Dr James Manning

James is a consultant clinical and counselling psychologist and an HCPC registered psychologist. After obtaining his degree in psychology, James worked as an assistant psychologist at Kneesworth House Hospital in Royston with individuals with challenging and complex needs. Two post-graduate diplomas followed a) a two-year post-graduate diploma in counselling psychology specialising in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and b) a diploma in Parks Inner Child Therapy. Following this, James was accepted onto a doctorate course in clinical psychology run by the NHS in conjunction with the University of East Anglia’s School of Medicine. After completing his doctorate, James continued to work for the NHS as part of West Suffolk’s prison in-reach team supporting the needs of prisoners with complex and enduring mental health problems. James then went on to join the clinical management team at Beech House Hospital in Newmarket assisting individuals with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

In 2006, alongside Dr Nicola Ridgeway, James formed the West Suffolk CBT Service to accommodate the private mental health needs of individuals in West Suffolk. He has worked there ever since. In the early years working at the West Suffolk CBT Service, alongside Dr Nicola Ridgeway, James wrote two books published by W. Foulsham and Co, the first of which was titled ‘Think About Your Thinking’. Since that time James has written several award-winning books on CBT for both children and adults. His books have been translated into several languages and are highly regarded by CBT therapists, psychotherapists, and counsellors throughout the world. Williams, are the latest publishing company to purchase the foreign rights to his books, supporting the requirements of Russian speaking CBT therapists in Russia and Eastern Europe.

James has completed full training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy and often uses this treatment in therapy, alongside CBT and other approaches. James is a highly regarded expert witness and is regularly engaged by local authorities and legal teams throughout the East of England.


Mel Amps

Mel currently works in Private Practice as an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She previously worked in the NHS with clients living with long term health conditions for over 30 years. 

Mel initially trained as a Cardiology Nurse Specialist, but soon became aware of the lack of psychological support available to patients. This led her to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT at Anglia Ruskin University in 2011. 

Mel felt fortunate that she was able to practice as a Cardiology nurse providing CBT for cardiac patients for over 10 years, and had a particular interest in treating patients with health anxiety and trauma. 

Mel obtained an advanced diploma in clinical hypnosis at Birmingham City University in 2018 and she has completed all parts of standard EMDR – Europe Accredited training provided by the EMDR academy. 

Whether you are struggling with an anxiety disorder, depression or overcoming past trauma Mel will help you to understand your difficulties and find a way to help you manage and overcome the problems you are facing. Stressful life events can lead to feelings of helplessness and not coping. Mel provides a safe comfortable space for you to talk about anything that may be causing you difficulty. 

Dr Nicola Ridgeway

Dr. Nicola Ridgeway is a consultant clinical psychologist and the Clinical Director of the West Suffolk CBT Service. She has spent 30 years working in the field of mental health, during which time she has offered training and clinical supervision to countless clinicians. Initially, trained in CBT at the UKs premier training centre at the University of Oxford, Nicola went on to lecture on CBT for fifteen years at the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex, before writing and developing a range of workshops to assist CBT therapists in training. Nicola is the author of the highly-rated CBT book, ‘Think About Your Thinking To Stop Depression’ and a co-author of ‘CBT Worksheets’.