The team members listed on this page are Headstrong team members, QHPs who are responsible for the clinical aspects of the service and CPD supervisors who work with trainees to enhance their counselling skills.Join Supervisor Team
Dr. Anne-Sophie Bammens
Anne-Sophie is a HCPC accredited Counselling Psychologist. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Westminster University, a MSc in developmental psychology from the Anna Freud Centre, UCL, a MA from the faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College, London, and a doctorate in counselling psychology. She has worked as a counsellor at Mind Hammersmith & Fulham, the CNWL NHS Trust, Amber Family Services, Women & Girls Network, and Place2Be. Anne-Sophie founded Headstrong in February 2019.
Kerry is a trained integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with over 20 years experience in the counselling profession. In private practice, she works predominately with adult survivors of sexual abuse, and the complexities of trauma. She holds an interest in exploring, and developing a counselling relationship with Dementia clients. Kerry has also been an Integrative counselling trainer and lecturer for over 17 years in a Higher Education college.
Paulo is an Existential psychotherapist. He holds a BA in Social Communication and is post-graduated in Integrative Psychotherapy. Before joining Headstrong, Paulo worked for Mind and for the RNIB – Royal National Institute for Blind People. Paulo works with complex clients affected by problems such as borderline personality disorder, severe anxiety, severe depression, trauma, sexual abuse and gender issues. He is particularly interested in the use of Existential Analysis with individuals living with personality disorders as well as in the rehabilitation of individuals affected by physical disablement. One of Paulo's main interest is in the role that philosophy plays in therapy. For that, he is specializing in Existential Analysis, with studies and research on Existential Phenomenology. Paulo is also a guest speaker at the SEA, Society for Existential Analysis.
Lesley is a COSRT, (College of Sex & Relationship Therapist) Senior accredited Psychosexual Therapist and registered Supervisor. She specialises in Sex/porn/love addiction and paraphilias/ fetishes such as transvestism and she is a qualified member of ATSAC, (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity). Ten years ago she gained a certificate in Online counselling and is a member of ACTO, (Association of Counsellors & Therapists Online). She has undertaken all the training that StopSO, (Stop sexual offending) offered prior to their new Professional certificate being launched. Lesley works with individuals that can struggle to keep sexual activities within the UK legal system. She also works with individuals & couples of any gender/sexual identity and has undertaken training to be Kink aware and Kink friendly. She has worked directly in people facing roles for more than 40 years, first as a Registered General Nurse, specialising in Intensive Care Nursing, cardiac surgery in particular. She worked for Relate as a Psychosexual Therapy student and then worked for Turning Point Scotland as a Counsellor with the DTTO (Drug Testing & Treatment Order) team. Lesley worked for Relationships Scotland for 10 years and now works as a Psychotherapist for Newcastle university students, experiencing Mental Health problems and has a small private practice in the Scottish Borders. She holds a level 7, (level 11 in Scotland) Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Supervision. Lesley continues to strive for ‘no blame, no shame’ in all relationships and works with Compassion, (one of her interests) to help people combat self-criticism and shame. She is able to work Online anywhere in the UK and worldwide
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Dan is a Psychotherapist integrating psychodynamic and humanistic approaches with mindfulness. His work with teenagers and adults is fuelled by time spent living and working in a mindfulness-based community in Southeast Asia. It was there that Dan started volunteering in local communities to improve awareness around drug and alcohol addiction and teach sex education to teens and young adults living in the mountain regions of the Golden Triangle. This involved supporting those suffering with their mental health who have no access to support from elsewhere. Having gained a strong personal practice and understanding of specific areas of Eastern Philosophy, Dan spent time working in a private addiction hospital and a public support service in London where he furthered his interest in encouraging those seeking support to explore avenues that may have been unknown or inaccessible. Now working with both teenagers and adults presenting with a variety of issues, Dan also heads up Headstrong’s interview and applications team and promotes accessibility to Headstrong’s counselling service and placements in the midlands, and Scotland where he is a Service Director.
