Our Clinicians

Helen Watson: Clinic Director, Trauma Specialist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Registered mental Health Nurse, PG.Dip. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Specialist community practitioner. Fully trained EMDR practitioner. Helen has worked for the Ministry of Defence for the last 17 years in her role as clinical Nurse Specialist both in the UK and overseas. She uses an eclectic approach to therapy drawing from a range of skills and techniques such as motivational interviewing, mindfulness, stress management and solution focused therapy.

Helen has additional training as a generic and CBT supervisor enabling her to offer supervision to  other professionals. Her specialist areas are in the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma.

PTSD  OCD Depression Anxiety


Maria Garcia-Tejon: MBACP Registered Psychotherapist

Maria is a professionally trained Psychotherapist and Psychologist. Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (MBACP).

Maria works with individuals, groups, adolescents and organisations, and has over 10 years experience in mental health and psychotherapy in varied positions and with a diverse population.

Since training, Maria has worked between the UK, Spain and Germany. Managing a fostering organisation with the German and Spanish child protection services.

As a psychotherapist she has mostly worked with adults, adolescents and groups with a varied range of difficulties, including relationship problems, depression, stress, abuse, self-harm, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain and addiction problems.

Maria has a special interest in perinatal mental health. Since becoming a mother herself, she realised how unsupported, misunderstood and misrepresented parenthood is in our society. She offers support to couples and individuals through conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Maria offers sessions in English and Spanish.

Rachel Whyte: MSc, PGDip PGCert BA/BSc 

Rachel is BABCP accredited and specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.

Rachel has over 12 years of experience of working with a variety of patient groups and in a range of clinical settings including the NHS and forensic settings. Rachel has experience of working with individuals with a range of mental health difficulties, working with both adults and adolescents, she is able to draw upon a broad range of knowledge to help clients build awareness and develop skills to manage a range of emotional difficulties.

Rachel has special interest areas focusing on complex trauma, perinatal mental health care, individual and group supervision of practitioners within NHS settings. Rachel has also delivered workshops, which focus on building awareness around mental health needs and practitioner burnout.

Rachel works with individuals suffering from a variety of mood disorders such as depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also works with complex and acute disorders such as bipolar, psychosis and complex trauma.

PTSD Anxiety Depression EMDR OCD

Dr Annie Sheldrake: HPCP Registered Consultant, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Annie qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1991 and specialised in Neuropsychology in 1994. She had worked since 1988 in the NHS in the areas of Adult Mental Health; Older Adult Mental Health and specialist Neuropsychology services, including Traumatic Brain Injury; Stroke and Dementias. Annie spent the majority of my career working with people and their families after a traumatic brain injury caused by road traffic accidents; assaults and falls. She has developed and managed the neuropsychological service for the local Dementia and Stroke rehabilitation services, and is qualified to undertake and interpret neuropsychological tests; provide person-centred neuropsychological interventions; develop programmes to help people with behaviour that challenges and provide psychological therapeutic interventions.

Annie is particularly keen to stress in her work the importance of considering the needs of everybody following brain damage, whether this is due to injury or disease. She have developed a particular interest over the years in working with couples affected by brain injury using Emotion Focused therapy (EFT) ; Attachment theory and her knowledge of the impact of neuropsychological cognitive changes such as poor memory; attention difficulties; executive deficits etc and how these impact on peoples day to day interactions and relationship with themselves and others. She considers it her priority to assist individuals to find their own ways to be more settled with what often are lifelong and life-debilitating changes.


Kate Tyler: Trauma Specialist and Mindfulness Teacher

Registered Mental Health Nurse, Dip.HE Health Studies, Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, Cert.HE Addictions Counselling, fully trained and accredited EMDR Consultant. PG DIP psychological trauma and trained mindfulness teacher.

Kate is a Trauma Specialist with particular areas of interest in military trauma and trauma-related chronic pain. She also offers addictions counselling, specialist mental health assessments and therapy for a range of general mental health issues including stress management, depression and relationship problems.

Kate undertakes individual and group work which includes training in Mindfulness, Stress and Anger Management.


PTSD Mindfulness  Addiction Anxiety

Depression EMDR

Paula Appleton: MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist, Counselling (Dip), and EMDR Practitioner 

Within Paula’s private practice over the last 16 years, she has developed expertise across a wide-ranging expanse of issues such as Anxiety, Abuse, Anger, Bereavement, Confidence, Complex Trauma, Depression, Disability, Health Related Issues, Low Self-Esteem, Neurodiversity, Personal Development, Post-Traumatic Stress, Pregnancy Related Issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Sexuality, Stress, Work Related Issues.

