Meet the Team

All of our Clinicians have up-to-date DBS checks and safeguarding training.

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

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Dr Sophie Payne - Clinical Psychologist

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

I am a Consultant Clini Dr Sophie Paynecal Psychologist, Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). 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.

When working in the NHS I have specialised in Clinical Health Psychology and in Occupational Health. I work with people with a wide range of acute and chronic health problems, including people living with and beyond cancer and after spinal injury. I offer individual therapy, teaching and supervision, and rehabilitation after life changing injuries. I am experienced working in multi-disciplinary teams, both in the NHS and privately funded, helping to shape the care that is offered to a client.

I have supported clients dealing with issues including stress, overwork, depression and anxiety when I was the clinical lead in an Occupational Health/Wellbeing support service for NHS staff as well as in my private practice. I am experienced in relating with Occupational Health Services to communicate individuals' needs at work. I designed and delivered the initial training for NHS staff at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals on Wellbeing when the Coronavirus pandemic was first developing.

Before qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I completed a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology, developing a Cognitive Behavioural Model to understand how people cope with a disfiguring condition. This knowledge is useful now when I work with people concerning their appearance. I have been a Clinical Lead, Service Lead and Operational Manager of NHS Psychological Services. I currently balance my two days working with Taylored Psychology with working in a Mental Health Team.

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 and my specialist skills and knowledge to help you to move forwards. 

For further information follow this link for my CV: Sophie Payne 

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


Laurence Keith - Integrative Counsellor

Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Consultancy PGDip, Genetics BSc Hons, Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Meet the team | Psychology servicesI am an integrative counsellor working from person-centred values, drawing on a number of ideas and models depending on the situation. I have worked with issues around self-identity, control, self-esteem, anxiety, broken relationships, grief, trauma, abuse, dealing with IBS, age-related health issues, low mood and severe depression.

My hope is to listen well and hold a non-judgemental space for you, to enable you to process and understand your situation, make wise choices and positive changes.

Since September 2019 I have also been volunteering for Cruse Bereavement Care delivering bereavement support, having completed their specialist bereavement training. 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 have a post-graduate diploma in Leadership Consultancy and have regularly mentored young adults over the years. I have worked as a professional musician and have over 15 years experience working in the banking and charity sectors in administration and office management. 

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: Integrative Counselling

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Lynn Findlay - Counsellor and Young person’s Counsellor (11-18)

Counselling (MBACP / MNCS-Accredited), Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. MA in Social Work and MA in Professional Practice with Children and their families

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I am a counsellor and psychotherapist, offering short- and long-term counselling to adults and young people over the age of 11. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I can draw upon different theories and models to work flexibly to meet your needs, although the core of my work is person-centred and relational. My aim as your counsellor is to provide a warm, confidential space for you to explore what you are experiencing. I work collaboratively with you at your pace, with compassion and acceptance, in your context, with past, present, or future concerns.

People have counselling for many reasons, such as experiencing anxiety or depression, bereavement, stress, loss, and changes in relationships or wanting to feel different about life as a whole. I work with you as an individual and support you make your own choices, find solutions, or have your voice heard. I specialise in relational issues and working with loss, change and life transitions.

I have additional qualifications in counselling young people aged 11-18. I work with young people who are experiencing a range of issues, such as friendships, family problems, stress, managing emotions and loss and change. My work with young people is also relational, but I incorporate systemic practice to support parents and carers alongside the young person’s sessions.

I have previously worked for a charity offering trauma-informed counselling for adults and young people who have experienced abuse at some point in their lives, as well as a counsellor for Sheffield IAPT, both in primary care and staff counselling with workplace issues.

My background is in social work and I have over 20 years’ experience working with children and families, and I continue to practice as an independent social worker and trainer alongside my therapy work. I have a research interest in movement for mental health, especially the therapeutic aspects of running and walking, and how these can work together with talking therapies.

Please click the following links to read about the services I offer: Counselling


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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

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Dr Laura Mantle - Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, Dip CAT Therapist

Meet the team | Psychology servicesI am a Principal Clinical Psychologist and registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am also an ACAT accredited CAT Practitioner.

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013 and have worked in a variety of healthcare settings, supporting clients with mental health difficulties and who have experienced psychological trauma. I currently specialise working in an NHS Clinical Health Psychology service, offering individual therapy to people with acute and chronic physical health problems, including cancer, diabetes and palliative conditions. I find that CAT is useful and containing approach to understanding the relationship between our mental and physical health, as well as to help with adjustment when coping strategies are destabilised because of ill health or following a traumatic life event. Alongside my direct clinical work I also offer clinical supervision to a range of other professionals, and offer teaching, training and psychological consultation to support teams and services to work more psychologically.

I am drawn to CAT as a model of therapy due to its collaborative nature and focus on patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that can cause us to feel stuck. I also incorporate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and ‘third wave’ approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy into my work. In my independent practice, I work with people who experience a range of difficulties, including trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and grief and loss. I offer a safe and confidential service to help people to feel better about themselves, deal with situations differently and develop effective coping strategies.

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

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Amanda Clark - Business Administrator

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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).

Nora Kasem- Receptionist

I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Sheffield. During this degree I have learnt about mental health, neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder and the interventions available for ASD, and different interventions for mood disorders. I have developed a particular interest in clinical psychology. I have recently completed a project assessing different factors that can have a positive or negative effect on depressive symptoms.

My role as a receptionist is to complete administrative tasks and to ensure that clients feel welcome and safe at Taylored Psychology.

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.

My role as a Business Administrator is to ensure that clients are receiving a top service from their clinician and the whole team. I am here to help, whether it be talking clients through using online therapy platforms, ensuring you have everything you need for your appointments and keeping our clinicians training up to date. Please get in touch with me for any enquiries or questions you may have via