Associates and Practitioners

Adrienne (Harri) 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.

Chadia Marie

Chadia has studied Level 2 and 3 at Brighton College and is in her 2nd year of her MA at Brighton University training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

She has previously been involved in caring for adolescents with eating disorders and behavioural issues working with ten to fourteen year olds.

Her interest is primarily in psychosexual and she has also been involved in counselling at the Survivors Network, a charity for sexually abused women. Other interests include working with anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties and mental health issues.

Chadia has a direct and honest approach, looking mainly at childhood trauma, the effects on adulthood and bringing the unconscious into awareness to relieve repressed memories.

Chadia is currently registered with the BACP.

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:
http://www.brightontherapycentre.org.uk/therapies/psychanalytic-psychotherapy/

Grainne McHugh

I began my training at IATE in 2014. Having completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Arts, I look forward to graduating with Masters in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy in July 2019 and gaining my HCPC registration.

My training is eclectic. I use the arts alongside humanistic and psychodynamic approaches, especially utilising gestalt, transactional analysis, mentalization, and psychoanalytic thinking in my work.

I currently work with individuals in private practice but have facilitated work with groups and individuals in inpatient settings. I have worked with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship issues.

I have worked with individuals who experience psychosis alongside diagnosis of personality disorder diagnoses.

I guide my client to use the arts and their creative imagination to establish a more fulfilling life for themselves. Together, we creatively work through their emotional pain to process their feelings, within a safe and supportive arena.

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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.

Originally trained by the Marriage Guidance Council and by the Psychotherapy Department of the Maudsley Hospital in South London. I am also trained in 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 Clinical Supervision (with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development).

I work part-time as a psychotherapeutic counsellor for the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service (NHS). I was the Black Minority Ethnic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor for ten years until 2019. I am also a Trustee of Sussex Interpreting Services.

At the Brighton Therapy Centre, I work with people experiencing a variety of psychological and emotional issues. 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 (see psychodynamic-psychotherapy on the Brighton Therapy Centre “therapies” page). However, my training in, and working with colleagues using, different therapeutic approaches might define my approach as being integrative. 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.

Harriet Ward

I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Qualifying in 2009 I have worked in NHS psychotherapy units at the Pines in Warwick, part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, and most recently, in the Adult Complex Needs Service at the Tavistock Clinic in London, part of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

I have worked with a diverse range of clients who have presented with relationship difficulties, loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, PTSD, emotionally unstable personality disorder, suicidality and self harm, eating disorder and addictions.

I trained at the University of Birmingham and then later at the Tavistock Clinic, where I completed a further professional training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I am a registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the BACP.

Central to my approach is the interpersonal relationship between therapist and client. At Brighton Therapy Centre, I will endeavour to provide a safe and containing space for you to explore what brings you to therapy.

For more information on what to expect from psychodynamic psychotherapy, please go to the ‘Therapies’ page on the Brighton Therapy Centre website: http://www.brightontherapycentre.org.uk/therapies/psychodynamic-psychotherapy/

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.

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: http://guildofpsychotherapists.org.uk/psychotherapy/#

Kate Cottingham

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I graduated from Brighton University in June 2018, having completed a postgraduate diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic counselling. Throughout that time I was working at the Brighton Therapy Centre as a student counsellor. I now work as a Graduate Counsellor at Brighton Therapy Centre

I also have  over 18 years worth of experience  working with people who experience mental health difficulties. I have worked in the NHS as well as voluntary agencies.

When counselling individuals I provide a safe environment in which to explore and work through any feelings of distress. We will look at understanding how past experiences affect the here and now and consider together where change can be both necessary and positive.

Kate West

Kate began her counselling training at ChildLine in 2006, before going on to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2009 which she has applied to working with adult individuals and couples. Kate’s interest and specialism in working with couples further developed with a Certificate in Relationship Counselling from Tavistock Relationships (www.tavistockrelationships.ac.uk) and then full training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples (www.ICEEFT.com)

EFT is a rooted in attachment theory and integrates humanistic and systemic models of therapy to create a highly evidenced model of reducing distress in couple relationships and creating more secure attachment bonds. Working with distressed relationships, particularly relationships that feel very stuck in a negative pattern or escalated with conflict has become a particular specialism of Kates. EFT is usually a short-term approach for couples but it is also used for families and individuals.An Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (www.bacp.co.uk), and registered member of ICEEFT, Kate draws from a number of therapeutic models in her work with clients – psychodynamic, systemic, person centred, EFT and CBT so is better able to tailor an approach on a case by case basis.

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.

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.

Website: http://www.mayatalkingtherapy.co.uk/

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.

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.

Michele Karban

I see adults, children and young people offering Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Child Psychotherapy, Parent Child Therapy and Clinical Supervision. My practice is based at BTC, however if appropriate I am able to offer sessions via secure video link.

I qualified as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist in 2006 and as a Child Psychotherapist in 2012. My registration is with the UKCP and EAP.

I’ve been involved in the helping profession for most of my working life and have worked in various settings such as Children’s homes, Private and NHS Psychiatric settings, Drug and Alcohol Services, Schools and Charities.

My approach is ultimately humanistic using a collaborative and relational way of being in the therapeutic relationship. I encourage the use of creativity and imagination as a bridge to awareness and self development. Art materials are available in the therapy space, to support people in their exploration, however it is not a requirement of the therapy to work with the arts.

I’m registered with Bupa, Aviva and Pru Health.

More information can be found on Brighton Therapy Service

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Natalie Woods

I qualified as an Integrative therapeutic counsellor in 2002 and have extensive 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

Psychodynamic

Commenced training 2010, qualified as a counsellor 2012 and as a Psychotherapist 2014.
Qualification: MSc in Psychotherapy, from the University of Brighton.

