The Clarity Psychology team of consultants have extensive experience in working with both psychological and neuropsychological difficulties. The core ethos of our team is to put the client at ease through a compassionate approach and we pride ourselves on developing excellent working relationships.
Dr Graeme Flaherty JonesDirector Clarity Pyschology
Graeme has a unique ability to make psychological concepts accessible and practical to influence change. His dedication to providing exceptional quality services has received recognition in his field. His wealth of experience in developing and leading services has brought with it specialist interests in the field of mental capacity and team communication. At the heart of Graeme’s work is a passion for developing trusting relationships with others that can be used to bring about meaningful change.close
Dr Lisa LogueClinical Neuropsychologist North East Regional Lead
Dr Lisa Logue is a Highly Specialist Clinical Neuropsychologist and North East Regional Lead of Clarity Psychology. Lisa has specialist training, knowledge and skills in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology. She has experience of working within the fields of neuro-rehabilitation, neuro-psychiatry and neurobehaviour, offering assessment and intervention of complex needs, within inpatient and community settings.
Lisa has experience of integrating and drawing upon a wide range of evidence based approaches to ensure that goals are individually tailored, realistic and meaningful to the needs of her clients. A core value in Lisa’s approach is to work side by side with clients, to explore and understand difficulties together using psychological concepts and ideas which are accessible.close
Dr Oliver BekarmaConsultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Oliver Bekarma is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist based in County Durham. Oli has extensive experience of working with complex psychological and neurological conditions across the lifespan and care settings. He is especially interested in neuropsychology, and has completed a post-doctoral diploma in Applied Neuropsychology (University of Glasgow). He contributes to post-graduate teaching on clinically relevant programmes at Teesside University and Durham University.
Oli’s warm, empathic and personable approach enables him to build effective therapeutic relationships with individuals and teams in a timely fashion, and he is recognised for providing high quality assessments, reports and interventions tailored to the needs of clients. Central to Oli’s practice is his desire to work with people to bring about positive change and enhanced quality of life.
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Dr Laura-Jayne CarterClinical Psychologist
Dr Laura-Jayne Carter is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist both within NHS and Clarity Psychology. Passionate about working in neurobehaviour, neurodegenerative conditions and neurorehabilitation, she has completed further specialist training in neuropsychology.
Working with all age groups, Laura-Jayne has wide ranging experience in psychological therapy, neuropsychology and mental capacity assessment. She has specialist interests in working with teams and systems, children and families, adult autism, psychological adjustment and trauma, and loss.
Laura-Jayne contributes teaching to the Teesside University doctoral programme and has achieved several publications and conference presentations. Always recovery focused, she enjoys working creatively to support individuals, families and teams to meet their therapeutic goals.
HCPC registration number: PYL29913
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Dr Geoff HillClinical Psychologist
Dr Geoff Hill has a depth of broad neuropsychological knowledge and skills and can provide cognitive assessment, and capacity assessment, with particular strength as a treating clinician assisting clients with long term acquired neurological conditions to achieve their goals. Geoff specialises in applying his knowledge and skills to develop therapeutic relationships in complex medicolegal cases wherein the client finds it difficult to engage therapeutically.
Although trained in diverse technologies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Geoff's neuropsychological therapy approach is grounded in Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Geoff is currently involved with innovative research programmes developing the science behind the application of ACT to assist those with acquired neurological conditions. He has authored a number of ACT publications in this context such as those related to the ACT group protocol 'Living Well with Neurological Conditions’.
Above all else, Geoff provides a calm, kind, and accepting approach to his clients and their families, and strives towards the highest standards of quality and professionalism in all areas of his work."
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Dr Ben MarramClinical Psychologist
Dr Ben Marram is a dual-qualified Psychologist (Clinical and Occupational) providing specialist psychological and neuropsychological assessment, therapy,rehabilitation and consultation. Ben is based in the North East of England and works with individuals, families and teams throughout the region.
