About Us

Diomidis Psomas, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist

I have been practising since 1997 in a variety of settings, including the military, and since 2004 in the NHS. I have in total over 20 years of experience working as a Psychologist and over 15 of those working in different mental health services in the NHS. I have had supervision training in Manchester University and have been supervising trainee Clinical and Counselling Psychologists for about 11 years now. For the past 8 years I have been teaching Schema Therapy, as a guest speaker, on the doctorate of Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Manchester University.

I am an integrative therapist, which means that I use the therapeutic approach most suitable to the individual and their needs, as there is no ‘one size fits all’ since we are all different. I mainly offer approaches like the following; Schema Therapy, Person-Centred, Cognitive-Behavioural and EMDR.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology and I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (Registration Number: PYL21011). I abide by the BPS’s and the HCPC’s Ethical Code of Conduct.

Dr Heidi Ashley, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist

Many of us face challenges and struggles in life and a talking therapy can often help when these difficulties feel “stuck”. Psychological therapies can help you to better understand yourself and identify what changes may be needed to improve well being. A successful psychological therapy can make a real difference to how you are feeling. 

As an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist, I draw from several therapeutic approaches to create a professional therapy plan to fit your individual needs and strengths. I provide a secure therapy relationship within which we can work together on your difficulties, combining my psychological expertise with your own expertise in yourself and your life. Sometimes, learning specific coping skills can be enough to help you to move on but more usually I will think with you about the significance of your difficulty in the context of your life, such as what has happened to you and what these experiences may have meant to you, rather than try to address your problem in isolation.  

I have years of experience offering highly specialist psychological therapies to adults with complex difficulties within the NHS. In my private practice, I work with a range of problems including stress, anxiety, depression, loss, self-esteem and trauma. More longstanding difficulties are sometimes linked to early life experiences and how we have tried to cope with these. For these issues, I specialise in using Schema Therapy and am certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy to practice to advanced standard.  My therapeutic style is warm, active, focused and intense and I am often a good fit therapeutically with people who struggle with painful emotions, self-criticism, inner conflict or experiences of trauma, hurt and damage.  

Dr Lydia Rizopoulos, HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist

I have 12 years of experience working therapeutically with clients in private, NHS and charity organisations. My practice is based on working creatively, compassionately and collaboratively towards agreed goals. Integral to my way of working, is building a positive therapeutic relationship. I provide a non-judgemental, safe space to enable clients to develop insight into themselves and their difficulties. My aim is to help clients move forward from a place of feeling stuck, in order to reduce distress and suffering. I believe we all deserve to live happy, authentic and fulfilling lives; therapy can help identify barriers to achieving this and find ways forward.

I work with clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, panic, low mood and depression, grief and bereavement, low self-esteem, self-criticism, relationship issues and life transitions. I work in an integrative way, drawing on a range of evidence-based psychological models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. The philosophy and practice of mindfulness is also utilised in my practice. Therapy is tailored to each individual client as each person is unique and will have their own story, values and hopes for therapy.

Our initial meeting will be an assessment during which we will gain a shared understanding of your difficulties and hopes for therapy.

In addition, I have trained as a clinical supervisor at Lancaster University and am able to provide clinical supervision to trainee and qualified therapists.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Furthermore, I am a member of the British Psychological Society and since 2017 I have been a committee member of the Division for Counselling Psychology North West Branch.