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SPECIALIST IN Anxiety disorders (social, generalised, health, specific phobias, OCD and panic) • Stress • Habit disorders • Eating disorders • Body dysmorphia • Depression • Low self esteem issues (lack of confidence and self-worth) • Anger issues • Assertiveness • Sleep difficulties

Making the decision to attend therapy can often feel overwhelming and confusing. For most people therapy can, however, be an extremely positive and empowering experience that increases greater self-awareness and understanding.

I am a fully accredited and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT) with over 8 years of experience and specialise in working with adults. Being fully accredited implies that I have achieved the highest standard in my practice and that I adhere to stringent codes of professional practice and ethical standards.

CBT is an evidenced-based therapy and is recommended by NICE (The National Institute of Clinical Excellence). CBT has been proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of most problems we encounter. Being evidence-based means that I am able to incorporate a wide variety of established and researched psychological techniques in my practise and therapy with you. The effectiveness of these have not only been evidenced by extensive research but also by my own clinical experience of seeing what really helps people.

I have undertaken advanced training in a number of different Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT), Couples Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Focused Therapy.
I consider you, the client, to be the expert who knows your own problems better than anyone. It is you who gives me insight into understanding the painful issues and difficulties you are experiencing. In your therapy and through increased self-awareness, I will guide, assist and support you to learn to take responsibility for improving the quality of your life by changing unhelpful patterns of behaviours and negative thoughts. I am fully committed to working with you to find realistic and long-term solutions to your problem as well as to develop and apply new skills and techniques.

I have a passionate interest in treating all anxiety disorders (social, generalised, health, specific phobias, OCD and panic), stress, habit disorders, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, depression, low self esteem issues (lack of confidence and self-worth), anger issues, assertiveness and sleep difficulties. I also work with couples and treat relationship and sexual problems.
Dr Jamie Stephenson - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN providing therapy for a wide range of mental health, emotional and psychological issues. These include but are not limited to: generalised anxiety disorder; social anxiety; depression; PTSD; eating disorders; self-confidence and self-esteem issues; work related stress; relational problems; loss and bereavement; and anger issues.

I have a doctorate in Counselling Psychology, the highest level of counselling and psychological qualification, and provide counselling and psychotherapy for a wide range of mental health, emotional and psychological issues. Alongside my private practice l also work in the NHS where l have worked with children and young people; families and adults. As a result of my training I am able to offer numerous approaches depending on the needs of who l am working with. I believe that one of the most important aspects of counselling is creating a collaborative and non-judgemental environment where the individual feels safe, open and secure to explore challenges and issues in their lives.
Steve Kirby - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Depression • Stress • Anxiety • Sexuality • Self-Esteem • Substance Misuse • Addiction • Bereavement and Loss • Work-Life Balance • Anger Management • Relationship Issues

I have been practicing as a therapist for 20 years; working initially with substance misuse within a community addictions programme. I then spent three extremely challenging but rewarding years working in a residential drug and alcohol rehab. I have also worked for Cruse Bereavement Care, in a GP surgery and for two years taught on an undergraduate counselling course at the American University in Richmond, Surrey. For the past twelve years I have worked part-time in a psychiatric hospital, providing both individual psychotherapy and running therapy groups on both the addictions programme and the general psychiatric programme. Alongside this I have developed and maintained my own private practice.

In my spare time I enjoy music, cinema, running, travel and cooking.
Emma West - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Depression • Anxiety • Stress • Low self esteem • Abuse • Disability/health issues • Trauma – one off/ongoing/childhood • Carer issues • Loneliness • Relationship difficulties • Gender dysphoria/transitioning • Parenting issues • Managing lifestyle issues

Whatever you are struggling with - stress, low mood, anxiety, low self esteem, relationships, loss, anger, trauma - I can help you work out what you would like to change and find ways to make those changes.

Specialist areas: I also have specialist experience and knowledge of disability, carer, health, student and gender dysphoria issues.

I've worked doing short and long term work via a variety of different services - a low cost counselling service, in the NHS taking referrals from the Depression and Anxiety service, for an NHS Specialist Gender Identity Clinic [for people transitioning], at the University of Exeter, as well as privately online.

My background, of working at the BBC and being a writer, means I have a lot of experience of putting people at ease and developing a good rapport, and I aim to offer a warm, friendly approach to counselling, which most importantly includes listening without judging.

As well as doing a lot of listening I use a variety of approaches/techniques in sessions to help you make the changes you want to make, for example: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [which is about recognising and challenging unhelpful thinking], mindfulness [which is about being in the here and now / relaxation], breathing techniques, and writing exercises - these are just some examples, really it's a question of finding what works for you.

