Dr. Stephen Skippon has a Master's degree in Clinical Counselling and is a Chartered Psychologist (Research & Training). His initial therapy training was in Person Centred Counselling; in addition he is trained to Level 2 in Narrative Therapy, has a British Psychological Society (BPS) approved Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), BPS approved Certificates in Integrated CBT for Common Life Challenges and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), specialist training in CBT for Insomnia, and BPS Levels A and B qualifications in Psychometric Testing.
Stephen has worked with women and men with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, panic, relationship difficulties, problems with parenting, alcohol issues, chronic pain, bereavement and loss.
Stephen has a doctorate (PhD) in social psychology, is a former university lecturer in Psychology, and is a nationally recognised expert in achieving positive changes where peoples' behaviours are unhelpful to themselves or others. He was asked to contribute both a seminar and oral evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into Behavioural Change.
Stephen has over 30 years' experience in research, marketing, and strategy development roles in the private sector. He has considerable experience in developing, mentoring, and coaching people. He was Marketing Innovation Manager for Shell Consumer, led the formulation of Shell's global downstream Technology Strategy and led Shell International's global behavioural science research. Prior to setting up Lemons to Lemonade he was Chief Technologist of a multi-partner, multi-million pound project to test ways of integrating the extra energy demand from people charging electric vehicles into the UK's electricity system. He continues to research how the U.K. can ensure that members of vulnerable groups are not excluded from the approaching transition to net zero carbon emissions from personal mobility.
Dr. Rachel Skippon is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has over 15 years experience in the NHS. She is trained in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and systemic approaches to supporting people. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), and is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Rachel has experience of working with people with the full spectrum of mental health problems from mild to moderate anxiety and depression to complex problems such as psychosis and trauma. She also has considerable experience helping people adjusting to and coping with difficulties relating to physical health problems including brain injury, chronic pain, persistent physical symptoms, and Long COVID. She has co-written a book chapter about using narrative approaches with people with physical health problems.
Rachel has substantial experience in working with parents and families in a range of complex situations. She has a particular interest in helping people with difficulties in parenting and relationships. She has written a book chapter on parenting after a brain injury.
Rachel has held clinical leadership and management roles within the NHS. She has significant experience in working with teams to improve communication, systemic and strategic working, and has led the development of new multi-disciplinary services, research, and audit programmes to provide quality improvement. She regularly provides training to NHS staff teams and works with individuals and teams to support staff well-being.