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Luis Andrade - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN Anxiety and Mood Disorders • Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders • Personality Disorders

I am a Clinical Psychologist and a registered member of HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and OPP (Portuguese Psychologists Association).

I have over 10 years of experience working as a Clinical Psychologist. My professional experience is diverse, ranging from inpatient to community settings. I have experience with depression and mood-related disorders (Bipolar), anxiety disorders (e.g., Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. I have also experience with trauma and stress-related disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, as well as with long-standing and treatment resistant mental health difficulties, including Personality Disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder, amongst other Personality Disorders).

Finally, I have worked in the past with people presenting with eating difficulties, including Anorexia Nervosa.

I am available to work short or long term with clients, taking into consideration the different levels of complexity of different difficulties and presentations.

I provide Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy interventions, including the “third wave” CBT approaches (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), as well as schema-therapy based interventions (used generally with treatment-resistant and long-standing difficulties).

Every intervention I offer is tailor-made to the individual client’s needs.
If you have any queries at all about what I offer, please feel free to send me a message. I am happy to help.
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.
Kala Patel - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN WORK RELATED ISSUES • STRESS • SUICIDAL IDEATION • DEPRESSION • ANXIETY • AIDS/HIV • ABUSE • ADOPTION ISSUES • BEREAVEMENT • CHILD RELATED ISSUES • CULTURAL ISSUES • DISABILITY • HEALTH RELATED ISSUES • IDENTITY PROBLEMS • LOSS • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT • PREGNANCY RELATED ISSUES • REDUNDANCY • SELF-ESTEEM • SELF-HARM • SEXUAL IDENTITY • SEXUALITY • SPIRITUALITY • WOMEN'S ISSUES

I am a Senior Accredited Registrant and Approved Supervisor (NCS) with 22 years of experience having worked for:

PPC Ltd
Charles Keene College (later Leicester College)
The EAP based within Occupational Health at George Eliot Hospital
& Private Practice as a Person-Centred therapist and supervisor from 2003.

The above includes working with adults, children and young people including those who are cared for, fostered and adopted.

I also taught on counselling programmes at NWHC; with the Open University on the Death & Dying and Introduction to Counselling modules; and as a secondary school teacher in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire from 2004 to 2017.

From 1997 to 2004 I worked in a voluntary capacity for Open Door Leicester, NW Leicestershire MIND and as the Editor of the BACP RACE Journal.

I am currently a Psychotherapeutic Trustee for an independent school in London working with disenfranchised/excluded young people.

Prior to working within the Mental Health field, I worked and volunteered with numerous HIV/AIDS organisations in London, Birmingham and Leicester as a health education trainer and a manager.
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 involves working in a team with Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses and GPs to offer mental health treatment planning.
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.
Harvey Lidstone-Lane - Therapist

SPECIALIST IN MEN'S ISSUES • LOW SELF ESTEEM • ANXIETY • DEPRESSION • STRESS • RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS

My name is Harvey and I am a counsellor working in central and west London. I am fully qualified and a registered member of the BACP. I am available to work short or long term with clients. I currently work for Here for you Counselling, a therapy service I started in 2016. My approach to counselling is integrative, meaning I use a combination of therapeutic models and techniques. These include, but are not limited to; Person-centred therapy, CBT, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Mindfulness practices. I find that working this way allows me to structure my work around each individual client. My philosophy being that everybody is unique and responds to the therapeutic process in their own way.

I have experience working with anxiety, depression, abuse, stress, relationship problems, low self-esteem, low confidence, bereavement, existential crisis, phobias, anger issues and many more. I have worked with a wide diversity of clients, however I have particular experience working with adults aged 18-35. Whatever your present situation I am here to help explore your various life challenges and improve your state of mind.
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

Re the current Covid-19 situation: A lot of people are turning to online counselling due to Covid-19 self isolation, so if you are looking for an experienced online therapist with specialist training in online therapy please do get in touch.

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, health, carer, student and gender dysphoria issues.

I've plenty of experience of 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.

Please message me if you'd like a session on a day/time that isn't available on my calendar because I could have availability on other days.