Neil is a Consultant Psychotherapist with over 36 years experience of working in NHS mental health services within the UK (England/Wales) and Australia. Neil has worked for the past 20 years at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, within the Department's of Liaison Psychiatry, Traumatic Stress Service and Veterans' NHS Wales as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Principal Clinician and Director and Consultant Clinicial Lead.
Neil is the current 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: 1) Guided self-help for PTSD via a website with minimal therapist input vs Cognitive Therapy for PTSD, and 2) Rewind therapy vs a waiting list for individuals with mild to moderate PTSD .
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 mainly.
Neil's clinic's are Tuesday 1600-1800 & Friday 1400-1700 (Currently offering limited face to face therapy due to Covid and Zoom videoconference call as the main method to treat patients)
David has been a registered mental health nurse for 18 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 (Currently via videoconference call only during Covid)
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 0800-1300 (Currently offering limited face to face therapy due to Covid and Zoom videoconference call as the main method to treat patients)
Jo has previously been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for 20 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 & Sunday 0900-1300 (Currently via videoconference call only during Covid)
Nigel has been working as an Independent Chartered Clinical Psychologist for the past 12 years. He has 25 years of previous experience in the National Health Service. He has previously held NHS Consultant posts in Sussex, Cardiff and Bro-Morgannwg. He was also a tutor for the Cardiff University, Clinical Psychology, Doctoral Course. Nigel is currently a Consultant in eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress. He also has a particular interest in the use of mindfulness-based strategies. Nigel provides supervision in EMDR for members of the NHS, including Veterans' NHS Wales and the Cardiff and Vale NHS, Traumatic Stress Service, and other health professionals in Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol.
Nigel provides therapy for people with anxiety related problems, particularly related to psychological trauma. He has published several articles and book chapters on a range of issues relevant to psychological therapy and mental health.Nigel is accredited with the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Europe as a Consultant in EMDR. In addition to working with CBT Cardiff in Cardiff Bay, Nigel also offers therapy at his other venue in Abergavenny. Please see his website: www.cardiffpsychologist.co.uk for further information.
Nigel's clinic is currently not availavle in CBT Cardiff - see his website above for other clinics
Pam is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 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 0900-1300, Thursday 0900-1300 & Saturday 0900-1300 (Currently via videoconference call only during Covid)
Andy Lodwick RMN, BA (Hons) BSc, PG Dip CBT
Andy’s worked in mental health services in England and Wales for 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 Clinics is Monday from 18:00-21:00 (Currently offering limited face to face therapy due to Covid and Zoom videoconference call as the main method to treat patients)
Ruth Cole, MBBCh, BSc, PgDip CBT
Ruth has worked in South Wales as a Specialty grade psychiatrist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the last 10 years. She completed her medical training Cardiff University and has trained in General Adult psychiatry, Learning Disabilities, and Old Age psychiatry.Ruth completed her Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2017. She has worked in acute, inpatient, outpatient and community team settings including the Children’s community intensive therapy team (CITT).She currently works part time in CAMHS for the NHS and the CAMHS on call team. Her areas of special interest include depression, anxiety and self-harm.
Ruth also treats clients with social anxiety, school refusal, phobias, low-self esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety and panic disorder. Ruth is experienced in working with children and young people with gender issues and young mothers with postnatal depression and anxiety."Please note due to medico-legal reasons, Ruth is only able to offer CBT at the clinic and can not provide any medical diagnoses or prescribing”.
Ruth's clinic is Wednesday from 1300-1700 (Ruth is currently NOT accepting any new referrals due to a long waiting list)
Ben Williams, RMN, BN, PgDip CBT
Ben qualified as a mental health nurse and has worked in inpatient and community settings before completing his postgraduate Diploma in CBT at Cardiff University, 2017.
Ben worked at the Cardiff & Vale UHB Psychological Therapy Hub for several years, offering CBT for a range of disorders including panic, phobia, social anxiety, generalised anxiety and depression. Ben is now employed as a High Intensity Specialist Psychological Therapist for the Specialist OCD Service in Cardiff & Vale UHB.
Ben provides CBT supervision to trainees on the postgraduate certificate and teaches a yearly skills-based session as part of the CBT course at Cardiff University.
Ben is an accredited CBT practitioner with the BABCP and maintains his registration with the NMC.
Ben's clinic is Friday from 1300-1700. Unitl then Ben is offering therapy via Zoom on a Sunday.
Gwen O’Connor, Clinical Psychologist, BSc. (Hons), MSc., D.Clin.Psy, CPsychol
Gwen is a BPS 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 is Clinical Lead for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Resilience Project for Children and Young People’s emotional wellbeing, as well as a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist working with adults at Veterans NHS Wales. She also holds an Honorary Research Associate title at Royal Holloway University of London.
Gwen provides assessment and therapy for a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including: anxiety, low mood, anger, stress, post-traumatic stress, phobias, relationship and family problems. Gwen draws on systemic, attachment informed and cognitive behavioural psychological model. She is trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and children. Gwen has a specialist interest in working with families and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Gwen works with children (from 3 years old), young people and adults. Her clinics are Wednesday 1800-2000 and Saturday 1000-1200. (Currently offering Zoom videoconference call as the main method).