Adriana is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working integrativelly, drawing from psychodynamic, person centred and existential approaches and a registered member of the BACP. She has worked in the field of counselling and psychotherapy in London and abroad for a number of organisations including Westminster Mind, Cruse Bereavement, Clinica Ana Joaquina and in the NHS. She works with individuals presenting with a number of issues including anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression, trauma, learning disabilities, HIV, agoraphobia, bereavement, relationship difficulties, suicide, addiction, eating disorders, sleep disorders, sexual abuse, leukaemia, obsessive-compulsive disorder amongst others.
Adriana has a Masters degree in Existential Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy and is currently undertaking the Inter-cultural Psychodynamic Psychotherapy programme at the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust. Adriana is interested in working with young adults, expatriates and life transitions such as motherhood, midlife, retirement, loss and bereavement.
She believes human beings have sufficient resources in themselves for healing and growing from difficult and stressful situations in life. She likes to see herself as a facilitator of this process, offering clients a safe and holding environment where they are able to go through the pain, anger and frustration that usually comes with their problems in living. She considers a privilege to be part of the process of self-discovery and reconstruction in others, enablingclients to move away from the primitive to more sophisticated patterns of thinking, feeling and being.
Adrien Tempier is a Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist. He is particularly aware of the high support needs required to help people with co-morbid mental health problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, substance misuse, domestic violence, bereavement, eating disorders, suicide and self-harming patterns of behaviour.
Adrien is an integrative practitioner and values a range of psychotherapeutic modalities. His experience with people with varying life problems and mental health issues have allowed him to apply his knowledge of individualising intervention to match the body-psycho-social needs of people with psychologically distressing lives and enduring emotional and mental health needs. Working with a variety of approaches enables him to be more open and creative in his ability to reach out to people despite the many challenges in communication and life circumstances.
Alastair Hinch trained in both psychodynamic and existential approaches, and has a background in philosophy. He helps people explore and re-evaluate the parts of their life that are causing confusion or distress. He has a particular interest and experience in questions of meaning and loss, anxiety and identity.
Alastair has lived and worked in several different parts of the world, and previously worked in the fields of IT, web development, and fundraising. This variety of life experience enables him to work well with people of diverse backgrounds. He seeks to help people meet the challenges of life with renewed awareness, self-acceptance and resolve. He believes a lot of our difficulties can stem from what it means simply to be a human being in a complex and challenging world – that we don’t always realise that it is understandable that we feel the way we do.
He aims to provide a warm and collaborative space where clients will feel free to explore their troubles and dilemmas, and where they can work together to develop fresh perspectives and a new sense of possibility.
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Alex Neumann is a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor who works from a humanistic approach (the Gestalt approach in particular). This means she focuses her work on the client’s individual experience, exploring choices, creative adjustments and self-actualisation based on the ‘here-and-now’. Together with her clients, she explores the meaning we make of our experiences and how we might be limiting ourselves by responding habitually and automatically to new situations, leaving us with a sense of ‘being stuck’.
Alex has a particular interest in the existential questions of human experience, the fear and pain of losing a loved one or feeling abandoned, feeling directionless and questioning our place in the world, the longing for meaningful connection with others, fear of death and time running out, and transitioning from one life stage into the next. She also takes an interest in the wider picture of how we are influenced by our family systems, what roles we took up in our family of origin and how this might still be part of how we form relationships today as adults, especially with our children and partners.
Alex trained at Metanoia Institute London/Middlesex University and is a registered member of the UKCP.
Anna Purser is a relational integrative therapist who recognises that starting therapy can take courage, not least because its effects can be life changing. She believes that there is no one privileged perspective from which the truth can be known, and the first step towards not being unconsciously influenced by something is to become conscious of it.
Arti Mehan is a Counselling Psychologist who is in her final year of training. She is trained in CBT, psychodynamic and person-centred approach. She describes her therapeutic approach as integrative and facilitates her clients to confront their troubles at a pace that suits them. She has particular interest in depression, anxiety, stress, anger, family and relationships.
Arti has a background of working with children and adolescents and has also worked with people who have special needs. Her variety of work experience enables her to work well within her client’s different backgrounds. She believes that personal therapy is a journey of exploration of the self and she seeks to support her clients to accept themselves whilst developing an increased self-awareness. Her approach allows clients to have a better understanding of themselves which in turn helps them to meet their personal challenges with newfound dynamics.
She aims to provide a warm ambient atmosphere for her client’s, where they can feel at ease and form a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
Barney Lyons’ training is in integrative psychotherapy, involving psychodynamic, relational and body psychotherapy. His approach is a relational, talking approach that invites awareness of the deeper subconscious processes in order to help resolve negative destructive behaviour, feelings and thought patterns in a safe and containing environment. He has experience and expertise in bereavement and loss, intrusive thoughts, depression, stress and anxiety.
Béatrice de Lajudie has lived in several different parts of the world, and previously worked in the field of finance in Paris. She decided several years ago to embark on a journey of self development and went back to university to study counselling.
After qualifying as a counsellor Béatrice worked in various places such as GP practices, charities, and private organisations working with individuals facing a wide range of challlenges. This variety of life experience enables her to enjoy working with people of diverse backgrounds. She offers open ended face to face psychotherapy sessions to individuals in either English or French.
Béatric sees her role as a facilitator in the therapeutic settings for you to explore freely your life and your relationships with others. Her approach to counselling is based on bringing forth your individuality and your uniqueness. To this end she works in a non judgemental way and will engage with you in a relationship based upon confidentiality and openness.
