A Boutique Clinic for Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Chryssa Chalkia MA., MA., Adv. Dip., BSc., Dip., Cert. MBACP, UKCP
Chryssa is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor. She is passionate about supporting individuals to improve their wellbeing, make positive changes and live a more fulfilling life. She believes in personal and professional development through self-awareness. Her philosophy is that combining elements from different approaches and tailoring the treatment according to individual’s needs works best.
Chryssa has extensive experience working for private, voluntary, educational and public sectors (NHS inpatient, community settings and IAPT services). She has gained experience conducting assessments and offering Step 2, Step 3 & Step 4 treatments according to NICE guidelines. She has worked with adults and groups with a wide range of difficulties, from feelings of depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, difficult relationships and workplace problems to diagnosed mental health conditions.
Chryssa qualified in Counselling & Psychology in 2006. She holds an MA in Psychoanalysis, MA & Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, BSc(Hons) & Diploma in Psychology & Counselling, a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for complex presentations, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) & Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is accredited with UKCP and registered with BACP. Chryssa works with individuals, couples and groups from a diverse cultural, ethnic, gender and age group offering structured 6, 8, 12 and 24 session treatment as well as and open ended face to face and online therapy in English and Greek. She has trained in CBT for Anxiety and Agoraphobia, Trauma work, Brief work, Working with Personality disorders, Eating disorders, Self-Harm and Trauma.
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.
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’.
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 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).
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.
Aryeh Sampson MA, MBACP (accredited)
Aryeh 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 being a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. 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 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 Annette Wilson BA (Hons), MSc (Systemic Therapy), PhD, UKCP.
Dr Annette Wilson is a registered Senior Family & Systemic Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and is a member of Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) and College for Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy. She is also trained in CBT and Narrative Attachment Theory.
She has piloted a Multi-Family Bereavement Group that has been running successfully for over a decade within her current position in the NHS (CAMHS) as a Family & Systemic Psychotherapy lead. Focus of her work has been to help shift or adjust a belief and create in collaboration new patterns of behaviour and family scripts which would assist in understanding what is informing the child and adolescent’s behaviour and help in improving, stopping or changing the worrying behaviour.
Dr Wilson has extensive experience working in the voluntary and statutory sector with children, adolescents, couples, parents, individuals, families from diverse communities presenting with mental health, emotional and family difficulties. She has worked with the full spectrum of clinical presentations ranging from mild to severe. Areas of expertise include complex bereavement, childhood abuse, trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, depression, domestic and sexual abuse, relational issues, identity and sense of self.
David is a member of the UKCP and British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, with over 30 years’ experience of supporting people in distress. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Regents College, London.
Although able to support people in any number of situations, he has particular experience in supporting people affected by; physical disability, health issues, terminal illness or life-shortening conditions, stress, depression, bereavement and loss, family and relationship problems, work -related difficulties, personal growth and development, sexual concerns and sexuality.
Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy includes different psychotherapies, which approach the individual as a whole person including body, feelings, mind and spirit. The integrative therapeutic experience leads towards a greater tolerance of life’s experiences and an increase of creativity and service.
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 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 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 Behavioural 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.
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.
Dr Liam Parsonage BA, MBBS, MRCPsych
Dr Liam Parsonage is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Adult Psychiatry. He worked 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.
Dr Fareeha Amber Sadiq, MBChB, MRCPsych, PGDip, CCT (UK)
Dr Amber is a Consultant Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist. She uses a compassionate and integrated approach which combines biological, psychological and social perspectives with evidence based care. She works closely with her multidisciplinary colleagues and liaises with other professionals, including school counsellors and paediatricians, whenever possible.
Dr Amber will complete a comprehensive assessment and formulation, followed by a detailed treatment plan. She has expertise working with a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, eating disorders, gender identity and relationship problems. Dr Amber’s prescribed treatment approach includes a wide range of evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions including parenting strategies (Webster Stratton), cognitive behavioural therapy approaches, mentalization based therapy, positive behavioural support and family systems approaches. Working collaboratively with young people and their families, she will prescribe medication when clinically indicated, and address other factors including sleep, nutrition and exercise. As a systemically trained Psychiatrist, she is passionate about working together with the young person, family (e.g. parents) and other important key people (e.g. teachers), to help improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
Dr Amber is on the Specialist Register for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy. She initially qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Glasgow in 2003, and as a psychiatrist in 2007. Dr Amber trained on the Royal Free Hospital Psychiatry rotation in London, followed by the world renowned Tavistock Centre. She has experience of inpatient, outpatient, hospital pediatric, learning disability, neurodevelopmental, eating disorder, substance misuse and community clinic settings, and has worked internationally, setting up services, seeing patients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
Dr Amber has presented at local meetings and international conferences, and has been playing an active role in mental health awareness and education, with the aim of reducing stigma and improving access to mental health support. She enjoys writing, training and teaching, and has previously been awarded for her undergraduate teaching skills at University College London (UCL). Apart from her work in the UK, she has been involved in international mental health initiatives and integrative mental health.
