Phoenix Psychology in Honiley nr Kenilworth: the largest independent provider of psychological services in the Midlands.

Phoenix Psychology Group is an independent provider of psychological services in the Midlands and operates from Phoenix House in Honiley nr Kenilworth, Warwickshire and Tranquil House in Lickey, near Bromsgrove / Birmingham border.

Dr Elizabeth Gillett - HCPC Reg.; AFBPsS.; C. Psychol.; Clin.Psy.D.; M.Sc.; B.Sc. (Hons)

Dr Gillett has been working in the field of psychological assessment and intervention with children and adults since 1993.  The British Psychological Society awarded her Chartered Psychologist status in 1998 and an Associate Fellowship in 2003 and she is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical) with the Health and Care Professions Council.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr Gillett has always worked within child and family or learning disability services, in the NHS, voluntary organisations (e.g. Mencap) and within the independent sector.  Dr Gillett specialises in working with children and families with complex presentations including those where one or more family members have difficulties such as disability, mental health problem and / or pervasive developmental disorder.  Over the years Dr Gillett has developed special interests and expertise in child protection / Looked After Children, children with learning disabilities and families involved in Family Law, including those in private proceedings with complex dynamics.

Dr Gillett has been a practicing Expert Witness within family proceedings across England and Wales for 14 years having completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon Certificate in Expert Witness in Family Proceedings.  Since 2009 she has been the Mental Health Specialist on the Family Justice Council, a non statutory advisory non departmental government body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.  Dr Gillett has also been a long term supporter of Midlands based family justice events and networks and has presented at both regional and national events since 2007 for organisations such as Local Family Justice Councils / Boards, the Judicial College, Association of Lawyers for Children and Resolution.

Currently Dr Gillett is the co-chair of the Family Justice Council and British Psychological Society working group writing guidance in relation to Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in Family Proceedings and was the Chair of the Steering Groups for two recently published DfE research papers (Decision Making Within a Child's Timeframe, Brown and Ward, 2013 and Assessing Parental Capacity to change when children are on the Edge of Care, Ward, Brown and Hyde-Dryden, 2014).  Other publications to which Dr Gillett has contributed includes the British Psychological Society’s Best Practice Guidance for Clinical Psychologists when assessing parents with Learning Disabilities.

In addition to her role offering independent psychological assessment and expert witness services Dr Gillett undertakes training and consultancy with organisations including Local Authorities and voluntary sector organisations focusing on both therapeutic issues and organisational needs, given her additional qualifications in Organisational Psychology.

Dr Gillett is an Honorary Tutor at the Universities of Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick offering lectures and input to professional psychological training. 

Dr Victoria Lloyd - HCPC Reg.; C. Psychol.; D.Clin.Psy.; Ph.D.; B.Sc. (Hons) 

Dr Lloyd works therapeutically with children and families across the ability spectrum including those with specific disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and generalised learning disabilities. Dr Lloyd has a specialist interest in the needs of looked after and adopted children and young people and their carers / families and provides a range of assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and young people with attachment difficulties, complex developmental trauma and mental health problems. Dr Lloyd has undertaken additional training to incorporate the principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) into her clinical practise.

In addition to her therapeutic practise, Dr Lloyd is a practising expert witness within Court proceedings, specialising predominantly in Family and Court of Protection proceedings. Dr Lloyd is experienced in providing written and oral evidence to the Court in relation to both children and adults and has specialist interests in the assessment of attachment difficulties in children and young people, assessment of parenting (including the impact of learning disability and / or mental health issues) and assessment of capacity.

Dr Lloyd was awarded a PhD in Psychology at the University of Aston in 2002 and has an interest in qualitative research methods and in undertaking research relating to the experiences of service users, Down Syndrome and dementia and in the evaluation of efficacy of therapeutic services.

Dr Lloyd has worked within the field of Clinical Psychology since 1997 and completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Universities of Coventry and Warwick in 2005. Following this, Dr Lloyd undertook roles within a community service for children and adults with learning disabilities and a specialist team for older adults with learning disabilities in the NHS before joining the team at Phoenix Psychology Group on a full-time basis in June 2010. Dr Lloyd is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist specialising in Clinical Psychology and is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Service.

Dr Billy Smythe - HCPC Reg.; D.Clin.Psy.; B.Sc. (Hons)

Dr Smythe is one of our Senior Clinical Psychologists specialising in working with looked after and adopted children and young people. Dr Smythe takes a lead on our adoption support services which are commissioned via partnership working with Local Authorities and the Adoption Support Fund. Dr Smythe provides a range of assessments and therapy for children with attachment difficulties, complex developmental trauma and mental health problems. As well as working with children directly, Dr Smythe supports foster carers, parents and residential homes and professionals by offering parenting work, psychological consultation and training. Recently, Dr Smythe has been working closely with a neighbouring Local Authority on an innovative project to increase the awareness and understanding of attachment difficulties in schools.

Dr Smythe is a certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Practitioner with the DDP Institute and he continues to develop these skills under the guidance of DDP Consultant Dr Kim Golding. Dr Smythe incorporates DDP principles into all of his work and supports other professionals and organisations with this.

Dr Smythe has worked within the field of Clinical Psychology since 2003 and completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009. Following this, Dr Smythe undertook roles within an NHS therapeutic fostering service and a specialist LAC mental health team before joining Phoenix Psychology Group full-time in September 2012. Dr Smythe supervises the Trainee Clinical Psychologists who join Phoenix for their specialist LAC/Adoption placements and provides teaching to the Doctorate courses at the University of Birmingham/ Coventry and Warwick.

Dr Rebecca Judd - HCPC Reg.; C. Psychol.; D.Clin.Psy.; MSc.; B.Sc. (Hons)

Dr Judd works as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with looked after and adopted children and young people. Dr Judd provides a range of therapeutic interventions for children with attachment difficulties, developmental trauma and mental health issues. Alongside this Dr Judd provides psychological and attachment informed consultations and support to foster carers, adoptive parents and professionals. Dr Judd has undertaken additional training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and offers DDP informed interventions.

Dr Judd has worked in the field of Clinical Psychology since 2008 and has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015. Dr Judd is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist specialising in Clinical Psychology.

Business Support & Administration

Jackie Chambers - Administration Manager

Jackie previously worked as an administrative assistant in an NHS Adult Psychology service and then became the team secretary to the Learning Disability Psychology covering both children and adult clients. Jackie progressed to Supervisor of the whole NHS Psychological Services administrative office. Jackie joined Phoenix Psychology Group in January 2008 as an administrator and became the Admin Manager at Phoenix House in April 2010.

Brian Sedgwick - Credit Control / Finance

Brian originally trained as a cost accountant followed by several years in industry, generally involved in financial management, costing, credit control and computer systems. In 1998 Brian re-trained as an IT support engineer and then spent a few years working in France. On returning to the UK Brian joined the team in May 2013 and has focus on invoicing and credit control.

Ruth Billingham - Clinical Systems Co-ordinator

Ruth has been with Phoenix Psychology Group since April 2013 and her role is to ensure uniformity of processes and procedures over the group.  She oversees data protection and ensures that the clinical systems in place are robust and of a high quality.  Ruth’s background is based in the information field as well as the therapeutic environment.  Before coming to Phoenix she worked in prisons with offenders and substance misusers carrying out assessments and setting treatment plans for their release.

Karen Aldridge - Administrator / Receptionist

Karen worked for 21 years as a dental nurse and receptionist in a number of different positions,
including working in a community team that went into schools and in specialist Orthodontic and surgical roles. Karen joined the Reception Team at Tranquil House in 2009 and takes additional responsibility for Health and Safety and building management

Theresa Astill - Administrator / Receptionist

Theresa worked as a Diamond Miller for 17 years. Designing and cutting patterns on jewellery.
Theresa then joined the Tranquil House Reception team in 2004. Theresa also provides our consultants with their monthly invoices and maintains our client attendance and referral records.

Laura Collins - Administrator / Receptionist

Laura has worked in a Secretarial capacity for Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy within the NHS for the past 14 years. Laura works at Tranquil house as part of the reception team every Saturday, Laura joined the team in March 2013.