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About the Atticus Therapist Team

We are a team of carefully selected and experienced Clinical Psychologists and therapists who offer a range of psychological talking therapies for you.

About me

We can support you in achieving the results you’re looking for togther.

Keira O’Dell MSc, BSc (Hons) - Director

Psychotherapist specialising in Functional Neurological Disorder, including Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder within a leading Neuropsychology NHS service and offering EMDR, CBT and PIT.

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Keira is a specialist Psychotherapist and author. Keira is a qualified EMDR, CBT and Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapist. She completed her BSc in Psychology in 2004 and then completed a Masters in Cognitive  Behavioural Therapy. 

Further qualifications include:

PGdip in Medical Neuropsychology

PGdip in Primary Care Mental Health.  

PGdip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

MSc – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Trained EMDR Therapist. 

Keira has 20 years experience working in the NHS. Keira began her journey in Neuropsychology after completing a BSc in Psychology.  Following this she completed a PG dip in Medical Neuropsychology and Masters in Clinical Applications in Psychology. She has worked at Salford Royal, Manchester Centre for Clinical Neuroscience since 2014. Keira has specialised in complex trauma and Non Epileptic Attack Disorder for over 10 years. After completing her Psychology degree, Keira qualified as a Cognitive and Behavioural Therapist in 2012. she has a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy 2012 and an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2018). 

Keira is trained in EMDR and also trained in Psychodynamic interpersonal therapy (PIT). She is also working towards her accreditation in Lifestyle Medicine (British society of Lifestyle Medicine) . 

Keira is a founding member of the Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) society and has much enjoyed her time spent collaborating with colleagues at international conferences including Berlin, Boston MA and, this year,  in Verona. Keira has contributed to two Books, including, ‘Non-Epilesptic Seizures in Our Experience’ and ‘FND Stories (personal and professional experiences of Functional Neurological Disorder)’. Keira attended the (2019)  9th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies WCBCT2019 at the City Cube in Berlin and presented her research working with Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder.  

Keira has since worked across the UK as a Cognitive and Behavioural Therapist.  Keira is a member of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and has full accreditation with the BABCP.  Keira is continuing her research focusing on the therapist perspectives of treating Non-Epileptic Attack disorder, offering supervision across the North West. 


Dr Peter Blease, DClinPsychol - Director​

Peter is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist involved in the supervision and training of clinical psychologists in the NHS.

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Peter is a qualified clinical psychologist and accredited cognitive-analytic therapist. Peter is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), EMDR trained and is an accredited member of Association of Cognitive-Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

Peter graduated from the University of Northumbria with an honours degree in Psychology in 2002. He then worked as an Assistant Psychologist in the NHS for two years and then as a graduate mental health worker for 2 years before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Peter undertook a two-year intensive training programme to qualify as a cognitive-analytic therapist and then he further trained in EMDR.  Peter is passionate about his own continued learning and developing knowledge and experience in his fields of expertise and has also trained in a range of approaches to help his work including Compassion Focused therapy and Mindfulness.

Dr Tara Seed, BSc (Hons), ClinPsyD - Clinical Psychologist

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), with over twelve years of NHS experience and nine years of experience of working in the Clinical Psychology field.

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Tara is a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), with over fifteen years of NHS experience and twelve years of experience of working in the Clinical Psychology field. Graduated from the University of Leeds, with an honours degree  then embarking on a three-year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester.

Tara has a broad range of experience of working in the field of adult, child and infant mental health, in primary and secondary care.  She has worked in an infant mental health service, delivering baby and preschool parenting programmes and has supported parents who have been struggling with their interactions and/or bond with their infant/child.  Tara has since specialised  in perinatal mental health, supporting women, and their families, through the perinatal period (pregnancy, birth and the early years).


Tara offers a safe place to explore and develop a shared and compassionate formulation of the current difficulties and the impact on a person or family’s quality of life. She works curiously and collaboratively with clients in order to help people get unstuck from patterns and move towards a more meaningful way of living.

