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


    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    Head of Children, Young People and Family Services

    Head of Talking Therapies @ Psicon

    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, Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Service, and Talking Therapies @ Psicon 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.

  • Mr Clifford John Robins

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

    Director Medico-Legal Services

    Head of Medico-Legal Services

    Consultant Counselling Psychologist

    Mr Robins is the Director and 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

  • 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

    Adult Mental Health Service Lead

    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.

    • 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.

      • Sonet Strijdom

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

        Senior 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 Service Operations, Research, and Development Lead

          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 Lynne Benjamin

            D.Clin.Psych, CPsychol, AFBPsS

            Consultant Clinical Psychologist

            Dr Lynne Benjamin is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, an associate member of the Division of Neuropsychology and a member of the faculty for Children, Young People and their families. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

            • Dr Benjamin works with clients who experience a variety of problems that affect their mental health, including anxiety, depression and trauma, and attachment-related difficulties. She has a wide range of interests in working with individuals and families whose experiences may not easily fit into a particular diagnostic category, including those experiencing chronic illness, or women experiencing post-natal depression.

              Dr Benjamin uses several different approaches working with clients to develop an approach that meets their specific needs. Clients who have an autistic spectrum disorder, for example, may require the adaptation of an approach to suit them.  Dr Benjamin works using the framework of available evidence published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for specific disorders. This has included CBT, Mindfulness-based approaches and Systemic approaches.

              Dr Benjamin works with adults, children and young people and their families who present with a variety of difficulties and problems affecting their mental health and emotional well-being. She has also carried out consultation to several different organisations in the public sector.

              Dr Benjamin has worked for more than 20 years in a variety of NHS services in Adult Mental Health and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has worked within the secondary care and specialist CAMHS services and has also worked with children and adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities.

              Dr Benjamin has held a 4 Consultant posts in the NHS including Head of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (2004–2009). She has held part-time posts with Canterbury Christ Church College University as a Clinical and Academic Tutor (1994–1999 and 2010–2012).

              Dr Benjamin has offered consultation to several public sector organisations, including schools, a paediatric community nursing team, and the CAPE project team (a service provided for families with a member with severe and enduring mental health problems).

              Dr Benjamin qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1989 via the in-service NHS training route, which led to the Diploma in Clinical Psychology awarded by the British Psychological Society. She studied and completed her doctoral qualification in 1999.

              She has taken additional training in Neuropsychology (Dip Clin. Neuropsych.) and has undertaken short courses in systemic and psychodynamic approaches, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, and organisational consultancy.

          • 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)

          • 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.

          • Dr Jo Attree

            CPsychol, AFBPsS, MA, BS

            Chartered Clinical Psychologist

            Dr Attree is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 27 years of clinical experience. She initially qualified and worked with adults and later on furthered her training, qualifying to work with children, adolescents and families.

            • Dr Attree has developed particular interest in working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has been working in children’s services in the NHS for 19 years, where she is also a member of a local multidisciplinary diagnostic team for assessment of autism. She is trained and experienced in assessing autism and offering psychological support and treatment to autistic children and their families.

              Throughout her career Dr Attree has had the opportunity to work with a significant number of patients with a range of psychological needs. She has experience with clinical psychology work with outpatients and inpatients. Dr Attree has been working in private practice for 15 years.

              Dr Attree is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and also registered with Health Professions Council (HPC).

          • Tom Nissen

            Specialist Personal Trainer in Rehabilitation

            Tom Nissen works as a Specialist Personal Trainer as part of the Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP) Service. Tom has extensive experience working in multidisciplinary teams and in close connection with Neuro Physiotherapists, Neuropsychologists and Occupational Therapists.

            • Tom adopts a people-based approach to training, building his work around the individual needs and rehabilitation goals to provide individuals with the right support so that they can reach optimum levels of functioning.

              Tom has an extensive career in the fitness industry. He has been master trainer for a large city centre corporate gym and has written and taught instructor training modules. For the last seven years, Tom has focused on specialist personal training for a range of rehabilitation demands, including physical injuries and vestibular issues, as well as his work with brain injury. He also works alongside psychologists using exercise as part of the treatment for clinical mental health issues.

              Tom has a Bsc Hons degree in Sport and Exercise Science gained in 2004. He is a member of BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and has attained Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3.

          • Maryam Keshavarzi

            BSc, BA (Hons)

            Senior Assistant Psychologist

            • 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.

            • Abbi Rennick

              BSc (Hons)

              Assistant Psychologist

              Abbi Rennick is an Assistant Psychologist working within the Neurorehabilitation at Psicon (NAP) service, working directly with both children and adults. She also has involvement in the Adult ASD service offered by Psicon

              • Gill Pritchard

                Client Services Manager

                • Sally New


                  Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Service Administrator

                  Mrs Sally New joined Psicon in July 2018 and is based within the NDLS team primarily working with NHS contracts and co-ordinating ASD Assessment reports.

                  Sally studied at Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a DipHE in Health Sciences. She then went onto work as an Administrator within the East Kent NHS Health Promotion Service for 3 years. Following this, she worked a further 14 years within Children’s Centre Services.