Practitioners

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist

Lee’s approach to psychotherapy is an integrated way of practicing that encompasses humanistic, existential philosophy and positive psychology. Lee works by exploring your world to see how you engage with your life and the people around you. Lee will help you become aware of your values, beliefs and limitations and help you connect and improve your relationship with yourself, as well as with other people. This process may be challenging, yet extremely rewarding, accessing the changes you want to make towards living the life that you want to live.

Lee specialises in seeing couples and families where he can apply his passion for helping people overcome breakdowns in communication and understanding. Relationship counselling tends to work with the immediate problems, although the past is used to illuminate what is going on in the present. With each person in the relationship being able to see what it is like for the other, a deeper understanding, and compassion and empathy for the other person’s position emerges. With this deeper understanding, issues are able to be worked through, and a different dynamic can form within the relationship, as it moves towards a healthier and more positive way of relating.

Counselling Psychologist, Supervisor

Diane is a chartered psychologist with over 10 years’ experience in psychotherapeutic and mental health settings. She is a member of the Counselling division of the British Psychological Society an an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist. She also has a Msc. in Counselling Psychology and Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Counselling Psychology. Diane’s experience as a psychologist has been in the NHS and within the voluntary/charitable sector where she has worked with a wide range of problems that includes stress and anxiety problems, depression, relationship problems, addictions, anger, self-esteem and bereavement.

Her psychotherapeutic approach is pluralistic which means that she uses a number of psychological models to understand the everyday social and psychological problems that people encounter. She believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist collaborate together to ascertain what would be the most helpful to the client.

Clinical Director, Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Having worked in the UK banking industry for thirteen years I finally decided to embark upon a long-held desire to become a psychologist. This led to training for a number of years in charitable mental health services and with the NHS where I experienced working across a wide range of issues that include substance use/addiction, depression, trauma, personality disorders, self-harm and stress. I have a particular interest in the area of masculinity and men’s mental health, but I am comfortable working with all clients and cultures.

There are no expectations from me for how you should behave in therapy. Knowing we are all unique and have different needs means a core aspect of my approach is geared to meeting your goals and requirements at a pace that works best for you. Central to this is making sense of how current concerns may be related to earlier or current life experiences. I have trained in several evidence based psychological approaches enabling me to offer interventions tailored to your needs using existential, psychodynamic and CBT therapies. I believe creating a strong therapeutic relationship is the primary driver that facilitates client change. Key to this is relating to you as an individual that considers your subjective circumstances and experiences.

My doctoral thesis (DPsych Counselling Psychology) examined the emotional experiences of men over forty in therapy for substance issues.

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Nazanin is an experienced psychotherapist and registered counsellor who is currently completing her doctoral training in counselling psychology. She has experience working in the NHS mental health services and private services. Nazanin has worked with a range of presenting difficulties, including common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. She also has experience working with relational difficulties, grief, loss, personality disorders, trauma, sexual abuse, schizophrenia and OCD.

Nazanin values how individuals makes sense of their experiences and their lives. She works with a pluralistic approach to meet the client where they are psychologically. This means she is integrating person-centred therapy, psychodynamic theory and Cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques to maximise understanding, compassion and healing of her clients.

Nazanin’s approach ensures her clients feel they are within a safe, trusting, respectful and confidential space where they are able to share their difficulties and reach a shared understanding of what could work for them. She holds a non-judgemental and empathetic stance which acknowledges the importance of context and diversity. Nazanin believes that people are the experts of their own lives, and utilising therapy to overcome life challenges can support them in their unique journey.

Counselling Psychologist

James is a Chartered Psychologist and an accredited Existential Psychotherapist.

James’ therapeutic practise arises from a life-long interest in Philosophy, social sciences and the humanities with particular attention to the nature of society and the nature of individual subjectivity.
Consequently James believes that the psychotherapeutic enterprise offers radical new possibilities for an individual to understand where they position themselves in their life and how that position can be changed. It offers a real opportunity for a client to put everything on the table and to take seriously the creativity and power that is our birthright as human beings. This is best achieved through an honest and compassionate space where one can talk about and, therefore, think about oneself in a new way.

