Our People


Sara Whammond Clinical Lead & Director

Hello I am Sara and the lead clinician and director. I have 38 years experience helping people with their mental health. I trained initially as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and then as a CBT Therapist at Oxford University. I have trained in EMDR 1-3 and also in DBT at Bangor University with British Isles DBT.I have worked in the field of mental health for many years which has helped me amass a great deal of experience and knowledge. I am skilled in treating many conditions but having worked through my own difficulties I have a special interest in helping those who have experienced childhood trauma including sexual abuse.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PG Diploma in CBT OCTC / Oxford University 2011
  • Full accreditation with BABCP 120646
  • EMDR part 1,2 and 3
  • Pg Cert in DBT Bangor University

CBT and Psychology Associates

Tom Coates

Tom is a fully accredited CBT Therapist who has worked within the NHS for the last 10 years.

Tom’s interest in the area of mental health developed at a young age, and he actively pursued the study of Psychology at school. Tom went on to graduate with a First Class degree from the University of Chester, before completing a Masters degree in Psychological Research at the University of Sheffield. Following this, Tom began working in a highly specialist inpatient and community Eating Disorders service, supporting individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

In 2013, Tom joined a thriving primary care mental health service located in Buckinghamshire. During this period, Tom took on further studies at the University of Reading, completing both a Post Graduate certificate and later a Post Graduate diploma in Evidence Based Interventions, enabling him to work as a qualified CBT Therapist. In this role, Tom gained experience supporting individuals presenting with various emotional health disorders including:

Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia and Health Anxiety.

In recent years, Tom has enjoyed working within a specialist weight management project that supports individuals to lead a healthier life through lifestyle change. Within this role, Tom has developed further knowledge and skills, often utilising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques to support service users with goals around losing weight.

Alongside his clinical work, Tom has also developed his supervision and management skills within his NHS role, providing regular clinical supervision to both qualified and trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapists.

Lucy Bamford-Leggett

Lucy is a fully accredited BABCP Psychotherapist with extensive experience working in private practice and in the NHS with individuals who have suffered various emotional health disorders including Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Health Anxiety, Social Phobia, and depression.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Lucy first trained at post Graduate level in 2009 studying CBT and Recovery in Psychosis and Complex Mental Health, going on to specialise in treating adults experiencing their first episode of Psychosis.

In 2011 Lucy furthered her CBT training and skills gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT for Anxiety and Depression. Lucy gained vast experience of treating people suffering with anxiety, depression, and trauma in the community.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Lucy is trained both within the NHS and at Post Graduate level in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. DBT can be helpful if you struggle with difficulty in managing your emotions or if you are exhibiting self-destructive behaviours, such as eating disorders and substance use disorders. DBT can help you overcome this by helping you understand and accept your difficult feelings; learn skills to manage them and make positive changes in life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Lucy is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) by the leading EMDR Europe Academy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that is the result of trauma.

EMDR is also effective in treating other mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, and panic disorder.

Lucy’s therapeutic approach is warm, kind and caring with a strong emphasis on working together to achieve your goals.

Beth Fissenden-Lowe

Beth is a qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Swansea University, a post graduate certificate and a post graduate diploma in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments from Reading University. She has worked in mental health services for the NHS and the private healthcare sector for 10 years, treating patients with symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders, such as panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, specific phobias, low self-esteem and social anxiety.

Beth understands that seeking professional help for mental health difficulties can be extremely daunting and talking to someone about these is difficult. Beth makes sure all her patients feel comfortable and able to be open and honest by using an empathetic and non-judgemental approach to therapy sessions.

Beth understands that it is really important to feel heard and understood by your therapist.  She prides herself in working collaboratively as a patient-therapist team to explore their difficulties and build upon patient’s strengths and resilience, to bring about positive change to the patients’ lives. She hopes that patients will come away from therapy sessions feeling confident to implement the techniques learnt and continue to build upon the progress they have made so far, enabling them to manage and work through life’s many twists and turns.

