Practices at: London Bridge, Islington and Online
Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, MBT, EFT, Couple Therapy, Mindfulness, FOT
Luka is a BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist, dialectical behaviour therapist and mindfulness teacher. As part of the commitment to support his clients as effectively as possible he was trained and supervised by some of the world’s leading therapists in the fields of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT).
Luka has provided individual counselling and group psychological support to people experiencing depression, anxiety and other forms of distress in a variety of London-based NHS and community settings since 2008. Between 2012 and 2017 he worked at a specialist personality disorder service in the NHS where adults with emotion regulation difficulties and the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) were supported with the intensive programme in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Prior to that Luka had gained valuable experience in an IAPT NHS service where he learnt and refined his Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills whilst supporting people with low mood and anxiety, and at an adult psychotherapy clinic where he trained in and provided Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) to people living with personality and mood disorders.
Luka currently divides his time between working as a psychotherapist, trainer and retreat facilitator. He is also available as a support consultant for therapists internationally. Alongside his counselling work Luka is a practitioner and teacher of mindfulness. Between 2009 and 2014 he managed and conducted the 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression programme in the NHS. He also teaches mindfulness in corporate and community settings and runs mindfulness-based workshops, personal development programmes and retreats, including couples retreats, in the UK and Malta.
Luka trained in a number of therapeutic models, including relational, experiential and behavioural therapies. This allows him to tailor your therapy experience to your emotional needs and concerns rather than trying to fit you into a particular type of therapy. He has also continued his professional development in couple counselling and has special interest in supporting couples to regain and enhance emotional intimacy, safety and trust.
Luka will enjoy working with and supporting you if you are seeking inner balance, want to free yourself from emotional suffering or want to cope more skillfully with difficulties ranging from anxiety and depression to relationship problems and self-harm. You might also be drawn to therapy by existential or religious/spiritual crisis or simply want to learn new ways of relating to yourself and the world around you. Whatever the reason Luka sees therapy as a shared collaborative process between the therapist and the client. His aim is to help people raise their confidence so that they feel more freed up and able to face and handle life events.
Luka works in an invitational, non-judgemental yet gently challenging way and his therapeutic work is influenced by the life-enhancing practice of mindfulness. Inspired by his core training in person-centred and relational counselling, Luka recognises the importance of human relationships and their potential for healing and he puts the relationships with clients at the heart of his therapeutic work. During his years of working as a therapist he noticed how people's difficulties are often fuelled by self-criticism and self-attacking and this observation prompted his interest in compassion-focused therapy and in finding answers to the question: "What stops us from being open not only to others but also to ourselves?". Luka has special interest in working with people who show traits of extreme emotional sensitivity, also known as 'highly sensitive personality', and in the therapeutic use of meditation and body work in the modern world.
Training and consultancy
Luka also offers consultation and training to individual therapists and teams interested in adding DBT and behavioural interventions to their psychotherapeutic work.
Location: London Bridge (SE1 4PH) and Islington (N1 8PT)
Practices at: Angel and Online
Modality: DBT, Psychodynamic, EMDR, Integrative
Jaclyn is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist and highly experienced DBT therapist with a wide ranging experience in working with people who have been through very difficult, early-life experiences. These experiences have often contributed to the development of mental health issues manifesting as emotion regulation and dissociative difficulties, depression, anxiety, eating disorder, self-harm, panic, impulsivity, anger and post-traumatic stress.
Jaclyn gained her MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London and was later intensively trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. This was followed by specialist supervision from Dr Heidi Heard who is a senior DBT clinician at the Linehan Institute and regular DBT team consultation. Additionally, Jaclyn is a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner and also trained in DBT-based Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD.
She has spent the last 15 years working across the NHS, private sector and prison services, where she has provided psychotherapy to individuals and training to organisations with the aim to support their knowledge, understanding and a healthier integration for all involved. Between 2011 and 2016 Jaclyn worked at a specialist NHS personality disorder service where she was part of a team providing DBT to people living with borderline personality disorder (BPD), complex post-traumatic stress, dissociative disorders and other associated difficulties. She now works exclusively in private practice.
Jaclyn sees individuals for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, dissociative disorders, identity issues, sexuality, personality difficulties, managing emotional responses and relationship difficulties. Prior to commencing work with her clients Jaclyn offers a thorough assessment followed by a discussion about all possible treatment options and reasons for suggested treatment. Jaclyn works collaboratively with all her clients, believing that the space she creates with them is essential to any therapeutic growth. This space further supports individuals to move through whatever challenges have brought them to therapy at this point in their lives.
Insurance: Simply Health
Location: 2 mins from Angel station (N1 0PN)
Practices at: Leytonstone
Modality: DBT, PE, CBT, Mindfulness
Darryl is an accredited dialectical behaviour therapist (one of the first in the UK) and a subject matter expert in DBT. He trained both with the Linehan Institute in the USA and British Isles DBT in the UK. Darryl also received expert supervision in DBT and DBT-Prolonged Exposure (PE) from both Dr Heidi Heard and Dr Melanie Harned who are both leading and world-renowned clinicians in the field of borderline personality disorder (BPD), DBT and trauma.
He has a thriving private practice in London and is also an experienced trainer, supervisor and DBT consultant. Darryl currently supervises therapists and psychologists in both the adult and adolescent DBT teams at the Priory Hospitals in and around London. He also provides supervision for the UK's leading private addictions service and two NHS Trusts.
