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Our Practicing Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors

Dr Micol Ascoli MBBS (Hons)

Dr Micol Ascoli MBBS (Hons)

Dr Micol Ascoli is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with extensive clinical experience of
psychotic and neurotic disorders, built over 20 years of work in the National Health Service, in Italy and in the United Kingdom.

She graduated Medical School in Italy in 1997 and completed her specialist training in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in 2002 at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome.

She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bergamo, Italy, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University, London, a founding member of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and she is the Chair of the Trustees of the Refugee Therapy Centre in London.

Based on her psychoanalytically and phenomenologically oriented psychiatric training, Micol sees mental illness of any kind as a fundamental pathology of liberty and a condition of loneliness. Her therapeutic ethos drives her towards helping patients to break free from the constraints of their conditions and achieve wellbeing, self-realisation and gratifying interpersonal relationships.

Dr Jeremy Beider MBBS MSc BSc MRCPsych

Dr Jeremy Beider MBBS MSc BSc MRCPsych

Dr Beider is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist. He has held senior clinical positions, employed as a Consultant Psychiatrist
within the NHS, providing clinical leadership to multi-disciplinary colleagues within Adult Assessment and Recovery Teams in London.

He is completing a research degree within the Sleep and Brain Plasticity Centre, in the Department of Neuroimaging, at the  Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London. He has a Bachelors’ degree in Philosophy and Medical Science, from Kings College London, a Medical Degree from the Royal Free & University College London Hospital, a Masters’ Degree from Glasgow University in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Beider has practicing privileges at the Nightingale Hospital in Central London and can admit patients under his care to the Nightingale Day Therapy, Inpatient, and Addiction programs.

Sharona Cohen BSc, PG Dip Counselling Psychology

Sharona Cohen BSc, PG Dip Counselling Psychology

Sharona began her studies in Psychology, seventeen years ago. She studied Undergraduate Psychology and Postgraduate
Counselling Psychology at City University. As part of her training, she has worked in a broad range of clinical settings, including both inpatient, and outpatient services. Sharona trained at the Hampstead Group GP practice, and North East London Mental Health trust amongst others, and more recently has practiced in community charities.

Sharona employs the integrative approach when offering therapy to her clients. Her preferred model is person-centred integrated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This means she creates a relationship in which her client feels secure, valued and understood in order to facilitate positive changes. However, having been trained in most models, she will adapt according to what she believes will suit the client best. She has attended many continuing professional development courses over the last decade, including couples counselling, panic attacks, and anxiety, to name but a few.

Sharona is particularly interested in working with couples and individuals experiencing relationship difficulties. She also specialises in post-natal depression.

Shai Dolinsky BA, MA (ADIP), UKCP

Shai Dolinsky BA, MA (ADIP), UKCP

Shai is a psychotherapist educated in Israel, New York and the UK. He trained at the renowned University of Essex’s Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at The Minster Centre, London. His work incorporates Psychoanalytic and Integrative approaches, primarily in a medium to long-term context.

A registered member of the UKCP (UK council for Psychotherapy), Shai specialises in the treatment of depression, anxiety and the personality difficulties which often accompany them. In the past he worked with an eating disorders charity and the Priory Group in Essex, and in recent years he has helped to establish an eating disorder service.

Shai works with both adolescents and adults and is fortunate to have worked in many clinical contexts, including inpatient and community settings, and in the voluntary, independent and NHS sectors.

With experience working with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and stress management, Shai’s approach centres on how people’s relationships and experiences have impacted their current situation, and how the development of a safe, containing alliance with a therapist can help to bring positive change and relief from distress.

Tom Elliot BSc, PgDip

Tom Elliot BSc, PgDip

Tom is a Counselling Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society registered with The Health and Care Professionals Council. He is also a fully accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist. He has over 20 years’ experience in mental health within the NHS and private sector.

Primarily, Counselling Psychology can be defined as the application of psychological knowledge, to the practice of counselling. Tom aims to provide a helping relationship and skilled treatment that focuses on an individual’s well-being and recovery from the more common as well as the more complex mental health problems.

