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Meet the Team

Catherine Taylor, Director, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist

BA Hons in Experimental Psychology (University of Oxford), M. Phil in Psychopathology (University of Cambridge), Diploma in Clinical Psychology – British Psychological Society, Chartered as a Clinical Psychologist (B.P.S.), Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (25 years), holder of current practising certificate for Clinical Psychology (B.P.S. since 1994) and Health Professionals Council registered. Having enjoyed a career in clinical psychology now spanning 29 years, I have worked in both Adult Mental Health and Child and Adolescent Mental Health and have been a senior NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of two NHS services for 10 years until taking an NHS sabbatical to work privately full time (since 2009). I have clinically supervised many qualified clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists and colleagues from other professional groups (in psychological therapies), regularly lecturing at UCL, UEA, ARU, Cambridgeshire Social Care organisations and the PCT and trained/ practising in a wide range of psychological therapies (CBT, BT, CAT, EMDR, systemic FT, behavioural FT, Neuropsych., IPT, psychodyn., play, IMH/ attachment). Throughout my career, I have assessed and treated PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and others) both on an in- and outpatient basis. I have consulted widely to other agencies and services. Within the NHS, I am proud to have set up, contributed as lead psychologist to, and managed a number of new services including Cambridgeshire Fostering and Adoption Clinical Psychology Service, neuropsychological assessment service, eating disorders and difficulties through the lifespan service, Feeding to Thrive, parenting support services and many more and contributed within a number of different NHS Trusts and locations areas - GOSH, CPFT, CC Trust, Beds, N.W. Norfolk. I work regularly as an Expert Witness in Court proceedings within my specialist areas. I have good links with all specialist NHS services in mental health throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties. I have also set up and maintained a successful private practice since 1995.

Dr Helen Upright, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

I am a Chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Leeds University, I have worked in the NHS child and adult mental health services. As well as my part-time CCPS work, I currently work as the Lead Psychologist for Cambridgeshire Office of Children and Young People where I manage and supervise clinical psychologists and also hold a clinical caseload. My clinical work involves highly complex assessments, the development of formulations and individual therapy in a variety of approaches. I also offer consultations to other professionals as well as teaching, training and supervision. I have worked with adults and children for many years in a range of settings and presenting with a variety of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety (generalised and specific), PTSD, anger, self harm and eating issues. I have worked with individuals, couples, families and schools/ institutions. I predominately employ a cognitive behavioural approach and have undergone further post-doctoral training. However, I also have a particular interest in attachment, trauma (and am fully qualified and competent to deliver all NICE guidance approved interventions (including trauma-focussed cognitive therapy and EMDR for adults or children) and have co-authored a book about parenting children with challenging behaviour.

Dr Ruth Payne (Zoom only)

I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Since gaining my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I have completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. I have also completed further specialist training in areas such as Mentalization-Based Treatment, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and working with people who have experienced trauma.

I have worked within a range of settings including the NHS, Local Authority, charity and private sector with children and adolescents, families and adults. My experience has included working with people who experience a range of emotional difficulties such as low mood, anxiety (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias and generalised anxiety), low self-esteem, eating disorders, and those that experience attachment and trauma difficulties. I work with individuals, parents/carers, families and professionals to reduce psychological distress and improve psychological wellbeing. I am experienced in using cognitive behavioural therapy, mentalization-based approaches and systemically informed approaches as well as administering neuropsychological assessments. In addition to direct clinical work, I have specialist skills in providing consultation, training and clinical supervision to a variety of professional groups.

I am currently also employed by the NHS to work within a local authority Fostering Service. 

Dr Shani Langdon

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I obtained a BA Hons degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and gained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University. Since 2003, I have worked for NHS services in London, Oxfordshire and Kent, with clients across the age spectrum with a variety of difficulties. My post-qualification work has been in older adult services in the NHS and I have considerable experience in neuropsychological assessment, pre-diagnostic work and post-diagnostic therapy. I have offered individual/couples therapy for people experiencing depression, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, eating disorders, and difficulties adjusting to changed life circumstances, including illness. I work using mainly mindfulness-based approaches, having done additional post-qualification training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and draw on a number of other models including cognitive behavioural, systemic, narrative, and psychodynamic models. I have provided supervision to assistant psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, qualified clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals. I have also provided consultation and training to other professionals, including mental health and care home staff.

Dr Clare Drea

I am a clinical psychologist registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC). I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London and have an MSc in Psychology, a foundation in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and have completed a two year post-graduate training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) at the Anna Freud Centre, London.

I have extensive experience providing psychological therapies in both NHS and non-statutory settings to children, adolescents and adults. I have particular expertise in working with adolescents and young adults having worked at a specialist psychotherapy centre for young people in London. I offer short and long-term psychological interventions drawing on a number of therapeutic approaches including CBT, IPT, Mindfulness, and Compassion-focused therapy. My approach is person centred, integrative and tailored to fit each individual's needs. I work with a range of difficulties including; low mood and anxiety, self-harm and suicidal feelings, sexual or relationship difficulties, family problems, work or college related difficulties, and with individuals with histories of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. I currently work in a specialist NHS service, delivering psychological interventions and well-being services to Cambridge University Medical Students. 

