about us

You expect us to be excellently qualified and we are. We know what makes therapy effective and we care about your experience with us - this means we strive to help you with your goals.

the best therapy for you

We offer a range of approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused work and more in-depth therapy that gets to the root of long-standing issues. You can ask for therapy as an individual, couple, family or young person.

only the best therapists

We choose our team very carefully. Our criterion is ‘would we trust this therapist to work with our family or friends?

feel better, live better

Your therapist will help to you guide your own life and stop being the passenger. You’ll begin to see the possibilities and start the journey to changing for the better - whatever your age.

no problem is too big or too small

We’ll help you with whatever’s troubling you. We have experience of working with a wide range of clients, from those in serious difficulties to those who simply feel something’s missing.

times that fit for you

You can make an appointment for times you’re available, including evenings and Saturdays. And in a beautiful, dedicated environment helping you get back on track as smoothly as possible.

feedback from real people

My therapist had a very calming influence on me and encouraged me to feel good about myself and not feel guilty.

I had a very positive experience, I felt on a good wavelength with my counsellor and the process has helped to underpin my recovery and assisted in my gaining insight.

My therapist didn’t take sides but he was still able to identify some issues and took time to get to the root of them – very useful sessions.

My counsellor was very helpful in helping me look at certain situations from a different perspective. She was responsive to my individual needs and wishes and it was my pleasure to work with her.

She helped me feel both safe in leaving therapy and able to come back if I want to.

I enjoyed my sessions tremendously and I feel so lucky that I got a chance to learn a lot about relationships as well as finding my authentic self through her.

quotes anonymised to maintain confidentiality

meet the team

We’ve got great professional people. When you tell us what’s troubling you we listen carefully so we can match you with the right Re…root therapist to suit your needs.

Penny Amerena

Director
Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Penny Amerena

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Will talking therapy work for you? It’s a common question and one that can hold people back from starting therapy. I’ll listen carefully to what you want to work on, your priorities and aims and then pull together strands of my trainings and experience to tailor a collaborative approach that fits for you. It’s important to me that your therapy experience outcomes are positive.

Penny has more than 15 years' experience in talking therapy. She’s led mental health teams in the NHS, worked in charity and city therapy settings and in private practice.

Her training across a range of therapy approaches includes

CBT and solution focused practice with an emphasis on understanding unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, while offering coping strategies to enable personal change and lead life more positively
Psychodynamic practice which helps clients when past experiences might be influencing their present in undermining ways
Person-centred therapy which helps people find their authentic voice and through self-discovery identify solutions that fit for them.

Penny adapts and integrates her approach in a warm and welcoming manner to the expressed therapy needs of each person, offering a collaborative, non-judgemental way of working. Her experience allows her to work effectively with issues including anxiety , depression, work stress, trauma, relationship issues and much more. She's also a qualified Clinical Supervisor and offers supervision to trainee and qualified therapists in a holding and collaborative way. Her varied career ranging from work as a city investment analyst to a career in international development helps her attune to women and men from all walks of life.

MA Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Adv. Dip. Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, CBT cert., Dip. Clinical Supervision, PhD International Development, MBACP (Accred.), BACP registered.

Jane Wilson

Director
Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Jane Wilson

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therapy can help us discover why we get so stuck with overwhelming feelings, in unhelpful patterns of behaviour and in relationships that don’t go the way we want them to. It’s a safe place to look behind the façade of what others expect you to be like and can be incredibly liberating

Jane has 9 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy, working in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors. She uses CBT, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches and is particularly interested in anxiety. She trained at Birkbeck College, London and Roehampton University.

Originally trained as an engineer, Jane worked for a large multi-national company in many different countries, with people at all levels, from the factory floor to boards of directors. She brings this background to her understanding of client’s experiences.

MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton, Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, MBACP (Accred.), BACP Registered.

Nick Poaros

Director
Integrative Psychotherapist and EFT Couple Therapist

Nick Poaros

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each session is an opportunity for achieving change, creating meaning, exploring and making sense of experience enabling you to live a better life

Nick combines psychodynamic, cognitive, person centred and existential approaches in a thoughtful way to help people discover better ways of living. Exploring and understanding present beliefs, emotions and behaviour, through the lens of the past, can enable the delicate process of change.