 Tom’s core therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is a National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence (NIHCE) recommended treatment for a range of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as for personality disorders and trauma. He has also been trained in a range of adjunctive treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR). As such, he can tailor therapy to an individual’s need for either short or longer-term therapy.

Nabila El-Zanaty BSc PgDip

Nabila El-Zanaty BSc PgDip

Nabila is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT). She acquired a solid foundation in CBT at University College,
London (PgDip Low Intensity CBT), Royal Holloway University (PgDip High Intensity CBT) and Brunel University (BSc Psychology), which she has applied and developed in wide range of professional settings. She is a BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) accredited member.

She has worked in the NHS in both inpatient and community settings, prison services, education systems and charity organisations and has treated clients with a range of psychological difficulties. As a result of her experience she is able to quickly identify an individual’s needs and tailor a highly effective CBT treatment according to them.

The key principles of CBT are to identify and change unhelpful thinking and behaviours and find better ways of coping, thus resulting in improved mood. The approach is very practical and with a strong evidence base, the results are often quick and effective.

Having grown up in a mixed-ethnic environment, Nabila is very passionate about working with people from all backgrounds and can offer a non-judgemental, safe and compassionate therapy space. Nabila’s ethos is: ‘change your thoughts and you’ll change your world’.

Dr Sophia Gazla BSc, MRes, DCounsPsych, CPsychol

Dr Sophia Gazla BSc, MRes, DCounsPsych, CPsychol

Dr Gazla has a Masters in Psychology research from Bath University and went on to study at The University of the West of
England to complete the Doctorate of Counselling Psychology. Dr Gazla’s research interests focus on exploring theoretical processes and components that enhance psychological health and meaningful living, with consideration for how this can be applied within the therapy process.

Dr Gazla is trained in Person-centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy approaches. Dr Gazla has experience of working with individuals, as well as facilitating groups with adults and young people. Dr Gazla has worked in settings that include charities, the NHS, Any Qualified Providers and council services.

Dr Gazla’s therapeutic approach is best described as pluralistic. Rooted in Humanistic and Existential psychotherapy values, Dr Gazla places a great importance on developing a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship to work with clients’ hopes and needs for the therapy process. This may include offering a safe space for clients to express and explore their difficulties confidentially, to work relationally to better understand how past relationships have influenced present ways of interpreting and relating to others and the world, or to focus on developing helpful strategies and skills to improve wellbeing.

Dr Gazla draws upon contemporary ‘Third Wave’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques that can help to understand and reduce harmful behaviours and improve relationships with oneself and others, as well as foster psychological health and valued living. Dr Gazla applies these approaches to work effectively with issues such as anxiety, depression, eating issues, addiction, intrusive thoughts, harmful behaviours, medically unexplained symptoms, relationship problems, as well as general life challenges, in short-term or long-term therapy.

Elie Jesner MA (Cantab.), MA (Warw.), UKCP

Elie Jesner MA (Cantab.), MA (Warw.), UKCP

Elie is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of the Philadelphia Association.  He is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied Philosophy, and also of Warwick University, where he obtained an MA in Philosophy.

His approach borrows from both of these worlds, using the combined resources of philosophy and psychoanalysis to understand the unique situation of every individual. This may include relating to their early experiences and history together with their cultural and social situation. An appreciation for the complexity of life is at the core of his work.

As well as his studies, he brings a wide range of professional experience to his work.  He has worked in the financial markets, in the technology start-up environment, in adult and secondary school education and in informal youth work.  These diverse environments have helped him to develop a broad understanding of human nature, and makes him well placed to work with a wide range of clients.

Elie welcomes the opportunity to work with a wide range of issues, but is particularly well placed to help with anxiety, depression, career related stress, loss, divorce, and problems touching on religious or philosophical questions.

Elie is also a published writer, having written a number of articles relating to matters of psychology, politics and religion.

