Founder

Luka Hadrych

Practices at: London Bridge, Islington and Online

Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, MBT, EFT, Couple Therapy, Mindfulness, FOT

Insurance: Self-funding only

Luka is an experienced psychotherapist, dialectical behaviour therapist and mindfulness teacher. As part of his commitment to support clients as effectively as possible he was trained and supervised by some of the leading therapists in the fields of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and individuals and Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT). He is trained to tolerate intense emotional experience within a psychotherapy treatment, and is skilled in evidence-based practice to reduce self-harming behaviours.

Luka has provided individual 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.

Luka currently divides his time between working as an individual and couple therapist, trainer and workshop 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 now teaches mindfulness in corporate and community settings and runs mindfulness-based workshops, personal development programmes and retreats.

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 attachment-based therapies and has special interest in supporting couples to regain and enhance emotional intimacy, safety and trust.


Academic qualifications

  • MSc in Clinical and Community Psychology, University of East London
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton University
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (Low Intensity CBT), Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, University of East Anglia

  • Post-qualifying training

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Luka's core DBT training with British Isles DBT National Training Team was in 2012. It was followed by continuous professional development, weekly team consultation and advanced DBT training. In 2014 Luka received expert supervision from Dr Heidi Heard who was one of the original researchers and developers of DBT in the US and is a senior clinician and DBT trainer affiliated to The Linehan Institute.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: Externship and Advanced Core Skills Training (Levels 1-4 out of 4) with Dr Scott Woolley and Dr Zoya Simakhodskaya, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (Trauma-Focused): Levels 1-2 out of 2 with Dr Sue Johnson and Dr Leanne Campbell, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Building A Lasting Connection. Facilitator Training: Relationship enhancement workshop for couples wanting a deeper and lasting connection, Dr Debi Gilmore and Dr Rebecca Jorgensen
  • Radically Open DBT for Disorders of Over-control: Intensive training for difficulties associated with excessive self-control related to anorexia nervosa, treatment-resistant depression, chronic anxiety, autism spectrum, perfectionism and obsessive compulsive personality, Professor Thomas Lynch and the Radically Open Ltd Team
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training and CPD: Mindfulness Scotland Ltd, Mindfulness Association and British Isles DBT Training
  • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT): Anna Freud Centre
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy for Trauma: Vivo International and Institute for Psychotrauma, London
  • DBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Dr Melanie Harned, The Linehan Institute
  • Therapeutic Programme NEST for People with Experiences of Childhood Neglect, Violence (psychological, physical and sexual) and Reproductive Losses (miscarriage, abortion and stillbirth): International Association NEST (New Experiences for Survivors of Trauma)

  • Therapeutic approach
    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 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. 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 practicing 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. Luka has special interest in working with people who show traits of extreme emotional sensitivity 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.

    Memberships

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Location: London Bridge (SE1 4PH) and Islington (N1 8PT)

    DBT Team

    Jaclyn Everitt

    Practices at: Online

    Modality: DBT, EMDR, Integrative

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Jaclyn is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist and highly experienced DBT therapist with a wide ranging experience in working with people who have been through 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 fully trained Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner and also trained in DBT-based Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD.

    She has spent the last 17 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.

    Memberships

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland
  • European Society of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD)
  • Location: 2 mins from Angel station (N1 0PN)

    Jill Critchley

    Practices at: Primrose Hill, Islington and Online

    Modality: DBT, CBT, REBT

    Insurance: Aviva, AXA PPP, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly

    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 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 supporting people living with HIV and AIDS to rebuild their sense of self and promoting protection within the 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 and specialist training in supporting people living with 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.

    Location: Primrose Hill near Chalk Farm station (NW1 8XY) and Islington (N1 8PT)

    Leela Chaitoo

    Practices at: London Bridge and Online

    Modality: DBT, CBT and Mindfulness

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Leela is an experienced DBT therapist with 16 years of experience working predominantly with clients who live with emotion regulation difficulties, complex and traumatic past and the diagnoses of personality disorders. She gained a wealth of experience as a psychological therapist and mental health officer in specialist personality disorder, community and acute mental health settings. She also has background as a registered psychiatric nurse of over 20 years. Leela has a wealth of knowledge in emotional distress and relevant treatment options and has also developed the skills necessary to undertake complex assessments under the Mental Health Act.

    Leela received her initial training in DBT with the British Isles DBT in 2003 when she worked alongside a private team that was established to provide in-patient care and support for clients on the severe spectrum of emotional dysregulation and self-harm, including those diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.

    In 2007 she received advanced DBT training from Behavioural Tech LLC in San Francisco and subsequently joined a specialist personality disorder service in the NHS where she was one of the DBT therapists participating in a 3-year Randomised Control Trial measuring the effectiveness of DBT. Throughout this time she continued to have weekly consultation and received specialist supervision for adherence to the DBT model from Dr Heidi Heard who was one of the original researchers and developers of DBT in the US and is a senior DBT trainer affiliated to The Linehan Institute.

    Leela has continued expanding her knowledge base and received additional training from Behavioural Tech in treating eating disorders and substance misuse. She has vast experience in working with clients who experience shame and trauma associated with PTSD and uses Compassionate Mind Therapy within the DBT model to target these painful emotions. Leela has also facilitated training to psychologists and other clinicians and supported the implementation and facilitating of DBT and mindfulness skills groups in outpatient settings.

    Therapeutic approach

    Leela works with clients who live with a range of challenges such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She has had abundant exposure to working with clients who experience shame and self-criticism and who typically come from harsh backgrounds which resulted in them having challenges with regulating emotions. Leela supports her clients in challenging their perception of the external world as being solely critical and their internal self as being inherently disliked.

