OUR CLINICAL TEAM

NURJIS AHMED 
Clinical Director
Fully Accredited BABCP CBT Practitioner
Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy 
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
BSc in Neuroscience
Member of The Psychological Professions Network Board
IHT Member

Nurjis has been a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for over four years, working within IAPT and CAMHS. She has worked in Primary Care mental health services since 2010 in varying environments. 

Since 2018, Nurjis has been working as a Senior Psychological Practitioner CAMHS Specialist in Eating Disorders within the NHS. She is a qualified Clinical Supervisor at both high and low intensity CBT. Since February 2020, Nurjis has moved towards STEP 3 services as a Digital Psychological Practitioner, working with numerous digital therapies. 

Nurjis is a Qualified Accredited Practitioner and Registered Member of BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), BPS (British Psychological Society) and PPN (Psychological Professionals Network).

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SPECIALIST AREAS:
 

• Social Anxiety
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Body Dysmorphia
• Gender Dysmorphia
• Stress Disorder
• Post Natal Depression
• Seasonal Depression
• Anger
• Bipolar Disorder
• Personality Disorder

• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
• Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
• Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
• 3rd Wave Model, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
• Compassion Focused Therapy, Supervision
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 
• Depression
• Dissociation and Dissociative Disorder
• General Health & Nutrition

• Recreational Drugs & Alcohol
• Hoarding
• Hypomania and Mania
• Loneliness, Panic Attacks
• Phobias
• Self Esteem
• Self Harm
• Sleep Problems
• Trauma
• Tardive Dyskinesia

• Eating Disorders

ZOE BOSTON

HCPC Accredited Art Psychotherapist Practitioner

Member of The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
MA Art Psychotherapy
BA Fine Art
Postgraduate Foundation Diploma in Art Therapy
Postgraduate Foundation Diploma in Fine Art

Zoe has been qualified and practicing as an Art Psychotherapist for over four years. Zoe is also an artist, photographer, sculptor, performance artist and workshop facilitator. 

Zoe has trained, worked and practiced in various settings including, all levels of education from primary to secondary mainstream, specialist, higher education, NHS mental health community settings and also within the voluntary sector. Zoe has worked within these areas for over 7 years and has even taken her work globally, where she delivered Art Psychotherapy in parts of Asia. 

Zoe has a duty of care to provide a secure safe space for you to feel able to express yourself verbally and non-verbally. Art is a powerful tool and when spoken words are too painful to say, art can become your voice. As a result, this enables you to develop self-confidence, build self-esteem and begin to learn how to self-regulate independently, whilst also becoming more self-aware. Zoe is passionate about the process of making art, it does not matter whether you are good at art or not, it is the process of making art that heals, not the end result.

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SPECIALIST AREAS:
 

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Body Dysmorphia
• Seasonal Depression
• Stress Management
• Self-help
• Sleep problems
• Early Intervention
• Autistic Spectrum Disorders
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
• Mental Health

• Physical Disabilities
• Bereavement and Loss
• Behavioural Difficulties
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
• Health and Social Anxiety
• Bipolar Disorder
• Eating Disorders
• Anger
• Loneliness
• Personality Disorder

• Trauma
• Self-esteem
• Self-regulation
• Self-Harm
• Anxiety
• Low mood
• Depression
• Wellbeing
• Educational Intervention
• Learning Difficulties

SAJEDA ALI
Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Studies BPS (Accredited)
Member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Member of The British Psychological Society (BPS)

Sajeda received her Masters in CBT from the University of Salford. She has extensive experience treating adults, adolescents and children for depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders in various settings such as NHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other non-profitable organisations in England and Wales. 

 

Sajeda integrates research evidence with her clinical expertise and clients’ values to tailor suitable treatment plans. Sajeda is committed to offer a range of evidence-based Cognitive-behavioural treatments to her clients with an emphasis on exposure and mindfulness-based interventions. She also specializes in evidence-based Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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SPECIALIST AREAS:
 

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Social Anxiety

• General Anxiety

• Self Esteem

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

• Self-regulation

• Loneliness

• Seasonal Depression

• Stress Management

• Recreational Drugs and Alcohol

• Sleep Problems

• Wellbeing

• Low Mood

• Phobias

• Hoarding

• Health Anxiety

• Trauma

• 3rd Wave Therapy Mindfulness Based Therapy

• Acceptance Commitment Therapy

• Self-harm

• Body Dysmorphia

• Post Natal Depression

• Eating Disorders

• Panic Attacks

• Bereavement and Loss

• Personality Disorder

• Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Compassion Focused Therapy

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VANESSA BERRY
Mental Health and Systemic Family Practitioner
Clinical Supervisor
Stage 2 Mental Health Mentor
Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Family Practice
BSc Applied Psychology 
BSc Mental Health Nursing 

 

Vanessa Berry is a Senior Nurse Practitioner and Systemic Family Practitioner working in a specialist community eating disorder service for children and young people. 

Vanessa has experience of working within other specialisms of psychiatry, such as perinatal and previous to this has worked in the community with adults. 

Vanessa provides clinical supervision to staff and is a qualified mentor for students committed to enhancing their learning experience. 