In the past Darryl worked for over 17 years in both the NHS and social services, much of this time in a specialist personality disorder service where he was authorised by the Secretary of State to undertake complex assessments under the Mental Health Act. Having recently left the NHS, Darryl is currently working solely as a senior member of the Mind-Reframed team providing DBT and Prolonged Exposure treatment for PTSD to patients with complex histories of sexual, psychological and physical abuse. His main aim is to ameliorate emotional suffering and enable people to become the person they aspire to be.
Darryl has a unique style that combines irreverence, focus on goals and skills acquisition. In addition to being an adherent DBT therapist he also employs techniques associated with Eastern notions of mindfulness and self-compassion. He offers his clients a thorough assessment of their needs and goals and a clear, well-defined treatment package aimed at them as individuals. His special interests include suicidal and self-harming behaviours in adults and children, treating anxiety and depression, eating problems, addictions and complex PTSD as well as negative self-talk and relationship difficulties that often ensue as a result of the above.
Training and consultancy
Darryl also offers supervision, consultation and training to clinicians, teams and services (both inpatient and outpatient) working with high risk clients, in particular those living with BPD. He has extensively trained NHS mental health staff including doctors, nurses and occupational therapists in topics ranging from Understanding Personality Disorders, DBT, Mindfulness, Mental Health Awareness, and Assessing Risk. In addition to providing courses in how to increase one's effectiveness in working with challenging and complex clients across different NHS services, he also trained front-line staff, such as police and court diversion teams and the ambulance services.
Throughout his career Darryl has continued to refine and deepen his clinical skills through professional development. He trained extensively in the areas of eating disorders, social anxiety, treating shame, disgust and self-criticism, and adolescent mental health presentations. Some of his post-qualifying training included the following:
Location: Leytonstone (E11)
Practices at: London Bridge and Online
Modality: Psychiatry, DBT, MBT
Ivan works in London-based private clinics and as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS. He has supported clients in an NHS-run complex care team in North London, and in a private mental health unit specialising in the treatment of women with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Ivan is available for private consultations with clients embarking on therapeutic work with members of the Mind-Reframed team. He is a qualified member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and is approved to conduct assessments under the Section 12 of Mental Health Act. Ivan will enjoy working with and supporting you if you are engaged in (or are thinking of going for an assessment for) psychological therapy and would like advice about your medication or tailored treatment plans to help you work towards a life that you will experience as truly fulfilling. Ivan offers psychiatric reviews whether the therapy you are in is for BPD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, medically unexplained symptoms or other forms of emotional distress.
Ivan has completed all the requirements for core training in psychiatry as approved by the London Deanery, and his clinical experience has entailed medical psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, emergency mental health, liaison psychiatry and general adult psychiatry in hospitals and other NHS and private settings. He has experience in the acute and non-urgent assessment of people with a wide range of psychiatric and social difficulties and has worked as an independent doctor in assessing people under section 12 of the Mental Health Act in a number of emergency settings. Ivan has experience in outpatient and inpatient, group and individual therapy settings, and his current role is within a psychological therapy service as a doctor conducting medical (psychiatric) reviews.
Ivan has taken up specialist training in the treatment of people living with the diagnoses of personality disorders and has understanding of and experience with therapies treating them, including Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) and Dialectical and Cognitive Behaviour Therapies, as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Family Therapy, Group Analysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He has a strong interest in working within joint medical and psychological models and in psycho-education. He is passionate about empowering clients with mental distress to become experts in navigating through their difficulties and to enable them to work towards their overall well-being and relevant life goals.
Qualifications and Training
Practices at: Primrose Hill and Online
Modality: DBT, CBT, REBT, Couple Therapy
Jill is a BABCP-registered and accredited psychotherapist. She qualified with an MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Goldsmiths University. She is also an experienced dialectical behaviour therapist and worked at the adolescent unit and the acute hospital at the Priory in North London where she co-ran the DBT Programme for some three years. For a number of years Jill worked for the Ambulance Service where she provided Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for paramedics experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also has extensive experience in the field of HIV and AIDS as a counsellor supporting people living with HIV and AIDS to rebuild their sense of self and promoting protection within the male sex worker industry.
Prior to her therapeutic work Jill qualified as a teacher in 1995 and taught English and Drama until 2002. She also has a wealth of experience working as SENCO at a high school behavioural unit with children and young adults with special behavioural needs.
Jill currently runs a private practice in Primrose Hill and Angel providing individual Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for clients living with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and traits, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy for individuals and couples. She is also one of the Mind-Reframed team members involved in facilitating DBT skills classes.
Jill has a special interest in PTSD and associated difficulties and is experienced in working with anxiety, depression and other forms of distress using a combination of 1st and 3rd wave cognitive behavioural disciplines including mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Jill has a thorough approach to therapy helping clients to learn and apply therapeutic tools to unlock and change destructive patterns of thought and behaviour, which consistently threaten their capacity to experience a life worth living.
Insurance: Aviva, AXA PPP, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly, BUPA and other smaller insurance companies.
