"Sometimes the one thing you need to do is the one thing you are afraid to do."
Sharon L. Alder
Meet the Team! We all work nationally and internationally online too. Contact us for a free consultation.
Dr. Esther Cole, Clinical Director & Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Esther Cole is Clinical Director & Clinical Psychologist at Lifespan Psychology - The Diverse Practice. She is co-editor of Psychological Therapy for Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury: Innovations for Children, Young People & Families (Jim, J. & Cole, E. 2019. London: Routledge). She studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Surrey University.
Esther is a third-generation Black British Caribbean born in London. Her grandparents were from the Windrush generation and worked hard to enable their future generations to have better lives and prospects than they had. Esther therefore grew up with a passion for improving the lives of people from all walks of life, backgrounds and religions. She believes this comes from being a carer from a young age and living well with a serious autoimmune condition. She is honoured to have receive the May Davidson Early Career Award 2020 from The British Psychological Society.
Dr. Yvette Arthur, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Yvette Arthur is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the NHS, with people experiencing severe mental health difficulties, for the past 10 years. She has experience of working with people across the lifespan and from different race, cultural and faith backgrounds. She is an integrative therapist and draws from evidence-based therapies, including CBT, acceptance and commitment, compassion-focused and narrative therapies.
Yvette is passionate about helping people to realise the values, knowledge and skills that they already hold; and how the awareness of this can enable them to live full, vibrant and satisfying lives. She believes that it is important to learn skills to help cope with the present and the future, as well as making sense of past experiences, to understand patterns that are happening in the present.
Passionate about sharing skills from psychological theories, in a way that is accessible and engaging, Yvette creatively ensures that she takes a person-centred approach in therapy. She aims to be supportive, non-judgemental and empathetic. Yvette is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of East London and King’s College London, focusing on working with religion and spirituality in therapy, and social inequalities in psychosis presentations.
Dr. Lauren Colgan, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lauren Colgan is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the NHS with psychosis and other severe mental health problems for the past 12 years. Lauren is passionate about challenging the stigma around mental health and is highly skilled at finding creative ways to engage people from hard-to-reach groups. She has a particular interest in the links between experiences such as trauma, and mental health, and uses this interest to support people to make sense of overwhelming difficulties.
Lauren has extensive experience in working with people from different cultural backgrounds and from across the lifespan, with expertise in supporting adolescents, adults and their families. Lauren is an integrative practitioner and able to draw on her extensive CBT skills as well as systemic, narrative and contextual approaches (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) to creatively support her clients’ recovery. She works flexibly and imaginatively to help people reach their goals and improve their wellbeing.
Dr. Simone Irvine, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Simone Irvine is a Clinical Psychologist with training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She has extensive experience working in mental health and in the NHS, with all ages: from children to older adults.
Simone strongly believes that ‘one size’ does not fill all and therefore, offers highly personalised support. She takes an integrative approach to her work, drawing on techniques from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Brief Psychodynamic Therapy (BPT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential, and Narrative approaches to tailor support.
Simone identifies building the client/therapist relationship as a key strength of her practice. Her priority is to make sure that each individual feels comfortable, even when discussing difficult or sensitive topics.
Dr. Nancy Nsiah, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Nancy Nsiah is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in the NHS and private practice. She has extensive experience working primarily with children and their families who have received a diagnosis, or undergone treatment, for long-term health conditions such as cancer, cardiac conditions and HIV. Described by those she has worked with as 'empathic', 'genuine' and 'personable', her personality is an asset when working with young children through to older adults.
Nancy works in an integrative manner influenced by a number of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution-focused therapy, with an essence of creativity. She works towards meeting clients where they are at to assist them in developing tools that will support them on their journey towards their personal definition of recovery and well-being.
Nancy is well versed in working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds and appreciates an authentic person-centred approach at the core of her practice. Nancy works in a flexible and culturally sensitive manner, and values attending to the influence of race, culture and spirituality as part of her therapeutic work. Her ongoing experience of working within the International Private Patient Division at Great Ormond Street has provided a range of experience around adapting therapeutic approaches to suit the needs of the individual and their families.
Dr. Claire Vowell, Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Claire Vowell is a Counselling Psychologist, passionate about using talking therapy to help people manage challenges in their lives and find ways to grow and fulfil their potential. Claire offers a warm, trusting and non-judgemental space, to allow clients to explore difficult emotions, feelings and thoughts.
She offers evidence-based treatment for an array of psychological issues, including low mood and depression, anxiety disorders, difficulties coping with bereavement, low self-esteem, work-related stress, relationship problems and adjustment to life changes. Trained in a range of therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic and person-centred approaches, as well as narrative therapy, Claire works integratively to provide each client with individually tailored therapy.
Claire has wide-ranging clinical experience across the lifespan, having worked in a variety of settings over the course of seven years’ doctoral training. This includes NHS, primary care, the charity sector, young people’s counselling and specialist bereavement services.
Claire also has a wealth of corporate experience from her previous career as a Communications and Public Relations Consultant, where she worked for major international corporations. This enables her to understand and empathise with the pressures of industry and the corporate world.
Jade Emery, Assistant Psychologist
Jade Emery is an Assistant Psychologist at Lifespan Psychology Ltd. Jade has a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and Counselling from Roehampton University, and training in the integrative therapeutic approach. Her dissertation received the Martin Glachan Award for Best Qualitative Project. Passionate about supporting people’s mental health, Jade is currently working part-time as a Mental Health Support Worker at one of Europe’s leading behavioural care and rehabilitation clinics.
Jade is the proud mother of a young girl, and also has a Level 3 Qualification in Childcare Learning and Development; and over ten years’ experience working with children and vulnerable adults, from a diverse range of backgrounds and in a variety of settings.