Introducing our Team of Psychotherapists
Dr Beverley Mears Mclin Sci, PG Dip
Dr Beverley Mears is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and is registered to practice by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy(UKCP)and holds to their ethical standards. Beverley set up a consortium of psychotherapists and clinical psychologists who work together at Whitstable Bay Psychotherapy Service to deliver a high standard of psychological treatment to their clients.
Beverley has a broad experience of mental health spanning over 25yrs including addictions treatment, family and couples interventions and individual psychotherapy. Beverley was the Clinical Lead in the set-up and development of Primary Care IAPT Services across Kent and Surrey when the government initiative was first launched in 2009. Most recently Beverley worked as a Consultant Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead for a Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service in the NHS, working with patients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
In private practice Beverley works with clients in short and long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy either in face-to-face or on the couch work. She has significant experience in supervision and training within the field supervising psychotherapists, counsellors and psychiatrists. Beverley completed her post graduate diploma in supervision at The Guild of Psychotherapists and is registered as a clinical supervisor with UKCP and the British Association of Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Supervision (BAPPS).
Beverley has a specialist interest in OCD and completed her Doctoral Thesis in researching the connection between object relations (from a Kleinian position), problems with sexual intimacy and OCD symptoms. Beverley also has a keen interest in Dissociative Identity Disorder and has experience of working with this complex presentation and helping the individual to understand their symptoms and lead a more fulfilling, whole life.
Beverley has over a decade of experience of working with couples and is listed with British Society for Couples Psychotherapist and Counsellors (BSCPC) as accredited as a Couple Therapy for Depression Practitioner and Supervisor. Couple Therapy for Depression is a model recommended by the NICE Guidelines for couples where depression is a feature of the relationship or where one of the partners is depressed. Beverley is a guest trainer with Tavistock Relationships teaching on their Couple Therapy for Depression Practitioner and Supervisor level trainings. As a couples therapist Beverley focusses on understanding the couple dynamic and behaviour system. Once this is identified, Beverley focuses on improving communication, problem solving and the development of caring behaviours within the couple system.
Beverley is also trained in NICE Guideline recommended treatment interventions including EMDR which is an evidenced based treatment for trauma and PTSD, Mentalised Based Treatment (MBT) and DBT skills which are recommended treatments for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. MBT is useful for anyone who is having difficulties with emotional regulation and angry outbursts.
As a psychotherapist Beverley treats:
Abuse (emotional, physical or sexual)
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Gender Identity Issues
Loss / Bereavement
OCD (exploring the origins, not behaviours)
Louise Knott MA, PG Dip
Louise Knott is a qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She trained at The Institute of Psychotherapy and Social Studies in London. She is an accredited Psychoanalytic Supervisor, who trained at The Guild of Psychotherapy. She is registered with the U.K.C.P. and abides by their code of ethics.
Louise has had over fourteen years experience of working in the NHS in various settings, G.P. surgeries and hospitals, working with patients and staff, providing Brief Dynamic Therapy and Clinical Supervision. She has also worked onsite, in prisons, with Prison Officers. She currently works at the South London at Maudsley Hospital in a specialist service providing Time Limited Therapy to Mental Health professionals. Alongside this, Louise has a private practice, offering open-ended Therapy and Brief Psychotherapy to adults. She also practices as a Supervisor, both with individuals and groups. Louise also currently holds the post of a Consultant Psychotherapist for NHS Staff at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust offering Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy.
Louise considers the relationship between client and therapist, to be at the core of the therapeutic work, looking at what is happening in your current life, with an understanding of how your past experiences may inform your present relationships and predicaments.
As a psychotherapist Louise treats:
Abuse (emotional, physical or sexual)
Loss / Bereavement
Workplace Change and Difficulties
Claire Goulding CPsychol
Claire is a professionally qualified, BABCP accredited, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). Claire works primarily with CBT but she has completed post graduate level training in Counselling and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and combine this approach with CBT.
Claire has over 20 years extensive experience working within various settings, including adult mental health, substance misuse and adolescent services along with experience in early childhood sexual/physical abuse and within substance misuse services and addiction related problems. Claire now divides her time between her own private work alongside working in primary care mental health.
Claire describes herself as having a warm, compassionate, accepting approach in order to help you move forward. Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thinking and behaviours, improves mood and functioning. Working together to help you achieve the goal youset out for yourself by developing personal coping strategies that target solving your individual
problem. Claire can help with a wide range problems including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, self-esteem, and
family and relationship issues. Claire subscribes to and works within the BABCP Code of Ethics and undertake regular professional
development, as well as having professional indemnity insurance.
Dr Jade Johns
Jade has been working with children and families for 20yrs as a social worker within local government. Jade has supported children and families with a range of emotional, psychological, and behavioural issues including trauma and abuse, addictions, personality disorders, depression, and relationship difficulties. In 2017, following careers in local government and academia, Jade began working
therapeutically with children (aged 5-10years) who have significant social, emotional, and behavioural needs. Jade is knowledgeable and experienced in working therapeutically with children who have attachment disorders and/or difficulties. Alongside her clinical training as an Integrative psychotherapist, Jade continues to support children in a residential setting in order to reduce behaviours such as self-harm, sexualised behaviour, and physical aggression.
