Highly Professional Clinical Psychologists in Kent.
The Owl Centre boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologists in Kent
The Clinical Psychologists at The Owl Centre in Kent combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Dr Faye Millner (BSc, AdvDip, DClinPsy, HCPC Registered)
Dr Faye Millner is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC). She graduated from Exeter University with a first class degree in Psychology. She has Post Graduate Diplomas in Psycho-analytic Observation Studies (Tavistock Institute) and Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions (IAPT services). She has also completed a Foundation Course in Systemic Practice in Mental Health.
Faye has recently worked within both the Attachment and Trauma Team and the Feeding and Eating Disorders Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of children with neuro-developmental disorders, eating disorders, attachment difficulties, affective disorders, anxiety disorders and behavioural problems. She has worked with children who have suffered significant trauma and subsequently suffer with anxiety and/or depression, children who are highly selective eaters, children who have phobias, autistic children and children who have been removed from their birth families. Faye has provided support to the carers of all the children she has worked with.
Pre-training, Faye worked in a therapeutic children’s home providing emotional support for children with severe behavioral and emotional difficulties. She worked for a psychology service providing low intensity CBT to adults, specializing in providing support to new mothers. She also worked in a CAMHS education team with children who had been excluded from mainstream school. She also has experience in supervising contacts for looked after children and their families, providing reports used in court.
Dr Simone Raenker PhD, DClinPsy
Simone is an experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologist. Her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology was completed at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this, she completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College and the Maudsley Hospital, Eating Disorders Unit.
Simone has broad experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with multiple and complex needs in various settings (i.e. outpatient, inpatient, schools, home). This includes at:
- Great Ormond Street Hospital within the Autism Team where Simone assessed children for Autism and supported children and parents to manage symptoms and traits and to adapt to the diagnosis.
- University College London Hospital, where Simone worked within the Perinatal Psychology Service helping new mothers with attachment problems and parenting needs.
- The Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College and the Maudsley Hospital, Eating Disorders Unit where she assessed and treated patients with eating disorders and supported their carers.
Simone’s first doctorate degree (PhD) from the Institute of Psychiatry focused on the experiences of mothers and fathers who are caring for someone with an eating disorder. She tested clinical interventions for those carers to find out which support parents require and how to meet their specific and individual needs as a family.
Simone has a long-standing interest in working with clients who have a physical illness and helping them to adapt and manage health needs. Thus, Simone can offer expertise to those children with physical impairments. She has a passion for the benefits of a compassionate and mindfulness-based approach to therapy.
Simone can provide assessment and treatment in both English and German. She graduated with a first class Masters’ degree in Psychology from The Free University, Berlin, Germany before moving to the UK.
Dr Isis Davidson-Olsson DClinPsy BSc
Dr Isis Davidson-Olsson is a Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Member of the British Psychological Association and registered member of the Health Care Professional Council. Her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology was completed at the University of Hertfordshire, where she undertook research on the parenting experience and how it can be disputed by specific events. Prior to this, Isis had been working in Canada for the British Columbia Ministry of Child and Family Development with children and young people, parents and carers, and schools and nurseries.
Since qualifying in 2012, Isis has dedicated her career to working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Paediatric Psychology Services. As a result, Isis has developed specialist knowledge of providing assessment and intervention for issues relating to emotional and behavioural difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobia, OCD and the assessment and intervention of distress relating to neurodevelopmental and health related conditions, such as ASD, ADHD, Type 1 Diabetes, Allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Medically Unexplained Symptoms. In addition to this, Isis also provides supervision, training and consultation to organisations which serve and support children, young people and carers, such as schools, nurseries and colleges.
Isis is able to visit clients in parts of Kent, Surrey, Greater London, and South Essex.
Dr Lisa Dunnigan BSc, DClin Psych, HCPC Registered
Lisa is a highly skilled Clinical Psychologist and registered member of the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC). Lisa completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. Her research focussed on exploring links between attachment experiences of parents raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Lisa has dedicated her career to working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She is a compassionate clinician who has extensive experience working with children and young people, parents and carers, schools and local authority organisations e.g. social care. Lisa has worked in ‘generic’ CAMHS teams and also specialised in working with Looked After Children (LAC) and those with Learning Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g. ADHD, ASD).
Lisa has provided assessments and interventions for children and adolescents presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobias, OCD, eating disorders, attachment difficulties, and behavioural problems. She has experience of using a range of evidence based interventions e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Systemic. Many of the young people she has worked with have struggled with complex difficulties linked to both their mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders and she has supported young people and families presenting with high risk.
Lisa has worked alongside Paediatric teams completing comprehensive ASD assessments for children and provided a range of interventions supporting children and their families, as well as schools, to understand and manage difficulties linked to the diagnosis (1:1, family work, groups, training).
Lisa also provides supervision, training and consultation to individuals and organisations who work with children and young people.
Lisa is able to visit clients in Kent and parts of Surrey and Greater London.
Dr Eleanor Hambly BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol, HCPC.
Dr Eleanor Hambly is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). She graduated from Reading University with a first class degree in Psychology and completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Surrey University. She researched the impact of mood and attachment styles on people’s weight for her doctoral thesis, building on her interest in eating disorders and obesity.