    Leela recognises that in order for her clients to feel reassured and have a sense of safeness they must be able to soothe themselves when challenging emotions arise. She believes her role as a therapist is to teach them the methods to cope with stressors without destructive methods like self-harming, drug abuse or dissociating. Leela recognises that change requires a lot of courage to be able to tolerate negative emotions and painful memories and supports her clients with their feelings of shame and self-criticism to engage in the therapeutic processes. She will be your trusted companion on this journey.

    Post-Qualification Training:

    • 2003 - Foundational Training in DBT, British Isles DBT National Training Team
    • 2007 - Advanced Training in DBT with The Linehan Institute Behavioral Tech LLC, San-Francisco CA. This was followed by weekly team consultation and expert supervision with Dr Heidi Heard
    • 2009 - Treating the Eating Disordered Client with Multiple Problems Using DBT, The Linehan Institute
    • 2010 - Treating PTSD the Evidenced Based Way, Professor Roz Shafram, at the Charlie Waller Institute
    • 2011 - Working with Emotion in Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society at the BPS Learning Centre
    • 2011 - Shame, Trauma and Treatment: Working with PTSD, The British Psychological Society at the BPS Learning Centre

    Location: London Bridge, Borough (SE1 4PH)

    Gerard Hannon

    Modality: DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness

    Practices at: London Bridge and Online

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Gerard is a compassionate and highly experienced psychologist and psychotherapist with 20 years experience within intense psychotherapeutic services. He offers psychological assessments and treatment plans whilst remaining committed to exceeding standards for clients. He exhibits calmness, accuracy and decision-making skills in intense and emotional emergencies. Backed with solid educational background Gerard is capable of employing quick and accurate judgement to gauge clients' conditions and employ relevant psychotherapeutic support. He has a track record of providing care for clients with complex needs, personality and emotion regulation difficulties.

    Gerard 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. He 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’. Gerard had a dual role as a therapist and director of ‘Zest’, a Derry-based charity supporting people who experience difficulties related to emotion dysregulation and self-harm. He currently provides longer-term psychotherapy at an NHS psychotherapy service in East London and at the Priory. He also provides 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.

    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 and anxiety. 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.

    Academic Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey (in completion)
  • Degree in Integrated Counselling, North West Regional College
  • Certificate in Counselling, National University of Ireland
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Ulster
  • Post-Qualifying Training

  • Mentalisation Based Therapy: Anna Freud Centre and East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Gerard's core DBT training was with British Isles DBT National Training Team who are the sole licensed providers of DBT training in the UK. He continues to receive regular supervision and attends DBT team consultation to ensure continuous professional development.
  • Applied Suicide Interventions and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with CBT Expert Dr Christine Padesky
  • Memberships

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Location: London Bridge (SE1 3SS)

    Denise Poynter

    Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, EFT and ACT

    Practice: Islington and Online

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    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 skills. Denise has also delivered the 6-week courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), regularly facilitated ‘graduate’ type groups where the focus is on generalisation of skills and problem solving, and co-facilitated the Group Radical Openness therapy programme. Most recently Denise has also continued her professional development in emotionally-focused therapy for individuals and couples and has special interest in supporting the people she works with in building the sense of emotional intimacy, trust and openness in their most meaningful relationships.

    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.

    Professional Development

    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Denise's core DBT training with British Isles DBT National Training Team was in 2010. It was followed by continuous professional development, weekly team consultation and further individual coaching.
    • Problem Solving in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Dr Heidi Heard, British Isles DBT
    • Using DBT Skills for Anger Management, Professor Thomas Lynch
    • Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in DBT with High Risk Clients, Dr Melanie Harned, British Isles DBT
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (Trauma-Focused): Levels 1-2 out of 2 with Dr Sue Johnson and Dr Leanne Campbell, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples: Externship and ongoing supervision, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Made Simple, Dr Russ Harris
    • Advanced Skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dr Russ Harris
    • Teaching Clients Mindfulness Skills, British Isles DBT
    • Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Shame and Self-Critical Behaviour, Professor Paul Gilbert, The Compassionate Mind Foundation
    • Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT), Professor Thomas Lynch
    • Group Radical Openness (GRO), Dr Richard Booth and Dr Rachel Egan

      Affiliations/Memberships

    • Member of the Society for DBT in the UK and Ireland
    • Member of BABCP
    • Member of SET (Society for Education and Training)

    Other Qualifications:

    • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Northampton)
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education (University of Leicester)

    Location: Islington (N1 8PT), walking distance from Angel tube station and Essex Road overground

    Clare Cardy

    Modality: DBT, CBT, CFT, Integrative

    Practices at: High Barnet, Islington and Online

    Insurance: AXA-PPP, CIGNA, WPA

    Clare is a 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.

    Academic Qualifications

    • BSc Psychology, Birkbeck College 1988
    • MSc Clinical Psychology, UCL 1992

    Post Qualifying Training

    • DBT Intensive Training with the British Isles DBT, 2007
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Bangor University, 2012
    • DBT Accreditation with the Society for DBT in the UK and Ireland, 2015

    Location: High Barnet (EN5 2FT) and Angel (N1 8PT)

    Marta Santandreu Oliver

    Practices at: Online

    Modality: DBT, CBT and RO-DBT

    Insurance: AXA PPP, Vitality Health

    Marta is a HCPC-registered counselling psychologist with over 12 years experience in supporting adults presenting with anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, and emotion regulation and personality disorders. She previously specialised in working with women survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and developed her doctoral dissertation on trauma and emotion regulation difficulties in this specific population. Marta also became a passionate facilitator of DBT skills classes for outpatients at the Priory North London and currently at The Priory Roehampton. At the same time, she continues working for the acute adults unit with inpatients where she provides individual and group therapy.

