Our Clinicians

  • Mr LJ Conradie

    CPsychol, AFBPsS

    Head of Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP)

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist

    Managing Director, Psicon Group

    Head of Occupational Health Services

    Head of Adult Mental Health Services

    Mr Conradie is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, he is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology (DoN-member list of Neuropsychologists), the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists and the British Association of Business Psychologists.

    • Mr Conradie’s expertise includes occupational psychology, clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and medico-legal assessments, as well as individual client/patient assessments, treatment and rehabilitation. Mr Conradie also offers consultations to organisations and individuals (executive psychological coaching) on various aspects of psychological issues and advises stakeholders on risk issues. Mr Conradie has been registered as an expert witness to the courts since 2001 and regularly prepares reports in the field of clinical and neuropsychology.

      Mr Conradie’s psychological treatment modalities include CBT and Compassion Focused Therapy. 

       

      Mr Conradie trained as a Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and registered in the UK in 1988. He worked in a military hospital for two years and worked with soldiers with mental health problems and casualties of war.

      Previous to the establishment of Psicon, Mr Conradie joined the NHS in 1993 and worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Consultant Neuropsychologist. He was head of the East Kent Clinical Neuropsychology service (a NHS Service) for ten years where he was involved in the delivery of neuropsychological services and leading a community based multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team.

      Mr Conradie has lectured on various academic programmes including the Salomon's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme as well as at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

      Mr Conradie qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and on the British Psychological Societies Specialist Register of Neuropsychologists. 

  • Dr Daniel William Simmonds

    D.Clin.Psych, CPsychol

    Director

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    Head of Children, Young People & Family Services

    Head of Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Services

    Dr Simmonds is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist who trained at University College London. He is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and has worked in psychology for many years. He is a director of the Psicon group and has developed the Children, Young People and Family Services and Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Services. 

    • Dr Simmonds practices CBT, Narrative Therapy and Systemic Therapy with families, adults and children. His main areas of professional expertise are linked to his interest in systemic work, including working with adults with workplace-related mental health problems and with children who have school-related difficulties. In his adult occupational health clinics, Dr Simmonds undertakes specialist assessment and treatment of employees with a range of emotional and mental health difficulties. In the Children, Young People and Family Service he has a lead role working with children and young people with a range of emotional and behavioural issues. He has expertise in cognitive assessment and has trained in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism. Dr Simmonds works across Kent and London with clinics in Canterbury and Harley Street. He also provides psychological support within schools.

       

      Dr Simmonds is a keen student of psychotherapy and is always seeking to improve his practice. He is currently studying transdiagnostic approaches to psychological distress and is interested in Method of Levels as an approach to therapy.

      Dr Simmonds has a doctrate in Clinical Psychology from University College London.

  • Dr Oluwafemi Ogunbona

    MRCPH, MBChB

    Medical Director - Children, Young People & Family Service

    Consultant Community Paediatrician

    • Ana Mendes

      D.Clin.Psych, CPsychol

      Clinical Lead for Children's Services

      Consultant Clinical Psychologist

      Ana is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked for many years specialising with children, adolescents and their families in Child and Adolescent teams in the NHS in Kent.  She also works with adult individuals in her private work.

      Ana has taught at a Doctorate level on a Clinical Psychology training programme at Salomons and on the Masters in Developmental Psychology at the University of Kent. She is also an experienced Supervisor of other clinicians. 

      She has experience of working with most emotional  and mental health issues and she uses a range of therapeutic models to inform her clinical work.

      • Ana has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults and also with children and adults who have experienced trauma.She has trained in EMDR. 

        Ana's approach is open and collaborative resting on the assumption that healing and solutions can be achieved through developing a shared understanding of the difficulties and by maximising and expanding existing resources as well as by learning new skills. She is particularly aware of the importance of developing a trusting relationship with the people she works with and how difficult this may be for people seeking help at a time when they may be feeling particularly vulnerable. Ana's relaxed optimism and warm manner usually work to give her clients a sense of hope which becomes the first step in effecting positive change.

    • Sonet Strijdom

      CPsychol, M.Sc. (Clin Psych), M.Sc (Medicine)

      Consultant Clinical Psychologist

      Clinical Lead - Adult Autism Services

      Mrs Strijdom is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. She is registered with the Health & Care Professions' Council (HCPC). She has worked in psychology for 22 years. Her areas of interest and specialty are Neuropsychology and Adult Mental Health. 

