Meet the Team

All of our Clinicians have up-to-date DBS checks and safeguarding training.

Dr Emma Taylor -  Clinical Psychologist and Director

PhD, D Clin Psy, CPsychol, Dip CAT Practitioner, CAT accredited supervisor, AFBPsS

Meet the team | Psychology servicesI am the Company Director of Taylored Psychology, a Health and Social Care Council registered clinical psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner and supervisor. I have over 25 years of clinical experience, including 15 years within the NHS.

I began my career as an academic, with a PhD in psychological therapy, and published in the fields of occupational and health psychology. In 1995, whilst working as a lecturer at Guy’s Medical School, London, I began a 2 year specialist therapy training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. I decided to pursue a clinical career, enjoying the variety and challenges inherent in clinical work.

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2000 from University College London. Since then, I have worked in the NHS with adults and older adults in community mental health teams, physical health settings, psychiatric wards and with neurological conditions. In my last post, I was a service lead for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. I have gained most experience in Cognitive Behavioural and Cognitive Analytical Therapies, attending numerous courses and training events in these approaches over the past 18 years. I have developed an interest in Buddhist principles, including compassion, mindfulness and acceptance, and this informs my therapy approach. I left the NHS to pursue my growing business and look after family in 2012. I now work full time, offering CAT, CBT, supervision, training and acting as an Expert Witness for family courts.

For further information follow this link for my CV:  Emma_Taylor

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: CBT | CAT

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Dr Sophie Payne - Clinical Psychologist

PhD, DClinPsy, BSc (Hons), C Psychol, HCPC Registered Psychological Practitioner (Clinical Psychologist), ILM Level 7 Certificate in Management and Executive Coaching

I am a Consultant CliniDr Sophie Paynecal Psychologist, Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have worked in Academic and Clinical Psychology for over 20 years. Most of all I value supporting people through difficult times, sitting alongside them and bringing my skills and experience to help them.

When working in the NHS I have specialised in Clinical Health Psychology and in Occupational Health. I work with people with a wide range of acute and chronic health problems, including people living with and beyond cancer and after spinal injury. I offer individual therapy, teaching and supervision, and rehabilitation after life changing injuries. I am experienced working in multi-disciplinary teams, both in the NHS and privately funded, helping to shape the care that is offered to a client.

I have supported clients dealing with issues including stress, overwork, depression and anxiety when I was the clinical lead in an Occupational Health/Wellbeing support service for NHS staff as well as in my private practice. I am experienced in relating with Occupational Health Services to communicate individuals' needs at work. I designed and delivered the initial training for NHS staff at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals on Wellbeing when the Coronavirus pandemic was first developing.

Before qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I completed a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology, developing a Cognitive Behavioural Model to understand how people cope with a disfiguring condition. This knowledge is useful now when I work with people concerning their appearance. I have been a Clinical Lead, Service Lead and Operational Manager of NHS Psychological Services.

When I work with clients, I draw from a number of models, depending on their goals and needs. I specialise in Compassion Focussed Therapy using evidence based approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness practice, Solution Focussed Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I provide a safe and non judgemental space where you can be honest about your difficulties; I can share my understanding of your situation and my specialist skills and knowledge to help you to move forwards. 

For further information follow this link for my CV: Sophie Payne

Please click the following link to read about the services I offer: CBT | CFT

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Laurence Keith - Integrative Counsellor

Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Consultancy PGDip, Genetics BSc Hons, Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Meet the team | Psychology servicesI am an integrative counsellor working from person-centred values, drawing on a number of ideas and models depending on the situation. I have worked with issues around self-identity, control, self-esteem, anxiety, broken relationships, grief, trauma, abuse, dealing with IBS, age-related health issues, low mood and severe depression.

My hope is to listen well and hold a non-judgemental space for you, to enable you to process and understand your situation, make wise choices and positive changes.

Since September 2019 I have also been volunteering for Cruse Bereavement Care delivering bereavement support, having completed their specialist bereavement training. I have a wealth of experience of working with, listening to and helping people from many walks of life.

I started life in London, and now live in Sheffield where my family and I have made our home. I have a post-graduate diploma in Leadership Consultancy and have regularly mentored young adults over the years. I have worked as a professional musician and have over 15 years experience working in the banking and charity sectors in administration and office management. 