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Caz Binstead is qualified counsellor, working with individuals and young people (age 13+) in private practice. She is on the BACP register of UK counsellors, and abides by their ethical guidelines. As an advocate of continual training and development in the mental health field, Caz is about to embark on further study, in Mindfulness Psychotherapy at The University of Oxford.
Caz is an integrative therapist which means she draws on different psychotherapeutic theories to give a unique, flexible and more exploratory way of working. She hopes clients will find in her, a ‘real’ person, who will put the relationship at the heart of the work. She works in a creative way to strengthen her client’s intuitive self. Creating a safe and trusting space for her clients is of utmost importance.
She specialises in working with clients who are concerned with managing anxiety (and related disorders, such as panic attacks, social anxiety, perfection anxiety, OCD…). Anxiety is a natural part of life, but for some people, it feels like it takes over their lives. It can often lead to ensuing questions around self-identity and self-esteem, and Caz is keen to work with clients on these issues.
Caz also has a breadth of experience working with bereavement, as well as other forms of loss, such as illness, chronic pain or sudden change in life. She previously worked as a bereavement counsellor, and currently, at a Dementia service as clinical supervisor of counsellors and art therapists.
Aside from her private practice, she has experience in a number of other agencies and a variety of different areas of work. Most recently, she worked as a young person’s counsellor for the BRIT school of performing arts, London. She also counselled and managed for The Awareness Centre in conjunction with Lambeth NHS IAPT service.
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Cecilia Barnett provides short-term and long term counselling for individual clients in a safe and confidential environment. Her modality is integrative counselling. As an integrative counsellor, she draws on different therapeutic models, such as humanistic, psychodynamic and existential to meet the need of individual client.
Cecilia’s therapeutic relationship built with you as a client is based on respect, openness and trust. The non-judgemental and warm environment, allow you to talk about life challenges (both past and present), begin to understand more clearly the nature and origins of your difficulties, and make changes for a brighter future when you are ready.
Cecilia has a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling.
As an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist, Charles Gordon-Graham sees the client as a unique individual living within a wider context of community, society, culture and world. We each have our own struggles and dilemmas, our painful memories and our anxieties about the future, but we also have the potential to change at least how we deal with them and relate to them, and the meanings we find in them. The aim of counselling and psychotherapy is to provide opportunities for you to talk about issues explore your feelings, values and life choices, increase your awareness, and to expand your repertoire of ways of viewing and relating to yourself, others and the world.
Being integrative in outlook, Charles draws from various approaches in counselling and psychotherapy. Mindfulness is central to his way of working – mindfulness is noticing, allowing and being with whatever you are experiencing. In addition to dialogue, counselling and psychotherapy with Charles can also involve experiential work, role plays and guided visualisations. Sometimes he may suggest books for you to read.
As a counsellor/ psychotherapist Charles has experience of working with issues such as bereavement, loss, illness, workplace bullying, trauma, sexuality, family and relationship difficulties, and more general depression and anxiety. He is interested in working with anger and other emotions through mindfulness. He has an interest in issues of meaning (e.g. in the contexts of ageing and ‘mid-life crisis’) and in creative ways of working with dreams (particularly drawing on Jungian and gestalt approaches), and is particularly interested in exploring clients’ spirituality for those who are interested in that.
Christopher Headon offers a secure, confidential, non-judgemental space that clients can use to tell him about their personal and emotional distress. He offers his feedback and perspectives based upon his extensive experience to help his clients become more aware and therefore better able to manage their anxieties and feel more free.
He is an integrative therapist in that he employs a wide range of approaches as is appropriate to a particular client – including, for example, transpersonal perspectives. He offers psychosexual and relationship therapy for couples and individuals. He also uses a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approach, working with the conscious and unconscious dynamics as they evolve within the therapeutic relationship.
Christopher is also an accredited supervisor with COSRT, the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy.
Dan Barnett uses an integrative approach, which consists mainly of the humanistic approaches but is influenced by CBT. He is also influenced by existentialist thought, which includes examining how to find meaning in our lives and how to use the freedom we have to embrace this meaning.
He works with a range of issues, most notably depression and anxiety. He believes that we are often impacted by the everyday circumstances of our lives in ways we are not usually aware of and, if we can explore these, we can grow as people.
Dan provides a safe, person-centred space to explore these issues, and endeavours to be open, honest and non-judgemental. He has a CPCAB diploma in therapeutic counselling.
Danni Plaskett is an experienced Integrative and Transpersonal Psychotherapist drawing on a number of techniques, both creative and talking based to work with her clients. She has worked with victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, creating safe and containing environments for clients to process their experiences. She also has experience in helping clients with anxiety and stress caused in the workplace, as well as understanding career direction and underlying potential.
She believes that good therapy is a process of unfoldment; in being with and understanding our life experiences. In engaging with our understanding we begin to gradually build new perspective and eventually define meaning through healing. Danni’s approach is holistic and therefore draws on a number of different tools to help her client’s with this valuable process.
Danni’s background is in business development and marketing for the creative industries. It is where she discovered her love of working with people and the importance of creativity in business and in team and peer interaction. She is a third year student studying for a Postgraduate Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma (CCPE).
Dr Jane Major is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with 11 years experience of working in the NHS. She works collaboratively with clients to aid insight into the underlying cause of their difficulties , to recognise relationship patterns and to enhance their resources for managing their emotions.
Jane works with individuals, couples and families tailoring therapy to meet client’s unique needs. She works integratively using evidence based therapies including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy. A particular specialism of Jane’s is working with individuals, couple and families regarding their relationship issues. She has undertaken further specialist training in couple and family therapy at both the Institute of Family Therapy and the Tavistock Centre For Couple Relationships
Jane has specialist skills in working with clients who are experiencing relationship difficulties, family issues, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, adjustment difficulties, abuse, ADHD and learning disabilities.