    Marta's main intention is to provide clients with an in-depth conceptualization of their main challenges and offer the most effective treatments available according to the evidence-based guidelines and quality standards for adult mental health. In addition to standard DBT, she is currently continuing her professional development in Radically Open DBT for clients who experience difficulties associated with over-control. Marta is offering therapy in three different languages: English, Spanish and Catalan.

    Qualifications and Training

    • Doctorate in Psychology (Ph.D.) Dissertation: “Psychopathology, negative emotion and maladjustment in women victims of gender-based violence”, University of Balearic Islands, Spain
    • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Balearic Islands, Spain
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Marta's core DBT training was with Behavioral Tech: Linehan Institute Training Company. She attends weekly DBT team consultation, receives supervision and is committed to attending regular DBT courses as part of her professional development.
    • Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for disorders of over-control: Training for difficulties associated with excessive self-control related to anorexia nervosa, treatment-resistant depression, chronic anxiety, autism spectrum, isolation and loneliness, forming and maintaining relationships, perfectionism and obsessive compulsive personality, Professor Thomas Lynch and the Radically Open Team (Wimborne)

    Clinical and research papers

    • Santandreu, M. (2013). Duelo complicado por suicidio del maltratador. Casos clínicos en salud mental. (2) pp. 39-55. Complicated grief because of suicide abuser.
    • Santandreu, M. y Ferrer, V. (2014). Eficacia de un tratamiento cognitivo conductual para el trastorno de estrés postraumático en víctimas de violencia de género. Behavioural Psychology, (22) pp. 239-256. CBT Efficacy for Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder in IPV victims.
    • Santandreu, M., Torrents, L., Roquero, R. e Iborra, A. (2014). Violencia de género y autoestima: efectividad de un tratamiento grupal. Apuntes de Psicología, (32) pp. 57-63. Gender violence and self-esteem: intervention group effectiveness.
    • Santandreu, M. y Ferrer, V. (2015). Análisis de la emotividad negativa en mujeres víctimas de violencia de género: la culpa y la ira. Revista de Psicopatología y Psicología Clínica, (19) pp. 129-140. Negative emotion assessment in IPV victims: guilt and anger.

    Marta is currently interested in emotion regulation strategies research with under-controlled and over-controlled clinical cohorts.

    Liz Hill

    Practices at: Online

    Modality: DBT, PE PTSD, Mindfulness

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Liz is an experienced Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and registered NHS professional with over 20 years of experience working in various mental health settings such as community teams, acute wards, rehabilitation centres and prisons. Liz first trained and qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, and for the last 6 years has worked in both adult and adolescent community mental health teams as a psychological therapist working primarily with those who experience problems related to emotional dysregulation and with their families and supporting the development of the services.

    Liz’s motivation to support people who have difficulties in regulating their emotions stemmed from her role as a Care Co-ordinator in a Community Mental Health Team. Her experience enabled her to truly embrace first hand just how effective DBT is. She subsequently pursued a specialist role in a psychology team, which implements evidence based treatments and therapies via a personality disorder pathway. Liz did her initial DBT training in 2015, and has gone on to complete a number of advanced training courses with British Isles DBT training team. Liz has delivered individual DBT therapy and the skills classes both in adolescent and adult services and also run the 24 week family DBT skills group. Her approach has also been informed by Compassion Focused Therapy, Structured Clinical Management and Mindfulness. Liz receives expert supervision from Dr Janet Feigenbaum, she continues to seek ongoing updates of her skills and knowledge base. She keeps abreast of developments in DBT, attends the Society for DBT yearly conference and is an avid supporter of NEAPD family connections.

    Therapeutic Approach

    Liz believes that building a strong therapeutic relationship to be essential and in doing so works to build a mutually open and honest rapport. Together with Liz, you will work on acceptance and change strategies that allow you to address your difficulties and meet your own goals to ultimately build a life worth living. Liz recognises how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact on them being and feeling like they are effective. Whether it’s to have more stable relationships, be effective in asking and getting what you want or indeed, saying no to requests that see you overstretched or compromising your own values. Do you struggle to identify how you are feeling and act impulsively without thinking and do things that you regret or that cause you suffering? Do you find yourself moving from one thing to another without realising how you got there? Do you find that you are often judging yourself and questioning who you are? Liz has a warm, non-judgemental approach and will work to support you to accept things as they are in the moment and to challenge you to make changes, solve problems, feel better and build mastery in areas you have lacked confidence.

    Liz is a mother, wife and homemaker, she loves going on walks with her dog, spending time in her garden and trying new recipes with her family and friends. Her approach is to coach people in their own lives, using her own experience as well as the experience she has gained in her many years of work. She finds there is no greater satisfactions than seeing people attain things they previously found hard to even imagine, to see them excited in a life they want to be a part of, in stable relationships and having rewarding careers and achieving their goals.

    Qualifications & Training

    • Intensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy conducted by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS foundation Trust.
    • Upgrade training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: British Isles DBT Training Team and co-sponsored by Behavioral Tech, LLC (with Professor Michaela Swales and Dr Christine Dunkley)
    • DBT Skills training: British Isles DBT Training Team and co-sponsored by Behavioral Tech, LLC. (With Dr Janet Feigenbaum and Jim Lyng)
    • Individual Therapy in Dialectical Behavior Therapy: British Isles DBT Training Team and co-sponsored by Behavioral Tech, LLC (With Professor Micaela Swales and Heidi Heard)
    • Intensive Training in the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Prolonged exposure Protocol for PTSD (with Melanie Harned and Annie Mc Call)
    • Compassion Focused Therapy – Working with Shame and Self-Criticism (With Dr Chris Irons)
    • Structured Clinical Management (Professor Anthony Bateman)
    • BSc in Mental Health Studies: University of Hertfordshire
    • DipHE Nursing (Mental Health): University of Hertfordshire

    Memberships

    • The Nursing and Midwifery Council
    • Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland

    Rachel Finn

    Practices at: Online

    Modality: DBT, SCM, Trauma Stabilisation, Mindfulness

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Rachel is an experienced Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT) and registered NHS professional with 16 years experience of working in acute, forensic and community mental health settings. Rachel qualified in Occupational Therapy (OT) with a first class degree in 2005, and whilst developing expertise in mental health, it became increasingly clear that her values aligned in work with people from marginalised populations, who experienced problems related to emotional dysregulation and personality.