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: Integrative Counselling

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Lynn Findlay - Counsellor and Young person’s Counsellor (11-18)

Counselling (MBACP / MNCS-Accredited), Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. MA in Social Work and MA in Professional Practice with Children and their families

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I am a counsellor and psychotherapist, offering short- and long-term counselling to adults and young people over the age of 11. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I can draw upon different theories and models to work flexibly to meet your needs, although the core of my work is person-centred and relational. My aim as your counsellor is to provide a warm, confidential space for you to explore what you are experiencing. I work collaboratively with you at your pace, with compassion and acceptance, in your context, with past, present, or future concerns.

People have counselling for many reasons, such as experiencing anxiety or depression, bereavement, stress, loss, and changes in relationships or wanting to feel different about life as a whole. I work with you as an individual and support you make your own choices, find solutions, or have your voice heard. I specialise in relational issues and working with loss, change and life transitions.

I have additional qualifications in counselling young people aged 11-18. I work with young people who are experiencing a range of issues, such as friendships, family problems, stress, managing emotions and loss and change. My work with young people is also relational, but I incorporate systemic practice to support parents and carers alongside the young person’s sessions.

I have previously worked for a charity offering trauma-informed counselling for adults and young people who have experienced abuse at some point in their lives, as well as a counsellor for Sheffield IAPT, both in primary care and staff counselling with workplace issues.

My background is in social work and I have over 20 years’ experience working with children and families, and I continue to practice as an independent social worker and trainer alongside my therapy work. I have a research interest in movement for mental health, especially the therapeutic aspects of running and walking, and how these can work together with talking therapies.

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: Counselling

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Dr Pete Walpole - Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

BSc (Hons), Dip PsD Couns, DClinPsy, Dip Adult Clin Neuropsych, QiCN

Dr Pete Walpole I work in the NHS as a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and am also a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, a Full Practitioner Member of the BPS's Division of Neuropsychology, and a BPS approved supervisor for the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) (Adult). I've been working clinically for 25 years and have delivered training, consultation and supervision throughout this time.

After finishing my undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1993 my early career, during which I trained as a psychodynamic therapist, was in the addictions field. I then completed my doctoral Clinical Psychology training between 2002 and 2005 and on graduating developed an interest in diagnostic neuropsychology via working with older people with mental health problems, dementias, or both. Since 2010 I have worked in a dedicated NHS neuropsychology department with adults of all ages, initially in diagnostics and more recently with people undergoing neurosurgery, and I secured my QiCN in 2014. I teach regularly on training programmes for psychologists and medics and supervise both within and without the NHS.

Problems with cognition/thinking skills can result from traumatic brain injury and conditions such as dementia, as well as from psychological strain. I offer direct input to patients and their families, both around establishing a diagnosis and the uncertainty that can surround this, and also with regard to the management of established problems. I aim to integrate neuropsychological expertise with an empathic and respectful approach in order to help people understand the experiences they and others are having. I also offer supervision and consultancy to professionals working with people with cognitive problems relating to neurological and other causes.

Please click the following link to read about the services I offer: Neuropsychological Services

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Dr Laura Mantle - Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, Dip CAT Therapist

Meet the team | Psychology servicesI am a Principal Clinical Psychologist and registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am also an ACAT accredited CAT Practitioner.

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013 and have worked in a variety of healthcare settings, supporting clients with mental health difficulties and who have experienced psychological trauma. I currently specialise working in an NHS Clinical Health Psychology service, offering individual therapy to people with acute and chronic physical health problems, including cancer, diabetes and palliative conditions. I find that CAT is useful and containing approach to understanding the relationship between our mental and physical health, as well as to help with adjustment when coping strategies are destabilised because of ill health or following a traumatic life event. Alongside my direct clinical work I also offer clinical supervision to a range of other professionals, and offer teaching, training and psychological consultation to support teams and services to work more psychologically.

I am drawn to CAT as a model of therapy due to its collaborative nature and focus on patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that can cause us to feel stuck. I also incorporate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and ‘third wave’ approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy into my work. In my independent practice, I work with people who experience a range of difficulties, including trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and grief and loss. I offer a safe and confidential service to help people to feel better about themselves, deal with situations differently and develop effective coping strategies.

