Dr Brett Grellier (CPsychol, MSc, BA (hons))
Chartered Counselling Psychologist, CBT Therapist and EMDR Therapist
Dr Brett Grellier has over ten years’ experience working as a Senior Psychologist in NHS, Private and Third Sector settings assessing and treating people for a wide range of difficulties. Brett’s areas of expertise include consultancy, supervision and training and the psychological treatment of addictions (including substance use problems), trauma (including complex and developmental trauma), depression, anxiety disorders (including Panic Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Health Anxiety and OCD), adjustment problems, bereavement and loss.
Brett has completed extensive post-doctoral training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Brett employs these approaches to complement evidence-based CBT treatments and as stand-alone treatments, based on the presenting difficulties and most importantly the preference of the client. Brett has a particular interest in wellbeing, personal growth and resilience and places a key emphasis on the existing potential and strengths of the people he works with in order to maximise treatment success.
Brett believes that mental and emotional distress is not something that people need to live with because our brains and bodies are designed to heal. The psychological therapies he offers are about finding and resolving the blocks to that natural healing process allowing the person to flourish.
Allie Markantonis (DipPsy C, NCS Accredited)
Integrative & Creative Counsellor and a Wellbeing & Mindfulness Coach
Allie is an Integrative & Creative Counsellor and a Wellbeing & Mindfulness Coach, providing talking and creative experiential therapy for adults, couples and young people. Allie also works directly with professionals, parents and young people, helping build resilience, self-esteem and confidence through workshops. Allie’s special area of interest is psychological trauma and how this not only impacts people’s ability to engage with services, but also staff resilience and how this shapes service culture.
Since 2017, Allie has been a STOPSO therapist working with those at risk of harmful sexual behaviour, to enable them to stop acting out; reducing the risk to society and reducing the number of victims. Allie delivers both in-house and bespoke training to clients on a range of issues concerning sexual offending, and delivers Compassion-Focused Risk Aware 121 Therapy Programmes for managing sexual risk.
Before going into therapeutic private practice, Allie had 20+ years of experience working as a welfare rights advisor and delivered training and outreach work for National Housing Federation, Child Poverty Action Group and many large Housing Providers. She continues to design and deliver bespoke training programmes for organisations and tenants on subjects such as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment and Money Management, as well as giving talks at Conferences on these subjects.
Annie joined BGPS in May 2022 to provide administration support for the Director and Associates. She has developed a broad spectrum of business skills during her diverse career in office management, spanning insurance and building industries, international development, and local government. She spent ten successful years as a GP Practice Manager in Sussex before returning to the third sector in Brighton. Annie enjoys being well organised to enable smooth and efficient teamwork.
Dr Amy-Kate Hurrell (Bsc (hons), Pg Dip, DClinPsy)
Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapist
Dr Amy-Kate Hurrell has been working as a psychological therapist in the NHS for over 10 years and qualified as a clinical psychologist 4 years ago. Amy-Kate is currently employed as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and works privately including with third sector organisations. Amy-Kate’s areas of expertise including one-to-one therapy with people experiencing anxiety, depression, physical health conditions, loss, bereavement, adjustment issues and complex trauma in both adults and children. Amy-Kate has extensive experience in providing consultancy and supervision to other professions
Amy-Kate’s doctoral training focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Systemic Therapy. Amy-Kate has undertaken extensive post-doctoral training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. Amy-Kate has wide-ranging research skills, having published national research with police investigating childhood sexual abuse and regularly undertaking service evaluations and audits for the NHS and voluntary sector.
Amy-Kate believes that psychological support can help people to heal from their psychological distress and always strives to support people to understand why they are feeling the way that they do and help them live a life that is consistent with their values in a kind, compassionate way.
Andy Sweeting (Bsc (hons), Pg Dip, MSc)
CBT Therapist, Interpersonal Psychotherapist, Integrative Counsello
Andy has over a decade of experience of the helping professions across the public, private and third sector. This work has included seeing a range of individuals from all walks of life and with a wide range of problems. He has worked in social care with young people involved in the youth justice system and in residential homelessness projects. This work involved a lot of complex needs and led to an understanding of the emotional toll that this work can have, as well as an awareness of the rewards from this work.