She has completed additional training at Exeter University allowing her to treat patients who have long term health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms and illnesses.

Tara White Jones

I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who has worked clinically for a number of years in various clinical settings across the lifespan, particularly with adults and adolescents.

My areas of special interest and experience include the full spectrum of anxiety disorders, depression and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. In addition to this, I have also trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Couples therapist, specialising in interpersonal difficulties related to depression.

Alongside private practice, I currently work as a Specialist Psychological Therapist in the NHS with adults experiencing PTSD and complex needs. I also have a specialist interest in providing supervision and training, and currently work as a Clinical Supervisor and guest lecturer at the University of Reading, Charlie Waller Institute. I therefore remain abreast of current research and evidence based treatments.

I work predominantly using Cognitive Behavioural therapy, however, I also draw on other approaches, such as compassionate-focused approaches, in order to meet individual needs. I adopt an empathic, non-judgemental and collaborative approach, believing that effective therapy is not only guided by the evidence base, but by an individual’s unique needs, goals and strengths. My aim is to create a shared understanding of your difficulties, to understand blocks and strengths towards building resilience and cultivating new skills in order to bring about effective change.

Paula Reid

Thank you for visiting my profile, so, if you have reached this far then I know you are ready for change. The question you may well be asking yourself is: Why should you work with me?

The answer is simple – as your therapist, I will help you travel through your therapeutic journey, in a caring and empathic manner. The sessions are goal-focused and only when you have comfortably completed your goals and feel stable in your life, then will therapy be completed. All therapy sessions are set at your own individual pace.

I am passionate about the work that I do, and I can say with absolute conviction that I love my job. My clients tell me I am approachable, friendly and that they find me easy to engage with. I have over 20 years’ experience of working within a number of settings, which include the NHS, local authority and the voluntary sector. I now work part time in the private sector as well as having my own private practice. I offer therapy to both in-patients and out-patients. I also have experience of running and designing group work programmes.

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and I am currently registered with the BABCP. I have extensive experience in working with adults, parents, children, and adolescents. I am also a trained Social Worker and registered with Social Work England.

I often use CBT to work with anxiety, depression, low mood, eating disorders, phobias, OCD and eating disorders.

I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). This therapy is evidence based and considered an effective intervention for treating the long-term impact of trauma, so if you have been traumatised by past events then this may well be the therapy for you.

In 2020 I trained in Schema therapy. This therapy helps to address those unhelpful behaviour patterns which may have developed because of early life experiences; it is a therapy which helps you to become the healthy adult you deserve to be, some of the behaviours you may have developed might be as follows:

A mistrust of others
Engaging in unhelpful relationships
Being overly dependent upon others
Coping with your behaviours using food, alcohol, drugs, or avoidance
Often using anger to push people away

As a parent myself I also know how challenging children can be so if you need support and help with parenting a primary school age child, then I am here to help. I am trained in delivering a specific parenting package to parents of anxious children. This programme can be delivered online, and it will help you to parent your child more effectively.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my profile and I look forward to working with you.

Sarah Battye

My name is Sarah, and I am a fully qualified and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

I have been working in child and adult mental health for over 10 years. I work in an IAPT Service as a CBT Therapist and have previous experience working with children under CAMHS, adults, and their families as a Multi Systemic Therapist.

I graduated from Keele University in 2009 in Criminology and Psychology. In 2018, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Manchester. Both of these courses are accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist (BABCP).

I am straightforward, open, honest and approachable. I have extensive experience of working with a variety of Depression and Anxiety difficulties and have special interest and knowledge with Low Mood, OCD, Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Specific Phobias.

I am happy to discuss your difficulties and work out together if I can be of any help to you.

I am accredited with the BABCP and use evidence-based interventions to maximise recovery and relapse and do so by personalising CBT to the needs of the individual.

