We are Chartered Clinical Psychologists who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology as well as the professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Our training has provided us with knowledge and experience in working with a range of psychological issues in children, young people and adults. In addition to this we both have substantial experience working within clinical and research settings pre and post training.

We enjoy working with adults, children and young people.  We encourage you to get in touch if you are interested in working with us.

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Dr Kat Gardner

It is a normal part of being human to experience emotional distress which can take many forms (including feeling low in mood, anxious or struggling to know which way to turn).  I am skilled at working with children, young people and adults and at helping them to make positive changes.

I have a special interest in working with people who have been affected by chronic health conditions or a life-changing event or accident.  I appreciate that all too easily life can come to revolve around the condition or experience, and the person’s sense of self or ability to enjoy life can be stripped away.  I am passionate about the role that therapy can have to support someone in stepping back into their lives and reconnecting with what is important to them, even in difficult circumstances.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist I have worked within child and adolescent mental and physical health services within the NHS. I have also worked for the Exeter University Clinical Psychology Doctorate that trains Clinical Psychologists. Alongside Green Shoots Psychology I am currently working for the NHS in a service for children and young people with diabetes.

I have a proven history of delivering high quality, informative and enjoyable training and teaching on psychological matters to people from a range of backgrounds.

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Dr Anita Marsden

I have a special interest in raising awareness of well being, positive psychology, helping people to enjoy life more and changing the current stigma of having a “mental health problem”. I believe that to do this we need to be more open about our difficulties, ask for help and ultimately move to a more preventative way of working, turning the current illness model on its head, supporting every individual within our community to understand and develop their strengths. I love to facilitate workshops, introducing people to CBT, mindfulness, and other psychological techniques. I also have a special interest in global mental health and have taught internationally, volunteering for a charity in Sri Lanka.

I have conducted research into autism as well as researching how our beliefs can impact our parenting. I have worked within the NHS using systemic techniques (Family Partnership Model) to work alongside parents who are experiencing difficulties with their child’s behaviour. I love to support people to work through difficulties within their families and to get the most out of their relationships. I am currently working part time in the NHS assessing children with disorders affecting their development, learning or communication including; Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy. I have experience of working at Great Ormond Street Hospital in specialist Neurodelopmental Services with complex and specialist cases. I think assessing an individual’s neuropsychological profile, finding out about their cognitive strengths and weaknesses can help give further understanding about them and help adapt the teaching environment or even the direction of their career path to maximise their strengths.

I really enjoy offering supervision to colleagues, helping to bring a new perspective to client work and have attended a BPS accredited supervisors training to support the development of my skills within this area.