More recently, Andy has been working with common mental health problems such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety disorders including panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD and social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. He has obtained three post graduate qualifications relevant to therapy, has had thousands of therapy sessions with individuals from all walks of life, and is a member of the relevant professional bodies, the BACP, BABCP and IPTUK.
Andy specialises in evidence based treatment, this means that the primary approaches he uses have a significant evidence base, are proven to be effective and recommended by the NHS, the Department of Health and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The main modalities used are CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), IPT (interpersonal psychotherapy) and integrative counselling. In addition to these, he has training in CFT (compassion-focused therapy) and ACT (acceptance & commitment therapy).
Andy firmly believes in working toward increasing the resilience of individuals he works with in a non-judgmental and empathetic manner.
Angela Small (Dip.Couns, MA, MBACP (Accred))
Psychotherapist Counsellor & EMDR therapist
Angela is a vibrant conscientious woman dedicated to serving the community. She is an accredited BACP counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, EMDR therapist and group facilitator.
Her primary orientation is Gestalt; however, she now refers to herself as an Integrative practitioner, having additionally trained in EMDR, Transcultural Therapy, Solution Brief Therapy, and other approaches over the years.
Angela has her own private practice where she delivers a wide range of psychological intervention to individuals and couples over the age of 18.
She has over 20 years’ experience of working with in the Criminal Justice system, delivering a range of interventions for probation, police stations, DRR Court orders and Prisons.
Angela has a passion for exploring differences within cultures and working with people who self-identify as being placed in marginalised groups. She runs a diversity reflective space for counsellors and delivers therapy and group work for clients within various charities and well-being services.
She has expertise of working with people living or affected by HIV, substance misuse and gang affiliation.
Angela is committed to providing psychotherapy, counselling, EMDR and supervision, in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. She abides by the BACP code of conduct and ethical requirements for professional practice.
Bodie Nicholas Hunt (BSc (hons), PgDip)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, EMDR, and Mindfulness (MBCT) BABCP, ICMTA accredited
Bodie Nicholas Hunt graduated as a mature student within Herbal Medicine and practiced for a number of years in private practice, during this time he increasingly became more engaged in the psychological process when working with clients as well as the physical. He also trained within conscious embodied movement practice and was working with the Humanistic Person-Centred Model with patients. He went on further to complete a Post- graduate Diploma in both Mental Health Nursing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Bodie has continued to build on these skills with further training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), Compassion Focused Therapy, MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and Supervision skills.
Over the last 10 years Bodie has gained extensive working experience within the NHS and private practice, supporting clients with a wide range of psychological difficulties from complex and developmental trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders (including Panic Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Health Anxiety and OCD).
On a more personal level Bodie has been practicing Mindfulness for over 25 years and lived in a Buddhist community in London for some time. He feels passionate that people have the potential to live a full, valuable and meaningful life with the capacity to heal from past difficulty and self-regulate their emotional world in line with their values and context of life.
Bodie has a therapy practice and teaches classes in London and workshops in Movement and Mindfulness in London, Europe, Russia and Asia. He attends regular CBT, EMDR and Mindfulness supervision inline with recommended professional standards.
Psychotherapist and Mental Health Occupational Therapist
Awele is a Psychotherapist, since 2010 and is registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She has helped people with a range of problems including depression and anxiety, feeling sad and low self-confidence. Awele is also a trained Mental Health Occupational Therapist since 2000, with extensive experience within the NHS and private health care.
Awele has been designing and delivering training programmes for a variety of organisations in health care and business since 2009. She uses her NLP skills in designing the various workshops and training programs that she runs.
As a practicing Healthcare Professional and Businessperson, Awele has first-hand experience of balancing a demanding home and work life. Clients can rest assured that services provided will be rooted in experience. Awele's specialist interests are in mental and work balance, and racial justice.
Catia Soares (BSc, MSc, Dip CNM)
MBPsS Psychologist ⓇmBANT CNHC Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist
Catia has worked in the statutory and voluntary sector for the last 10 years delivering one-to-one and group therapy, counselling and psychosocial support to people with enduring mental health issues, entrenched substance use, and history of homelessness, abuse and offending behaviour in outreach, residential and forensic settings.