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: CAT

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The past 20 years have taught me that however rich and wonderful life can be, the times when we are low and struggling can be lonely and tough. Often we feel the impact of this physically in some way or another, which compounds the sense that we are ‘falling apart’ or being impacted profoundly by what we’re going through. For generations, we have known that our bodies tell us when all is not well. These are natural, healthy physiological responses. But what happens when our bodies stop working for us in the way that we want them to, and do things that get in the way of our day to day lives? Together we can figure out what’s happening in your body and why. We can work towards managing and reducing your symptoms by exploring the ways you process emotion and identifying how your unconscious mind might be getting in the way of how your brain is trying to communicate with the rest of your body.Aimee Morgan-Boon - Psychotherapist & integrative Counsellor

Counselling (BACP Accredited), Specialist Psychotherapist in Neurology, Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision.

I have been working in the field of psychological therapy for over 15 years, developing a specialism in working with the relationship between physical health and emotional wellbeing. Since 2011, I have worked within the Neurology Psychotherapy Service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, primarily as a specialist psychotherapist, but also through managing the service from 2016 until mid 2021 and continue my NHS clinical input.

The past 20 years have taught me that however rich and wonderful life can be, the times when we are low and struggling can be lonely and tough. Often we feel the impact of this physically in some way or another, which compounds the sense that we are ‘falling apart’ or being impacted profoundly by what we’re going through. For generations, we have known that our bodies tell us when all is not well. These are natural, healthy physiological responses. But what happens when our bodies stop working for us in the way that we want them to, and do things that get in the way of our day to day lives? Together we can figure out what’s happening in your body and why. We can work towards managing and reducing your symptoms by exploring the ways you process emotion and identifying how your unconscious mind might be getting in the way of how your brain is trying to communicate with the rest of your body.

I specialise in persistent or medically unexplained symptoms such as Functional Neurological Disorders (FND), including movement disorders, functional seizures (NES / NEAD) sensory disturbance, dizziness, conversion disorders, dissociative conditions, trauma / PTSD, fatigue (including CFS/ME), pain (including fibromyalgia), IBS , anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. Alongside, I offer supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: Counselling

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Dr Helen Lewis – Clinical Psychologist

DClinPsy, HCPC Registered Psychological Practitioner

I’m a Senior Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. I offer therapy to people aged 18+. Since qualifying in 2018, I have predominately worked in NHS services and specialised in working therapeutically with adults who have complex life histories and difficulties such as childhood abuse, adult trauma, complex relationship problems and emotion regulation difficulties. In addition to my core training in Clinical Psychology, I have also completed advanced training in Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Family and Systemic Psychotherapy.

My ultimate aim is to provide a space where people can become unstuck from repetitive unhelpful patterns to enable them to refocus their energy and move closer to their goals and aspirations. I understand that psychological wellbeing and distress exist as part of a wider context that includes (amongst other things); formative life experiences, present and past relationships, cultural and societal expectations and life transitions. These important events shape how we experience and relate to the world and other people. I offer a containing, non-judgmental space in which my clients can explore and come to understand how life experiences have influenced, and continue to impact on, their psychological wellbeing.

The therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of successful therapy, and I am drawn to therapeutic approaches that prioritise this. Because of this, I generally use schema therapy, an expansion of cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT, as the foundation of my therapeutic work. Schema therapy focuses on relationship and combines diverse theories of psychological wellbeing. Using this as a starting point enables me to work with my clients to understand the origin of their difficulties and work together to break unhelpful patterns that maintain problems. Alongside schema therapy, I incorporate aspects of third wave cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and trauma focused approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Please click the following link to read about the services I offer: Schema focused therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Amanda Clark - Business Administrator

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I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Music & Philosophy. Since then I have worked in administration, particularly in higher education, including the Finance Office at the University of Sheffield, and in the Research Office at Sheffield Hallam University. I am now working as a Business Administrator for Taylored Psychology. In my spare time I continue to pursue my musical interests, playing the piano, and playing double bass with amateur orchestras (most regularly with Sheffield Philharmonic).

Nora Kasem- Receptionist

I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Sheffield. During this degree I have learnt about mental health, neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder and the interventions available for ASD, and different interventions for mood disorders. I have developed a particular interest in clinical psychology. I have recently completed a project assessing different factors that can have a positive or negative effect on depressive symptoms.

My role as a receptionist is to complete administrative tasks and to ensure that clients feel welcome and safe at Taylored Psychology.