As well as a diverse range of experiences delivering evidence-based psychological therapies, Ben has specialist skills and experience in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation. His experience as an Occupational Psychologist allows him to consider wider issues associated with work and employment. Ben has also completed further training in Systemic Family Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Ben is committed to working collaboratively with individuals and their families to ensure timely, meaningful, high-quality and effective assessment and treatment throughout every stage of their journey.
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Dr Luke BoothroydClinical Psychologist
Luke is a Principal Clinical Psychologist specialising in Neuropsychology. He provides specialist neuropsychological assessment, therapy and rehabilitation to people in Yorkshire with a wide range of neurological conditions, both within an outpatient setting and within a Regional Neurorehabilitation Unit. He has completed further specialist training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow. Luke has also previously worked in older people’s services providing neuropsychological assessment to older people experiencing cognitive or behavioural change, and therapeutic intervention for older adults with a range of complex mental health problems. Although trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Luke’s therapeutic approach is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). He is committed to tailoring his approach to an individual’s goals and values and making treatment meaningful and highly effective for each individual.
HCPC Number: PYL34721
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Dr Tom LaverickClinical Psychologist
Tom has extensive experience in working with children and young people in both NHS and independent practice, where he has occupied roles such as Clinical Lead within a specialist nhs autism assessment service. Tom has also worked with adults experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties and he has an ongoing interest with the treatment of PTSD. Tom is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and has Full Accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), as well as being trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Tom is the Clinical Lead for the Clarity Autism service and has completed training in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), as well as the developmental, dimensional, and diagnostic interview (3di).
Tom is passionate about conducting research in his field; supervising ongoing autism based research (e.g., autism and camouflaging / masking) and publishing research findings to advance practice e.g., 'Epilepsy and Accelerated Long-Term Forgetting' with Professor Alan Baddeley. His research skills, knowledge and expertise therefore allow him to deliver the highest standard of clinical work.close
Dr Marcia CastielClinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Marcia Castiel is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive experience of working with varied and complex neurological disorders in a range of settings. Marcia has extensive experience of working with varied and complex neurological disorders in a range of settings. Following her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Marcia completed further specialist training in Neuropsychology as well as in a range of psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This allows Marcia to draw upon a number of therapeutic models when working with her clients to foster meaningful and positive change in their lives.
Marcia has delivered doctorate level teaching on neuropsychological issues at the University of Surrey and Newcastle University. Her doctorate research was published in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: An International Journal.
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Dr Catherine HankinsonClinical Psychologist
Catherine is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Clinical Neuropsychology. She has experience across the lifespan but has a special interest in working with children and adolescents with neurological conditions and brain injuries. She has extensive experience of neuropsychological assessment, formulation and intervention. She works collaboratively with families, schools and multi-disciplinary rehab teams placing the child or young person’s well being and quality of life at the centre of her work. She is interested in functional neurological conditions and is experienced in working with both children and adults with these conditions. She has published research in the area of child neurology and presented her doctoral research at international conferences. Catherine has additional training in clinical neuropsychology having completed a post graduate diploma in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow.
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Jak SmithPsychological Therapist
Jak is a Psychological Therapist with specialist skills in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. At the heart of his work is a commitment to working collaboratively with clients and their families, through a relational approach that considers the person as a whole and as an individual. Jak is passionate about reducing stigma and unnecessary suffering, whilst promoting wellbeing. He brings a therapeutic approach that is warm and empathic to help individuals feel safe and comfortable during all aspects of his work.
Jak also uses his specialist skills to support teams in understanding the emotional impact of an individual’s difficulties and how this can impact on relationships. When providing team based formulation, Jak offers a safe reflective space to explore patterns in relationships and strategies to promote effective team working to meet the individuals needs.
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Ellie RobertsEducational Psychologist
As an Educational Psychologist, Ellie’s focus is to identify and minimise barriers to learning, thus improving the attainments, welfare and social and emotional well-being of children and young people.
