Dr Sally Benson


Consultant Clinical Psychologist
HCPC Registration Number: PYL02253

Current Appointment

Head of Paediatric Clinical Psychology, Addenbrookes Hospital


1985 – 1988

Nottingham University MA Psychology

1991 – 1994

Leeds University MSc Clinical Psychology (Distinction) and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

1993 – 1994

Leeds University Certificate on Family Therapy

1999 – 2000

Tavistock Clinic London Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory


I am a paediatric clinical psychologist and have been working closely with the Paediatric Gastroenterology Team for many years. I have developed this as my area of special interest and expertise, and together we have developed a highly effective, team-based approach to helping children with bowel problems.

I frequently see children with abdominal pain, as well as with symptoms like lethargy, nausea, vomiting. However, irrespective of the type of symptoms, my focus for every child is to help them fulfil their potential.

I have been the Head of Paediatric Clinical Psychology Services at Addenbrookes Hospital since 2009, and am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I have worked in the NHS with Children, Young People and Families for 24 years, since qualifying in 1993 at Leeds University. I have a BA (Hons) and an MA in Psychology from Nottingham University and an MSc and Professional Doctorate (DClinPsychol) from Leeds University. I also have a Diploma in Applied Systemic Theory from the Tavistock Clinic.

I first worked in Leeds in Paediatric Liaison and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I then moved to London and worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and The Royal London Hospital. I was also very involved in Clinical Psychology Training and was appointed Clinical Director of the University of East London Clinical Psychology Training Course in 2000.

I moved with my family to Cambridge in 2005 and worked at Brookside Child & Family Consultation Service before moving to work at Addenbrookes.

In addition to direct clinical work, I regularly provide teaching and training for various professional groups and organisations. I am a BPS registered supervisor and routinely supervise other clinical psychologists, working with children and young people diagnosed with chronic conditions and / or suffering with disabling physical symptoms that interfere with living a full and active life. I am currently on the national executive committee of the Paediatric Mental Health Association.