About Us


Luka Hadrych

Practices at: London Bridge and Online

Modality: Integrative, DBT, MBT, Mindfulness, FOT, EFT

Luka is a BACP-registered counsellor and psychotherapist, dialectical behaviour therapist and mindfulness teacher. He is also the founder of Mind-Reframed. Luka has provided individual counselling and group psychological support to people experiencing depression, anxiety and other forms of distress in a variety of NHS and community settings since 2008. For a number of years he also worked in an IAPT service where people experiencing low mood and anxiety were supported with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Luka trained in a number of therapeutic models, including relational, experiential and behavioural therapies. This allows him to tailor your therapy experience to your emotional needs and concerns rather than trying to fit you into a particular type of therapy. He has also continued his professional development in couple counselling and has special interest in supporting couples to regain and enhance emotional intimacy by exploring and understanding their difficulties and putting into action more helpful ways of interacting and communicating.

Luka currently divides his time between working part-time as a DBT therapist at a specialist NHS personality disorder service and in private practice. In addition to working therapeutically with general public he leads and co-facilitates DBT skills groups and gives individual therapy to adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Alongside his counselling work Luka is a practitioner and teacher of mindfulness. Between 2009 and 2014 he managed and conducted the 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression programme in the NHS. He also teaches mindfulness in corporate and community settings and runs mindfulness-based workshops, personal development programmes and retreats in the UK and Malta.

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 and weekly team consultation. 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.
  • Mindfulness Teacher Training and CPD: Mindfulness Scotland Ltd, Mindfulness Association and British Isles DBT Training
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Anna Freud Centre
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy for Trauma: Vivo International and Institute for Psychotrauma, London
  • Radically Open DBT: Luka is undergoing training in RO-DBT with the treatment developer Professor Thomas Lynch and the Radically Open Ltd Team. After attending the first part of the intensive course he will receive further consultation on the treatment provision and adherence.
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Dr Scott Woolley, EFT International School

  • 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 by existential or religious/spiritual crisis or simply want to learn new ways of relating to yourself and the world around you. Whatever the reason Luka sees therapy as a shared collaborative process between the therapist and the client. His aim is to help people raise their confidence so that they feel more freed up and able to face and handle life events.

    Luka works in an invitational, non-judgemental yet gently challenging way and his therapeutic work is influenced by the life-enhancing practice of mindfulness. Inspired by his core training in person-centred and relational counselling, Luka recognises the importance of human relationships and their potential for healing and he puts the relationships with clients at the heart of his therapeutic work. During his years of working as a therapist he noticed how people's difficulties are often fuelled by self-criticism and self-attacking and this observation prompted his interest in compassion-focused therapy and in finding answers to the question: "What stops us from being open not only to others but also to ourselves?". Luka has special interest in working with people who show traits of extreme emotional sensitivity, also known as 'highly sensitive personality', and in the therapeutic use of meditation in the modern world.

    Luka is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the UK and Ireland and the British Focusing Association.

    Location: London Bridge (SE1 3SS)


    Jaclyn Everitt

    Practices at: Angel and Walthamstow

    Modality: DBT, Psychodynamic, EMDR, Integrative

    Jaclyn is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist and DBT therapist specialising in working with adult survivors of sexual abuse and the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. She 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 a senior DBT clinician at the Linehan Institute and weekly DBT team consultation. Additionally, Jaclyn is a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. She has spent the last 15 years working across the NHS and 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. Jaclyn currently works for the NHS in a specialist personality disorder service and also has her own 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 or relationship difficulties. Prior to commencing work with her clients Jaclyn offers a thorough assessment followed by a discussion about all 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 has brought them to therapy at this point in their lives. Jaclyn works to the ethical principles and code of professional conduct of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and is also a member of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

    Insurance: Simply Health

    Location: 2 mins from Angel station (N1) and Walthamstow (E17)

    Darryl Christie

    Practices at: Leytonstone

    Modality: DBT, CBT, Mindfulness

    Darryl is an experienced dialectical behaviour therapist, supervisor and mindfulness facilitator with extensive experience in 1:1 as well as in group settings. He received intensive training in DBT followed by expert supervision from a senior clinician from the Linehan Institute and is one of the first DBT therapists in the UK to be accredited by the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Darryl has worked for the NHS and local authorities for over 15 years in a variety of clinical roles and is an experienced trainer in mental health. He also provides expert supervision and DBT consultation to both the adult and adolescent teams at the Priory Hospital.