Annette is an Integrative Psychotherapist with 14 years’ experience working with children, young adults, and adults, in a variety of settings. Now in Private Practice, Annette derives great satisfaction from facilitating individuals to explore their issues and achieve their goals. Working with both short and long-term clients from diverse backgrounds, she utilises her knowledge, life experience and creativity to resolve a wide range of concerns. Annette is a BACP member.
Nicola is an Integrative Psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience, is accredited by the BACP, has a BA in Counselling and is an experienced clinical supervisor. Nicola is the Business Development Manager at a private therapy practice in Sheffield where she also works as a therapist as well as working as an assessment counsellor with a charity that supports clients who have experienced rape and sexual trauma. Nicola's Supervision experience includes working with anti-trafficking agencies and probation services. She currently offers staff counselling to the Fire Service and the South Yorkshire Housing Association. Much of Nicola's experience as a therapist is in working with trauma and clients who experience psychosomatic symptoms.
Amanda is is an accredited counsellor and supervisor with the BACP, she holds a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, and a supervision qualification to support her clinical supervision work. She has 12 plus years of working within the NHS as a primary care counsellor and during this time she gained an additional qualification in Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression, which is a NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recognised qualification for working with depression and she is currently studying to complete the specific supervisor qualification to supervise in this model. As well as supporting a private practice she is also working as an assessor for trainee counsellors who are undertaking the Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression training with The Metanoia Institute
Chris is a BACP accredited integrative counsellor/psychotherapist with over thirteen years of experience. In addition to her training in integrative clinical supervision, she is a qualified supervisor of Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (CfD). She has an MA in Communication, Culture and Society and is also a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and COSRT registered psychosexual therapist. Chris's supervision experience includes working with trainee and qualified counsellors and therapists in the NHS, voluntary sector and privately. As well as running a private practice working with a diverse caseload of individuals and relationships, she has previously worked as a senior therapist in the NHS and as a counsellor in a drug and alcohol service. Chris is also a tutor on introduction to counselling courses and holds the post of honorary teaching fellow at University College London. She has a passion for learning and self-development and enjoys supporting clients and therapists in their journeys of growth, development and insight.
Hycinth Taylor originally trained in person-centred therapy which has now expanded to a more integrative style, working with a diverse client group. Hycinth has worked in counselling organisations since 1995, with Counselling Psychotherapy gained in 1999. She is a UK registered Mindfulness teacher, providing mindfulness courses and workshops to Schools, Organisations and individuals, registered with the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches. Hycinth recently completed training as a Mindfulness Based IAPT supervisor. She is a registered member of the BACP.
Charmain is a qualified BSc Hons Integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor and Integrative Supervisor. Charmain has a small private practice and provides supervision for individuals, and groups. She works with both adults and adolescents, in counselling and other professional areas. Charmain has a professional interest in sex and pornography addiction, to help others into recovery, working through past attachment difficulties, trauma, shame, guilt and relationship fragmentation. She is a registered Member of BACP, UKCP (accredited) and accredited with ACC.
Linda is a Clinical Supervisor, qualified Integrative Psychotherapist and Accredited Member of BACP. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In addition to her work with Headstrong, Linda has a busy private practice where she provides clinical supervision and provides Psychotherapy for adults, including couples and student Counsellors, and young people and has provided Counselling to children from 5 years of age onwards in educational settings. Linda’s career began working with vulnerable communities including families and individuals experiencing trauma, homelessness, abuse and mental health issues in Scotland. She had many years’ experience working abroad in the corporate world managing and mentoring support staff before qualifying as a Psychotherapist in the UK. Linda’s approach is collaborative, using her knowledge of theories which are relationship focussed to support clients in bringing about change.
Eleni Kypridemos has an MA in Psychotherapy research and practice, PGCert in Clinical Supervision (Level7) and is an accredited BACP member. Integratively trained and drawing on psychodynamic, person-centred and mentalisation models of working. Eleni has 18yrs of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults experience and a specific interest in sexual violence, faith based abuse and unconscious bias in the therapeutic relationship. Eleni currently works from her private practice in Birmingham with adults, couples and high profile clients and supervises a spectrum of therapists and allied mental health professionals, from trainees to CEOs. Eleni also has specific training in several other models of working including single session therapy, solution focus brief therapy and always works in a trauma informed way. When not working, Eleni can be found building her homestead and blogging about nature and paradoxically, couture!
