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.


Alice Barker

I qualified as an integrative counsellor at Northbrook College in 1999 then went on to qualify as an Arts Therapist in 2010. I have worked in a wide variety of settings with both adults and children. My experience includes vulnerable adults with mental health problems, domestic abuse, child loss and bereavement, child
adoption and LAC and parents. I currently work for the NHS in a hospital ward with patients presenting medical problems. I am also trained as an EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) practitioner. I use EMDR in my work and have a particular interest in trauma, especially early developmental
trauma and attachment relationships.

I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (registration number AS15180).


Alice Hartmann

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with 10 years experience working in Mental Health.

I can work with severe and enduring trauma or with more common difficulties such as mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

Psychotherapy is a relational space where you can feel understood with all your feelings, sometimes for the first time. Gradually you can make meaningful connections between present and past experiences to understand your pain and fears in a wholesome way. You may discover new, often more compassionate ways of relating, to yourself, and in your relationships. This in turn can improve your day-to-day life, and help you to gain or regain control of some important aspects of your life. Psychotherapy encourages long-lasting positive change.

The length of this process will depend on what you want to address or change in your life and on how you wish to approach therapy; whether by focusing on particular issues within a specific time frame and/or by looking more deeply at underlying issues. It is usual for therapy to take weeks (12 to 24 weeks); it can also take months or years. It is an individual experience.

Sometimes the hardest thing is to begin the therapeutic journey.

My work is informed by psychodynamic and attachment research as well as how to effectively work with psychological trauma. Together we aim to support a deeper and gentler way into connecting body and mind processes – we are at our best when they come together. My approach to you will be holistic and I aim to adapt to every person’s needs and rhythm.

I can work in English and in French (if French is your first language).

I am LGBT affirmative.


Alicia Meseguer

I am a qualified, BACP registered, Psychodynamic Counsellor, working with individuals. I have been studying psychoanalytic theory for many years and draw on a range of theoretical ideas in my work. I can offer time-limited or open-ended therapy, depending on your needs.

My style is warm and open. I believe therapy depends on co-creating a strong and supportive relationship in which painful beliefs, experiences and struggles can be explored with honesty and compassion. Unconscious feelings and desires often conflict with those which we consciously hold
and in exploring these we alleviate friction and achieve greater self-compassion, choice and empowerment.

I have worked with people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosexual difficulties, bereavement, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, post –traumatic stress disorder and intrusive thoughts. I have also worked with adults who are on the autistic spectrum and with parents of children on the
autistic spectrum. I currently work with clients at Brighton Therapy Centre and at the University of Sussex Counselling Service. Before this I worked with survivors of sexual violence as a volunteer.


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


Grainne McHugh

I am a HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and have worked therapeutically with clients since 2015. I completed a Masters at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education graduating in 2019 with distinction in my dissertation.

Sometimes the experience of life causes our innate creativity to become flattened, stifled or stuck. Patterns repeat; we may use alcohol, drugs, sex or self-harm to numb and avoid painful feelings.

My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet individual client’s unique needs. I use traditional talking therapies, as well as neuroscience, trauma and somatic theories to empower clients to use their creative agency to establish more fulfilling lives for themselves. Together, we work through their emotional pain, processing their feelings and memories, and safely locating and integrating emotions within the body.

I am registered to work with both adults and children and frequently work with those who experience anxiety, depression, anger, shame, isolation, loneliness, relationship and addiction issues. Within the NHS and forensic settings, I worked with people with diagnoses of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, personality disorders, PTSD and complex trauma. The arts were an essential component in finding ways to communicate and be in relationship.

I spend half a day each week volunteering at Art Space Brighton; an arts and mental health charity providing a community-based studio for people with experience of mental health issues. I work alongside the artists, assisting their recovery through supportive participatory art making.


Harriet Ward

I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist and an accredited member of the BACP. Qualifying in 2009, I have worked in NHS psychotherapy units in Warwick and in London, at the Tavistock Clinic. I trained at the University of Birmingham and later at the Tavistock Clinic, where I completed a further professional training in intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapy which focused on working in a modern multicultural context.  I have worked with people experiencing relationship difficulties, loss, gender dysphoria, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, suicidality, self-harm, eating disorder and addictions. Central to my approach is the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and client, I will endeavour to provide a safe and containing space for you 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.


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/#http://psychoanalysis.org.uk/psychoanalytic-help  


Joana Pancada

Joana Pancada holds a Master of Psychotherapy Research, specialising in Experiential Focusing, from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. This degree is recognised by the British Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She also holds a BA in person-centered counselling from the University of Brighton, England and is a qualified DBT practitioner.

Joana wrote a DBT skills course that she still uses in her practice and ran a DBT program to help people struggling with addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and personality disorders.

Her approach is practical and humanistic.

http://www.joanapancada.com/

 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 offer face to face online therapy for teenagers and adults. I also provide consultation and support sessions for parents and carers. The online platform I use is specifically tailored for therapy sessions so is encrypted and GDPR compliant.

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I’ve been working as a Psychotherapist for approx 20 years and 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.

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

Further information can be found on brightontherapyservice website


Niki Smith

I believe that the opportunity to talk openly and without fear of judgement is an invaluable experience that may enable you to bring greater fulfilment, autonomy and flow into your life and better understand the obstacles that may have previously hindered you.

I work to provide a safe, containing and collaborative space in which my clients can begin to know that it is indeed possible for them too.

