Associates and Practitioners

Adrienne Burgess 

I am a chartered clinical psychologist, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professionals Association (HCPC). I work with individuals and with couples.

Individual work: working with those who may be at a transition point in their lives or who would like to develop a psychological perspective in order to re-orientate or develop a new direction in life. Individuals might have experienced depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, separation, illness, employment difficulties, loneliness or unsettling experiences in life.

Couples work: working with couples who are experiencing relationship distress, depression, conflict or parenting issues.

Ali McLewin

I have a Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, a diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, a diploma in Social Work and a diploma in Clinical Supervision. I am registered with UKCP, CPJA and BAPPS. I am a registered BUPA practitioner.

I  have been working in the mental health field for thirty years. Originally I was a mental health social worker and for the past eighteen years  I have worked  as a psychotherapist in the NHS, in the charitable sector and in private practice, both in the community and in inpatient settings. Therefore I have worked  with individuals, couples and families who have experienced a very wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties. These include depression, anxiety relationship problems, post traumatic stress disorder following sexual abuse, loss and bereavement and low-self-esteem amongst other problems. In addition I have supervised professionals and trainees across the whole spectrum of mental health.

Central to my way of working is the importance of the therapeutic relationship. I aim to create a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where an individual can feel free to explore the aspects of their life which may be difficult and painful. The underlying causes of these difficulties are often unfamiliar. Many emotional difficulties originate in our childhood where the quality of early attachment and attunement can determine our subsequent development.

A psychoanalytic approach can promote some understanding of the individual’s inner world and how that  influences our relationship  to others. However each person is unique and therefore I adapt my approach accordingly. My aim is to encourage each individual I see to gain sufficient insight and self-understanding in order to alleviate their distress and to live a more fulfilled and creative life.

Amelia White

I am a fully qualified, professionally trained and experienced Counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from Brighton University.

I work in a humanistic way, which means that I believe that you have the ability to heal, grow and realise your own potential and my job is to offer the necessary conditions and support to enable that to happen. I will provide a confidential environment that is warm, respectful, understanding and open. I work in the here and now and we can also explore repressed and unfinished issues, thoughts, feelings and destructive behaviours from your past that may affect your present life.

I tailor the way I work to suit the needs of each client so I may incorporate approaches such as person-centred, gestalt, transactional analysis, existential and creative therapies.

As well as my private practice, I work for Brighton and Hove Integrated Care system offering counselling to women with mental health difficulties. I have worked in the past for Dialogue, seeing young clients age 16-25, and the Brighton Oasis Project where I worked with women with alcohol and /or substance misuse.

I offer both short and long term therapy for those experiencing a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma and eating disorders.

I believe that the relationship which can be built between therapist and client is a wonderful tool which can enable a person to grow, realise their own strengths and lead a more contented life and am open to sharing my thoughts and feelings with you.

I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their framework for good practice.

Anne Marie Allen

I hold a Masters Degree and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Minster Centre, London.

Integrative psychotherapy is a unifying psychotherapy that considers the importance of the whole person, paying attention to thoughts, feelings and somatic symptoms which cause dissonance and distress.

My approach is broadly relational which means that I am interested in a person’s way of relating to others as a way to understanding themselves. The interpersonal dynamic that takes place between myself and a client can be used to inform and deepen the work, and creates a space where such relational dynamics, though sometimes provoking, can be worked through, understood and improved.

I work with awareness of the body and am always fascinated by the solutions we hold within us when we learn how to listen on a sensory level.

Having participated in a rigorous and enriching training, which includes depth work of an experiential, clinical and academic nature, I am able to use a variety of  with respect and sensitivity for the individual, and have found that psychotherapy has deepened my awareness and recognition of how we can suffer and yet how profoundly we are able to find our way back.
I am accredited and practice under the code of ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).


Caroline Schofield

I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1987 after completing a training in Humanistic Psychotherapy. In 1989 I became accredited with The British Association for Counselling (BAC) and in 2000 I became a Senior Accredited Psychotherapist with The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have also done some analytical training with The British Association for Psychotherapy (BAP) where I was part of the Jungian stream for the training in Individual Psychotherapy with Adults.

My background is in mental health work in Social Services, Psychiatric and Voluntary Sector settings. Alongside this work I have first trained and then practiced Psychotherapy over a number of years. A substantial element of both the Humanistic and Analytic trainings is the requirement that the trainee be in therapy for the duration of study.

I have regular supervision of my case load and work to the BACP Code of Ethics.

My approach is psychodynamic and my orientation is Jungian, which means that I am interested in the relationships between people and their worlds, both inner and outer. I am also interested in how we find meaning in our lives in both a small and a larger sense.