Bo is a senior accredited practitioner with twenty-one years unbroken practice working with children, adolescents, and adults. Bo has worked within the education sector counselling clients at primary and secondary school, and at college and university. Bo has also worked for ten years in the NHS, and for the last twenty-one years in private practice. Bo has experience of working therapeutically with a diverse range of clinical issues both in terms of short-term and long-term clinical contracts. Bo also has a great deal of experience providing clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and to those in training and has experience of providing individual and group clinical supervision sessions. Over the last nine years, Bo has been working in both primary and secondary schools providing in-person and online counselling to children aged between 5 and 19 years old. Alongside this, and over the last seventeen years, Bo has managed a counselling service in a college managing a team of up to twenty counsellors providing counselling to students and staff studying and working at the college. Over the last twenty-one years Bo has been working in private practice, providing in-person and online counselling to children, young people and adults presenting with a wide range of personal, emotional and social issues. Here, Bo has worked to both time-limited (between four and six sessions) and long-term contracts. Bo has also undertaken work for a number of EAPs but currently works as a freelance counsellor providing counselling to clinical staff at Airedale District NHS Trust. In the past, Bo has worked for Keighley and Craven Relate – in their young people’s service working with 11-18-year-olds, as well as co-facilitating therapeutic groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Since 2011, Bo has provided clinical supervision to individuals and groups, and this has included staff engaged in a broad spectrum of work including Social Services staff as well as trainee counsellors studying for the Diploma level and MA qualification at Leeds Beckett University and Leeds University. Currently, Bo also provides clinical supervision to counsellors working at Mable Therapy, an organisation offering online therapy to school-age children across the UK. Bo has provided group supervision to two groups of counsellors working with bereaved children for CRUSE and for Hand in Hand - a project working with young people at risk of sexual exploitation and currently runs two supervision groups for counsellors working within a college setting.
Dr Russ Hargreaves
Russ qualified over a decade ago as an Integrative Counsellor and is accredited by the BACP. His therapeutic career started in a busy London hospital, working with cancer patients and their families. He has since worked in the hospice sector with patients with a life limiting illness. Throughout the pandemic, Russ worked with clients experiencing trauma, largely due to covid-related death. He also counsels couples following the death of a baby or child. Russ has been offering individual and group supervision to therapists since 2018 and runs a busy private practice, as well as continuing to supervise doctors and nurses in both the NHS and at Macmillan Cancer Support.
Daniel is a registered MBACP Pluralistic therapist with an MSc in Counselling from Abertay University in Dundee. He completed his counselling placements at Headstrong and Govan HELP, a small family support charity based in one of the most deprived areas in the UK. As a counsellor he has particular experience of working with lone parents, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBTQIA+ clients, and he has previously worked in youth work, outdoor education, and funeralcare. While on placement at Headstrong Daniel volunteered and worked in various roles in the assessment and triage team before becoming Headstrong's Service Manager in September 2023. Outside of Headstrong Daniel is a Counselling Skills tutor at the University of Aberdeen, volunteers as a counsellor at Govan HELP, and is involved in various projects with charitt organisations in Scotland's Central Belt. Away from counselling he lives with his wife and their rescue dog, collects piles of unread books and has an unhealthy obsession with Katmai National Park's Fat Bear Week.
Loredana is BACP Accredited and has practiced as a clinical supervisor since 2011, when she attained a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision for Counselling, Psychotherapy and Related Professions. She has extensive experience of working with both trainees and accredited counsellors practicing within different modalities. As well as counsellors/therapists she has supervised individuals working in other helping professions, such as helpline advisors and professionals working within health settings. Loredana’s approach is Humanistic Integrative. She favours the theoretical model of Hawkins & Shohet. Inskipp & Proctor’s creative approach has also been influential in her formation as a clinical supervisor. Loredana has worked for different charities and mental health organisations since she completed her first Diploma training in Counselling in 2001. In the past 13 years she has combined a clinical role with a managerial position in a counselling service of a large national charity. As a component of this latter role, she has offered clinical supervision to volunteer counsellors and external counsellors, both individually and in a group format.