I also use 'psycho-education' which can help you to understand what mental distress is all about and what might help. I've developed a series of mindmaps to help explain common issues eg anxiety, depression and low self esteem, common problems eg sleep issues, and potentially useful solutions.
Rekha Pandya - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN ANXIETY • BEREAVEMENT • CANCER • CAREER COACHING • CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME/ME ANXIETY • BULLYING • CHILDHOOD ISSUES • CULTURAL ISSUES • DEPRESSION • DISABILITIES • FAMILY ISSUES • GENERAL COUNSELLING • GRIEF • ILLNESS • INNER CHILD • LIFE COACHING • LOW SELF ESTEEM-CONFIDENCE • NLP • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT • RELATIONSHIP ISSUES • SEXUALITY • SPIRITUALITY • STRESS • WORK RELATED STRESS

My approach to working with clients is that of kindness and compassion. Central to my practice is fostering a therapeutic relationship with my clients and research has demonstrated that this is pivotal in achieving positive results. I strive to establish and maintain an open, genuine and non-judgemental relationship with my clients. This approach is beneficial in helping clients who experience a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. I have worked as a counsellor for a charity that provides emotional support for those affected by cancer. I also have experience working as a family counsellor with patients in palliative care. I have worked as a volunteer counsellor for a Christian charity providing counselling in the areas of relationships, bereavement, illness, stress, depression, childhood, faith and spiritual matters. I believe passionately in the value of counselling and I am fully committed to an ethical practice which continues my personal and professional development through ongoing regular psychotherapy and clinical supervision.
Celestia Spong - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Anxiety, Depression, Childhood Trauma, Chronic fatigue / ME, Emotional and Self Development, Low Self Esteem, Relationship Issues. Religious Trauma.

As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I have over a decade worth of knowledge, education, training and experience in the areas of emotional health, self development, psychotherapy and spirituality, covering various modalities both Western and Eastern. I have an empathetic, relational approach that Is integrative so tailored around the needs of each client. Staying open to working with my clients in the most supportive mode for them at that time is an important factor in my work. I specialise in childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, self esteem, and I have a particular passion for working with those wishing to/have started to embark on a self development/authentic living journey.

My own personal journey through childhood, marriage and motherhood kickstarted my desire to work in the emotional/mental health space, with a focus on healing trauma, living authentically, deepening relationships and breaking free of unhealthy behaviour patterns and belief systems. I am deeply passionate about relationships and connections as I recognise that they are the cornerstone to life and wellness. I draw on the following therapeutic approaches: Acceptance & Commitment therapy ( ACT), Compassion Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic person-centred approaches, Existential psychotherapy, Gestalt psychotherapy, mindfulness and somatic therapies.
Andrea Gavin - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN WORKPLACE STRESS • ANXIETY • PANIC ATTACKS • DEPRESSION • SELF ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE ISSUES • BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS • FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP ISSUES • ABUSE • ANGER MANAGEMENT • WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Welcome to my profile,

I am passionate about ensuring therapy is accessible, flexible and tailored to each persons individual needs. I have a love of culture and languages having been raised cross culturally in England and Portugal and my interest in psychology started when I was a translator for Street Projects based in Brazil. I completed my professional training in Integrative Psychotherapy in 2008 and chose this form of therapy as it adopts the view that as human beings we are naturally geared towards self-regulation (balance/wholeness) when the right conditions are in place.

I have predominately worked in the NHS, Wellbeing services and higher education supporting people who have experienced low mood, depression, worry, anxiety, panic as well as supporting people through relationship challenges such as domestic violence, affairs or divorce. Similarly, I work with grief , work related difficulties and other life transitions such as pregnancy, childbirth or other life changing events. Prior clients tell me I am compassionate, honest, culturally sensitive and down-to-earth in my approach.

In addition, I have managed therapeutic teams and services supporting trainee counsellors and therapists working towards accreditation.

I am currently completing my training in Counselling for Depression which is an innovative development in counselling and psychotherapy and focuses on emotional issues underlying depression as well as internal processes such as low self esteem.

Some of the settings I have worked in include:
- Prison services
- In-patient/outpatient Mental Health
- Wellbeing Clinics
- Colleges
- Employment Services
- Minority Community Groups
- GP/NHS Clinics

Areas I have experience and interest in are:

- emotional and psychological wellbeing
- personal development
- sadness, sense of feeling stuck, lack of motivation and drive to include clinical depression
- stress, anxiety, worry and panic to include physiological symptoms (irritability, panic attacks)
- grief, loss and adjustment: bereavement, major life transition i.e. loss of job; child; parent
- self identity: family role/status, cultural identity; self-esteem and self worth
- self-regulation: difficulties in managing/experiencing emotions as well as self-harm
- change or conflict in relationships: divorce, domestic violence, childbirth
- Uncertainty/loss of direction
- Expatriate experiences

Do feel free to message me to explore availability as I have flexibility for daytime, evening and weekend sessions (UK timezone).
Temi Towry Coker - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Sexuality • Sexual Health • Gender issues • Chronic Pain • Depression • Divorce • Drug Abuse • Dual Diagnosis • Family Conflict • Grief • Racial Identity • Relationship Issues • Self Esteem • Sexual Abuse • Trauma / PTSD • Women’s Issues

I am a BACP accredited psychotherapist, counsellor and clinical supervisor with over ten years’ experience in charitable organisations, private practice and online.
As I work within a humanistic integrative model, I have experience with the various modalities of counselling and am comfortable adapting it to individual needs.
I am also specialised in working with sexuality, sexual health, gender issues and severe mental health problems due to my varied roles in the mental and sexual health sector.
Whatever reason you may want therapy for, I try to create a safe space by focusing on individual experience by setting aside biases, prejudices and assumptions.
By working together I hope that we can develop new perspectives to your problem by affirming and challenging the client to become more self-confident and self-aware.