Neil is a Consultant Psychotherapist with over 38 years experience of working in NHS mental health services within the UK (England/Wales) and Australia.
Neil is Director and Consultant Clinical Lead for Veterans' NHS Wales, the only National Service in the UK for ex-military personnel with service related mental health problems. He holds an Honorary title: Senior Research Fellow with Cardiff University.
Neil uses a mixture of CBT and trauma focused psychological therapies, including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Conjoint Therapy for treating couples where one or both have PTSD. He is also interested in the treating insomnia with CBTi and ACT.
Neil is currently involved in two research studies with the Cardiff University, Traumatic Stress Research Group.
Neil is a recognised CBT and EMDR provider with most major insurance companies such as AXA, CIGNA, WPA and AVIVA (he no longer accepts BUPA referrals) and also takes referrals on a self-funding basis. Neil works with adults only.
Neil's clinic are Thursday 1330-1630 (offering face to face & video conference calls)
David has been a registered mental health nurse for 19 years. He has a first class honours degree in Nursing as well as an honours degree in Biology. He has been practicing CBT for over ten years, within which time he achieved a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He is an CBT accredited practitioner with the BABCP, as well as a member of the NMC. He is also trained in Eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy (EMDR). His areas of specialist interest include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia and Panic Disorder, though he is also experienced in the treatment of PTSD, Health Anxiety and Depression.
David currently works within the NHS within a partnership scheme to treat Cardiff County Council employees who have been on sick leave with mental health problems. He has achieved good outcomes with this client group, which has had a significant cost benefit for the local authority. David is currently a past member of the SWW BABCP branch and ex-chairperson for South East Wales BABCP branch.
David has also for the last three years developed and taught on a CBT degree currently run by Cardiff University. This is the only BABCP accredited course in Wales and aims to develop and maintain high standards of CBT practice both locally and across the country. He is also a course tutor on the Cardiff University School of Nursing's Diploma in Mental Health, hoping to develop standards for psychological practice of mental health nurses.
David's clinic's are Wednesday 1700-1900 (offering face to face therapy & video conference calls)
Deborah trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse at the University of Birmingham before taking up a post in the private sector, within an adolescent inpatient setting at Priory Hospital, Bristol. Deborah then worked in an NHS acute psychiatric setting before working in the Cardiff & Vale UHB Mother & Baby Unit at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.
Deborah trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist at the University of Birmingham in 2005, obtaining an MSc with distinction. She has completed Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) training to level 3 and uses EMDR extensively with trauma clients. She is also trained in attachment focussed EMDR. She is a member of the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC). Deborah's areas of special interest include working with PTSD including childhood trauma, OCD, Panic Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Self-Esteem and Peri-natal Psychiatry.
Deborah's clinic is Friday 0800-1230 (offering face to face therapy & video conference call)
Jo has previously been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for 21 years in a variety of inpatient, day patient and community settings within Cardiff before retraining as a CBT Psychotherapist. She has a First Class Honours Degree in Community Mental Health as well as Post Graduate Diplomas in Integrative Counselling and Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis. She has been practising CBT for over 16 years and in 2007 to 2008 she attended Southampton University and achieved the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for Severe Mental Health problems. She is an accredited CBT practitioner with the BABCP, as well as a member of the NMC. She is committee member and treasurer of the South East Wales BABCP branch.
Jo has a number of current posts as a CBT Therapist. She works in the NHS as a CBT Psychotherapist within a partnership scheme to treat Cardiff County Council employees who have been on sick leave with mental health problems. She has achieved good outcomes with this client group, which has had a significant cost benefit for the local authority. Jo works as a therapist within the Veterans' NHS Wales; treating veterans who have service related psychological problems. She works in Liaison Psychiatry in the NHS treating both physical and mental health difficulties and as a course lecturer for Cardiff University on the certificate and diploma in CBT.
Her areas of specialist interest include working with Anxiety Disorders (Panic, OCD, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, PTSD, and phobias), Depression, Self Esteem and confidence issues, Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis. Jo has a personal interest in approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Jo also offers Eye movement and desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) for psychological trauma and phobias and is trained up to part 3.
Jo is a recognised CBT provider with most major insurance companies such as Bupa, AXA, CIGNA and AVIVA and also takes referrals on a self-funding basis. She works with young people (15/16 upwards) and adults.
Jo's clinic is Thursday 1700-1900 (offering face to face and video conference calls).
Pam is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience of working in mental health and addiction services across South Wales. She most recently worked as a consultant locally and for many years acted as Welsh representative on the British Psychological Societies ‘advisory panel for addictions. For the last 8 years Pam has acted as the Lead psychologist for addictions in South Wales. Prior to this she worked for nearly 10 years in forensic services providing psychological assessment and treatments to an inpatient unit in South Wales. Pam has, for many years, been involved in training other professionals as part of the Clinical Doctoral Course at Cardiff University as well as many other professional specialties across South Wales. Pam has undertaken work on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government in relation to Alcohol Related Brain Damage and has recently evaluated the first pilot project offering treatment approaches for this disorder.