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Elaine Webster is a qualified counsellor and is continuing her clinical training, studying Transactional Analysis as a humanistic model for counselling and psychotherapy.
Transactional Analysis or TA is a theory of personality and explains why we think, feel and behave the way we do. The TA counsellor can help you to understand your reactions and responses to others and the world around you in a clearer way, enabling better and more mindful choices for your life.
Elaine believes that talking to someone who listens carefully and wholeheartedly with empathy and compassion can also help you come to a clearer understanding of your own and others experience. She offers a non-judgemental, caring and empathic space for you to just be you while helping you discover new and different choices and decisions for your life.
Elaine is a member of the BACP, The National Counselling Society and the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis.
Elaine has experience of working with abuse, anxiety, anger management, bereavement and loss, self-belief and many other issues that can present to us during the course of our life.
Emanuela Roberti works in short term counselling with the NHS and long -term therapy in independent settings. She is currently training at CCPE (UKCP and BACP accredited) in a post graduate diploma/MA specialising in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy.
Her style is based on the psychological principle that we all hold a blend of inner qualities, which reflect our personality. In a time of crisis these qualities need to be reassessed in order to build and expand our potential and to find a natural balance in life. Emanuela draws from different modalities and creatively incorporates into her practise the transpersonal use of visualisations, dream work and symbology.
Emel Saban’s training at Goldsmiths University has been dominantly psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, however, having completed her degree in Psychology and Sociology, as well as a introductory course in CBT and Play therpay, mixed with existential influences as a result of her work in bereavement, now Emel’s working approach is rather more integrative and depends very much on the client, the client’s needs.
Emel feels that due to her mixed cultural background combined with her sociology degree and mentoring young adults (from different cultures) she has a substanital awareness and knowledge of different cultures and societal issues. She believes these to be very influential factors in an individual’s life and one’s sense making schemas, thus she is very open and interested in these matters in her approach of work.
Enca Moniz’s training is in integrative psychotherapy, involving psychodynamic and person centred therpay. She is also trained in the intercultural approach, looking at difference and diversity within the counselling relationship, thus bringing awareness of the difference and working therapeutically to gain insight into the impact the difference may have on some clients.
Enca is committed to promoting the client’s well-being, listening, being present with the client’s experience, supporting and acknowledging, bringing awareness to client’s processes and empowering the client enabling clarity to make choices.
Gherardo Della Marta is an experienced, registered and qualified BACP counsellor who has more than five years’ experience working with individual clients.
Gherardo’s openness, warmth, understanding and trust are at the core of this work with clients. He has a special interest supporting clients from LGBT communities, and also clients with anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and relationships issues.
Glynis Downey is a counselling psychotherapist who is trained in integrative and transpersonal psychotherapy. This means she has a multiple of disciplines to draw upon, making her therapy a deeply transformative process.
Her extensive experience in nursing and healthcare gives her a unique perspective on life’s stressors: she is able to get to the root of the problem with little time wasted. She also believes there is a strong mind-body connection: if people do not heal their psychological trauma and wounding, it can manifest in physical illness. She has had a lot of success working with clients who suffer post-traumatic stress.
Glynis’ work also uses the creative techniques of art therapy, dream work and creative visualisation.
For further information about Glynis, please visit her LinkedIn profile:
Gurvinder Kaur Dhesi is a bilingual integrative therapist, with the ability to provide therapy in Punjabi. She is a member of the BACP, and is currently working towards accreditation. Gurvinder has years of clinical experience of working within the NHS setting and also within the community based setting, providing both brief psychodynamic therapy and CBT for short-term work.
She is also able to work with clients on a long-terms framework which is determined by the client’s need. Over the years Gurvinder has worked with clients in relation to presenting issues surrounding bereavement & loss, PTSD, trauma stemming from childhood and current domestic and sexual abuse, attachments, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Helen Marsh trained in transpersonal psychotherapy, and works creatively using visualisations, breathing and bodywork.
She has experience in working with bereavement, and she has a particular interest in sexual identity and gender issues, rape survivors and sexual assault issues, and working with dissociative issues.
Henrietta Laitt is an integrative, brief, outcome-focused, psychodynamic psychotherapist. She completed her postgraduate diploma in 2011 at The Awaken School of Outcome Orientated Psychotherapies, and is currently completing her UKCP accreditation.
Henrietta has the ability to co-create a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space, where clients can share, reflect and gain insights into their current experience.
Henrietta supports individuals who are feeling stuck or going through a period of change, experiencing unhelpful or unwanted emotions and wanting to change them, wanting to resolve past hurts and painful memories, or seeking to improve past or current relationships.
In feeling heard, acknowledged and supported, previous clients report gaining more clarity, awareness, understanding, possibility, choices and confidence.
Ibi Szekeres is a trainee humanistic, person-centred counsellor, who integrates the aspects of existential psychotherapy into her work. She believes that finding meaning in living, accepting the person as who we are; the events or situation that occur in life are our essential individual quest.
She specialises in emotional abuse, neglect, narcissism, identity difficulties, low self-esteem, anxiety and loss. She enables people to integrate their disparate parts back together, transforming their one-sided, fixated self-evaluation to make a unified whole. She helps clients find their long lost courage “to be”.
Since she is aware of the significant impact of the stories, metaphors by which people live their lives, she helps to contribute positive meaning to them. Her life experiences have convinced her that people are free to recover and overthrow the shackles of their past and find their own path to fulfilment.
Jane Halsall is currently training at Roehampton University for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. The Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a counselling psychologist and the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a chartered counselling psychologist.
