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The staff list includes:

Dr Neil Rutterford – Chartered Psychologist, Neurofeedback Therapist

CPsychol AFBPsS BSc (Hons) PGCert DipPsych MSc PhD MIoD

Dr Neil Rutterford is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society; a member of the Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology and an associate member of the British Neuropsychological, and International Neuropsychological Societies. Neil undertakes QEEGs at the LANCUK, as well as neurofeedback.

Previously he has worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East Anglia, as well as Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and was Head of Centre for Psychology and Counselling at Swansea Metropolitan University. He completed a PhD in neuropsychology at Swansea University in 2005 after working in clinical settings with a number of neuro-rehabilitation providers. Neil was trained and accredited in neurofeedback by EEG Spectrum. He has since practised this treatment approach since September 2005. Neil has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at international and national conferences. He also supervises several research students and projects which include the efficacy of neurofeedback in a traumatic brain injury population; and the efficacy of neurofeedback in enhancing executive function performance.

Dr Jonathan Williams – Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist


Previously Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital
for Children,  Dr Williams is co-author of “A Handbook for the
Assessment of Children’s Behaviours” and has written extensively
about neurodevelopmental problems, especially ADHD.  He has a
PhD in Developmental Psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry,
Kings College London.

Dr Obeagaeli Ani – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Dr Ani has worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, mostly in London and the Home Counties, since 2007. She did her post graduate medical training in Psychiatry at the Charing Cross Scheme in London and undertook further specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Great Ormond Street/ The Royal London training scheme. She became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2003.

Previously she worked as a Consultant in the NHS at Hertfordshire for 8 years. Dr Ani has expertise in assessment and management of a broad range of child developmental and mental health conditions including but not limited to problems with social communications/ Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive – compulsive disorder, Tic disorders/ Tourettes syndrome and emotional/ relationship difficulties. She also undertakes Mental Health Act assessments for several NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and sits on a regional Mental Health Act Approvals Panel.

Dr Cornelius Ani – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

MBBS, MSc, DCH, MRCP (paediatrics), MRCPsych, FHEA, MD(Research)

In addition to working with LANC Dr Ani is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Bracknell CAMHS and the Named Doctor for Child Safeguarding for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and Guest Lecturer at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health University of Ibadan. He holds a Research Doctorate Degree in Medicine from Imperial College London. Dr Ani has expertise in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of child and adolescent mental disorders including ADHD, Autism, and Tourette syndrome.

Dr Monika Bajaj – Consultant Paediatrician

FRCPCH MRCPCH MD(Paediatrics) DNB(Paediatrics) MBBS

Dr Bajaj has been a practicing paediatrician for more than 15 years. She trained across West Midlands, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire, working at ten different hospitals gaining extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of conditions. She has also trained in one of Asia’s largest children’s hospitals.

Dr Bajaj has been awarded “Clinical Excellence Award” for her work in the NHS and also been commissioned by the Department of Health to complete a project on the management of obesity.

She is listed in Tatler’s 2013 Guide as one of the UK’s Top 250 Specialists. Her particular interests include developmental problems.

Dr Ragini Bahry – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Dr Bahry is currently working as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the North East London Foundation Trust. She carried out her higher training at the Royal and Great Ormond Street Rotation. Dr Bahry has extensive interest and experience in the assessment and management of Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette’s. Dr Bahry has skills of assessing and treating complex social communication disorders and their co-morbidities, and has expertise in treating all kind of Psychiatric Disorders like Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Psychosis and PTSD. 

Dr. Joshua Westbury  -Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Dr. Westbury is a psychiatrist with ten years
experience in the assessment and management of mental health
issues in children and adolescents. He has worked as a
full-time NHS Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
for five years, including four years as Consultant for the
Southend Child and Family Consultation Service and
Consultant for the South Essex Child and Adolescent Learning
Disability Service. He is currently the Consultant for
Poplar Adolescent Inpatient Unit in Rochford, Essex.