Paula also has extensive experience working within the emergency services, therefore having a good understanding of the challenges and trauma that can often present as a result of the nature of the work within this kind of environment.

Paula utilises her knowledge, skills & training from, Eye Movement Desensitising Reprocessing (EMDR). Grief & Bereavement Counselling O.A. Dip. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Dip (CBT). Advanced Creative Therapy. Certificate in Couples Counselling and Mindfulness. Therefore, offering a comprehensive range of techniques to support clients through their journey.

Other interests in her continual professional development have been Brain Injury Awareness, Child Protection, Domestic Abuse, Suicide Awareness/Prevention, and Neurodiversity such as Autism, Dyslexia, and Dyscalculia.

Paula works with adults individually as well as offering couples therapy and is also able to offer Clinical Supervision.

  Anxiety  Depression  EMDR PTSD Mindfulness

Matthew Ganda:  Psychotherapist

Matthew is a UKCP registered family therapist. He is a member of the Institute of Family Therapy and the Association of Family Therapy. Matthew trained at The Tavistock Clinic. Until he took early retirement in July 2016, Matthew worked as a Consultant Family Therapist and Head of Family Therapy for North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust. Matthew works with generic emotional wellbeing and mental health issues as well as well as complex and specialist presentations resulting from adverse childhood experiences such as all forms of abuse, loss, trauma, exposure to parental conflict and domestic violence, parental mental illness etc. The after effects of adverse childhood experiences may include depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, eating disorders, aggression, anger problems, violence, low self-esteem, addictions, self-harm, etc

In addition to clinical work, Matthew also works as an expert witness in child care proceedings, teaches and trains family therapists at the Institute of Family Therapy, offers clinical supervision and consultation to other mental health workers and offers systemic coaching.

Family Therapy

Sue Thompson: Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Solution Focused Hypnotherapist 

I am a UKCP registered Integrative Child/Adolescent Psychotherapist (MA) (IATE) and Counsellor (HND).  I have extensive experience working with children, young people and adults in a range of clinical settings; NHS,  Adult mental health and Primary care, Local Authority Looked after children, Youth Services, Private / Voluntary sector.

 I have a special interest in attachment and trauma using the Arts as a medium to promote growth, healing, transformation and change with children who have a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. As part of my ongoing professional development I am also undertaking further training in the field of EMDR. 

Hannah Taylor: Accredited EMDR Practitioner. Dip HE RN (Mental Health)

Hannah is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with over 15 years' experience in both the NHS and private sector. Specialist areas worked in include child & adolescent services, Eating Disorders and postnatal depression. She has most recently worked in an NHS inpatient service working with people with depression, anxiety, psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Accredited EMDR practitioner with the EMDR Association UK & Ireland. Diploma, Practitioner skills for Eating Disorders. Certificate of credit, Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Anxiety Depression  EMDR PTSD

Lorraine Bacon: Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist - BA (hons) Counselling Studies & Mental Health, Dip HE Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy.

I am a qualified & experienced Person-Centred Counsellor who specialises in Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy. The principle of my approach is to create the opportunity to build a trusting 'Therapeutic Relationship’.

I specialize in working with either individuals or couples who are experiencing relationship problems, being communication breakdown resulting in disconnection within the relationship, also Sexual identity, Intimacy Issues, Fetishism, Infidelity, Libido loss, Sexual difficulties, Sexual Addiction or Sexual Dysfunctions such as:

  • Loss of desire/interest
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Vaginismus (Involuntary spasm of the circumvaginal muscles)
  • Dyspareunia (female) (Pain with sexual intercourse/penetration)
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Orgasmic Disorder

I am a full member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and I abide by their code of ethics.


Laura Fulcher MA.:  Dip.Sup. UKCP Accred. MBACP, PGCE

Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Laura graduated in 2010 from  Terapia/ Middlesex University where she gained an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling for Children and Young People.   Since then she has worked as a counsellor in schools, bereavement support, private practice and CAMHS.   She has worked with young people for over 30 years as she was previously a supply teacher in mainstream and special schools.  She is used to working wiith children with learning difficulties such as ASD.

As an integrative therapist Laura uses the methods that best fit her client.  Younger children often like to work in a sand tray with model animals or use paint, puppets, clay and other materials to express their feelings and concerns.  Some teenagers use drawing or music to express themselves,  as well as face to face talking.  Laura offers consultation to parents and carers and can work with them as a direct way of supporting the child.

Laura has a Diploma in Supervision.

Family Therapy Anxiety Depression OCD

Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy

Carol Termezi : Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor

BACP Registered Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor.