Most of us experience anxiety or depression at some stage in our lives or we need to come to terms with emotional pain or disappointment. Often we can resolve this without outside help. Sometimes,however, the difficulties persist causing unhappiness at home and at work. This may be because current difficulties are stirring up feelings from the past of which we are unaware.
Psychotherapy can help individuals to understand hidden aspects of themselves by talking over a period of time in a reliable setting with a trained and experienced therapist.

The time together with the therapist provides a space for reflection. Whatever is foremost in the individual’s mind is brought to the session – maybe in the form of feelings, thoughts, memories, or dreams. The therapist listens and helps the individual to reach a deeper understanding of themselves, opening the way to change.

As the relationship with the therapist develops along with a sense of trust, the individual discovers new insights and then more appropriate ways of coping with problems and feelings can be found.

Sessions are usually held weekly so as to give as much continuity and support as possible.

David Owen

I have provided counselling and psychotherapy in a variety of settings since 2004, working with issues that range from the consequences of severe abuse and trauma to what might be seen as more ordinary kinds of difficulty. My qualification is in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy, with a significant Jungian input to my training which has continued in my personal and professional development. I also have had a substantial involvement with humanistic work and other modes of developing human potential, and have received training in psychosynthesis and person-centred counselling, as well as in psychodynamic counselling. I am a full member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. I have worked at the Brighton Therapy Centre since 2012.

I offer from 1-3 weekly sessions, using the chair and/or the couch. My therapeutic style is both supportive and challenging. At times I may concentrate mainly on listening to you, while at others I may invite further elaboration or share my thoughts about what you have told me. Although I do not have particular specialisms, I endeavour to bring a psychoanalytically-based approach to bear on whatever you may be seeking help with.Our initial meeting(s) will provide an opportunity for us to think together about what analytic work may be able to offer you at this point in your life.

Although it can be helpful in the relatively short term, psychoanalytic treatment aspires towards a deep, lasting resolution of difficulties, relying for its full effectiveness on the development of a secure and rewarding therapeutic relationship. Above all, there is an aim to engage with the issues you bring in all their likely complexity. Because of this the therapeutic process can take time.

For more information on what to expect from psychoanalytic psychotherapy please go to the ‘Therapies’ page on the Brighton Therapy Centre website:

Eurik Gilar

I am a qualified, BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor. I have experience in helping clients with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, grief, and bereavement. Unhelpful patterns of behaviour and non productive ways of relating can be explored and changed through counselling.  Having previously worked as a coach and a group trainer I can offer clients a range of skills to help empower them and discover their full potential.

I believe that no issue is too small or trivial or too great to bring to counselling – if it causes you pain, you will benefit from opening up about it in the long term. I tend to see all presented themes as material for exploration and everyone’s internal world as something that needs to be approached with curiosity and openness, without pigeon-holing or labelling. I support clients, non judgmentally, on a journey of self exploration and try to help identify tendencies and patterns that might be causing trouble or distress. My approach is suitable for adults of all ages and backgrounds and LGBTQ+ friendly.

I am bilingual and practice in English and in Czech.

Hanno Koppel

I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) senior accredited counsellor. I have 30 years experience of working with people experiencing mental health issues. This experience has been obtained in the NHS, in charities and in educational sectors.

My first counselling training was in relationship therapy and I worked for the London Marriage Guidance Council. I also worked and trained in the Psychotherapy Department of the Maudsley Hospital in South London where I had a clinical attachment to the Director. I have completed many training programmes since. These include Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR; I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner), Family Mediation (I hold Legal Aid Board recognition), and the course in supervision from the Centre for Supervision and Team Development.

I work part-time for the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service (NHS) in which organisation I hold the post of Black Minority Ethnic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I am also a member of the Management Committee and a Trustee of Sussex Interpreting Services.

At the Brighton Therapy Centre I work with people experiencing a variety of psychological and emotional issues. These issues include depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress-related conditions and trauma. I work with adults, both individuals and couples. I am very experienced in working with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and with people who belong to minority groups.

As a counsellor I work principally in a psychodynamic way. That is, I am influenced by the understanding that early experiences lay down foundations that shape and inform events later in life. Furthermore, I recognise the significance of unconscious processes; the expression of these, in the form of dreams, for example, can give insights into how mental health issues both develop and are maintained. However, I have had training in other approaches. Training in, and working with colleagues using different therapeutic methods, has enriched what can be brought into the therapy. Some people would call this an eclectic or integrative approach. The most important part of counselling, though, is the building of a therapeutic alliance. This is a professional relationship in which a safe and supportive environment is developed, allowing a careful and sensitive exploration of the mental health issues.

I am also an experienced clinical supervisor and trainer. I offer individual and group supervision to trainees and qualified practitioners from different professional backgrounds including counselling psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and mental health practitioners. A former academic, I retain my enthusiasm for sharing information and understanding, and I still occasionally teach at university and write articles.