Nick is also an experienced EFT Couple Therapist (Emotionally Focused Therapy, a leading evidence-based couple therapy approach) helping couples identify what leads to their disconnection and helping them find new ways of re-connecting. 

Nick has more than 15 years' experience as a talking therapist working in NHS and charity settings as well as in private practice. He trained at Roehampton University with a PgDip and Advanced PgDip in Integrative Psychotherapy; he is a registered member of BACP. 

Nick has a wide experience working with people from business and commercial backgrounds having come from a business background himself.

Adv. PG Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy, BACP registered.

Ellie Tremain

Individual and Couple Counsellor

Ellie Tremain

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I believe that change can occur when we encounter each other creatively, equitably and openly in a therapeutic setting

Ellie is a very well-qualified Integrative Counsellor and a couple therapist with EFT Couple Therapy training (Emotionally Focused Therapy, a leading evidence-based couple therapy approach). Ellie has 10 years’ experience in providing talking therapy. She has worked in NHS settings and for WSM (the Work Stress Management organisation), as well as in private practice. She draws on Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural approaches and offers the therapeutic balance of these approaches that will be most helpful for her clients. She has developed a particular specialism in enabling positive change with clients experiencing low mood and depression, having completed a NICE-approved training.

Ellie worked as an actor for 15 years before re-training as a therapist. She has always been fascinated by what motivates us as human beings and how imagination and creative thinking can help us connect with others and free us from feelings of distress and inner paralysis.

MSc Therapeutic Counselling, Greenwich University; Cert. Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck University; Counselling for Depression Cert., EFT Couple Therapy Externship Course. MBACP (Accred.).

Gia Badenhorst

Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Gia Badenhorst

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I work in a way that encourages each client to express themselves freely and grow personally so they can think and feel differently about the experiences and difficulties they find challenging in life. I think of our work together as collaborative with an equal amount of creative input and engagement.

Gia brings a mix of experience and excellent training in talking therapy to what she offers clients. She adapts her way of working to provide effective support to each person with the aim of enabling change. Gia works at a pace that feels comfortable to her clients, she focuses on finding ways to relieve symptoms that affect the day to day sense of wellbeing, whether the overarching difficulty is low mood, worry, wanting to improve relationships or eating issues. As well as helping clients cope and feel better, Gia supports clients to recognise the triggers for old patterns of negative thoughts and behaviour which can undermine lasting change when not addressed. Gia’s nursing background gives her particular insight into to how pain or illness can affect mental wellbeing and vice versa.

MA Psychotherapy and Counselling, Advanced Dip. Integrative Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg.

Dagmar Meister

Family and Couple Therapist

Dagmar Meister

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Relationships and children can bring a lot of happiness into our lives and can be challenging at other times.I offer a safe space where you can explore, discover and gain a better understanding of your relationships, enabling new and positive growth.

Dagmar is a highly qualified and experienced therapist with specific training and knowhow in family therapy and relationship counselling for couples. She is able to work with families including teenagers and children as young as 6. Her experience, developed over 20 years, covers work in many parts of the world in hospital-based therapy services and private psychological therapy services. She has a particular interest in education for all and strengthening the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. She is well-used to working with members of the expatriate community in this and other countries.

Dagmar is a very approachable therapist with a background characterised by breadth and depth of experience. She is fluent not only in English but also German and Dutch.

PG Diploma Integrative Family Therapist (Systemic Consultant), PG Diploma Family and Systemic Therapy, Member AFT, UKCP reg.

Agnes Bassaly

Chartered Counselling Psychologist
and Couple Therapist

Agnes Bassaly

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I hope to be able to help you find not only a better understanding of your difficulties, but also a way forward to a less fraught, more compassionate and fulfilled path in your life. Together we can make sense of your past, re-evaluate your present and re-imagine a future you can look forward to and work towards.

Agnes has more than ten years’ experience as a counselling psychologist and couple counsellor in the NHS and in private practice. She is qualified to a high level and trained in a number of approaches including Couple Counselling and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Integrative Therapy, CBT for individuals and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) . Agnes’ flexibility and knowhow enable her to match the way she works to each client’s need; she can help people look at the root of their difficulties and how to recognise and change undermining patterns or she can work using CBT and other approaches in shorter solution-focused therapy to address specific issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement and many more.