       

      Mrs Strijdom’s experience includes occupational psychology, clinical psychology and neuropsychology. She focuses on individual psychological and neuropsychological assessments, treatment of adult mental health problems and neurorehabilitation. She also offers consultations to adults in the field of autism spectrum disorder.

      • Mr Clifford John Robins

        BSc, MSc, PG Dip, App Hyp, SQHP, CPsychol, A.Sci, AFBPsS

        Consultant Counselling Psychologist

        Head of Medico-Legal Services

        Mr Robins is the Head of Psicon’s Medico-Legal Services. Mr Robins is a Consultant Psychologist chartered by the British Psychological Society. He is a member of The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists, The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, and The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis. He is registered with the Health & Care Professions' Council (HCPC).

        • Mr Robins has extensive experience in the assessment and psychological treatment of adults and young people with mental health problems, intellectual disability (formerly learning disability) and neurodevelopmental conditions, including specific learning difficulties (SpLD, dyslexia and dyspraxia), ADHD and autism spectrum conditions. He provides expert reports in relation to post-sixteen assessments for further and higher education and Disabled Student Allowance claims. He also provides reports of neurodevelopmental conditions in adults in relation to employment issues.

          Mr Robins provides a full range of expert Psychological, Parenting, Capacity and Forensic assessments and reports in Criminal, Family and Civil cases. He offers psychological assessments for Tribunals and for Medico-Legal Actions and Negligence Claims. For over 15 years he has been instructed in Family, Civil and Criminal cases and he has given expert oral evidence in Family and Crown Courts and the High Court since 2001.

          Mr Robins has previously held the position of Head of Psychology at an independent low secure hospital. He has also been the Head of a Learning Disability service and a Challenging Behaviour service in the NHS. He has extensive experience working with mentally disordered offenders, adult mental health psychology, alcohol and drug addictions, and as a Court diversion specialist. Mr Robins started his career as a Youth Worker with a Local Authority on projects for supporting and developing the skills of disadvantaged children. He also worked with Mencap with children with severe and profound learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, and challenging behaviour.

          Mr Robins has also provided training and workshops to professionals such as Occupational Health, Social Work, Nursing, Medical Specialisations, Management and Administration, with training ranging from half-day introductory courses, to more in-depth practical training in specific skills in a range of settings, including local authorities, universities and colleges, private companies, charities, and the NHS. He has provided lectures and workshops in his areas of experience, such as Attachment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Autism Spectrum Conditions, Bereavement and Loss, Managing Change, Mindfulness in the Workplace, Motivational Interviewing in the Workplace, CBT and Psychosis, Suicide and Self-harming, Counselling and Communication Skills, Risk Assessment and Management, and Mental Capacity. He also provides training in forensic topics such as Violence Risk, Sexual Offending Risk, Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence, and Personality Disorders.

          Mr Robins has wide-ranging specialist training including:

          EMDR training to advanced level

          Certified in the risk assessment of sexual and violent offending

          Certified in the assessment of Psychopathy

          Certified in the assessment of Attachment Disorders

          Bond Solon training in Court and legal practices, including Family Procedure Rules for Expert Witnesses Certificate

          Advanced training in the assessment of mental capacity (Mental Capacity Act)

          Child and Adult Safeguarding

          Mental Health Act 1983 and as amended 2007

          Extended Community Based Assessment for Family Proceedings

          Applied Behavioural Analysis

      • Tania Allen

        Bsc, MRCSLT

        Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

        Tania has many years’ experience working with children and young people with a range of communication difficulties. This includes speech sound disorders such as Verbal Dyspraxia and language difficulties such as Specific Language Impairment. She has a strong interest in communication difficulties associated with developmental conditions such as Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder etc. 

        • Tania has extensive experience with the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and is part of Psicon’s multidisciplinary team in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism.

          Tania is able to offer Speech and Language Therapy support in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the child and family, for example this could be face to face therapy, input into the child's school / pre school or Parent Child Interaction therapy. 

          Tania is a Foster Parent and has a strong interest in the emotional and behavioural aspects of communication. She is able to work emphatically with families and help them to get the most from each interaction they have with their child.