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic counsellor, registered with the BACP. I have experience of both time-limited and open-ended therapy, working with both students within a university counselling service, and adult clients at all stages of life, at Brighton Therapy Centre.

My interest in yoga and mindfulness philosophies, and my background training in visual art inform my approach, which has been described as calm, intuitive and incisive. Previously working for many years in school with young children, I developed a feeling for the myriad of ways in which conscious and unconscious desires and needs are communicated, both spoken and non-verbally, and observed how patterns of relating
formed in childhood can continue throughout the life course.

In my work with adults, I encourage my clients to explore these patterns, with curiosity and compassion.


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.


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

I am a mindfulness facilitator, counsellor and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. I run the mindfulness programme at BTC. I’ve been training in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and facilitating regular Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. I am listed with the British Association for Mindfulness-based Approaches, which regulates a directory of teachers who have been trained in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines. I have written two self-help books on the subject: Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012) and Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016). Website: www.richardgilpin.co.uk.

Richard Gilpin mindfulness courses

Ros Howell

I have a diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Brighon University and a M.A in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London. 

I have worked at the University of Sussex Counselling service, and as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in schools, care homes, inpatient psychiatry, CAMHS services and with organisations that support refugees and asylum seekers.I have run support groups for mothers and their young children, creative reflection groups for staff teams in education as well as a low mood group for students at Sussex University.

In addition to my core training I also attend regular courses to update and develop my practice (most recently on working with trauma, and conducting therapy online). I also have a foundation qualification in Group Anaysis. I am interested on the impact of society and culture on our internal world, and edit the arts and books review section of the journal for PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility).

I have a warm, empathic style and bring a creative approach to my work at BTC. I believe that exploring the less familiar parts of ourselves and reflecting on what our thoughts and feelings mean to us, all within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, we can enrich the quality of our relationships and our life as a whole.

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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.


Sophie Barnes

I am a qualified and experienced BACP registered therapist (MBACP, PgDip), working 1-1 with adults. Grounded in a psychodynamic psychotherapeutic approach, I am further informed by somatic (body-based) and Buddhist psychologies, viewing the connections between mind and body, as well as past and present, as key to understanding and healing areas of difficulty.

In addition to a general practice, I am also an accredited Sexual Violence therapist (OCN/RASASC), offering specialist support to those who have been through any form of unwanted sexual experience. I also offer specialism in Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) and LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. I bring an awareness of trauma in its many dimensions to my work with all clients, with a focus on gentle, body-centred approaches to safely processing traumatic states and easing their symptoms.

Since 2016 I have served as a therapist in specialist mental health, charity and university settings, including within an LGBTQ+ mental health charity and a specialist sexual violence service, where I’ve had the privilege of working alongside clients from a diversity of backgrounds seeking support in relation to a wide range of issues. I work through an anti-oppression lens, taking account of the impact of societal conditions on emotional health and wellbeing.

It’s my intention to offer an environment that feels safe, accepting and open in which a client can speak freely about how things are for them and feel seen, heard and responded to. Together we work collaboratively and at the client’s pace to explore the roots of present issues and to move towards greater clarity in relation to areas of difficulty. Over time, I believe the building of a reliable, trusting therapeutic relationship can become the container in which a deeper healing can occur.

Website: www.sophiebarnestherapy.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

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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 Egan

I am an experienced BACP Accredited and Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor. I began my career in further education, as an Art and Design Lecturer, where I worked for over twenty-five years. I found that my pastoral and mentoring roles, as a tutor, were very rewarding; and I became increasingly interested in deeper psychological and therapeutic ways of working with people. I started my initial therapy training course in 2007, with a mindfulness approach to counselling. I then went on to study for a Post Graduate Diploma, and qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in 2010. My main approach is Psychodynamic, but I also draw on my combined knowledge of mindfulness, cognitive and art based therapeutic models. The therapy that I offer is appropriate for a wide range of issues, including anxiety, bereavement, creative blocks, depression, lack of self-esteem, loneliness, menopause, passive aggressive behaviour, relationships, sexual issues, stress, and work-related issues.

I am registered with the following insurance companies: Aviva, AXA, BUPA, Vitality Health & WPA.
My professional qualifications are as follows: BACP Registered and Accredited Member, PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling, WPF Therapy Certificate in CBT Skills, Tavistock – Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy, TA101 Certificate from EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis) with international recognition, OCN Intro Counselling and Communication Skills emphasising Mindfulness-Based Practice.
Other Qualifications: B.A. Hons Fine Art , PG Dip Digital Media Arts, M.A. Design


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.


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.

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

Wendy Quelch

Wendy is a qualified Relational Integrated Psychotherapist and a registered member of The National Society of Counsellors.

She works chiefly from a Humanistic/Person Centred base where client and their world are the starting point. Wendy is an Integrated therapist, which means, she can incorporate other modes of therapy to so suit client needs: Psychodynamic, Relational, Existentialism and CBT. She works creativity alongside you, which can include writing and art techniques. Wendy is also Lecturer in Psychology. She has been working educationally with children and adults for over 25 years.

Her experience includes colleges and schools, a counsellor for The Brit School, the LGBT community, MindOut, Switchboard and in several Charities supporting Adult carers and mental health issues. She has worked with people in many diverse settings and with a range of difficulties: neuro-diversity, work and educational stress, addiction, homelessness, schizophrenia and acute clinical diagnosis.

Wendy holds qualifications in BA hons in Psychology and Fine Art, MA in Fine Art, Post Graduate Cert of Education and MA Integrated Counselling and Psychotherapy.