Lesley Ann Kalish MA (ADIP), UKCP

Lesley Ann Kalish MA (ADIP), UKCP

esley is a psychotherapist, couple counsellor and mediator, working with adolescents through to the elderly. She brings experience from consulting in an NHS outpatient unit of a psychiatric hospital, Sangam Association of Asian Women, Relate and The Jewish Marriage Council.

Lesley has worked in the voluntary sector with people from diverse backgrounds and all ethnicities, often suffering from physical or emotional abuse, trauma, grief and loss. She has also worked as a volunteer counsellor in primary schools, helping children manage bullying and low self-esteem.

Her work incorporates psychoanalytic and integrative approaches, primarily in a medium to long- term context or tailored to meet your needs. She will provide you with a safe, contained space with which to explore any difficulties you may be facing and help you bring about relief from distress.

Areas of her clinical expertise range from mild to moderate depression, anxiety, anger, addictions, bi-polar or borderline personality disorder. She has a special interest in neuroscience and neurobiology from a mind-body perspective and engages in regular continued professional development, ensuring she maintains a high level of clinical excellence.

Lesley is fully accredited and a registered member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and holds the following qualifications: MA Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents University London), ADIP (Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling) Regents University London, Intensive Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents University London), Relate Couple Counsellor (University of East London) and Family and Commercial Mediator (Regents University London).

Ruth Kander BSc, PgDip

Ruth Kander BSc, PgDip

Ruth Kander has over 20 years’ experience as a dietitian. She is passionate about nutrition and helping people achieve a healthy diet that suits their individual needs and lifestyle. She has covered many clinical areas and is confident to advise on most adult medical conditions. Her specialist area is Nephrology (renal) and she has been involved with all areas for the past 16 years. Currently she is

responsible for the nutrition of about 400 patients. She has been advising different types of diets for the past 10 years. These include; weight management, diabetes, heart health, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, food intolerances / allergies, healthy eating, eating to gain weight.  She looks at the diet in a holistic way and tries to connect with every client she sees to give them individualised attention and dietary advice that suits their individual needs.

The first session is for 1 hour where she aims to find out about her client, in particular previous medical history, lifestyle and diet. The two of you will discuss what dietary goals would be best suited to you and the aim is for  you to leave happy with knowledge on how to improve your dietary intakes to make you feel better. A follow up appointment lasts 30 minutes where feedback is given and  future dietary plans made.

Ruth has participated in an interview for the BBC on diet and weight management. She has been involved in a research project on weight management. She has also been involved with nutrition information for a large drinks manufacturer. She has won a number of awards; March 2003 SHS award for development of a training pack for nurses in nutrition, April 2012 won the British Dietetic Association Elizabeth Washington award for an online F1 doctors nutrition training modules. December 2012 won an award for dedicated patient care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust. January 2013 won the Star awards, Full Monty award at Cambian Healthcare for dietetic service. She is a guest lecturer at Imperial College, Kings College and Surrey University.

Dr Alessandro Malfatto BA MBBS RCPsych Associate

Dr Alessandro Malfatto BA MBBS RCPsych Associate

Dr Alessandro Malfatto combines work as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist with his work at Psymplicity Healthcare, and has
spent the last 14 years working within the field of General Adult  Psychiatry, having completed his studies and training in Italy, at the University of Torino.He holds a University of Maastricht Certificate in The Neuroscience of Affective Disorders (Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Post Traumatic stress disorder) and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in this field.He additionally has significant experience working with clients affected by Alcohol and Substance Misuse, Psychosis and Eating Disorders.

Alongside the prescription of medication and biological psychiatry, he delivers Mentalisation Based Therapy for Personality Disorders, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, and brings these disciplines into his work with his clients.

Dr Malfatto works to create a holistic and patient-centred treatment package, to empower the individuals he works with to pursue their life objectives. Dr Malfatto is involved in teaching undergraduate medical students during their psychiatric  internship program and has lectured on the Psychotherapy of Eating disorders at University College London (UCL). He is able to consult in English, Italian and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Yehudit Malkiel MA (ADIP), UKCP

Yehudit Malkiel MA (ADIP), UKCP

Yehudit has an MA (hons) and an Advanced Diploma (ADIP) in Psychotherapy & Counselling from Regent’s College, London and is registered with UKCP. Previous qualifications include a BSc in Speech Science and an MA in English Literature. She is an integrative psychotherapist, primarily incorporating psychodynamic and humanistic approaches in her work. She believes that we are strongly affected by our early experiences and influences, and that exploring and understanding these can help us to make different choices in the way in which we live our lives.