Simone is a UKCP and BACP registered Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist who has completed a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (research viva pending). Simone has decades of experience supporting university students on accredited Psychology and health professions courses as a Senior Lecturer and Tutor. She has worked in the NHS and in Special Education as a Speech and Language Therapist, developing patient care, service delivery and staff training, and has an ongoing research interest in language (diversity) and mental health. She has worked as a group and individual psychological therapist in social enterprises and charities with clients with a wide range of mental health needs, and also maintains some work in acute psychiatry. Simone’s approach to therapy starts from a Humanistic and Existential perspective, whilst being informed by Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory, as well as neuropsychology. She includes elements of Compassion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, CBT and EMDR depending on client needs. Simone is a keen life-long learner. She likes to supervise in a warm and empowering way, using her enthusiasm for learning and her sensitivity to diverse life experiences.
Temi Towry Coker
Temi is a BACP accredited supervisor and psychotherapist with over ten years experience in clinical practice. She has worked as a counsellor for charities such as Marie Stopes International and Childline, as and as supervisor and trainer for SANE, one of the leading mental health charities in the UK. She also has experience counselling people with a wide range of emotional and mental health issues in various settings in the public sector, prisons, and psychiatric units. Her aim is to continuously develop herself personally and professionally whilst empowering others to find meaning in their lives.
Carmen is an Italian Chartered Psychologist, registered with The British Psychological Society and the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She holds First Class Honours BSc and MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Naples Federico II and a Diploma as Lacanian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Freudian Institute in Rome. She is also trained in a variety of evidence-based psychological therapies , such as CBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Systemic Therapy. She has worked in a variety of private and public contexts, focusing on working with clients with severe mental health disorders. She currently works for a private London clinic offering short and long term therapy programs to children, young people, adults and couples.
Cholena is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist & Supervisor. She is endorsed to supervise by the European Association of Transactional Analysts (EATA) & the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). She holds an MA in Counselling Studies (Nottingham University), an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Middlesex University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Middlesex University). She has been involved in delivering personality disorder training from Awareness level to MSc and has an MSc in Working with people with personality disorder (Open University). She was also awarded an Honorary Master of the Open University for her contribution to the field of personality disorder in 2019. Cholena currently works in private practice and in a freelance capacity as a supervisor working with police officers in high-risk roles. She is attached to a Transactional Analysis Registered Training Establishment and is on the Quality Assurance Team. She also marks assignments for the Institute and runs their Diploma Exams twice a year.
Dee Albert is a UKCP Accredited Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist of British Caribbean descent. Currently studying towards a Diploma in Integrative Supervision. Dee provides a space for process and supervision to enhance practise through an Integrative, Transcultural, Relational lens. Her holistic approach to supervision encourages people to bring their whole self to a space where they can observe, and learn through the movement of their work. As well as providing exploration of emerging themes when working with racism, diversity and spirituality in the therapeutic space.
Androulla Troisi is a senior accredited psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for individuals and groups. Androulla is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has over 30 year experience working in the field, her speciality is supervision of professionals working with bereavement and loss - and working with Children and Adolescents both in educational settings and privately. Androulla works in various organisations; public, charities, in private practice and private health care, she has worked with the aftermath of trauma and loss, including the 7/7 Bombings and The Grenfell Project. Androulla also trained and supervised other psychotherapists for the BACP Pilot Scheme for the NHS IAPT Counselling for the Depressed program, she also sits on the exam board for major psychotherapy training institutions. Androulla is fluent in English, Greek and Italian.