Ian McMillan

Ian is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 20 years experience in a variety of settings including the NHS, charity and private sectors.

After developing an interest as an undergraduate in the work of the radical psychiatrist RD Laing and his approach to understanding and treating mental illness Ian went on to complete a therapy training with the Philadelphia Association, the charity Laing established in 1965. Subsequently Ian maintained his affiliation with the Philadelphia Association taking a position as a house therapist in one of their residential therapeutic communities in North London, where he worked for 10 years.

Ian currently maintains well established private psychotherapy practices in Brighton and London where he sees adults for individual psychotherapy and continues to base part of his practice at The Brighton Therapy Centre.

Ian is an approved APPT supervisor and provides individual supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors working within a psychodynamic framework.

Ian has always been committed to making psychological therapy as accessible as possible to all sections of the community and he brings this commitment to his practice at Brighton Therapy Centre along with the depth and breadth of his skills and experience as a psychotherapist.

Jacqui Paterson

I have worked in the mental health sector for 12 years, both in a hospital setting and in the  community for the last 2 years.

I trained as a Dialectical Behavioural Therapist in 2009. DBT is a therapy predominately for clients suffering from borderline personality disorder but  has proven  to be effective for people with eating disorders, depression, substance misuse and survivors of sexual abuse. I am part of a 3 person DBT team at Brighton Therapy Centre providing both group skills training and individual therapy.

I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and have experience of working individually with clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, health anxiety, low self-esteem, anger and eating disorders. I have extensive skills working in groups in the areas of substance misuse, anger, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

I work in a warm, empathic and collaborative way.  I believe that therapy is an equal partnership, and I work with honesty, congruence and openness to facilitate acceptance, and change and to create balance within.


Jamie Willo

I started out my career by training as a drama therapist, obtaining my professional qualification MA at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2005. I went on to study at the Tavistock Centre in 2007 where I qualified in observational studies and later as an ACP psychoanalytic psychotherapist in 2013. In addition I have undergone various other trainings such as a foundation course in systemic family therapy, gender diversity toolkit & awareness, ASC awareness and I am currently completing my professional doctorate in gender studies.

I am confident and experienced in delivering specialist psychoanalytic psychotherapy assessment and treatment to young people with complex needs, severe disturbance, distress and co-morbidity. I am experienced in working with high levels of deprivation and trauma and I have extensive experience within the field of gender dysphoria. I specialise in working with gender diverse individuals and regularly work with young people and their families through transition and referral to the Tavistock gender identity development service in London. 

I currently work at a local CAMHS in-patient ward and have done for the past 4 years, and have worked at community CAMHS for the past decade. I also work with the local NHS crisis team where I offer home treatment to young people who are at risk of hospital admission or re-admission, providing mental health assessments to young people who find themselves at risk of being detained Sussex wide. In my role within NHS CAMHS, I deliver evidence based psychoanalytic psychotherapy to young people on a one-to-one basis, with established and safe care pathways for assessment and intervention. I offer long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy treatment and also utilise the recently evidenced short term psychoanalytic psychotherapy model depending on my patient’s needs. I also offer specialist supervision, reflection groups, specialist training to professional trainees & outside organisations and lead complex case discussion groups. 

I work with a wide variety of presentations including: trauma (through bullying, abuse, neglect, loss, multiple losses, domestic violence, grooming etc), PTSD, ASC, gender dysphoria, anxiety, depression, dissociation, phobias, psychosis, emotional intensity, atypical eating disorders, conduct disorder, trichotillomania, somatic displacement, OCD, aggression, selective mutism, deliberate self harm, suicidality etc.

Jo Stein

I am a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and psychodynamic counsellor with many years of experience in both private practice and in clinical settings. I trained at the Guild of Psychotherapists and am a qualified member, I have a post-graduate diploma from Brighton University, an introductory group training with the Institute of Group Analysis and I completed a course of seminars at London Centre for Psychotherapy. I work with adults and I am a member of UKCP. I have experience of seeing people with a wide range of issues including eating disorders and addiction, trauma, anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties and all other mental health issues. A psychoanalytic approach works to understand current difficulties affecting your life. Through the exploration of your thoughts and feelings and their possible links with events from the past we aim to gain understanding and bring about lasting change. Psychoanalytic work is an effective solution to many mental health issues. For more information about this approach you may like to follow these links:

Jules Mercy

I qualified in Psychodynamic Counselling from Sussex University in 2000. Since then I have integrated other strands of working including Cognitive Behavioural and Humanistic approaches and draw on some or all depending on the usefulness to the client. I have experience of supporting a wide range of people after working in various counselling and therapy settings in the community and also in private practice. These settings include specialist drug and alcohol counselling and also domestic and sexual violence specialist therapy services. From 2006 I set up and then led for 10 years a low cost counselling and therapy service in the local charity Brighton Women’s Centre. These settings have been rich in offering experience in working with people from various backgrounds, cultures and identities, many being unfamiliar with counselling and therapy as a form of support.

