Medicolegal Assessment

Assessment is essential to understand the cognitive, psychological and social impact for your client

We will arrange a psychological assessment with one of our highly experienced Psychologists. This will help understand the impact of the trauma on all areas of your client’s life, including the length and type of intervention that will be required. We have skilled Psychologists that are highly experienced and qualified in neuropsychological assessment.

Experiencing a traumatic and unexpected event can often have a psychological impact

Confronting the psychological impact of a traumatic event at the earliest opportunity:

  • Significantly improves your clients’ ability to adjust and recover from the effects of a trauma
  • Improves your case lifecycle by positively impacting on the speed of your client’s recovery
  • Helps client’s to move towards optimum functioning

Neuropsychological Assessment & Rehabilitation

Neuropsychological testing quantifies an individual’s abilities and tracks progress over time.

Results from testing also support brain injury education, enabling an individual and family wider system to learn more about how the injury has affected functioning.

We are able to complete assessments of mental capacity and decision making.

Rehabilitation aims to help the brain learn alternative ways of working in order to minimise the long-term impact of the brain injury. Rehabilitation also helps the survivor and the family to cope successfully with any remaining disabilities.

How We Can Help

There are four components to effective neurorehabilitation

We have seen the hidden disabilities that many live with and the amazing resilience that is shown in the face of real pain.

We are passionate about working creatively with individuals and their families when faced with the difficulties associated with brain injury.

Brain Injury Education

Cognitive Rehabilitation

Mood Management

Multidisciplinary Input

It is important that the client gets the right treatment, at the right time, from the right person

We ensure there is a tailored approach to neuropsychological rehabilitation for each case we work with. This will start with a neuropsychological assessment, which will measure the impact of the trauma on all areas of your client’s life and inform the length and type of intervention that will be required. Following this assessment, we will complete a comprehensive report and provide a plan for the most cost-effective way forward for your client.

We have an extensive team who are highly knowledgeable in a number of psychological rehabilitation treatments such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Short Term Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mentalised Based Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy

We can therefore ensure that we can provide the recommended interventions within the required time.

Meet The Team

Our Key People Working For You

Dr. Clare Hilton

Director of Sphere
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Katherine Dawson

Director of Sphere
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist

Tim Pattle


Tracey Charlton


Dr. Emma Donkersley

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Carol Bolton

Clinical Psychologist

Hilary McDaid


Dr. Gemma Forshaw

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kirsty Patterson

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jayne Jackson

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lisa Keegan

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Whitehead

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Gina Wieringa

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sara Appleyard

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jack Garfield

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nicole Thomas

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Robin Colley

Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Collier

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Alex Nesbitt

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Liz Gray

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Ali West

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Asha Walker

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Helen Adams

Junior Rehabilitation Assistant

Lucy Reading

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Harry Banyard

Senior Rehabilitation Assistant

Why Our Clients Trust Us

"The staff are really polite and friendly, nothing was too much to ask, and we adopted new ways of working due to the pandemic."

Our care home worked with the Sphere team with a resident that was discharged from a local hospital, from day one the teams worked really well together, we had regular meetings to update on progress made and also strategies that worked for the staff and the resident. All the staff were really knowledgeable in their field and would happily support the care staff, I would have no hesitation in working with Sphere again.

"Their amazing positivity over the 9 months of work with him have given us both hope and optimism for the future."

The Sphere Memory and Rehabilitation Team led by Dr Katherine Dawson have offered amazing support for myself and my husband after he suffered an ABI.

"Dr. Dawson's book on ABI has also been relevant and interesting."

I am very pleased with the support I have received from the Sphere Team. They have taken time to talk to me and ask me about the problems that I'm facing and need to overcome.

"When I first met Katherine, I told her I understood her role, but that she wouldn't be able to help me."

I have never been so wrong! She has helped me realise and understand the issues caused by my brain injury, most of which I wasn't conscious of at the start. A superb listener with an understanding of my issues, which in itself provides enormous help. Being able to discuss your personal issues with someone who understands is more helpful than can be described.

"I can't make things work in my brain and it's all XXXXXX and cloudy."

Session with you (Clare) sorts my head out. I can think a bit and you get what I am saying.

"My sincere thanks go to the Sphere Memory and Rehabilitation Team member, Carol Bolton, Clinical Psychologist who delivered a professional service."

Demonstrated both patience and persistence with my client who has been extremely difficult to communicate with, due to severe psychological symptoms, however Carol did not give up on her and my client was able to make progress.

"Katherine has helped me greatly in identifying what I can still do well and how to play to these strengths in daily life."

In turn, this has helped my family in understanding why I say and do certain things and identifying strategies to cope. I now feel more hopeful about the future.