Agnes’ special interest is in relationship therapy, working with either individuals or couples to support them to improve their ways of connecting more meaningfully. Agnes can offer counselling in English and Polish.

MSc Counselling PsychologyAdv. Dip Couple CounsellingBPS Accred. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist

Chartered Counselling Psychologist, AFBPSsS, HCPC reg

Briony Weale

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Briony Weale

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We all experience challenging times in our life when we struggle to cope. Many of the clients I see seek support because their usual strategies for coping don’t work as well as before. This can lead to anxiety, unhappiness, isolation and other difficulties. I offer an opportunity for you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour where we can think together about new solutions

Briony is qualified in a number of different therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She draws upon her experience in the NHS and the private sector to support you in a range of ways, including helping you relieve difficult symptoms, improve your self-esteem and strengthen your relationships. Briony also has a background in Drug and Alcohol Services.

Chartered Counselling Psychologist, (Reg. BPS, Reg. HPC)

Neil Coburn

Couple and Individual Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Neil Coburn

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Whether you come as a couple or alone, I aim to help you uncover the underlying reasons for unhelpful feelings or behaviours, so we can start to think about how things could be different and how change can happen.

Neil brings excellent knowhow drawn from his experience of working with couples and individual clients in central London and in voluntary agencies across the capital, as well as from a robust training in relationship and individual talking therapy. He combines this background with a naturally warm and affirming manner. He is able to help clients address the issues that affect couples when a relationship doesn’t work like it used to, as well as the mix of feelings which may be experienced by either partner including anxiety, low mood, loss of trust, anger and loss of confidence. Alternatively, Neil works with individuals to help strengthen their relationship with others as well as their inner sense of confidence and resilience, he enables people to overcome stress and feel able to cope better with the challenges in their lives.

Before training as a therapist Neil worked in marketing strategy and this gives him some understanding of the stresses and strains that are put on both partners in a relationship and on individuals by demanding jobs with long hours.

Ma Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling, Tavistock Rels. (UEL), PG Cert. in Couple Counselling. MBACP(Accred.)

Lizzie Lumsden

Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Lizzie Lumsden

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I’m passionate about the work that I do and enjoy working collaboratively with my clients. I aim to offer the most bespoke, communicative, respectful, flexible and client-centred therapy possible.

Lizzie combines her experience and excellent training to offer therapy in enabling ways to people from all walks of life. Her priority is to listen to each client’s preferences and create together a tailor-made approach that will help them achieve their stated aims and goals. That might include wanting to feel more confident, more fulfilled, find direction, improve relationship with self and others, move on healthily from a challenging life event, or cope with the loss of a loved one. Lizzie is able to work in the short, medium or long term depending on what feels right to you. While she works effectively with all ages, part of Lizzie’s valuable therapeutic experience is with young people from 17-25.

Lizzie has worked in Australia and Ireland and welcomes international clients.

MA Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Cert. Counselling Children and Adolescents, Cert. Professional Bereavement Studies, MBACP (Accred.)

Sara Genevini

Child, Adolescent & Young Person Therapist

Sara Genevini

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I certainly see a priority in offering a safe space where the child, teenager and young person’s voice is heard without being judged. For younger clients I enable family members to input as well at helpful points. I want to make sure each client is at ease from the first moments and begins a journey towards change.



Sara specialises in working with children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 25. She works in a way that involves the parent(s) or primary carers for clients under 18 at appropriate points in therapy, such a session might be with or separate from the child/adolescent. Sara has excellent experience drawn from working in schools, in private practice and with the NHS, where she focused on Child and Adolescent services.

Sara’s approach to therapy emphasises strengthening confidence and emotional wellbeing in young minds. The challenges involved in growing up can seem overwhelming, and the need to learn to adapt, feel 'part of' rather than isolated and build positive relationships are important developmental areas that Sara helps each individual negotiate. She works with children from primary school age, to teenagers and young people to address the very common issues of anxiety, low mood, social anxiety, challenging behaviour at home and school, procrastination and exam stress, feeling bullied, (face to face or virtually), self-harm, ADHD, ASD and much more.