She further trained in both Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy and Metabolic Balance® Coaching to enrich her work with clients and combine her two passions: Psychology and Nutrition. She has also worked as a Head of Psychology/Bioresonance Practitioner and as a Nutritional Therapist in one of the UK's leading natural and wellbeing clinics, and in 2019 she has founded her own business as a Nutritional Psychologist and Nutritional Therapist.
Catia is enthusiastic about community empowerment, education, and system change, and worked in a pioneering action-research project supporting people experiencing multiple disadvantages and repeated history of poor outcomes funded by the National’s Lottery Fulfilling Lives Programme. Catia is passionate about supporting people leading more fulfilling and happier lives. She works with people holistically, incorporating the principles of Humanistic Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Informed Approach, Compassionate Focused Therapy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Psychology, Nutritional Therapy and Energy Medicine.
She offers an integrated approach combining Psychology, Nutritional Therapy & Spirituality to support people to bring forth their full potential and achieve both positive emotional and physical wellbeing.
Chris Lampard (MBACP Accredited)
Psychotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist CBT
Chris is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has worked within the field of mental health for over 16 years. He uses a balance of approaches including Person Centred, Cognitive, Behavioural and Short-Term Psychodynamic therapies.
His current work includes counselling within a GP practice at Imperial College London. Chris works with students, staff and local residents presenting with issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties.
Prior to training as a counsellor, Chris worked within a central London day centre for homeless people supporting and assessing clients from diverse cultures and backgrounds often presenting with complex, traumatic and sometimes violent personal histories.
Chris believes that with a good therapeutic relationship and the focus and activity of both therapist and patient, unhelpful patterns of behaviour can be identified and worked through. This can create the opportunity for longer-term change and the development of a more positive approach to life’s challenges.
Head of Operations
Claire Carter has been working in Office Administration for over twenty years from general administration duties to running a successful airline simulator company, dealing with pilots, airlines and training centres. Claire has also worked as an Office Manager for five years in private care homes to ensure the smooth running of the service, where it has also been important to understand the needs of vulnerable elderly residents. Claire has an empathic approach to providing practical and emotional support to the residents and their family members as well as liaising with many professional bodies and members of the general public.
Claire is highly organised and prides herself on delivering excellent customer service.
Dr Clare Northover (DClinPsy, PhD)
Clare is a Clinical Psychologist with a passion for working with those facing multiple disadvantages. She has experience of working across the life span (from childhood to older adults) and in a range of settings (e.g., acute mental health wards, prisons and forensic wards, physical and sexual health settings, specialist memory and autism diagnostic services and with third sector and charity organisations). She currently works at a specialist NHS trauma service for refugees and asylum seekers and offers therapy, supervision, consultation, and reflective practice within the homelessness sector.
Clare uses an integrative approach to her therapeutic work, drawing on a range of models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other third wave CBT approaches, Narrative Therapy, Community Psychology, and systemic ideas. She aims to empower individuals with a non-blaming understanding of their difficulties (e.g., how the brain responds to trauma) and help them to take ownership of “re-authoring” the preferred narrative of their lives. She believes in the importance of meeting a client “where they are at” and works creatively to do so in an authentic way.
Clare enjoys working within and alongside multidisciplinary teams, drawing on the expertise of others and offering a psychological understanding to promote the provision of trauma-informed care. She is passionate about using her position to challenge ways of working that exclude, and she aims to amplify the voices of individuals with social identities that are often discriminated against and marginalised by society.
Clare has experience of teaching university students and delivering training to a range of professionals. She has extensive research experience (topics include emotional and neuropsychological functioning and self-compassion) and has presented her research at conferences and published internationally.
Cordelia Wise (BA, PGDip, MSc)
Career Coach, RCDP, PGDip, MSc
Our Career Coach, Cordelia Wise, can provide support for staff facing challenging or difficult situations at work – like supporting new managers, navigating difficult work relationships, or settling into a new role. She can also provide careers support for staff in the case of organisational restructure, when facing redundancy, at the end of a contract or to aid trainees, graduates, and apprentices to find career opportunities or to prepare for retirement.
