Psicon Group

Meet the Team

  • Mr LJ Conradie

    CPsychol, AFBPsS

    Managing Director

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist

    Head of Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP)

    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 where he worked with soldiers with mental health problems, and with casualties of war.

      Prior 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 (an 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 and 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

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    Head of Children, Young People and Family Services

    Head of Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Services

    Dr Simmonds is a Health & Care Professions' Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist who trained at University College London. He is registered with the British Psychological Society and has worked in Psychology for 12 years. He is a Director of the Psicon Group and has developed the Children, Young People and Family Service and Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Service.

    • 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.

  • Louise Simpson

    Assoc CIPD

    HR & Operations Manager

    Mrs Simpson joined Psicon in September 2018. She has over 10 years’ experience within human resources management and private healthcare settings and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

     

    Mrs Simpson is part of the senior management team and responsible for all Human Resources and Operations across the business, which includes; recruitment, employee relations, staff welfare and engagement, quality management and facilities.  She also directly line manages the administration and front of house team at 15 New Dover Road.

    • Dr Oluwafemi Ogunbona

      MRCPH, MBChB

      Medical Director - Children, Young People & Family Service

      Consultant Community Paediatrician

      • Dr 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.

      • Dr Daniel Salter

        PhD, DClinPsychol., CPsychol., BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist

        Consultant Clinical Psychologist

        Dr Daniel Salter is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and as Adult Mental Health Service Lead, he is responsible for the on-going delivery and development of the privately funded Adult Mental services offered at Psicon. He continues to offer mainly CBT treatment to clients within this service.

        • Sonet Strijdom

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

          Clinical Lead in Neuropsychology and Medico-Legal Services

          Consultant Clinical Psychologist

          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 Hugh Brunkskill

            BSc, MCSP

            Service Lead Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP)

            Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

            Mr Hugh Brunskill leads the Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP) Service with Mr LJ Conradie. He has extensive experience working in specialist neurological services in both the NHS and private practice.

            • Mr Brunskill previously led the neurological rehabilitation team at Strode Park foundation in Kent from 2009–2014. During this time, Mr Brunskill worked in conjunction with commissioning bodies and local CCGs in Kent to develop an outpatient service for the East Kent region. The service provided specialist neurological services to various clients, including statutory services and privately funded clients. Mr Brunskill has worked as a Senior Physiotherapist at rehabilitation centres in the NHS, abroad and in private practice.

          • Dr Jo Black

            PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)

            Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Clinical Operations, Research, and Development Lead

            Research Psychologist

            Based within the NDLS team, Dr Jo Black works primarily with NHS contracts developing and implementing systems and processes, and analysing data. She also oversees research projects at Psicon, and works with colleagues to develop and improve our neurodevelopmental services. Dr Black also administers the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) as part of multidisciplinary ASD assessments.

            Dr Black has 10 years experience working in care and research settings with children and adults with ASD, intellectual disabilities, and mental health difficulties. She completed a PhD in Psychology researching visual attention in Autism at the University of Bath in 2015. Following this, she worked at the University of Kent as a Postdoctoral Research Associate investigating language processing in ASD before joining Psicon in 2018.

            • Dr Claire Collins

              CPsychol, MA, BSc

              Chartered Counselling Psychologist

              Dr Collins is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working within Psicon’s Talking Therapies NHS IAPT Service providing psychological therapy for adults presenting with a range of issues including depression and anxiety disorders.

              • Dr Collins has significant experience of working with adults presenting with anxiety disorders, panic attacks, childhood sexual and physical abuse, depression, chronic pain, relationship issues, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), self harm, and substance abuse.

                She takes an integrative approach to her practice, drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic and person-centred theories, which means she is  able to tailor therapy according to an individual’s presentation and unique experience.

                Dr Collins works with adults in a one-to-one therapeutic setting and has been involved with running groups such as Resilience in Parenting.

            • Dr Max Zöettl

              Consultant Psychiatrist

              Dr Max Zöettl is a Consultant Psychiatrist with expertise in psychiatry and psychotherapy.  He works as an independent practitioner carrying out some of his clinics at our premises in 15 New Dover Road.  

              Dr Zoettl practices a holistic approach that integrates medication, talking therapy and lifestyle intervention. He believes in going beyond the acute treatment of symptoms and enabling individuals to learn how to overcome past and present difficulties and lead healthy and emotionally balanced lives.

              • Dr Zöettl works with a range of conditions, including depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, drug rehabilitation, addictions, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, obesity, stress, workplace stress, and schizophrenia.

                Dr Max Zeöttl obtained his medical qualification in Freiburg, one of Germany’s most renowned medical faculties.

                He completed his training as a psychiatrist in Hamburg and Klingenmünster and his psychotherapist training at the Institute of Clinical Behavioural Therapy and the Heidelberg Psychodynamic Curriculum.

                In Klingenmünster, Dr Zöettl established a pioneering treatment centre for opiate detoxification, introducing the use of acupuncture, physiotherapy, aromatherapy and psychosocial interventions.

                Dr Zöettl worked in a small mental health unit of a general hospital as well as in a large psychiatric hospital including a forensic wing. There he integrated psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches and studied the forensic implications of adult ADHD.

                In 2006 he accepted a post as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS and became the first Early Intervention in Psychosis Consultant in Kent. In 2008 he became the Clinical Lead for Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Services in East Kent. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the Early Intervention in Psychosis Leads for the South East of England.

                Since 2012, Dr Zöettl has been concentrating exclusively on his private practice. This has given him time to further develop his special interests in anxiety and depression, addiction, adult ADHD, obesity, workplace stress, and occupational mental health.

                Medical State Exam (Germany)

                Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist (Germany)

            • Dr Vibhav Shetty

              Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

              • Kizzie Mills

                Occupational Therapist

                Ms. Kizzie Mills is a registered Occupational Therapist and a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).  She works as a member of the Neurological Multi-Disciplinary Team at Psicon and has over 10 years’ experience working in Neurological Rehabilitation both in clinical and community settings.

                • Ms. Mills has over 20 years of experience of working with People with physical and Neurological conditions.  She has worked as part of the Neurological MDT at Strode Park since 2010, providing specialist Neurological input via statutory services and the private sector.  She has a specialist interest in brain injury and working with families and support workers to enable adjustment to and participation in occupation post injury.

              • Tania Allen

                Bsc, MRCSLT

                Consultant Speech and Language Therapist

                Tania has many years of 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 and attention deficit disorder.

                • 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 or preschool, 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.

              • Dr Yasmine Precious

                D.Clin.Psych, BSc (Hons)

                Consultant Clinical Psychologist

                Dr Yasmine Precious is registered with the Health & Care Professions' Council (HCPC). She has worked in psychology since 2001. Her areas of interest and speciality are Neuropsychology and Adult Mental Health.

                • Skye Sayce

                  CPsychol, MA, BA

                  Acting Clinical Lead in Adult Mental Health Services

                  Clinical Psychologist

                  Skye Sayce is a clinical psychologist and chartered psychologist registered with the HPCSA, HCPC, BABCP and British Psychological Society. She completed her clinical training in South Africa, with her thesis focusing on Adult ADHD. Her previous work experience is in adult mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation, working with a wide range of mental health conditions including psychosis, depression and anxiety. She also has experience working within forensic settings. Skye is client-centred in her approach to therapy and has a special interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT. She also has an interest in trauma and is trained in EMDR (level III). Other areas of interest are psychiatric rehabilitation and neuropsychology.