James has worked in the NHS for 7 years in a range of services, including Guys and St Thomas’s Psycho-oncology service and North Hackney Community Mental Health Team. James is LGBT-friendly and specialises in anxiety and trauma disorders, disability, employment and education difficulties, loss and bereavement, self-esteem and relationship difficulties.

Psychotherapist

Suzi is a Person-Centred psychotherapist passionate about self-discovery, self -development and personal growth. She’s got experience of working with adults and young people (ages 11-16) with a wide range of issues, e.g. anxiety, low self-esteem/confidence, stress, depression, addiction, grief and loss, bereavement, relationship issues, anger issues, abuse, self-harm, bullying and trauma.

Her desire is that all her clients are able to discover their inner strength and reach their full potential, which she believes brings about wholeness and inner peace and the zeal to live a more fulfilling life.

Suzi’s sessions are tailored around the needs and preferences of her clients. On top of her person-centred foundation, she uses additional tools from CBT and psychodynamic therapy to maximise the healing and breakthrough of her clients. During sessions, clients can learn to recognise any past trauma or learn behaviour that may be affecting their current life, break negative patterns and make positive changes. She helps clients identify, challenge and control unhelpful thoughts and works with them towards establishing a healthier thought process.

Suzi is also experienced in working with couples. Relationships are fundamental to our emotional and mental wellbeing, however, not many exist without some form of conflict. Suzi works within a neutral standpoint helping couples to recognise healthier ways to approach and deal with their disputes. Her ambition with couples is to highlight their communication style, present opportunities for each individual voice to be heard and facilitate a wholesome discussion leading to positive change.

Suzi is warm, welcoming and down to earth. She empathetically embraces her clients and empowers them with positivity.

Psychotherapist
I am a highly skilled senior Psychotherapist with 30 years of experience dedicated to professional practice and service to others.
Since each person is unique, I adapt the therapy to meet the needs of each individual, ensuring effective delivery to my clients and placing their needs and priorities at the heart of every consultation. I take a layered approach; proactive and practical to help bring fast relief and assist clients move forward, together with a deeper dynamic approach to enable understanding of root cause for empowerment to enable lasting change, aiming ultimately for a deep alignment with individual truth. My approach is always open, tailored, and empowering.
If you are seeking help to heal yourself and are truly motivated to grow and develop, and are striving to achieve a fulfilling, enriched and authentic life, it will be my honour to help you. I believe passionately that therapy is a powerful medium for healing, and I have seen its benefits reach far and wide. Many clients report feeling better at the end of their first session. Therapy may be a single session, short term or more intermediate or longer term depending on the depth of material presenting.  But therapy is there to hand you back into your life, and because each person is unique, I focus on identifying and tailoring the approach best suited for each person, with the greatest care.
I offer you therapy as refuge, therapy as hope, therapy as a place of honesty and compassion, of safety, of warmth and laughter, loving care, of positive challenge, and a respectful human friendship where you can receive the help you need to move forward into the life you choose.
I am UKCP registered.  My training as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and beyond over the years has embraced a variety of modalities, amongst them, Gestalt, T.A, CBT, EFT, and EMDR. I work holistically, and I work a lot with the mind-body connection and am currently training in Hypnotherapy. In addition to working as a psychotherapist, I am a trained massage therapist and a yoga instructor/yoga therapist.
Chartered Psychologist

As a Chartered Psychologist my approach is straightforward.  I believe psychological therapy is about giving people the space to manage difficulties and transform problems into personal growth. I hold the firm belief that every person is individual and has the potential to fully realise their unique qualities.

I adapt my approach to meet your needs and believe that an integral part of the growth process is the relationship with the person with whom I am working.