Eleanor has focused her career on supporting children and young people. Most recently, she has worked with young people with complex mental health difficulties who are at high risk of harm. She has worked in a number of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in London and the South East. Throughout her experience, she has supported children and young people with a variety of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trichotillomania (hair pulling), trauma, OCD and eating disorders. She also enjoys working with families and providing support for parents. Eleanor has experience using a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Systemic, and Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT).
Eleanor has worked in the Paediatric Psychology Service in St George’s Hospital supporting young people with physical health conditions, and their families. These included feeding difficulties (under and overeating), gastroenterology difficulties, cancer, and support with coming to terms with diagnoses. She has experience working with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and learning difficulties. Prior to her Clinical Psychology training, she volunteered with the National Autistic Society (NAS) and worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London on a research project investigating anxiety in young boys with ASD.
Eleanor is also a trustee for Student Minds, a national charity which provides mental health support for university students. Through her work with the charity, she completed research on the difficulties university students with eating disorders experience when transitioning between home and university. From this research, she wrote a report making recommendations for policy changes, which resulted in a meeting with the Care Minister at the time. She has a particular interest in supporting young people through transitions, for example moving between home and university or from primary to secondary school.
Eleanor is able to visit clients in parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey and South London.
- East Grinstead
- Tunbridge Wells
Dr. Tanya Mellor BSc (Hons), PG Cert, D.ClinPsy.
Dr Tanya Mellor is a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist and a registered member of the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC). She began working in the NHS as a support worker in a residential low secure unit for adults with Learning Disabilities in 2001. Tanya completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London in 2010. Since qualifying, she has experience working in different Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) settings in London and the South-East. She has worked with children and young families who present with a range of complex mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, OCD, school refusal, and issues around identity. Her specialism is working with individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism, ADHD) and / or learning disabilities, and she is currently working part-time at the National Autistic Society.
Tanya is able to offer thorough diagnostic assessments of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated mental health difficulties in both children and adults, and is trained in using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) to inform her assessments. She is also proficient in using a wide range of neuropsychological measures and cognitive assessments. She has a special interest in the presentation, assessment, and treatment of ASC and related disorders in girls and women.
Tanya predominantly works integratively using narrative, CBT and systemic therapy models to develop tailored interventions. She has considerable experience of using Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) approaches for parents and school professionals working with children on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities.
Tanya is also able to offer supervision and consultation around autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities to other psychologists and other professionals within a child's network.
Tanya is able to visit clients in Kent & Medway:
- Paddock Wood
- Sevenoaks Weald
- Tunbridge Wells
Helen Squires, BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip.Psych, MBPsS
Full Name: Mrs Helen Squires
Known as: Helen
Type of therapist: Psychologist & Educational Consultant; Trainee Play Therapist (APAC)
Qualifications: BA, PGCE, Dip.Psych, MBPsS
Year(s) of qualifying:
- BA (2004)
- PGCE (2009)
- Dip.Psych (2012)
- School-based practitioner since 2009.
- Specialises in Psychological services and Educational consultancy
- Provides support for schools on developing children’s wellbeing through whole school approaches to learning, classroom practice and review/development of school policies (e.g. behaviour policies, play policies etc.)
- Support for families with babies/infants working with issues around general development, sleep, attachment, behavior, emotional development and play.
- Former Guest Lecturer at Kingston University, supporting trainee teachers about the Psychology of Learning, designing curriculums to develop creativity and independence in primary aged children.
- 1:1 and group support for children with additional educational needs
- From September 2019, will also be offering support as a trainee Play Therapist, undertaking an MA with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapists.
- Specialist areas of interest: Psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment theory and disorders, Play, Developmental Psychology, Early Years development, Special Educational Needs
Interesting / fun facts:
- Had a successful career in Television prior to becoming a Psychologist
- Mum of 2 boys
- Lover of cheese
Charlotte Darby MSc, PGCert, BSc (psych), DipHb (KG), Dip Hypnotherapy (NCH) (NCFE) MNCH (Reg) TFTAlgo.
Charlotte is an integrative therapist who has worked for the past ten years with highly complex, looked after children who have experienced early trauma, abuse and neglect. Charlotte has managed a Therapeutic Community, currently coordinating a team of therapists and has extensive experience working with developmental and relational trauma. Her expertise lies in attachment theory and practices and she has undertaken the Anna Freud/GOSH Story Stem Assessment Profile training to assess attachment styles and dimensions in primary aged children. Charlotte can administer the ADOS 2 as part of the Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Schedule.
Charlotte holds a Masters in the Psychodynamics of Human Development and works primarily with Attachment utilising the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy model. Charlotte is experienced at delivering Therapeutic Life Story work as well as the paws .b Mindfulness Curriculum and Group Theraplay. She works with a diverse group of diagnoses including PTSD, ASD, ADHD, GDD, FASD, separation anxiety, attachment and dissociative disorders. Working with challenging, looked after children as well as significant figures around them, such as foster carers, adopters and birth parents, Charlotte works collaboratively with an array of therapists and has insight and expertise processing and resolving early years trauma. Charlotte is also a TFT practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Charlotte seeks to enable the child to reach their full potential and has an inclusive approach of working alongside parents and carers. She can build a rapport quickly, even with more challenging children, and feels recognising a child's strength is paramount. Charlotte is based in Ashford.
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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