Her approach is integrative, focusing on person-centred and psychodynamic. She has experience of working in addiction and in mental health. She works collaboratively with clients to enable them to empower themselves and find meaning in behaviours and feelings that they might have not otherwise explored.
Jennifer Ofori is a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, who has undergone, extensive professional training. She is a member of the BACP and work’s with both adults and young people (aged 7+) in private practice, within strict ethical guidelines. She has worked in a number of counselling organizations including: The NHS, voluntary organizations, GP Practices and educational institutions. This work was incredibly rewarding for her and offered her many training and learning opportunities which have proved invaluable.
As an existential humanistic practitioner, Jennifer draws on her philosophical approach as a way to facilitate her clients in their exploration, as they embark on their journey to understand the meaning of their experiences and recognize their values, in a creative and collaborative way. Though her existential thinking acts as a basis to her work, she is also able to work from an integrative perspective, by adopting other approaches to facilitate her practice. Together with her clients Jennifer aims to create a co-constructed therapeutic relationship, which places great importance on the relationship dynamic that arises in the room.
Jennifer believes that psychotherapy will help you to gain self awareness and insight into your relationships for life. It is an opportunity to make a permanent change. She is particularly interested in those facing existential life transitions, existential dilemmas, cultural conflicts, racial issues, family issues, as well as those experiencing depression and anxiety.
Judith is a qualified counsellor and psychodynamic psychotherapist. She is a member of the BACP and FPC. She is currently studying for an MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and speiclaises in depression, perinatal anxiety and depression, parenthood issues, relationship issues, self-harm and eating disorders.
The therapy that Judith delivers is psychodynamic. That means that by looking at the way in which you relate to others and they to you, both now and in the past, you can understand what troubles you and what the possible resolution may be. Much of what troubles you may not be clear and may be manifested in your relationships with others, at work or even your relationship with your self – through your body or mind. Together with Judith you can explore this in a safe, quiet and confidential space.
Karen Dempsey is a qualified integrative transpersonal counsellor and psychotherapist, and a registered member of the BACP.
She specialises in loss and transition – especially the anxiety that can accompany major changes in our lives. She works with modern-day stressors such as career pressures, work-life balance and overwhelm – as well as the loneliness and frustration people can feel when they compromise their true values. She also works with bereavement, long-term grief, miscarriage and dementia.
She believes being in therapy can help clients find meaning, purpose, and a stronger sense of who they are in the world. She helps people work through the blocks that keep them stuck – things like procrastination, perfectionism or people pleasing – and helps clients identify ways to become more creative with their lives.
Karen’s background as a writer also informs her work, and she is currently researching creative block for an MA in transpersonal psychology.
Katerina has been in practice since 2005, in the NHS and privately, and has had extensive training in different areas of psychological, emotional and relationship difficulties. She works with issues of self-esteem, anxiety and depression, and difficult-to-change patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving. She specialises in psychosexual and relationship therapy, sex addiction and couples therapy.
Katerina has been trained in different models of therapy – including CAT and CBT – and uses them in the way that feels most appropriate for the issues her clients wish to explore. Her holistic and integrative approach assists her clients in their efforts to explore their difficulties and to make shifts in the way they experience their life.
Katerina also offers telephone and Skype services.
For further information about Katerina, please visit her website:
Kay Allen is a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. She has a strong background of working with identity issues, anxiety, depression and transition issues. Kay works by facilitating a safe, non judgemental space within which she can explore with clients their feelings and experiences.
By deepening self awareness Kay aims to aid clients in better understanding themselves and the world in which they live. Kay believes that increased awareness can lead to a richer experience of life, an ability to identify your feelings, manage anxieties and work through negative thought patterns and destructive behaviours.
Kelly Garrett is a counselling psychotherapist who is trained in existential and integrative psychotherapy. Kelly works collaboratively to help clients find their own solutions to their problems. This involves exploring the issues that initially led them to seek help, and any related issues that may be playing a part in their lives.
Kelly has several years’ experience working with a wide range of psychological, emotional and mental health problems, and specialises in working with depression, anxiety, trauma and couples. Kelly is also a certified coach and has extensive experience working in corporate environments.
Kelly Hearn is an integrative counsellor, bringing a background in psychotherapy, coaching and business to her practice. She is particularly focused on family histories and the impact these have on our current lives. Often, the key to understanding depression, anxiety and the way we relate in the world lies in examining the past and re-writing old scripts.
Kelly also believes in mindfully managing personal and professional changes, with counseling and coaching as a means to help clients do so.
Kristina is a multilingual psychotherapist who employs mindfulness-based techniques, as well as CBT and ACT principles in her therapy work. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, an MBA as well as a diploma in mindfulness-based psychotherapy.
She has an authentic approach when dealing with mild to severe emotional issues like anxiety over relationships, self-esteem, social anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide and etc. Part of therapy work is training her clients of stress reduction techniques through meditation and other mindfulness-based exercises.
She believes every person seeking help via counselling has already made a major step towards healing. The journey that every client has is an unknown path thus there are no preconceived notions or labels.
Lesley Cook is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working with individuals and young adults (18+). She is a member of BACP and adheres to their ethical guidelines for good practice. Lesley trained in integrative counselling which incorporates learning from many different approaches to therapy including CBT and the Minnesota model (12 Step Recovery).
Lesley provides space for clients to explore and discuss their life story and issues within a safe and calm environment also working together to create a solid treatment plan. She has a special interest in working with Anxiety, Depression and Addiction particularly working with clients who experience alcohol abuse and dependency issues. Addiction can affect both the user and their relationships with family and friends.