Cordelia is an experienced manager and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance (QCG). She has twenty-five years’ experience in the voluntary sector with a broad range of client groups. Most recently, she has worked as a service manager in London’s largest and busiest day centre. Cordelia led a team of careers advisers and trainers delivering services to a diverse homeless client group with a wide variety of complex needs.
Cordelia has a private career coaching practice and has just finished a Masters in Career Management and Coaching at Birkbeck. She is on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. (https://www.thecdi.net/Professional-Register-)
Dobrochna Zajas (MSc, PGDip)
Drug and Alcohol Practitioner, CBT Therapist, EMDR Therapist
Dobrochna has 10 years’ experience of work within mental health sector – mostly in third sector (Homelessness) and public (NHS). She has worked and supported people with range of difficulties – learning disabilities, autism, personality disorders, depression, anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, OCD, panic, health anxiety, phobias, social anxiety), substance use, impulsive disorders, trauma (single and complex) and complex presentations. As a senior staff member, Dobrochna has experience of supervising both staff members and volunteers, making sure that clients are enabled to improve their quality of life in a safe and empowering environment.
Dobrochna holds two Master degrees (Social - Penitentiary work, Addiction Psychology and Treatment,) a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is a registered EMDR therapist. She is a registered Drug and Alcohol Practitioner (FDAP – Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioner) and works using different approaches – Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and incorporates as other interventions guided by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindfulness, and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Dobrochna’s experience of work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and life experiences (war veterans, ex - offenders, sex offenders, victims of trafficking, domestic violence, bereavement, long term conditions) enhance her compassionate and non–judgmental approach with use of each person’s experiences in a self-growth process of overcoming their difficulties and finding their own strengths and self-efficacy. Taking into account different stages of change, experiences, background and goals of people that she works with, she delivers personalized interventions in holistic and empathetic manner. Dobrochna is passionate about people, human rights, equality and uniqueness of each individual and their experiences.
Donna Arthur (BSc PgDip PgCert MBACP)
Donna is a qualified psychodynamic counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has over 25 years’ experience in the private, public and third sectors, working in the field of mental health including the NHS where she worked as a counsellor specialising in post stroke and brain injury patients.
She has worked in occupational health with the BBC and NHS England, as a youth worker, a project and outreach worker in the homelessness sector and with vulnerable adults in the public sector.
She holds a certificate in clinical supervision from the British Psychoanalytic Association and currently works as a Psychological Wellbeing Therapist, treating and assessing people with complex mental health needs, addiction, trauma, relationship difficulties, effects of domestic violence, bereavement, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She also runs art and music therapy groups and advises on developing psychologically informed environments and staff practices.
Donna believes that with the right support, building a good therapeutic alliance and a trusting relationship all people are capable of moving towards their full potential. She believes that working with the effects of trauma in an empathic, creative, and compassionate manner in partnership with her clients, is fundamental to emotional regulation, healing and developing a sense of contentment.
Faye Heath (BSc, MSc)
Counsellor and Trainee Counselling Psychologist
Faye is a counsellor and is in her final year of a Counselling Psychology Doctorate. She is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and BPS (British Psychological Society). Her training is underpinned by combining Counselling with the rigour of Psychology and this includes studying a range of different modalities. At present she currently specialises in CBT, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approaches to therapy an takes an integrative approach. As a Counselling Psychologist in training Faye believes that evidence practice should be at the heart of therapy and aims to help each person through a collaborative therapeutic relationship and effective evidenced based practice.
Faye has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology and a master’s degree in Psychological Research methods. She has worked in a range of different settings with several client groups including schools, children’s homes, parenting assessment units and low-cost counselling services. She currently works at an outpatient eating disorder clinic, Child, and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the NHS and privately. Faye offers a non-judgemental, warm, accepting, authentic therapeutic relationship with each person to aid them on their journey to recovery to gain a better sense of self to reach their full potential.
Frankie Mgbadike (UKCP, IARTA and EATA Registered)
Counsellor and Trainee Psychotherapist
Frankie is a current trainee in her 5th year at Mentonia Institute leading to MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, she has PgCert in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Regent’s College London and BSc (Hons) in Health Education.