Pam has been involved in a Cochrane Review relating to substance misuse and PTSD and has worked extensively with this population. She uses a CBT approach to working with addiction problems, anxiety, depression and early traumatic experiences. Pam is also trained in the use of Trauma Focussed CBT and EMDR.
Pam is accredited with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist.
Pam's clinic's are Tuesday 0800-1230 & Thursday 0800-1230 (offering face to face therapy & video conference calls).
Andy Lodwick RMN, BA (Hons) BSc, PgDip CBT
Andy’s worked in mental health services in England and Wales for over 30 years. Andy is an NMC registrant has a BSc and a specialist Practitioner qualification. Andy’s previous been employed as a Clinical Nurse Leader and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Andy qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at Southampton University in 2011. Andy’s been a BABCP accredited practitioner since 2012 and he’s a BABCP accredited supervisor. In 2013 Andy trained in Schema Therapy. Andy was awarded the Royal College of Nursing's Mental Health Nurse of the year 2013-14.
Andy’s currently employed as Lead Psychological Therapist for the Psychological Therapy Hub service in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. This is a service providing Hi-intensity CBT for anxiety disorders, specialising in OCD, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and phobia.
Andy’s Clinic is Monday evening from 17:00-19:00 (offering face to face therapy & video conference calls).
Annie Szary, RSW, PgDip Couns (Integrative), MA in CBT
Annie completed a Master’s degree in CBT in 2011 and has more than 14 years of experience working in Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and over 25 years of experience as a Registered Social Worker, working with families and their mental health needs.
Annie is a fully qualified CBT and EMDR therapist, working alongside Local Authorities and the NHS in South Wales & England as a psychotherapist. Annie is experienced in offering help with all issues related to mental health and wellbeing, including anxiety, depression and PTSD. She has expertise working with people with issues around self-harm, substance misuse and alcohol issues, complex bereavement, and childhood abuse.
Annie’s particular area of expertise is in trauma, including generational trauma and how trauma affects our lives. She uses evidence-based psychological interventions to work together with clients to place those events into a context into their lives and help them find resolution from the symptoms of past trauma.
Annie is an accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), a member of BABCP (British Association of Behavioural Counselling and Psychotherapy), a member of BASW (British Association of Social Work), a registered Social Worker with Social Care Council for Wales and a member of EMDR Association UK.
Annie is currently only offering video conference calls.
Dr. Gwen O’Connor, Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), MSc, D.ClinPsy, CPsychol
Gwen is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Gwen has over 10 years’ experience working with child and adult mental health in NHS, educational and secure settings. Gwen has been Clinical Lead for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Resilience Project for Children and Young People’s emotional wellbeing. She is currently a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist working with adults at Veterans NHS Wales.
Gwen provides assessment and therapy for a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including: anxiety, low mood, anger, stress and post-traumatic stress, phobias, relationship and family problems. Gwen draws on systemic, attachment informed and cognitive behavioural psychological model. She is also an accredited and experienced Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner for children and adults. Gwen has a specialist interest in working with children and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Gwen works with children (from 3 years old), young people and adults.
Her clinic is Monday 2-6pm.
Dr. Tracey Vick, RGN, PgDip Cardiac & General ICU, MA CBT, PhD
Tracey is a Registered Nurse and specialised in Cardiac and Critical Care where she worked for over 20 years. She retrained and completed a Master’s Degree in CBT in 2000. Tracey is also fully trained and experienced in EMDR therapy for PTSD. She is currently employed within the NHS at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board.
Tracey’s role encompasses the PTSD service and Liaison Psychiatry. Tracey’s role within Liaison Psychiatry includes working with individuals who experience both physical and mental health difficulties. She is the lead clinician in the mental health partnership with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Tracey has extensive experience of working with both single event and complex trauma.
Tracey maintains an active role as a therapist with the Cardiff University Traumatic Stress Research Group and is committed to the provision of testing novel psychological evidence based interventions for PTSD.
Tracey's clinic is video conference calls in the evenings.
Dr Alyson Smith, BSc (Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD, PsyClinD
Alyson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience working with adults in the NHS and private sector.Alyson areas of clinical practice:
- addictions or difficulties with alcohol or substance use, as well as behavioural addictions (e.g. gambling, sexual addictions)
- adults experiencing depression or anxiety or struggling with transitions.
- Workplace related impact in psychological well-being (e.g. burnout)
- Improving psychological well-being and resilience
Alyson's therapeutic approach draws upon a range of evidence based psychological psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational interviewing. Alyson also uses techniques from broader scientific literature (e.g. positive psychology) to enhance positive aspects of the individuals well-being. Dr Smith is Registered with AXA and Vitality Health health insurance schemes.
Alyson's clinic is Tue from 1230-1630.