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Thank you. Before, I had tried to cope alone and when I got to crisis point it took up to two weeks before I could get any help. Now I have a plan for the future and access to support if I need it. Adult

Meet the team

With many years of experience working with people experiencing emotional distress and a range of mental health difficulties, we work collaboratively with you or your child to explore which direction the therapy should take and help you achieve the goals and values you have identified using appropriate scientifically approved techniques.

Maria Hoyle

Maria Buckley

Personal Assistant

Maria’s aim is to support parents and adults at Fresh Thinking Therapy with the vision of making a difference in the mental health care given to children and their families in West Lancashire and Sefton. Maria is a dedicated Mum of two small children and a puppy.

Having supported her friends and family with mental health issues she shares the passion and dedication in improving the emotional wellbeing of children, families and young adults.

Maria a degree in textile design she is a creative person by nature, her passions include crafts, crochet, reading and yoga. She believes giving time to yourself is important for your own mental health and wellbeing. Maria also enjoys getting outdoors with her children and family.

With a keen interest in being environmentally friendly, Maria does what she can to reduce the impact herself and her family have on the environment. She actively seeks to reuse and recycle wherever possible whist avoiding purchasing single use plastics. Maria believes in teaching her children the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.

Elisabeth Thompson

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Director

Elisabeth has a specialist interest in developing compassion and in Compassion Focused Therapy. This form of therapy focuses on developing self kindness, courage, warmth, wisdom and being non judgemental to help people get through difficult times. Her knowledge and experience of compassion focused therapy (CFT) influences her psychotherapy practice.

Elisabeth has worked in mental health and psychology for more than twenty years in a range of settings, including the NHS. Over time she has worked extensively with people experiencing difficulties with anxiety and depression.

Throughout her career she has worked across the age ranges but more predominantly with children and young people who have experienced major life events and difficulties.

She also has experience in working with people who are on the autistic spectrum or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and have anxiety or depression. Elisabeth is a Psychology lecturer, keeping abreast of the most up to date research. She is a regular presenter at a number of mental health charities.

Elisabeth Thompson PGDip CBT, PGCE, BSc (Hons).

Ann Williams-Chappell

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Ann is an experienced therapist with a passion for helping others to make positive changes. Ann has worked across the private, public and charitable sectors and is currently working as a therapist in a school that is a specialist provision for students with autism whilst running her own private practice. Alongside the therapy work Ann is an emotional health and well-being trainer, writing, developing and delivering bespoke training as well as being a registered trainer in both the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) programme and Young Peoples MHFA programme. 

Ann’s previous therapeutic work experience includes adult IAPT services on the Wirral, a therapeutic children’s home, CAMHS service in St Helens in the Barnardo’s Early intervention team, the Priory Hospital as a CBT therapist with adolescents and young adults, both inpatients and outpatients with a range of complex presenting issues and also as a young person’s drug and alcohol mis-use counsellor offering therapy to some of the most hard to reach, vulnerable young people across Merseyside. Ann also has a strong background in Domestic abuse and risk management and worked as YP IDVA in Liverpool and is also CADDA trained.  

Ann offers therapy to people aged 10 and above with a range of presenting issues; depression, anxiety, OCD, Trauma, DV, low self-esteem, self- harm, thoughts of suicide, and is experienced working with Young people with ASD, ADHD and ODD. Ann works in a professional, non-judgemental way offering evidence-based CBT interventions in a person centred way with all her work being tailored to meet the needs and the emotional age of the client.

Shavaiz Khan

Trainee CBT Therapist (MBABCP)

Shavaiz has previously worked in various mental health settings, including working at residential homes and many psychiatric hospitals. Shavaiz works as a support worker on male and female acute wards and male and female intensive care wards. He has experience working with people with a range of mental health problems, including Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, BPD, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and more. Shavaiz has also worked in special needs schools, supporting children with learning difficulties like Autism, ADHD, and PICA. Shavaiz loves helping people and will always go above and beyond to help those in need.

As well as working and attending university, Shavaiz loves to swim and loves watching UFC. He trains in Brazilian Jujitsu and wants to begin learning Thai boxing. Shavaiz is a Muslim and attends mosque on Friday for special prayers. He loves the community and loves spending time with his friends and family. Mental health within these communities is still not regarded as highly as physical health, and there is still a stigma around mental health. Shavaiz hopes to help break that stigma so people can feel comfortable seeking help.

Shavaiz is patient, empathetic, and respectful in his approach and will always put the needs of the client first.  Shavaiz is a kind, compassionate and caring person, and he is enthusiastic about enriching the lives of others through CBT.

Our Services


CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an evidence based treatment for effectively treating the most common mental health difficulties. Fresh Thinking Therapy provides cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of emotional and practical difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Each session is structured towards you or your child’s personal goals and values. At the end of each session, a challenge or activity is set for the week that you or your child work towards. This is also based on your goals and is something that you and your therapist agree on together. Your therapist will review how well therapy is going for you or your child on a regular basis.


NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) has recommended the use of CBT for children, young people and adults with:

  • Excessive Worry
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma
  • Fear of Being Judged
  • Issues with Body Image
  • Panic Attacks
  • Who are on the Autistic Spectrum and have anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Phobias
  • Travel anxiety
  • Lack of confidence
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sleep Issues
  • Anger Management

Research has shown that counselling is highly effective in helping to treat the following:

  • Parental separation and divorce
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Depression
  • Bereavement and Grief
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Domestic Violence
  • Children who are in hospital
  • Children who are in Care or are Adopted or Fostered
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Coping with Illness
  • Who are on the Autistic Spectrum and have Anxiety

I am Thinking about Therapy for my Child.

Bringing your child for therapy is a big decision but it doesn’t have to be made alone. You can request a call from Elisabeth who will discuss with you whether therapy is appropriate and how it might be helpful.

How do I tell my Child about Going to Therapy?

Talking about accessing therapy needn’t be a serious conversation, you could just mention it in passing on the odd occasion, or you could have a general chat about it. This is a great way to establish whether your child is ready for therapy or whether they have any worries about it. Your child may even be the one to mention wanting someone to talk to. Involving your child in the decision making can encourage them to become more invested in therapy and therefore more successful at making a change. If you have made an appointment for therapy, be sure to inform your child well in advance.

I am Thinking About Therapy for Myself

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, you may have already tried to deal with it the best you can. However, it has now started to affect your life and it is time to gain some support. It is a big and courageous step, particularly if you have never seen a therapist before.

The phone call

If you request a phone call, Elisabeth will  call you and ask you a little bit about the difficulties you are currently experiencing. She will also discuss which is the most helpful therapy to meet your needs. If you feel you have made a good connection, you can request a suitable time to book an appointment.

Between the Phone call and the Appointment

Maria will ask you to complete a referral form and a contract. She will also send you some information about what you can expect from therapy.

The Day of the Appointment

Give yourself time to get to your appointment, bring your therapist’s phone number in case you can’t find the centre. In our first session, we will focus on the what has brought you to therapy. There will be a number of questionnaires to complete and the therapist will ask questions about your history too. You may share what you feel comfortable in sharing and there is no pressure to give a full and comprehensive background.

Elisabeth was warm and friendly. She showed genuine concern for my issues and I felt truly supported when I was with her.

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