Dr. Westbury trained in medical science at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and
completed his medical training at St. Bartholomew’s and
the Royal London Hospital Medical School, London. He
completed core training in psychiatry at the Royal Free
Hospital and specialty training in child and adolescent
psychiatry at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has
experience in the assessment and management of children and
adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD
and ADHD, as well as mood disorders, anxiety disorders,
eating disorders, psychosis, emerging personality disorders
and other mental health issues in childhood. He has
interests in psychopharmacology, learning disability and
management of complex cases.

Dr Rakendu Suren – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Suren Completed his  core training in psychiatry from St Bartholomew’s and Royal London hospital training scheme and completed  the  higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Great Ormond Street Hospital.  He has expertise in assessment and management of Complex Neurodevelopmental disorders  such as ADHD, Autism, Tics/Tourette’s syndrome , Mood disorders , Anxiety disorders , Eating disorders, Psychosis and other mental illness seen in Children and Adolescents . He has a special interest in Paediatric psychopharmacology and has published on this topic . He has a keen interest in School mental health and Neurodevelopmental disorders across life span, particularly ADHD  transition from Adolescent to Adults.

Dr Sarah Elliott – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Dr Elliott works for LANC but also as a Consultant with a special interest in Learning Disability (LD) and neurodevelopmental disorders in Warrington CAMHS which is a multidisciplinary child and adolescent psychiatry team.

Dr Elliott works closely with senior nursing practitioners with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders to assess, manage and treat mental health issues in children and adults with Learning Disability or / and ASD/ADHD. She has also developed a consultation clinic for Community Paediatric colleagues, and other professionals involved in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr Ruta Skrinskiene  – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Skrinskiene qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1997 and later specialized in psychiatry. She has worked full time as a Consultant Psychiatrist from 2000 until 2006 with people with severe and enduring mental disorders from 18 years old to old age. She has also completed three years training in psychotherapy at Institute of Humanistic and Existential Psychology.
Dr Skrinskiene  has been working in the UK as a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist both in NHS and private sectors, inpatient and community since 2006. She has been caring for people suffering from various mental disorders including severe and enduring mental illnesses, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, amongst others, but has a special interest in autistic spectrum disorders and Adult ADHD, completing further specialist training in Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment at Maudsley Hospital in London.

Ana Santo – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Ana Santo is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with 26 years’ experience, within the NHS and in private practice, working with children and young people (birth to 19) with a range of severe and complex needs. She has worked in both special and mainstream schools as well as preparing young people for adulthood. She has extensive experience working with families within the most complex situations including those going through SEN tribunals. This involves preparing detailed reports and attending tribunals. She also have has extensive experience as a Manager and Professional Lead for Occupational Therapists for over 16 years and was the Lead Commissioner for Children with Disabilities within a London Borough.

Katy Baldwin – Speech and Language Therapist


 Katy is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist specialising in autism and social communication difficulties. She has worked with children with a range of social communication needs for ten years in the NHS, in a variety of different roles in Sheffield, Rochdale and Manchester. Katy currently has a highly specialist role working within multiagency teams assessing children and teenagers with social communication difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions, in both the NHS and independently funded multidisciplinary teams.

 In addition to her expertise in assessment for autism, she is experienced in delivering a range of interventions for children and families with a broad range of social communication needs, in educational settings, and for professionals involved with children from non-verbal pre-school age children to high functioning teenagers. Katy has also applied her specialist knowledge and skills within the adult domain.

 Katy is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists certified to practice, and is registered with the Health Professions Council.

Lorna Meech – Speech and Language Therapist


Lorna is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) certified to practice and Health Professions Council, HPC Registered., and is also a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).

She has had over 20 years experience working with children and adults with varying conditions. Her specialist areas include patients with very complex needs and particularly children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and those with dysphagia (feeding difficulties). However, Lorna also has a great deal of experience with dyspraxic children, cochlear implants and those with less complicated speech and language problems.