To broaden her knowledge, Frankie has gone ahead to obtain a Diploma in CBT, NLP, Coaching & leadership. As a trainee member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapist), IARTA (International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis) and EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis), Frankie works in accordance with the Ethical Framework and Professional Guidelines from these organisations. This includes undergoing professional supervision in her work and continual professional development.
Frankie has vast experience of working with various Charity Organisations and has used her therapeutic framework to work with individuals presenting with various issues such as addiction problems, domestic abuse, and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, personality disorder, PTSD, OCD, eating disorder etc.
For over 15years, Frankie worked with St Mungo’s as a Substance Misuse and Mental Health Specialist and Brief Intervention Officer providing individual work, therapeutic support groups and crisis intervention.
Frankie uses a relational approach to help individuals reflect on core values such as respect, inclusiveness, honesty, compassion, and humility. Frankie’s relational humanistic approach emphasises on therapeutic relationships, and she demonstrates skills such as empathy, compassion, non-judgemental attitude, and she pays attention to individual inner strength. She also demonstrates sensitivity to spirituality and diversity. She uses the core concepts of Transactional Analysis to help individuals and groups to reflect and build more effective communication skills for a better relationship, with the core belief that we all have the capability to change, grow, and have a healthy interaction with each other.
To gain an in-depth understanding of issues of abuse, Frankie has obtained Safelives Accreditation training. She has been doing extensive work with victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence and therapeutic work with non-abusive parents of children who experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Frankie is very passionate about ensuring safety for victims/survivors and their children. Frankie works closely with Local Authority Family & Children Social Services, Housing and Met Police to ensure safety and safeguard victims/survivors and their families. Frankie has provided all levels of support to Survivors of Domestic Violence, Rape & Sexual Assault and those who experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Dr Hannah Rogers (Bsc (hons) Pg Dip, DClinPsy)
Clinical Psychologist,CBT Therapist, EMDR Therapist
Dr Hannah Rogers has been providing therapeutic interventions within the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist for the past 7 years. Specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR, she provides evidence-based psychological therapy, both on an individual basis and in groups, to clients living with anxiety and depression. A particular area of interest is trauma and Hannah is experienced in treating clients who have experienced trauma in their lives, whether that is to a single incident in their adult life or to traumatising experiences childhood.
Whilst relying on research and evidence to guide her treatments, she is committed to putting the person at the centre of therapy and tailoring treatment to suit their needs. Her training enables her to use a range of theoretical frameworks to understand and work with a person’s distress, including the use of cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, person-centred and systemic ideas.
Having worked in multi-disciplinary teams in forensic, learning disabilities and physical health settings, and as a senior practitioner in an adult psychology service, Hannah has well-developed skills in supervision and consultation. She is passionate about supporting colleagues to consider a psychological perspective when working with complex clients to promote the wellbeing of staff as well as clients.
Jenn Lewin (MBACP, Dip, BA hons, GradCert) BACP registered
Gestalt Counsellor (My pronouns are she/her/hers)
Jenn is a Gestalt Counsellor, has worked in further education institution and currently a counsellor at an LGBTQIA+ organisation in London. Jenn has experience of working with people from varying backgrounds, cultures, genders, and sexualities.
Prior to training as a counsellor Jenn worked as a facilitator in various community settings with organisations working with the homeless, refugees, asylum seekers, women who have experienced abuse, street drinkers, young people with and without disabilities and the LGBTQIA+ community, using creativity to support and explore possibilities of change. This work has stretched across schools, youth clubs, hostels, day centres, night shelters and prisons. Jenn has ran workshops to develop self-esteem, confidence, to speak in public and explore feelings of dysphoria, displacement and being marginalised.
Jenn brings creativity into her work as a counsellor to support people to raise their awareness, with an understanding due to barriers of language talking can become challenging so she can provide a space to support a person to express themselves in other ways if they choose to.