For further inforamtion, please visit Lesley’s website:
Letishea McLean trained at CityLit and is a qualified Person centred counsellor. She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). She believes that counselling is an opportunity for clients to decompress from life’s pressures. She supports this by providing a warm and confidential space where clients are able to explore their feelings and experiences.
Letishea works with clients from all areas of society and across a wide range of issues bereavement, cultural/social exclusion, depression, work related stress, loss and relationship issues (personal and professional).
Lindsey Thurlow is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and is a registered member of the BACP.
She has worked for a number of years as a therapist at Richmond Borough Mind, and as an honorary psychotherapist for the South London and Maudsley Trust (SLaM). Lindsey has experience working both short term (up to 20 weeks) and long term (over a two-year period).
Lindsey has a particular interest in working with clients who have borderline personality disorder, anxiety, phobias and OCD.
Adhering to the BACP code of ethics and framework for good practice, Lindsey continues to develop her personal and professional work through regular supervision and consultancy.
Lorna Redwood is a qualified Psycho-synthesis Counsellor, a member of the UKCP, BACP and APP (the Association of Psycho-spiritual Practitioners). She specialises in individuals who experience low self-esteem, guilt and shame and suicidal thoughts. These issues often prevent individuals from engaging with and living life fully. Psycho-synthesis is an inclusive approach to counselling, embracing the personal as well as the spiritual perspective; enabling individuals to develop, and find effective ways for self growth, self-expression and positive life experiences.
Lorna believes being in therapy can help individuals understand themselves and learn skills in a safe, non-judgmental environment, bringing self respect and value back into their life, enabling them to take responsibility, make choices and decisions about who they are and what they want for themselves and their life.
Lorna’s background has been in the nursing profession which informs her work, and issues of physical, psychological and psycho-spiritual well-being of an individual. For further information, please visit Lorna’s website:
Margaret Ojemen is a trained professional counsellor, currently studying MSc Psychology and she is a member of the BACP and BPS. She’s an integrative counsellor and uses the appropriate approach to meet the needs of her clients. She is a competent, caring, hardworking and conscientious counsellor with extensive skills in professional counselling.
Margaret has the ability to build a comfortable rapport, trust, empathy with all clients and provide undivided attention with understanding and excellent listening skills to clients. She is comfortable working with clients of diverse backgrounds on multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction, trauma, relationship problems and many more.
Marinda Nage is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who specialises in working with couples and individuals with relationship difficulties. She believes in opening up communication and understanding between partners or within yourself, to allow destructive patterns to be broken and potentially foster growth and change.
For further information about Marinda, please visit her website:
Martin Fisher is a specialist in addiction, including alcohol, drugs, gambling and other compulsive behaviours. His professional orientation is humanist, and he has counselled clients suffering from bereavement, depression, anxiety and trauma, including adult survivors of child abuse.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Martin was a barrister before re-training as a therapist, and has extensive experience working with teenagers in trouble with the law. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he has over the years lived in Kent, Sussex and the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden. He also has family connections to Sweden, Turkey and Ireland.
As well as psychology, Martin has studied International Development and TEFL. He is currently undertaking postgraduate research in London for his MSc. He is a registered member of BACP and FDAP.
Meg Fulton completed a 4-year professional MA training in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute. She is interested in the holistic impacts of ‘Mindfulness’ Psychotherapy and honours its spiritual roots. With a background in the arts, theatre, film and music, and experience of working in pressurised high profile environments in both the UK and USA, she works with several issues. These include career pressures, work-life balance, relationship problems, trauma, anxiety, low moods and creative blocks.
Meg’s psychotherapy work is concerned with deepening into our present experience, bringing more awareness to the body, its feeling tones and all that we are. This includes working with inhibiting patterns deriving from our pasts that are manifesting now in relationship and our lives. Psychotherapy can help to throw light on our difficulties, allowing feelings to shift so that wellbeing can re-emerge. Meg believes that when we look at ways we might bring joy and vitality more to the forefront of our experience, this frees us up to connect more consciously with our choices and creativity. She offers both short-term and open-ended psychotherapy sessions.
She is currently assisting with the coordination of Mindfulness workshops and retreats to Greece, which will be run by senior Tutors from a leading UK Mindfulness organisation.
Mehmet Altan’s practice is based on the belief that sometimes unhelpful past experiences can play out in our current lives in negative ways. It can affect our relationships with others, creating dynamics that may provoke things like anxiety, or low self-confidence. Compounded by outside influences, a person may suddenly feel stuck or depressed and feel unable to work through their struggles. Past deep-rooted experience often plays a part in the manifestation and persistence of such issues.
Mehmet acknowledges the difficulty we may have to move beyond past influences. However, he believes that by making the big decision to come and see a counsellor, you are already taking the first steps to your individual authenticity in the here and now. Mehmet believes strongly in the importance of working through difficulty in relationships resulting from a dysfunctional childhood. He considers this his specialist area of work, and is keen to work with survivors of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and neglect).
First and foremost, Mehmet believes that counselling can help you people accept themselves as they are. He is passionate about facilitating his clients to work through issues to improve their lives, and to find the confidence to make the changes that will help them reach their full potential.
For further information about Mehmet please visit his website or social media profiles:
Michaela McCarthy is an experienced psychotherapist and psychosexual and relationship therapist. She has worked for 20 years as a therapist and has worked both in the public and private sector. Her achievements and contributions to psychological health are a credit to her drive and ambition to support clients wellbeing. Michaela is the Managing Director of The Awareness Centre (TAC), which runs the NHS Counselling Service in Lambeth, Brixton Prison Counselling Service and Low Cost and Private Counselling services.
