Meet the Team

The Clinical team at Flow are qualified Clinical Psychologists registered with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), and have Enhanced DBS clearance.

Find out more about each member of our team below:

Dr Joanne Ablett established Flow Clinical Psychology in 2018 and now leads the team following expanding the practice in 2021.

Dr Ablett had a history in health and social care prior to attaining her Clinical Psychology Doctorate from the University of Leicester in 2010. Since that time she has worked in NHS Trusts, most recently as Head of Psychology at St Helen’s & Knowsley NHS Trust, and continued to build her skills and knowledge and to develop into different clinical areas of expertise.

Within her roles in the NHS, she has worked with some fantastic teams to break down barriers to access for those needing help. This was most evident in her role as Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Salford Royal, where she worked with the team on the National Intestinal Failure Unit.

Dr Ablett created Flow Clinical Psychology as a way to offer meaningful ‘therapy’ which is flexible, creative and innovative. Flow Clinical Psychology aims to reduce the rigidity and limitations that therapy often takes, whilst offering highly skilled and evidence based approaches at the same time being willing and able to incorporate aspects outside of the therapists chair. Flow Clinical Psychology offers a fully integrated mind body approach.

With this mindset, Dr Ablett offers more traditional clinical psychology approaches, such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), whilst integrating newer forms of therapy, such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting, with aspects of imagery work including elements of hypnotherapy, somatic experiencing, trauma sensitive yoga, breathing exercises and meditation.  

In light of Dr Ablett’s extensive experience in physical health settings, she is particularly interested in the way trauma can be expressed through the physical body and particularly skilled in working holistically with the impact of psychological wellbeing on physical symptoms, for example, gastro-intestinal, chronic pain, and sleep disorders arising from trauma, cumulative stress or acute circumstances.

She is forever learning and will share new insights with you through a flexible, tailored and individual approach to your needs.


  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Clin.Psy.D.), University of Leicester, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The Open University (BSc (Hons))
  • Certificate in Health and Social Care 1999
  • Training with BSCAH (British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis) in Hypnotherapy, 2012 
  • EMDR Parts 1, 2 & 3 (EMDR Masterclass) 2020 
  • 300 Hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training IYN (Independent Yoga Network) & YA (Yoga Alliance) Approved, 2021
  • Somatic Training Workshops with Peter Levine & Arielle Schwartz, 2020
  • Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies Levels 1, 2, & 3, Linda Thai, 2021

Professional Registration

  • Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society. (C. Psychol.)
  • Registered with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS) Membership (MBPsS)
  • Member of Division of Health Psychology
  • Member of The British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)
  • Registered as Expert Witness
  • Enhanced DBS Clearance

Registered with major health insurers including BUPA, Aviva, AXA, Vitality, Cigna and WPA 

Dr Lucy Shattock joined the team at Flow CP in March 2021 and offers evening appointments currently.

Dr Shattock is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and has worked across hospital and community settings in the NHS for over six years and continues to do so. Her roles have included supporting people in their adjustment to physical health conditions and treatments including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and those with Implantable Cardioverter Devices (ICD). More recently Dr Shattock has worked in mental health liaison and crisis community mental health services, providing assessments and brief interventions to individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and self-harm.

Dr Shattock has worked with adults experiencing mild to severe psychological difficulties including low mood, depression, anxiety, health anxiety, panic, stress, grief, trauma responses, low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidality, and relationship difficulties. Her aim is to develop a shared understanding of individuals’ distress and support them to develop coping strategies and build resilience, so they may live a more meaningful life.

Dr Shattock believes it is important to tailor the therapeutic approach, therefore she has an integrative way of working, using psychological models most relevant to each person’s difficulties. She draws on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) approaches. Dr Shattock also utilises Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) informed approaches, especially when considering relational difficulties.

Dr Shattock has extensive experience of supervising newly qualified Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, and mental health practitioners.


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc (Hons)) Psychology, University of Manchester, 2010
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate (ClinPsyD), University of Manchester, 2016

Training and Continued Professional Development (CPD)

  • Applying CAT in Physical Healthcare Settings, 2017
  • Supervisor Training, University of Manchester, 2018
  • ACT for Physical Health Care Settings, 2019
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-harm, 2019
  • Motivational Interview Training, 2019

Professional Registration and Membership

  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Association of Clinical Psychology (ACP-UK) member
  • Enhanced DBS clearance

Dr Charlotte Russell joined the team at Flow CP in June 2021

Dr Russell has over 11 years of experience in working in the NHS. She has predominately worked with adults who are adjusting to and coping with a range of physical health challenges including traumatic injuries such as burns and amputations, and health conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, COPD, and cancer. Through her varied experience with a wide range of individuals, she has gained specialist interests in the following areas:

  • Adjusting to, managing and coping with long term physical health conditions
  • Post trauma symptoms following accidents, assaults, and traumas related to medical treatment
  • Managing anxiety relating to physical health
  • Managing appearance concerns and social anxiety
  • Self-esteem particularly when this is challenged by changes in our physical health, work or by other life transitions or challenges
  • Psychological wellbeing and work

Dr Russell draws on a range of evidence-based approaches in her clinical work including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and narrative approaches. She is flexible and collaborative in her approach and endeavours to carefully and thoughtfully understand individual difficulties and to work collaboratively to find the right approach for each client.


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc (Hons)) Applied Psychology, 2008, Cardiff University
  • MSc Health Psychology, 2009, University of the West of England, Bristol (Awarded the ‘Achievements in Health Psychology’ Academic Prize)
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD) University of Manchester 2015

Training and Continued Professional Development (CPD)

  • Motivational Interviewing for Long Term Conditions, 2010
  • An Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) 2016
  • A Transdiagnostic Approach to Complex Trauma, 2016
  • EMDR Parts 1, 2 & 3, 2020

Professional Registration & Membership

  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK)
  • Enhanced DBS Clearance