Introducing

Our Team

Dr Kirsty Hughes

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Joint Hons) Psychology and Mathematics
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

I am pleased to introduce myself as a co-director of Nurture-Psychology Service Ltd. Having specialised within child and family psychology over the last 10 years, I aspire to empower others to take control of their mental health with increased understanding and tools with which to cope with life’s challenges. I engage well with children and young people of a variety of ages and presentations and also value the opportunity to work with the range of adults that this work brings with it. My experiences to date have helped me to become a dedicated reflective practitioner where warmth, compassion and empathy feature highly in the work that I do, working with the limits of confidentiality and professional boundaries.

I have worked in a variety of mental health settings within the NHS over the last 15 years and have a track record of safe-guarding & promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. I use reflective practice and multiple psychological models to help me understand the challenges that others face, always aspiring to work collaboratively to meet individual need.

After gaining my BSc in Psychology and Mathematics from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist within the area of substance misuse and eating disorders. Prior to completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2008, I worked in Eritrea, North East Africa for 2 years with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) as a teacher.

Post qualification, I worked within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), with a wide range of generic mental health difficulties, including anxiety based problems (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Health Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Separation Anxiety), and depression following adverse life events, such as bereavement and loss.

Most recently I have been one of the Lead Clinical Psychologists developing and providing a specialist clinical psychology service for children in care and those working and living closely with them.  This has involved working within a multi-agency model to support the network around the child to ensure the best outcomes for children in the care of Rochdale Local Authority. I have provided specialist psychological assessments and treatment for children and young people who have experienced early life trauma and have therefore developed insecurity in their attachments to others. I have developed a special interest in this area, particularly in considering the impact of early life trauma on brain development. I have experience and training in the use of principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP, Dan Hughes), systemic therapy and narrative therapy in much of my trauma focussed work with young people and their families/parents/carers, always using strong theory and the evidence base to support my work.

Outside of my role as a Clinical Psychologist, I am the chair of trustees of a children’s charity which focuses on pre-school development within a kindergarten setting. I oversee the management of the running of the charity with a group of trustees and have taken on a specific safeguarding role within this.

I look after myself by eating well, doing regular exercise, maintaining a close community where I live, sustaining friendships and last but by no means least, making time to nurture my two small children.

As a clinical psychologist my work is informed by a range of psychological therapy models, the ones I draw upon most frequently are:
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Systemic Therapy

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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and other attachment focussed models

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Play Therapy Approaches

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Narrative Therapy

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Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation

For your information I am registered with:

Both the HCPC and BPS require that each member has and maintains high standards in terms of supervision, training, professional skills and behaviour.

I hold an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check with The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Dr Louise Mansell

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

BSc Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology,
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester

I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist in children’s mental health within the NHS for over 11 years.

I have a particular interest and expertise in working with anxiety, trauma, and attachment, with regards to the impact on early brain development. In addition, I have a great deal of experience in behaviour management of children. I enjoy working with parents and those around children, to empower them to understand, manage and support the child’s developmental need to express emotions.

Throughout my career to date, I have been committed to providing a supportive, compassionate, empowering and effective service to all of those families and children I have been fortunate enough to meet. Any therapy I will recommend will always have a strong theory or evidence base supporting it’s use.

In addition, I have been particular driven to ensure that children and families get the correct support they need, as quickly and effectively as possible. In support of this, I led on the developmental of  an innovative way to ensure families and children get the best possible advice and care plan in a timely manner. This approach was widely credited by both families and clinicians, and is being presented at The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies in July 2017.

I completed my Doctorate Training at the University of Manchester in 2007-2010, following the completion of a Diploma in Applied Psychology in 2005-2007, and Degree in Psychology at University of Lancaster in 2000-2003. I integrate a range of psychological models within my work to meet the individual needs of the child. I have special training and interest in the use of, Attachment and Neuroscience, Theraplay and principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, CBT and Motivational Interviewing.

I have recently felt more able to provide the type of service I believe is the best for families, children and those around them as an independent provider. Therefore I co-created Nurture-Psychology Service in 2016, as a not-for-profit social enterprise service, which prides  itself on delivering the most informative, expert driven, effective, creative compassionate and empowering service it can for young people and those who care for them.

Outside of my psychology interest and Nurture, I spend time with my husband, family and friends, plus my two little boys, who keep me very busy and very active.

My specialist post qualification training includes:
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Attachment & Psychopathology 6 Day Workshop

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Method of Levels - Transdiagnostic Cognitive Therapy

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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1

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Theraplay & MIM Level 1

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Group Theraplay

As a clinical psychologist my work is informed by a range of psychological therapy models, the ones I draw upon most frequently are:-
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Attachment Theory (PACE, DDP)

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Theraplay

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Compassionate Focused Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Integrated Psychotherapy

You can find my registration details by pressing on the links above.  Both the HCPC and BPS require that each member has and maintains high standards in terms of supervision, training, professional skills and behaviour.

I hold an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check with The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We hope you find all the information you require and would encourage you to contact us, if you have any questions.

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