Practitioners

 

Moa Lundström

Clinical director, Psychotherapist

Moa has primarily trained in the existential tradition which means she takes a philosophical and pragmatic approach towards therapy. A client’s whole way of being is taken into account and explored, looking at which ways people have learnt to relate to themselves and others, how they have learnt to respond to different situations in life, always in a person-centered and empathetic manner. Such self-knowledge can sometimes bring about change effortlessly, and other times equip the client with the knowledge and tools to consciously choose a better/ more helpful way of responding, relating and making decisions. Moa believes that a thorough self-examination can lead to a deeper sense of meaning in life, to self-acceptance and finding and building upon personal strengths. She values openness, honesty and courage in the therapy room as in life. Moa has a keen interest in neuropsychology and grounds her work in body-mind science.

Her doctoral thesis (DPsych) is on the subjective experiences of disagreeing with one’s schizophrenia diagnosis and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Lee Valls

Clinical director, Psychotherapist

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.

Dr Raffaello Antonino

Counselling Psychologist, Supervisor

As a counselling psychologist, Raffaello uses an integrative approach, resulting from years of practice, including within the NHS. He has experience of CBT, Schema-therapy, Person-centered, Acceptance & Commitment therapy and Mindfulness. Delivering a warm and compassionate approach, Raffaello looks at each client’s unique subjective needs to devise a collaborative plan towards empowerment and growth. His non-judgmental stance translates into looking at any psychological issue as the normal consequence of difficult life circumstances. He believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship as an invaluable platform and engine for change; a training ground for a more satisfying and fulfilling existence.

Diane Thompson

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.

Thain Kleinhentz

Counsellor

Thain has over 15 years’ experience of working as a counsellor and as a sexual health adviser at a number of leading NHS Trusts. He provides a non-judgmental, confidential, safe environment to explore and make sense of current difficulties. He aims to explore current issues and work towards improving clients’ mental well-being and quality of life. Thain works in collaboration with a client to empower them to overcome current obstacles and gain confidence in tackling issues and difficulties. Using Integrative, Person-Centered and Humanistic approaches, these are some of the issues and areas that Thain has particular interest and experience of working with:

Cultural issues, Depression, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Loss, Men’s Issues, Mental health issues, Personal Development, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality and Chemsex issues.

DR AMY SMITH

COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

Amy has experience of working with individuals with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating difficulties, physical health difficulties, psychosis, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and work related stress. She works in an integrative way, drawing upon different therapeutic models to meet individual needs. She often employs Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy in her client work.

Amy is passionate about helping individuals to explore and make sense of their difficulties. She collaboratively works with individuals to help them become more aware of and to address patterns that keep them stuck in order to bring about change. She aims to help individuals feel empowered and thereby help them live a more fulfilling, satisfying life whilst still supporting them through any challenges they might face.

Amy feels that it is important that a strong therapeutic relationship is developed to allow individuals to feel safe and comfortable. She is relatable and down-to-earth which can help individuals feel at ease. She delivers a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental therapeutic approach.

STEPHEN TAYLOR

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Steve is a qualified Cognitive Analytic Therapist who combines this relational approach with Compassion Focussed Therapy and Psychoanalytical techniques. Steve has 29 years’ experience as a mental health clinician having worked as a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychological Medicine and as a nurse manager of a number of community psychiatric services. He is also experienced in using EMDR and trauma- focussed CBT having worked as a trauma therapist for the British Army. Before working in the private sector, Steve worked as a Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Portman NHS Trust. He brings a warm and engaging style of practice which was recognised by his award from the Depression Alliance in the ‘practitioner of the year category 2014’.
Steve is also undertaking doctoral studies, which are in the field of compassion. He values the therapeutic relationship as the key component of psychotherapy.

TONY HEWING

COUNSELLOR, PSYCHOTHERAPIST, SUPERVISOR

Tony has been a practising Counsellor since 1984. He worked in the USA starting in Addictions, HIV/Aids, and the hospital based mental health system until 1996. From 1996 to March 2017 he worked as a Primary Care Counsellor in 6 GP surgeries in Bromley and Orpington, Kent.

Tony trained as an Integrative Counsellor and has a Masters of Science degree in Integrative Counselling from St Thomas University, Miami, USA. He has worked extensively since 1998 in the field of Employment Assistance Programmes for various providers like BUPA.

For the past 20 years Tony has specialised in Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Trauma. He is experienced working with couples and in family therapy.