Vanessa is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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• Access to Services
• Sexual Health
• Nutrition
• Sleep Problems

• Systematic Family Practitioner
• Supervision
• Communication

• Stress Management
 

• Relationships
• Wellbeing
• Self Help

• Risk Management

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MIRANDA DEVANEY 
DBT Therapist
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 
BSc in Mental Health Nursing

Miranda is a Senior Nurse Practitioner and is currently working as an all age practitioner in a Mental Health Liaison Team. She has worked within mental health services for over 16 years including secure adult / CAMHS inpatient during which she delivered DBT skills training therapy groups. 

Miranda has experience of working within other specialisms of psychiatry, such as community CAMHS and community eating disorder service for children and young people.
 
Miranda also has vast experience  in providing comprehensive holistic assessments and identifying the needs of the individual. Miranda is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

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SPECIALIST  AREAS: 
 

•  Self-Harm

•  Self-Esteem
•  Low Mood
•  Access to Services
•  Stress Management
•  Anxiety

•  Suicidal Thoughts
•  Intrusive Thoughts
•  Triage System
•  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills
•  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

•  Early Intervention
•  Self Help
•  Wellbeing
•  Nutrition
•  Sleep Problems

OUR WELLNESS TEAM

HELEN HOTCHKISS
Mental Health Practitioner 
Postgraduate Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Level 5 Leadership and Management in Mental Health
Registered General Nurse 

Helen is a qualified nurse with over 20 years experience and a member of the Royal College of Nursing. She specialises in Autism and severe learning difficulties and can provide training/courses for parents/carers, teachers, nursery nurses and teaching assistants in understanding autism.

Helen has worked for Blackpool Local Education Authority (LEA) Children Services for 12 years as an Inclusion Officer/Advisory Specialist within the complex learning difficulties team specialising in autism and severe learning difficulties. 

She is qualified in picture exchange communication (PEC's) and can advise on the visual approach, sensory approach, social stories, developing an autistic friendly classroom/home environment, strategies for understanding behaviour and the management of challenging behaviour.

 

Helen currently works as an independent school nurse / matron as part of this role, she teaches PSHE for 2-18 year olds and is also deputy designated safeguard lead for the school.

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SPECIALIST  AREAS: 
 

 

 

 

 

• Autism
• Educational Intervention
• Visual, Social Skills

• Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
• Behavioural
• Groups

• Consultation
• Nutrition
• Sleep Problems

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MASON WHEALING

Personal Trainer & Nutritionist

L2 Gym Instructor Qualification

Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification

NASM Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC) Level 4 

Corrective Exercise Specialisation (CES)

Performance Enhancement Specialisation (PES)

L4 Strength and Conditioning

I have been involved in elite level gymnastics for over 20 years. Initially, I trained as a gymnast working my way up to national and international level representing Great Britain.

 

For the last 10 years I have been coaching high level gymnastics at a variety of clubs around the country, and for the last four I have been at South Essex Gymnastics Clubs, one of the most successful clubs in the country, home to Olympic and World Champions.

 

The last 2 years I acquired the services of a PT and I fell in love with training and progression in a totally different fitness environment; weight training, nutrition and everything that comes with it. I decided I wanted to help other people transform their bodies and help them stay accountable to achieving their goals.

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ALEXIS DAVIS

Pilates Instructor 
BSc in Sports Science
APPI Accredited - Clinical Pilates Levels 1/2/3

Lower Back Pain Management
Postural Stability

Clinical Tai Chi 
Cardiac Rehabilitation

 

My life as a Pilates teacher started 8 years ago when I was working as a specialist exercise instructor for the NHS. At this time I was delivering Clinical rehabilitation Pilates classes for NHS clients suffering with back pain and neurological conditions.

 

 I qualified as a Pilates teacher with APPI and completed all 3 levels of the Mat Work Qualification. Pilates was my stepping stone into the world of holistic exercise and was where I first learned the principles of mind and body connection.  

 

Since this time I have gone on to practice Yoga and found it has benefited my physical and mental health. Through the practice of Yoga, I now incorporate breath work into my Pilates classes. I am now starting to discover the art of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and look forward to learning more about this discipline.

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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IQBAL AHMED

Operations Director
Bsc Business Management 
PIP 3 in interviewing witnesses and victims who are children and/or vulnerable.

As a Serving Detective Inspector, Iqbal has over 14 years service with Greater Manchester Police, undertaking a variety of operational , detective and strategic roles.

 

Iqbal has over 10 years experience  as a detective dealing with the most serious of crimes, including a great understanding and operational experience of the coronial process.

 

Iqbal has headed a number of safeguarding teams in a number of Greater Manchester Districts. These teams include Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs, dealing with Child protection, Vulnerable adults and victims of domestic violence. Safeguarding the most vulnerable has been at the cornerstone of his career.

RUNO AHMED 

Business Development Manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
LLB Hons in Law 

Runo Ahmed is a Business Development Manager. She has worked within the field of legal recruitment for the past 10 years shortly after graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

 

She has built excellent working relationships over the years with small, medium and large firms across the North West. Runo has a very professional approach to her work and is keen to develop new relationships in her role with Ambimind and most importantly, ensuring an outstanding service at all times.

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