Meet our Team

At The Awareness Centre, we’re proud to have a highly committed and dedicated team who bring their expertise and passion for mental health and wellbeing to their roles. Our founder and managing director, Michaela McCarthy, has years of experience within the counselling and psychotherapy field. She works with her team to develop The Awareness Centre’s thriving therapeutic community.

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Our Director

Michaela McCarthy

Managing Director

Michaela McCarthy is a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, psychosexual & relationship therapist, clinical supervisor and tutor with over 25 years’ experience in the mental health field. She founded The Awareness Centre in 2005, offering a confidential counselling and psychotherapy service in south London.

Michaela is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge, and that energy led to her opening The Awareness Centre Training School in 2020. She is committed to creating a safe environment for her team, for therapists and for clients to engage and develop professional relationships. She works in private practice in Wimpole Street, Marylebone and is senior accredited with the BACP.

Operations Department

Francesca Brenner


Francesca Brenner is the PA for Michaela McCarthy. She brings a wealth of medical administrative experience gained over 12 years both in the private sector and in GP services.

Francesca demonstrates compassion and empathy and is a strong advocate for a positive mindset towards the mental health sector. She has always had a strong passion to work within the mental health industry and is a senior member of the TAC team.

Front of House Team

Holly Triggs

Holly Triggs – Front of House Administrator

Elizabeth Akindutire

Elizabeth Akindutire – Front of House Administrator

Kadiatu Banful

Kadiatu Banful – Senior Front of House Lead

Rayanne Lussaney

Rayanne Lussaney – Front of House Administrator

Renatta Andrews

Renatta Andrews – Front of House Administrator

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Charnell Kennedy – Front of House Administrator

NHS Team

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Amy Sharpe – NHS Team Leader Wandsworth

Anders Carvalho the team

Anders Carvalho – NHS Team Leader Lambeth

Gail Walker

Gail Walker – Counselling Services Manager

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Holly Jones – NHS Team Leader Wandsworth

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Matthew Scantlebury – Counselling Services Coordinator

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Minoo Briscoe – NHS Team Leader Sutton

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Oriana Scalzulli – NHS Team Leader Lambeth

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Tom Underwood – NHS Team Leader Wandsworth

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Venaifa D’costa – NHS Team Leader Lambeth

Violet Karamagi

Violet Karamagi – Counselling Services Manager

Low Cost and Private Therapy Team

Martina Moh

Martina Moh – LCCS Team Leader

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Rushna Patel – Senior Counselling Co-ordinator

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Seda Albay – Counselling Manager

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Zena Lennon – LCCS Team Leader

Clinical Supervisors

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Denise Sims

Ewa Romanowska the team

Ewa Romanowska

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Farzana Numan

Helen Sutton

Helen Sutton

Jo Small

Jo Small

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Michelle Baker

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Pamela Thompson

Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes

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Seda Albay

Training School Department

Michaela McCarthy

Michaela McCarthy – Managing Director

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Karen Dempsey – Faculty Lead and Tutor

Yasmin Kermali

Yasmin Kermali – Operations Lead

Michelle Pereira

Michelle Pereira – Training School Coordinator


Manisha Mahandru – Training School Coordinator

The Tutors

Amy Launder

Amy Launder – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Ben Dustin

Ben Dustin – Diploma Tutor

Bonny Allyson

Bonny Allyson – Lead Foundation Tutor/ Diploma Tutor

Domenica Stilwell

Domenica Stilwell – Diploma Tutor

Dr Catherine Wilson

Dr Catherine Wilson – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy

Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Dr Susie Orbach

Dr Susie Orbach – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Eleni Henderson

Eleni Henderson – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Elizabeth Betts

Elizabeth Betts – Lead Diploma Tutor

Emma Leonce

Emma Leonce – Leader Diploma Tutor

Femida Hirji

Femida Hirji – CPD Facilitator

Helen Sutton

Helen Sutton – Lead Diploma Tutor

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Jeremy O’Sullivan – Diploma Tutor

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Karen Dempsey – Faculty Lead and Tutor

Mirek Polanowski

Mirek Polanowski – Diploma Tutor

Patrizia Vadalà

Patrizia Vadalà – Lead Foundation Tutor/ Diploma Tutor

Windy Dryden

Prof. Windy Dryden – Visiting Diploma Tutor

Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes – Diploma Tutor

Steve Henfrey the team

Steve Henfrey – Diploma Tutor

Course Supervisors

Philippa Madden

Philippa Madden – Course Supervisor

Yesim Aslam the team

Yesim Aslam – Course Supervisor

Ewa Romanowska the team

Ewa Romanowska – Course Supervisor

Finance Department

Lesley Brown

Lesley Brown – Financial Controller

Louise Murphy

Louise Murphy – Finance Assistant

Samantha Austin

Samantha Austin – Finance Manager

Our private counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are all either members or accredited with one or more of the following professional bodies:

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