AD4E Team

Dr Lucy Johnstone

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a UK clinical psychologist, trainer, speaker and writer, and a long-standing critic of biomedical model psychiatry. She has worked in adult mental health settings for many years, alternating with academic posts. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate, a highly regarded course which was based on a critical, politically-aware and service-user informed philosophy, along with an emphasis on personal development. [more]

Jo Watson

Jo Watson is a psychotherapist, trainer and activist with a professional history in the rape crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 20 years with people who have experienced trauma. Jo actively challenges the biomedical model in mental health both inside and outside of her work and links distress and mental ill health to psycho-social causes (Trauma, oppression, lack of positive attachment etc). Jo believes that in many cases the identification with a ‘diagnosis’ is damaging and counterproductive to a satisfactory healing process and that alternative understandings should be offered. [more]

Nollaig McSweeney

Nollaig McSweeney qualified as a mental health nurse in the UK in 1997 and worked in acute psychiatry for quite some time before she realised that the so-called ‘science’ behind it was highly questionable. This insight was largely sparked by reading Rosenhan’s 1973 study – On Being Sane in Insane Places. [more]

AD4E Guest Speakers & Facilitators

Jacqui Dillon

Jacqui Dillon is a writer, activist, international speaker and trainer. She has personal and professional experience, awareness and skills in working with trauma and abuse, dissociation, ‘psychosis’, hearing voices, healing and recovery. Jacqui has lectured and published worldwide. She is a skilled facilitator in complex learning environments. Jacqui has a track record of creating and sustaining user centred initiatives and of affecting change at all levels. Jacqui is also a voice hearer. [more]

Julie Leonovs

Julie Leonovs is a human rights mental health activist. She is also a blogger for Mad in America and has lived experience. Julie is currently training to be a psycho-therapeutic counsellor and subsequently a psychotherapist. Previously she studied for a masters in Psychological Research Methods and a degree in psychology. [more]

Anne Cooke

Anne Cooke is Clinical Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. For many years she worked as a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, leading psychology services in psychiatric hospitals and mental health teams. She is the current British Psychological Society Practitioner of the Year. [more]

T.O. Walker

T.O Walker has worked in mental health on and off for 17 years. She has also used mental health services on and off for 22 years. She has had different diagnoses assigned or suggested to her but has found it much more useful and empowering to frame any struggles in terms of the context of her life. [more]

Professor Peter Kinderman

Professor Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Vice President of the British Psychological Society. His research interests are in psychological processes underpinning well being and mental health. He has published widely on the role of psychological factors as mediators between biological, social and circumstantial factors in mental health and well being, and has received significant research grant funding – most recently from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to lead a three-year evidence synthesis programme for the ‘What Works Centre for Well being’, exploring the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving community well being and from the National Institute for Health Research to investigate the effectiveness of human rights training in dementia care. [more]

Professor Richard Bentall

Professor Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Liverpool University and has previously held chairs at Manchester University and Bangor University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Academy. He graduated with a BSc and then a PhD in experimental psychology at the University College of North Wales (now Bangor University) and then completed his clinical training at Liverpool University. He also holds an MA in philosophy applied to health care awarded by University College Swansea (now Swansea University). His research interests have mainly focused on psychosis. [more]

Nicky Hayward

Nicky Hayward is a straight-talking, conversational style writer, speaker, activist, ‘mental health’ commentator and blogger who is relatively new on the scene of ‘lived (as opposed to dead!) experience’ commentary. Growing up in a family beleaguered and destroyed by ‘mental ill health’ she eventually discovered, through copious reading, that she isn’t alone in having reservations about the ‘mental health care’ system, and is keen to add her voice to the growing number of others genuinely trying to precipitate a quantum leap and sea change in the way ‘mental health’ care and support is approached and delivered in our society. [more]

Dr Joanna Moncrieff

Dr Joanna Moncrieff is a Reader in Critical and Social Psychiatry at University College London, and works as a consultant in community psychiatry in North East London Foundation Trust. She has researched and written about theories of drug action, the subjective experience of taking psychiatric drugs, decision making, the history of drug treatment and the history, politics and philosophy of psychiatry more generally. [more]