    This lead Rachel to keenly pursue DBT training in 2013 and complete British Isles intensive DBT training with Dr Heidi Heard and Dr Christine Dunkley. Rachel delivered full programme DBT within a community team until 2014 when Rachel moved to a Specialist Psychological Service for people with problems related to personality, emotion, trauma and attachment, as a DBT Therapist. Rachel strongly advocated for DBT as a treatment modality with a gold standard evidence base and moved into the position of DBT Team Lead, overseeing the DBT service. Rachel received expert supervision from Dr Maggie Stanton and mentorship from Dr Christine Dunkley, while delivering full programme DBT.

    Rachel has completed additional DBT-related training in order to expand and continually develop her expertise. She is renowned as a DBT champion within the organisation and currently supports the service planning and development of DBT services in the wider trust.

    Rachel is also trained and experienced in delivering Structured Clinical Management (SCM) and Trauma Stabilisation which are less intensive approaches, focussed on creating stability, for people with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and severe dissociative problems.

    Alongside her NHS role, Rachel collaborates with a number of different organisations. Rachel offers DBT supervision and training to DBT Team prison clinicians and staff, and consults with organisations to improve their understanding of, and ability to support people with a range of mental health problems. She is a visiting lecturer at a local University, on the Occupational Therapy BSc and MSc programmes and keen to support the next generation of therapists to reduce stigma for the clients they serve.

    Rachel is currently studying an MSc in Strategic Leadership which has supported thinking and practice, in relation to increasing access to therapy for marginalised populations and is contributing to the development of a more strategic inclusive approach in the services she works within.

    Therapeutic Approach

    Rachel’s values are integrity, emotional attunement, authenticity, inclusion and honesty, and they underpin her therapeutic work with clients. She has felt genuinely privileged to work with people at stages of their life journey where recovery requires vulnerability and bravery. Rachel believes the therapeutic relationship is integral to the collaboration between client and therapist. She has a warm, non-judgemental, collaborative approach, which will help to create safety and security within the therapeutic relationship, to balance both a validating stance and space for challenge and change. This is key to individuals developing the skills to achieve their life worth living goals.

    Rachel offers a comprehensive collaborative assessment, where the person and therapist will work together to understand what has lead the person to seek therapy. The person will be central to this process and collaboration will support agreement of accurate goal setting and treatment planning. Rachel offers a compassionate approach to working with people with problems related to trauma, attachment and personality, including those related to traits or diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), self-harm, suicidal behaviour and co-morbidities such as anxiety and depression.

    Qualifications & Training

    • Intensive Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: British Isles DBT National Training Team affiliated to the Linehan Institute (with Dr Heidi Heard and Dr Christine Dunkley)
    • DBT Skills for DBT Team Leaders: Professor Michaela Swales & Dr Christine Dunkley, British Isles Training Team
    • Group Radical Openness (GRO): Dr Richard Booth and Dr Rachel Eagen
    • Group Skills Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Workshop (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness): Dr Christine Dunkley, British Isles Training Team
    • Masterclass in DBT: Association for Psychological Therapies
    • Structured Clinical Management & Trauma Stabilisation: Dr Stuart Mitchell
    • Complex Trauma & Dissociation Training: Dr Stuart Mitchell
    • BSc in Occupational Therapy
    • BA in Psychology and Health Studies

    Memberships

    • The Health & Care Professions Council
    • Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland

    Mike DePinto

    Modality: DBT, Mindfulness

    Practices at: Online

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Mike is a BACP-registered therapist with experience supporting people diagnosed with personality disorders, emotional regulation and interpersonal difficulties, anger management, and anxiety and depression over the last 10 years. He is passionate about assisting people in overcoming their challenges and living in a way that is aligned with their deepest values and needs. Mike's experience counselling both adult and young adults helped him to develop his active listening skills and to empathise with those who have experienced family-related issues, poor self-esteem, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

    Since moving from the USA to London in 2018, Mike has become a member of the BACP while dividing his working time between The Listening Place and Maytree, two organisations focused on creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere for individuals with active suicidal ideation. Working at these charities allowed Mike to support many individuals who suffered from intensely challenging negative thoughts, fears, and experiences involving a plethora of events ranging from growing up in controlling households to suffering extreme abuse.

    The opportunity to sit with individuals who have endured extremely arduous and demanding trials and tribulations led Mike to pursue training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with The British Isles DBT National Training Team. Working with people who have endured untold pain in their lives has allowed Mike to appreciate the ways in which therapy can benefit anyone who want the skills, insights, and perspectives to improve their everyday existence. Mike grasps how shame, self-criticism, and negative thoughts can inhibit relationships, productivity and happiness. By supporting his clients in their efforts to change unhelpful patterns, habits, and beliefs, his approach of using DBT-focused therapy - along with his genuine concern for his clients - guides those under his care to regenerate self-esteem, overcome despair and restore hope.

    Mike also volunteers as a one-on-one mentor for Touchpoint, a charity in London devoted to working toward creating a world in which disabled people are valued for the important contributions they make in the world. He has also served on the board of K9 Youth Alliance, an organisation dedicated to helping youths from under-served communities train shelter dogs with the aim of making the animals more adoptable and providing the teens with a sense of accomplishment and achievement.