Dr Kapil Kashyap
Dr Kashyap completed his medical training in India and Psychiatry training in Edinburgh rotation and in Leicester. He has been working as a consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in the NHS since 2013. Over that period, he had worked as inpatient consultant, consultant in the community mental health teams, liaison psychiatry in district hospitals and in challenging behaviour teams for Dementia. He is also experienced in the application of Electro convulsive therapy in older adults.
Dr Kashyap is particularly interested in the interface between physical health problems and mental health conditions of older adults and had successfully completed the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine under the Royal College of Physicians in London. He has been trained to assess and manage patients with memory problems in all age groups and functional illnesses that affect older adults. He is very patient friendly doctor and had received excellent feedback through patients and colleagues feedback. He aims to provide highest quality of evidence-based clinical care to his patients. He has completed his MRCPsych (UK) and Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry under the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and Diploma of Legal Medicine under the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Dr Kashyap has been involved in numerous teaching and training sessions on mental health conditions for staff in the acute hospitals and trainee doctors as a part of his liaison psychiatry role and was involved in public awareness programme on Dementia for the members of public in India. He is one of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MSNAP) reviewers of memory services in England which look at the standards of service delivery and quality for such units. He has been an examiner for the General Medical Council PLAB unit for the last few years. He has involved in number of service improvement projects including audits and research and complaint investigations.
Dr Reshad Sufraz
Dr Reshad Sufraz is a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist who has been working in the NHS for over 10 years in the fields of Crisis Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry and Inpatient Psychiatry in West and North West London. Prior to that he worked in the private sector in North West London for several years providing a combination of outpatient, inpatient and psychiatric intensive care to patients with a wide range of psychiatric conditions.
He completed his medical training in 1988 and qualified with a MBBS from University College Hospital, London and a B.Sc. from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. He went on to complete his postgraduate psychiatric training initially at the Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospitals Training Scheme before moving onto the Royal Free Hospital Training scheme and achieved membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) by examination in 1996. During this time he worked in several busy teaching hospitals in London gaining valuable experience in multiple psychiatric sub-specialties.
During his postgraduate training in psychiatry he was awarded a full Rotary International Foundation Scholarship, which helped him, achieve an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. He qualified at the top of his class and received a Diploma in Child Development from Cedars Sinai Medical Center along the way
Dr Sufraz is committed to delivering excellence in mental health care and is experienced in treating a wide spectrum of adult mental health disorders. He takes an empathic, holistic and person centered approach towards caring for his patients. This includes addressing biological, psychological, emotional and social factors via a comprehensive assessment process and a bespoke treatment service that aims to help individuals achieve optimal mental, psychological and emotional functioning thereby promoting health, balance & wellbeing.
Dr Vanessa Raymont
Dr Vanessa Raymont is a highly experienced Consultant Psychiatrist currently working in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and the Centre for Dementia Prevention in the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, looking after adults and older adults.
Dr Raymont has over 20 of years’ experience working in the NHS and private sector, both in the UK and US, within consultant psychiatrist and research roles, primarily helping those with cognitive difficulties. She has a special interest in cognitive impairment, dementia and brain injury and has a masters degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Dr Raymont offers a range of therapies to support her patients. Dr Raymont is also Section 12(2) Approved to carry out medico legal work.
Dr Satinder Sahota
Dr Sahota is employed as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the NHS and he has a consultant role at Psymplicity Healthcare. He has a leadership and management position in the NHS.
Dr Sahota has a Medical Degree from the University of Birmingham and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Sahota has completed a Masters Research Degree in Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham, and he has published research on outcomes in forensic psychiatry.
