- Our Team -

We are a highly trained team of Clinical Psychologists specialising in the assessment and therapeutic treatment of Children and Young People presenting with emotional and mental health difficulties.

We offer training, consultation and supervision to healthcare professionals, colleagues in educational settings, social care and the voluntary sector. We are also ‘DDP Connects UK’ approved PACE trainers. Contact us today to find out how we can work together.

Kate Mason, About Lozenge (V2).JPG

Dr Kate Mason Bsc (Hons), DClin.Psy, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, HCPC Registered, Member of the British Psychological Society.

I'm a Chartered Clinical Psychologist supporting people experiencing psychological and emotional distress. I have been working within the field of mental health since 2002 with extensive experience in the NHS in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and The Priory Group.

I offer clinical assessment and psychological therapy to children, adolescents and young adults and their families. I pride myself in being able to form a good rapport with my clients, working collaboratively and sensitively adopting a compassionate and creative approach. I have an eclectic approach to my work drawing upon evidence-based models such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as well as offering coaching approaches to help clients find direction and motivation if they are feeling “stuck”. I work in ways that suit each of my clients and ensure they feel relaxed and open to talk. I take my work outdoors where possible and offer Walk & Talk sessions to clients, incorporating nature into my therapy.

My areas of clinical interest lie in depression, self harm and anxiety in adolescents as well as attachment & developmental trauma.

I enjoy teaching and training and offer preventative, psycho-educational programmes for young people to help them learn ways to manage difficult emotions and strengthen resilience in a fun and practical way. As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with MHFA England I offer accredited courses for both Youth & Adult and I also write bespoke training programmes and offer consultation to business, schools and charities.

I am a UK accredited trainer in PACE by DDP Connects UK. Alongside Ann, we run a successful national training group in the use of PACE in collaboration with Kim Golding CBE.

Ann Laight, About Lozenge (V2).JPG

Dr Ann Laight BSc (Hons) Psychology; DClin.Psy, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Registered Practitioner with HCPC & BPS

I gained my first NHS post working in the field of Clinical Psychology in 2000 and qualified with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006.  I have focused my work within the area of children, young people and their families, both within the NHS and now in my own independent practice.

I specialise in working with young people presenting with a variety of psychological problems and presentations, as well as working with families within the Looked After system, undertaking a considerable number of Adoption Support Fund cases supervised by Dr Kim Golding CBE.

I am trained in the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and I am currently undertaking the practicum to become a fully accredited DDP practitioner. I am also a qualified Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT), and have recently begun utilising Acceptance and Commitment therapy in my therapeutic work and have trained in its adaptation for young people.

I am also an experienced trainer in DDP PACE training, accredited by ‘DDP Connects UK’. I have delivered this training to a plethora of different cohorts, including Foster Carers, Adoptive parents and childcare professionals to support their understanding and application of this highly effective approach developed by Dr Dan Hughes.

Alongside Kate, I also deliver training in many different areas of psychological issues such as Promoting Resilience in Children &Young People, Understanding Adolescence, Understanding Depression/Anxiety/Self-harm.

I enjoy building a positive rapport with children, young people and their families by taking a non-judgmental, empathetic approach to my work. 

What our clients say about us...

The day was really well put together with a good balance of theory, practical exercises and videos to illustrate key points.

Social Worker, Bromsgrove

I really valued being able to give PACE a go with feedback from the trainer. I found the whole day very entertaining.

Parent, Kings School, Worcester

I came away feeling I had gained a good understanding of PACE and feel confident in beginning to utilise it in my work.

Social Worker, Bromsgrove

As a foster carer I found it so valuable to be in a room with other carers in the same situation as me, the trainer was excellent and explained everything clearly and made us all feel at ease.

Foster Carer, Lancashire

I particularly found the Shield of Shame insightful as it was totally relatable to the children I work with, and I loved the PACE way of parenting. 

Social Worker, Cumbria

Excellent course!  Content was completely relatable to children we foster and gives a deeper understanding of behaviour allowing for a more therapeutic way of parenting.

Adoptive Parent, Cumbria

Everyone working with developmentally traumatised children should absolutely do this training!

Foster Carer & Teacher, Worcestershire

Liked having an opportunity to try PACE out in small groups with real life examples. Amazing to compare the 'problem solving' and PACE approaches.

Social Worker, Bromsgrove

Having the opportunity to take a step back from a situation and think about it more from a young person's perspective given their experiences was insightful.

Parent, Kings School, Worcester

AdobeStock_104093694.jpeg

Mental health support for children, young people and their families and carers

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give children. One of these is roots, the other wings".