I have experience in working in the short and longer term, both have much to offer depending on the person and the difficulty they are experiencing. I am very much interested in looking beyond the problem and understanding the difficulty as an opportunity for attention and to untangle how our past experiences and vulnerabilities can lead us to lose ourselves in familiar places. I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship can be key to opening our capacity to know and find ourselves and ultimately lead to a more authentic and meaningful life. I am interested in our uniqueness and difference as the richness of life and practice from an affirmative and a feminist perspective understanding this as a base of empowerment for all. I am equally interested in our common humanity and inter-connectedness especially regarding the big questions in life that we all face. I draw inspiration from Eastern and Western philosophy in tackling questions such as who we are and what it means to be human and value creativity and the arts as vehicles of expression and furthering of feeling and understanding.

Julia Wright

I am a UKCP registered individual and group psychotherapist and supervisor with over 15 years of experience in mental health and therapy. I have a background in the arts and in mental health including managing an NHS/Mind counselling service for people experiencing mental and emotional health issues including depression, anxiety, loss, identity issues, eating disorders, mental illness and relationship issues.

My initial psychotherapy training is in gestalt therapy which is a holistic and integrative approach that grew out of psychoanalysis.

I currently have a private practice in both London and Brighton and teach on the Gestalt Psychotherapy MA programme at the Gestalt centre, London. I have been training counsellors and psychotherapists for 7 years on various counselling and psychotherapy trainings. My private practice includes working with individuals and groups and I also offer supervision.

In my experience, depression and anxiety and many other symptoms of distress can be effectively explored and understood within a therapeutic relationship. People can begin to feel more at home in their own lives by working through past trauma and gaining awareness of their choices in the present.

Kate West

I began my counselling work by training with ChildLine in 2006 and from there went on to qualify from the University of Brighton with a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling. I have also completed a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the Wimbledon Guild, and a Certificate in Couple Counselling from the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. I’m able to work with clients on either a short-term basis (predominantly using a CBT framework), or longer-term using a psychodynamic or integrative approach. I see both adult individuals as well as couples, and psychodynamic as well as attachment theory provides the underpinning for my approach to client work. I also draw heavily on Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples.

In my approach to counselling I’m interested in unconscious processes and in how our past experiences (often very early relationships with primary care-givers) are effecting our current relationships and psychological well-being. I feel that therapy works best by establishing a supportive and healing relationship with a client, whilst focusing on facilitating insight. I’ll work with you to help you know and understand yourself through the mutual construction of meaning in the therapeutic relationship.

I’m an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: and adhere to the BACP code of ethics. I’m committed to continuing my professional development and as such I regularly attend training events and workshops.

Katy Gilardi

I’m a fully qualified counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling from Brighton University. I have experience of working with individual adults presenting with a range of issues including anxiety, OCD, depression, relational difficulties and a history of sexual abuse. Prior to retraining as a counsellor, I worked in teaching and leadership, having always been interested in supporting people reach their true potential.

Inviting my clients to work in a psychodynamic way to me means inviting them to develop some curiosity about the way they have come to understand themselves and how they relate to the world and people around them. As my clients reflect on their lives and experiences they can often sense that their current struggles have been present for some time but cannot pin point when they all started. This is when together we start reflecting on past events and relationships and the impact these had on their emotional and psychological development.

I am fully conscious that committing to counselling can be a daunting prospect to most people. This is why I offer each one of my clients a safe and non-judgemental space where they can do this challenging, but rewarding, work within a relationship that feels solid and trusting. Ultimately my aim is to support my clients move towards a way of living that can bring satisfaction and feels more authentic and creative. For this reason I tend to work within an open ended framework, which means my clients and I continue to meet as long as the process feels beneficial to them. I find most of my clients appreciate the non-rushed approach to emotional and psychic recovery that I offer.

Finally, I’m a registered member of BACP and offer counselling in both English and Italian.

Laura Findlay

I am a chartered counselling psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of HPC.  I have over eight years experience of working across the private and voluntary sector as well as the National Health Service in both community and inpatient services within primary, secondary and tertiary services.  I have experience of working with both children and adults and with mild, moderate and severe mental health problems. I work individually and with groups using cognitive behaviour therapy, schema focussed therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy.

I work in the areas of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma, low self esteem and self identity difficulties, domestic violence, psychosis, suicidal and self harming behaviours and with those who have a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Lisa Davies

I  am a Consultant Forensic Psychologist in private practice.  I have experience of assessing clients and delivering therapy for a wide range of psychological difficulties.  I am a trained dialectical behaviour therapist and have undertaken training in the STEPPS group-work programme; I work primarily with people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and/or trauma.  I run shame and compassion groups for people with PTSD and offer a wide range of cognitive behavioural, group-work or individual interventions including anger management, assertiveness, relaxation and mindfulness, violence reduction and offence related interventions.