Dr Sahota has practiced for over 9 years as a consultant in the NHS, specialising in forensic psychiatry. He has worked in psychiatry for over 17 years and specialises in the assessment and management of a range of mental disorders including depression, psychosis, personality disorder, ADHD and anxiety disorders.
Dr Sahota has a special interest in the assessment and management of mental disorders associated with violence and aggression in the community setting, for example domestic violence, abuse, aggression, sexual behaviour and fire setting.
Dr Sahota is an expert witness providing psychiatric reports to the courts and to tribunals, assessing mentally disordered offenders who come into contact with the criminal justice system and patients detained under the Mental Health Act.
Dr Sahota is passionate about a holistic approach to mental well being and he is a strong advocate of recovery approach to mental health.
Magdalena Galant-Miecznikowska BSc MSc MBPsS PGDip CPsychol
Magdalena is an experienced HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council) Registered Clinical, Counselling and Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
She has many years’ experience assessing and treating different client groups with psychological difficulties, in NHS and third sector organisations, in the UK and overseas. She has a strong interest in research and therapeutic outcomes. Magdalena remains involved in research and has undertaken funded research leading to peer reviewed publications. She provides an evidence-based psychological treatment using the most effective psychological interventions, based upon the best scientific evidence available. When working with clients Magdalena tends to be quite practical in her approach, often taking the work she does, outside of the therapy room where she can make changes using a behavioural experiment approach.
Magdalena works using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat a range of psychological disorders; Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Illness Anxiety Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Sleep problems and Stress. In addition, she provides support for clients with range of difficulties such as: Addictions, Bereavement, Bullying, Issues related to identity and culture, Personality Disorders, Relationship difficulties, Self-Esteem difficulties and Sexual difficulties. Magdalena also has skills and interests in the areas of couple therapy, Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) and neuropsychological testing.
Dr Mar Matarin BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol
Dr Mar Matarin is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with significant experience in neuropsychological assessment, gained in both the public and private sector, in the United Kingdom and Spain. She holds full membership as a practitioner of the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Dr Matarin’s qualifications include a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Neuropsychology and Behavioural Neurology, and PhD in Neuropsychology. These were obtained from the University of Barcelona. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr Matarin joined the Laboratory of Neurogenetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in the USA as a post-doctoral research fellow, to pursue her interest in the relationship between genes, the brain and behaviour. Whilst at the NIH, she gained expertise in molecular genetics, which she later applied to the conditions that affect cognition and mood. She has been involved in research projects on dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, chronic adult hydrocephalus and stroke. She also holds the position of Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Neurology, where she conducts research into a variety of neurological disorders using genetic, cognitive and neuroimaging approaches. Dr Matarin’s work has resulted in over 50 publications in highly renowned medical journals including Nature Genetics, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Matarin is currently working across the private sector and the NHS where she holds a post as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH Trust. She conducts clinical neuropsychological assessments on people with cognitive complaints, including a wide range of neurological disorders, as well as working within the outpatient brain injury rehabilitation clinic. Dr Matarin is committed to Continuing Professional Development and keeping up to date with the new and relevant findings.
Dr. John Prentice (C.Psychol., AFBPsS ) (B.A., Hons. (B.A.) (Clinical Psychology), Hons. (B.A.) (Counselling Psychology), M.A. (Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology), D. Clin.Psych., B.Comm, Hons. (B.Comm). M.Comm (Corporate Governance)
John completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, and Neuropsychology in South Africa and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Essex University. He also completed the British Psychological Society’s accredited Expert Evidence training.
He is accredited with the Health and Care Professions Council and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is registered with the British Psychological Society’s Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology and Special Interest Group in Coaching Psychology.
John has vast experience in the NHS, private practice, and medico-legal neuropsychological assessments. He was an honorary tutor for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme at University College London.
He was initially employed in the NHS as a Programme Director and Clinical Psychologist in Children’s Services. Thereafter, he was a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist in Older Adult Services, specialising in functional, cognitive impairment, and dementia assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Following this he was the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Borough Lead, working with complex, enduring mental health problems in adults over the age of eighteen.
John has trained in behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapies, CBT, humanistic therapies, narrative therapy, and systemic family therapy. His approach is integrative and systemic. After conceptualising a systemic formulation that describes and explains clients’ difficulties, he is able to integrate different psychological approaches to meet their specific needs and bring about the desired change.