    Qualifications and Training

    • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (this training also met the educational requirements for licensure as a California Marriage and Family Therapist), Antioch University, Los Angeles
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Mike's core DBT training and subsequent professional development training was with British Isles DBT National Training Team who are the sole licensed providers of DBT training in the UK. He continues to receive regular supervision and attends DBT team consultation to ensure continuous professional development.

    Memberships

    • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

    MBT Team

    Reema Patel

    Practices at: London Bridge, Islington and Online

    Modality: MBT, DBT, Psychodynamic

    Insurance: CIGNA, AXA-PPP, Aviva, Vitality

    Reema is a BACP-accredited counsellor, MBT and DBT therapist and supervisor. Her core post-graduate training was in psychodynamic counselling following which she continued her professional development in cognitive, mentalisation-based and DBT 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 also worked in the social care sector and at a forensic personality disorder service 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 as a counselling manager for a charity, clinical supervisor for MIND and as a private practice counsellor, MBT and DBT therapist and supervisor for counselling/psychotherapy students on clinical placements.

    Academic Qualifications

    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Goldsmiths, University of London
    • Post-Graduate Certificate in Personality Disorders, University of Central Lancashire
    • Post-Graduate Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling, Goldsmiths, University of London
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

    Post-Qualifying Training

    • Mentalisation Based Therapy: Reema's basic MBT training was in 2012. It was followed by regular team consultation, expert supervision and advanced MBT practitioner training in 2013, Anna Freud Centre
    • Skills Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Workshop (Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness), British Isles DBT Training Team
    • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Reema's core DBT training was with British Isles DBT National Training Team. It was followed by continuous professional development, supervision and weekly team consultation.
    • Certificate in Introduction to CBT, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
    • Certificate in Providing Good Clinical Supervision, The Association for Psychological Therapies
    • Training in Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Assessments, DVIP

    Memberships
    British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Location: Forest Hill (SE23 2PN), London Bridge and Borough (SE1 4PH), Islington (N1 8PT)

    Claudio Parretti

    Modality: MBT, Psychodynamic, CBT, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

    Practices at: Islington and Online

    Insurance: AXA PPP, Aviva, Vitality

    Claudio is a HCPC-registered counselling psychologist and psychotherapist 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 also provides both short and long-term psychological treatments, based on psychodynamic, integrative and CBT models of intervention. He also offers 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 has also completed a UKCP-accredited diploma course in parent-infant psychotherapy 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.

    Therapeutic approach

    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 despite 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 offers therapy sessions in English, Spanish and Italian.

    Qualifications and trainings

    • BSc in Clinical Psychology, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
    • Post-graduate Degree in Clinical-Dynamic Psychology for Infancy, Adolescence and Families, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
    • MSc in Psychological Research Methods, University of Westminster
    • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT): Claudio's basic MBT training with Anna Freud Centre Team was in 2013. It was followed by regular team consultation, expert supervision and advanced MBT practitioner training in 2014.
    • Diploma in Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, School of Infant Mental Health, London

    Memberships

    • Graduate Membership at the British Psychological Society
    • Counselling Psychologist at the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    • Psychotherapist at the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

    Location: Islington (N1 8PT), walking distance from Angel tube station and Essex Road overground

    Elizabeth Dimeck

    Modality: MBT, Psychoanalytic

    Practices at: Battersea Park and Online

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Elizabeth is an MBT Therapist and trainee psychoanalytic psychotherapist with significant experience of working with patients in the NHS, and forensic services. She has completed both foundation and advanced trainings in Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT) at the Anna Freud Centre, is accredited as an MBT therapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and is also in training to become an MBT supervisor.

    Elizabeth currently works in a specialist personality disorder service in the NHS delivering the intensive MBT treatment to patients with complex needs, for whom therapy has not previously succeeded. She is lead for the MBT-Introduction programme and treatment referral pathway, which involves a psycho-education group and emotional stabilisation prior to intensive MBT treatment. She is also training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the British Psychotherapy Foundation, working intensively with patients in three to four times weekly analysis.

    Elizabeth has extensive experience in providing individual and group psychotherapy and is skilled in quickly establishing a therapeutic alliance. Most patients she works with have a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), frequently with co-existing difficulties including eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, substance misuse issues, depression, OCD, post-traumatic stress and complex-PTSD. Elizabeth has worked in forensic services within a therapeutic community setting, and within prisons. She has significant experience in working with patients who struggle to manage their aggression and destructive feelings, some of whom are diagnosed with Anti-Social Personality Disorder.

    Elizabeth provides clinical consultation, complex case discussion, and training on working with personality difficulties to teams within the NHS and third sector organisations. She is passionate about challenging stereotypes associated with personality disorders and in supporting teams to think about their patients’ struggles in a compassionate, thoughtful way. She is a visiting lecturer on complex presentations and therapeutic approaches at the University of Surrey Clinical Psychology Doctorate training.

    Therapeutic Approach

    Elizabeth is attentive to the therapeutic space and the need to establish a safe, caring, contained environment for therapeutic work to happen. She is particularly interested in working in the therapeutic relationship to allow patients to experience a consistent, secure attachment from which they can begin to mentalise difficult relationships, with self and other, past and present. Elizabeth’s psychoanalytic training allows her to observe patient’s struggles at a deep level, and to understand how anxieties may contribute to repetitive patterns of problematic or destructive behaviour, and interpersonal difficulties. She values transparency and collaboration in the therapeutic relationship, whilst holding the integrity of the individual struggles central. Elizabeth is also a qualified yoga teacher and is very interested in the somatic element of trauma and emotional distress, and how communications from the body can be used to understand emotional dysregulation and support emotional regulation.

