Senior Team

Dr Peter Cockersell

Chief Executive Officer

Peter is a UKCP-registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with almost 20 years post-qualification experience in the NHS, voluntary and private sectors; prior to coming to CHT, Peter worked in homelessness for over 20 years, specialising in complex needs, latterly as a consultant and trainer with Intapsych Ltd, and previously as Director of Health & Recovery for St Mungo’s; as well as psychotherapy, he also has qualifications in adult education and leadership.

Peter was one of the originators of the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) approach and a co-author of the DCLG-published national guidance; he is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s committee on Enabling Environments, a founding member of the Faculty of Inclusion and Homeless Health, and a Director of The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities. He has a long track record in delivering services focusing on recovery, client involvement, and psychologically informed approaches to working with people with complex needs and experiencing social exclusion, and has published a book on this as well as various articles and book chapters.

Jalil Kane

Head of Services

Jalil Kane is currently Head of Services. Prior to this he has worked for CHT for as Clinical Director, Service Manager and Referrals Manager. Jalil has a background in Psychology and Neuroscience and has co-authored a paper on the subject of perception.

He has completed CHT’s in house Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in Therapeutic Environments that is accredited by Middlesex University and he has a particular interest in working with psychosis and the therapeutic community model.

Jalil is also a trustee for ISPS ( International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) UK.

Natalie Scales

Head of Relationships

Natalie is currently Head of Relationships. Prior to this she has worked for CHT for as Clinical Contracts Lead, Senior Referrals Manager and Senior Project Manager.

She has a background in Psychology and completed CHT’s in house Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in Therapeutic Environments that is accredited by Middlesex University. She has a long-standing interest in promoting and developing psychologically-informed environments for those with mental health needs and histories of trauma. Natalie is also the Chair of Governors of a Local Academy Committee for a Multi Academy Trust.

Fitsum Teklu

Head of Finance

Fitsum is currently Head of Finance. Prior to this she has worked for CHT as Finance Manager and Management Accountant. Before joining CHT she worked for an accountancy firm. Fitsum has an accounting degree and is an ACCA Affiliate.

She is interested on improving the efficiency of the finance function to help management make sound decisions and to meet regulatory and other reporting requirements.

Dr Holly North

Lead Psychotherapist

Holly is a BPS Chartered & HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and currently the Lead Psychotherapist for the organisation, providing clinical leadership to our Psychotherapists and individual services across the organisation. Holly has spent over 10 years working in a range of statutory and voluntary mental health services including homelessness, adolescent psychotherapy services, IAPT, and primary care mental health teams, alongside training as a counselling psychologist.

Holly regularly provides internal and external training, has taught on post graduate training courses, presented at a number of conferences and written papers on working psychodynamically with psychosis and people with histories of developmental trauma.

Dr William Hopkins

Specialist Medical Psychotherapist

Dr Hopkins has been a NHS consultant psychiatrist from 1996 – 2018. He is also working as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist for the charity Freedom from Torture which provides rehabilitation for torture survivors. He has spoken and written widely on the psychological effects of torture.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of UKCP. He had individual psychotherapy training with Dr Aaron Esterson, who was a leading UK planner of existential-phenomenological psychotherapy and co-authored “Sanity, Madness and the Family” with R.D. Laing. He has had extensive experience of providing both psychiatric and psychotherapy treatments in a variety of settings.