I would describe myself as a perceptive, friendly and positive minded psychologist. My training has been in Australia and the United Kingdom where I am now practicing. As a reflective practitioner I try to treat my clients as fully human and at a fundamental level, rather than as a diagnosis or a treatment plan. While I will listen, I won’t just listen. I will work with you to help you devise and implement real solutions to your challenges.

Across my career my work also extends to consultation with the public sector (the Psychological Services Coordinator for the Serious Organised Crime Agency and consultant for the United Nations) and private sector (financial services in the City of London).

As a Chartered Psychologist I use a range of evidence-based strategies to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual. I am an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council and a registered practitioner with EMDR UK and Ireland.

Psychotherapist

Andrew is an experienced psychotherapist who is CBT accredited and trained in Person-centred, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He has worked for NHS mental health services, specialising in a range anxiety and depression difficulties. Andrew’s approach to therapy is integrative, combining different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual.

At the heart of his work, Andrew emphasises each client’s concrete experience and the way they uniquely make sense of their lives. He takes time to understand the social and cultural contexts of each client and considers how they have influenced and continue to influence the individual. In sessions, by encouraging curiosity in their own lives through reflection, he utilises the therapeutic relationship to facilitate validation, self-acceptance and change in line with his client’s values. Andrew’s therapeutic approach is grounded in principles of anti-oppressive practice, equity and intersectionality.

Andrew’s clinical areas of interest and current areas of research are:

Addressing the unique psychological stressors that LGBTQIA people experience as the result of belonging to minority and stigmatised groups.
Working with adult survivors of childhood trauma who are experiencing complex PTSD.
Working with people of colour to help them to understand racial micro-aggressions, develop resilience and heal from the impact of oppression.
Working with adults who experience internalised oppression, lack of self-acceptance and feelings of shame.

Psychotherapist

Sarah is a registered psychotherapist working with adolescents and adults. Born in Scotland, Sarah has recently returned to the UK after many years of living in the United States. As such, Sarah particularly enjoys working with immigrant and ex-pat clients processing through questions of identity and culture. Sarah is consistently described as warm, friendly, and persistent by past clients and colleagues.

Sarah began her career working with teenagers with significant mental health challenges, and has experience working in non-profit and school based settings before moving into private practice, where she primarily works with older teenagers, university students, and young professionals. In therapy, she blends Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with her background in trauma and attachment theory in order to support the whole person: their history, relationships, and present circumstances. Some of the typical challenges her clients face include anxiety, overthinking or rumination, perfectionistic tendencies, relational conflict, and self-esteem. By integrating acceptance of the past with hope for the future, Sarah believes her clients can reach a more centered and balanced present.

Psychotherapist

I practise psychoanalytic psychotherapy with individual adults, and I am registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. As a graduate psychologist, I began my professional life working with those experiencing severe mental health problems. I undertook further training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, qualifying in 2002 as a psychodynamic psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Alongside my private practice I also run a therapeutic Community (TC) for individuals struggling with various forms of emotional distress.

The people I work with in psychotherapy may seek psychological support for a variety of reasons. You might be feeling hindered by past or present trauma, or you may be functioning well in your life. You might be seeking psychotherapy as a means of self-development, to address major life changes, or to manage a mental health condition. You might also enter therapy as part of your training requirement. You might have been in counselling or psychotherapy before, and feel that there is further work to be done.

I work with a variety of issues including, difficulties in relationships, sexuality, identity, feelings of emptiness, loneliness and meaninglessness, anxiety, panic attacks and stress, low self-esteem, childhood or adult trauma, education and career attainments, physical symptoms for which there is no medical explanation, loss or a bereavement.

I like to begin with an assessment which enables me to think together with you about your circumstances, and to determine the most appropriate way forward with you – which may mean a referral to a different form of therapy. If we decide to continue working together, my aim would be to help you to understand the trauma or traumas that underpin the problems you may be struggling with on a day to day basis, and to enable this understanding to be accepted by, and integrated with, your own conscious sense of who you are as a person.