Since qualification I have a wide range of experience of working with adults, with anxiety and depression, anger, addictions, family and
relational issues, such as conflict, separation and loss.

I have experience of working with Adolescents and since training I have worked with young adults in both a University setting and for Brighton Council supporting young people in crisis. I was also one of the founders of a rites of passage mentoring scheme for young men and have worked as a family therapist for the youth offending service.

My belief is that the engagement in Psychoanalytic therapy is about an exploration of what it is to be human and as such is an essentially humane and relational approach to resolving what can be resolved and accepting what can’t. I work to facilitate a safe, supportive and consistent environment where self-exploration can be fostered to explore these thoughts, emotions and patterns. I work with a wide range of people and presenting issues and operate a non discriminatory practice.

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Rebecca Wells

Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, University of Brighton, 2018.

I have 11 years’ experience working with people experiencing psychological and emotional distress as a mental health nurse in the NHS. I have offered counselling at the University of Sussex and currently practice at Brighton Therapy Centre, Haywards Heath Counselling Centre and in private practice.

I offer a sensitive, empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship in which concerns can be addressed together. I tailor my approach to the individual, drawing upon a range of psychodynamic theories to provide insight and understanding. I have worked extensively with individuals diagnosed as on the autistic spectrum. I have experience of working with a wide range of difficulties and am conversant with issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. I have an ongoing interest in ways of working with issues related to gender and sexuality, single incident or early developmental trauma, and abuse.

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.

You can find more information about Richard on his website: www.richardgilpin.co.uk.

Ros Howell

Ros is currently training at Brighton University on the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP), obtaining an M.A from Goldsmith’s College, University of London in 2008, and has had a particular interest in working with mothers and children, refugees and asylum seekers, and people living with dementia. She has also worked as a DMP in special schools, mainstream schools and in inpatient psychiatry.

She also completed a foundation year in group analysis in 2014.

Ros currently works as a trainee counsellor at the University of Sussex Counselling Service. She is a group facilitator for the charity Mothers Uncovered and is book reviews editor for Transformations, the journal for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR).

Ros has a warm, empathic style and brings her creative approach to the exploration of relationships, what they might mean for us, and what we might want from them to her work at BTC.

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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 Dewsbery

I am a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience working with a wide range of people and their difficulties. I am a member of the Arbours Association of Psychotherapists and registered with the UKCP (CPJA). I am also a member of Psychotherapy Sussex.

I initially trained as a counsellor at Westminster Pastoral Foundation in the late 80’s while working as a bereavement counsellor for Wandsworth Bereavement Service. I then went on to train as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the Arbours Association. On completion I gained a post as an Adult Psychotherapist in the NHS working in a hospital outpatients department in Guildford, Surrey where I worked for 15 years. Alongside this I always maintained a private practice, which I continue today. As well as working at Brighton Therapy Centre I also have a consulting room in Seven Dials, Brighton.

As part of my commitment to professional development I regularly attend CPD workshops and conferences. I have also completed further training with the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) and trained in Mentalization-based Treatment (MBT) for people with Borderline Personality Disorder at the Anna Freud Centre.

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 www.themindfulpsychologist.co.uk

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.

See more at: http://www.cattherapybrighton.co.uk

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.

If you would like more information about my practice you can view my website: www.sueboyergestalttherapy.co.uk

Sunny Pitcher

I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and have been with BTC since 2014. I also have some training in CBT which I integrate into my practice when I feel this may be helpful. I have also worked with the YMCA as a school counsellor since 2014 working with children and young people in a school setting, and in the care system. I work in a way that is very inter-personal and relational, I feel that the connection in the room is an important part of the therapeutic process. I also believe in our unconscious as a big driving force behind a lot of our behaviour and patterns, revealing itself in areas such as our dreams, desires and defences. I feel with support and a reliable safe environment we all can start to trust our own internal judgements more, and I as your therapist I will be there with you as you may begin to allow more curiosity and compassion towards yourself. I believe we become empowered by sensing that change is possible and that we can take action in our adult lives. However, I see this through the lens of our childhood and feel that the early years has a big influence on our current difficulties and frustrations. Therefore, for me, the child, as well as the adult is always present in the room, and both need to be respected and listened to. I firmly do not agree with a ‘one size fits all’ type of therapy, and believe that changes and shifts come from the willingness of both of us to work through your own unique personal landscape. We live in a society where we are encouraged to expect an answer, a quick fix, and a large part of the therapeutic process is living with the reality that we cannot, airbrush away aspects of our lives. We can perhaps instead learn to live with ourselves, which leads to a much more comfortable existence.

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.

Website : brightonpsychotherapyandcounselling.co.uk

Tarun Pamneja

I am a psychotherapist and a psychologist trained at Metanoia Institute. I have been providing people a space to have conversations about their concerns in life, seeking meaning and purpose and helping manage emotional distress since 1990 and qualified in 2009. I have worked in NHS, social work and voluntary sector settings with people diagnosed with serious mental distress, addictions as well as difficulties due to sexual and racial differences.

I am able to work short and long term although I specialise in helping people tackle long-established emotional and  thought patterns and discover meaning and purpose, work which requires long-term commitment to self-development. My training is integrative which means I have access to wisdom from all the main schools of psychology. If you are interested in working with me and want further information, you are welcome to look at my website at www.persontopersontherapy.co.uk but the best way to find out about the possibility of working together is to book a no obligation initial appointment. At this meeting, you can see how it might feel to work with me at which point you can decide to continue the conversation or leave it there. I look forward to hearing from you.

http://www.persontopersontherapy.co.uk/