Our Team

  • Dr Daniel William Simmonds

    D.Clin.Psych, CPsychol

    Head of Children, Young People and Family Services

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist

    Director, Psicon Group

    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 therpay.

      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 introductions to topics, 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 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 and qualified 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 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 within 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).

  • 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 a number of different approaches working with the client(s) 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 and has also carried out consultation to a number of 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 a number of public sector organisations including schools, paediatric community nursing team, 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 have undertaken short courses in systemic and psychodynamic approaches, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness and in organisational consultancy.

  • 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, 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.

  • Charlotte Baker

    BSc, MSc

    Assistant Psychologist

    Charlotte works as an Assistant Psychologist at Psicon. Her work primarily involves coordinating clinics and conducting school observations as part of the NHS assessments for autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.