Meet Our Team
João Botas CPsychol, AFBPsS. BPS & HCPC reg.
João is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society as a fellow member and as an accredited supervisor and regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council. He has had further training in CBT, EMDR and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He has extensive experience working in the NHS in complex adult mental health and in private practice. He specialises in sadness, trauma, depression and relationship problems, as well as the specific obstacles faced by women, men and transgender people dealing with external reality. CBT / Mentalisation / EMDR/ Psychoanalytic psychotherapy / couple therapy / coaching / mindfulness.
Joao has a practice in Victoria & is currently seeing clients online on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, mornings, afternoons and evenings. Joao is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
Dr David Gracey PhD, DPsych, PgDipCBT, AFBPsS, BPS and HCPC reg.
David is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who trained at the Institute of Psychiatry. He has extensive experience of working in NHS settings alongside his private practice.
David’s main approaches are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. His special interests include: treatment for anxiety disorders (panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and phobias) and mindfulness-based approaches to the treatment of depression. David practices in Central London -Snow Hill Court & Wimpole Street as well as in the Clapham area (South London).
David sees clients Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursday (08:00 - 13:00)., Friday (08:00 – 12:00) & Saturday (09:00 - 13:00) and is currently seeing clients online.
David is always happy to conduct initial consultations outside of these times. David is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
Stephen Lynch Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, BPS and HCPC reg.
Steve is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council (UK). He practises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic and Mindfulness Therapy.
He has a special interest in treating Anxiety Disorders including PTSD, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Phobias, Depression, Bereavement, Self-Esteem, Relationship Difficulties and Addictions.
Steve is also a qualified BPS Supervisor involved with training and supervision of therapeutic practitioners in training. He is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
He is currently seeing clients online on Tuesdays 8am to 2pm and Thursdays 2pm to 7pm.
Ken Palmer BA (Hons) PGCE Dip Counselling MBACP
Ken Palmer was born and grew up in Plymouth. After leaving the University of Birmingham with a degree in Theatre Arts, he went into education in 1986, working in four mixed comprehensive schools in Oxford, as Head of English and Drama and Behaviour Management Director. In 1998 studied Psychodynamic Counselling at Brookes University. His work now in both school and as a therapist centre on using psychodynamic principles as a means of encouraging children and adults to explore the blocks and behaviours that hinder them in moving forward in both the relationship they have with themselves and others.
Key areas of interest are adolescence, life and work-related issues.
Ken practices in both Oxfordshire and Central London and is currently seeing clients online. Ken sees self-funding clients only.
Dr Vanessa Pilkington BSc (Hons), MSc Addiction, PD Counselling Psychology, C.Psychol, BPS & HPC reg.
Dr Vanessa Pilkington is a chartered psychologist with substantial experience working with emotionally distressed clients experiencing depression, anxiety disorders, addiction, stress, trauma, bereavement, psychosomatic issues, relational and marital difficulties and general adjustment disorders. She worked in the NHS for 7 years before setting up in private practice 6 years ago. Her interests include the varying ways people experience emotional suffering that comes to be diagnosed as a psychological disorder and has completed PhD research in depression.
Vanessa works on Tuesdays 10:00 am - 12 noon, Wednesdays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Thursdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Vanessa sees clients in Marylebone High Street at London Medical & is currently seeing clients online.
Vanessa is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
Amanda Stevens Dip Counselling (Dist) MBACP (Co-founder and Director)
Amanda studied at Birkbeck University, LC&CTA and trained in Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry at Manchester University. Amanda's core training is Person-Centred and Psychodynamic with further training in CBT.
Amanda deeply believes therapy is a collaborative enterprise. She values the whole client and appreciates the quality of the therapeutic relationship to aid self-understanding, wellbeing and growth. Therapy can involve gaining an understanding of family and childhood experiences and life events. Amanda works in a non-judgemental way.
Amanda sees people who want help to make sense of what might be happening to them. Areas of interest: bereavement, depression, anxiety, stress, including work-related stress, relational & marital issues, developmental issues and low self-esteem.
Amanda practices in South East London and Farringdon in Clerkenwell.
She is currently seeing clients online on Tuesdays 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Amanda sees self-funding clients only.
Dr Matina Sotrilli Bsc, MscPsych. Msc CPsychol, Post-Msc CPsych, DPsych. BPS reg.
Matina provides psychological therapy and counselling sessions to clients with a wide variety of mental health issues ranging from everyday difficulties and transitions in life (i.e. Low self esteem, divorce, redundancies, bullying, loss, moving countries etc) to more established diagnoses and chronic symptoms ( i.e. Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Personality Disorders etc).
Matina started working in the NHS in 2000 and completed a top up Doctorate degree at City University of London in 2006. She has more than 17 years experience in senior positions within the NHS and private organisations. She is trained in the application of several therapeutic models and specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and third wave CBT (e.g. mindfulness, acceptance commitment therapy).
She believes that peoples’ needs are very specific and cannot always be met by one therapeutic model. She would therefore always choose the best suited type of therapy according to their presenting problem and expectations from therapy in order to maximise their benefit.
