The counsellors

Emma Lockhart

Hello, I’m Emma. I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor and draw on a wide range of theories, techniques and research, to guide my practice and adapt my approach to different client needs.

I have wide-ranging experience of working with clients who are struggling with low mood, depression, anxiety, mood swings, relational difficulties, relationship breakdown, concerns or difficulties relating to identity, gender and sexuality, grief, trauma, parenting issues, pre/post-natal challenges and depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress and difficulties at work. I am particularly experienced in working with young adults and those engaged in academic work and study.

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Kathy Sutherland

Hi, I’m Kathy. I work as a counsellor, supervisor, and coach.

I have experience of working with people with many different issues. For example, loss of direction in your life, dealing with change, relationships, depression, bereavement and pregnancy issues. My style is interactive with a common-sense conversational approach. I think it is important to work in a collaborative and encouraging way: one size does not fit all. I therefore work in an integrative way and try to work with you in a way to suit your needs. I have worked with lots of different issues in a variety of settings including a NHS GP surgery, Cruse, Centre 33 and the Cambridge University Counselling Service.

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Dr Liz Chapman

Hi, I’m Liz. I work as a counsellor, psychologist and supervisor. I am also the co-founder of Cambridge Counselling Service.

I’ve worked with people with lots of different problems – and I would be interested in talking to you, whatever brings you to counselling. I also have particular experience of working with people with eating and weight-related problems and with people dealing with stress or anxiety.

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Louise Lowth

Hi, I’m Louise. I work as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor.

My counselling work covers many different issues or problems – so please do get in touch whatever you are dealing with. I have particular experience in anger management and in working with people who want to build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Penny Price

Hello, I’m Penny. I work as a counsellor in Cambridge.

I have experience of working with various problems, such as stress and depression. I am also especially interested in working with self esteem issues and in working with people who feel they may have lost sight of their real selves.

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Erica Briscoe

Hello, I’m Erica. I work full-time as a counsellor.

For me, the therapeutic process is about much more than ‘getting rid of a problem’; it is about growth and freedom. When we are well, our relationships with ourselves and with others are open and flexible; we can express who we are through our work and our creativity; we can balance our emotional, intellectual and physical responses to the world around us and we can make meaning of our experience.

I have worked with a wide range of issues, from depression and anxiety to loss and isolation. I have particular experience of working with people managing difficult family relationships. I am also especially interested in working with the body to help people regulate troubling or overwhelming feelings and find ways to let go of recurring negative patterns.

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Mark Gawlinski

Hi, I’m Mark. I work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, therapeutic coach and supervisor. I am the co-founder of Cambridge Counselling Service.

I am a gestalt therapist. My approach is here-and-now focused with a particular emphasis on embodied awareness in relationship.

I am experienced in working with people facing a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety and relationship problems. I particularly specialise in helping people deal with work place challenges – and have a background as a manager and consultant in media, technology, academic and consulting organisations.

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Ed Tuffnell

Hello, I’m Ed. I work as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

Suffering and the search for meaning are inescapable aspects of our life, from the acute distress of losing a loved one, through to the yearning and despair we can feel at losing our connection to purpose and meaning. I imagine that it is your feelings of being in some way unhappy or dissatisfied with your life that has led you here.

While we can learn and grow from our suffering, it does not negate the fact that some of these experiences can be incredibly scary and painful. I hope I will be able to help you in dealing with whatever you’re facing, and support you in realising whatever is coming into being in your life.

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Katie Bardes

Hello I’m Katie, I am a counsellor, psychotherapist, coach and trainer.

When we meet, I will listen and ask questions to explore what brings you to counselling or psychotherapy, and what you want to develop for yourself. I see you as an individual with your own unique set of experiences and life history that informs how you relate to yourself and to others. I will be curious about you and your life and will want to build a way of working together based on trust and respect. It may be that you have a particular issue, problem, behaviour or goal that you wish to work on – or perhaps you’re experiencing a more general sense of anxiety, depression or burnout. Whatever it is that brings you to this work, we will work in a way that is inclusive of all aspects of your experience.

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Cassandra Manning

Hello, I’m Cassandra. I work as an arts psychotherapist and counsellor and I use both talking therapy and creative practice in my work. I aim to bring a down-to-earth and open approach to my practice, with the intention of building strong and collaborative working relationships. I usually aim to work on a mid or long term basis, so 16-20 sessions (4-6 months) or more.

My training is Integrative, meaning I use a range of complementary theoretical view points in my practice, and the possibility of exploration through creative process. This flexibility allows a unique approach for each individual.

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Beatriz Swygart

Hi, I am Beatriz. I am a psychologist, psychotherapist and a mindfulness teacher.

My training is based in mindfulness and this could offer you a way to connect with yourself more fully and to develop practical skills for self-listening. This can be helpful if you find yourself disconnected from your feelings or having difficulties in understanding, communicating and/or relating with others.

I am fluent in English and Spanish.

Hola, mi nombre es Beatriz. Soy psicologa y psicoterapeuta y estoy acreditada por la Associacion de Psicoterapeutas del Reino Unido. Mi Master en Psicoterapia integra la psicologia de occidente con tecnicas de mindfulness del este (conciencia/atencion plena).