Psychotherapist

I am an experienced integrative therapist (this means I use variety of different therapeutic approaches from humanistic and behavioural schools as well as more tradition psychodynamic methods to tailor to your own individual situation). I also draw on my extensive life experience which involved growing up in different countries as well as living in the USA as an adult.

I’m able to offer you a safe, objective and non-judgmental space to explore your life. I work with adults, couples and teens. We work together to develop a picture of how you want your life to be and will work out the necessary steps to develop it. Often seemingly small changes can impact your entire life. Small manageable steps can lead to big changes. While change may feel overwhelming or impossible together we will walk this path that will lead to you having a joyful life experience. I can work with you on any relational issue, addictive disorder; ocd, anxiety, depression, trauma. I use a variety of approaches ranging from attachment, narrative therapy, and mindfulness cognitive behaviour therapy.

I have a keen professional interest in the work of UCLA Professor Dan Siegel’s neuroscience and meditation lab. I myself have been meditating since 2006. Your therapy process does not have to last forever; results can come quicker than you think. I initially did my training at the Tavistock Clinic, London, where I did PGDIP in Couple’s Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I followed it on with masters in clinical psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Counsellor

Nada’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative, rooted in the existential theory. This focuses on the increase of self-awareness and the importance of autonomy to feel more confident and content. As each client is an individual, the counselling is tailored to them and their circumstances, incorporating various modalities including CBT, humanistic, person centred and psychodynamic.

Nada provides a confidential and non-judgmental space, her clients finding her down to earth, approachable, and empathic. She has worked with a range of issues including depression, relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, identity issues, self-esteem and finding life’s purpose. Nada understands talking about personal issues is hard and works collaboratively with her clients to unpack what they are struggling with and work towards new possibilities.

Nada has a particular interest in issues relating to identity, cross cultural and ‘belonging’. She provides a culturally sensitive space, exploring your world and lived experience that is unique to you. Nada is a registered counsellor with BACP and adhere to their code of ethics. She is in her final year of a doctorate in counselling psychology course.

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Argyrios is a psychotherapist and counsellor focusing on creating a tailored therapeutic plan that will accommodate the individual needs of each client, using an integrative therapeutic model. Some of the models he frequently incorporates are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-centred Therapy and Attachment Theory.

Argyrios believes that a non-judgmental, safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation upon which difficulties can be shared, and where healing and growth can start to take place.

His previous experience comes from the private practice sector in Greece and in the UK, as well as working as a psychologist for the Hellenic Army. Alongside his work in private practice, Argyrios works within a charity organisation that offers counselling and support to children and young people.

Argyrios specialises in people experiencing issues with anxiety and depression, particularly in the work environment and the university student life. His background in occupational psychology gives him a solid understanding of the difficulties that an employee and a student may face in the work or university setting respectively.

Counsellor

Sams approach to psychotherapy is integrative, adopting a wide range of modalities though she is existential at heart: She tailors her practice to suit each client individually, working with their preferences. This could include CBT, or person centred, psychodynamic and positive psychology.

Clients have experienced Sam as especially warm and approachable; she is passionate about supporting and empowering those within her care to make the changes they would like – to increase their experience of control and enjoyment of their own lives.

Sam works to provide a safe space to explore difficulties and is comfortable working on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, addiction, trauma, self- esteem, or that relating to a sense of identity and the search for meaning in life.  She has particular experience working with the LGBTQ community and performers (professional musicians, actors etc.)

Sam works collaboratively with her clients and emphasizes the importance of autonomy- working alongside her clients to find alternative responses to live more contentedly and fully. She is currently undertaking a doctorate in counselling psychology.

Psychotherapist

Maryam is an integrative psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and coach. She completed her MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent’s University, London and has been practicing psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for the past ten years. Her experience comes from having worked as a psychotherapist, CBT and IAPT practitioner for the NHS, within the charity sector, as well as in private practice. Prior to moving to the UK, Maryam worked as a clinical hypnotherapist and life-coach in Tehran.

