Wimborne Psychology

email: wimbornepsychology@gmail.com

A Clinical Psychology Service for Clients of all ages.

Welcome to Wimborne Psychology

Welcome to Wimborne Psychology
Wimborne Psychology was established in 2018 and is an Independent Psychology Practice supporting children, young people and adults with their mental health and well-being.

Our clinicians have all worked in the NHS as well as being commissioned to work for the Local Authorities, schools or other agencies including care homes and charities. 

Having witnessed first hand the strain within the NHS to offer assessments and therapeutic intervention in a timely way, Dr Alisha Azzopardi the founder,  felt there was a need to provide clients of all ages with an alternative experience. 

Unlike publicly funded services, the length of your treatment is negotiated completely by you and your therapist. There is no cap on the number of sessions you may have but equally, we adopt a model of wellness and encourage independence. We therefore do not insist that you stay engaged in therapy for longer than you need to. We are also in a position to offer a service whereby you can opt back in and re-engage any time you need to. This flexibility allows for you to take a break from therapy but safe in the knowledge you can return should you feel unsettled and need additional sessions.

We will advise you on the frequency of your sessions; for example weekly or fortnightly to begin with but again this is based on evidence supporting effective treatment approaches. This frequency allows you to engage with your therapist and build a trusting relationship, which has been proven to increase the likelihood of you engaging in therapeutic work post assessment.

We have been built on reputation and our goal is to support you to make the changes you need to experience an improved sense of mental and physical wellness and stability. 

As clinicians we are registered with our professional bodies and undertake clinical supervision as well as ongoing professional development to maintain high standards of care for all of our clients.

Clinical Psychology - Therapy - Counselling

Clinical Psychology - Therapy - Counselling
Clinical Psychologists and Integrative Therapists are trained in a number of different therapies which allows them to find the right approach that will suit and meet your needs.

All of our work is drawn from evidence based research and we undertake regular supervision and ongoing training to keep up to date with new developments.

We also offer supervision to other clinicians and professionals as well as provide consultations and deliver training.

Please view each clinician's profile to develop a more detailed understanding of their background, training and what they are able to support you with.

What happens in sessions

What happens in sessions
Following a free initial telephone consultation with a member of the team, we will arrange you a first appointment.  

We always begin by undertaking an assessment which may last a few sessions. This helps us to agree on your needs and what changes you would like to make as well as which model of therapy is most suited.

With children and families we work 'Systemically' which means to include key family members and other important people at various stages of the treatment to ensure the best possible outcome for long term gains.

With older adolescents and adults, family members may be invited to sessions but the work is typically 1:1. This helps to create a safe and confidential space allowing you to develop the trust needed to work through the difficulties you may be facing.

With couples, both of you will attend the first session and an agreement will be made as to whether you wish to continue meeting as a couple or for one of you to come individually.


Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, we have been offering appointments via Video Link. This has been working really well for clients and feedback has been incredibly positive. We have since returned to working Face to Face but will continue to provide both options which can be used intermittently.


All new referrals will be offered a free telephone consultation and then once you're happy to proceed, we agree a session date and time.

Sessions last for approximately 50 minutes unless otherwise agreed.


Session fees vary between Clinical Psychologists and other therapists due to their level of training in therapeutic approaches and experience the field.

Clinical Psychology Assessment and Therapy sessions are charged at £120 per session.

Integrative/ Counselling Sessions are charged at £60 per session.

The session fees includes any resources, liaison or text messages that we may send throughout the course of your treatment.

In essence you pay for the time we meet either face to face or via a pre-booked telephone or video sessions. All of the additional time that we need to prepare for your session is included in this price.

There is an additional planned cost for formal written documentation. Assessment reports or letters to other professionals will be charged at our session rate and a price will be agreed in advance.

At present we run a clinic in Wimborne on Mondays through to Saturday. Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available.

Heath Insurance Claims
Should you wish to activate a Health Insurance Policy to pay for your sessions, the following clinicians are registered with the following providers;

Dr Alisha Azzopardi is registered with BUPA, Cigna, AXA, AVIVA, Vitality Health, & WPA.

Dr Anna Hames is registered with AXA & Vitality Health

Dr Sharon Winward - is registered with BUPA, AXA & Vitality Health.

Dr Laura Bennett - 
BUPA application being processed.

Mandy Dodds - BUPA application being processed. 