JERALINE GEORGE

PSYCHOTHERAPIST, COUNSELLOR, CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Jeraline has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 15 years and has set up and managed a number of counselling services for charities throughout London. She has offered counselling to numerous young people, women, and men in the fields of International Development, Higher Education, and the Charity sector. She is also experienced in working in the fields of Employee Assistance Programmes with various providers.

Having trained as an integrative counsellor she is experienced in working with a variety of concerns including domestic violence, trauma, stress, sexual identity issues, depression, relationship worries, cultural issues, bereavement and confidence issues to name a few.

Jeraline is very down to earth and has supported her clients to feel at ease and be their genuine selves. Her approach is holistic and she brings enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to her work.

ANDREW STOCKHAUSEN

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.

Yasir Samir

Executive & Leadership Coach, Business Coach, Facilitator and Life Coach

Yasir has 24 years of leadership and coaching experience in a range of sectors and industries including the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Royal & Sun Alliance, Adidas, Verizon, the Money Advice Service and BUPA. He certified with the International Coaching Federation in 2012 and has been coaching in a formal capacity since.

He offers a strong combination of logical, structured thinking with abstract and flexible questioning. His approach is to disrupt your traditional thought patterns and help you come up with truly innovative and creative solutions.

For leaders seeking coaching, he can help bring clarity in support of executive functions and provide a set of tested principles and tools that are indispensable for any business leader at any level of experience. He will help to elevate your strengths, whilst recruiting to your blind spots and identify the strengths that each of your colleagues can bring to your goals.

He works both with individuals, as either a life or executive coach, and with teams, as a facilitator, business coach and organisational strategist. He has also helped coach a number of start-ups through their incubation.

Vanessa Maier

Counselling Psychologist

Vanessa’s practice is primarily Process Oriented, whilst also informed by CBT, ACT & DBT principles. ‘Process Work’ is a holistic and transdisciplinary approach that draws on Eastern philosophical teachings, Jungian psychology and Systems theory and can be usefully applied to a wide range of mental health issues and conditions. Vanessa is inspired by research developments in neuroscience in the areas of heart-brain connection, body intelligence and coherence and how the application of this knowledge can promote improved understanding of the self, relationships and how we engage and interact with the world. Regardless of what brings you to therapy, Vanessa believes that a curiosity to explore, examine and learn is integral to moving us towards our ideal life and a brighter sense of self and happiness. Vanessa appreciates the courage shown by individuals in therapy and she will always meet you with compassion and respect alongside your process. 

  

Rachel O’Connor

Psychotherapist, CBT therapist

Rachel is a skilled Psychotherapist with experience of working in the NHS and the private sector. She is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and has completed advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Rachel has worked with people experiencing a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, OCD, long-term conditions and trauma; helping them to understand and process their difficulties and supporting them in finding new ways of coping and effecting change.

Rachel is a warm and empathic therapist and as an eclectic practitioner, she has trained in a number of psychological techniques including Compassion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Positive Psychology and Systemic Family Therapy.  As such Rachel can tailor her approach when working with individuals, couples and groups.

Rachel’s current clinical interests are in the application of mindfulness to help people with anxiety and depression.  She has also run workshops on stress management in businesses, having previously worked in Financial Services.

Dr Sheetal Dandgey

Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist
I aspire to help you to explore and increase awareness of your beliefs, values and limitations in order to enable you to understand how you relate to the world, yourself and others. This process can empower a deeper understanding of how you respond to various situations and can lead to you successfully affecting change.
I am a psychotherapist and have been practicing for over 5 years. I enjoy working with my clients to collaboratively find self-acceptance, meaning and to enable growth in personal strengths. I use an integrative approach and apply psychological models according to your unique contextual needs and value our relationship as a key component in order to foster this resolution. Through experience within the NHS and charity sector, I have developed skills in CBT, schema-therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Trauma-Focused and Compassion Focused Therapies.
I have experience of working with the following difficulties:

Substance and behavioural addiction, Bereavement, Trauma, Cultural issues, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Relationship issues, Health issues, Perfectionism, Refugees, PTSD, Self-esteem

Suzanne Worrica

Psychotherapist
I am an experienced Gestalt psychotherapist with over 15 years working within the health and well-being fields.  Gestalt therapy has its focus on the here and now. This allows people the space to both reflect and take action and so live a richer, more fully present life. My clinical focus includes relationship difficulties and dynamics, loss and unresolved grief and coping with anxiety.  My specialisms also incorporate themes of belonging and identity and intercultural dynamics.  I facilitate experiential groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. My approach integrates contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the brain-mind-body relationship with an intuitive, creative approach.
I believe that people have the answers to their own wellbeing but sometimes it is difficult to appreciate this especially when life becomes overwhelming.  As such I offer a collaborative, non-judgemental space where you can talk openly, practice new ways of being or be silent or stuck – sometimes what we don’t or can’t say can be as informative as speaking out.