As well as being fluent in English, Sara can also offer therapy in Italian.

BSC Psychology, MA Psychological Therapies (focusing on Child and Adolescent Therapy), BACP Reg.

Sundeep Thethy

Family and Couple Therapist

Sundeep Thethy

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To nurture our wellbeing we all need to feel a sense of belonging and have meaningful relationships. I offer a safe therapeutic space where we can work together to better understand the problems and worries that have brought you to therapy to enable growth and connection in your relationships with important others

Sundeep is an experienced and highly qualified therapist. She has 10 years’ knowhow in helping people strengthen their relationships. She specialises in working with families, including children and adolescents, that are coping with the challenges of modern life and the changing dynamics and transitions that often affect relationships between family members.

Sundeep draws on her experience in family therapy with CAMHS, other parts of the NHS, and with Social Service providers to promote improved relationships, enhancing confidence and positive behaviour, helping de-escalate tensions and enabling mutual understanding. She is able to use a range of evidence-based approaches to support change, one of which includes Functional Family Therapy approaches.

Sundeep also has a special interest in disability issues and working with people from various cultures, classes and countries. As an experienced Couple Therapist, Sundeep works with couples to enable positive change to overcome the range of difficulties that can affect relationships from trust and fidelity issues, work stress and time-poor relationships, and helping couples rekindle a sense of closer connection.

MSc Family Therapy, PG Dip. Mental Health Studies, BSc Psychology. (UKCP Reg.)

Alastair Hinch

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Alastair Hinch

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I believe a lot of our difficulties come from what it means to be a human being in a challenging world – we don’t always realise that it’s understandable to feel the way we do. In all my work I aim to provide a warm and collaborative space so you can feel free to explore your troubles and dilemmas - we’ll work together to develop fresh perspectives and a new sense of what’s possible for you

Alastair brings excellent knowhow from his experience working in the NHS, charity sector and in private practice. Trained in both psychodynamic and existential approaches, and with a background in philosophy, Alastair helps people explore and re-evaluate the parts of their life that are causing confusion or distress. He has a particular interest and experience in questions of meaning and loss, anxiety and identity. In addition Alastair is an experienced bereavement therapist and has knowhow in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which can enable people change unhelpful patterns of thinking, doing and relating that get in the way of feeling positive about life. 

Alastair has lived and worked in several different parts of the world, and previously worked in the fields of IT, web development, and fundraising. This variety of life experience enables him to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.

MA Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills (psychodynamic), MA (Hons) Philosophy, MBACP.

Maria Angelou

Integrative  Counsellor andPsychotherapist

Maria Angelou

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Everyone experiences life challenges in their own unique way. My aim is to provide a safe haven that will enable you to explore these challenges, examine your inner world and arrive at personal resolutions. Through an honest, accepting and caring relationship between two people, change happens. Small steps can lead to huge shifts

Maria is a well-qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with nearly ten years’ experience in talking therapy. She has worked in a variety of therapy settings in third sector organisations and is able to address client concerns which may come from unhelpful experiences in the past and continue to affect the present, as well as those that are very much grounded in the here and now.

Maria emphasises a relational approach in her work which builds enabling, collaborative work with each client. This can help strengthen self-esteem as well as the quality of relationships in each client’s life, whether within a close relationship, with family, at work or with friends. Maria also offers particular knowhow drawn from extended experience providing bereavement counselling.  She comes from a background in communications and media work before she trained to be a therapist and she also has a keen interest in environmental issues. This informs her approach to therapy and may fit with client backgrounds from time to time as well.

MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Grad. Diploma Psychology. As well as being fluent in English, Maria can also offer therapy in Greek.

Our Values

Our aim is to support you to feel better and live better. We’ll help you by using the best psychological knowhow to offer the best therapy we can.

We’re committed to running a professional, ethical organisation.

All together this means that from the first point of contact onwards we’ll work with you respectfully with warm understanding and in an environment which is relaxing and safe. Confidentiality is very important to us too. You can rest assured that your therapist is experienced, extremely well qualified and is a member of a top UK authorising organisation/professional body.