Toni Byrne is a psychotherapist, MBACP, with 10yrs experience of working with adults therapeutically in a variety of settings including Private, Voluntary, Education and the Health Service. She has BA in Psychology, Post- graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis, trained in working with PTSD and qualified as a bereavement counsellor with Cruse. She is a qualified clinical supervisor (CPCAB} supervising staff at working for Age UK and Beechwood Cancer Care Centre. Qualified as an assertiveness trainer [Redwood National Association] and as a mediator, Toni has worked with women experiencing domestic violence, with women’s development programmes and organisations/ individuals that are challenging/ experiencing bullying and harassment. As a learning and development professional she delivers sessions on mental health awareness, stress management , diversity and inclusion and emotional intelligence. Toni works with both short term and long term clients in a collaborative manner using an integrative approach. As a supervisor she supports and challenges counsellors to promote their self awareness, their professional development and their ability to work competently and confidently with a range of clients.
Martina is an NCS Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor trained in both Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches and qualified in Integrative Supervision. She has worked for the NHS IAPT team, community counselling settings and private practice for five years. Prior to this, she was working in various community and statutory settings with children, young people, adults, and families for twelve years. Martina is currently a counsellor at The Royal Academy of Music and Black Minds Matter charity and practicing privately. Martina is also a mentor at BAATN, supporting students on psychotherapeutic programmes of study. As well as counselling and psychotherapy, Martina enjoys working within communities and has an interest in working with young people and transcultural and intergenerational factors within psychotherapy. Martina trained at Birkbeck University, London.
Dr Ariele Noble
Ariele Noble, PsychD. C.Psychol. is an HCPC-registered Counselling Psychologist Chartered with the British Psychologist Society. She is the lead Research Psychologist at Mental health Innovations and has worked for years as a researcher in medical healthcare. More recently, she has been a Clinical Supervisor and Designated Safeguarding Lead for Shout. Ariele has published on the use of personal therapy in psychotherapeutic training and practice.
Allison is a BACP accredited Counsellor with over 20 years’ experience. She is a Integrative Supervisor, wife and mother. Half of her Private Practice work is spent working with long term clients, many of which have complex needs. She works with Individuals, Young People and Couples and enjoys all aspects of each. The other aspect of her Private Practice work is contract Solution Focussed Therapy. she receives referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes and a counselling provision working specifically with racialised communities. Outside of this she also leads a small online Supervision group. Allison is Person Centred in her approach to Counselling and Supervision.
Gemma Thorley has over 10 years’ experience of delivering CBT and counselling across a number of different sectors. She gained her full accreditation as a CBT therapist with the BABCP in 2009 and has worked in Primary care mental health and Nottinghamshire healthcare Psychotherapy service offering longer term treatment. More recently, she has been working in the private sector supporting employees to return to work as part of their occupational health service. She now runs her own private practice, taking self-referrals. Gemma has also completed her Masters in Person Centred Psychotherapy and uses this to compliment her CBT practice to build a therapy plan which is suited to each client’s needs based on the best evidence base. Gemma has 5 years’ experience as a team leader in a CBT service in the private sector. Ensuring good clinical practice in her team through: case management, personal development and support. Her specialist interests are Anxiety based disorders; panic, worry and OCD.
Dr George Varvatsoulias
Dr George Varvatsoulias is a BPS chartered psychologist, an applied psychology supervisor registered with the BPS, a registered psychologist specialising in psychotherapy with the BPS, a BABCP accredited CBT practitioner and supervisor and an IAPT supervisor. He’s got a wealth of experience supervising trainees and practitioners according to the CBT rationale, applied psychology tenets and IAPT high intensity processes. He’s got a record of publications of 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 books and 68 citations to his work. Papers to download and citations to his work can be found through Academia, Google Scholar and at various sites of psychological interest to human mental difficulties.