Dr Alisha Azzopardi - Clinical Psychologist & Founder of Wimborne Psychology

Dr Alisha Azzopardi - Clinical Psychologist & Founder of Wimborne Psychology
I'm Dr Alisha Azzopardi, a Clinical Psychologist with 16 years experience working for the NHS, Local Authorities, Schools and the private sector. I have an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Wales, Cardiff; a Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Exeter and a Post Graduate Diploma in Interpersonal Psychotherapy from the University of Reading. 

I believe that we can all benefit from a safe space from time to time to reflect on any difficulties that we may be facing, to address them and find ways to move forward.

I am incredibly passionate about my work and will ensure that you and your family feel comfortable and informed about what we hope to achieve in our sessions together at every stage.

I have worked across Dorset and West London for various mental health teams; including in-patient settings, community teams and GP surgeries. I have led a team of clinicians in Hammersmith and Fulham working solely with children in care and those who have been adopted. I have worked for the Paediatric Diabetes Team in Dorchester and the Dorset Youth Offending Service. In and around Bournemouth and Poole I have worked for Adult Mental Health Teams, Learning Disability Teams and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Over the last few years I have continued to develop my skills in delivering Training and Consultation to Care Home Staff supporting and caring for children in Residential Care which has been hugely rewarding. I have also gained a contract working within a Neuro Rehabilitation Care Centre offering Assessments, Therapy and Consultations to staff Team.

I have undertaken additional training in the following therapeutic approaches; Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Systemic Family Therapy Approaches, Narrative Therapy and Group Therapy.

These therapies allow me to assess and support you with you following difficulties;

  • Depression, Low mood, Post-Natal Depression
  • Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety and Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Perfectionism
  • Family and work related stress
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Eating Difficulties and Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and Overeating  
  • Phobias and Fears 
  • Trauma
  • Life transitions and change
  • Loss of confidence and self-worth
  • Family relationships
  • Social difficulties
  • Sleep Problems
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Fostering and adoption
I strive to work creatively with all age groups so that sessions are enjoyable, engaging and memorable.

IPT Accredited Practitioner
Registered with the HCPC
Enhanced DBS

Dr sharon winward - consultant clinical psychologist

Dr sharon winward - consultant clinical psychologist
I’m Dr Sharon Winward, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working for the NHS.  I have an Honours Degree in Psychology: a Masters Degree in Health Psychology: a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  

Since qualifying I have trained further in a number of different therapy approaches:   Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Based Therapy. I work individually with adults and young adults.

In coming to see a psychologist, it is important to have a safe and confidential space, in order to find an approach that works for you. In meeting, we can start to make sense of your situation together, and find ways of making change for the better. We would work together collaboratively to help you draw on your strengths, to allow you to move forward in your life, at your own pace, in your own time and with support.

Alongside my private practice, I also spend part of my week working in the NHS, leading a team of psychologists who work with adults accessing our community mental health teams. I work with people with a range of difficulties across the spectrum of severity, and provide supervision to the staff working alongside them. I can support people with a wide range of issues including;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety & Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Work Related Stress
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Life Transitions & Change
  • Insomnia & Sleep issues
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relational Issues
I have a particular interest in working with people recovering from Trauma, whether that be a one off unexpected traumatic event, or more complex longstanding issues such as childhood abuse and neglect.
I am one of a few clinicians offering EMDR in Dorset.

EMDR practitioner
Registered with the HCPC
Enhanced DBS

Dr Laura Bennett - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Laura Bennett - Clinical Psychologist
I’m Laura Bennett, a Clinical Psychologist with 16 years experience of working in the NHS. Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist I have worked for a range of services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Learning Disability Services and Psychology Services for Children in Care.

Post qualification, I have trained to use a range of additional therapeutic interventions including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

I am able to work with children and young people with a range of mental health difficulties including;
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Attachment Difficulties.
I am also able to offer parenting support using a range of different parenting models.

Alongside my independent work, I work for the NHS supporting children in foster care who present with complex developmental trauma and attachment needs. I have a specialist interest in supporting the development of secure attachments for children and their parents or carers through using dyadic approaches such as VIG or offering PACE and DDP informed consultations.

