Meet the Team

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

Dr Sophie Payne - Clinical Psychologist

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

I am a Principal Clini Dr Sophie Paynecal Psychologist in the NHS, I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Health and Care Professions Council. 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.In my current NHS post I have specialised in Clinical Health Psychology and in Occupational Health. I work at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals with people with a wide range of acute and chronic health problems. I currently provide therapy and psychological support to people living with and beyond Cancer and with Renal Disease. I am experienced in offering individual therapy, teaching and supervision concerning a wide range of health conditions and rehabilitation after life changing injuries. 

I have also supported clients dealing with issues including stress, overwork, depression and anxiety when I was the clinical lead in am Occupational Health/Wellbeing support service for NHS staff. I am experienced in relating with Occupational Health Services to communicate individuals' needs at work. 

Before qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I completed a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology, developing a Cognitive Behavioural Model to understand how different people cope with a disfiguring condition. This knowledge and understanding is useful now when I work with people who have appearance altering conditions. In 2003 I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and worked in a Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults. I am also an experienced 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, my specialist skills and knowledge to help you. 

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

Laurence Keith - Counsellor In Training

Consultancy PGDip, Genetics BSc Hons, Integrative Counsellor in training, member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


I am in my final year studying for a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Academy S.P.A.C.E.. Since 2018 I have been on placement as an associate trainee with Taylored Psychology Ltd offering lower cost counselling under supervision from S.P.A.C.E. and with management and additional supervision from Dr Emma Taylor. Since 2019 I have also been on placement at Cruse delivering bereavement support, having completed their specialist bereavement training.

I offer integrative counselling based on person-centred values. I am empathic, caring and passionate about enabling people to make wise choices and positive changes, whatever that means for them. 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 enjoy working with people from all walks of life. I have a post-graduate diploma in Leadership Consultancy and have regularly mentored young adults over the years. I have worked in the creative industries as a professional musician, and have over 15 years experience working in the banking and charity sectors in administration and office management. Here I learnt the value of being organised and working closely and creatively with colleagues in teams.

More recently, I have been a stay-home dad, looking after my two children so my partner can work full-time. At the same time, for 18 months I volunteered with St Luke’s Hospice as part of their bereavement telephone service.

I am currently offering low cost counselling during COVID-19 at £15. Please get in touch via our contact page to find out more.

Amanda Clark - Business Administrator

Meet the team | Psychology services

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).

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

Jade Cooper - Business Administrator

Jade CooperI have a Psychology degree from the University of Sheffield where my course involved learning about mental health, neurological disorders and learning difficulties, their causes and the best treatment for each. Additionally, I have undertaken projects specialising in self-harm and self-destructive behaviours, schizophrenia and depression. I am currently in training to become a Social Worker.

Dr Sarah Wallis - Clinical Psychologist

DClin Psy, BA (hons) HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist), ACAT Practitioner

Dr Sarah WallisDr Sarah Wallis is currently on sabbatical, undertaking additional training in herbal medicine in order to offer a more holistic psychotherapy.

I am an experienced Health and Social Care Council registered clinical psychologist and accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner. I have over 20 years of clinical experience in the NHS and several years as an independent psychological practitioner.

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2000 from the University of Sheffield and since then have worked in the NHS in community mental health teams, an early intervention in psychosis service, an acute psychiatric hospital, physical health settings, and in a psychological support service for NHS staff. I was a psychology service lead in Sheffield Health and Social care Trust for the Early intervention in Psychosis service and am currently service lead for the hepatitis C psychology service in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. As well as offering individual therapy, I work with multidisciplinary staff teams to support them in understanding the psychological needs of patients through training, consultation and supervision. When working independently, I have offered CAT therapy, Brief Personal Reformulations for mental health professionals and worked as a CAT therapist in an eating disorders unit. I have experience of using a range of therapies ( Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing) which allow me to adapt the approach to the person I am working with, however I have gained most experience in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and find this to be an accessible, adaptable and effective model that can be applied at different levels and in many settings. I offer individual therapy, supervision and training.

For further information follow this link for my CV: Sarah_Wallis

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