I have experience of preparing reports and presenting expert psychological opinion in Court and to proceedings in the Family Court, Parole Board Reviews, Discretionary Lifer Panels, Mental Health Review Tribunals and Asylum and Immigration Tribunals.  I am trained to undertake risk assessments of violence, domestic violence and sexual offending and I am experienced in conducting forensic assessments and the preparation of psychological reports.

I have been registered as a chartered psychologist since 2004 and am currently employed on a sessional basis by an independent secure hospital with responsibility for the provision of psychological services to men and women with a history of offending who are sectioned under the UK Mental Health Act (1983) for reasons pertaining to the risk of harm they present to themselves or to others.

I am a fully registered member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology and am included in the directory of expert witnesses.  I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and HPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist.

Marie Larkin

Marie is a Registered BACP Accredited therapist with over 15 years’ experience. She trained at Birkbeck College, London and the University of Sussex. She has worked in clinics, NHS, Employee Assistance Programmes and in private practice.

Marie uses an “integrative” way of working, which means that she tailors how she works according to individual clients’ needs. She has trained in, and draws upon:

  • Psychodynamic
  • Humanistic
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) and CBT
  • Creative writing as a therapeutic tool

She works with people from a range of social and ethnic backgrounds and has a particular interest in the following:

Stress – Anxiety – Self Esteem/Confidence – Loss/Bereavement – Work Issues – Cultural/Ethnic Identity – Relationships/Family – Menopause – Life Changes

Marie is also an experienced therapist for student counsellors and healthcare professionals and is AVIVA registered.

In addition to individual therapy, Marie is an experienced group facilitator, presenter, “Return to Work Mentor”, Stress Coach, offers peer supervision and individual supervision and is currently undertaking research for an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.

Marta Markiewicz

I am a chartered Forensic Psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I qualified as a psychologist in 2005 and I have experience of working in institutional and inpatient settings, as well as in the community.

My main therapeutic experience relates to the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy. I offer therapeutic interventions to address a range of areas that include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-image difficulties and complex trauma. My main therapeutic approach is Schema Therapy, which focuses on understanding the link between early life experiences and the development of recurring difficulties, and improving ways of getting core emotional needs met in daily life.

Maya Rawal

I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist qualified with the Philadelphia Association, a charity established in 1965 by RD Laing to challenge accepted ways of thinking and treating mental illness and emotional distress. My approach is informed by both the psychoanalytic and existential heritage of psychotherapy.

I work in private practice as a psychotherapist with adults and young people. I offer both short and long term work with people seeking personal development, through exploring emotional and relational issues, loss and life transitions, difficulties with creativity and meaning, stress related problems, and self-doubt.

I have thirty years of experience working with children, families and mental health, training firstly in social work, before psychotherapy.  I have extensive clinical experience in women’s, and young people’s issues, including depression, anxiety, body image and eating problems, sexuality, sexual abuse, self-harm, substance misuse, parenthood, adoption, and fostering. I have worked with people in extreme distress, including psychiatric problems.

I am particularly interested in working with cultural diversity and issues to do with ethnicity, race, mixed heritage, belonging and identity.


Training & Qualifications:

MA and Diploma in Social Work (1995), Philadelphia Association Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010), Diploma in Social Work Practice Education (2016)

Professional Memberships:

Philadelphia Association, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, Society of Existential Analysis, Psychotherapy Sussex

Maureen McCamley

I am a qualified and accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist (UKCP) with a MSc. Psychotherapy, working with people experiencing a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. I am also an EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) practitioner (member EMDR UK and Ireland) working with individuals who have experienced trauma, including early attachment and relational trauma.

I have worked at Brighton Therapy Centre since 2012 and Brighton and Hove Well Being Service since 2014 as a BAME therapist working with vulnerable migrants and refugees.

I offer space to explore and process current issues causing distress alongside previous trauma and loss. I believe it can be helpful to think about how early experiences may continue to impact on life and relationships and how pain may be unconsciously defended against in ways that may be unhelpful and problematic.

I believe that central to the therapeutic process is the establishment of a supportive relationship facilitating disclosure and exploration of deeply personal material.

My professional background has largely involved working with marginalised and minority groups. I have worked extensively with people from different cultures.

Maz Michael

I am a BACP Accredited Person Centred Counsellor and hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Brighton (2009). As well as working privately, I have gained valuable experience working as a volunteer counsellor in a diverse range of settings including: Young Persons’ Centre, Terrence Higgins Trust (for people affected by HIV), Brighton University Counselling Service and Brighton & Hove LGBT Counselling service.