Dr Amirah Iqbal

Counselling Psychologist

Amirah has experience working in a NHS community mental health service, the charity sector providing assessment and psychological therapy to trauma survivors, and within GP and CAMHS services, assessing and treating people across the lifespan, presenting with a range of difficulties such as burn out, stress, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, anxiety, and the effects of trauma.

Most recently, she has worked at the Tavistock while undertaking additional training in IAPT systemic and family practice. Within this role, Amirah offers assessment and family therapy to families, working closely with statutory and multi agency networks, providing consultation to professional teams.

As an integrative counselling psychologist, specialising in working with diverse and marginalised groups of people, Amirah utilises humanistic, psychodynamic, attachment based, existential and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches. She is committed to anti-oppressive practices, and is informed by liberation psychology and mindful of the intersectionality of the systems of power impacting marginalised people in society.

Amirah believes that the therapeutic relationship is an agent of change, and offers a containing and supportive therapeutic space. She hopes that her compassion and empathy offers an environment where her clients are able to bring their whole self to therapy.

Tom Elliot

Counselling Psychologist

I’m Tom Elliot and I have worked in mental health for over 20 years and practice as a Counselling Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have Health and Care Professionals Registration. This provides the statutory regulation required in the UK to practice as a Counselling Psychologist. I am also chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have Associate Fellow Status. I am also a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with BABCP registration. I offer psychological therapy for a very wide range of difficulties for individuals, couples, adults and children, within a warm empathic and supportive therapeutic relationship.

I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This emphasises the importance of personal meaning and understanding through a collaborative psychological exploration, uncovering patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological responses. I can provide open ended or time limited psychotherapy.  Some treatments I provide such as EMDR or Hypnotherapy can accelerate recovery from difficult problems and can be used in combination with CBT.

Vasia Toxavidi

Psychotherapist

Vasia is a psychotherapist and relationship expert, working with individuals and couples. Her approach is integrative, using a combination of approaches to best suit her clients’ needs, such as narrative, transpersonal, psychodynamic to systemic approaches. 

Vasia works with individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, social isolation, low self-esteem, internal anger, guilt, blame, loss of a relationship, loss of job, uncertainty about the future and many other issues.

She offers impartial, non-judgemental support and guidance to anyone with relationship issues, whether divorced, married, about to get married, single, separated or co-habiting for both same sex and heterosexual partners. She can also help those who are still affected by difficulties from a past relationship or who are going through the experience of separation. She works with a wide range of couple issues such as communication difficulties, sexual and emotional intimacy, affairs, loss of desire, management of domestic and daily life, the arrival of children, financial disputes and many other.

Vasia sees the key to a successful outcome is enabling her clients to feel comfortable in a safe and trustworthy environment in which genuine interest, empathy and focused listening and understanding takes place. She works on the basis of absolute trust and confidentiality. 

Nadinne Dyen

Psychotherapist

I am an integrative psychotherapist with experience working in a variety of settings including various charities in the UK and Africa, NHS, the corporate sector as well as private practice. I provide a safe and supportive space to explore blocks, relationships, unresolved trauma, patterns of behaviour or simply whatever arises.

Overall, I work using a humanistic and person centered approach but draw from a variety of methods from CBT, Gestalt, TA, systemic constellation as well as using psycho-education at times. I have experience working with a wide variety of issues from depression, anxiety, stress, time management, trauma, PTSD, bereavement, family dynamics, relationship issues, eating disorders, feelings of isolation, loss of meaning in life and more. Being the founding director of an intercultural therapy centre where we work with clients from diverse backgrounds means that working with difference is a fundamental and integral part of my practice.

Above all, I intuitively combine a rich psychological experience, working with the body, sometimes sound and other creative practices to support clients working through blocks, finding better ways of relating to others and the world, building a more wholesome relationship with themselves and gaining greater awareness in order to lead more fulfilling and meaningful lives.