I understand that coming to speak with someone may seem hard and I hope to offer a calm and comfortable space to support people to work through their concerns and move towards emotional well-being. I aim to work collaboratively with all clients and families to gain a shared understanding of their situation, to consider the most effective intervention, and work towards positive outcomes.
Accredited VIG Practitioner
EMDR Practitioner
DDP Level 1 trained
HCPC registered
Enhanced DBS

Mandy Dodds - Clinical Psychologist

Mandy Dodds - Clinical Psychologist
I am Mandy Dodds, a Clinical Psychologist with over 22 years experience working for the NHS.  I have a Bachelor Degree in Social Science, an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Postgraduate Certificate of Competence in Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses.  

Since qualifying, I have trained in a number of different therapy approaches:   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),  Compassion Based Therapy (CFT),  Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (Ro-DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). I work individually with adults and teenagers from the age of 16 years. 

I can support people with a wide range of issues including:

  • Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic, Phobias
  • Worry or Rumination
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Perfectionism and avoidance
  • Depression and Relapse Prevention
  • Chronic Stress
  • Self Esteem or Confidence issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Managing Change or Life Transitions
  • Womens’ Health -  adjusting to Menopause or Perimenopause

Alongside my private practice,  I have worked extensively in community mental health teams in Dorset, offering supervision to colleagues and offering individual and group therapy to people experiencing a broad range of mental health issues.  I also developed and co-led a specialist service for people experiencing recurrent depression, offering MBCT to reduce their risk of depressive relapse. I currently work in a neurodevelopmental service for adults  and consult to other mental health professionals on how best to adapt their therapies to meet the needs of people with these conditions. 

It's common at some point in our lives to develop a difficulty that leaves us struggling to find a way forward. I am highly motivated to help you understand the nature of your difficulty and to sensitively explore what may be keeping you stuck. This helps us plan a way forward which feels achievable and builds confidence so you can reconnect with what is most important to you in life. I draw upon a broad range of training and experience to tailor an approach that fits best with you.

I have a particular interest in working with anxiety based difficulties as I understand from a personal perspective just how challenging living with anxiety can be.

Qualified Mindfulness Teacher
Registered with the HCPC
Enhanced DBS

Maria Farrall - Integrative Therapy

Maria Farrall - Integrative Therapy
My name is Maria Farrall and I am an Integrative Therapist. This means that I have studied many different styles of counselling so I can apply whichever is best suited to each client.

I have been working in the field of child / adult mental health for the past 12 years.

I have worked with all age groups both individuals and with couples. I have worked within an NHS CAMHS Service in Dorset, within schools supervising and supporting other welfare practitioners, and hold a counselling post for STARS; a charity for those who have experienced sexual violence.

I can work cognitively and creatively with both conscious and unconscious memories. I have a range of experience and training to help support young people and adults with a variety of different needs. I have particular experience and additional training with Anxiety and Trauma.

Some of the approaches I have studied include:
  • Attachment Theory
  • Person Centred
  • TA
  • Gestalt
  • Existentialism
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Systemic
  • Psychodynamic
At present I will be working one day per week at Wimborne Psychology. If you would like to arrange a telephone consultation, please contact the team below.

Enhanced DBS

Ben Davies - Integrative counsellor

Ben Davies - Integrative counsellor
I am Ben Davies and I am an Integrative Counsellor. This means I’ve studied a number of different methods of counselling and draw upon them where it is appropriate and helpful for you.

I have worked as a counsellor for a Cancer Support Charity, within an NHS GP surgery as well as at my own private practice.

I currently work therapeutically with adults for range of reasons, including:

  • Adoption 
  • Anger 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bereavement 
  • Supporting Carers 
  • Depression 
  • Exploring Difficult Choices 
  • Dealing with life changes 
  • Trauma 
  • Terminal Illness
Therapy involves us building a unique relationship which is dedicated to your well-being. I aim to help you find it easy to be around me. Together, we look at what you hope to achieve, or to change, or to understand, and work together to find what works for you.
Some of the counselling techniques and theories I have studied and draw upon include:

Attachment Theory, Person Centred Therapy , Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy , Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy , Psychosynthesis.

If you would like to arrange a telephone consultation, please contact the team below.

Member of the BACP
Enhanced DBS

Dr Lauren Ingram - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lauren Ingram - Clinical Psychologist
I’m Dr Lauren Ingram, a Clinical Psychologist with 11 years experience working in the NHS. I have worked across a variety of services in my career, and have been privileged to work with a broad range of individuals, families, and teams. I therefore have good experience of working with a range of psychological difficulties and/or neurodevelopmental differences (such as Autism Spectrum Condition).