Jenn is a Buddhist, this she feels connects to her values and humanistic approach rooted within Gestalt Counselling, treating each person with respect, equality, being non-judgemental and embracing. She writes poetry, to explore how humanistic values are at the core of all life, questioning within her work how we can transform. Jenn believes everyone has the potential to change, to become their authentic self, if they choose to, this is at the heart of her counselling.
Jenn is registered member of the BACP, has a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling, a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and a BA Honours in Drama, film, and television.
Kevin Franke (MBACP)
Kevin is an integrative therapeutic counsellor, who trained at The Mary Ward Centre in London.
As well as maintaining a small private practice, Kevin is the counselling lead for a charity-run community counselling service in South London, and works with adolescents at a Central London sixth form.
Kevin has experience of facilitating groups within the not-for-profit sector, including working with substance misuse, HIV and LGBTQ+ issues.
BA (Hons), PG Cert, Ad.Dip and MBACP (registered) - Integrative Therapist
LaToya is an integrative therapist who works with individuals and groups, alongside providing clinical supervision to school based staff.
Prior to becoming a therapist, LaToya has over 12 years experience working in various schools, social care and third sector settings. Whilst working as a family support worker, an aspect of her role was supporting families who were at risk of homelessness, living in poor housing conditions or temporary accommodation, whilst still navigating the ups and downs of parenting.
As well as running an online private practice, Latoya provides short term therapy for different charitable organisations. In addition, she has a particular interest in perinatal issues, relationships with others, and life transitions.
LaToya values the importance of the relationship between herself and the client, and incorporates an integrative approach that recognises clients’ individual needs and personal journey.
Laura Krzyszczuk (MSc and Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy)
Laura is a Psychotherapist at her private psychotherapy practice in London. She has 8 years clinical experience in psychotherapy and holds over 15 years’ experience of working with vulnerable adults and children in the UK which she gained through various roles in psychotherapy and counselling services, including NHS but also in the field of substance misuse, domestic violence (as an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) and homelessness.
She also works as an Outreach Coordinator and Mental Health Lead for St Mungos and additionally, as an Assistant Tutor on an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy programme at the Metanoia Institute, validated by Middlesex University.
Prior to this, she undertook outreach and key-working to rough sleepers in Ealing and Westminster and also spent 5 years working with women affected by domestic violence most recently with IDVA and before that as an Eastern European Community Outreach worker.
Laura believes that by focusing on here-and-now interactions and becoming aware of how past experiences interfere with your current functioning, you can reach your potential for creativity, growth, and change.
Lindsay Rushforth (MSc, BA Hons)
Lindsay has worked in the homelessness sector since 2014 in a variety of roles and settings; support worker in large complex needs hostel, street outreach worker, pan-London case coordinator, service manager and service development manager for outreach and Housing First teams.
She has worked in specialist roles with some of London’s most entrenched and complex rough sleepers, using trauma informed approaches and motivational interviewing techniques to bring them off the streets and settle them into long term accommodation.
She has worked in client facing and managerial roles for services that focus on rapid intervention and others which specialise in long term ‘through care’ support and therefore has insight into how different approaches to supporting clients create different types of challenges for staff.
Lindsay managed large teams and multiple services throughout the covid-19 pandemic and therefore has a particular insight and understanding of how individuals and teams cope with change. She is passionate about developing services which are psychologically informed and effective in empowering clients to move away from homelessness permanently.
She believes an essential part of creating psychologically informed services is supporting staff to develop resilience in order to prevent/tackle burn out.
Lindsay is currently assisting a UCL doctoral student in collecting data for her thesis titled ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Benevolent Childhood Experiences (BCEs),
Self-Compassion and Current Trauma Symptoms in a population with a history of sleeping rough’. She is also studying an MSc in Psychology at the University of East London.
Michelle Halabi (BSc (hons) MSc, CPsychol)
Michelle has worked in the homeless and housing voluntary and statutory sector for over 18 years as a rough sleepers homeless day centre project worker, mental health hostel support worker and women’s hostel residential project worker, engaging with those experiencing homelessness, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, psychosis, substance/alcohol issues, immigration problems, as well as victims/survivors of domestic violence, insecurely-housed young people and those considered hard-to-engage. Within these roles, she has also supervised day centre volunteers and provided domestic violence training to staff. She currently works as a customer service advisor/domestic lead and resettlement worker in a Local Authority housing team.
