CAST brings together a range of expertise…
Dr John Green is the Clinical & Academic Director at CAST.
John is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience and expertise in mental health and related fields. Read more…
Dr Sarah Heke is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Lead for the CAST Employee Trauma Service. Read more…
Dr Jai Adhyaru is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with around 20 years of experience in service development and therapy with children, young people and their families. Read more…
Ingrid Wagendorp is a Psychological Therapist for CAST and the Employee Trauma Service, providing treatment for employees who have experienced traumatic events. Read more…
Dr Sian Williams is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Psychological Therapist for CAST and the Employee Trauma Service. Read more…
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Camillia Achouche is a senior mental health nurse with over 10 years of experience within the nursing profession. Read more…
Lucy Cook is a Clinical Occupational Therapist and experienced NHS service manager who has worked in the health sector for over 25 years. Read more…
Farrah Hassan is a senior social worker with extensive experience in health and social care services. Read more…
Dr Faye Nikopaschos is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist interests and expertise in working with people affected by trauma. Read more…
Dr Michael Worrell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the NHS and other settings, and is the Director of Training at the London CBT Training Centre. Read more…
Dr Kerry Young is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Woodfield Trauma Service in London – a leading centre for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees suffering from PTSD. Read more…
Other CAST Associates include…
Sarah Blainey – Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)
Gail Burrell – Deputy Director, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)
Agnes Kocsis – Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Jim O’Donnell – Assistant Director of Nursing (Jameson division), Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)
Samuel Owiredu – Senior Business and Commercial Manager (Jameson division), Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)
Dr John Green is the Clinical & Academic Director at CAST.
John is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience and expertise in mental health and related fields. He was formerly Chief Psychologist at CNWL and R&D Director. He has provided consultancy and training on behalf of a range of international organisations. He has also been a general manager.
John co-edited the first text book on the clinical management of AIDS patients and set up a charity which provided training across the UK. He co-ordinated the mental health response to the Ladbroke Grove rail crash and was Clinical Director for the Grenfell Tower mental health and wellbeing response.
His research has included major incidents, physical and psychological aspects of sexual health, health behaviours, infectious diseases, vaccination hesitancy and the social predictors of recovery in psychological treatments.
Dr Sarah Heke is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Lead for the CAST Employee Trauma Service; this service supports employees of organisations affected by trauma in their line of work.
Throughout her career Sarah has worked clinically with people who have experienced psychological trauma, abuse, assault, trafficking, and persecution, including refugees subjected to torture and war-related trauma.
As Clinical Lead for Trauma at the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service, Sarah provided specialist supervision, consultation and training in Narrative Exposure Therapy, and trauma-informed care and approaches, as well as establishing psychological screening and therapy programmes for professionals.
Sarah has held a number of senior committee member roles and has co-authored publications including the UKPTS Guidelines for the Provision of Services for Complex PTSD (2017) and forthcoming revised CPS Guidelines for Pre-Trial Therapy.
Dr Jai Adhyaru is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with around 20 years of experience in service development and therapy with children, young people and their families.
Jai has led implementation of various services taking a community-based approach and is currently Service Manager for the NHS Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People.
Jai uses a systemic approach and evidenced-based practice to manage high risk behaviours and different responses to traumatic events. Jai offers consultancy to professionals, provides specialist supervision, delivers training (including how professionals can maintain their own wellbeing), and guest lectures at the University of East London.
Jai is particularly interested in technology that can support mental wellbeing and offers guidance on the use of apps, virtual reality, and augmented reality in clinical work.
Ankita Guchait is an Assistant Psychologist for CAST who has been majorly involved with the Afghan Evacuees project.
Ankita has experience providing mental health services to children and adolescents with anxiety, autism, epilepsy, and trauma. Prior to working in the NHS, she has worked in different countries including the USA, India, and Russia.
She is interested in understanding the stigma aspect when delivering mental health services to a diverse population and is passionate about empowering women and helping refugees and asylum seekers rebuild their lives in a foreign country.
Ingrid Wagendorp is a Psychological Therapist for CAST and the Employee Trauma Service, providing treatment for employees who have experienced traumatic events through their line of work.
Ingrid has 8 years’ experience of working in the NHS. She has worked as a CBT therapist in various IAPT services as well as within a specialist eating disorder service.