Working integratively means that she will draw on different modalities to best support the client’s unique needs. Sometimes a more structured CBT approach will be suitable, where a specific problem can be targeted and worked through, whereas other times, a more explorative approach will be used to help develop self-awareness, self-acceptance and foster compassion –  to better appreciate why you do what you do and feel the way you feel in relation to yourself, others and the world. 

Her background in hypnotherapy means she is particularly well suited to work with clients presenting psychological problems that manifest themselves physically. Distressing feelings such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of shame and guilt, extreme anger, can be very much a physical presence in a client. At these times, hypnotherapy can be a very useful tool to work through the problems. Maryam also offers EMDR, which is particularly useful when working with trauma.

Maryam offers therapy face-to-face and Skype. She speaks English and Farsi.

Psychotherapist

Louiza is a psychotherapist whose philosophy and practice focuses on developing a stronger understanding of self in order to maximise true potential.

Louiza provides a safe and supportive space, where clients are able to explore and understand their own feelings and emotions. She uses a combined approach to psychotherapy, making it bespoke to each individual client’s needs. Through the use of person-centred therapy, psychodynamic analysis and cognitive-behavioural methods, the client builds an awareness between mind and body, empowering them to discover greater life satisfaction.

Louiza has extensive experience in working with a variety of issues with adults, families, young people and couples. These include, anxiety and stress, depression, self harm, bereavement, trauma, addiction, relationship breakdown, and all forms of abuse.

She believes it is essential that the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is built on empathy and trust, enabling the client to express and share their thoughts within a confidential and non-judgemental environment.

Psychotherapist

As a fully qualified integral psychotherapist, I use a wide range of techniques and theories when working with clients on a one to one basis. This means I attend to the whole person, their perceptions, thoughts, feelings and physical experience working as a whole.  My approach to therapy is based on non-judgement, trust and respect and is relational in that I believe, most if not all, psychological distress stems from the quality of our relationships, past and present.  An integrative style of therapy allows me to have greater flexibility in assessing you, the client’s needs.

​I aim to tailor the therapy to meet clients very specific needs with an empathetic and congruent approach.  Confidentiality and trust are an essential to the counselling process.  Clients may share difficult feelings and thoughts with me safe in the knowledge that their personal identity and information will be retained in confidence and free of judgement. I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

I hold many qualifications and certificates within the field and is currently enrolled on a Doctorate working towards qualifying as a Doctorate in Counselling Psychotherapist. I am also able to help Farsi speakers struggling with English.

Psychotherapist

Simona is a Psychotherapist and Coach specialised in brief, impactful and long-lasting interventions.

Simona’s strategic work means that she aims to co-create and reach with her clients transformational goals through sometime unconventional solutions, in the shortest period of time, fostering resourceful autonomy, positive communication, relational and emotional strategies.

The overall atmosphere offered is a welcoming, open-minded experience of personal exploration and facilitation of growth.

With a Ba and Ma in Psychology, Simona specialises in a variety of brief therapies while also following a background in Clinical Psychology and Systemic psychotherapy.

This means Simona, alongside 1:1 work, has gained lots of experience working with couples, families and teams.

Having worked in different settings and with people from various industries, from the Italian Nhs to the Charity Sector in the UK and the educational, private and creative worlds, Simona professional mindset aims to cater for different needs in a tailored fashion.

Igniting positive change at large is Simona’s passion, supporting people in designing their own version of wellbeing and advocating for better futures.

Simona works both in Italian and English.

Counsellor

My work is rooted in a humanistic approach, emphasising the significance of and providing the fertile environment for you to grow into your true self. Through our time spent together you will have the opportunity to explore your sense of self, and what may be causing you distress or perhaps holding you back from being accepting of yourself. Your journey is unique to you, and as such, I will facilitate a bespoke pathway which is concentrated on the here and now, whilst facing difficulties with past experiences. I have a wealth of experience working with trauma and the impacts that can have: psychologically, emotionally and somatically, whilst identifying interventions and new understanding, which evokes resilience, acceptance and empowerment for survivors.