I regard the therapeutic relationship as the single most important factor in determining the outcome of therapy work and I strive to create a therapeutic relationship that is conducive to the client’s exploration and deepening understanding of themselves.

I also hold a post-graduate certificate in CBT techniques and approaches and have worked for the IAPT initiative delivering CBT based treatments for people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression and can incorporate this into my work.

I have also worked extensively with LGBT identified clients and offer an LGBT Affirmative approach. I have completed a post-qualifying training in working with sexual minorities (‘Essentials Course in Sexual Minority Therapy’ provided by Pink Therapy).

I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework of Good Practice and MBACP accredited.

Mel Bates

I have been practising dramatherapy since qualifying in 1996, working with both adults and children.  My experience has taught me that using creative arts methods as well as talking in therapy, can often offer helpful ways for a person to express their emotions and gain insight and understanding into their experiences and relationships.

At Brighton Therapy Centre I offer therapy for adults with varying mental health difficulties, children and families experiencing difficulties and also adults and children with learning disabilities and with ASD.  My experience includes working with bereavement, and people with histories of abuse and trauma.

As well as my private practice my recent experience includes having worked for Respond, a charity specialising in psychotherapy for children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma.  Previous to this I managed the Chrysalis Project, a therapy service for children affected by their family’s substance misuse.  I worked for Threshold Women’s Mental Health Drop-in Service as their Development worker and have extensive experience in working in schools and community settings.

I am a qualified Creative Arts Supervisor (C.A.S.T., 2005) providing clinical supervision for counsellors, drama, music, play and integrative arts therapists in the local and wider area.  I supervised students on the Dramatherapy MA at Central School of Speech and Drama, London for several years. I am a trained Systemic Practitioner  (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 2011)and have worked with families in CAMHS settings. I have significant further training in Attachment Theory and in Working withTrauma.

I am registered with the HCPC and a member of BADTH and The Sesame Institute 

Michael Lloyd

I am a qualified couples and family therapist, mediator and social worker. I’ve been working as a family and couples therapist for many years, having done my training in London at the Institute of Family Therapy, the Tavistock Clinic and Kensington Consultation Centre. I have worked  in a number of different settings, including Social Services, CAMHS (the child and adolescent mental health service), the Sussex Family Mediation Service and in private pratice. I currently work on a part-time basis at Relate and at a psychiatric hospital.

I have also worked as a trainer and manager, in a wide range of social care, clinical and multi-agency settings.  Over many years I have co-ordinated a range of team building and other training workshops, and have provided family therapy training and supervision to other professionals. Much of the work I am currently doing is with couples and families who have significant relationship problems; and with clients who have serious problems associated with poor mental health, substance misuse and domestic violence.

My overall therapeutic approach is very much informed by, on the one hand, the importance of acknowledging, validating, exploring and pondering with clients what they bring to the session for discussion – their problems, issues,  and challenges, and on the other hand, applying strengths- oriented, solution- focussed, non problem saturated ways of thinking in order to satisfactorily resolve these matters.

Nadia Townsend

My name is Nadia Townsend and I am a fully qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist.  I underwent a rigorous four year training at WPF therapy in London and have extensive experience of working with people in a whole range of stressful situations.

It can be frightening and difficult to take the first step in asking for help but it can also provide a huge sense of relief to talk about painful and overwhelming emotions.

Often we believe we know ourselves but there may be aspects of our experience which we are not consciously aware of.

At the heart of psychodynamic psychotherapy is the idea that the way we relate to ourselves and others is often at the core of our difficulties.  This can be informed by our early experiences in life and the patterns we have developed that may have felt necessary to survive but have perhaps  become unhelpful to us now.

By discovering more about these unconscious processes within a therapeutic relationship, it is possible to become more aware and to start feeling less powerless.

As we bring our habitual ways of relating into therapy , there may be times when I will invite you to think about feelings that arise in our relationship.  This can help us to understand more about your experiences in the world.

It is not my place to give you advice but to help you explore and reflect on your feelings. It is not always easy to do this. Change can feel frightening and unsettling. It takes courage to know about thoughts and feelings that you might have needed to put out of your mind for a long time.  However,  it can also be a very rewarding and meaningful experience as well.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy generally takes time but it can enable you to make deep and lasting changes to your life.

Natalie Woods

I am a therapeutic counsellor with over 12 years experience of building trusting relationships with people and providing a safe space where difficulties can be explored. It is this relationship between you and your counsellor that is so important in enabling you to get to know yourself better and reflect on the things you would like to do differently in your life and relationships.

My counselling work has brought me into contact with a wide range of people facing all sorts of difficulties including couples experiencing relationship difficulties, and my own experience of therapy has contributed to my ability to provide what can be a healing relationship to others. I am approachable and have the personal qualities that help people feel able to talk about their difficulties, although I understand that this can be difficult and I respect the client’s need to take their time with the counselling process.