Cesare is a Registered Member of the BACP and is an Integrative Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor, having trained with the NHS through Inter-Psyche and Bedonwell Training, respectively. He is also a Registered member of BAMBA and is a Mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living Teacher and Mindfulness Supervisor. Cesare has been training and working in the field of mental health since 2012 and currently works as a Counsellor and Supervisor in full time private practice as well as running courses and workshops about Mental Health and Mindfulness within the public, private and third sectors. As well as private practice, Cesare has experience working as a Counsellor for young adults in further education and with adults in drug and alcohol services within HM’s Prisons. He has been engaging in peer supervision since 2015 and has worked with trainee and qualified Counsellors at Ellenor Hospice and within his private practice as a Clinical Supervisor. Prior to working in this field he worked in education, training and employability skills with adults and as a secondary school teacher. Cesare is also an Associate Mindfulness Teacher with Tenterden Mindfulness Group, delivering mindfulness courses to NHS Primary Care staff, and is co-founder plus Mindful Running Coach with RUN:ZEN, delivering mindful running workshops and training to the public and in organisations for greater all round wellbeing. His study and practice of mindfulness began in 2008 under the direction of world renowned teachers and continues to this day.
Dr Amirah Iqbal
Amirah is a HCPC accredited Counselling Psychologist. She has further training in Family and Systemic training, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and EMDR. She has worked in the National Health Service, the charity sector, within the local authority and now within private practice. She works with adults, children and families and works with clients from diverse backgrounds. Amirah supervises trainee therapists and qualified psychologists working in the NHS and voluntary sectors. Her interests are centred on issues of Intersectionality, working with and supporting marginalised groups, as well as specialising in trauma.
Dr Mandeep Kaur
Mandeep is a HCPC accredited Senior Counselling Psychologist, qualified Counsellor and EMDR Therapist with a BPS accredited Supervision qualification. Mandeep has over thirteen years clinical and research experience in Primary and Secondary Care and has a published paper in the 2009 peer journal titled 'BPS Clinical Psychology and people with a Learning Disability’. Mandeep has vast experience in working therapeutically (psychological assessments and interventions) with clients on a one-to-one and group basis across the lifespan (Older Adults, Adults, Children and Young People, Learning Disability, Specialist Autism Service) within multi-disciplinary settings (NHS and Private) including Staff Counselling. She has also provided teaching, consultation and supervision to other professionals, trainees, and Assistant Psychologists. Additionally, she is trained in EMDR and specialist Autism diagnosis tools such as ADOS and ADI-R.
Ebi is a MBACP Integrative counsellor in private practice working with Better Help and Phoenix Counselling Services, Brixton. She have trained across Person Centred Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, Transactional Analysis Theory and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She incorporates Mindfulness and Energy Tools for trauma into my practice. Ebi is also a NLP coach interested in championing career development. Her CPPD interests include ensuring space and time are given to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the counselling and psychotherapy profession. Ebi would describe her supervision style as relational, humorous and congruent! Having further trained in Online and Telephone Counselling and Supervision she is able to work with supervisees looking to develop and increase their Online and Telephone practice as well as practitioners that work face to face. The supervision modalities Ebi works with are the 7 Eyed Model and the Integrative Developmental Model. Ebi feels the combination of these two models attend to the needs of the client and the supervisee. Client welfare and positive therapeutic outcomes occur side by side with Counsellor confidence and competence. Supervision is the space where all three dynamics meet and create new possibilities.
Jinny Gupta is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, who holds an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ADIP) from Regent’s University, London and a Master’s in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from the University of Nottingham. Drawing on her abiding interest in the intersection of psychology and spirituality, she has trained in the Mindfulness and Meditation tradition as a student and teacher. She brings forward the practices of mindfulness and compassion to her work. In addition to running a private practice, she has worked at Mind Hammersmith & Fulham, the West London NHS Trust, Ealing Abbey Counselling Service and West London Centre for Counselling. Prior to psychotherapy, she worked as an Economist and Healthcare advisor for more than a decade in the government and private sector in India, Malawi and Iceland.
Carly is a Clinical Supervisor and Play and Creative Arts Therapist specializing in post adoption therapy, trauma and therapeutic group work. Carly’s career path has included working in restorative justice with adult male offenders in prison, setting up young parents and outreach groups for the youth service and leading parenting programmes which all led to her passion in supporting children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing to avoid exclusion and entering the criminal justice system. Carly was appointed as the first Specialist Leader in Education for Mental Health for two teaching schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of all children, young people and staff across the multi-academy trusts. Carly has a background in law and specialized in family law and criminology. She is the author of research studies focusing on therapy in schools and has written extensive case studies on play therapy in school and its efficacy, participating in national research. Now in private practice, Carly currently provides supervision to Designated Safeguarding Leads and Senior Leadership teams in education and clinical supervision to therapists in private practice. She works with children, young people and adults using an integrated, holistic play and creative arts approach to support a wide range of concerns. Carly is currently studying her 200hr Yoga teacher Training and is passionate about how somatic movement and meditation through yoga practice can support her clients in mind body healing. Carly is a BACP member.