Location: Primrose Hill (NW1 8XY)
Practices at: Piccadilly Circus
Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, Existential, Couple Therapy
Helen is a UKCP-registered existential psychotherapist and intensively trained dialectical behaviour therapist. Additionally, Helen was trained in Radically Open DBT by the treatment developer Professor Thomas Lynch and she co-runs the RO-DBT programme for clients who live with challenges resulting from excessive over-control and conditions such as anorexia nervosa, chronic depression and anxiety, autistic spectrum, obsessive compulsive and paranoid personalities. She graduated with a music and drama degree and worked for more than twenty years in the music business in the areas of performance, production, publishing, artist management and classical music. From this background, Helen was inspired to train as a psychotherapist and graduated from New School Of Psychotherapy and Counselling with a Masters degree in Existential Psychotherapy. Her therapeutic practice continues to be informed by this core training. As a therapist she stands side-by-side with her clients, exploring their worldview, working from their own experience and understanding how they make sense of life in the here and now. In recent years Helen has worked as a staff and students counsellor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, as a team lead psychotherapist at HMP Holloway and consultant psychotherapist at The Priory.
In addition to co-facilitating the RO-DBT skills groups Helen provides psychotherapy and skills coaching for musicians, performers and those working in the creative field. She also offers emergency psychotherapy and coaching onsite for performance anxiety. Helen is experienced in working with depression and anxiety, including performance anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), emotion regulation and over-control difficulties, anorexia and eating disorders, personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Helen also practices as a couple therapist and offers the service of dialectical mediator to resolve workplace friction and disagreements, workplace stress and work-related interpersonal difficulties. She has special interest in working with parents of children with disability and/or autism.
Insurance: Aviva, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly and other smaller insurance companies.
Location: Piccadilly Circus (W1F 9JB) and Covent Garden (WC2H 9QL)
Modality: MBT, DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness
Practices at: London Bridge
Gerard is an experienced counsellor and has been working psychotherapeutically with both adults and adolescents since 2009. He has successfully supported people with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, personality disorders, self-harm, loss and bereavement, trauma, relationship difficulties and work-related stress. Gerard has worked in a variety of public and private mental health settings both in England and Northern Ireland. They included: Community Mental Health Teams, Clinical Health Team for People with Learning Disabilities, Student Well-Being Departments at the University of Surrey and the North-West Regional College and ‘Derry Youth Community Workshop’. He had a dual role as a therapist and director of ‘Zest’, a Derry-based charity supporting people who experience difficulties related to self-harm and suicide. He currently provides longer-term psychotherapy at an NHS psychotherapy service in East London and provides individual DBT to clients living with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and emotion regulation difficulties.
Through this extensive experience, Gerard has gained knowledge of a number of psychotherapeutic approaches and is well-versed in humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies. His therapeutic approach is integrative and offers a non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment where people can feel at ease, talk openly and reflect on their experiences and on what is causing them distress. Gerard has a particular interest in mindfulness, guided imagery and inner child work which can enhance a person's ability to experience a deeper connection with themselves and others. In his experience these valuable tools tend to lead to improved mental well-being and a more fulfilling life.
Gerard is currently continuing his professional development on a doctoral programme in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. His research interests include the function and conceptualisation of worry and rumination and exploring how individuals can become more in control of their thoughts. Gerard has presented his research on worry, loneliness and coping styles at the national clinical conference in 2013.
Gerard is aware that experiencing psychological distress can be a very lonely place and a sense of trepidation about seeing a therapist is completely natural and understandable. However, rest assured there is nothing to fear. Gerard is a reliable companion to ensure that that you are supported through this journey.
Location: London Bridge (SE1 3SS)
Modality: DBT, CBT, MBCT, Sensory Integration, CFT, Schema Therapy
Practices at: St Paul's and Online
Vilyana is an intensively trained dialectical behaviour therapist with experience in providing individual therapy and facilitating DBT skills classes to groups. She first qualified as a psychologist and worked with young people presenting with challenging behaviours, sensory difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and specific learning difficulties and her role was to support them in increasing their independence and psychological coping. In the last ten years, Vilyana has gained a wealth of experience in working with children and adults in a variety of settings including forensic services and community mental health within the NHS, private health sector and charity organisations.
Vilyana welcomes clients with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties expressed through depression, borderline personality disorder (BPD) and its traits, eating disorders, relationship and personality difficulties, self-harming behaviours, low self-esteem and self-worth, low motivation for personal development, loss of hope or identity and clients who have experienced social deprivation or neglect in their early lives. Vilyana formulates and implements therapy plans that aim to reduce the impact of psychological distress or mental illness on her clients' functioning and supports them in learning new and more effective ways of coping with painful emotions and life challenges. Her goal is help clients become aware of what holds them back from living their life to the full, to manage obstacles more effectively and to prevent future relapses.
Vilyana supports clients to effectively monitor and address their emotional and mental health needs. She helps clients to make sense of their circumstances and to put in place workable solutions which will provide a greater meaning of where people find themselves in life as well as equip them with the tools for a positive and well prepared future.
Vilyana's approach is focused on her clients individual circumstances and unique needs. She also ensures that any therapy plans and methods she applies are supported with evidence-based outcomes and solid clinical research.
In recent years Vilyana has also directly worked with humanitarian and human rights organisations on various health related projects across the globe. As a therapist, Vilyana feels that helping clients to increase their self-awareness in individual and group DBT-based sessions is the first step towards building emotional resilience and positive relationships.