Prior to working for the NHS, Ingrid worked for various charities including Victim Support, The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, and Voice (now Barnados).
Ingrid has experience of providing psychoeducational groups in prison settings and helped to set up a peer support programme to support the provision of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services within prison. Ingrid also has experience of providing advocacy services for young people in custody and those impacted by the criminal justice system.
Dr Sian Williams is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Psychological Therapist for CAST, registered with the HCPC.
Sian has experience with individuals living with anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, trauma, autism, chronic pain cancer and more.
Sian has worked in the NHS, the charity sector, at King’s College London and in family therapy. She has published a book and many articles on how to manage anxiety, stress and recover from traumatic experiences and also has a podcast: ‘Mind Matters with Dr Sian’.
Camillia Achouche is a senior mental health nurse with over 10 years of experience within the nursing profession. Camillia has worked in inpatient and community mental health settings and currently works for the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service.
Camillia is a Florence Nightingale Foundation nurse and completed a leadership scholarship, which opened her eyes to new ways of working across the wider system to improve outcomes for patients. She won an award for innovation whilst leading on a Quality Improvement project to reduce client disengagement from services within the Grenfell Outreach Team.
Camillia’s interests include preventative healthcare, early interventions, and innovative ways of working, as well as the retention and development of junior staff. She enjoys mentoring student nurses and hopes to inspire future generations of nurses entering the workforce.
Lucy Cook is a Clinical Occupational Therapist and experienced NHS service manager who has worked in the health sector for over 25 years. Lucy is an innovative leader focused on system-wide learning, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
Lucy has extensive expertise in delivering transformational change whilst working in partnership with a range of voluntary, community, educational and healthcare providers to produce evidence-based results – all improving quality and supporting patient care.
Lucy is committed to working to the principles of co-production, nurturing the strengths of every individual, maintaining the strong belief that in working with others as part of an open culture and collaborative approach the best possible results are to be achieved.
Farrah Hassan is a senior social worker with extensive experience in health and social care services. Farrah started her social work career in statutory children’s services before moving into adult social care and palliative care services.
Since 2017 Farrah has worked at the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service, coordinating their outreach mental health screening programme and delivering bespoke support for survivors of the fire and bereaved family members.
Farrah is particularly interested in working within developing countries. She has participated in programmes in Somalia to deliver mental health training and evidenced based practice, as well as advising on service improvements. Farrah is also linked with CNWL’s International Health Care Partnership and has delivered training to mental health professionals in Tanzania. Farrah is a passionate advocate for improving accessibility and equality in healthcare.
Dr Faye Nikopaschos is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist interests and expertise in working with people affected by trauma.
Faye has worked in NHS psychology services since 2011 and has experience of working in specialist trauma services both with the NHS and charity sector.
Faye currently leads the acute psychology service at Northwick Park Mental Health Unit in Harrow. She is also the Trauma-Informed Approaches (TIA) co-lead for acute mental health services in CNWL. For more information on the CNWL TIA project please see: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/mental-health-services/cnwl-trauma-informed-approaches-tia
Dr Michael Worrell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the NHS and other settings, and is the Director of Training at the London CBT Training Centre – a large programme for the training of CBT therapists and couples therapists.
Michael specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals and couples. He is an Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, and is Visiting Professor at Regent’s University London School of Psychotherapy & Psychology.
Michael presents at national and international conferences and is an author in peer-reviewed journals and books, with publications including Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy: Distinctive Features (2015, Routledge).
His interests include anxiety and mood disorders; work-related stress; couple distress and relationship problems; and trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr Kerry Young is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Woodfield Trauma Service in London – a leading centre for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees suffering from PTSD. Kerry is also a clinician at the Oxford Rose Clinic, a service for the medical and psychological treatment of women who have experienced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Kerry specializes in training, having advised national bodies in the UK on how to train clinicians to work with refugees, PTSD and Complex PTSD, and trains nationally and internationally on how to treat them. Kerry also trained the therapists in the NHS Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service to work with PTSD.
Kerry works with research teams in Oxford University, Sweden, Germany, Iceland and The Netherlands on developing imagery-based interventions for PTSD, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, and has published in this area.
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