    Qualifications and trainings

    • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, The University of Manchester
    • MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies, University College London (UCL)
    • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT), Anna Freud Centre Team. Basic training in 2013, followed by specialist clinical supervision (ongoing) and advanced MBT practitioner training in 2014.
    • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Adults (ongoing), British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF), for accreditation and registration with British Psychotherapy Council (BPC)

    Location: walking distance from Battersea Park and Queenstown Road stations

    Konstantinos Vlachakis

    Practices at: Euston and Online

    Modality: MBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Konstantinos is a BACP-registered psychotherapist with extensive training in integrative, systemic and psychodynamic approaches. He has also undergone training in the MBT model under Professors Fonagy and Bateman at the Anna Freud Centre and worked as part of a model-adherent team providing the intensive MBT programme. Konstantinos has continued to apply this evidence-based treatment to clients living with borderline personality disorder or its traits and interpersonal difficulties both in the one to one and group format. He has provided individual and group psychological support to people experiencing depression, anxiety and other forms of distress in a number of London-based therapeutic, forensic and sexual health settings since 2010.

    Konstantinos currently divides his time between working as a forensic therapist and psychotherapist and MBT therapist in private practice, whilst also completing a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies. He works for RESPOND, a national trauma-informed organisation supporting individuals who have experienced abuse, violence or psychological trauma to live richer, more resilient lives. For several years Konstantinos also supported clients identifying as LGBTQ+ at the Terrence Higgins Trust. His particular areas of expertise lie in supporting clients who live with the diagnoses of personality disorders, emotional regulation, ingrained relationship difficulties, addictions and forensic past. He is also interested in applying Mentalisation Based Treatment to sexually compulsive behaviours and has extensive experience of treating clients that present with concerns around sexual compulsivity.

    Konstantinos also has a wealth of experience in working therapeutically with gender and sexual diversity and has worked extensively with individuals, couples and young people. In addition to providing individual and couple therapy, Konstantinos has additional experience in delivering group interventions in forensic settings, co-facilitating MBT groups as part of the therapeutic programme in Mentalisation Based Treatment for clients with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and/or complex needs and therapy groups for sex addiction at Terrence Higgins Trust.

    Training

    • MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, Regents University London
    • MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex
    • PgDip Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
    • Advanced Certificate in Systemic Therapy (Families and Couples), Institute of Family Therapy
    • Advanced Diploma in Systemic Therapy (Families and Couples), Springfield University Hospital
    • BSc (Hons) in Psychology
    • Mentalisation Based Treatment for BPD, Anna Freud Centre London
    • Mentalisation Based Treatment for Adolescents, Anna Freud Centre London

    Memberships: British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Location: Euston (WC1H 0LS)

    Other Associates

    Marie Wassberg

    Practices at: Palmers Green and Online

    Modality: CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, PE and EMDR

    Insurance: AXA PPP, Aviva, Cigna, Vitality

    Marie is a qualified social worker and CBT and DBT therapist. She also 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 and is 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 display 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)

    Helen Brice

    Practices at: Piccadilly Circus

    Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, Existential

    Insurance: Aviva, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly

    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 and trauma-induced anxiety, 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.

    Location: Piccadilly Circus (W1F 9JB) and Covent Garden (WC2H 9QL)

    Marva Sherman

    Modality: TA, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, EMDR, Couple Therapy

    Practices at: London Bridge, Finchley Central, Elephant & Castle and Online

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Marva is an experienced BACP-registered therapist, accredited couple therapist and EMDR practitioner with 20 years of therapeutic experience seeing clients both individually, as couples and in groups. In addition to seeing clients in private practice she currently works as a senior therapist 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. She has also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to support clients who wish to understand and change their behavioural responses to overwhelming emotions and problematic urges that interfere with the quality of their lives, such as self-harm, impulsivity or interpersonal conflict.

    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 threaten their capacity to feel emotionally safe in romantic partnerships and other relationships. Marva uses evidence-based models of therapy 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 also 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, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Emotionally Focused Therapy to support her clients according to their unique needs and concerns.


    TRAINING

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling, The Berne Institute
  • IAPT-endorsed Certificate in Counselling for Depression, Nottingham University
  • Certificate in Couples Therapy for Depression, Tavistock Centre for Couples and Relationships
  • Post-qualifying training (levels 1-4) in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma, EMDR Works
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (Low Intensity CBT), Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, The Association for Psychological Therapies, Leicester

  • Location: London Bridge, Finchley Central and Elephant & Castle

    Joel Bennett

    Practices at: Harley Street, London Bridge, Kentish Town and Online

    Modality: CBT, MBT, EMDR, ACT, EFT, Positive Psychology

    Insurance: CIGNA, Vitality, WPA, AXA PPP, Aviva

    Joel is an experienced, BACP-accredited counsellor, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner. He has been within the mental health field for the past 15 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 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, 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.

    Academic Qualifications

    • MSc in Psychology, University of Worcester
    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of South Wales
    • Post-Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling, University of South Wales
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling, University of South Wales

    Post-Qualifying Training

    • EMDR (Eye-Movement-Desensitisation-Reprogramming): Joel’s intensive EMDR training was delivered by leading experts in the field of trauma and EMDR. This training is aimed at treating and relieving complex PTSD, trauma, phobias, depression, addictions and distressing memories. It also enables clients to build positive and lasting resources to combat life difficulties and recognise their innate strengths. University of London
    • Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT): Anna Freud Centre
    • CBT for bulimia: Joel has received specialist training in treating bulimia nervosa from Dr Glen Waller, a leading researcher and clinician within the field of eating disorders, University of Sheffield
    • Emotionally-focused counselling for depression: Metanoia Institute
    • DBT Essentials training: The Association for Psychological Therapies
    • Mindfulness: University of Oxford
    • CBT for body dysmorphia: University of London and BABCP
    • CBT for insomnia and chronic sleep problems: Cardiff University and BABCP

    Therapeutic approach

    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.

    Joel 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. He is passionate about guiding you towards finding your own way to living wholeheartedly 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.