Location: St Paul's (EC1A 4EN)
Modality: DBT, RO-DBT and ACT
Practice: London Bridge and Online
Denise is a qualified DBT therapist with over ten years experience. She has supported clients with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD), including those with co-morbid diagnoses of PTSD, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and trauma associated with rape and childhood abuse or neglect. Denise has also supported clients with learning difficulties through adaptations of the DBT programme according to individual needs. She enjoys working with new clients, meeting for the first time, moving towards establishing a programme of treatment based on DBT assessment protocols and guidelines and seeing clients take control of their lives.
Denise has worked in medium and low security in-patient settings. Throughout, she has regularly delivered DBT skills groups and is an experienced coach in mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation. Denise has also delivered the 6-week courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has also regularly delivered ‘graduate’ type groups where the focus is on generalisation of skills and problem solving, and co-facilitated the Group Radical Openness Course.
Denise is also an experienced trainer and accredited tutor with the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) and facilitated courses in the understanding of borderline personality disorder and in the various elements of DBT. Denise finds this particularly rewarding and effective in dispelling the stigma surrounding this condition.
Denise’s core training in DBT was with British Isles DBT in 2010. This has been followed by continuous professional development, weekly team consultation, individual coaching and advanced DBT training to include:
Location: London Bridge (SE1 4PH)
Modality: DBT, CBT, CFT, Integrative
Practices at: High Barnet and Islington
Clare is an HCPC-registered consultant clinical psychologist with many years of experience working with adults with the whole range of psychological problems. She qualified from UCL as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and has worked in different NHS settings in London and Hertfordshire since then, including community mental health, primary care and substance misuse teams. She has specialised for many years in treating clients with Emotionally Unstable/Borderline Personality Disorder, using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Her interest in helping people with emotional instability, impulsive behaviours and complex trauma led Clare to complete the National Intensive DBT Training in 2007 and develop a DBT programme in Barnet. From 2009 until 2014 she was the deputy head of a specialist personality disorder service in Hertfordshire, where she led a DBT team. After the closure of this service she continued to lead the DBT programme across the trust until her retirement from the NHS in September 2018. She now works in private practice.
Clare has many years’ experience of delivering DBT to clients, as well as training and supervising other therapists. She has received specialist supervision from Dr Janet Feigenbaum, one of the UK National DBT trainers. Clare also uses other therapy models including CBT, schema-focused therapy, compassion-focused therapy and mindfulness. She works with both individuals and groups and adapts her approach to the needs of the person.
Clare has a compassionate and non-judgemental attitude and works towards developing a psychological understanding or formulation of the person’s difficulties. She uses this understanding to target the treatment approach to the individual needs of the client, with the aim of reducing emotional distress, helping clients develop more effective ways of coping and improving their quality of life.
Post Qualifying Training
Insurance: AXA-PPP, Aviva, Cigna, WPA and Vitality
Location: High Barnet (EN5 2FT) and Angel (N1 8PT)
Modality: MBT, Psychodynamic, CBT, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
Practices at: Islington
Claudio is a HCPC-registered counselling psychologist with over 10 years of clinical experience within different settings, including therapeutic communities, residential services and specialist NHS personality disorder service. He has also undergone a thorough training in Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT) at the Anna Freud Centre and is accredited as an MBT therapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). Claudio has worked with clients with a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, psychosis, anger problems and interpersonal difficulties.
For over 7 years he has delivered Mentalisation-Based therapy (MBT) programmes, providing both individual and group MBT to clients living with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other co-morbid complex needs. He has operated in this role both within forensic services and at a specialist NHS Personality Disorder Service, as part of a model-adherent team and with regular expert supervision. Through the MBT model Claudio has provided help to people with difficulties in managing strong emotions and in maintaining meaningful relationships with others.
Claudio has also gained the experience of supporting clients by means of CBT-based individual interventions and can provide short-term consultations for specific psychological and interpersonal problems, such as professional/academic orientation, changes in relationships, adjustment and stress-related issues.
Claudio completed his undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology and subsequently his postgraduate degree in Dynamic-Clinical Psychology and developed a specific interest around Developmental Psychology, Attachment Theory and Psychopathology. He strives to understand in the work with clients how early life experiences influence and shape individuals’ ways of being and difficulties in the present. Claudio is currently continuing his professional development in the specialist field of parent-infant psychotherapy through a UKCP-accredited course at the School of Infant Mental Health. Currently, Claudio works both privately and in the NHS, providing assessment and therapy to a wide range of clients, including children, adults and families.
Claudio aims at helping clients reach a better understanding of themselves, their history and experience with others. At the same time, he supports them in making changes, which can allow them to have a more fulfilling life. In his work Claudio believes that despites one’s difficulties, it is never too late for a person to achieve meaningful transformations in their life. He considers having a respectful, open and collaborative relationship with clients as key to their progress. He has worked with clients from various pathways of life, nationalities and diverse backgrounds, establishing a full appreciation of cultural and ethnic differences. Claudio can practice in different languages, including English, Spanish and Italian.
Qualifications and trainings
Insurance: AXA PPP, AVIVA, Vitality
Location: Islington (N1 8PT)
Practices at: Forest Hill, London Bridge and Islington
Modality: MBT, Psychodynamic, CBT
Reema is a BACP-registered counsellor, MBT therapist and supervisor. Her core post-graduate training was in psychodynamic counselling following which she continued her professional development in cognitive and mentalisation-based therapies. Reema's commitment to develop expertise in other approaches was influenced by the recognition that one size doesn't fit all and that some clients are best supported with therapies for their specific challenges that are validated by extensive research. Reema has a particular expertise and underwent specialist training in supporting clients who live with the diagnoses of personality disorders, particularly borderline personality (BPD). She has also delivered numerous training sessions on working with this client group within social care sector and has been a guest lecturer at Richmond, The American International University in London.