Within my current NHS role I work with children, teenagers, families and parents. An important part of this work is to see an individual as part of a ‘system’ rather than in isolation. Although we may work 1:1, we would also be able to consider these factors in our work together in order to develop our understanding and work towards your hopes.

I am dedicated to my work and feel honoured to work with people both during and following difficult and challenging times of their lives. I understand how daunting it can be to seek support initially and make that first step, and then secondly to meet with someone like me. I will endeavour to put you at ease in order for us to work together on an understanding about what is happening for you, your hopes (and maybe reservations), and a plan of how we will work towards the future you would like to see beyond the end of therapy. Our work can draw on a variety of approaches to suit you and your goals.

If you would like to arrange a telephone consultation, please contact the team below.

Registered with the HCPC
Enhanced DBS

Dr Lauren Ingram is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to the practice mid 2022. 

Dr Anna Hames - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Anna Hames - Clinical Psychologist
My name is Dr Anna Hames and I’m a Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years of experience in the NHS and private practice. I have a first class honours degree in Psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Therapy.

I feel passionately about working with people to help them overcome the difficulties they face, to maximise their wellbeing and to fulfil their potential.

I realise that meeting a psychologist can feel daunting. I strive to ensure that you are always made to feel safe, comfortable and able to talk, no matter your age and background. I will always work with you to develop a shared understanding of the difficulties, how you would like things to be different, and an intervention plan to get you there. I am experienced in working with families where there may be differing views about problems and solutions.

I have worked across a number of centres of excellence, including Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, King’s College Hospital and the Tavistock Centre. I have particular expertise in working with children, young people, adults and families affected by physical health problems and with issues around identity development.

I also enjoy conducting research, having published in peer review journals and presented at national and international conferences. I am committed to my own ongoing learning. I am also experienced in offering supervision and training to other professionals.

I am currently offering sessions via Video Link. If you would like to arrange a telephone consultation, please contact the team below.

Registered with the HCPC
Enhanced DBS

Dr Anna Hames is currently on Maternity Leave and will be returning to the practice mid 2022.

Claire Williams - practice coordinator

Claire Williams - practice coordinator
Claire Williams joined Wimborne Psychology in September 2021.  Claire has a eclectic background in Journalism and Feature Writing and a vivid interest in Psychology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (HON) Degree in Media and Cultural Studies.

Claire's role within the team will be to coordinate all of the clinicians in their day to day work. She will be responsible for;

  • Responding efficiently to new enquiries.
  • Filtering and responding to emails.
  • Arranging initial telephone enquiries.
  • Arranging and managing your first session in terms of what to expect as well as the practicalities. 
  • Supporting payments and invoices. 

Claire is incredibly approachable, calm, understanding, empathic and a vital part of our team.

Children and Young People's Page

Children and Young People's Page Children and Young People's Page Children and Young People's Page

We remember what it feels like to be a child and also a teenager. Our experiences weren't always positive and we think this is why we honestly feel a connection to ensuring that we can support children, young people and their families in their daily life battles.

If you are a child about to meet us, it is important to know that we are friendly and not at all scary.

We try our best to make your time with us exciting, fun and enjoyable. Of course we will have to talk about some difficult things. This might make you feel sad, anxious or upset but our job is to help you understand why and to give you and those who care for you tools and strategies to help make things better.

With time, we hope that you feel you can trust us and that we can work as a team. We are here to help you and those who care for you. 


Anxiety and Depression:

"Before my sessions with you I had next to no faith in therapy...I felt as if I'd never get better…what you have done for me is phenomenal. I am so lucky to have had you as a therapist and you have taught me so much"

Anxiety and Depression

Bereavement and Life Transitions:

"The last 6 months have been really difficult but I couldn't have got through it without you"

Bereavement and Life Transitions

Night-time Anxiety and disturbed sleep.:

My son has always had difficulty sleeping alone since he was about 8 months old. As he got older he became anxious and fearful of being alone at night eventually resulting in my husband and I sleeping separately after years of disrupted sleep, as our son would get into our bed every night, he is now 11! We contacted Alisha as we were at the end of our rope after trying many, many different things. Alisha was amazing. Despite being in lockdown, she counselled our son via Zoom, helping him to talk through his worries and arming him with tools to help him overcome his worries. She also helped us as parents to understand and help our son get through the barriers preventing him from sleeping. After an initial rocky start and further reassurance from Alisha, using her suggestions, we conquered the sleep issue practically in one night. It was tough but knowing I was not causing my son any harm helped me get through it. Once the first night was accomplished, my son has not come into our bed once and we are now several months down the line. He does still at times wake in the night but is armed with the tools to help him go back to sleep on his own without disturbing us. The whole family is happier as we are all getting the sleep we all desperately needed. My only wish is that we had found Alisha a few years ago.