John has worked with a range of presentations, from clients with complex, enduring mental health problems, to those experiencing intense transient crises, to those who simply want more out of life. He works with Mood disorders; Memory and cognitive difficulties; Bipolar Affective Disorder; Anxiety Disorders; PTSD; Intrusive thoughts; Delusional thoughts; Psychosis; and Personality Disorders. He also works with family and relationship problems; Bereavement; Stress management; and Personal development.
Kristina Xavier BPsy (Hons) MClinPsy CPsychol
Kristina is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered and accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is a member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Kristina completed her training, including a Master of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychology, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Kristina is passionate about working collaboratively with individuals, providing an empathic and enthusiastic approach to help clients overcome challenges and achieve balance in their lives. She has gained significant experience working in city-based private mental health practices in Sydney and London, providing evidence-based psychological interventions to adolescents, adults and couples. Her experience has also extended to university settings, where she has provided interventions to students at a prestigious Australian university. She is also interested in teaching and research, both of which she has undertaken at the University of Sydney.
Kristina has expertise in working with individuals presenting with a range of psychological or emotional issues including stress and work-related stress, depression, anxiety, worry and rumination, panic attacks, phobias, trauma, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, grief, low self-esteem and poor body image. Her other area of special interest and expertise is a commitment to positive well-being. This involves helping individuals overcome challenges such as work/life balance, weight and eating issues, insomnia, managing chronic health conditions, and working with individuals to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Kristina is highly skilled in a number of evidence-based psychological treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy. She is dedicated to providing an individualised approach, tailoring the treatment plan to the individual. Kristina also has a keen interest in coaching and positive psychology, and has published research articles in this area.
Dr Urmila Pillay
Dr Pillay is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. She is currently a highly specialist Clinical Psychologist, working with severe and enduring mental health conditions in adults over the age of 18. She obtained her Master’s and M.Phil Clinical Psychology (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore) in India, and Phd in Cross cultural Psychology from Brunel University, London.
Dr Pillay has also done her Post Graduate Diploma in CBT for Psychosis from the Institute of Psychiatry and Post Graduate Diploma in Neuropsychology from the University of Bristol. She is an accredited assessor (Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders- DISCO) for Asperger’s/ Autism.
Dr Pillay is registered with Health Professions Council and is a fellow with British Psychological Society. She is also registered with the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology . Her special interests include Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Mindfulness, Cultural psychology and Neuropsychology.
Having the knowledge of different schools of thought such as Psychodynamic theories, cognitive behavioural theories, neuropsychology, humanistic and narrative approaches, Dr Pillay takes an integrative approach to understand the case and design effective intervention. She has expertise in carrying out neuropsychological assessment to assess cognitive functions (attention, memory, language, executive functions etc.) of individuals.
Dr Pillay has more than 13 years of experience working in NHS with individuals with severe and enduring mental health conditions. She works with individuals with Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis, personality issues and relationship problems. She also works with families who face cultural dilemma and with individuals who have existential anxiety and struggle to move forward in their life.
Dr Carly Butler (BSc Hons, DClinPsy)
Carly is a clinical psychologist, with over 10 years’ experience of working within the NHS and local authority services. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway University, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Carly understands that a trusting therapeutic relationship with your psychologist is one of the most important foundations for working towards change. Her primary aim, therefore, is to create an environment for talking where you feel comfortable, respected, and safe enough to try out different ways of approaching or thinking about the problem that brought you here.
Carly views the people who come to therapy as the experts on their own experiences, and so working collaboratively with each person she consults with is an integral part of her approach. In working within the field of psychology and mental health, Carly has been continually struck by the stories of resilience from the people she meets with, despite the multiple challenges they have faced. Carly’s therapeutic approach, therefore, aims to foster and build on the strengths, abilities and skills that she believes people already have when they come to therapy.
Carly has substantial experience of working with a range of presenting problems, including depression and low mood, anxiety disorders (including panic, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety and phobias), stress and worry, adjustment to changes in physical health, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Carly has particular expertise in cognitive assessment and working with issues related to ageing and dementia. Carly appreciates that people and problems don’t exist in isolation, and will therefore often work with couples and families as well.
Carly prides herself on the genuine and compassionate approach she takes to working with the people she meets, whether this be for a one-off consultation, a cognitive assessment, or a short-term piece of psychological therapy. The methods and techniques Carly uses within her sessions will vary depending on what your hopes are for therapy, but she draws mainly on systemic, cognitive-behavioural and third-wave approaches (including mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy).