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 Cornwall Buildings, Birmingham.

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

Dr Smythe is a Clinical Psychologist and Head of LAC and Adoption Services at Phoenix. Dr Smythe provides assessments and therapy for children with attachment difficulties, 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. Dr Smythe has been working with Coventry Virtual Schools on an exciting project to increase awareness of attachment difficulties in schools. Dr Smythe also works closely with Warwickshire Fostering Teams supporting local authority foster placements.

Dr Smythe is a certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Practitioner, continues to develop these skills and is working towards becoming a DDP consultant with Dr Kim Golding. Dr Smythe incorporates DDP principles of PACE into all of his work and supports carers, 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 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 Shabana Bashir - HCPC Reg.; D.Clin.Psy.; B.Sc. (Hons)

Dr Shabana Bashir has worked across a number of NHS services since 2008. Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2016 she has specialised in working with looked-after and adopted children, and the network around them. Dr Bashir provides a range of assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and young people with complex developmental trauma, attachment difficulties and a range of mental health difficulties. In addition to her one-to-one and family work, Dr Bashir has considerable experience of facilitating psycho-education groups and training for clients, their families and professional networks around them. Alongside her therapy work, Dr Bashir currently offers a psychology consultation and training service to the local authority fostering teams, with the aim of maintaining placement stability. Dr Bashir is also involved in facilitating various groups and training programmes, including: attachment training for schools; therapeutic stories groups based on Narrative Attachment Therapy (NAT); and delivering the ‘Foundations for Attachments’ training programme for foster carers and social workers (developed by Kim Golding based on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) model).

Dr Sarah Cross - HCPC Reg.; D.Clin.Psy.; PG Dip CBT; B.Sc. (Hons)

Dr Cross works as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with looked after and adopted children and young people. Dr Cross privides a range of therepeutic interventions for children with attachment difficulties, developmental trauma and mental health issues. Dr Cross has a wide variety of experience working with adults with mental health difficulties and uses this knowledge to support and work with parents using evidence-based interventions. Alongside this Dr Cross provides psychological and attachment informed consultations and support to foster carers, adoptive parents and professionals. Dr Cross incorporates Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) principles into intervention work and is undertaking additional training in DDP.

Dr Cross has worked in the field of Clinical Psychology since 2007 and completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2016. Dr Cross is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practictioner 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.