Beverly Sokel – Chartered Psychologist

MSc MA (Child Psychol), AFBPsS CPsychol

Beverly Sokel is a Chartered Psychologist currently working with children, young people and their families in the independent sector and in the NHS at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Her works spans paediatric psychology, child and adolescent mental health services.

She offers psychological assessments and treatment sessions in the fields of AD/HD, ASD, Tourettes and related conditions.  She offers services covering a wide range of psychological problems including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, tic disorders, sleeping, feeding and toileting difficulties, behavioural difficulties, emotional problems, relationship difficulties within families and bereavement as well as problems relating to health issues such as needle phobia and pain and symptom management.  Her work with children, parents and carers draws upon different therapeutic approaches including cognitive behaviour therapy, behaviour therapy, family sessions, relaxation/breathing techniques and mindfulness.

She also specialises in the psychological assessment of intellectual abilities, educational attainments and attention for children and young people who may have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Jennifer Shevlin – Educational Psychologist

BA (Hons), MA, MSc

Jennifer is a Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered Education Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with families, children, young people and schools around special and additional needs. She has worked with children of all ages including support in both special and mainstream, schools.. Jennifer has been involved in delivering training on a number of topics to schools and other professional organisations as part of their CPD programmes. Her areas of specialism include, pre-school, bereavement and loss and ASD. Jennifer is ADOS trained. In addition to assessment and consultations Jennifer also delivers small group interventions around anxiety, loss and ASD.

Deborah Colson  – Nutritional Therapist


Deborah Colson has been specialising in nutritional support for cognitive and neurological health since 2002. She trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (DipION) and the University of Westminster (MSc Nutritional Therapy) in London.  Deborah lectures regularly to a variety of audiences including students, medical and other health professionals, corporate audiences and the general public, and authored Optimum Nutrition for Your Child and Optimum Nutrition for your Child’s Mind. She is a full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and is registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).

Nutritional Therapy is an evidence-based therapy, which is complementary to medicine and other therapies and involves managing nutritional and biochemical factors which affect health. Deborah provides detailed assessment of nutritional status that can contribute to psychiatric and neurological symptoms including ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders, mood disorders including depression, anxiety and bipolar, and other learning, behavioural and developmental disorders. She develops a practical, personalised plan for each individual which takes into account their unique lifestyle and dietary preferences, and their current nutritional status and genetic predisposition.

Celia Cooper – Nutritional Therapist
BSc Nutritional Medicine, MBANT, CNHC

Celia is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, with a BSc degree in Nutritional Medicine from Thames Valley University. Her interest in nutrition began in the early 1990’s when she graduated with honours in Environmental Science from Sussex University. She also has an Advanced Certificate in Stress and Anxiety Management.
Celia has15 years experience working for BUPA Medical Insurance, within the Corporate Customer Services area, where for the last 6 years, she  worked as a Senior Manager.

Dr Natasha Halliwell – GP Clinical Assistant

Dr Natasha Halliwell is a general practitioner with special interest in difficulties associated with ADHD and coexisting conditions. She currently works in close liaison with Dr Geoff Kewley at the Horsham Centre, providing medical support to newly diagnosed patients and those needing medical advice between review appointments. She has a sympathetic understanding of complex ADHD and associated difficulties through personal experience.
Dr Halliwell is specifically developing a transition support service for teenagers through to young adults which is a particularly difficult time for children with ADHD and ADD. She aims to offer specific advice and provide support to preempt difficulties in these individuals. She is keen to increase awareness of these difficulties in children and adolescents among schools and family doctors and to challenge common pitfalls and misjudgements, so that these children can be supported to achieve their full potential with self-esteem intact.
Previously, Dr Halliwell worked as a GP in Surrey and obtained further qualifications in Child Health. She has worked as a writer and medical editor for a GP journal and as a special educational needs teaching assistant in a Surrey mainstream school when her children were younger.