    Memberships

    • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
    • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
    • British Psychological Society
    • EMDR UK and Ireland

    Locations: Harley Street (W1G 6AZ), London Bridge (SE1 4PH) and Kentish Town (NW5 2RD)

    Nabila El-Zanaty

    Practices at: Golders Green and Online

    Modality: CBT, EMDR

    Insurance: AXA PPP, Aviva, Healix

    Nabila is an experienced and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist working in both the NHS and private practice. She currently manages a local psychological therapies service in North West London. Nabila has developed her skills in working with people who experience various forms of psychological distress in 1:1 and group settings through face to face, telephone and online formats. She uses evidence-based techniques to treat a wide range of presentations and will work to help you develop your strengths and alleviate any difficulties in a collaborative and creative manner. Nabila currently divides her time between working as an individual therapist, trainer, supervisor and workshop facilitator.

    Having worked in acute inpatient and outpatient settings she is well equipped in helping clients manage their emotional distress and offers a calm, non-judgmental and safe space to promote wellbeing, resilience and inner peace. London-born and with a mixed heritage background, Nabila understands the need for cultural awareness and nuances and incorporates this understanding into her practice so that you feel better understood and your needs are addressed as effectively as possible. With the understanding that coming to therapy can be a daunting experience at times, Nabila encourages a friendly and warm place to work through your difficulties and reach a place of solace.

    Academic qualifications

    • Post-Graduate Diploma in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Royal Holloway
    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing Practice (Low Intensity CBT), University College London
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology – Brunel University
    • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - EMDR Works

    Therapeutic approach

    Nabila offers an empathic and inclusive approach that takes into account your specific needs and wishes to ensure you reach your therapy goals. Nabila relates well to her clients by aiming to immerse herself into the workings of the clients mind and therefore difficulties and adopts a problem solving and person-centred approach to reach optimal care.

    Her aim is to assist clients in reaching their full potential, building coping strategies and resolving inner conflicts. Nabila has a passion for working with professionals, perinatal and clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

    Training and consultancy

    Nabila offers consultation and training to individual therapists and teams interested in adding CBT to their psychotherapeutic work or professional settings. She also offers wellbeing workshops to various organisations to help their employees feel better supported in order to develop better coping mechanisms both professionally and personally.

    Memberships

    British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP)

    Location: Golders Green (NW11 7HB)

    Kamila Kaminska

    Practices at: Online

    Modality: EFT, Couples Therapy, Pre- and Postnatal Counselling, EMDR

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Kamila is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and EFT supervisor, BACP-accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and EMDR therapist. 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.

    Qualifications and professional development:

    • Certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy: Kamila attended the Externship and Advanced Core Skills Training (Levels 1-4) following which she also pursued and completed the rigorous process of certification. She is also a certified supervisor in EFT. The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
    • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Iron Mill Institute
    • Certificate in Counselling, Iron Mill Institute
    • Infant Mental Health, Warwick University
    • EMDR Levels 1-3, Richman EMDR Training
    • Accreditation as a counsellor and psychotherapist, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Ella Greatorex

    Practices at: Canary Wharf

    Modality: CBT, EMDR

    Insurance: AXA PPP

    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.

    Academic Qualifications

    • BSc in Psychology, University of Exeter
    • Post-Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health Practice (Low Intensity CBT), University of Central Lancashire
    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Depression, University of Southampton
    • Three-part Accredited Training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Richman EMDR Training

    Location: Canary Wharf (E14 3EA)

    Katarina Kovacova

    Modality: CBT, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    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.

    ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
    Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East London, UK
    MSc in Psychology, Olomouc University, Czech Republic

    OTHER TRAINING:
    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)

    Medical Associates

    Dr Lida Panagiotopoulou

    Practices at: Online and London Bridge

    Modality: Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult with endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Lida is a highly-qualified Consultant Psychiatrist who provides psychiatric services, specialising in a variety of adult mental health conditions including emotionally unstable personality disorder (or traits), mixed personality disorder, personality and relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety and adult ADHD alongside bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and stress. Alongside her private consultancy work, she works as a consultant psychiatrist for the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

    Lida qualified as a medical doctor at the medical school of Athens (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) in 2006. She started her post-graduate psychiatric training in London in 2012. She was awarded full membership of the RCPsych (MRCPsych) in 2015 and he was awarded a CCT in general adult psychiatry with endorsement in liaison psychiatry in 2019. Prior to moving to psychiatric training in London, she trained for three years (full time) in Paediatrics in the UK and she also worked as a doctor in Greece for about a year. Lida speaks English, as well as Greek.

    Lida currently works as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the Community Integrated Mental Health Team for Newham Adult Mental Health Directorate (East London NHS Foundation Trust). Within her NHS role she offers appointments to assess and manage a wide variety of mental health conditions for adults, including emotionally unstable personality disorder, other personality disorders including borderline, mixed and personality disorder traits, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, adult ADHD, OCD and PTSD. Lida is also delighted to offer clinical leadership to her NHS team whilst the community transformation is taking place as part of the NHS long term plan investment, as she is passionate about improving services.

    She previously worked for more than a year as an NHS Liaison Consultant Psychiatrist at the Newham University Hospital, assessing and treating patients who present to the general hospital (A&E or wards) with mental health needs in addition to their physical health needs. In view of this experience she also specialises in medically unexplained symptoms, functional neurological disorders, mental health difficulties associated with physical health problems and addiction psychiatry including alcohol or/and drug misuse. She also worked at an NHS inpatient psychiatric ward in Tower Hamlets where she gained the expertise in treating patients who present as acutely unwell with mental health difficulties. Lida is also experienced in assessing individuals for autism spectrum disorders at the NHS City and Hackney autism service, and therefore has a good understanding of the needs of this patient group.