    Darryl is currently working in a personality disorder service within the NHS providing DBT and Prolonged Exposure treatment for trauma to patients with co-morbid needs and complex histories of sexual, psychological and physical abuse. His main aim is to ameliorate emotional suffering and enable people to become the person they aspire to be. Darryl has a unique style that combines irreverence, focus on goals and skills acquisition. In addition to being an adherent DBT therapist he also employs techniques associated with Eastern notions of mindfulness and self-compassion. What you will get is a thorough assessment of your needs and goals and a clear well-defined treatment package aimed at you as an individual.

    Darryl offers supervision, consultation and training to clinicians, teams and services (both inpatient and outpatient) working with high risk clients, in particular those living with BPD. His specialist interests include suicidal and self-harming behaviours as well as treating anxiety, panic disorder, eating problems, social anxiety, depression, negative/critical self-talk, drug and alcohol misuse and relationship problems.

    Location: Leytonstone (E11)


    Jill Critchley

    Practices at: Primrose Hill and via Skype

    Modality: CBT, REBT, DBT, Couple Therapy

    Jill is a BABCP-registered and accredited psychotherapist. She qualified with an MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Goldsmiths University. She is also an experienced dialectical behaviour therapist and worked at the adolescent unit and the acute hospital at the Priory in North London where she co-ran the DBT Programme for some three years. Jill also has extensive experience in the field of HIV and AIDS as a counsellor supporting people living with HIV and AIDS to rebuild their sense of self and promoting protection within the male sex worker industry.

    Prior to her therapeutic work Jill qualified as a teacher in 1995 and taught English and Drama until 2002. She also has a wealth of experience working as SENCO at a high school behavioural unit with children and young adults with special behavioural needs.

    Jill currently runs a private practice in Primrose Hill London providing individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy for individuals and couples. She also provides DBT informed therapy for clients with a BPD diagnosis who are unable to access the full DBT programme. In addition to this Jill works for the Ambulance Service, providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for paramedics experiencing PTSD.

    Jill has a special interest in PTSD and associated disorders and is experienced in working with anxiety and depression using a combination of 1st and 3rd wave cognitive behavioural disciplines including mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Jill has a rigorous approach to therapy; helping clients to learn and use therapeutic tools to unlock and change destructive patterns of thought and behaviour, which consistently threaten their capacity to experience a life worth living.

    Insurance: Aviva, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly and other smaller insurance companies.

    Location: Primrose Hill (NW1 8XY)

    Helen Brice

    Practices at: Piccadilly/Oxford Cricus

    Modality: DBT, RO-DBT, Existential, Couple Therapy

    Helen is a UKCP-registered existential psychotherapist and intensively trained dialectical behaviour therapist. 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 DBT skills groups Helen provides psychotherapy and skills coaching for musicians, performers and those working in the creative field. She also offers emergency psychotherapy and coaching onsite for performance anxiety. Helen is experienced in working with depression and anxiety, including performance anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Helen will integrate DBT-informed therapy in individual sessions for people diagnosed with BPD when a full DBT skills group is not available to them. She also works as a couple therapist and offers the service of dialectical mediator to resolve workplace friction and disagreements, workplace stress and work-related interpersonal difficulties. Helen also has special interest in working with parents of children with disability and/or autism.

    Insurance: Aviva, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly and other smaller insurance companies.

    Location: Piccadilly Circus/Soho (W1F 9JB)

    Bridget Davey

    Practices at: London Bridge and Plumstead

    Modality: Core Process, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic

    Bridget Davey is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist. She has an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy and is a member of both the UKCP and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP). She originally trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has enjoyed performing as a professional violinist for over twenty years now. More recently, however, she wanted to expand her interest in both psychotherapy and Buddhism.

    Interested in enquiring more deeply into the nature of her own experience and having had an ongoing curiosity as to our interaction with others, she first became involved in Core Process Psychotherapy back in 2005. In 2008, she attended the Foundation Course in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute, and then embarked on the MA Psychotherapy training in 2009. A particularly stimulating part of her training was working as an honorary chaplain in a medium secure forensic unit for the NHS.

    Bridget works with a wide variety of concerns ranging from depression, bereavement, difficulties in relationship, to physical, existential or spiritual crises. She has worked closely with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those suffering from severe anxiety. Supported by her own contemplative practice she aims to work in an inclusive and non-discriminatory way, offering her clients the opportunity to be received unconditionally, without judgment. Ultimately Bridget wishes to support each of her clients in finding their own direction, strongly believing that what lies at the root of a healing therapeutic relationship is often, simply, the unconditional presence of another.

