Dr Giles Yeates (DClinPsych; MSc (Clin Neuro); BSc (Hons); AFBPS; C Psychol) is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist dedicated to pioneering interventions and initiatives within community settings that support the mental health, relationships and communication with people with neurological conditions and their significant others.
Dr Yeates has over 20 years’ experience in community neuro-rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and neuropsychotherapy, and his worked in internationally-renowned and pioneering NHS services such as the Community Head Injury Service, Aylesbury and the Oliver Zangwill Centre, Cambridgeshire. Within these services, Dr Yeates has developed the integration of family work within community neuro-rehabilitation service models, and pioneered the adaptation and use of a couples therapy approach (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, EFT) in the rehabilitation of love and relationship closeness for people with neurological conditions. Finally, Dr Yeates has continued established traditions within neuropsychological rehabilitation on the use of psychotherapy groups and individual psychodynamic interventions.
Dr Yeates has a background in Chinese martial arts (tai chi and kung fu), and an additional interest is the use of these practices to simultaneously respond to concurrent physical and psychological needs of survivors. This work has been developed in NHS, private and academic settings.
More recently Dr Yeates has moved away from health service-based models of service support to work as a clinical neuropsychologist within long-term community resources within the third/voluntary sectors, partnering with charities to deliver web-based resources to survivors and their significant others on a wider scale. This has been an exciting transition to fully realise the remit of a social model of neuro-disability within his clinical practice.
These pioneering projects have developed symbiotically with an active research and dissemination programme. Previously contributing to clinical psychology training in neuro-rehabilitation and research as an honorary tutor at Oxford University, Dr Yeates is now an active academic at the Centre of Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS), Oxford Brookes University. Dr Yeates is editor of both a journal (Neuro-Disability & Psychotherapy) and book series (Brain Injury), both of which support clinicians to share their innovations in practice.
Dr Yeates was invited to be Chair of the Thames Valley United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) in 2019, where he and his colleagues brings all of these strands (NHS, private, third/voluntary and academic activity) for the benefit of people with neurological conditions in the Thames Valley area of the UK.