The Mindworks was set up in 1999 as a private practice by Peter Hudson. The practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of psychological and emotional difficulty in adults and children in a variety of contexts. The Mindworks has two resident psychologists, Peter Hudson and Pamela Cansdale and access to a number of consultant psychologists and other therapists in other parts of the UK. The practice is managed by administrator Samantha Webster.
Peter Hudson BA (Hons), MSc, C.Psychol, AFBPsS
Chartered Psychologist. Managing Director and Principal Consultant to The Mindworks
Originally a lecturer in abnormal and developmental psychology, since 1999 Peter has specialised in the assessment and treatment of post trauma stress and psychological reactions following traumatic events in adults and children. He has also worked with a wide range of mental health difficulties in adults and children, such as anxiety, depression, panic attack, phobias, anger management and obsessional behaviour.
Peter uses an approach known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is effective therapy for the aforementioned conditions. In addition, Peter is a trained and accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. EMDR is recognised by the Department of Health as an effective treatment for the psychological consequences of traumatic events including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Peter is also experienced in carrying out assessments for the courts on parenting capacity, attachment and contact issues. He has completed over 200 family court reports including assessment of parents, step parents, children and grandparents within this context. He has given expert evidence in the family courts on several occasions. He is skilled in using psychometric assessment and structured interview techniques as part of the assessment process.
Peter has completed more than 1000 medico legal reports for personal injury claims, acting for both the claimant and defendant and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as being approved and listed as an expert witness by Sweet and Maxwell.
In the highly specialist area of psychometric assessment of cognitive impairment following acquired brain injury, Peter also has extensive experience in measuring the impact of deficiencies in intelligence, memory and other cognitive functions on everyday living.
In his personal life Peter is a keen cyclist, training and racing whenever he can but he also makes time to enjoy family life with his wife and two daughters.
Pamela Cansdale BSc (Hons), MSc, AFBPsS
Chartered Psychologist Principal Consultant Psychologist
Pamela has been a principal Chartered Psychologist in an NHS post working in Clinical Health Psychology Department providing psychological consultancy and interventions in hospital and community settings since 2002. She has also worked in private practice since 2007. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered. She is also a qualified EMDR practitioner.
Pamela’s area of expertise includes working with a broad range of psychological difficulties such as trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, relationship issues and low self esteem.
She has a particular interest in physical health problems and working towards psychological coping strategies, adaptation and adjustment. She is experienced in specialist areas such as stroke, cardiology, cancer, diabetes, bariatric weight management and neurological conditions. She also has worked in pain management, with disability and with road traffic accident victims. She provides assessment and support for patients requiring or electing for surgery.
Pamela is an experienced therapist in short, medium and long term interventions using a variety of therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, Solution Focussed and Mindfulness based Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for example.
Pamela assesses clients for personal injury claims (medico legal reporting) and provides comprehensive initial treatment assessment reports to a number of agencies specialising in RTAs and industrial accidents. Pamela has considerable skill and experience in assessing the psychological sequelae of a traumatic incident itself in combination with the subsequent psychological effects of ongoing issues such as trauma and pain.
In her private life Pamela loves spending time with family and walking her dogs.
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