Michaela has established her private practice in Clapham, South London after leaving her practice in Harley Street. She believes the most important process of therapy is the co-creation between therapist and client to achieve a solid professional relationship which allows space for trust and honesty to develop. Michaela’s intuitive approach enables clients to go on a journey of self-discovery which develops true awareness for personal growth. Michaela also works with other professionals especially with psychiatrists working with medication management.
Mirek Polanowski is a humanistic integrative counsellor using different tools, methods and interventions. The flexibility of this approach allows him to meet his clients exactly where they are, and therefore tailor his work according to clients’ needs. His non-directive and flexible way of working can help clients resolve their past and present traumas, deal with addictions, and offer support to expand their growth and creativity.
For further information please visit his website or social media profiles:
Monika Dec strongly believes that counselling can help you to understand yourself better and difficulties you are experiencing.
She aims to provide a confidential and safe environment in which you can begin at your own pace to explore your feelings, without fear of being judged, criticised or excluded. She is qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and she works in integrative way, using a range of therapeutic intervention to suit the needs of the individual.
Monika has been working with people from various backgrounds experiencing vulnerability like people with mental health difficulties, addictions, dual diagnosis, elderly people, disabled adults and children, homeless persons, ex-offenders etc. for various organisations and charities in London since 2004.
Monika believes that the relationship between therapist and client is key to successful counselling and she adheres to BACP Code of Ethics and Practice.
Nick Williams has worked with individuals and couples for many years – both short and long term. His integrative approach is based on Transactional Analysis (TA), which can be particularly useful in exploring connections between how we feel about ourselves and how we experience being with others
Nicola Elmes is an integrative therapist who works by looking at the past to see what’s brought clients to where you are, make sense of the present, and equip them with the tools to move forward in life.
Dr Nimmi Hutnik is a highly qualified, accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) who can help you find a greater level of well-being in your life. She has many years of experience in enabling people to become resilient in the face of stress and to flourish.
Nimmi uses the tools and techniques of classic CBT to facilitate people to manage their moods of depression and anxiety and to get through them. This means that she uses well-researched and well-known protocols for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) , Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Phobias, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and low mood. She treats people who suffer from Personality Disorder too.
She uses Mindfulness Meditation and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people move in the direction of their most deeply held values and to find greater fulfilment despite the obstacles they face in life. She encourages people to find the wellsprings of joy within themselves, and to learn to get into ‘flow’, which is described by the originator of the concept as a state of ecstasy). If appropriate and sought for, she will explore spiritual issues in depth with her clients.
She particularly admires the life of Jesus and she incorporates spiritual tenets and practices from contemporary Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam in her practice as well. Her unique approach to spirituality and psychotherapy encourages people to develop psychological flexibility in the face of change. If you are an atheist, agnostic or not inclined towards spirituality of any sort she will be sensitive to your beliefs and work within your particular framework.
One of her clients (a middle aged Caucasian woman who suffered from debilitating depression) said this of her:
‘I wish you all the very, very best and thank you for saving my life a couple of years ago (possibly very literally) and for all the other help and strength you’ve given me. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer, better or more skilled person to see me through.’
For couple’s therapy, she uses enhanced CBT techniques and combines these with the well-known techniques of Transactional Analysis and the Person Centred Core conditions.
She also offers supervision to trainees who are on the journey towards qualification and accreditation as mental health practitioners. She does this on an individual basis and in group format.
She is available on Fridays only from 7 AM to 1 PM. So book your slot quickly!
Pamela Port is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Balham for over 5 and a half years. She takes an Integrative approach to therapy which means she incorporates a wide range of therapeutic approaches to fit the client depending on the issues presented with. Pamela has a degree in Psychology and has also trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy. Somatic trauma therapy bridges the gap between the body (somatic) and the mind and helps deepen the understanding of how psychological trauma impacts us whether developmental trauma or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She has experience in working with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, eating disorders, OCD, stress, self harm, relationship issues and bereavement. She also has experience in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and breast cancer patients. Pamela practices in Balham and Clapham. She also uses Skype as a tool to work with clients whether they are unable to make appointments due to illness, those who are in crisis or whether it is an easier option due to extensive travel arrangements so she can offer a degree of flexibility.
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Patrick Hamilton is a Psychotherapist and couples counsellor who provides counselling to NHS patients at doctors’ surgeries, inmates at HMP Brixton and runs a private practice at The Awareness Centre in the London borough of Lambeth.
As individuals we have the capacity to look back at events and to smile, to feel sad, or uncertain. We learn from and store representations of past experiences and their unique meaning to us in order to simplify the processing of events in the present and imagined future. This is how we work. Image three people watching a contest between teams ‘A’ & ‘B’. Team ‘A’ wins and its supporter is elated; B’s supporter is dejected and the third person with no affiliation to either team feels it was an enjoyable spectacle. So it is the meaning of the representation to each observer that colours their emotion, and not the actual event. It is the unique meaning of representations that we carry that often causes suffering, and it is the meaning of these representations that we may choose to change.
Patrick’s approach to therapy is best described as integrative, outcome oriented and solution focused. He believes in the principle that people have all the internal resources they need to act effectively and that clients should leave therapy with a wider range of choices than when they arrive; that all behaviour has a positive intention in some context, people are not broken and therefore do not need to be fixed.
Phil Whichello is a Gestalt psychotherapist and occupational psychologist. He works together with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they act today, and to explore new ways of being.
He has worked for over ten years helping people to understand how they are stuck and to discover pragmatic solutions that make a real and enduring difference.
He brings to his work expertise in behaviour change both as a counsellor and therapist, and as a psychologist who works with executives in a range of companies and organisations.
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Pinar McGivern practises mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapy. She explores awareness and presence in creative ways in the therapeutic relationship, empowering clients to use their own ‘inherent wisdom’ to live more fulfilling lives.