    Location: Plumstead (SE18) and London Bridge (SE1)

    Gosia Fijak-Koch

    Practices at: London Bridge

    Modality: Integrative, CAT, Psychodynamic, DIT

    Gosia is a counselling psychologist registered both with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She specialises in working with people who experience long-term difficulties stemming from early adverse experiences and childhood trauma. Gosia helps people identify and change unhelpful patterns affecting both their close and intimate relationships and professional achievements. She also provides supervision and consultancy to mental health professionals and offers psychotherapy to counsellors and psychologists in training. Gosia works both in English and Polish.

    Gosia has an extensive experience of working as a psychologist for the last 15 years in a variety of settings, including psychiatric wards and forensic services, where she has worked both with individuals and groups. Her clients present with difficulties such as anxiety and depression, severe trauma, abuse, phobias, personality disorders, psychosis, relationship difficulties, attachment, bereavement and identity issues. Gosia now works at a secondary care psychotherapy service in the NHS and sees people with long-term and complex mental health problems.

    She gained her first MSc qualification in Psychology in Poland in 1992. She later trained in the UK and completed her post-graduate training in Counselling Psychology at the London Metropolitan University. Gosia also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and most recently in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) at the Anna Freud Centre. She also has the knowledge and experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT).

    In her therapeutic work with you Gosia will make use of and integrate the above approaches. She will focus on adapting the best-suited approach to your individual and changing needs. This might entail helping you find coping strategies to address specific symptoms or assisting you to increase understanding of yourself and your relationships, both personal and professional, and your place in the world.

    Babak Karaminai

    Practices at: London Bridge

    Modality: Integrative, Attachment-Based, CBT, Systemic

    Babak is a clinical psychologist and has worked for the NHS in various adult mental health settings during the last 15 years. He is a HCPC (Health & Care Professionals Council) registered chartered clinical psychologist and also a member of the British Psychological Society. In addition to his extensive experience in working with adults with general and complex mental health problems Babak also provides supervision and consultation to health professionals providing psychological therapies. Babak’s areas of special interest include relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, depression and low self-esteem, stress management, anxiety, and personality disorders. He also has extensive experience and interest in working with clients suffering from psychotic experiences.

    In his personal approach to therapy Babak tends to integrate different but compatible therapeutic models such as systemic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and attachment-based. He shares a belief that it is relationships themselves that are at the root of our difficulties, and that problematic patterns that afflict us generally stem from early, formative relationships. Exploring a client’s experience of attachment, separation and loss (and, often, trauma) is likely to throw light on the causes of anxiety or depression, and to feelings of confused identity, isolation, mood swings or self-damaging behaviours. Some clients, however, may prefer and be best helped by attending solely to difficulties experienced in the present. Either way, strengths of the integrative model lie in its focus on working positively towards change in a way that takes into account people's individual qualities and needs.

    In Babak’s view, the most important factor in successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. His foremost concern is therefore to develop an effective relationship with each client. He will seek to connect with both head and heart. Babak’s approach is flexible, starting with whatever the client brings, but always empathic, non-judgmental, and supportive – though challenging too when appropriate. Everyone’s life story is unique and Babak will want to hear as much as a client feels able to tell him.


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Essex
  • MSc in Foundations in Clinical Psychology, University of Wales Bangor
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy, The Tavistock and Portman Trust, London
  • Sarah Eva

    Practices at: Tunbridge Wells and via Skype

    Modality: CBT, Person-centred, EMDR

    Sarah is an experienced BACP-accredited counsellor, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. She provides therapy to adults and adolescents both in her private practice in Tunbridge Wells and online via Skype. She also sees clients at The Priory Hospital in Ticehurst, East Sussex. Sarah has over 20 years of experience working therapeutically with people in the voluntary, education, and public and private sectors. This includes The Priory, in both Brighton & Hove and Ticehurst, working with individual clients and facilitating CBT groups. She has also provided consultancy to various Barnardo’s projects. This includes working with young people, asylum seekers and carers covering issues like attachment and sexually harmful behaviours.

    Sarah's main theoretical approach is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) but Sarah uses an integrative model of counselling and works according to her clients’ needs, drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Attachment Theory. Sarah also offers EMDR therapy which is especially effective when working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma. She works in mutual collaboration with clients to develop healthy, sustainable and tangible psychological and behavioural responses that alleviate unnecessary emotional distress. This approach is effective in supporting clients to break unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thus achieve their full potential.