When working with couples i acknowledge every relationship is unique as are the individuals in the partnership.  As such, I facilitate a trusted, supportive and safe space for the elements of the relationship, issues and connected emotions to be heard and explored with a focus on resolution that is both enriching and meaningful. I assist with issues such as ineffective communication,  escalating arguments, infidelity, impacts of a professional life on the relationship, loss of intimacy or sexual desire or the impact of a loss of a child has on a relationship.
Relationship work can also look at coping with a separation or divorce, recognising co-dependency traits that may be affecting meaningful relationships alongside working with the difficulties blended families may experience.
I have a passion for helping those suffering with mental health difficulties, especially depression, anxiety and couples work. I pride myself on connecting with my clients on a deep level and value the strength and power of the therapeutic relationship to promote healing and progression. Helping to identify ways to be free of painful symptoms that can hold a person back and collaboratively working to carve out new ways of coping and preventing relapses in the future. This time is for you, for your voice to be heard and for your healing to begin, it would be my privilege to support you through this.
Psychotherapist

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a certified Imago relationship therapist. I have a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have been in private practice for over 12 years. I have counseled for a number of organizations including MIND and LACAP, as well as for several Employee Assistance programme providers.

My approach is integrative as I draw on a variety of psychological therapies to help clients. I counsel both individuals and couples, and I work with a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, anger management, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and bereavement.

As an Imago relationship therapist, I work with couples to build open communication in order to resolve conflict and rebuild love and connection. If couples have decided to separate I help them do so in an amicable way. I am also a facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich programme, helping premarital couples to start marriage on the best foot.

Counsellor

Rachel is an experienced integrative counsellor who is adept in harvesting a meaningful, trusted, inclusive therapeutic experience between equals. She provides an intuitive, empathic and warm environment to explore emotional difficulties, distress or opportunities for change. Rachel applies a combined approach to therapy, blending together a range of theories, modalities and interventions to suit the specific needs of the client.

Her practice incorporates humanistic, CBT, DBT and psychodynamic models to inform her work. Your therapeutic journey is unique to you, therefore Rachel will facilitate a bespoke pathway centring on your here and now distress, whilst looking at early life experiences and any links and themes that flow habitually through our thoughts and how these cognitive scripts can influence both our emotions and our behaviour.

Rachel’s passion is supporting those suffering with mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, personality and mood disorders. She has a wealth of experience working with trauma, both historical and current; and the impacts that can have on us psychologically, emotionally and somatically. Having worked in the field of addiction recovery for many years, Rachel has helped individual’s break free from the dysfunctional behaviours linked to substance misuse and supporting those through consequential impacts including relational ruptures and professional issues.

In connecting with her clients on a deeper level, they describe benefiting from a new found level of self awareness, centeredness and psychological growth. Rachel also offers Bereavement Counselling, and can help you process your feelings of loss and grief from losing a loved one. Rachel will work with you collaboratively to harvest new ways of viewing difficulties, develop new ways of coping and exploring interventions to alleviate distress and protect continued mental wellness.

Counsellor

I work predominantly utilising a humanistic approach, offering a non-judgemental, accepting and safe space for reflection and exploration of emotional problems, to work towards making sense of your world and alleviate emotional distress.   This approach centres on the belief that everyone has the capacity to grow emotionally and psychologically towards their own goals to reach personal fulfilment and enhancement.

I recognise the uniqueness of every individual which is core to my work and am passionate about the importance and impact the development of the therapeutic relationship has in assisting with the exploration of your own sense of self thus enabling movement towards a life of self-acceptance.

I have experience of working with a range of psychological issues including Anxiety and Depression.  I have a passion for working with those experiencing bereavement and loss and will work with you to process your grief.

As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere and abide by their code of ethics.