Carol has worked with children and teenagers in various capacities for many years, particularly in supporting children with special educational needs. More recently she has worked within both primary and secondary schools providing individual counselling sessions to pupils, as well as running mindfulness-based stress management groups. Much of this work has been through an organisation that supports children and teenagers from families where there is, or has been issues around drug and alcohol abuse. She is a strong believer in working in partnership with parents for the best outcomes for the child and their family. Carol offers both short term, solution focused work as well as longer term counselling/therapy.

Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Depression Anxiety

Julian Hayes

Julian Hayes : Integrative Psychotherapist. BA (Hons), Integ, Psy, Dip CBT, NLP, Comp

Julian is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist & Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, with a wide range of experience working within the NHS, Private and voluntary sectors, providing counselling and psychotherapy for clients with diverse backgrounds and needs.

He is currently working in private practice and as a psychological advisor to 'Help for Heroes'. He is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

The therapeutic approach Julian incorporates is an integrative compassionate mind approach, this mean that he has trained and practiced in a variety of different psychological and psychical approaches that aim to assist people in finding their way through their current and historical difficulties. As humans we all experience difficulties throughout our lives, at some point we may feel it of benefit to seek specialist support as a way of improving our quality of life and relationships, this is where his approach provides the flexibility to see people as individuals who currently seek to improve their  experience of life.

Julian works with many varied issues but has a special interest in the study of gender and gender differences, relationships, sex and porn addiction, drug and alcohol abuse and the impact of ill health on people’s lives.

Addiction  Anxiety  Depression Psychosexual


Dr Birgit Vote: BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Psychologist

Birgit came to Psychology in 2002 and received a MSc in Psychology from the University of Goettingen in Germany. She has completed a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in the UK, which specialised in CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). Birgit is an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, and is accredited by the BABCP to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner and a Schema Therapist working towards certification.

She offers individualised psychological interventions for depression and anxiety problems and therapy for complex trauma, anger and stress management, work issues, grief/loss and relationship problems. She has worked with a wide variety of people, from all walks of life and ages and background in different therapeutic settings including private practice, within the NHS and the not-for-profit sector.  

Birgit is also registered with the following health insurance providers: AXA, Bupa, and Aviva. 

PTSD  Anxiety Depression OCD Eating Disorders  EMDR

Mags Aldridge: BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Mags is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and has worked for a variety of different mental health services within the NHS for over 15 years.

Mags is able to work with people experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties including Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Disorder. Mags has a particular interest in working with those who may have experienced re-current depressive episodes and anxiety which may be linked to issues of low self-esteem.

She has more recently specialised in providing individual treatment and group reflective practice for those who worked within Health and Social Care Services during the Covid 19 Pandemic. She is also experienced in writing and presenting Webinars and Training Sessions both for those who are experiencing mental health difficulties themselves and those wish to enhance their knowledge to support others in their own practice.

Mags has supervised a number of Trainee CBT Therapists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners through her roles within the NHS.

PTSD  Anxiety Depression OCD

Deborah Malster: BACP Accredited Psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner

Deborah is an experienced qualified integrative and existential psychotherapist, counsellor and EMDR practitioner. She has experience of supporting both older adults and young adults (18-24) within the NHS, private, public and voluntary sectors since 2000 and as a counsellor since 2010.

Deborah works with clients who have experienced or experiencing trauma, abuse, disability, depression, anxiety, acute, chronic and terminal illness, ageing, bereavement, low self-esteem, low confidence, bullying, relationship issues, work concerns and stress. Deborah is also interested in supporting clients who are wanting to explore their purpose and meaning in life.

Deborah is a Bupa healthcare professional.

Deborah is an accredited and registered member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

PTSD  Anxiety Depression EMDR

Kevin Amazona: Registered Mental Health Nurse, PgDip CYP-IAPT CBT.

Kevin has worked for the NHS children's mental health services over the past 8 years.

Kevin has been trained to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy to children, adolescents and adults to help them manage their difficulties. Kevin has worked with people who present with generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and self-harm.

PTSD  Anxiety Depression OCD

DrJack Hawksley : Clinical Psychologist. PsychD, CPsychol.

Jack is a clinical psychologist and therapist. He's worked in the NHS and other mental health services for over a decade, and has worked with most psychological problems with a broad range of clients. Jack is trained in a variety of approaches including psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, IPT and EMDR. And takes care to adapt his work according to what is most useful and makes most sense to his clients.

Jack is a chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC and BPS. He is also an accredited practitioner of EMDR Europe and IPT-UK.

  Anxiety  Depression  EMDR PTSD Addiction