OX10 9DN