  • EMDR training parts 1 & 2, Richman EMDR Training, London, 2015
  • Certificate in Child-focused Systemic Practice, YMCA, Hove, 2010
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Goldsmiths University, London, 2008
  • Licensed and registered supported lodgings provider for Barnardo’s, 2008
  • Advanced Diploma in Person-centred Counselling, West Kent College, Tonbridge, 2003
  • Prasann Sharma

    Practices: Online via Skype

    Modality: CBT, Integrative

    Prasann is a BABCP-accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and BACP-registered counsellor. He has worked as a CBT therapist and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the NHS between 2009 and 2015. Prior to that he also practiced as a student counsellor at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London.

    Prasann has a wealth of experience in delivering evidence-based CBT interventions for a wide range of mental health and emotional difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression. Alongside traditional CBT, Prasann is also a qualified and experienced counsellor. His counselling training and approach is based on an integrative model, which means that he employs a variety of therapeutic approaches according to his clients’ individual concerns and needs. Prasann has worked with various client groups, including young people, working age adults, older people, people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. He offers private psychological therapy and assessment appointments via Skype to individuals experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of depression and anxiety.

    Prasann practices in accordance with the codes of ethics of his professional bodies: BABCP and BACP. He is passionate about helping clients reach a better understanding of their situation and also to help them gain new skills and reach their full potential. Areas of his specialisation include depression, low self-esteem, generalised anxiety, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, bereavement, anger management, relationship difficulties and self harm.


  • MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, University of Surrey
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Marva Sherman

    Modality: Integrative, TA, CBT, Mindfulness, EFT, Couple Therapy

    Practices at: Muswell Hill and Elephant & Castle

    Marva is an experienced BACP-registered counsellor and accredited couple therapist and has practiced for over 18 years. She currently works in an NHS service where she enjoys supporting couples and individuals where depression is affecting their lives and their relationships. Marva is committed to supporting her clients in learning and using therapeutic tools to unlock and change patterns of thought and behaviour that no longer serve them and that threaten their capacity to live their life to the full.

    Marva uses evidence-based therapies to support couples to improve their communication skills and build acceptance in order to regain intimacy and joy in their relationships. She also treats individuals experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, trauma, workplace stress, racial harassment and bullying.

    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 using Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Emotionally Focused Therapy to support her clients according to their individual needs and concerns.

    Location: Muswell Hill and Elephant & Castle

    Konstantina Tsalavouta

    Modality: CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic

    Practices at: Edmonton Green and via Skype

    Konstantina is a counselling psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Prior to obtaining her doctoral qualification in counselling psychology with the University of East London she had completed an MSc in Mental Health at King’s College in 2005. Since then Konstantina has gained a wealth of experience in working as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and psychological therapist in a number of NHS and private sector settings where she has provided individual CBT and ran groups for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

    Konstantina is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and currently works as a DBT team co-ordinator at the North London Priory where she is involved in co-facilitating skills groups and providing one to one DBT sessions for people with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition to being a skilled CBT and DBT practitioner Konstantina is also experienced in providing psychodynamic therapy and in teaching mindfulness and compassion-based approaches. Her aim is to guide her clients towards a life with less self-criticism and self-judgements and thus reduce emotional suffering.

    Konstantina has special interest in working with patients with a history of traumatic experiences such as abuse or rape, which resulted in PTSD. Her expertise includes working with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, low self-esteem, alcohol and substance misuse, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm. She is also experienced in facilitating assertiveness and anger management workshops. Konstantina also offers online therapy via Skype and her doctoral research focused on the therapeutic relationship in online therapy.

    Insurance: Aviva, Vitality, CIGNA, Simply Health, Exeter Friendly and other small insurance companies.

    Location: Edmonton Green (N9 7EL)

    Gerard Hannon

    Modality: Integrative, Psychodynamic, CBT, Mindfulness

    Practices at: London Bridge

    Gerard is an experienced counsellor and has been working psychotherapeutically with both adults and adolescents since 2009. He has successfully supported people with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, personality disorders, self-harm, loss and bereavement, trauma, relationship difficulties and work-related stress. Gerard has worked in a variety of public and private mental health settings both in England and Northern Ireland. They included: Community Mental Health Teams, Clinical Health Team for People with Learning Disabilities, Student Well-Being Departments at the University of Surrey and the North-West Regional College and ‘Derry Youth Community Workshop’. He was also a counsellor and director of ‘Zest’, a Derry-based charity supporting people who experience difficulties related to self-harm and suicide. He currently provides longer-term psychotherapy at an NHS psychotherapy service in East London.