Abbie is a BACP accredited Integrative-Relational Counsellor. She has been providing counselling services to both adults and adolescents since 2017. She has experience of working across a range of settings including; NHS primary care, the charity sector, secondary schools, and further education. Abbie’s approach to counselling is underpinned by both psychodynamic and person- centred principles. Her professional qualifications include a BA (hons) in Integrative-Relational Counselling, a conversion Diploma in Adolescent and School counselling (Metanoia Institute) and a Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Groups and Individuals. She offers clinical supervision to both trainee and qualified counsellors. The model of supervision Abbie works within is the seven eyed supervision model, which places importance on seven key aspects of the therapeutic process through a holistic and relational lens.
Annalisa is a BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist, who holds a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from The Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London and a Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. Her preferred modality is Transpersonal, however her approach is Integrative, having studied a variety of therapeutic interventions. Since 2017, she has also trained in several energy medicine techniques and has been facilitating mindfulness and meditation groups. In addition to running a private practice both as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, she works as part of the Counselling and Mental Health Team at the University of Northampton, where she offers short term counselling to students. Throughout the years she has worked with a number of clients presenting a variety of issues, from eating disorders to depression, from panic attacks to self-harm, from low self-esteem to anger management, from childhood abuse to offending behaviour and complex trauma. She has experience of working short and long term with young people as well as adults. Prior to her counselling career, Annalisa worked as a Probation Officer in London and as an Interpersonal Violence Community Officer for Northamptonshire County Council.
Carleen is a qualified Supervisor and a member of and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She resides in Birmingham, trained in Psychotherapy and Person-Centred theory, however she practices inclusively with supervisees and clients. She has experience working with trauma, mental health, those with Autism and learning disabilities, Asylum seekers and refugees. She is dedicated when working with creative and play therapy, CBT, Gestalt, Solution focused and Psychodynamic interventions. Calreen works with children, young people and adults.
Louise Hiles is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, who holds an MSc and Diploma in Psychotherapy from Newman University and Northern Guild Psychotherapy & Counselling. As a practitioner she offers in depth and short term work. She is also an EMCC accredited Coach Practitioner. As a relational integrative psychotherapist she offers a tailored approach for each individual client and within this framework draws upon many approaches including her core model of Transactional Analysis. She is skilled at working creatively with clients using a variety of techniques such as sandtray, guided imagery and body work. Clients tell her she provides a warm, calm, and professional space where they feel safe to explore, heal and grow through the therapeutic process. She has clinical experience in both the NHS, including an Occupational Health setting, and private practice with a broad spectrum of presenting issues. In recent years she has worked as a psychotherapy skills and course tutor and has a great deal of experience offering therapy to trainee therapists. Louise holds a Certificate in Clinical Supervision from Northern Guild Psychotherapy & Counselling and is currently completing her Diploma in Clinical Supervision which will allow her to join the UKCP register of supervisors.
A BACP Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist since November 2006, I have vast experience in the field of counselling. I co-ordinated a generic counselling service within a further education college for over 10 years, have counselled in a GPs surgery, and a complementary medicine clinic. I have also operated a private practice for over 7 years, and now run my own private practice. I have also worked as a salaried counsellor within 2 different Universities, working with students. I am qualified to Advanced Diploma in Casework Supervision, and have been practicing as a supervisor since 2006, having worked with both qualified and trainee counsellors, and other complementary therapists. My background is person-centred, and I now practice integratively, using cognitive behavioural, and psychodynamic approaches, where appropriate.