Jade has a certificate in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and is able to deliver coaching to parents, adopters, and foster carers.
Jade is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abides by their code of ethics.
As a psychotherapist Jade treats:
Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual and/or neglect)
Jade is able to offer psychotherapy sessions online and face to face.
Shannon Chester MclinSci
Shannon Chester MClinSci
Shannon is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and is registered to practice by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)and holds to their ethical standards. Shannon has a broad experience in the field of mental health including individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and Mentalisation Based Treatments (MBT).
Shannon currently divides her time between working in Private Practice and the NHS as a Principle Psychotherapist, within the Specialist Personality Disorder Service, offering specialist treatment and support for patients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
In Private practice Shannon works with short and long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy either face to face or on the couch, offering twice weekly psychotherapy when appropriate.
Shannon has completed training in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and has experience of helping patients to better understand their symptoms and works with them to towards integration of their parts.
Shannon is accredited with the Anna Freud Centre to treat patients using Mentalisation Based therapy which is a specific approach to improve the capacity to think when experiencing difficult feelings. This approach helps to challenge unhelpful and repetitive relational patterns and thought processes.
Shannon has also worked for 10 years within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in inpatient settings and has extensive experience in understanding the developing adolescent mind and how to approach young people in thinking about their difficulties.
As a psychotherapist Shannon is able to work with:
Emotional Dysregulation and other personality disorders
Pavlina Morgan MA
Pavlina is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is trained to work with patients up to three times a week on the couch (or face to face) and with brief face to face psychotherapy. Pavlina is also trained in working with groups using psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Pavlina's clinical experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist includes working at the Fairbridge Clinic (London), the Woman’s Service ‘Oxleas’ (an NHS service providing psychotherapy for victims of childhood sexual abuse), and in private practice.
She holds an MA in Psychology of Religion, and foundation certificates in existential psychotherapy and analytical (Jungian) psychotherapy. She is a training member of the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP) and of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abides by their code of ethics.
Pavlina’s special interests include working with cumulative trauma and trauma and bereavement-related to the loss of a child and with adults who experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Her long-term academic and practical interest is in the relationship between Zen spirituality, Christian contemplative spirituality and psychoanalysis.
As a psychotherapist Pavlina treats:
Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
Attachment and relational issues
Loss and bereavement
KAREN DAWBER BA (Hons), PGCE
Karen is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working towards the final stages of her clinical training. She is trained to work with patients up to three times a week on the couch (or face to face) and with brief face to face work.
With eight years teaching experience & seventeen years within the charity sector, Karen currently divides her time between her psychoanalytic training in private practice and working for an online emotional wellbeing & mental health service. Throughout her time in the charity sector, she spent nine years in a residential housing project for homeless young people & as a project worker with Barnardo’s where she delivered a psycho-education programme on a one to one basis with people at risk of abusive or exploitative relationships.
Alongside her current clinical training, Karen also holds a foundation certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She is a training member of the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP) and of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abides by their code of ethics.
As a psychotherapist Karen treats:
Abuse (emotional, physical or sexual)
Loss / Bereavement
DR Tim Burns
Dr Tim Burns is an integrative and relational psychotherapist and counsellor who is registered to practice with BACP and BPS. His initial training combined psychodynamic, humanistic, existential and cognitive behavioural approaches. Within his practice he also incorporates a number of additional approaches including Gestalt, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness. As well as his initial training he has completed trainings in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Couple Therapy and EMDR.
Following careers in academia and government, Tim has for over a decade worked in the field of Mental Health, the majority of which spent in Primary Care Mental Health Services. This work has focused on a range of emotional, psychological and behavioural issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, addictions, personality disorders and relationship difficulties.
The essence of his approach is the provision of a confidential and safe environment for clients to explore and process aspects of their past and present issues, find acceptance of aspects of their lived experience that cannot be changed and where possible to make meaningful changes to improve their sense of psychological well-being.
As a psychotherapist Tim treats:
Abuse (emotional, physical or sexual)
Loss / Bereavement
We are able to offer training placements and supervision to trainee psychotherapist on Masters and Doctoral level training.
This means that we can also offer a reduced fee treatment to clients who are able to agree to be a training patient for the psychotherapist. Under this scheme we offer brief and long-term psychotherapy. If you choose the long term psychotherapy option, this will involve remaining in long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for twice a week for the duration of the training contract. This will usually be for 2 years and will involve psychotherapy on the couch.
Other brief treatment interventions are also available with a trainee psychotherapist at a reduced fee. You can explore the options available at the point of referral.
If you are looking for counselling or psychotherapy in the Canterbury, Whitstable or Herne Bay area, call or text us on 07596177669 or get in touch by email to find out more, or to arrange an initial appointment with one of our therapists.
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