    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 offers a non-judgmental and safe therapeutic environment where people can feel at ease, talk openly and reflect on their experiences and on what is causing them distress. Gerard has a particular interest in mindfulness, guided imagery and inner child work which can enhance a person's ability to experience a deeper connection with themselves and others. In his experience these valuable tools tend to lead to improved mental well-being and a more fulfilling life.

    Gerard is currently continuing his professional development on a doctoral programme in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. His research interests include the function and conceptualisation of worry and rumination and exploring how individuals can become more in control of their thoughts. Gerard has presented his research on worry, loneliness and coping styles at the national clinical conference in 2013.

    Gerard is aware that experiencing psychological distress can be a very lonely place and a sense of trepidation about seeing a therapist is completely natural and understandable. However, rest assured there is nothing to fear. Gerard is a reliable companion to ensure that that you are supported through this journey.

    British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
    British Psychological Society (BPS)

    Academic Qualifications
    Degree in Integrated Counselling, North West Regional College
    Certificate in Counselling, National University of Ireland
    Bsc (Hons) Psychology, University of Ulster
    Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology, University of Surrey (ongoing)

    Location: London Bridge (SE1 3SS)

    Vilyana Tsekova

    Modality: DBT, CBT for depression, MBCT, Sensory Integration

    Practices at: Kings Cross and Piccadilly Circus/Soho

    Vilyana is an intensively trained dialectical behaviour therapist with experience in providing individual therapy and facilitating DBT skills classes to groups. She first qualified as a psychologist and worked with young people presenting with challenging behaviours, sensory difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and specific learning difficulties and her role was to support them in increasing their independence and psychological coping. In the last ten years, Vilyana has gained a wealth of experience in working with children and adults in a variety of settings including forensic services and community mental health within the NHS, private health sector and charity organisations.

    Vilyana welcomes clients with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties expressed through depression, eating disorders, relationship and personality difficulties, self-harming behaviours, low self-esteem and self-worth, low motivation for personal development, loss of hope or identity and clients who have experienced social deprivation or neglect in their early lives. Vilyana formulates and implements therapy plans that aim to reduce the impact of psychological distress or mental illness on her clients' functioning and supports them in learning new and more effective ways of coping with painful emotions and life challenges. Her goal is help clients become aware of what holds them back from living their life to the full, to manage obstacles more effectively and to prevent future relapses.

    Vilyana supports clients to effectively monitor and address their emotional and mental health needs. She helps clients to make sense of their circumstances and to put in place workable solutions which will provide a greater meaning of where people find themselves in life as well as equip them with the tools for a positive and well prepared future. Vilyana's approach is focused on her clients individual circumstances and unique needs. She also ensures that any therapy plans and methods she applies are supported with evidence-based outcomes and solid clinical research.

    In recent years Vilyana has also directly worked with humanitarian and human rights organisations on various health related projects across the globe. As a therapist, Vilyana feels that helping clients to increase their self-awareness in individual and group DBT-based sessions is the first step towards building emotional resilience and positive relationships.

    Location: Kings Cross (NW1 0PT) and Piccadilly Circus/Soho (W1F 9JB)

    Katarina Kovacova

    Modality: CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, MBT, Mindfulness

    Available for: Therapy, supervision and consultation. Online via Skype

    Katarina is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a university lecturer. Katarina has over 15 years of clinical experience which she has mainly gained in the NHS but also within the private organisations and third sector. During her career, Katarina has worked in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient and community; and with people across a range of age groups, including children, adults and older adults. She has delivered individual, group, couple and family therapy. In addition, Katarina has provided training, supervision and consultation to other health professionals, teams and services. Alongside her clinical practice, Katarina has been a visiting lecturer at University of East London, Institute of Psychiatry and Canterbury Christ Church University where she has been teaching on the subject of clinical psychology, including CBT, Systemic Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, research methods and critical psychology.

    Katarina has supported clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties described as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating difficulties, trichotillomania, psychosis, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, phobias, ADHD, substance misuse, gambling, neurocognitive difficulties, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem and multiple trauma (inc. survivors of sexual abuse). Katarina is also experienced in working with clients who present with complex needs, including suicidal behaviour and deliberate self-harm.