Reema has a particular interest in attachment theory and its relevance to how some of our current challenges arise from early relationships and the quality of care and attention we had received. She is aware that human difficulties can become ingrained over time and that the process of addressing them takes time both to develop trust in building a therapeutic relationship and to change patterns of behaviours, beliefs and relational processes. For this reason Reema is available for longer-term work to support clients in addressing the more profound challenges they face. However, she also offers shorter-term CBT interventions when required.
Reema has 17 years’ experience of working with clients who are highly sensitive and experience their emotions more intensely than an average person and clients with complex mental health needs or forensic past. She is experienced in supporting clients who present with a wide range of interpersonal and relationship difficulties, emotion regulation disorders such as BPD, childhood abuse, bereavement and loss, eating disorders, depression and anxiety and suicidal and self-harming behaviours. Reema offers her clients a thorough assessment of their life history as well as current needs and goals and a clear, well-defined treatment package aimed at them as individuals. In additional to individual therapy Reema has some availability for family sessions.
Reema has worked in the social care sector since 2001 providing psychosocial support and individual and group MBT sessions to adult males diagnosed with a personality disorder and/or complex needs. She has undergone foundational and advanced training as an MBT therapist under Professors Fonagy and Bateman at the Anna Freud Centre. Reema remained committed to applying this evidence-based treatment to clients living with borderline personality disorder and its traits both in the one to one and group format. She also supervises colleagues working within the MBT model.
Reema currently divides her time between working in a specialist forensic personality disorder service, a joint venture between the NHS and social care sector, and as a private practice counsellor, MBT therapist and supervisor for counselling/psychotherapy students on clinical placements.
Qualifications and Training
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Location: Forest Hill (SE23 2PN), London Bridge and Borough (SE1 4PH), Islington (N1 8PT)
Practices at: Palmers Green and Waltham Abbey
Modality: CBT, TF-CBT, DBT and PE
Marie is a qualified social worker and CBT and DBT therapist. She is registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) as well as an accredited CBT therapist with BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies). As a therapist, Marie has worked for many years with children and young adults who had been sexually abused, suffered from complex trauma or experienced other kinds of trauma and/or who display harmful sexual behaviours. Over the last few years the client group increased to include adults presenting with: deliberate self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression and psychosis among other difficulties. Marie’s goal is to give everyone a chance to aim for a life worth living. As a qualified social worker, her work was in child protection and with unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers.
Marie has many years of experience of seeing patients both individually and in groups. She has been running groups for parents as part of a programme for both the child/adolescent and the parents. Marie also has experience of working with children and adolescents presenting with challenging behaviours, autism spectrum disorder (especially high functioning) and ADHD.
Marie has been a guest lecturer at universities in Sweden, and a facilitator at workshops at Conferences and training events throughout the UK, in Sweden and the USA. She has run courses and educated professionals and students about children and adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviours. She has also offered training and supervision to other professionals who work with children and adolescents in a DBT-approach.
In Sweden between 2009 and 2014, Marie managed two outpatient clinics for 0-25 years old, where a DBT-approach group programme was developed and offered to adolescents who displayed harmful sexual behaviours, and, trauma group programmes for those under 12 who had experienced sexual abuse. She is currently working part-time as a CAMHS Lead Therapist at the Priory North London, where she is seeing adolescents individually and in groups. At the Priory North London, Marie has been part of setting up a DBT-approach group programme for the young people admitted.
Marie was born in Sweden. She came to the UK for the first time 1984. Her core profession is Social Work (qualified in 1999) and she has experience of working in Social Services in both England and Sweden. Marie is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and has been practicing as such since 2004. She studied CBT at Goldsmiths University, London, 2003 with Windy Dryden. Furthermore, Marie has diploma in Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), gained in 2010, where she trained with Elizabeth Malmquist and Anita Linnér (Sweden), as well as with Alan Fruzzetti and Jill Rathus (USA). She is also trained in Trauma Focused-CBT, including Supervisor training (TF-CBT) 2013 with Laura Murray (USA); and Prolonged Exposure (PE) 2012 with Edna Foa (USA).
Location: Palmers Green (N14 7HD) and Waltham Abbey (EN9 1NN)
Practices at: Oxford Circus and Bond Street
Modality: CBT, DBT, IPT, Integrative
Jamie is a counselling psychologist with a wide range of experience having worked in private psychiatric hospitals, prisons, court, GP practices, NHS hospitals, charitable organisations and in online counselling in the UK, Australia and USA. Her extensive experience has allowed her to support many people with their mental and emotional health difficulties, including anxiety, panic disorder, addictions, depression, stress, personality disorders, substance misuse, life transitions, interpersonal difficulties and emotional regulation.
Jamie has also worked with young people (CAMHs) and patients with chronic health conditions and has conducted group therapy and psycho-educational workshops and seminars. She has been trained and specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing. Jamie uses her skills in an integrative manner tailored to each individual client, creating a safe therapeutic space for the client to explore their inner conflicts and struggles. She believes in joining the client on their journey to utilise their strengths and to develop tools to support the areas they are struggling in.