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Richard Gaudion’s training is in humanistic counselling. He uses a Person-Centred approach believing that each individual is a person of worth. He has experience in working with clients who have depression, thoughts of suicide, stress, anxiety, bereavement and loss.
Rose Simpson has completed her first year training at Roehampton University. She is studying for a Master’s Degree in counselling and psychotherapy. She works in a person centred way and is committed to the client finding their own solutions to life’s problems. This way of working demands a non-judgmental, egalitarian approach to the work. Rose is a student member of UKCP
Rose has experience of working with people who have experienced bereavement and loss, she worked in a hospice for several years when living in America. She is a qualified and registered social worker, she has many years of experience working with people presenting all sorts of issues and difficulties such as parenting issues, dementia and disability and working with vulnerable adults, all within the context of statutory social work.
Rose believes therapy is a means of enabling clients to become more able to deal with whatever life throws up. Making sense of what has happened in the past and understanding what stands in the way of being more fulfilled is the main focus of the work.
Rosie Dashwood’s work is integrative, meaning that she uses various styles of therapy to suit the client.
She believes the most important aspect of the work is the relationship between the client and the therapist, and that trust, mutual respect and kindness brings about healing and change. Together client and therapist can reflect on current concerns, identify issues, unhelpful patterns and consider alternative, more beneficial ways to deal with life challenges.
Ruth Nightingale is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist. She is interested in your actual experience now – not how you ‘should’ be or how you ‘should’ do things. This process of accepting you as you are now provides space and exploration of your choices in a safe, non-judgemental environment. As the therapeutic relationship develops she will explore your fixed relational processes with you to support your process of change.
Ruth’s professional interest is in the psychological attributes of our physical experience as adults which can be explored through raising awareness of how we move – not by creating movement but by working with what movement we have. Exploring how we habitually use early developmental movement patterns in relation to our environment we can learn more about how we make contact with our environment, friends, work colleagues and families.
As we grow and mature we don’t discard our childhood and suddenly become adults; the process of living is gradual and layered and every experience and relationship throughout our lives becomes part of who we are.
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An Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Sadat Malik’s approach draws on a strong foundation in mindfulness, which he blends with transpersonal, psychodynamic, and humanistic perspectives.
Sadat specialises in working with clients who suffer from low self-esteem, co-dependency, and the effects of dysfunctional family/relationships. He is highly skilled in supporting clients through important life stage transitions and life crisis. Drawing on his extensive experience of the corporate environment he further specialises in working with professionals suffering from stress, anxiety, and loss of meaning.
On graduating from Cambridge, Sadat pursued a very successful former career ranging from serving as a company director and leading industry consultant for major corporates, to working with small teams in start-up environments, mainly in the financial services sector.
Sadat is a catalyst for transformation. He works intuitively and passionately with his clients, helping them to see and overcome whatever blocks them from living meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Sandra Tapie is a qualified counsellor and existential psychotherapist. She works with individuals seeking support for a specific issue, who feel the need to make changes in their lives, or who are simply seeking personal development. She works with clients to look at their situation, helping to explore and clarify their issues and experiences so they can find their own solutions or direction.
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Sarah Demaree is in the final stages of qualifying as a psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and as a Certified Transactional Analyst with the United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis.
Sarah is trained in Transactional Analysis, which integrates the psychoanalytic, behavioural and humanist traditions to look at what goes on inside people and between people to promote personal growth and change. The underlying philosophy of TA rests on three central beliefs: one, that all people are ok, loveable and creative, and that our intentions are normally positive and constructive, even when our behaviour is undesirable, misguided or destructive; two, that people in emotional difficulty can still think and take responsibility for themselves; and three, that all emotional and behavioural problems, given adequate knowledge and resources, are changeable.
Sarah has specialist training in working with eating disorders, particularly overeating and binge eating, having helped obese men and women lose and manage their weight successfully since 2006. Sarah also works with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, stress, bereavement, and relationship and parenting issues.
Sarah is keenly interested in the new field of functional medicine, and the growing understanding of the role of nutrition in psychological disorders.
Sarah McGuinness is an integrative psychotherapist experienced in working with a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting issues, relationship issues, postnatal depression, bereavement, anger management, OCD, eating disorders, binge eating, body confidence issues and family problems.
All of us face challenges in our lives and at times these challenges may feel overwhelming or too difficult to cope with. The way Sarah works is conversational and supportive, providing a confidential and accepting place to help you manage and explore whatever you are going through.
Psychotherapy can help us to understand and gain awareness of ourselves and our behavioural patterns, allowing us to take control of our lives and have choices about what we do and how we do it. We can become conscious of how we respond to and express different emotions, how we communicate, how we form and maintain relationships or how we manage conflict, and therefore we can develop the capacity to change things for the better
Sarah has many year’s experience of working privately with individuals and as a volunteer for Samaritans and the mental health charity Mind. She has also run post-natal support groups and works with new mothers in children’s centres in South-East London.
Sarah Page is a Counselling Psychologist who practices within an Integrative framework, drawing upon Psychodynamic theory, CAT and CBT in a way which is coherent, meaningful, creative, and of therapeutic benefit, meeting the unique needs of her clients. She graduated in Psychology (BSc), studied Mental Health Studies (MSc) and Professional Training in Counselling Psychology. She is a member Division of Counselling Psychology (BPS). Sarah values continuing personal/professional development and believes self-understanding has deepened her empathy and authentic way of relating.
Sarah has experience in working with complex psychological and emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, OCD, childhood sexual, emotional and physical abuse, trauma, bereavement and loss, attachment and dependency, personality disorder, relationship difficulties, phobias including social phobia, and self-harm.
