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Psychotherapy team

The list below is provided as an indication of the therapists who might be available. If you wish you may request to see a specific therapist, otherwise new referrals are usually allocated to the next available therapist.

Susan Benbow

Registered as a Systemic Therapist with UKCP and member of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Has completed an externship and core skills training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Works with adults of all ages individually, as couples, or in family groups. 

Susan Benbow at counselling-directory.org.uk

Ken Blythin

A UKCP accredited Core Process Psychotherapist and Supervisor, working with individuals.  Core Process Psychotherapy is a long term mindfulness-based therapy informed by Buddhist and Western psychology.


Deborah Drinkwater

Bsc Honours in Therapeutic Interventions, BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and BACP accredited counsellor. Also offers clinical supervision for counsellors and cognitive behaviour therapists.  A fully trained practitioner in EMDR therapy which is used for treating and processing trauma.  Also trained in ACT Acceptance and Committment Therapy which uses a mindfulness approach to therapy.  Works with individuals in short and long term therapies.  Registered with AXA PPP and Aviva health insurance companies.

Elizabeth Hammond

Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner; accredited by ACAT. Counsellor and Supervisor; accredited by BACP (Senior Accredited Member). Working with individuals and couples in both time-limited and long term therapies. Offers clinical supervision to individuals and groups.


Shireen Gaur

Shireen is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the United Kingdom Council of Pyschotherapy (UKCP).  She works in the NHS alongside her private practice and her expertise and experience is in working with adults with complex mental health diffficulites.  Shireen also is involved in the training of group psychotherapists in the north of England.  

Shireen works with adults of all ages who struggle with a range of emotional and relationship difficulties.  Besides individual psychotherapy, Shireen is also setting up a psychotherapy group in Hampden House.

Shireen Gaur at counselling-directory.org.uk/

Kathryn Holland

Accredited by BACP. Works as a psychanalytic/psychotherapist in long and short term therapies with individuals, and has a specialist interest in eating disorders. Also offers supervision.

Mary Hopper  

Experienced UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist.  Works with individuals on a wide range of issues, offering time limited and long term therapy. 

Lesley James

Psychotherapist working with individuals, adolescents and a group. Abides by the Code of Ethics & Practice of BACP.  

Michelle Olivier 

An experienced integrative counsellor and clinical supervisor, a senior accredited member of the BACP and accredited by ACAT as a Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner and supervisor. Also offers Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a therapy that targets traumatic experiences. Works with individuals, groups and as a supervisor.  


Peter Rigg

Registered as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP);as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the British Psycho-analytic Council (BPC); as a Couple Psychotherapist holding a Relate certificate in Couple Counselling, Theory and Practice.  Peter Rigg works with individuals or couples, long or short-term, weekly or more frequently.


Harcharan Sira

Registered as an Integrative Psychotherapist with UKCP through NGP and accredited by BACP. Working individually in short and long term therapies. Speaks Hindi/Punjabi and Urdu.

Hilary Taylor

Experienced UKCP registered Psychoanlaytic Psychotherapist working with individuals and couples on a short or long term basis.  Also offers supervision to individuals and groups.


Cheryl Williams

UKCP Registered as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.  Working individually in short and long term therapies.  Offers individual and group supervision. 

Link to United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Link to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Link to British Psychoanalytic Council


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