Our Counsellors.

Annette Hill

As an Integrative Counsellor, I use many different approaches, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to suit the needs of the individual. I offer clients a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment in which to work through the difficulties they bring. I hold a Diploma in Counselling Practice and have also gained qualifications in Mental Health. I am a member of BACP and have conducted over 700 hours of clinical counselling practice.

I work with individuals of all ages but have particular experience of working with young people (11 years and upwards) and more recently have developed my interest and gained experience in working with clients on the Autistic spectrum. I have experience of working with clients struggling with a wide range of issues including; depression, stress & anxiety, abuse, bereavement (loss), self-harm, anger, low self esteem and eating disorders.

Maria Currie

My counselling practice is Person Centered, which reflects my respect for the uniqueness of individuals and their ability to know what is right for themselves.

I create a safe and confidential environment to explore the challenges that have been brought by the children, young people and adults I meet.

Trained in Psychodynamic and Person Centered approaches to counselling, I also use creative therapies in my work.

After qualifying in 2008, I worked for Suffolk County Council as a Family Support Practitioner. I then became involved with several charities supporting adults and children with their experiences of domestic abuse. In 2012 I joined Centre 33 and worked for 3 years as a counsellor in secondary schools in the Cambridge area.

I currently work for a charity in Suffolk counselling children and young people. In addition, I am a group facilitator for the Freedom Programme and Stronger Families Community Programme, supporting individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.

Menaka Thiru

I have an Upper Second BA (Hons) degree in Modern Iberian and Latin American Regional Studies from University College, University of London and hold an M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge. My background is in teaching English as a foreign language to adults and young people.

I obtained a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in August 2013. I have counselled young people at a secondary school and have counselled many adults at Sky Blue since May 2015.

I am also working for The YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as an Intervention Worker. I deliver resilience-building programmes which involve working with groups and mentoring individual pupils at primary schools.

I strongly believe that counselling can bring about life-changing growth and transformation in an individual’s life. Moreover it can provide expanded freedom and choice. That is why I am committed to working in this field as an Integrative counsellor. I always endeavour to treat my clients with compassion, sensitivity and respect.

Janet Hardy

The therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is an essential aspect of effective counselling. I offer my clients the opportunity to engage safely and confidentially with me in the therapeutic process. I use an integrative model of counselling that brings together different elements of specific therapies to sensitively meet my client’s needs.

I have experience of working with clients in a number of settings such as, private practice, GP surgeries and other institutions. I hold a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling and I am working towards a BA Honours Degree in integrative counselling.

I believe counselling to be a time and place for people to courageously address their concerns and troubles and that it is an instrument that can bring about significant, much wanted life changes.

Jane Phillips

As an accredited and registered M.B.A.C.P. (Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), my theoretical approach is Person Centred and Psychodynamic which has formed the basis of my practice for twenty years.

I have many years experience of working with a wide range of people and their difficulties, including relationships, confidence/self esteem, loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety, abuse and adoption. I have counselled in primary and secondary schools and more recently became a registered counsellor with Barnardos, working with all aspects of adoption. I work with adults, children and young people.

I believe by listening, empathising and exploring thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a safe, caring environment, people can gain a better understanding of themselves and their situation. I am committed to helping people develop their own inner resources and together find alternative ways of coping. Although making effective changes may at times be difficult, I strongly value and believe in people’s ability to empower themselves to feel more able to live their lives with greater satisfaction and well being.

Becky Wilkes

I offer an accepting and non-judgmental space to foster processing, healing and restoration. I work as an Integrative Counsellor and the approaches I draw from include Person Centred, Jungian, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I see counselling as a collaborative relationship which allows the client to work through the issues that they bring in a safe and supported way.

I have a master’s degree in Integrative Psychotherapy, a first class bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a diploma in Relationship Counselling. I have worked in a range of counselling environments including primary and secondary schools, a family development centre and most recently Relate Cambridge. I work with adults, young people and children and I specialize in work with couples.

I believe that anyone can benefit from counselling and it’s not just for those who see themselves as struggling in some way. Counselling is a unique relationship which allows for self-exploration in an accepting and encouraging environment. Being truly heard is a powerful experience and one which has the potential to be transformational.

Dr Gynette Kershaw

As a registered Clinical Psychologist with nine years of experience as a Counsellor and then as a Psychologist, I am committed to providing effective, evidence-based therapy to individuals and couples. I have experience of working successfully with people of all ages; people with a wide range of mental health difficulties and people whose physical health is affecting their psychological wellbeing.

I have a particular interest in working with couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship. The approach that I use is called Emotionally Focused Therapy. This is a structured talking therapy based on adult attachment and bonding that has been shown to be helpful for couples facing serious difficulties including affairs, depression, addiction and chronic illness.

When working with individuals, I provide a calm, open environment in which to gently explore and address your areas of concern, looking for new ways to understand or respond to situations that cause difficulty. I am trained in several types of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. As all of us are unique, I tailor my approach to suit your needs and preferences, drawing on these proven methods.

Amanda Shaw

I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor in 2008 (Diploma in Higher Education in Person Centred Counselling) and am a registered member of BACP. I have experience of working within organisations providing counselling to adults and children, age 11+. I have worked with a broad range of issues including bullying, loss of confidence and self-esteem, anxiety, low mood and bereavement.

As a counsellor I believe the client counsellor relationship to be at the heart of the therapeutic process. I offer a safe, confidential space where together, issues of concern can be empathically explored.

I hold a deep respect for all my clients and their capacity for change and I acknowledge their courage to seek help. Throughout the counselling process my clients gain a greater understanding and awareness of their issues and themselves and I consider it a real privilege to be part of that change.