In my couples counselling work I provide a supportive space helping the couple to understand each other better and explore the dynamics of their relationship, as well as enabling them to develop better communication and empathy for each other all of which can help with the ‘stuckness’ that can often be experienced in our relationships with others.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am committed to my on-going personal and professional development. I am professional in my approach whilst being very human!

Paul Salvage

I am an experienced Psychotherapist registered with both the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and The Universities psychotherapy and counseling association.

I provide a safe and confidential space where you can openly talk about what’s brought you to therapy. I will listen carefully and work with you to explore and unpick, not just your current symptoms but also the roots of these issues. By doing this I believe we can work to create more lasting change and relief from distressing and stuck behaviors and patterns. I have indepth experience of working with anxiety, relationship issues, depression, family issues, sexuality and identity.

I work in Central Brighton at Brighton Therapy Centre, where I have been since 2012.

Rachel Ramlagan-Singh BA (Hons)

I am a qualified, BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) registered Counsellor. I have an advanced diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling.

I work from a humanistic approach as well as using a psycho-dynamic perspective.  One of the therapies I offer is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which supports the view that people require choices to feel empowered and to achieve the best possible chance of success, autonomy and independence to improve the quality of their life.

I work either on a time-limited basis, e.g. a set of 12 or 16 sessions, or long-term, i.e. with no end -date in mind from the outset.

As a counsellor and also through over 12 years’ experience in the field of ASC (Autism Spectrum Conditions) I have worked with and supported many young and older people with challenging behaviours and mental/behavioural issues including low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety, panic attacks, ASD, anger and confrontational behaviour.

I am also trained in mental health awareness, safeguarding adults at risk, applied suicide intervention and conducting functional behaviour assessments.


Richard Gilpin

Richard Gilpin is a mindfulness teacher, counsellor and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. He has trained extensively in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and has been facilitating regular Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. He is registered with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations, which regulates a directory of teachers who adhere to the UK Good Practice Guidelines. He is the author of two self-help books: Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012) and Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016). His academic research on MBCT was published in 2008.

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Rose Gardner

I am a UKCP accredited therapist with 25 years experience of working in the field of mental health in various settings across the NHS, charity and educational sectors. I currently have a private practice based in Brighton where I offer short and longer term therapy for people experiencing a variety of psychological and emotional issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress related conditions and trauma. I work with individuals and couples and with all age groups from adolescents to older adults. I am experienced in working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and minority groups.

In my psychotherapy practice I work in an integrative way, drawing on a knowledge of psychodynamic , systemic, interpersonal and cognitive approaches. I believe in the importance of building a safe supportive therapeutic relationship and in adopting the approach or combination of approaches which is best suited to the client’s needs and preferences. My clinical expertise includes a number of short term therapy models and I have a particular interest in IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) – a NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommended therapy for depression which focuses on the importance of social relationships in relation to psychological well being.

I am also an experienced clinical supervisor and trainer. I offer supervision to trainees and qualified practitioners from different professional backgrounds including clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists , counsellors , and mental health practitioners working in complex organisational contexts. I have a background in academic teaching and training and I continue to teach on various university courses and training programmes.

Sarah Jane Arnold

I am a Counselling Psychologist, researcher and free-lance author, living in the bohemian city of Brighton (UK). I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. I have worked as a Counselling Psychologist in a variety of sectors over the past five years, including the National Health Service, an LGBT charity, and now in private practice at Brighton Therapy Centre.

Psychological therapy can be a very effective vehicle with which to enable self-awareness, relief, compassion, growth and positive change. In my private practice, I offer individual open-ended psychological therapy to people experiencing specific mental health difficulties such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, trichotillomania, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, self-harm and depression. I also work with life issues such as insomnia, communication difficulties, poor self-worth, perfectionism, procrastination, challenging thoughts and feelings, relationship problems, abuse, psychological trauma, loss, bereavement, and issues associated with gender and sexual orientation identity (such as family estrangement, prejudice and discrimination). I endeavor to support my clients to understand their past pain, break free from limiting vicious cycles, and respond adaptively to difficult thoughts and challenging feelings so that they can live a full and meaningful life.

Trained at City University London, I am proficient in Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), working with the unconscious, and the use of Mindfulness in psychological therapy. My training reflects the idea that different therapeutic approaches are likely to benefit different people at different times, and that therapy models can be fruitfully integrated to meet the individual’s needs and wishes. I am an integrative, pluralistic practitioner, meaning that I tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual client – in line with evidence-based best practice guidelines. I pride myself upon delivering psychological therapy within the context of a strong, deeply collaborative therapeutic relationship. Empathy, compassion, active listening and respect are the cornerstones of my practice.

