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About me

Hi, my name is Ben and I'm the lead Clinical Psychologist for Project Trauma. I set up Project Trauma to provide the kind of personalised, compassionate psychological support that people need following events in their life which they have struggled to cope with. Psychological distress can affect anyone and everyone will have a different reaction to traumatic events in their life. We all have different tolerance and ways of coping, but at some stage in our life we will all need help from somewhere. Recently I have been working extensively with individuals suffering very understandable health anxiety related to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Project Trauma was founded to work with anyone who feels they need specialist support for psychological difficulties including anxiety, low mood, grief, work, relationship, or health problems. We also have a speciality in working with people with life changing injuries from physical trauma, (including head injuries and multiple injuries).

I founded Psychology Projects with a strong social conscience. I do not believe in charging higher fees than necessary, and we have all committed to provide a percentage of our time free of charge to public services who would benefit from training, education, and support, but cannot afford to pay for this. Please do get in touch if you feel I can be of help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, with specialisms in Neuropsychology and Major Trauma. I have worked primarily in the NHS, with some time spent in the private sector. In 2016, I be the came Major Trauma Psychologist within the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at Salford Royal Hospital and provide inpatient and outpatient services. Salford Royal Hospital, and the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, are leaders and innovators in Neurological practice, and the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology is renowned for its specialist clinical services, and research. My work involves practice in assessment, formulation, and rehabilitation intervention, and I take a lead on trauma, serious injury, and major incident work, at a local and national level. In my private practice I have also specialised in adverse life events which cause low mood, depression, anxiety and other emotional distress. Often these can be related to health, work, relationships, grief, or any distressing event that feels to difficult to cope with alone.

I also lecture at and supervise for, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with


Cognitive Assessment

Physical Trauma

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Additional information

Rates for self funded sessions are as follows, rates paid via insurance schemes are negotiated with insurance companies and any shortfall (which is unusual) made up by the individual.

Individual Psychological Therapy: £70-110 per hour (variable according to self declared income)

Individual Neurorehabilitation: £90-130 per hour

Full fee details are available on our website.

When I work

I work flexible clinics which are primarily evenings through the week and a Saturday morning.

Further information

I founded Psychology Projects with a strong social conscience. I do not believe in charging higher fees than necessary, and I also committed to providing a percentage of my time free of charge to public and charitable services who would benefit from training, education, and support, but would be unable to access it due to cost or resources. This means that for every hour I charge for, I will also be giving back to the public services that I passionately believe in.

Old Mill Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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