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Tim Shuker-Yates

Hi, I’m Tim. I am a counsellor and psychotherapist, working with both adults and adolescent clients. Having trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, I have expanded my practice to integrate other relational ways of thinking, such as a more person-centred approach and creative practice.

My experience is in working with clients on a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety (including panic attacks), low self-esteem and low confidence, assertiveness and a lack of direction, trauma from abuse, bullying, issues of sexuality and gender identity as well as anger management. More important than all of this however, is that someone feels safe and comfortable enough working with me to explore what it is they are facing and, as such, I usually offer longer terms of practice.

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Eduardo Bort

Hi, I am Eduardo.

I am a counsellor working with adults and young adults.

Living with high levels of anxiety, shame, or fear for a prolonged period, can negatively affect the way we perceive ourselves and others. It can make you feel misunderstood, lonely, and disconnected from society. Dealing with these symptoms can feel overwhelming. However, having a safe place where you can talk freely can be the first step towards understanding and processing painful emotions.

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Network counsellors

Network counsellors at Cambridge Counselling Service are counsellors we know and respect who tend to work either online or at other locations. We will sometimes recommend a counsellor in our network if you want to work online or would benefit from a counsellor with a specific set of experiences or training:

Jo Ash: I strive to provide a warm and empathic space where clients feel they can bring themselves to be heard and understood. I am interested in your unique subjective experience of who you are and what you bring to the sessions. My work is informed by many different approaches ,which enables a more tailored fit for each client according to what they are bringing and wanting to work on. I draw from many psychotherapeutic theories such as humanistic, existential attachment and psychodynamic. I trained as an integrative arts psychotherapist at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) in London from 2007-2011. I am a registered member of BACP.

Inka Frajnt: Whether you are looking for relationship counselling or individual work, I’m here to help you explore the issues that matter to you, bringing insight and understanding to enable you to find your way through problems and dilemmas. My way of working is integrative, drawing upon systemic, relational and gestalt methodologies. When working with you or you and your partner, I bring warmth, creativity, empathy, confidentiality and humour as well as challenge into therapy sessions. I have completed a BA and a MA in Psychology (Maria Skłodowska-Curie University, Lublin, Poland) and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (Southern Connecticut State University, USA). I’m a registered member of BACP.

Susan Norman: I am trained in transactional analysis (TA). TA is a theory of personality and a system for personal growth and change which offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationship  patterns. Many TA concepts are simple to learn and apply, making them  very accessible and effective. My approach is to  share effective therapeutic tools with clients to clarify thoughts, empower the self, explore feelings, support change and create a space for healing to occur.  I am particularly interested in family systems and the way in which communication patterns are both established and maintained. I have worked with individuals and couples across a range of different issues. I have a MSc in TA Psychotherapy, a BA (Hons) Social Policy.  I have completed certificate courses in relational couples work, working with depression, working with abusers and victims of abuse and somatic trauma therapy. I am a registered member of both UKCP (UK Council  for Psychotherapy) and UKATA  (UK Association for Transactional Analysis)

Sarah Christiansen: I am a counsellor and psychotherapist, with a particular interest in addiction, trauma and sexual dysfunction. My approach is integrative, drawing mostly on psychodynamic theory. My work focuses on the relationship between us, which serves as a basis for exploration of relationship to self and others, embodiment and spirituality. I have a BA (Hons) Theology & Counselling and Psychotherapy and an MSc in Psychology (pending). I am a registered member of BACP.

Jo Lucas: As a therapist, I start from the significance of the relationship between the two people in the room and my belief that people can change and grow. I also offer sand tray therapy where we work with symbols, images, to help clarify problems and identify changes. I have worked with people with a wide range of issues, including: low self esteem, anxiety, low self confidence, relationship problems, loss and trauma. I have a BSc in Psychology and Sociology, an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute, London and an MSc in Social Policy from LSE. I have completed  certificate courses in Relational Coaching and in Supervision and have completed sand play therapy training with the AIST. I am registered with UKCP.

Caroline McSharry: I have specific training and experience in working with children and adolescents, nurturing emotional wellbeing through self-exploration, creativity, play and talking therapy. It can be difficult for children and young people to be able to talk to parents or family members about what they are thinking and feeling. Counselling can help them to make sense of their fears, build trust, feel heard, and feel safe whilst learning to gain coping strategies and make sense of the world they live in. Creating a therapeutic space to help them explore any worries or problems they may have so they may gain resilience and a better sense of wellbeing. I am a BACP Accredited Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Counsellor.

Matthew Aylen: I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor, mindfulness teacher and personal coach. I have a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology and I have also completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapeutic Counselling. This means that I have been trained in a number of different psychotherapeutic approaches, and can call upon the best approach to help you. My areas of interest and specialty include men and masculinity, anger and rage, and the mid-life transition. Having said this, I also work with women and non-binary people and with issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction and many others. I adopt a trauma informed approach, and I tend to work at depth with the unconscious and at a somatic/body level. I am a registered member of BACP.


Associate counsellors

We also have a number of associate counsellors, who are counsellors in the late stages of training.