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Meet the Team

Dr. Cheontell Barnes, Clinical Psychologist DClinPsy, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Cheontell has over 15 years’ experience of working therapeutically with people experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. Her experience spans forensic, adult mental health, learning disability and neuropsychology services. Her current NHS role is within a local NHS child, young people and family mental health service.

Cheontell has specialist skills working with children and families including those who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complex and developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.

Cheontell provides psychological support for children, adolescents and adults. This includes working with individuals, couples or families. Cheontell practices using both face to face, telephone and online interventions, and also offer 'walking' therapy (appropriate social distancing measures).


Cheontell is registered with both the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Dr. Jodie Finch, Clinical Psychologist ClinPsyD, MSc, BSc (Hons)


Jodie has over 12 years experience of working with a range of mental health presentations and over six years specialising in working with trauma. Jodie currently works within Maternal Mental Health Services in the NHS and specialises in difficulties such as birth trauma, pregnancy and baby loss, perinatal low mood and anxiety, adjustment to parenting and attachment/relational difficulties including parent infant bonding. In addition Jodie can offer support for dad's in the perinatal period. 


Jodie uses an integrative approach in her therapeutic work drawing upon principles from a range of models to meet your needs including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Systemic and Attachment Based Theories. Jodie is experienced at providing support for people of all ages including individuals, couples and families. Jodie offers support using face to face, online and telephone interventions.

Jodie is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Michael Briggs, Specialist Systemic & Family Psychotherapist MSc, BA (Hons First), RN

Michael has over 25 years experience of working in healthcare, 19 of those within mental health. His experience includes working with children, families, couples and neurodiversity. He is currently employed within a local NHS mental health service and leads a nationally accredited course in family therapy, up to practitioner level.

Michael has experience of working with complex families and couples who are often experiencing relational difficulties, perhaps as they go through different stages of the life cycle. His approach aims to explore their goals, and using a compassionate and collaborative approach he aims to help people make sense of their own, and others, perspectives of their lives to help them achieve the changes that they may wish to make.

Michael offers both short and long term work to individuals and groups of more than one person. 

James Watson, Family & Systemic Psychotherapist, MA (Tavistock), RMHN

James has 15 years experience working in a range of mental health and therapeutic settings, both for the National Health Service, and within the private sector with particular emphasis on working with families and young people. James's clinical experiences also include working within forensic, Child and Adolescent, and specialist Looked After Children's mental health services. James' current role for the NHS is within a local Child, Family and Young People's mental health service.

James is a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and specialises in working with whole family systems where there are difficulties with interpersonal communication, attachment, or experiences of trauma. James also works with couples, individuals and organisations.

There are a number of media in which James works and these include face-to-face and online, dependant on the needs of the family. James is professionally registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 


Dr. Alexandra Payne, Clinical Psychologist ClinPsyD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Alex has over 11 years' experience working within NHS mental health services, supporting people of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. Her current role is within a specialist NHS child and family service for young people living outside of their birth family. Alex specialises in supporting children and adolescents with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma, working with young people directly or providing support through their parents, carers and professional network.

Alex is a Clinical Psychologist and is able to provide psychological support for children, adolescents and adults, which may include individual therapeutic sessions, work with couples/parents or family support. Alex adopts an integrative and individualised approach in her therapeutic work, drawing on a range of models to meet each client's needs. Alex is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Meet the Team


Initial Assessment

We appreciate that deciding to see a therapist can be a difficult step for people to take. On seeing new clients, our aim is to make you feel at ease, relaxed and welcome. We offer a free 10 minute initial telephone consultation which is an informal conversation to help us to identify your needs and to allow you to ask any questions that you may have. Following on from this, we will arrange an assessment session where we can explore your current situation and the past experiences that have Brought you to therapy. We may complete some questionnaires together to help us to make sense of your current experience, and will work together to develop a collaborative therapeutic treatment plan. This may include specific psychological therapy approaches including Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Systemic Family Therapy, Mindfulness or attachment based approaches.


Fees can vary depending on the service provided, including whether we are working with you to complete an assessment or therapeutic intervention, and whether the sessions are for you as an individual, or you will be attending with a partner or family members. On average sessions cost £110-130 per session. Please contact us and we can answer your enquiry on a personal basis.

Duration of Therapy

The duration of therapy depends on your needs. Therapy is a personal journey and the duration is a unique aspect of it. During the first few sessions, we will work together to identify your treatment goals and the most helpful and appropriate wayy to achieve these. We may recommend a number of sessions depending on your difficulties, and this recommendations will be based upon national guidelines for the treatment of various concerns. Throughout your therapy, we are happy to review regularly and finish treatment when you are feeling ready.


Supervision, Training and Consultation

At Norfolk Therapy Room we are able to offer professional consultation and supervision to those working in caring industries including health, education and social care. This can be offered on an individual basis or within a team such as reflective practice sessions.

In addition we are experienced in developing and facilitating bespoke training packages to meet the needs of your organisation. this may include training in trauma informed care, child development and attachment, family systems, workplace stress and more. For bespoke supervision, consultation and training support, get in touch. 

Our supervision, training and consultation can be delivered face to face or remotely to suit you.

Supervision, Training and Consultation
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