Memberships: HCPC, BABCP, AHPRA and APS
Insurance: AXA PPP, Aviva, Vitality
Location: Oxford Circus (W1W 7SU) and Bond Street (W1S 1BN)
Modality: TA, CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR, EFT, Couple Therapy
Practices at: Finchley Central and Elephant & Castle
Marva is an experienced BACP-registered counsellor, accredited couple therapist and EMDR practitioner with 20 years of therapeutic experience. In addition to seeing clients in private practice she currently works as a senior counsellor in an NHS service where she enjoys supporting couples and individuals whose lives and relationships are affected by depression. Prior to that Marva had gained a wealth of experience in the NHS supporting people with depression and anxiety using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) model, and at a specialist psychosexual clinic attached to Guy's Hospital where she gained comprehensive knowledge of intimate relationships, sexuality and sexual dysfunction.
Marva is committed to supporting her clients in learning and using therapeutic tools to unlock and change patterns of thought and behaviour that no longer serve them and that threaten their capacity to feel emotionally safe in partnerships and to live their life to the full. Marva uses evidence-based therapies to support couples to improve their communication skills and build acceptance in order to regain intimacy and joy in their relationships. She also treats individuals experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, trauma, workplace stress, racial harassment and bullying. Marva completed each of the four levels of training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to support clients in processing their traumatic experiences and memories.
Her offering includes both short-term, solution-focused and goal-oriented therapy and more open-ended exploration of difficulties with clients who are interested in long-term psychotherapy. Marva also enjoys working with couples and individuals who experience cultural differences in their relationships which may cause barriers and conflicts. She works with couples of any sexuality, gender or ethnicity with warmth, respect and passion.
Marva's therapeutic approach is integrative flexibly drawing from Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Emotionally Focused Therapy to support her clients according to their unique needs and concerns.
Location: Finchley Central and Elephant & Castle
Practices at: Harley Street, Kentish Town and Online
Modality: CBT, MBT, EMDR, ACT, EFT, Positive Psychology
Joel is an experienced, BACP-accredited counsellor, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner. He has been within the mental health field for the past 13 years and has worked extensively within a wide range of sectors such as GP surgeries, community settings, forensic hospitals, schools and inpatient services. Joel has worked with individuals from a diverse range of cultures, religions, physical and/or mental disabilities, genders, sexualities and ages. He currently works for the Priory as a specialist in anxiety disorders and trauma and for the NHS working with people experiencing anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Joel has trained in a number of different therapeutic approaches. He uses modalities that recognise the importance of perception and thinking, emotional processing, neurobiological implications, developmental needs, relational needs and human strength. This wide diversity of training allows Joel to collaboratively work with you in identifying what areas might be most beneficial to you, rather than forcing you to work within a specific model or label. Joel aims to help individuals find their potential and uses ACT principles to help the client to re-identify what is most important to them. He is passionate about understanding human strengths and resilience and helping his clients to recognise their own resources. His past and current research has been focused on helping individuals foster courage to face adversities and flourish towards their unique purposes and passions.
Joel works both with individuals 1:1 and within group programmes. He is currently working on fostering awareness of mental health and working with trauma in countries with limited psychological support. He is passionate about his work and believes everyone should have access to psychological support, despite their geographical location or financial means.
Joel founders all his principles of human interaction on person centred therapy. He believes that humans have the innate ability to grow and flourish given the right conditions. Additionally, Joel is keen on exploring common strengths across humanity and cultures to recognise the potential of ‘good’ despite the odds. His therapeutic approach is fundamentally aimed at developing a balance between parts of self (logical/rational, creative/emotional and spiritual) and recognition of our needs both biologically, relationally and emotionally. He feels that developing a balance of these areas enables individuals to recognise and find their individual purpose and general life passions.
Joel interweaves his therapeutic approaches depending on your difficulties. He uses cognitive behavioural therapy and meta-cognitive therapy to recognise the impact of perception, preoccupation with thinking, behavioural patterns, obsessional thoughts, and attentional focus difficulties and explores how these can be unhelpful for us emotionally and psychologically. You might find this approach particularly helpful if you suffer with OCD, paranoid thoughts, social phobia, health anxiety, panic, depersonalisation, depression and low self-esteem.
He also helps individuals to come into closer contact with their emotions. Through his training and experience, Joel feels that emotions are often a communication of our needs, perhaps in our relationships, work situation or general life direction. He helps individuals to recognise their needs through exploration of their emotions with an empathic and non-judgemental acceptance. He helps you to look deeper into the meaning of your life through the use of more existential searching and recognition of what makes you ‘tick’ and feel alive. He recognises that individuals often forget who they are or what is important to them when they have lived a long-time suffering or been subjected to the needs of others. Joel is passionate about guiding you towards finding your own way to living whole-heartily and embracing your life. You might find this approach helpful if you are experiencing strong emotions of shame, guilt, fear and depression or if you are suffering from bereavement, are confused about your identity, your relationships or the meaning of life.