Pete Sanders

Pete Sanders spent over 35 years practising as a counsellor, educator and clinical supervisor. During that time he was the course leader on three BACP recognised courses, was centrally involved in establishing and running the BACP Trainer Accreditation Scheme. He has written, co-written and edited numerous books, chapters and papers on many aspects of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health. [more]

Jo McFarlane

Jo McFarlane is a poet who has lived in Edinburgh all her life and studied languages and philosophy, then a postgraduate degree in Community Education at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in various voluntary sector roles, mainly in the field of advocacy, and has published several collections of poetry, articles and essays. The themes she writes about include creativity, volunteering, spirituality, social justice, diversity, mental health and childhood trauma – drawing on her own experience of these – as well as comic verse and observational pieces on everything under the moon. [more]

Dolly Sen

Dolly Sen is an award-winning writer, artist, performer and filmmaker. She has had 10 books published, been nominated twice for a Dadafest Literary Award (2006 & 2007), and won several awards for her poetry. Her subversive blogs around art, disability and humour have a huge international following. Since 2004 she has exhibited and performed internationally. Her most recent projects have been a digitally commissioned work for Short Circuit and the Brighton Digital Festival, where she gave an ordinary website a psychotic episode and changed its programming forever, and the creation of the popular Madvent Calender for Christmas 2014. [more]

Sally Fox

Sally Fox uses visual arts and the written word to explore and communicate her experience of mental distress and using services. She has performed and exhibited widely and her work has been published in The British Journal of Psychiatry and several poetry anthologies.  Her areas of interest include the therapeutic process and relationship, trauma and attachment, art therapy and art journaling, LGBT identities, and the effect of labelling – in particular, Borderline Personality Disorder – all of which she has devised and facilitated groups and events around. [more]

Dr Gary Sidley

Dr Gary Sidley worked within NHS mental health services for 33 years in a variety of nursing, psychological and managerial roles. In the 1980s he was employed as a psychiatric nurse at a large asylum in Manchester, commencing his clinical psychology training in 1987. Subsequently, he worked as a clinical psychologist in community mental health services, inpatient units and GP practices, as well as operating as a professional lead and a member of a Trust’s senior management team. [more]

Rai Waddingham

Rai Waddingham is an experienced freelance international trainer and consultant specialising in innovative ways of supporting people who struggle with extreme states (including ‘psychosis’, ‘dissociation’ and post traumatic reactions). As well as having over 12 years of experience within the adult mental health field, Rai also has particular expertise in working with children, young people and people in prison who hear voices/see visions. [more]

Jasmine Gardosi

Jasmine Gardosi is the current Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion 2015 and one of the winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2016/18. A former BBC Arts Young Creative, she has worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sexual health show combining dance and spoken word. [more]

AD4E Video & Photogragphy

Daniel Sketchley

Daniel (19), from Birmingham, is a Film Production student at the University of Gloucestershire. His work at the ‘A Disorder For Everyone’ events involves filming and editing footage of the various speakers and activities for promotional use online. If interested in having your own event filmed by him, feel free to get in touch at

Daniel Sketchley

Daniel Sketchley

Stephanie King

Stephanie is an EU citizen who has been living in Britain for over half of her life, branded with several mental health diagnoses she has rebelled against all.  Photographer, Trustee of Community Support Network South London (Mental Health Advocacy Charity), Editor for NSUN (National Survivor User Network), mental health and political activist contributed to ‘Our Encounters with Suicide’ on PCCS (as ‘Madame Merteuil’).

Stephanie King

Stephanie King

John Richardson

John Richardson is a filmmaker who specialises in creating films around the subject of mental health. Having been sectioned a few times himself, he is enthusiastic about putting lived experience at the centre of understanding. He hopes to make films which provide a refreshing authenticity and expose audiences to new ways of thinking – with a dash of humour along the way. [more]