    Lida is active in a variety of professional organisations and communities at national level. She is currently the vice chair of the RCPsych liaison psychiatry curriculum working group, working on the new liaison psychiatry curriculum, at the request of the GMC. She has also worked for the CQC as a specialist advisor, and has experience in participating in mental health hospital inspections in both the NHS and the private sector.

    Professional philosophy

    Lida's clinical practice is based on the biological-psychological-social approach to fully understand an individual's presentation and how different aspects of their lives could be impacting on their mental health. She works collaboratively with her patients, taking time to understand their unique circumstances in order to formulate personalised formulations and treatment plans. This includes every single interaction with the individual and she also ensures that the patients are encouraged to provide feedback. The feedback is used to continuously improve her own professional practice and also the service provided by the NHS team that she provides clinical leadership to. Enabling people to understand the origins of their symptoms and distress is in her vitally important in supporting their recovery. Lida strongly believes that the treatment must fit the individual and using her clinical experience she will support you in choosing a treatment plan that is effective and has the highest prospect of a successful outcome.

    Qualifications:

    • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery), Medical School of Athens, Greece
    • MRC Psychiatry, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • CCT General Adult Psychiatry with endorsement in liaison psychiatry, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • Section 12 Approved, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • Approved Clinician Status, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom

    Memberships:

    • Royal College of Psychiatry
    • British Medical Association
    • MDU
    • Hellenic Medical Society (UK)

    Dr Mohip K Bains (on sabbatical until February 2022)

    Practices at: Online

    Modality: Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult and Older Adult Psychiatry

    Insurance: Self-funding only

    Mohip qualified as a medical doctor at St Bartholomew's and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London in 2007. She has worked and trained in London following qualification and obtained dual specialist accreditation in both Adult Psychiatry and Older Adult Psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatry. She now works in both the National Health Service and in private practice.

    Within her NHS role, she is joint Clinical Lead and a Consultant Psychiatrist in an inner city, London psychiatric service which provides intensive medical care in the community for severe and acutely unwell patients and people in an acute crisis; that would otherwise need to be admitted to inpatient services. She has previously worked in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist in a Community Mental Health Team, a Diagnostic Memory Service, a Home Treatment Team and an Early Detection in Psychosis service.

    Within her private practice, Mohip is the Medical Director and Clinical Lead of an innovative and popular private practice undertaking the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric disorders within the adult and older adult psychiatry subspecialties.

    Mohip uses a biological-psychological-social approach to fully understand an individual's presentation and how different aspects of their lives could be impacting on their mental health. She works carefully and collaboratively with her patients, taking time to understand their unique circumstances, in order to formulate personalised management plans, and has particular interest and expertise in:

    • Adult Psychiatry (including, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, adult ADHD, phobias, trauma and stress)
    • Older Adult Psychiatry (including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, stress, diagnostic memory assessment and the different dementias)
    • Acute and Intensive Care Psychiatry
    • Perinatal Psychiatry (psychiatric presentations related to pregnancy and the post-partum period including stress, baby blues, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis)
    • Early Intervention in Psychosis
    • Early Detection in Psychosis
    • Liaison Psychiatry (psychiatric presentations related to underlying acute or chronic medical conditions and chronic pain)
    • Women's Mental Health (psychiatric presentations related to menstruation, infertility and the menopause)
    • Trans-cultural Psychiatry

    Mohip has been actively involved in research both outside of and within psychiatry. Her research work focuses on the genetics of psychiatric conditions and also mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and the benefits of alternative therapies alongside the traditional treatments for psychiatric conditions and chronic pain.

    Prior to becoming a medical doctor, Mohip obtained a Bachelor's degree in Genetics at Queen Mary, University of London and worked as a researcher in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London. She also obtained a Masters degree and the Diploma of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Medical Parasitology and worked as a research scientist at the National Environment Agency, Department of Infectious Diseases in Singapore, where her research contributed to a change in the law for controlling Dengue Fever. Mohip is bilingual and able to provide assessments in Punjabi if required.

    Qualifications:

    • BSc Genetics, Queen Mary, University of London
    • MSc Medical Parasitology, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
    • Diploma Medical Parasitology, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
    • MBBS Medicine and Surgery, St Bartholomew's and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London
    • Post-Graduate Certificate Medical Education, University College London, University of London
    • MRC Psychiatry, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • CCT Adult Psychiatry, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • CCT Older Adult Psychiatry, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • Section 12 Approved, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom
    • Approved Clinician Status, The Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom

    Memberships:

    • Royal College of Psychiatry
    • British Medical Association

    Non-Clinical Associates

    Adela Wozniak-Babu

    Role: Personal Assistant to Luka Hadrych and Assessment Coordinator

    Adela has divided her professional career between the sectors of language translation and interpretation and administration to PA Management Board level. She is likely to be the first person you interact with when you contact us via email and she will be happy to support you in organising the initial assessment with one of our team members.

    Adela has almost fifteen years of experience working in the NHS as a health advocate and interpreter, in recent past mostly in mental health settings. Prior to that she completed a Masters degree in Sinology (the study of Chinese language, history and customs) and spent three years living and learning Mandarin in China. Adela enjoys travelling, different forms of exercise, martial arts and meditation, the passions which she developed when studying in China.

    Andy Phee

    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.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Registered Nurse Mental Health (1988)
    • Teaching and Assessing In Clinical Practice, English National Board for Nursing (1995)
    • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Oxford Mindfulness Centre (2011)
    • .B Foundations, Mindfulness In Schools (2014)
    • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, CMRP, Bangor University (2015)

    Kirsten Barnicot

    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 doctoral research focused on exploring mechanisms of change in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Kirsten currently works for Imperial College London, where she continues her research in the area of BPD and is currently exploring the impact of trauma on the psychological treatment of clients who live with the diagnosis borderline personality disorder.

    Kirsten 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.