Lastly, Joel is passionate about working with trauma. He believes that ‘distressing memories’ are often linked to current difficulties. These might be both traumatic, or simply an unpleasant memory that might be linked to our current fears and difficulties. He uses EMDR as a way of processing and lessening or stopping painful emotions and stuck thought processes. Joel has worked with individuals with complex trauma, single incident PTSD or sexual trauma. He helps the trauma to process from being stuck. This means a stop of flashbacks, nightmares, extreme fear, self-loathing and/or feeling ‘trapped’ in the present moment. Joel enjoys helping clients to be guided empathically to a place of calmness and understanding so that they may no longer be stuck on pause.
Insurance: Cigna, Vitality, WPA, AXA PPP, Aviva
Locations: Harley Street (W1G 6AZ) and Kentish Town (NW5 2RD)
Practices at: Online
Modality: EFT, Couples Therapy, Pre- and Postnatal Counselling, EMDR
Kamila is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, BACP-accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner. Her skills, experience and warmth aid clients in getting the most out of couples therapy sessions to find a more satisfying way to be in a relationship or create a happy, fulfilling marriage. Kamila enjoys working with couples facing relationship difficulties related to intimacy or sex and those where safe emotional connection is interrupted by intense emotions or mental health difficulties. Her expertise also entails working with couples who are looking for support related to IVF, pregnancy or traumatic birth. Together with Kamila couples can get to the roots of present difficulties, identify patterns that keep them stuck in conflict, and explore ways forward with the aim of regaining or enhancing emotional intimacy, safety and trust in the way they relate.
Kamila works with clients privately and also runs parent & baby groups for a national charity. Before setting up private practice she provided therapy for two multi-cultural counselling centres in London, as well as for South Bank University students and primary school pupils. She also supported people in the midst of a suicidal crisis at the Suicidal Respite Centre in London.
Kamila also organises and provides training for therapists interested in EFT. As a British EFT Centre Special Events Co-ordinator, Kamila has organised two national EFT conferences.
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Practices at: Vauxhall/Kennington
Modality: CBT, EMDR
Ella is a BABCP-accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner with over 8 years’ experience of working therapeutically to help clients to improve their psychological well-being. She has worked as a Psychological Well-being Practitioner and CBT Therapist in the NHS since 2009 and currently works in an NHS clinic in London as well as working privately. Working with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, obsessional thinking and relationship difficulties; Ella also works to help people move forward with their lives when they are feeling directionless or stuck and can help you to establish your goals and to begin living in a more values-driven way. She believes in using evidence-based theory and practice to overcome psychological distress and invites you to become curious about yourself.
In addition to traditional cognitive-behavioural approaches to treating emotional difficulties, Ella is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and will often offer a combination of EMDR and CBT to clients. EMDR is an evidence-based approach originally developed for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but which is also extremely effective in treating numerous other forms of emotional distress. It works by accessing maladaptive memory networks which are stuck in pathways or feedback loops in the brain and reprograms these with new and adaptive information so that distress is alleviated and new insights can be formed. Ella practices in accordance with the codes of ethics of her professional body BABCP she used approaches which help you to make sense of unhelpful ways of interpreting and responding to day-to-day experience and works towards meaningful change. Ella will help you to increase your awareness of your values, beliefs and goals and support you to improve your relationship with yourself and others.
With a realistic understanding of London-life and the pressures that it can bring, Ella offers a creative, compassionate and pro-active approach to therapy which values openness, self-reflection and the desire to change.
Insurance:: AXA PPP
Location: Vauxhall/Kennington (SE1 7SJ)
Modality: CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic
Practices at: Edmonton Green and Online
Konstantina is a counselling psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Prior to obtaining her doctoral qualification in counselling psychology with the University of East London she had completed an MSc in Mental Health at King’s College in 2005. Since then Konstantina has gained a wealth of experience in working as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and psychological therapist in a number of NHS and private sector settings where she has provided individual CBT and ran groups for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Konstantina is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and currently works as a DBT team co-ordinator at the North London Priory where she is involved in co-facilitating skills groups and providing one to one DBT sessions for people with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition to being a skilled CBT and DBT practitioner Konstantina is also experienced in providing psychodynamic therapy and in teaching mindfulness and compassion-based approaches. Her aim is to guide her clients towards a life with less self-criticism and self-judgements and thus reduce emotional suffering.
Konstantina has special interest in working with patients with a history of traumatic experiences such as abuse or rape, which resulted in PTSD. Her expertise includes working with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, low self-esteem, alcohol and substance misuse, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm. She is also experienced in facilitating assertiveness and anger management workshops. Konstantina also offers online therapy via Skype and her doctoral research focused on the therapeutic relationship in online therapy.
Insurance: Aviva, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly and other small insurance companies.
Location: Edmonton Green (N9 7EL)
Practices at: Greenwich and Online
Modality: CBT, Schema Therapy, EMDR, FOT
Anastasiya is a HCPC-registered counselling psychologist specialising in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders and complex trauma. She gained her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University, London and was subsequently trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at King’s College, London. Additionally, Anastasiya is accredited in Schema Therapy and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma. She also qualified as a Focusing-Oriented Therapist. Focusing is a profound way of being with any experience and is a skill most of us have or can develop, that of listening to our inner most feelings, sensing into our body, and discovering what is not fully known yet.
Anastasiya has spent the last 10 years working across the NHS, prison service and private sector. She taught at undergraduate level and volunteered with a number of mental health charities providing psychological support to different client groups. She now works exclusively in private practice and offers sessions face to face and online.