Jenny Scott Smith - Atticus-psychotherapies.

Jenny Scott-Smith (Norbury) - Dentist

Qualified in 2004, offering CBT for dental and needle phobia.

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My calm, caring approach to dentistry built me a loyal base of patients at the family dental practice where I worked for 14 years. I strive to make each patient’s trip to the dentist a positive experience; my approachable nature, excellent listening skills and empathy enable me to put anxious patients and children at ease, and I find helping this group of patients transform into confident, relaxed, regular attenders particularly rewarding.

Dental phobia is one of the most common phobias, and many people avoid going to the dentist altogether or are only able to accept treatment with sedation or general anaesthetic, resulting in delayed and more complicated treatment and worse outcomes. I completed the Cognitive Behavioural Techniques for the Management of Dental Fear course at Kings College London in 2016.   I can arrange initial appointments in a relaxed home environment, where I can help you develop more helpful thought patterns, use relaxation techniques and introduce you to dental equipment at your own pace to help you access dental treatment without sedation, enabling you to smile with confidence, eat without pain and feel much more relaxed about attending the dentist.

Amanda Smythe

Qualified as a CBT psychotherapist in 2012

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Amanda Smyth is an experienced Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She currently work both in the NHS and privately, utilising a combination of CBT and person centred therapies, alongside mindfulness and breathing techniques.  She is committed to providing a confidential and safe space where her patients may talk freely without judgement. 

Amanda is committed to the collaborative process of therapy, believing patients to be experts in their life experiences, and working with them, using her clinical expertise to work towards their goals.

Amanda has a strong desire to help people, with a genuine interest in others.


Amanda completed her Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and counselling studies in 2008 and began her career as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) in 2009 within the NHS. She spent a number of years working within a psychological therapies department as a PWP, and then completed her diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2012. She has over a decade of experience working with a range of anxiety disorders and depression. Amanda holds a special interest in perinatal mental health as well as the practice of mindfulness meditation. 

Amanda firmly believes that finding the right therapist is a vital and personal process and she is keen to help you start that journey.

Dr Danielle Verity BSc (Hons), D.CLIN.PSYCH

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Danielle Verity BSc (Hons), D.CLIN.PSYCH

As an experienced Clinical Psychologist, Dani is dedicated in supporting individuals to enhance their emotional wellbeing and in making meaningful changes to their lives. Dani has over a decade of experience working in the NHS, private and third sector.

Dani specialises in working with adults, using a number of evidence-based therapies and across a range of  mental health challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, adjustment following physical health change, psychosis, and PTSD). Dani is experienced in delivering trauma-informed therapy and is a qualified EMDR therapist. 

Dani has considerable knowledge of supporting individuals with the emotional impact of physical health conditions, such as cancer.


Dani works full-time in the NHS in a functional neurological disorder service, specifically for individuals experiencing non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD). Dani has been working in the NEAD service for approximately five years and has completed additional training to further enhance her therapy skills, for example body-based training such as More than Words, Using the body in ACT and additional training using Internal Family Systems informed EMDR and is currently working towards her accreditation in Lifestyle Medicine (British Society of Lifestyle Medicine).



We believe that people should have the opportunity and flexibility to have a therapy tailored to their personal situation, whether this is to alleviate suffering or for self development.
Keira O’Dell

Qualifications and Experience

Across our staff we are not just qualified we are leaders in our fields, with decades of experience across the NHS and private sector, offering training to other therapists and teams, so using Atticus you know you will get the quality and experience in every session.

Atticus Psychotherapies

Our team of very experienced Clinical Psychologists and therapists offer a wide range of psychological therapies. Mental health is paramount. We believe that people should have the opportunity and flexibility to have a therapy tailored to their personal situation, whether this is to alleviate suffering or for self development.

Members of relevant accreditation bodies

All our therapists are accredited members of the professional bodies relevant to the therapies they offer, including The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), EMDR association, Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

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