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Ben Amponsah - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma/PTSD, sexuality, work and multicultural

Ben Amponsah is an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred 555741) and a member of the British Psychology Society (MBPsS 144661). He qualified as a counsellor in 2004, having been working in therapy since 2002.

Ben attained his first degree in Psychology at The University of Bristol in 1991. He then joined the British Army as an officer and served in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment from 1992 to 1998, leaving as a senior captain. He received his UN medal for serving in Cyprus in 1995-6. He subsequently completed his Diploma in Counselling Studies at The University of Manchester in 2004 and has since practiced at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, where he is now a Senior Counsellor. Ben has also worked, for many years, in the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Industry and in the field of Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT) and most recently Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ben uses Integrative Counselling as his main model for counselling. Ben has been running a successful private counselling and consultancy practice since August 2013.

Ben is also a Psychologist and, having part-completed the Independent BPS course for the Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP), commenced a professional doctorate (part time) in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University in Sept 2018. He expects to qualify in July 2023.

Ben has successfully completed an internal training course at Freedom from Torture and is engaged in continued professional development on psychological therapy with torture survivors.

Ben worked as a volunteer and then paid counsellor, on a part-time basis, at Freedom from Torture from October 2010 to April 2019.

Ben considers himself an amateur creative writer and is active on many fan fiction gaming forums as such but has not, as yet, had any published articles or publications.
Lauren Stock - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN DEPRESSION (chronic long term or recent episode) • PANIC DISORDER • STRESS MANAGEMENT • SOCIAL PHOBIA • LOW SELF ESTEEM • GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER • OCD • MANAGEMENT OF SELF HARM THOUGHTS and ACTS

To put quite simply, I feel that all individuals experience different levels of adversity and emotional pain at various moments in life. The extent to which we cope with this depends on factors ranging from our early experiences of nurturing, family and friendship groups, financial and social deprivation to our daily acts of self care and our values.

When we come up against problems such as crippling self doubt, self attacking thoughts, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, panic and obsessional worrying, it is important that we should receive safe, effective and supportive help. I believe that offering people the opportunity to tell their story from wherever feels right, to understand their problems in detail and to decide the various directions to take is a form of self care.

The majority of my professional experience has been withthe NHS as a psychologist working in the field of primary care mental health, hospital outpatients and Public Health for the last 10 years. This has involved developing and running self-management groups for managing common mental health difficulties and also helping GPs to identify early signs of depression in order to manage their symptoms sooner. My current role is within a Personality Disorders Team, working with young people aged 18-25. It involves working in a team with Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses and other therapists to help with suicidal thoughts and urges as well as planning how treatment will look.
I continue to work for the NHS in the main because I feel that this reflects the realities of life and the systems which continue to challenge us all.
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.
Lynda Pabari - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Work Stress, Students, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Personality Disorder, Menopause, Long Term Illness, Parenting, Loss,

Hello, My name is Lynda, a post-graduate Integrative Psychotherapist, and specialist in trauma. My passion is restoring safety, peace, and wholeness to individuals experiencing the effects of stress and trauma. Seeing individuals transform and master their challenges is enriching. I help adults, and young people, who are in the process of becoming who they truly are, to be centred and fulfilled. My dedication is to bringing back healthy self-esteem, connectedness, and aliveness.

I know that no single approach is right for every individual and I have trained in several methods, including relational gestalt, attachment therapy, somatic trauma therapy, and eco-therapy. I apply the latest neurobiology research for the best results.

Feel to send me an initial message to make contact and find out more.
Paula Charnley - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, eating disorders, chronic pain, chronic illness, cancer patients

I'm a person Centred Counsellor and offer Counselling via video link or phone. My Counselling experience is in diverse issues; bereavement, relationship breakdown, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, dealing with chronic illness and all issues which hold us back in life. I believe that we know when we want to make some changes in our life and, that is a great time to reach out for support. This is your opportunity to be heard and validated without judgement for whatever you would like to talk about in a session.
As a qualified Yoga Teacher I am particularly interested in the Mind-Body Connection. So in a Counselling session I may offer you a breathing or grounding exercise to help with anxiety or to deal with intense emotions.
My practice is based upon the Ethical Framework of the BACP where confidentiality, integrity & mutual respect are at the forefront. I would like to work together with you to support you in reaching your potential.
I lived for many years in the Netherlands & have returned to my area of birth in North Staffordshire.
Tim Harvard-Sweeting - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Anxiety • Depression • Addictions • Adult ADHD • Self-confidence • Men's stuff • Bereavement • University students • Developmental coaching • Trauma • Boarding school syndrome

Having lived and worked all over the world I have returned to Cornwall where I was born and bred. I was trained by world-leading person-centred therapists at the University of Nottingham. I work online with clients in the UK and overseas, and face-to-face with clients in West Cornwall, through my company Tim Harvard psychotherapy Ltd.
Ann Allega - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN AMERICAN EXPATRIATES • ADDICTIONS • WORK RELATED STRESS • RELATIONSHIP ISSUES • EXPATRIATE RELOCATION STRESS • FAMILY DYNAMICS • PTSD • ANGER MANAGEMENT • ANXIETY • DEPRESSION • LOW SELF ESTEEM • ADHD

Hello, my name is Ann and I am a registered member of the BACP. I have significant experience in online counselling and as a result I firmly believe in its benefits. I have done online and phone counselling myself and I found it to be effective. I've worked with lots of people who have never experienced counselling before and I am aware that this can be an anxiety provoking and nervous experience. However, based on my experience I am of the opinion that the release of speaking about something which you may have kept private for a long time is extremely cathartic. If you've come this far, I can offer you confidential and encouraging support through whatever it is you wish to work through. You may not even know what that is! Just that it might be time to talk to someone. My previous career was in the corporate world where I worked for over fifteen years in the beer industry. I'm an American expatriate having first moved to London in 2004. One of my special areas of interest is helping American expats adjust emotionally and psychologically with all the differences they face in the United Kingdom. I know because I faced the same challenges. In addition, I can work with any issue you wish to bring to me. As a registered member of BACP, I am committed to my continual personal and professional development and also work in accordance with their ethical framework for good practice.
Emma Jenkinson - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Depression + Anxiety + Abuse + Relationships + Gender + Sexuality + Relationship Diversity (including Kink and Polyamory) + Post Natal Depression + Grief + Loss + Bereavement + Trauma

Hi. I work relationally and integratively to find an approach that works best for you. I view the relationship between us both to be crucial in facilitating whatever changes you want to make, and know that shopping around and finding the right fit is important before investing money, time and emotional energy. I'm always happy to have an informal chat before you commit to any sessions.

** Note: Please message to check availability before purchasing a session. Thank you **

My therapy background is underpinned by Person-Centred, Pychodynamic and Transactional Analysis theories. I can utilise CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques, though I tend to use them conversationally rather than as a structured, task-based activity.

I am LGBTQIA+/GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) allied, sex positive, body positive, and kink-aware.

I currently work with adults presenting with a number of issues. I have previously worked with children from age 5 upwards in school settings, and with an agency specialising in Post-Natal Depression. Prior to my counselling career, I worked in the arts and education sectors, supporting people of different ages and abilities to explore and express themselves, which it seems is something of a passion of mine. My arts training and background mean that I'm not averse to bringing creativity into the therapeutic relationship if required. I'm also happy to run through breathing and visualisation exercises for relaxation.