Dr Anita D’Urso, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I have worked in both Cambridge University Hospitals as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist as well as Lead Clinical Psychologist within Paediatric Liaison services in Bedford Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS). I currently work as Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the East Midlands Neonatal Network. Following completion of my doctorate degree, I have completed further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Narrative therapy, Systemic Family therapy and Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics (a gold-standard behavioural intervention for the treatment of Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome).

Within my role, I have worked with children and young people experiencing difficulties around anxiety (including phobias, generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder), low mood, trauma, anger and low self-esteem. I have also worked jointly with my medical colleagues to provide treatment for a number of health symptoms including headaches, medically unexplained pain and Tic Disorders. I am keen to utilise research evidence to provide the best possible interventions for the children and young people that I see and have published and presented my work in a number of academic journals and at medical conferences.

Dr Amy Shayle​ 

I am a clinical psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council.

I completed my clinical doctorate at the University of East Anglia in 2015. Since fully qualifying, I have worked in the paediatric psychological medicine service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. I have predominantly worked with children, young people and families with chronic respiratory health conditions, though have also had opportunity to work with other physical health presentations including cardiac conditions, those experiencing persistent physical symptoms and in the acute inpatient medical setting. Prior to completing training in Clinical Psychology, I completed a PhD in applied developmental psychology looking at the cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial profile of children with a diagnosis of Russell Silver Syndrome.

I have experience working with people who experience a range of emotional difficulties. These have included, but are not limited to, anxiety, OCD, eating disorder, low mood, trauma and low self esteem. I have delivered direct one to one therapy with children, young people and with parents, as well as working more systemically with the both families and professionals to achieve optimum care for the young person who is being supported.

I am experienced in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), have completed additional training in CBT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and regularly offer input utilising these skills to clients accessing input. I used an integrative approach to treatment incorporating systemic and narrative approaches into the treatments that I deliver. I also have experience in delivering neuropsychological assessments and make use of standardised measures to inform assessment and formulation. 

Dr Vanessa Shearing

I am a clinical psychologist registered with the health professional council. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oxford University and have extensive experience of working in the NHS with both adults and children. Whilst experienced in working with those with mental health difficulties, I have particular expertise in working with people who are experiencing psychological distress associated with physical health conditions, illness or disability. I currently work as a senior clinical psychologist at Papworth Hospital, a specialist hospital for those with cardiac and thoracic conditions. Prior to this I have worked in other hospitals and mental health services. My experience has included working with those struggling with anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, obsessive compulsive disorder, managing pain, coping and adjustment to changes in health or after traumatic experiences, difficulty managing medical treatment or making health related decisions, and dealing with medically unexplained symptoms. My work may involve treating mental health difficulties, or may have the aim of helping people to find meaning and quality in their life when these are challenged. I work individually, but also with partners or family members where appropriate. I draw upon a range of therapeutic approaches in which I have undertaken additional training including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive analytic therapy, as well as drawing upon models of coping and adjustment, and narrative and systemic ideas. I can offer individually tailored, flexible and effective assessment and intervention to adults and young people facing a wide range of psychological difficulties, including those managing the impact of physical illness or disability or other challenging life circumstances. I am also experienced in providing supervision, consultation and training to other professionals or organisations.

Dr Clare Jackson

I am a chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and Health Care Professions Council. Since receiving my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Oxford University in 2003, I have worked in a range of different NHS services for children and young people, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and paediatric settings. During my time working at Great Ormond Street Hospital I developed an interest in working with young people adjusting to chronic health conditions and the impact this has on the whole family system. I have also worked at Cambridge University Hospitals with children and young people experiencing a wide variety of paediatric health conditions in both in-patient and out-patient services. I frequently work with young people and parents experiencing anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and loss.

I predominantly use cognitive behavioural and systemic approaches and have completed additional training in the use of CBT for children and young people experiencing PTSD. I also have also undertaken training in the provision of high quality clinical supervision and have an interest in the impact of staff support on staff wellbeing and the impact this has on client care.

Lucy Felce

Senior Administrator: Following graduation from university, I have worked in educational and clinical settings providing administrative support to teams of clinical psychologists and academics and been on hand to assist children and their families.  

Penny Clark

Administrator: I have recently graduated with a degree in Psychology. During my time at University, I focused on clinical psychology and had a special interest in mental health and disorders. I have six years of experience working with children and families as a nursery assistant and playworker alongside my studies. I also have experience in various administrative positions including a finance administrator and a library and information advisor. 

Carey Horton,  Administrative Assistant


I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professionals Council. Since completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Universal College London, I have worked in the NHS and independent practice with children, adolescents and adults. I worked for many years within the NHS/Social Care in fostering and adoption services. My work has involved complex assessments, individual therapy as well as consultations to staff teams and adults who are caring for young people with multiple difficulties. I have trained and supervised professionals working with young people with complex difficulties in a variety of settings including education and Social Care. The adults and children I work with present with a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, anxiety (including phobias, OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, generalised anxiety), PTSD, eating difficulties, relationship difficulties, difficulties with anger and self-harm. I predominantly use a Cognitive-Behavioural approach and frequently draw upon ideas from Compassion Focussed Therapy. I also have a particular interest in attachment theory and attachment informed interventions. I have additional training in tools to assess under 5s parent-child relationships, as well as the Story Stem Assessment Profile, training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, the Incredible Years parenting programme, and FLASH, a parenting programme for teens who self-harm. I am trained in a range of different therapeutic approaches including systemic therapy and behavioural therapy; which allow me to draw on different theories and models to suit the needs of the individual I’m working with.