Whitstable Bay Therapy Services Counselling and Psychotherapy with Dr Bev Mears

Introducing our Team of Therapists


Our Team. Beverley-Mears-200px

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. She set up Whitstable Bay Therapy Services and has an outstanding group of psychotherapists and clinical psychologists working with her delivering a high standard of service to their clients.

Having worked within the mental health field for 20 years Beverley currently divides her time between working 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 and private practice. In the NHS Beverley treats patients using Mentalisation Based Treatment and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

In private practice Beverley works with clients in short and long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with face-to-face or on the couch work. She has significant experience in supervision and training within the field and is registered with the British Association of Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Supervision (BAPPS).

Specialist Interest
Beverley has a specialist interest in OCD and completed her Doctorate in a study looking into a connection between attachment difficulties, 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 is an experienced couples therapist 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 training.

Beverley is also trained in EMDR which is an evidenced based treatment for trauma and PTSD.


Our Team. Louise

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 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.


Alison Hall BSc (Hons). M.Sys.Psych

Alison Hall is a fully accredited Systemic Psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. She has worked for over twenty years in a variety of roles and practice settings within Adult Mental Health and Specialist Services and is registered with UKCP and the Association of Family Therapists and adhere to their ethical standards of practice and conduct. Alison treats:

  • Couple relationship difficulties
  • Separation, divorce and step-family life
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • The effects of trauma
  • Difficulties related to ageing and other life cycle changes
  • Child and adolescent mental health issues
  • Adult mental health issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Illness and disability in the family


Our Team. Jonathan

Jonathan Winternheimer MSc

Jonathan Winternheimer is a Psychotherapist who holds a professional memberships with the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

He has a dual MSc qualification in Counselling and Marriage, Family and Child Therapy and has a post-qualified training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Psychological Debriefing and Trauma Focused CBT for post-traumatic stress, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy for substance misuse.

He has over eight years counselling experience working within the Charity and Public Sectors and in private practice.


Our Team. Claire

Claire Goulding

Claire Goulding is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, accredited with the BABCP, who currently divides her time between private practice and working as a CBT therapist and clinical supervisor in primary care mental health. Claire works with a range of anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety, OCD, phobias and trauma. She also works with self esteem and relationship issues. She provides clinical supervision to CBT therapists and counsellors.

Claire has been working as a therapist for over 20 years with a background in substance misuse and working with adolescents. She has completed post graduate level trainings in counselling and psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as CBT.


Our Team. Katharine

Dr Katharine Chaudhuri CPsychol

Dr Katharine Chaudhuri is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

She has worked with adults with a wide spectrum of presenting problems and psychiatric diagnoses for more than fifteen years, in various settings. Katharine is able to help with a range of difficulties, for example; trauma, anxiety, OCD, depression, relationship issues and psychosis. Katharine's specialism is working with trauma, both 'PTSD' and complex trauma. With experience of several therapeutic models, including CBT, Schema Therapy, ACT, mindfulness and narrative therapy, Katharine works integratively and creatively. She is highly committed to supporting others to make changes in their lives, including in their relationship with themselves and others.

Katharine is also available to offer clinical supervision. She has completed trainings in supervision and has supervised trainee clinical psychologists, qualified clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and nurses.


Our Team. Dr Tim Burns

Dr Tim Burns MSc PG Dip

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 and Couple Therapy.

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.


Lisa McCafferty PGCE, MA, PG Dip

Lisa is a fully qualified Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who
trained at the Tavistock and Portman in London. For the past 14 years, Lisa has
worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, building extensive
experience as a mental health practitioner and clinician. She currently works as a
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in a specialist NHS service with children and
young people aged between 8 and 18 years. Lisa has also worked for four years in a
CAMHS services where she developed expertise in working with children and young
people from 0 to 18 years. Alongside her NHs work Lisa has a private practice,
offering both long-term and short-term psychotherapy, including short term
psychotherapy for adolescents, child psychotherapy and work with parents.

Lisa is committed to providing children and young people with a safe, containing,
therapeutic environment that allows a space to make sense of their experiences and
feelings. The work is tailored to the individual child in an age appropriate way.

Lisa has a particular interest and skill in working with adolescents, who are at a time
in their lives when they can feel isolated and worried about their future. It is hoped
that, by feeling understood and through developing a thoughtful relationship with
their therapist, the young person can gain relief and find healthier ways of managing
their difficulties.

Lisa also works with parents and carers with a focus on helping them make sense of
their child’s behaviour as well as gaining insight into how their own experiences can
impact on their relationship with their child. In working with under-fives, Lisa has
considerable experience in helping parents and infants overcome significant
difficulties around sleeping, feeding, separation anxiety, outbursts and tantrums.
Lisa’s approach is flexible, integrating her Psychoanalytic knowledge of child
development with therapeutic skill to help parents and children to communicate and
understand each other, to the benefit of the whole family.

Lisa has experience treating:

• Low mood and depression
• Anxiety and associated behavioural difficulties
• Eating disorders
• Self harm
• Trauma and attachment problems
• Parent-infant difficulties
• Looked after (LAC) and adopted children.
Lisa is registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapist (ACP) and adheres
to their ethical standards of practice.


Our Team. Emma Sandys

Emma Sandys Dip, PG Dip

Emma has worked in the helping professions since 1989 having always had a keen interest in working with people who are struggling emotionally and psychologically. She completed her London based integrative counselling training in 1995 and has offered short and longer-term therapy in the voluntary, public and private sectors. After working in Barnet Drug and Alcohol Service, she facilitated therapy groups and individual sessions for the Alcohol Recovery Project in London then moved on to the Metro Centre in Greenwich to specialise in working with vulnerable young people who were self-harming as a consequence of struggling with their sexuality. She also provided private therapy for people in the legal profession. For the last 12 years of Emma’s career she has been providing counselling in the NHS primary care seeing those experiencing depression and anxiety although her repertoire is wide ranging.

Additionally, Emma worked offering mental health support to clients residing at Hopkinson House in Victoria, London, supporting those who had high levels of psychological needs. Emma worked in a Mother and Baby Unit for mothers whose children were under Social Services in a residential rehabilitation centre. As a result of recognising that there is a need for advocacy for these people Emma acquired a degree in Law because of her commitment to those who had mental health issues and undergoing the judicial system.

Emma has also trained in clinical supervision at the Minster Centre, Organisational Consultancy using psychoanalytic and systemic theory at the Tavistock and is a qualified EMDR therapist. Her main interests are: bereavement, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, working with young people, adjusting to life changing event. Emma is a BACP accredited counsellor and is committed to working with this ethical framework. Feedback Emma has consistently received is that clients find her non-judgemental approach very therapeutic.



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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