Night-time Anxiety and disturbed sleep.


“I just wanted to say a really big thank you from myself and in fact the whole family because the impact you have made on M has affected us all. You have treated her with the respect and sympathy she required and really listened to what she needed.”


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

"You did wonders for W's confidence and I'd have no hesitation recommending you to friends and others"

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Sleep difficulties and Generalised Anxiety:

"Alisha has been fantastic in helping our family with the sleeping and anxiety issues that our daughter was facing. She helped us to come up with practical solutions that we could put in place straight away, and in just a short space of time these methods have equipped our daughter with the tools she needs to feel calm, worry free and able to sleep soundly. Alisha’s contact with us between sessions also helped us feel that we weren’t alone in our efforts when implementing the changes we’d discussed face-to-face. It’s hard to overstate the positive impact that Alisha’s expertise and support has had on our lives, and we all feel extremely lucky to have been able to work with her at a time when we needed help."

Sleep difficulties and Generalised Anxiety

Bi-polar Disorder:

"Without your advice and encouragement I don’t think I would have got to this point and would still be struggling on my own. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me and for the advice you gave — it was so kind of you and above and beyond. I am deeply grateful."

Bi-polar Disorder

Managing Change and difficult life events:

‘I found Alisha to be very helpful, she got me through some difficult times and I built a strong connection with her very easily. Having counselling with her is something I would definitely recommend’.

Managing Change and difficult life events

Parent of a teenage client who had sessions during 'lock-down':

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the sessions with X. It has been immeasurable how you've helped him. Although I feel quite sad today at ending the sessions I felt that X was in a great place mentally. He has become much more talkative and positive, which is a great relief.

Parent of a teenage client who had sessions during 'lock-down'

Anxiety and transition:

Two years ago I hated myself. I am over seventy years old and was on tablets but still suffered from almost constant anxiety bordering on paranoia. My worried family almost flew me back from a supposed holiday in Majorca. My doctor told me that other patients had found Dr Azzopardi very helpful. I believe I could hardly string a coherent sentence together when I first saw Alisha. For six months I saw her every week and made incredible progress. Since then I have been very happy and now see her online about every six weeks to ensure I don’t have a relapse. I wholeheartedly recommend Alisha. She is incredibly helpful and naturally very kind and understanding.

Anxiety and transition

Parent of an Anxious Child:

Alisha was extremely knowledgeable and approachable. She supported both us and our daughter in an age appropriate and engaging way. All of the sessions had immediate positive effects and improved our daughters mental heath, independence and self-confidence as a result. Thank you for being there.

Parent of an Anxious Child


  • Communications House, 23D West Street, Wimborne, BH21 1JS

If you would like to make an enquiry please complete this form or send us an email.

Registration Form and policy agreement

Registration Form and Policy Agreement

All new clients will need to complete this form. Please contact us via telephone or email if you have any questions or queries. 
Date of birth

Confidentiality Agreement

All of the information we discuss in sessions will be confidential unless we have reason to believe that you or another person is at risk. In most circumstances we will have a conversation about this and decide what to do next and who to contact.

However in some circumstances we may need to alert other people to keep you and or others safe before discussing this with you first. 

Session notes will be safely stored in a locked cabinet in accordance with our Professional Body Code of Conduct. 

Cancellation Policy

It is possible to cancel your appointment in advance without incurring a charge.

Cancellation with 48 hours or more notice = no charge
Cancellation between 24-48 hours notice = 50% session fee
Cancellation with less than 24 hours notice = full fee 
You can cancel your appointment by email.


Invoices will be sent via email or text at the end of each month. Payment should be made within 7 days by either cash or bank transfer. If you are paying with a Health Insurance cover your policy will need to be activated before any sessions can commence.

Thank You.
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