About the Team
We have several therapists working at Teenage Mental Health. Our team is headed up by our clinical lead Fiona, yet we have an extensive team of psychodynamically qualified therapist consisting of Anna, Justin, Ligia, Maria, Mehmet, Rachel, Sarah E, Sarah H, Zoe C, and Zoe E. All of our therapists are qualified to at least masters level in BACP accredited qualifications for child and adolescent counselling as well as being members of the BACP. All staff are DBS checked, insured and subject to strict clinical supervision as well as being in their own personal therapy. Our philosophy at Teenage Mental Health is that the patient always comes first and is the center of any work.
Fiona heads up the team at Teenage Mental Health and holds an honours science degree in psychology and has post-graduate qualifications in teaching, counselling and psychodynamic approaches. Her Master's degree is in child and adolescent psychodynamic counselling and having completed several years in public practice in various schools in the Suffolk and Essex area now runs the private counselling practice working with children adolescents and adults.
She is also a licensed trainer in mental health and works with organisations to build and deliver bespoke training packages to meet the needs of staff working with challenging behaviour and have a greater understanding of mental health issues, alongside her clinical work. As a member of the BACP, She believes that the patient always comes first and is the center of any work.
Rachel has worked psychodynamically with children and adolescents for a number of years, both privately and in schools.
She qualified with distinction in a Master’s degree in this field of therapeutic work in 2018. Rachel has also successfully achieved further qualifications in working with young people who struggle with a wide range of mental health issues.
Rachel's work focuses on a wide manner of mental health issues that impact children, adolescences, and adult's mental wellbeing. Her work includes those experiencing self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, grief and bereavement, attachment difficulties, and academic stress.
Mehmet graduated from Istanbul Bogazici University, Psychology Department with a Distinction degree. He holds a Master of Arts degree with a high distinction from Istanbul Bilgi University Clinical Psychology Program. He also worked in both a university clinic and a private clinic in Turkey for 4 years under psychodynamic supervision.
Mehmet's main work specialises in working with adults in trauma and psychosis thanks to his experience working with refugees for 3 years as a group and personal Psychotherapist.
Mehmet currently is a Ph.D. student at the University of Essex in the department of Psychosocial and Psychodynamic Studies. His Ph.D. is specialising on working with refugees while his dissertation focuses on language and psychotherapy
Sarah H is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who has received a Bachelor of Science in Psychotherapy Science from the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria. She also holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Currently, Sarah is pursuing a Ph.D. in Refugee care at Essex University as well as working as a Psychotherapist at the South London Refugee Association.
She has extensive experience working in outpatient clinics, as well as inpatient facilities and refugee organisations in which her specialisations were anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Zoe H has been counselling since 2010 with adults initially with Ipswich Counselling Centre, Mentis Counselling centre and 2 years at The Northgate Psychotherapy department.
She currently works as a high school counsellor based in a Norfolk school and has been doing so since 2017. Zoe has also worked in primary schools since 2013, working with children for therapeutic intervention. After training in London with Place2be and a play therapy course she branched out on my work with children and adolescents.
With 2 years of experience at the primary school, Zoe also worked as a volunteer counsellor working for Place2be on a voluntary basis. She also undertook voluntary counselling work at a drug and alcohol rehab centre for one year as well as a volunteer counsellor for adults who had experienced childhood sexual abuse/trauma for one year.
Zoe holds a diploma in psychodynamic counselling for adults as well as a Master of Arts in Psychodynamic counselling for children.
Justin worked for 3 years for the Jaques Hall Foundation, a residential children's home, for looked after children both as a support worker and as a teaching assistant. This organisation worked to a Therapeutic Committee framework based on psychotherapeutic models of childcare developed by Donald Winnicott and Barbra Dockers Drysdale.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisation as well as a Master of Arts in Psychodynamic Counselling for children and adolescences.
While studying for his Master of Arts, he worked for CAMHS patient services for 5 years as a support worker that focused on work with children and adolescents.
Anna has been working in child and adolescent mental health services for over 20 years. Having worked as a Residential Care Worker, a Behaviour Support Worker, a 1-on-1 Classroom Assistant and a Therapeutic Liasion Officer at a residential boarding school.
Anna graduated from Essex University with a Bachelors of Arts in Therapeutic Communications and Therapeutic Organisations. She then went on to achieve a Master's degree in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2015
Anna has a wealth of experience thanks to her work as a Community Project Lead and Family Support Practioner at various Ipswich children's centre. She then went on to work with 4YP, a local charity focusing around helping teenagers with mental health issues.
Anna has a lot of experience of working with anxiety, depression, attachment disorder, self-harm, eating disorders, social anxiety, trauma and abuse.
Zoe C is our student counsellor gaining experience with Teenage Mental Health while also studying a Masters of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Counselling, she will be graduating in September.
Zoe currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Therapeutic Communications and Therapeutic Organisations which she earnt from the University of Essex.
Her background is in Education where she worked as a Learning Support Assistant for many years in various