Tutors & Staff

Our Tutors

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. He is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or clinical lead for over 34 psychotherapy training films, an author of 2 books and, as a Director of SDS Seminars Ltd, he commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist, and an Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

Prof Stephen Rollnick
Professor of clinical psychology at Cardiff University, co-founder of Motivational Interviewing

Professor Stephen Rollnick is best known as a co-founder of Motivational Interviewing. He is a Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience in service provision and in training of practitioners and an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine in Cardiff University, Wales, UK with a research record focused on good practice in efforts to promote change and behaviour change among patients, clients and the practitioners who serve them.

Prof Tony Attwood
Clinical Psychologist, Professor at Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland

Dr Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist, is the acknowledged world expert on therapy with ASD clients. Professor at both Griffith University in Australia and Strathclyde University in Scotland, he’s worked with an estimated 8000 clients with some form of ASD diagnosis. He is author of innumerable peer reviewed studies and book chapters on autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ASD. He’s also published 15 books in the field with sales topping 1 million, and titles translated into 28 languages. These include CBT to Help Young People with Asperger's Syndrome to Understand and Express Affection: A Manual for Professionals (2013) and Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues: A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger’s Syndrome (2016).

Prof Windy Dryden
Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies

Windy Dryden, Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London was one of the first people in the UK to be trained in CBT, and was the first Professor of Counselling in the UK.The author or editor of 200 books and over 700 scholarly articles on CBT and Counselling – from “The Handbook of Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy” through to “Ten Steps To Positive Living”.

He offers a uniquely informed perspective on CBT and psychotherapy as its practiced today and where it is heading in the future.

Dr Andrew Beck
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, BABCP President Elect

Dr Andrew Beck. President Elect of BABCP. Andrew has worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in CAMHS since 2006 and has worked with children and adolescents for 30 years in a variety of settings. He has been Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester since 2007 and until recently was lead on the Children and Families module of the Manchester Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Senior Lecturer on the Children and Young People’s IAPT programme. He is a BABCP accredited CBT therapist and supervisor and has developed and run several CBT supervision courses and the first stand-alone CBT training course in India. He is a member of the BABCP Scientific Committee and is the former Chair of the Equality and Culture Special Interest Group of the BABCP. Andrew is author of the well regarded book Transcultural CBT for Anxiety and Depression (Routledge 2016) as well as many academic papers on CBT, supervision and work across cultures.

Dr Nuno Ferreira
PhD, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Nuno Ferreira is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches and supervises research projects across several post-graduate programmes in Clinical Psychology. Gaining his qualification as a Clinical Psychologist in Portugal, Nuno has worked in several services in clinical capacities both in Portugal and in the UK. From 2007 onwards he became interested in the use and development of Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural approaches in clinical setting. His main research focus has been on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for long-term or chronic health conditions, having completed a PhD researching the use of ACT for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Nuno has published a book and several research articles on ACT and is regular presenter at several international conferences in this subject area.

Nuno has been involved in the training Doctoral students in ACT at the University of Edinburgh since 2009. He has lead several skills-based workshops at international events, and also provides training in ACT for NHS Scotland services. He is also an invited lecturer in Third Wave CBT approaches at the University of Cyprus.

Dr Chris Irons
Clinical Psychologist, Director of Balanced Minds

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist, and Deputy-Lead for Adult Mental Health in Tower Hamlets, London, UK. In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering from a variety of mental health problems, including persistent depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia, along with a variety of personality disorders. Alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues, Chris has been interested in the Theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. Chris is an author of five books. He regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion.

Catherine Parker
Accredited CBT Therapist

Catherine Parker completed her intensive DBT training in 2001. She was a founder member of the Derbyshire DBT Service, delivering full programme DBT for over 15 years. Throughout her career as a psychotherapist, she has delivered DBT workshops within her NHS Trust and at local universities, sharing her practical experience of using DBT principles to treat a variety of diagnoses in both IAPT and Community Mental Health settings. She has been the Chair of the DBT Special Interest Group of the BABCP since 2013, and has participated in a number of symposia and other events featuring DBT at the BABCP national conferences.

Marie Wassberg
Accredited CBT Therapist

Marie Wassberg qualified as a CBT therapist at Goldsmiths University, London, 2003. She is registered with the HCPC and Accredited with BABCP in the UK. Marie has Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), gained in 2010, where she trained with Dr Elizabeth Malmquist and Dr Anita Linnér (Sweden), as well as with Professor Alan Fruzzetti and Professor Jill Rathus (USA). She is also trained in Trauma Focused-CBT, including Supervisor training; Prolonged Exposure; and DBT for Schools (STEPS-A). Marie has been part of developing many DBT-informed programmes in different settings, mainly for children, adolescents and families, but also for young adults (18-25), both in Sweden and in England. In 2018 Marie offered support and DBT-informed training to a group of mothers in Mexico.