Anastasiya offers support for individuals experiencing stress, relationship problems, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, OCD, phobias, trauma, bereavement and work difficulties. Anastasiya offers a thorough assessment session followed up by a written summary of main points discussed and suggestions for treatment. She tailors her approach according to your needs and concerns and aims to help you facilitate changes in your life which would improve your mental health.
Insurance: AXA PPP, Vitality Health, Signa, Aviva, Healix Health
Location: 2 mins from Greenwich station (SE10 9FY)
Modality: CBT, MBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy
Available for: Online therapy, supervision and consultation
Katarina is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a university lecturer. Katarina has over 15 years of clinical experience which she has mainly gained in the NHS but also within the private organisations and third sector. During her career, Katarina has worked in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient and community; and with people across a range of age groups, including children, adults and older adults. She has delivered individual, group, couple and family therapy. In addition, Katarina has provided training, supervision and consultation to other health professionals, teams and services. Alongside her clinical practice, Katarina has been a visiting lecturer at University of East London, Institute of Psychiatry and Canterbury Christ Church University where she has been teaching on the subject of clinical psychology, including CBT, Systemic Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, research methods and critical psychology.
Katarina has supported clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties described as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating difficulties, trichotillomania, psychosis, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, phobias, ADHD, substance misuse, gambling, neurocognitive difficulties, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem and multiple trauma (inc. survivors of sexual abuse). Katarina is also experienced in working with clients who present with complex needs, including suicidal behaviour and deliberate self-harm.
In her clinical practice, Katarina has facilitated her clients in understanding and approaching life challenges in more adaptive ways in order to enhance their overall wellbeing. Katarina has training and experience in a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Systemic (family) Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. This allows her to flexibly use different types of therapy and/or their aspects to fit your particular needs. Katarina sees therapy as a collaborative process and focuses on your chosen therapy goals. She appreciates the strengths and resources that may be available to people and uses these therapeutically to create a positive and long-lasting change. Katarina endeavours to get your feedback at each session to establish and maintain an effective therapeutic relationship, and to ensure maximum therapy satisfaction. She offers a short-term, goal-oriented therapy as well as long-term psychotherapy. She can provide culturally sensitive parenting support, anger and stress management and couple therapy. In addition, Katarina offers clinical supervision and consultation to other mental health practitioners.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East London, UK
MSc in Psychology, Olomouc University, Czech Republic
Mentalization Based Therapy, Anna Freud Centre, London (2008)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, The Huntercombe Hospital (2013-2014)
Motivational Interviewing, National Problem Gambling Clinic, London (2011)
Systemic Family Therapy, The Tavistock and Portman Trust, London (2012-2013)
Narrative Therapy, University College Hospital, London (2014)
Practices at: Hackney and off-site across London
Modality: MBCT, MBSR
Andy is an experienced mindfulness teacher with a background in community mental health nursing. He has trained extensively to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programmes. Andy has been practising mindfulness for 20 years and teaching for 7 years. He is committed to supporting people and organisations to tap into their potential and innate capacity for wellbeing and creativity through mindfulness.
Andy teaches mindfulness-based approaches to staff in the NHS, in the third and education sectors and to teams and organisations in the corporate sector. Settings that he has facilitated groups in include Kings Health Partners, Camden and Islington NHS Trust, Dulwich Prep School, St. Mungos Housing and the Girls Day School Trust. He has offered mindfulness groups for people who experience distressing voices and has more recently been working, in conjunction with Prof. Mark Williams, with prison staff and prisoners following the award of a grant from Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Andy has also trained as a supervisor of mindfulness teachers and currently supervises several mindfulness teachers working in NHS settings. He also works with groups of people who are experiencing a wide range of stress related and psychological challenges including insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma, adverse childhood experiences and abuse.
Andy trained as a mental health nurse in Glasgow in the 80's and has worked in acute in-patient settings, in rehabilitation; in forensic settings, homelessness and, for many years, in community mental health in inner London. He continues to practice as mental health nurse one day a week for a pan London homelessness healthcare team and facilitates case discussions and post incident debriefs with homelessness staff.
He is passionate about enhancing the strengths and abilities of the people he works with and in supporting people in developing their natural, inherent capacity to bring mindful qualities and compassion to their challenges and difficulties.
Modality: DBT, Trauma and Psychiatry Researcher
Available for: Training and Research Seminars
Kirsten Barnicot is an academic psychologist with a special interest in the psychological treatment of personality disorder and trauma. She completed a BA in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford followed by a PhD in Social and Community Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London in 2013. Her thesis focused on exploring mechanisms of change in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.
Kirsten currently works for Imperial College London, where she is conducting work on the impact of trauma on the psychological treatment of personality disorder. She has published widely in peer-reviewed psychology and psychiatry journals (e.g. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Clinical Psychology Review, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics). She can offer training on topics including assessment and treatment of personality disorder, assessment and treatment of trauma in the context of personality disorder, and the evidence base for psychological treatment of personality disorder.
Modality: Honorary Corporate Consultant
Available for: TBA
Sanjay is a senior solicitor with over 15 years experience of working within corporate, investment banking and business settings. After recognising the benefits of mindfulness in his personal and professional life in recent years, Sanjay has developed a great passion for promoting this valuable practice in the corporate workplace settings. He has the ability to combine the mindsets of both corporate and mindfulness disciplines and has shared his expertise to help Mind-Reframed provide bespoke corporate solutions.