Ellie is knowledgeable about the range of challenges faced within the education system by children, families and teachers. She is highly experienced at using a variety of assessment methods and at unpicking complex issues by exploring the differing perspectives of those involved in order to establish a meaningful rich picture of each situation. Ellie is skilled at using the information gathered to support in planning next steps that are individualised to suit particular contexts yet grounded in an evidence-base of what is known to work well.
Ellie has a thorough working knowledge of the education system, associated statutory processes, the school curriculum, child development and expected rates of progress. She is sensitive to the pressures that teachers, children and young people are under in the present educational context. As a motivated, enthusiastic person, who communicates clearly, she is able to forge positive working relationships and advocate on behalf of her clients.close
Dr Sarah HopperConsultant Clinical Psychologist
Sarah is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience of working with complex mental health and neuropsychological presentations in the NHS and more recently in independent practice. She has specialist knowledge, skills and experience in the field of neuropsychological assessment, formulation and intervention, particularly in relation to acquired brain injury and dementia (including young onset dementia). Sarah is passionate about ensuring individuals are able to access appropriate assessments and interventions for their needs at the time they need it.
Sarah enjoys working with individuals and teams to develop a shared understanding of difficulties, using creative approaches that tailor each assessment and intervention to individual needs. Sarah's primary motivation in her work is to reduce psychological distress, and support people on a journey of recovery to help them achieve greater fulfilment in life.
In addition to the strong clinical background in neuropsychology, specialist interests also include mental capacity assessment and working psychologically with teams.
Sarah has additional training in clinical neuropsychology having completed a post graduate diploma in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Nottingham (2013).close
Lisa BuckleSpeech & Language Therapist
Lisa has been working as a Speech & Language Therapist since qualifying from Newcastle University in 2014. She specialises in Autism and has been working to support people with Autism in a range of settings for almost 8 years.
Lisa carries out formal and informal language assessments as well as clinical observations to identify an individual’s communication strengths and needs. She is passionate about supporting individuals and uses therapeutic approaches to support people in their speech, Language & communication.
Lisa is trained in Makaton at the enhanced level, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and has completed training in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).
She is committed to providing a high standard and takes pride in adapting her approach to fit the individual.close
Dr Lisa GallowayClinical Psychologist
Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in neuropsychology, completing the post graduate training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow in 2014. She works within a busy NHS regional neuroscience centre, providing assessment, intervention, consultancy, training and clinical supervision. She is experienced in working with clients with a wide variety of neurological conditions, including TBI and neurodegenerative conditions. She provides neuropsychology teaching on the Newcastle University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
When working with clients and their families, Lisa places upmost importance on building a shared understanding of the difficulties they face in order to help them problem solve and move towards their goals. She is trained and experienced in CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.close
Dr Patrick WelshClinical Psychologist
Patrick has worked with young people and adults with a diagnosis of Autism for over ten years in a range of clinical settings. He has completed training in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) and recently worked as a therapist on the personalised anxiety trial for autistic adults at Newcastle University. He is therefore experienced in making adaptations to ensure people are able to attend and engage in therapy.
Throughout his career, Patrick has been research active, publishing widely on topics such as autism, psychosis and how best to involve young people in mental health research. His research skills and knowledge thus compliment his clinical work.
As someone diagnosed with autism as an adult, he is passionate to ensure appropriate support is available to others.close
Highly Specialist Clinical PsychologistConsultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Clive Bellis is a Chartered Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working across the lifespan both for the NHS and independent practice. Although adept at working with all age ranges, he has a particular interest in providing services to children and young people, particularly where a physical health condition is impacting upon quality of life.
Clive has completed specialist training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow. He has a wide range of experience providing neuropsychological assessment, capacity assessments, and therapeutic interventions. He has also contributed to doctoral level teaching at Teesside University.
Clive is committed to collaborative working and achieving the highest possible care for the individuals and families he is working with.
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