Yehudit has worked in a number of contexts both for the NHS and within the private sector. She tends to prefer longer term approaches which can allow for more in-depth work, but understands that some clients may benefit from more focused intervention of a fixed duration. She has lived in different countries and has an understanding of feeling culturally  marginal or different. Her experience includes clients with issues centred around depression, self harming behaviours, body image problems and eating disorders.

Yehudit has done much work with clients relating to self and identity, including religious/spiritual identity and the effects on identity of becoming a parent. Yehudit has extensive training in working with victims of child sexual abuse and understands the complex, long-term effects of this kind of trauma. She works in a warm, accepting and non-judgemental way with a strong belief in the potential of psychotherapy to help to repair, heal and ultimately enable long-term positive changes in adult life.

Dr Liam Parsonage BA, MBBS, MRCPsych

Dr Liam Parsonage BA, MBBS, MRCPsych

Dr Liam Parsonage is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Adult Psychiatry. He works in the NHS as the Lead Consultant for community mental health services in NW Surrey. He completed his psychiatric training with the London Deanery in 2010 and he has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2006.  He gained his MBBS medical degree from University College Hospital and Royal Free Medical School in 2001, part of the University of London. Dr Parsonage completed his pre-clinical studies in 1997 at Oxford University, Queen’s College, where he was awarded a first class BA honours degree in physiological sciences.

Dr Parsonage takes a holistic and recovery focussed approach in the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties.  He is experienced in treating all adult mental health problems and he has a special interest in stress related conditions; mood disorders, including mood instability and bipolar affective disorder; personality problems; anxiety and OCD; and psychotic illnesses.

Dr Parsonage offers an individually tailored treatment plan which combines the latest evidenced based pharmacological therapies with a psychological understanding of an emotional or mental health problem. His aim is to help his patients successfully achieve and maintain emotional stability and wellbeing.

Aryeh Sampson MA, MBACP (accredited)

Aryeh Sampson MA, MBACP (accredited)

A SampsonAryeh is an integrative psychotherapist with clinical expertise in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger
management and relationship issues. He works with individuals as well as couples.

Aryeh trained at Regents College, London which is affiliated with the University of Cardiff. He has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has also done extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as in Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago Relationship Therapy seeks to help couples resolve relationship problems through developing better communication skills.

Aryeh has counselled in many different organisations including MIND, The London Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Jewish Care, The Jewish Marriage Council, and Employee Assistance Programmes.

As an integrative psychotherapist, he seeks to form a trusting and supportive relationship with his clients, and to create an individualised approach to help them gain understanding into the roots of their issues and move forward to create positive and lasting change.

Alexandra Schlotterbeck BA, MA (ADIP), UKCP

Alexandra Schlotterbeck BA, MA (ADIP), UKCP

Alexandra is a relational Gestalt psychotherapist working with individual adults, couples and groups in short–term solution focussed and long-term therapy. She has worked with a range of clients from diverse backgrounds within the NHS, in private settings, and in the community sector. She is an associate tutor at the University of Surrey where she works as a group facilitator on the doctoral counselling psychology programme. She is also fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), an innovative clinical treatment effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from one off traumatic incidents and developmental trauma such as childhood abuse.

Areas of her clinical expertise include: self-esteem, childhood abuse, trauma, social anxiety, depression including post-natal, anger, eating disorders, addiction, relational issues and domestic and sexual abuse. With mixed ethnic heritage she is also comfortable working with issues of diversity, shame and identity.

Alexandra is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She trained for six years at the Gestalt Centre London, which is a part of London Metropolitan University. She plays an active role in the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy where she is a process group facilitator, presenter, board member and newsletter editor. She continues her professional development by attending workshops, conferences and is currently training in CBT.