Hannah Wachnianin – Assistant Psychologist

BSc (Hons)

Further to her degree, Hannah is also trained as an ADHD Coach, in neurolinguistic programming as well as neurofeedback. She undertakes QEEGs and brief cognitive assessments at the Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre. She is involved in the assessments and on-going support of younger children with ADHD and related issues and their families. She takes a lead role in school liaison.  Hannah is currently studying for her PhD with City University, London, supervised by Dr Neil Rutterford.  Hannah’s research is examining the effect of neurofeedback and stimulant medication on children with ADHD.

Mary Conroy – Nurse


Mary is RMN trained and has over 30 years experience working in mental health with both children and adults. Her special interest is ADHD and she has always strived to improve assessment and intervention. Whist working in the NHS, Mary developed a nurse led ADHD clinic and a post diagnostic group for parents. She believes adults with ADHD, and parents of children with ADHD benefit from help in noticing the positives and recognising the difficulties they and their children face. Mary is trained in both Webster Stratton parenting techniques and Parent child game, and is currently involved in developing and delivering LANC’s adult ADHD service

 Dr Joe Johnson – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist


Dr Johnson has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 10 years. He set up an NHS Adult ADHD service in 2009 and has since been heading this service. He has been involved in a multi centre clinical trial in adult ADHD, and has delivered ADHD training programmes to a variety of professionals including psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, occupational therapists, probation officers and other practitioners in mental health across the UK and has also been invited to speak at national and international meetings.

 Dr Cherry Lewin – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist


Dr Lewin is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has more than 10 years experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist within the NHS.  She specialises and currently works within Adult ADHD and General Adult Psychiatry.  Dr Lewin also has an accreditation in Substance Misuse Psychiatry, and has significant experience of working with young people with early-onset psychotic illnesses. She has a strong interest in medical education and is the Royal College Tutor for psychiatry trainees within her hospital.

 Mavis Nyakunengwa – Nurse/Coach

BSc, Diploma in Higher Ed Nursing, Certificate in Coaching

Mavis is an ADHD/ASD Certified Coach.  She is a member of the ADHD Coaches Organisation and is a Trustee for the Fastminds charity.  Mavis uses Coaching in individual and group sessions.  She has the combined knowledge and skills of a mental health nurse with specific expertise in working with Adults with ADHD, as well as in ADHD Coaching.  Consequently, Mavis is able to provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to her Coaching services.

Mavis completed her Mental Health Nurse training in 2002 and worked across different NHS mental health settings.  In 2009 she began her work as an ADHD Nurse Practitioner, pioneering a new Adult ADHD service London.  Over the years Mavis has been a key figure in the development of this service and has also been using Coaching as a supportive intervention for ADHD since 2011.

Mavis completed her coaching training with the Coaching Academy in 2011.  She recently also completed her training to assess people who may be on the Autistic Spectrum. Mavis has a keen interest in further research in ADHD Coaching, as well as raising awareness of ADHD/ASD. 


Christine McLanachan – Life Skills Coach

Christine McLanachan Has worked in the field of ADHD / Aspergers and similar conditions for over 15 years. She was instrumental in the setting up one of the first support groups in the Manchester area,  and Christine went on to develop this support group into a family support centre where she was manager.

The centre offered services such as, parent & adult group, educational Advocacy service, Children’s development service (Activities for children) ADHD Family management programmes. Christine has sat on a number of advisory committees pertaining to child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Since 2001 Christine has trained as a Life Skills, ADHD coach, and as a training developer, facilitator and management consultant. Much of her time is now spent coaching families and individuals on the difficulties of living with ADHD  


The staff at the Centre have particular expertise in appreciating the reality of ADHD, and the strong possibility of the vulnerability created by ADHD progressing in one way or another.

The clinic is always interested in hearing from schools, NHS organisations and/or other providers or services where there is a possibility of working together as a joint venture.

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