She is involved in supervising trainees and qualified psychologists. She is an accredited member of British Psychological Society (BPS) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and abides by their code of conduct and ethics. She believes that the most important component in therapy is the establishment of a strong therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. This can enable people not only to overcome difficulties, dilemmas, symptoms and obstacles in life, but often empowers people to engage in a very positive journey of self knowledge, control and growth.
She has been offering online sessions via Skype, Zoom and other platforms for the last 5 years.
Matina is seeing clients online throughout the working week. She is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
Simon Vearnals BSc (Hons), MSc Counselling Psychology, PGDip in Couple, Sexual, & Family Therapy, CPsychol, BPS reg. (Co-founder and Director)
Simon is a BPS and HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Couple & Psychosexual Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Simon worked in the NHS for over 30 years as a nurse, trainer, clinical researcher, clinical supervisor, clinician and clinical manager. He provided an integrative approach to assessments and ongoing counselling.
He is a sensitive and empathic therapist offering a non-judgemental approach to working with individuals, couples and families. He brings a wealth of clinical experience and evidence-based therapies to his practice. Simon sees people who are self-funding or accessing therapy through their healthcare provider. Please feel free to contact Simon to discuss how the process works.
Simon sees people for short-term focussed interventions and longer-term therapy depending on client needs. His core clinical training is humanistic, systemic and cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) with further pieces of training in cognitive analytic, mindfulness and ACT. He is a Consultant Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Simon adheres to the BPS and HCPC code of ethics and practice. As part of his professional development, he attends regular clinical supervision and short courses.
Areas of Interest: Work Stress; Depression; Anxiety; Panic; Generalised Anxiety; Health Anxiety; Social Anxiety; Phobia; Obsessive-compulsive (OCD); Sexual Problems; Relationships problems; Low Self Esteem; Perfectionism; Childhood Adversity; Attachment issues; Physical Health Problems & Psychological Distress.
Simon practices in London Bridge, Clerkenwell & East Dulwich. He is currently seeing clients mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday - Friday. Simon is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
Lauren Stock Chartered Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, MSc. PP Dip. BSc. HCPC Reg
Lauren has 15 years NHS experience working in busy primary care therapy teams, she is currently working in the Camden & Islington Personality Disorders service. She has specialised in treating adults with single or complex Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Body Image issues, Obsessions / Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Self-Harm, Mood Swings, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Depression, Low Self Esteem and Anxiety.
She currently uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, Schema Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) approaches in addition to Counselling and long term Psychotherapy and is currently training for full accreditation in Schema Therapy. She is a qualified clinical supervisor and offers supervision to psychologists in training.
Lauren prefers sessions to be structured and focused on goals. She also offers extended assessments to understand patterns which reinforce problems and tries to offer practical techniques and strategies to cope better. If needed, she will also try to understand with her clients how these patterns emerged from earlier childhood experiences.
Lauren sees clients in Farringdon, Liverpool Street and High Barnet.
She is currently seeing clients online on Mondays throughout the day and into the evening, Tuesday evenings & Thursday afternoons. Lauren is recognised by all the major healthcare insurers.
Elena Bonsignore Chartered Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, BPS & HPC Registered
Elena is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and accredited with IPT UK. She is also a Supervisor on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.
Elena's therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from Third Wave CBT approaches, such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Therapy. Elena has had over 20 years experience of working in primary care in the NHS, before going into private practice in 2019. During this time she has been helping people from all backgrounds with a wide variety of presentations, including depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, eating difficulties, work stress and self-esteem.
Elena is an accredited Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) practitioner. IPT is a NICE recommended approach for depression in the context of life changes, relationship disputes, loneliness, isolation, loss and bereavement. She is also an accredited IPT supervisor involved with the training and supervision of IPT practitioners in training.
Elena is able to offer therapy in English and Italian. She is currently seeing clients online throughout the day & evening on Mondays & Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons.
Violeta Jawdokimova Counselling and Psychotherapy MA, MBACP, COSRT senior accred., UKCP Reg.
Violeta is a Counsellor, Psychosexual Therapist and Clinical Supervisor with 22 years of experience.
She has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Violeta’s areas of expertise are: Sexual and Relationship problems and Substance Misuse.
She currently works in both the NHS and privately. Violeta describes her approach as ‘BioPsychoSocial’.
She has a practice in Dulwich & is currently seeing clients online on Mondays 10:00am to 1:00pm. Violeta is recognised with Bupa & AXA PPP.
Dr Rhea Williams CPsychol, BPS & HCPC reg.
Dr Rhea Williams works in the NHS & privately and has a diverse background in counselling and clinical psychology. She has worked with a variety of client groups that present with various different mental health and neurological challenges including eating disorders, relationship difficulties, personality disorders, psychosis, anxiety and depressive disorders, chronic pain, PTSD, OCD, domestic violence, and complex trauma, including childhood sexual abuse.
She uses an integrative approach in therapy with a particular emphasis on psychodynamic psychotherapy. She also has a special interest in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
Dr Williams is a Chartered member of British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered. She has a private practice in Warwick Crescent W2 and is currently working online on Thursdays & Fridays - mornings, afternoons & evenings. She is recognised by all the major healthcare providers.