In addition, Michelle has 15 years of experience of short-term and long term integrative (person-centred, existential/humanistic, developmental) therapeutic work within the fields of bereavement and grief at a hospice, domestic violence at a charity organisation, trauma, depression, anxiety and generic issues, as well as qualitative research on postnatal depression.
Michelle is a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and has a BSc (Hons) Psychology, as well as an MSc in Integrative Counselling Psychology and psychotherapy. Her personal integrative approach is based on a relative framework and she demonstrates an empathic, compassionate, non-judgemental attitude, emphasising on the importance of equality, diversity, and empowering individuals to ‘becoming the person’ they would like to be. She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
For most her life, Michelle has lived in London, apart from 5 years in West Africa during her childhood.
Mike Meleady (BA, MSc)
Transactional Analyst, Psychotherapist Msc
Mike Meleady is a Transactional Analyst, Psychotherapist Msc, who trained at The Metanoia Institute, and currently has a small private practice in London, while also working for London Friend (an LGBT charity organisation), for the Antidote drug & alcohol service, and holds an honorary contract with the NHS within which he manages a chemsex clinic at Kings Hospital.
Mike is also a trainer, delivering training around LGBT Awareness, wellbeing, and chemsex, and is also completing a clinical supervision diploma at TA East.
Mike is a relational practitioner, has lots of experience working one to one and in groups, and works within an intersectional framework whereby he keeps difference, power, and oppression at the forefront of his practice.
Dr Natalie Isaia (NSc, MSc, PGCert, PsychD)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol)
Natalie completed a doctorate in clinical psychology, during which she specialised clinically in trauma and focused her academic research on treatments for personality disorder. She has worked in the field of mental health for ten years within NHS, private and third sector services. Natalie has experience of working with individuals across the lifespan (including children and older adults) and individuals with learning disabilities. She has experience working with a wide range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders (e.g. panic disorder, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder) and psychosis.
Natalie’s primary clinical interest has always been working with adults with complex needs. This has included previous posts in a specialist personality disorder service and a specialist post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) service. Natalie also has a keen interest in global mental health and supporting refugees and asylum seekers. With an aim to draw together these clinical interests, Natalie pursued a role within the homelessness sector (Psychologically Informed Environment), supporting socially excluded individuals with significant mental health and substance misuse needs.
Natalie draws upon a variety of psychological models, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and compassion-focused therapy principles. Within these models, her formulations often draw upon neurobiological theory and attachment theory to support clients to understand and normalise experiences that can feel frightening and abnormal. Natalie is trained in specialist modalities such as trauma-focused CBT and is now expanding her clinical knowledge base by beginning training in Mentalization-Based Treatment.
In addition to direct clinical work, Natalie has experience of supervising colleagues, developing and delivering training, and organizing academic events. Natalie is passionate about relieving emotional and psychological distress by working throughout multiple levels of society: working therapeutically with individual clients, training and upskilling teams and services to most effectively support clients, contributing to structural change on a systemic level (e.g. public policy), and continuing to contribute to the research base that underpins our understanding of effective interventions.
Neetu Bhandari (MBACP, BSc.Hons, Dip.Couns)
Clinical Psychotherapist and Integrative Counsellor
Neetu is a qualified Clinical Psychotherapist and Integrative Counsellor, and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her academic background is in Physiology and Psychology, and as such, she holds a special interest in mind-body connections.
Neetu currently works as a Psychological Wellbeing Therapist in the homelessness sector, treating clients with multiple complex needs and trauma. She emphasises a holistic approach to wellbeing that includes exploring and expressing repressed emotions through traditional psychotherapy as well as bodywork and relaxation techniques, art and games, and creative visualisation.
With an interest in motivation and mindset, Neetu helps survivors of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and addictions to step into empowerment. She conducts workshops on emotional regulation and resilience, the most recent of which are titled ‘Happiness Hacks’ and ‘How to Be Confident.’ Neetu has a firm Rogerian belief that authenticity, safe relationships and unconditional positive regard are crucial to positive therapeutic change.