Darryl Christie
Accredited DBT Therapist

Darryl is an accredited dialectical behaviour therapist (one of the first in the UK) and a subject matter expert in DBT. He trained both with the Linehan Institute in the USA and British Isles DBT in the UK. Darryl also received expert supervision in DBT and DBT-Prolonged Exposure (PE) from both Dr Heidi Heard and Dr Melanie Harned who are both leading and world-renowned clinicians in the field of borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT and trauma.

Dr Michelle Garnett
MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS MCCP, Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist and Founder and Director of Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialising in Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in Australia. Michelle has co-authored four books on ASC. Her most recent book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She has co-authored three books with Tony on emotion management for children and adolescents.

Lisa Anderson
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Lisa Anderson is an HCPC registered Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist. She is also a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with BABCP. She has over 18 years’ experience as a clinician and an academic and has worked within child mental health and adult services, where she has provided assessment, interventions, and supervision in both the NHS and private sector. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, young offenders, looked after children, homeless and asylum seekers. Lisa worked as a lecturer in Psychology for the University of Leicester where she has managed the multi-agency training service in child mental health across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland. She was responsible for training 600-900 primary care staff per year for over 12 years and also taught postgraduate students. She is an associate Lecturer for University of Derby on the CYP IAPT course. She is national trainer in child mental health, working closely with Universities and local councils.

Dr Rebecca Linnell
Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rebecca Linnell worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Manchester for over 10 years, in 2012 she joined the Psychological Therapies Training Centre in Salford to develop the CYP IAPT programme, a Government initiative aiming to transform children’s mental health services. For many years she’s been involved in training mental health professionals, leading the CBT Pathway of the Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-based Psychotherapies for Children and Young People.

Dr Angela Latham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Angela Latham is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist based in Cheshire and North Wales. She has extensive experience working in CAMHS and in early years in the Manchester area. She also has specialist skills in teaching and training having developed numerous training packages and held the position of CYP-IAPT Parent Lead.

Jeff Riggenbach
Ph.D., LPC

Dr Jeff Riggenbach is one of the most sought after tutors in North America in the area of CBT and personality disorders. Over the past 15 years he has developed and overseen CBT-based treatment programmes on Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder at two different psychiatric hospitals. Dr Riggenbach trained at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has presented in all 50 United States, Mexico, and Canada on topics related to CBT, DBT and Personality Dysfunction. He is also an author of two best-selling books, The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians (2012) and Borderline Personality Disorder Toolbox: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide to Regulating Intense Emotions (2016),

Colin Blowers
BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist

Colin Blowers is a Trustee of the Board of BABCP and also a Co-Chair of The BABCP Scientific Committee. He has worked in the NHS for many years initially as nurse, then as a Behaviour Therapist. Since leaving the NHS I has worked in the private sector at Roehampton, London and Brighton. He specialises in a wide range of problems including stress, panic disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr Tom Werner
Consultant Psychiatrist

Tom Werner is a Locum Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He trained and worked at the Centre for Anxiety Disorder and Trauma, Maudsley Hospital and in the Cognitive Therapies Division of City & Hackney’s Psychotherapy Department. He has extensive experience of working with a range of different client groups including adult mental health, older people, substance misusers, children and families. He trained in CBT at Kings College, London, and is a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist. He also has experience of working with a range of other modalities including (amongst others) Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Kleinian psychodynamic psychotherapy, NLP and systemic family therapy. He has a particular interest in trainee learning styles and has an excellent reputation as an informed and dynamic trainer.

Julia Waller
Accredited CBT Therapist

As a recent Programme Director of the CBT High Intensity course at Christ Church University, Julia has unparalleled knowledge and experience of CBT training, supervision and practice across a wide range of mental health conditions. Her current research interests focus on emotional well-being in the workplace and factors influencing return and retention at work along with the issue of workplace bullying.

Our Staff

Dr Julia Budnik
MD, PhD, Director of SDS Seminars

Julia is a qualified medical doctor with extensive clinical, managerial and university teaching experience. She worked for a number of years overseas, in the NHS and privately. At present she trains within the NHS, Social Services & the Independent Sector. A qualified gastroenterologist, Julia has written extensively in the field. Her current interests lie in evidence based improvements to health and quality of life through psychological & behavioural change.

Irina Lindley
Office Manager, BA in Economics, AAT Diploma in Accountancy & Finance

"I love working at SDS Seminars because it provides me with a great variety of work, that means that I always learn new skills on the job. SDS Seminars Ltd always keeps up-to-date with modern technologies in training and I like the fact that we do not stand still, but always develop."

Michael Lucas
Office Administrator

"What I like most about working for SDS is assisting clients in furthering their personal development, which in turn helps the well-being of others."