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.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Yoga Therapy For Digestive Health Course, Charlotte Watts, 2022

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
  • Yoga Alliance (300hr accredited trauma sensitive yoga teacher)

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. In her NHS role, Dr Shattock works with health and social care staff (NHS, Ambulance service, police, social care, third sector organisations) supporting them in managing work-related difficulties including stress, anxiety, low mood, trauma, loss, and burnout.

Her previous roles have been in mental health liaison and community crisis mental health teams, providing assessments and brief interventions to adults experiencing suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Additionally, Dr Shattock has experience in physical health settings and has supported people in their adjustment to health conditions and treatments including COPD, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and those with Implantable Cardioverter Devices (ICD).

Across these varied positions, Dr Shattock has experience of working with mild to severe psychological difficulties including low mood, anxiety, health anxiety, panic, stress, grief, adjustment difficulties, trauma responses, low self-esteem, self-criticism, 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 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approaches. Dr Shattock also utilises Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)-informed ways of working, especially when considering relational difficulties.

Dr Shattock has extensive experience of providing clinical supervision and reflective practice to Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, and mental health practitioners, and nurses.

Qualifications

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

Training and Continued Professional Development (CPD)

  • EMDR Standard Training (Parts 1, 2, 3), EMDR Masterclass, 2022
  • CAT Case Management – Six Month Skills Level Certificate, Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy, 2022
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-harm, Carolyn Spring, 2019
  • Applying CAT in Physical Healthcare Settings, MCAT/PhysCAT, 2017
  • Supervisor Training, University of Manchester, 2018

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 is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked across NHS settings, before moving into private practice fully in 2021. Dr Russell values working collaboratively with clients and will always aim to work with you to find the right approach for you.

Dr Russell is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and motivational interviewing.  She also uses strengths-based approaches informed by positive psychology and coaching. Dr Russell believes that understanding each client’s unique strengths and values is important in helping them to move forward.

Dr Russell has a special interest in working with the following:

Difficulties related to self-esteem including

  • Perfectionism
  • Imposter syndrome
  • When self-esteem is challenged by life transitions such as illness, work transitions, becoming a parent, or by loss.
  • Working to understand and embrace our own unique characteristics (including creativity and introversion)

Wellbeing and work including

  • Understanding the unique individual and organisational factors that may be contributing to current difficulties
  • Difficulties with confidence
  • Managing the impact of challenging relationships at work and workplace politics
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Burnout
  • Challenges related to productivity including procrastination
  • Feeling unfulfilled or disconnected from your purpose at work
  • Managing challenges related to change at work or work transitions
  • Adjusting to and skilling up for the changing world of work
  • Psychological trauma at work

The psychological impact of physical health including

  • Adjusting to sudden illness and injury
  • Psychological trauma in medical/surgical settings
  • Coping with long term health conditions

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Edward Jenner Foundations Leadership programme, 2021
  • Coaching and Leadership (Relational dynamics 1st) 2022

Professional Registration & Membership

  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Enhanced DBS Clearance

Dr Fay Williams joined the team in January 2023

Dr Williams is a committed Clinical Psychologist, who is experienced in working across NHS settings and private practice with adults and older adults who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or who have experienced difficult or traumatic events in their lives. Within her NHS roles, Dr Williams has gained specialist experience and interest in working with people with long term health conditions, particularly functional neurological disorder (FND) and chronic pain. Dr Williams is also experienced in working with people with a range of neurological conditions. Through her NHS roles, Dr Williams has also gained experience in neuropsychological assessment, supervision, consultation and training, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Through her personal and professional experience, Dr Williams is passionate about working in a flexible and holistic way which considers the health of both the mind and the body, particularly when people may be feeling stuck and unsure of themselves and who they are. Dr Williams offers a range of evidence-based psychological therapies including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion focused therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Due to her own experience of the profound effect that yoga can have in calming and regulating the nervous system and connecting to self, Dr Williams also often incorporates aspects of yoga therapy into her work, including breathing practices and body-based mindfulness and meditation.

Dr Williams values working in an authentic way, collaboratively working alongside people to empower them to make sense of their experiences, connect with their minds and bodies in a courageous and compassionate way, learn new skills and ways of coping, and take action towards creating meaningful lives.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University (2017)
  • MA (Hons) Psychology (1st class honours) University of Edinburgh (2011)

Training and Continued Professional Development (CPD)

  • Leadership and Management Development (2022-2023)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) training (Parts 1 – 4), EMDR Masterclass (2021 – 2022)
  • Trauma focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dr Russ Harris (2021-2022)
  • Introduction to polyvagal theory and practice, Dr Zandra Bamford (2021)               
  • Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with neurological conditions, British Psychological Society (2020)
  • Compassionate Mind Training for self-criticism, Professor Paul Gilbert (2020)
  • Functional neurological disorders, Neuropsychoanalysis Society (2020)
  • Introduction to equine facilitated psychotherapy and learning, LEAP (2020)
  • Yoga therapy skills for psychological therapists, The Minded Institute (2020)
  • Mental health and the body: Treating trauma, Carolyn Spring (2020)
  • Dealing with distress: Working with suicide and self-harm, Carolyn Spring (2020)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, London Centre for Mindfulness (2019)
  • The power of mindful self-compassion, Dr Kristin Neff (2019)

Professional registration and membership

  • Registered Practitioner (Clinical) Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) PYL34954
  • Chartered Psychologist (C Psychol.) by the British Psychological Society (BPS) 253481
  • Member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Member of the BPS Division of Neuropsychology       
  • Enhanced DBS clearance