Dr Roni Mermelshtine (PnD, MSc, BSc)
Dr Roni Mermelshtine is a developmental psychologist and associate lecturer in child development at Birkbeck, University of London. Roni has extensive experience of conducting applied psychological research in academia, the private and third sectors. Roni currently provides consultative services in psychometrics and organisational behaviour.
Having been a senior psychometrics manager in an HR technology company, Roni has wide-ranging theoretical and practical experience in the field of occupational psychology. Roni’s areas of expertise are team dynamics, organisational culture, personality and individual differences, supervision and project management.
Volunteering at a homeless charity, Roni utilises her research skills, and her knowledge of the recruitment process. Roni undertakes service evaluations and works with customers who wish to gain employment on a one-to-one basis. Roni helps customers navigate different aspects of the job application process, taking an empathic, strengths-based approach.
As part of her professional development, Roni is currently undertaking training in psychodynamic counselling skills. Roni believes that for individuals and teams to thrive, it is necessary to promote a culture of psychological safety in which non-judgement and compassion are fostered.
Satinder Pansear (MA, MBACP)
Integrative Counsellor and Executive Coach
Satinder studied at University of Derby and has a MA in Integrative Counselling. Satinder is an accredited, registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) & UKCP.
Satinder works as an Integrative Psychotherapist who has worked in the third sector, NHS GG&C and private sector over the past 25 year nationally – delivering therapy via a number of remote platforms with young people and adults.
Satinder is also an Individual and Group Clinical Supervisor & Executive Coach, and her portfolio of supervisees/coaches range from administrators, support workers, counsellors, nurses, consultants (NHS GG&C) and several individuals in the private & third sector.
As a Punjabi speaking Psychotherapist/Supervisor Satinder can work effectively with individuals taking into consideration some of the issues that are faced in small communities.
Satinder has an interest and vast experience in working with Trauma (Judith Herman Model) working with Survivors of Domestic Violence, Rape & Sexual Assault & Child Sexual Abuse.
Satinder worked extensively with people in the homeless community both as a key worker, manager, and supervisor. Satinder brings all perspectives to the table with both clients and supervisees.
Satinder has vast experience in working within multi-cultural settings including Schools, Colleges & Universities, Religious Environments, organisational environments working with Trauma, Tradition and Culture. Satinder is an East African/Indian, living in England and now have been adopted as a Glaswegian in Scotland. Satinder appreciates the difficulties she has faced and respects diversity and difference.
Ula Środa-Voniatis (MSc., Dipl. BA)
Ula is a UKCP/MBACP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist who has been working in various therapeutic settings with adults, children and adolescents for the last twelve years both in private practice and in multidisciplinary teams.
She holds MSc from Middlesex University and Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute and B.A with QTS in English and Teacher Training.
In order to deepen her professional practice she worked as one of the assistant tutors on MSc in Gestalt psychotherapy course in Metanoia Institute as well as a counselling therapist in a community school and facilitated and co-facilitated workshops on stress reduction, mindfulness, body process and resilience. She has been participating in mindful movement classes/workshops on a regular basis as well as mindfulness meditation courses across Europe and trained with contemporary Shamans in Scotland. Most recently she trained in Gestalt Play therapy and in using creative arts and sand tray when working with children. Ula is also a trained secondary school teacher.
Vanessa Gordon (PGDip)
Integrative Counsellor, Reiki Practitioner & Coach
Vanessa is a BACP Qualified Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor, Reiki II practitioner and Executive Function coach integrating various counselling theories and coaching methodology creating new rituals and habits for success and combining this with a mind body soul approach to wellbeing.
Vanessa has a history of working with adults with mental health challenges who have experienced trauma and relational difficulties, and those who have been involved with public services including children and adult social services, mental health services and those who have been involved with the criminal and youth justice system.
Vanessa works with clients to help them achieve agency and autonomy; helping them take back control of their life when it may feel like all has been lost. Vanessa works collaboratively with people to help to repair harm, caused to mind body and soul. Vanessa has created an approach that is integrative using both belief and behaviour-based approaches whilst assisting those she works with to regain a sense of spiritual worth and value whilst tapping into their authentic power.