For more information about my professional practice as a psychologist and work as an author, visit

Steve Metcalf

Having started working with emotionally disturbed teenagers in the 1970’s, I later took a degree in Developmental Psychology at Sussex University, and then subsequently a post-graduate diploma which qualified me as a social worker. I worked for many years in different settings and services in social care, as a practitioner and later a manager, but generally focused on mental health.

In 1999 I started training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy at the Munro Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London, and qualified as a CAT psychotherapist in 2004.

What has always appealed to me about the CAT model of therapy is that it provides a structured way of getting to the heart of what is troubling someone in a timely and effective way, without losing any of the warmth of a trusting, personal relationship. At the same time it is a flexible model that can bring in other techniques and perspectives as required, and can be adapted for brief or longer-term contracts according to what is needed. So in my private practice I can respond to individual needs and requirements, but work predominantly with the CAT approach.

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Steve Morris

I have been qualified as a Clinical Psychologist for eighteen years and have worked in the NHS since 1995. Before then, I had a career in engineering and computing but I had a change of heart after having worked for ten years as a volunteer for The Samaritans and this led to a complete career change when I realised I was much more interested in the world of minds and relationships and what to do that would be most helpful for people when mental health problems arise.

I have worked with children and families since qualifying and have worked mainly in a hospital-based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, often working jointly or overlapping with psychotherapists, family therapists, psychiatrists and community psychiatric nurses. The individual intervention work I carried out with children used the tools of cognitive-behavioural and brief solution-focused therapy as well as externalisation, mindfulness and narrative techniques. Some of the difficulties I worked with included anxieties and panic attacks, depression, body dysmorphia, deliberate self-harm, phobias, obsessional compulsive disorders, problems arising out of autistic spectrum difficulties, anger and mood issues as well as coming to terms with physical illness or diagnosis. I have always had an interest in and curiosity about what makes a good working relationship because with this, lots of doors naturally open which allow for change and personal growth.

I have worked jointly with family therapists over many years and more recently I studied for a qualification (Post Graduate Certificate, 2017) in Family and Organisational Systems at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. I have found that family work can overlap with focussed work with individual children and young people, so that broadly cognitive-behavioural and systemic interventions can be used as families decide would be most helpful.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council.

Sue Boyer

I have a diploma in counselling and an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Gestalt Centre in London. I have been running my private practice for many years, alongside of working for a local charity who offer counselling & psychotherapy to men and women with mental health difficulties.

I offer both short term and long term therapy. I have experience of working with many different issues, including anxiety & depression, loss & bereavement, relationship difficulties, mental health concerns and I have particularly specialised in working with women who have experienced early trauma and childhood abuse.

As a Gestalt therapist I aim to work creatively to help you develop your awareness of yourself and of your relationships with others and to help you gain insight into your psychological difficulties and concerns. The emphasis is on the here & now. I will make connections to your past and we will look at how this is impacting you in the present.

I believe the relationship between client and therapist is central to the process of change in therapy and as a Gestalt therapist I am actively engaged in sharing my thoughts and feelings in response to what you bring to the sessions to support growth and change.

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Susan Griffin

I am a Group Analytic Psychotherapist registered with the UKCP offering weekly psycho dynamic group, individual psychotherapy and group and individual psychotherapy using an MBT approach. I am also an Art Psychotherapist registered with HCPC and offer individual art psychotherapy within BTC.

I addition to my role at BTC, since 1994 I have worked with child, adolescents, adults and looked after children services within the NHS. I am accustomed to working with adults with a broad range or mood and personality disorders in individual and group therapy. I have also worked within acute settings, a therapeutic community for children and adolescents and with children, adolescents and families within outpatient services/CAMH. My role has involved group supervision and consultation to professional systems, reflective practise groups to professionals, support groups to parents and carers in addition to direct psychodynamic group and individual work to children and adolescents.

Susan Wright

I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist registered with UKCP. I trained at The Guild of Psychotherapy in London and have over 30 years experience in mental health, including nine years in Private Practice. I have worked as a psychotherapist in a number of mental health settings, including NHS, statutory and voluntary sectors. I am also a qualified Dance Movement Therapist and experienced clinical supervisor. My clients experience a broad range of emotional difficulties including problems in forming meaningful relationships, anxiety and depression. I offer once weekly therapy sessions as well as more intensive twice and thrice weekly Psychotherapy.

My approach is particularly useful for those who have experienced quite long standing difficulties which they cannot resolve via more cognitive approaches. In a psychotherapy session you are invited to talk about whatever comes to mind; what feels most important to you; your past, your present, your day dreams or your night dreams. We focus on the feelings which are getting in the way of you being happy with yourself and others. Talking together in this way enables us to uncover the meaning of your difficulties. My role is to help you reflect on the less conscious aspects of yourself in order to know where change is possible.

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