My aim is to help people recover and lead a fulfilling life. Enabling you to gain – not only an understanding of your difficulties – but to develop a range of skills to help you overcome these and feel equipped, looking to the future, to overcome any barriers that may come your way – ultimately giving you the tools to become your own therapist.

I am happy to discuss your difficulties and work out together if I can be of any help to you. I can work with you on an extensive range of issues from everyday anxiety, stress or low mood to more persistent mental health issues such as:

  • Depression
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Panic
  • Health Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Phobia’s
  • Social Anxiety
Dr Sam French

Sam is a Clinical Psychologist, registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

Education and Training

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford
  • MSc (Distinction), Clinical Applications of Psychology, University of Warwick
  • BSc (First Class Honours), Psychology, University of Warwick

Clinical Experience

Sam has worked in a variety of mental health services over the past 11 years. He has experience of working within adult and older adult, child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS), intellectual/learning disability, neuropsychological, and clinical health psychology services (including palliative and hospice care).

During his clinical psychology training, he worked for one year at a national and specialist anxiety disorder and trauma service, typically with people who had previous rounds of therapy which had not led to a full, meaningful, or lasting recovery.

Sam is happy to see people over the age of 12 (no upper age limit) with a wide range of difficulties and has a particular interest in working with people with anxiety disorders, OCD, and trauma-related difficulties.

Sam strongly believes in offering a collaborative and evidence-based approach to therapy to bring about meaningful change.

Sam offers face to face appointments in Wallingford and online.

“I have worked with Sara for many years. Her dedication and skill are impressive and she has made an enormous difference to many people’s lives as a therapist. More than that she is an excellent team player and is a great motivator and supporter of those around her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Dr Andrew Molodynski, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Oxford University. Trust, National Mental Health Lead BMA Consultant Committee, Deputy National Speciality Lead for Mental Health NIHR CRN, October 2019
“Initially you suggested I might need 6 sessions so I am really grateful for the way we have worked together to achieve my goals in 4!”
“Your sensitive questions and encouragement have enabled me to get a much more positive perspective on my life”
“I was sceptical at first at how talking could make a difference but it did and I now feel so much better! Thanks”
“I have taken a huge amount from the course. I feel that I can approach the way I process thoughts/feelings differently, and I can choose to change the ways I interact. The course has been life changing – another way for me to live.”
“I have learnt that it is a gradual process of practising to incline the mind and find a sense of space. I know this will benefit me immensely and my family.”
“I really enjoyed the course and am taking away a toolkit to use daily”
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Individual therapy

What is your cancellation policy?2021-01-26T12:33:15+00:00

Any appointment cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice is fully chargeable. We are unable to waiver this due to difficulty filling late cancelled appointment slots.

Are the sessions confidential?2021-01-26T12:32:56+00:00

Yes, they are. We adhere to strict codes of confidentiality which are on our terms and conditions. We are GDPR compliant. The only exception is when we need to prevent serious harm occurring. This is very rare and would be discussed with our clients first.

How many sessions will I need?2021-01-26T12:32:33+00:00

This will depend on the nature of the problems. CBT is a short-term therapy and most people will make progress in between 6-12 sessions. We offer longer term therapy too. Your therapist will discuss how many sessions you will need following assessment, but this can change according to progress.

What are the costs?2021-01-26T12:32:15+00:00

Fees charged vary from £100 to £150 depending on length of session (e.g. standard session, specialist assessment, consultation, supervision, couples or family work). Standard sessions are 50 minutes long. Sessions are paid for at the end of the session by cash, cheque or BACS. We are registered with most health insurers. Please check at time of booking.

How do I make an appointment?2021-01-26T12:31:24+00:00

Please click on the booking form on the front page or email You can also contact us by phone on 07775708759.

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Well Mind People Ltd

Registered Office: Ptolemy House, Reading Road, Wallingford, OX10 9DN

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