OUR THERAPISTS

GARY MEWES

GARY MEWES

Therapist

I am committed to providing a safe non judgmental space, for you to discuss any issues that may be affecting your life, relationships and general wellbeing.

We are all unique individuals facing different life challenges, which we may find difficult to express in our relationships. Therapy can provide a safe relaxing space to discuss any issues that you may be struggling with and the importance of “Being Heard”. I work from an integrative approach which means I will endeavour to tailor our sessions to meet your own personal requirements, allowing you to gain the most out of your therapy.

The first session will give us the opportunity to discuss your individual needs, learn what you would like from counselling and for you to experience how I work; and then if you’re comfortable we can book our next session. I have worked with a varity of issues from depression to anger and also have an interest in sexual issues.

I recognise that talking about sexual issues can be a daunting experience for some, leaving them feeling isolated, alone and frustrated. We are all sexual beings, although our relationship with sex can be very complex evoking differing emotions in all of us, such as lust, passion, ecstasy, jealousy, guilt, frustration, resentment etc. Are you concerned about your relationships?

Maybe you have issues with porn - whatever your issue and if you desire change, I’m here to help.

LUCINDA LIDSTONE

LUCINDA LIDSTONE

Therapist

Lucinda has worked in the Caring field for many years and is deeply committed to supporting both Adults and Adolescents in Crisis. She has worked within NHS and Private mental health settings, providing individual and group therapy to inpatients on Adolescent Acute Presentation and Eating Disorder Wards. She has also been in private practice for a number of years and founded ASC to support young people and their families in the South Essex area. Adolescent Support Clinic:“At ASC we recognise the increasing pressures facing young people and how overwhelming it is for both teens and parents who don’t know where to go for support”
Lucinda works within a diverse range of presentations including: Eating Disorders, Early-onset Psychosis, Behavioural issues and Self Harm and has published research exploring the Voice Hearing experience, historically often (wrongly) associated with Schizophrenia.
Lucinda works with individuals and also facilitates creative group therapy within a workshop environment. Lucinda provides training for schools in adolescent mental health; self harming, eating disorders, anxiety and OCD; and is co-facilitating a program for schools created by 'Relationship Matters' which teaches pupils about healthy relationshps.
Lucinda facilitates the FLASH training program; 'Families Learning about Self Harm' and the 'WHY TRY' program for ADHD. Lucinda works within the BACP guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities. Lucinda is CRB checked

LESLEY BURROWS

LESLEY BURROWS

Therapist

``We are in a relationship with everything...

It is the quality of that relationship that makes the difference and it begins with the relationship you have with yourself.``

Lesley began training in 1994 and qualified as a UKCP Psychotherapist (UK Council Psychotherapy) in 2001. her original therapeutic work specialised in domestic violence with women and children. This led Lesley to reflect on relationships in the context of distance, closeness, power, control and intimacy or lack of it. During the last seven years Lesley has worked within a team that focuses on family communication within an Adult Mental Health clinical setting.

Lesley currently remains in private practice working therapeutically with individuals and couples. She also works in partnership with ASC supporting families in a therapy setting and through parenting workshops. Through ‘ASC’ and ‘Relationship Matters’ Lesley provides training for schools in adolescent mental health; self harming, eating disorders, anxiety and OCD; and has created a training program in ‘healthy relationships’ for pupils.

``Life begins not at birth but with the onslaught of awareness.``

SASHA THORNTON

SASHA THORNTON

Therapist

Sasha has many years of experience working with individuals on a 1:1 basis in private practice as well as within Secondary schools. She has provided support in a number of different roles including as a mentor and in supported living with more personal daily care, particularly with those on the autistic spectrum, by assisting with general life skills.
Her early career began in the challenging field of drug and alcohol addiction.

``I work with many different presenting issues; specifically I have a keen interest in working with individuals who are engaging in self harming behaviours or experiencing suicidal ideation and / or intent. I focus on providing a safe space for individuals which encourages them to explore their concerns at a much deeper level.``

Sasha adheres to the BACP Code of Ethical Practice and is fully insured and DBS checked.