    In her clinical practice, Katarina has facilitated her clients in understanding and approaching life challenges in more adaptive ways in order to enhance their overall wellbeing. Katarina has training and experience in a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Systemic (family) Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. This allows her to flexibly use different types of therapy and/or their aspects to fit your particular needs. Katarina sees therapy as a collaborative process and focuses on your chosen therapy goals. She appreciates the strengths and resources that may be available to people and uses these therapeutically to create a positive and long-lasting change. Katarina endeavours to get your feedback at each session to establish and maintain an effective therapeutic relationship, and to ensure maximum therapy satisfaction. She offers a short-term, goal-oriented therapy as well as long-term psychotherapy. She can provide culturally sensitive parenting support, anger and stress management and couple therapy. In addition, Katarina offers clinical supervision and consultation to other mental health practitioners.

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

    Mentalization Based Therapy, Anna Freud Centre, London (2008)
    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, The Huntercombe Hospital (2013-2014)
    Motivational Interviewing, National Problem Gambling Clinic, London (2011)
    Systemic Family Therapy, The Tavistock and Portman Trust, London (2012-2013)
    Narrative Therapy, University College Hospital, London (2014)

    Barbara Thurgood

    Modality: Integrative, Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Relational, Existential

    Practices at: Hampstead, Canary Wharf & London Bridge

    Barbara is a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist. Her consulting rooms are in Hampstead, Canary Wharf and London Bridge. She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and she is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. Barbara can help with long standing difficulties, specific personal or/and professional dilemmas; or just to gain a sense of clarity and ease in everyday life.

    While she works with a wide range of issues, she is very experienced and particularly interested in working with middle-aged and older individuals. With these age groups much of her work focuses on feelings related to loss, depression, anxiety and/or the effect of ageing difficulties on how one relates to oneself and/or others and the world. She recognises that the experience of growing older may be very different for each individual. She is particularly interested in helping people to discover a sense of personal resource and resilience in the face of adversity.

    In her practice, Barbara works on a one-to-one basis and offers brief or longer term therapeutic programmes individually tailored to suit your personal needs. Barbara prides herself on being a very good listener. To her, two essentials are: an understanding of an issue from your unique personal perspective and providing time and space where you may explore and make sense of your experience.

    The type of therapy Barbara offers can be described as relational-integrative. She deeply appreciates the healing value of therapeutic relationship in the process of overcoming your difficulties. Importantly, her extensive training as a psychotherapist and counselling psychologist has enabled her to draw on the most appropriate therapeutic approaches to suit your individual needs. In other words, she considers that no single approach fits all, as all individuals are unique.

    In particular, Barbara is experienced in the following key areas:
    - quality of relationships & attachment issues
    - anxiety
    - loss & depression
    - low self-esteem
    - mid-life crisis
    - menopause
    - work-place issues
    - family changes
    - psychological relationship to time
    - life transitions & developmental processes
    - coming to terms with chronic or terminal illness such as cancer, dementia or Parkinson’s disease
    - ageing issues such as: physical/psychological age-related changes; increased awareness of mortality and finitude; fear of death; concerns with loneliness or dependence
    - planning for retirement
    - resilience
    - obsessionality.

    Barbara has gained her clinical experience in a variety of mental health settings including public, charity and private sectors. Since 2010, she has been a committed volunteer counsellor with the UK’s leading charity dedicated to later life – AGE UK, where she counsels people aged 55 years or older.

    Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (PsychD), University of Roehampton
    Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling (UKCP accredited), University of Roehampton
    BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Westminster

    Professional Bodies
    Chartered Psychologist of British Psychological Society
    Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered

    Insurance: Allianz, AXA PPP, Bupa International, Cigna, Vitality Health and WPA.

    Location: Hampstead NW3; Canary Wharf E14; London Bridge SE1

    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 thesis focused on exploring mechanisms of change in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

    Kirsten currently works for Imperial College London, where she is conducting work on the impact of trauma on the psychological treatment of personality disorder. She has published widely in peer-reviewed psychology and psychiatry journals (e.g. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Clinical Psychology Review, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics). She can offer training on topics including assessment and treatment of personality disorder, assessment and treatment of trauma in the context of personality disorder, and the evidence base for psychological treatment of personality disorder.

    Sanjay Rao

    Modality: Honorary Corporate Consultant

    Available for: TBA

    Sanjay is a senior solicitor with over 15 years experience of working within corporate, investment banking and business settings. After recognising the benefits of mindfulness in his personal and professional life in recent years, Sanjay has developed a great passion for promoting this valuable practice in the corporate workplace settings. He has the ability to combine the mindsets of both corporate and mindfulness disciplines and has shared his expertise to help Mind-Reframed provide bespoke corporate solutions.