Finding a practitioner

At The Albany Centre we understand that it can be a daunting prospect trying to find the right counsellor especially if it’s your first time asking for help. Below is a list of the current counsellors working at The Albany Centre, please feel free to contact any counsellor directly (click on the counsellor, complete the confidential form on their page or phone them), or alternatively please email us at if you have further questions. You’ll see that other professionals also work at The Albany Centre – psychologists and hypnotherapists for example.

All our counsellors are qualified, insured and members of a professional body.



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Jon Wilson Cooper


I offer individual and group counselling/psychotherapy

I have over 30 years’ experience of working therapeutically with a wide range of individuals and groups, and over 15 years’ experience training counsellors and psychotherapists, including some years as Course Co-ordinator for the Foundation Degree in Counselling at Harrow College; I am also the current chair of the Board of Trustees of Signpost Youth Counselling.


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Practitioners working at The Albany Centre:

Dr Renata Pires-Yfantouda


Renata is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is also registered with the Health Professions Council as is a practicing Clinical and Health Psychologist. Renata has completed her psychology degree in Middlesex University and went on to do a Masters of Science in Health Psychology in the University of Bath. She pursued her first doctorate…

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Gail Ralph

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I like to think about counselling as a bridge.  A connection between client and therapist spanning a space that supports the healing process of the therapeutic relationship.  Emotional distress can be as painful and debilitating as physical illness, yet often we stay silent and ignore our emotional pain.  Everyone deserves a safe space and empathic ear to voice their anxieties.

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Xena Leung


Acorn is a group of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists who are members of the Association of Child Psychotherapists and the British Psychoanalytic Council. Our Therapists undertook the rigorous training at The Independent Child and Adolescent Association (IPCAPA), which is part of The British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). We work by providing Psychotherapy to children…

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Alan Brennan


I am a qualified Person-centred BACP registered counsellor and qualified NLP practitioner. My aim is to work with you to enable you to become the best you can be. Sometimes we experience difficulties and it helps to have someone to talk things over with, someone who can help you to find your way through. I may be that person. I have a particular interest in issues relating to Anxiety…

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Sue Vaizey-Moore


I am a Person-Centred Counsellor with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Foundation Degree in Counselling awarded by Middlesex University. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such work within, and am bound by, their Ethical Framework and Code of Practice. I also run workshops for qualified and trainee counsellors…

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Jean Annis


My name is Jean Annis, I am a person centred counsellor and hold a foundation degree in counselling from Middlesex University. I offer a confidential space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way and each client will determine their own way forward. I will listen and support my clients on their individual journeys…

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Joanna Morrin

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I understand that asking for help can be difficult
and contacting a counsellor may feel scary.
That’s why from your first contact I aim to create
a safe, non-judgemental and friendly space for you
to explore your difficulties.


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Sonya Markey

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My practice focuses upon relationship and styles of attachment.  These evolve throughout childhood developing through the relationship with your mother and father, or main caregiver.  As well as this I have a particular interest in identity, cultural difference, and migration.

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Mosaic Counselling Services



Mosaic Counselling Services is a group practice of trainee and recently qualified counsellors who offer short or long term counselling at a low cost for those who can not otherwise afford counselling. Most of our counsellors are currently completing their Diploma in Counselling at The Albany Centre, which enables us to offer a reduced fee.

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Dr Josie Nicholson


I offer a safe and non judgemental space to explore and discuss your difficulties. Together we can develop an individually tailored therapy plan. I specialise in helping people overcome eating disorders, poor body image, low self esteem, depression and anxiety. I am a chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) …

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Elaine Craig


Depression, Bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, bereavement, eating disorders, low self-esteem, sexual issues, childhood issues, redundancy/work issues, life changes and abuse. I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor working with both men and women, and I have worked privately and within agencies and charities for many years…

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Mariette Elizabeth Bothma

Mariette offers psychological assessments and clinical interventions for a range of emotional difficulties, including major depression, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, panic and stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and low self-esteem.

Mariette is a provider for most major insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP and Pruhealth.

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Marie Cairney

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As a qualified, experienced relationship specialist, I help couples; families and individuals manage and enhance their relationships by improving communication

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Denise Pia

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I provide you with a safe, confidential, empathic and supportive space to explore what is troubling you. The counselling I offer is a sensitive, powerful, depth therapy

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Dr Melissa Harrison


As a Clinical Psychologist, I have a special interest in helping people with the psychological impact of their health related problems.

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Alastair Hinch


I am an experienced and BACP-registered practitioner who has worked with a wide range of people and issues in the NHS, charity sector and in private practice.

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Sandra Haslam


Through counselling, I am able to offer you a regular time and space to think through any worries that are interrupting your sense of wellbeing and your capacity to cope with life.

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Dr Pieter W Nel

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Having been employed as a Clinical Psychologist
for over 20 years in the NHS I have gained
considerable experience of providing clinical
services to diverse populations presenting
with a wide range of social, emotional and
behavioural problems.

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Marie McGeechan

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I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
(CBT) offering support for those suffering from
depression and anxieties disorders including
social anxiety, worry, panic, post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety and OCD

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Azy Shahrabi Farahani

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I am a qualified Person Centred counsellor and
a registered Member of the British of Counsellor
and psychotherapist and abide by their code of ethics
We can work together in a confidential, safe,
non-judgemental space to address your needs, explore
your concerns and develop ways to make changes.
I offer the following services in English, Farsi and Dari

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Dr Yasmine Nassif


I specialise in the adult treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety, social phobia, low self-esteem, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have a particular interest in treating individuals who have been exposed to traumatic environments, from everyday situations to war zones

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