Sarah works with the meaning of clients’ experience within their own particular life-world and developmental context; and with an understanding of relationship patterns/dynamics and their influence upon meanings within the therapeutic relationship, and beyond within the client’s life and relationship with self and others. At deeper emotional/psychological levels, Sarah works with clients’ basic sense of self and experience of the world through creating trust and security within the therapeutic relationship thereby enhancing integration of self-parts/states and ways of relating.
Sarah’s clinical practice reflects her openness to engage with and learn from her client about their experience and connect at a deep level. Sarah works within a trusting therapeutic relationship and sense of ‘being with’ the other while reflecting upon, exploring, find meaning in or work through more difficult life experiences and/or painful feelings which may seem unmanageable. Changing self-limiting thought patterns and/or behaviours, and relating with the self and others in more helpful, balanced ways, opens up self-acceptance and expression, creative opportunities and self-fulfilling potentials enabling greater joy, wellbeing and peace.
Seema Bhatti is currently studying for a doctorate in counselling psychology at City University. She has experience with NHS and private clients and has worked in the charitable sector too.
Seema’s interest is working with an intergretative approach and using the CBT model. Her experience is working with young people who have been victims of sexual violence, domestic violence victims and eating disorders.
Stefania Orsi is a registered Counsellor Psychologist (HCPC) who works with an humanistic approach (Gestalt). This means she focuses her work on the client’s individual experience and on the sense that it has for him. For her, therapy, is a creative process between the client and the therapist. A creative process which starts from a stuck point in life that could be a symptom, a feeling of loss, fear of death, time running out or a transition from one life stage into the next.
The client and the therapist work together to find a better and new way to take on life. For her therapy is not about “cure something wrong inside us” but an opportunity to transform our dysfunctional way to be. This transformation process is possible through awareness and taking responsibility on our life, our needs and desires with the goal to create a good quality of life.
Stefanie Ahlemann trains in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy. She has experience in working with loss, self esteem, general counselling and identity development.
Stefanie has a particular interest in adoption and fostering related issues and has an understanding of the adoption and fostering process.
Steve Banfield is an integrative psychotherapist in advanced training about to enter the 4th year of a Master’s degree course with Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University. He specifically uses attachment and object relations approaches as the basis of his practice, and take from Person-Centred psychotherapy the fundamental attitude of positive regard.
Steve is also interested in how bedrock existential questions arise in the client’s process and how these can be used to help the client change. He has experience in both time-limited counselling (with the NHS) and longer-term therapy in independent settings, specialising in depression and anxiety, bereavement and dysfunctional repetitive relationship patterns. Previous experience includes working for various charitable agencies: Samaritans, Cruse and Mind.
Steve Langstaff is registered and accredited with the BACP as a counsellor/psychotherapist. He trained as an integrative counsellor and uses as a base psychodynamic thinking, which looks not only at problems in the present but also roots to these in the past.
He specialises in the significance of attachments and relationships in life, and helping clients make sense of how the forming of early emotional patterns and ways of relating may be repeated in later life.
Stu Mileham is a person centred counsellor, in the fourth year of training at the Metanoia Institute, and is a member of BACP. He came to counselling after going through a very difficult period in his life, where he chose to re-evaluate everything and embark on a new path.
Stu believes that building the trust between client and counsellor and establishing a close working relationship between them is paramount. He aims to create a safe, non-judgemental space, where we can both be fully present to what is arising, to explore the difficulties and blocks, and look for new ways of being, with ourselves, with each other and with the world.
Stu has a broad range of experience, working with clients in recovery from addictions, suffering with abandonment issues, bereavement, illness, loss, lack of life purpose, depression, and he is open to working with any presenting issue. Stu also has a deep interest in Psychosexual and Relationship issues, particularly difficulties around intimacy, sexuality and relationships.
Stu is passionate about personal development and growth and firmly believes that we can all become the best person we were born to be.
Suzanna Brown is an integrative psychotherapist with a transpersonal specialism. She offers a safe space to explore the emotional and personal issues that are keeping you stuck or affecting your ability to reach your potential. Suzanna works mindfully with warmth and connection to help you gain insight, healing and the emotional freedom to move forward.
With a particular interest in psyche and soma, Suzanna enjoys exploring the connection between mind and body and can draw on a range of therapeutic tools including psychodynamic principles, working creatively and working energetically with the body.
Thomais Pelekanou is a qualified counsellor and a registered member of BACP. She has worked for a number of years in the mental health sector in London, Athens and New York.
She believes that the answers are already inside us and through life, we have learned to suppress our emotions, feelings and needs which when not expressed collide in us and overpower us. She works establishing a warm, empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship encouraging her clients to contact underlying feelings, make sense of them and reflect on the new meanings which emerge. She aims to help her clients understand the connection between presenting symptoms and what is happening in relationships, by identifying core repetitive patterns.
She is a humanistic counsellor and works with psychological issues, anxiety/depression, long term health issues, trauma, relationship issues, Asperger’s, autistic traits and disabilities.
Tyrone Carty-Williams is a qualified counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He offers a safe, confidential, therapeutic environment to explore his clients’ issues.
Tyrone works integratively, which means that his work blends together techniques from several counselling models. He holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and at present is undertaking a MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Varta Kadian is a qualified Integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and her work is informed by both Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches. She takes particular interest in exploring with clients the way the past informs the present, thus gaining a new understanding and insight into the current issues they are faced with.
Varta considers the therapeutic relationship the most important aspect of therapy that provides a corrective emotional experience. She aims to create a trusting relationship with her clients so they feel safe to explore their problems and find their own solutions.
Varta specialises in relationships, trauma, attachment and anxiety.