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor. I am extremely passionate about helping and supporting others on their counselling journey, which is the reason I have become a Counselling Supervisor. I can offer a supportive and encouraging space for supervisees to reflect upon their clinical work and professional development and share my expertise and experience with them.I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, bereavement and I have been professionally trained in a variety of counselling theories/therapeutic approaches. This means I can tailor our sessions to your individual needs. Outside of my private practice I am currently working with a Rape and Sexual Abuse charity. I have worked as a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer for a number of years and I have also worked in a Primary School as a Place2Be counsellor.
I am a dedicated Integrative Counsellor with a passion for supporting individuals on their journey to healing and personal growth. With years of experience in the field, I bring a blend of expertise that spans several key areas in mental health and counselling, with a strong focus on clinical supervision. My commitment to understanding and supporting neurodiverse individuals drives my work, creating a safe and nurturing space for all clients. I am also deeply committed to providing LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, ensuring that individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientations find an inclusive and judgment-free environment. Experienced in trauma-informed therapy, I assist clients in healing from past traumatic experiences. Together, we embark on a journey towards recovery, resilience, and renewed hope. As a Integrative Clinical Supervisor, I provide invaluable guidance and support for the professional growth and development of counsellors and therapists. My mission is to help fellow professionals excel in their careers and make a lasting impact in the field of mental health. I have successfully collaborated with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers, including Catch Recovery and IAPT via Xyla Digital, to deliver online counselling services.
Sam Carrier is an experienced clinical supervisor and also a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practise. She works collaboratively, constructively and across a broad range of theoretical models. Sam is an accredited member of BACP. She holds a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and has been working in private practise for over 16 years. Sam also works as a consultant psychotherapist with NHS patients and staff teams, with particular expertise in Dissociative Disorders and complex trauma.
Tony is a Senior Accredited Psychotherapist with NCPS and BACP, having worked as a therapist in both agency and private practice settings across the past 14+ years. His supervision and therapy work cover both adults and young people, with a specialist research and practice interest in the areas of attachment, anxiety disorders, and psychosexual difficulties. Qualified as an Integrative Relational therapist (utilising the Clarkson framework), his practice incorporates both Humanistic and Psychodynamic principles, along with holding additional training and experience in CBT. Alongside his private practice, Tony currently works part time as Clinical Director at the Mindspace Foundation in Basingstoke, overseeing their community counselling service in addition to maintaining a portfolio of other freelance related counselling roles including as a lecturer, External Verifier/Assessor for CPCAB qualifications and contract accreditation assessor for BACP.
Margarita is a psychologist, with a master’s in Health and Clinical Psychology and registered with the HCPC and she holds a Chartered Status with the British Psychological Society. Margarita believes therapy should be a journey of self-discovery and not just a treatment of disorders... She offers an integrative model including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Therapy and Grief Therapy. She believes strongly that psychological interventions can make a significant and meaningful difference to the quality of people’s lives whether they are struggling with mental health difficulties or have just become stuck and want to find new ways to move forward in their personal lives, relationships or work. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and adults in Hospital settings, including NHS and Private practice. She is an international speaker and has been invited to more than 30 international conferences. She speaks fluent English and Spanish
Senior Clinical Practitioner
Jana (pronounced Yana) has over eight years of clinical experience in mental health and therapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and adults in NHS, private and third-sector settings. She is due to complete her viva in 2024 for her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of Manchester. Until this time, she is contracted by Headstrong as a Senior Clinical Practitioner. Jana is passionate about supporting racialised and marginalised individuals. As such she utilises a holistic approach that considers how intersecting identities and wider systemic factors such as migration and/or the State influence an individual’s life experiences. She aims to provide a validating space where each client is reminded of the innate tools, they possess to manage life’s challenges. Jana’s therapeutic style is one that is collaborative and pluralistic in nature. This means that she ‘works alongside’ each individual by placing importance on their needs whilst also adapting and drawing upon different approaches/theories to suit this. Jana has been trained within the Humanistic approach: Person-centred approach, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic approach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Jana believes there should be a degree of flexibility within therapy to account for each individual’s unique life experience and strives to mold each therapeutic experience to fit this ethos.