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, Bethany, Denise, Justin, 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.

Our Team
Fiona

 

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.

Bethany

Dr Bethany Morgan Brett has extensive experience in lecturing in therapeutic care and in psychosocial studies. She has trained students in therapeutic care and therapeutic organisation, including counselling skills. She holds a BA Hons (Sociology), MA (Sociology), MA (Social Research), and a PhD in Sociology which included psychoanalytic theory and practice.


Her work has primarily focused on ageing and the life course, including child development. She also has experience of working with those suffering from addiction and substance misuse. She is currently authoring a book on the death of parents. Bethany also has experience of fostering children.
 

Her key areas of specialism include coping with loss, grief, depression and anxiety, trauma, end of life issues, caring for others, and managing academic stress. She can also work with clients on gaining confidence, spirituality issues, dependency and substance misuse, fertility issues, sexuality, divorce, and domestic violence.

Zoe H

 

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

 

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.

Denise

Denise has worked psychodynamically as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with couples and individuals for over 30 years. She trained with Relate in Kent and also worked in a crisis drop-in centre in Chatham. She set up her own successful practice in Central London in 1993 which she currently runs part-time online with clients all over the world. Having owned and worked in businesses and in the not for profit sector for many years she has a wide experience of life and problems around relationship difficulties, coaching, grief, depression, self-esteem, and many other issues.

 

She trained and volunteered as a senior counsellor with ChildLine in London and is studying CBT. She was a Governor for 12 years of Coram Family, the biggest adoption service in the UK where she took an interest in the Contact Centre for Parents and young children.
 

Denise had a Pet as Therapy dog and worked with him in hospices and adolescent centres and she has written a book about pets and grief which is on Amazon.

Sarah E

Sarah is a psychodynamic counsellor who has gathered 3 years of experience working with children and adolescents. Her experience ranges from working with children within a school setting as well as within a private practice environment.

 

While working at the Ramsay Academy she worked with adolescents who were dealing with suicidal ideation, poor attachment, abandonment issues, perfectionism, anxiety and low self-esteem. 

Sarah has graduated from The University of Essex with a Masters degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychology, alongside a BA in Psychology. Her MA degree emphasised on social psychology, neuroscience, and theories of child development. 

Anna

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

 

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 

Rachel

 

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

 

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

 

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. 

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