Dr Natasha Sharma Bsc(Hons) DClinPsy CPsychol

Dr Natasha Sharma Bsc(Hons) DClinPsy CPsychol

Dr Natasha Sharma is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She has held senior clinical positions within the NHS, providing consultation and leadership to multi-disciplinary colleagues within Adult Assessment and Recovery Teams within the United Kingdom. Natasha completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey, and obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Universities of Coventry & Warwick.

Natasha favours an integrated way of working with the principles underpinning traditional, and third wave cognitive-behavioural, and modern psychodynamic approaches. A registered member of the HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council) and the BPS (British Psychological Society), Natasha works with the full spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from mild to severe. She has a particular interest in attachment theory, which involves understanding how we relate to ourselves and others, particularly in close relationships, and resolving trauma, which is at the heart of most psychological difficulties.

With expertise in working with trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties, and loss, Natasha’s approach centres on developing a safe, containing therapeutic alliance to help individuals alleviate distress, and improve their well-being.

Miri Sizak-Cohen BA, (Hons), MA (Clinical psychology)

Miri Sizak-Cohen BA, (Hons), MA (Clinical psychology)

Ms Sizak-Cohen is a Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Health Professions Council (HPC). She has over 25 years of experience working in community, mental health and hospital settings. Ms Sizak-Cohen works with clients, presenting mental health, emotional and family difficulties.

Ms Sizak-Cohen has extensive expertise in assessment and therapeutic treatment using a range of therapeutic techniques including individual, couple, group work and parent’s consultation. She adopts an integrated approach, (psychodynamic, CBT, systemic, EMDR) to help clients and to enhance family relationships.

In her current post in the NHS (CAMHS) in the London Borough of Hackney, Ms Sizak-Cohen has developed successful parenting programs working as a clinical psychologist and parenting lead.

Ms Sizak-Cohen’s broad experience of working in different settings (adult mental health teams’ hospitals, inpatient and outpatient, within different cultures, has enabled her to gain deep understanding and ability to work with cultural differences and contexts. She collaborates with individual’s couples and families in London as well as an international clients via skype.

In addition to her clinical work, Ms Sizak-Cohen provides extensive supervision, consultation, training and teaching to a range of organisations in both the independent and statutory sectors about mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Deepika Yerrakalva MBBChir MA Cantab PGDip MRCPsych

Dr Deepika Yerrakalva MBBChir MA Cantab PGDip MRCPsych

Dr Yerrakalva is a specialist Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is currently employed part-time as a Consultant Psychiatrist within the NHS, providing clinical leadership to multi-disciplinary colleagues within Paediatric Mental Health Liaison and Community CAMHS in London.

Dr Yerrakalva qualified in Medicine from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and also has a Masters degree from University of Cambridge in Medical Sciences with Medical Ethics and Law, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry from the University of Leeds.   Dr Yerrakalva has been a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2011 and is on the Specialist Register for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr Yerrakalva has actively taught and examined medical students and junior psychiatrists at Hull York Medical School, University College London and University of Newcastle (Australia), as well as contributed exam question writing for the final professional exams for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

She has worked extensively in inpatient, adolescent outreach, refugee, specialist youth substance misuse, hospital paediatric and community clinic settings, and has also worked for 2 years in Australia including with the Royal Flying Doctors Service as a Child Psychiatrist.

Dr Yerrakalva was trained on the prestigious Tavistock scheme in London, and has in addition to varied experience in complex diagnostic assessments and prescribing, much skill in applying psychological therapies for young people and their families in the form of systemic and family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing.

Dr Yerrakalva is skilled in providing a developmentally appropriate, holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis, formulation and treatment of the full range of emotional and behavioural difficulties affecting 3-18 year olds (including depression, anxiety disorders, body image and eating issues, self-harm, ADHD, harmful use of substances and social media).  She is also well able to work with parents, families and schools, and in particular has skill in engaging difficult to engage young people, including home visits and Skype consultations as needed.