Counselling & Psychotherapy at Reasonable Fees

All experienced members of the therapy team are qualified, with professional liability insurance and current membership of an appropriate professional organisation. All the experienced therapists offer some concessions, depending on availability.


Profiles of Individual Therapists


Aleine Ridge

Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling with Communication and Counselling Foundation (1993). I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a UKCPHIPS Registered Supervisor.

I have worked as a counsellor since 1973 and as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer since 1990. I co-founded Spiral in 1995 and am a co-director. As well as having an extensive practice I have worked in a number of different organisations as counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer or consultant: NHS, Pregnancy Advisory Service, Lesbian Line, London Rape Crisis, Complementary Health Trust, Women and Health, Stress Project, NSPCC, One in Four, MIND, Advance and Angel Drug Project.

Having worked with such a diversity of people over a long period of time I work integratively, incorporating client-centred, interpretative and focussed approaches depending on what is most appropriate. A lot of the people I see are dealing with the effects of childhood trauma. The traumas might have been emotional, physical, sexual or spiritual and any of these aspects of self may be affected. I am constantly inspired by the shared journey of healing, integration of insight and hope.

I see individuals, couples, and therapists for supervision, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Spiral.
My fees are £70 per 50 minute session.
Contact 07901 944442 (text preferably) or

Carole Ellison

MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Psychosynthesis and Education Trust (2004). Certificate in Body Orientated Psychotherapy, Midsummer Training, Cambridge (1990). I am registered with UKCP. I have run Art Therapy groups for trainee psychiatric nurses and have taught on a psychodynamic counselling course at Cambridge University.

I have worked for over twenty years as a psychotherapist and during that time have had extensive experience in areas such as: relationship issues, abuse, depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, panic attacks, sexuality, work difficulties, low self-esteem and self-awareness. I work with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

I focus on creating an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance and trust in which to facilitate the exploration, challenge and potential transformation of underlying issues. My approach is integrative and I am experienced in a broad range of perspectives, which allows me to work with each client according to individual needs and inclinations.

I work at Spiral on Wednesday afternoons and evenings as well as in Cambridge several days a week.

My fees are £60 per session.

Contact 01223 313652, 07816 362730, or see

Aneela Mallick Ferdinand

BSc Hons Social Sciences and Psychology, London Guildhall University (1994); European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, City and Islington College (2001); Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children, Tavistock Centre (2007); MA in Psychotherapy and Healing, Society for Psychology and Healing (2009); Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy, NAOS (2014).

I joined Spiral in 1998 as a therapist on placement and have continued my practice here since 2001. My approach leans toward Psychodynamic, Holistic and Transpersonal modalities. The areas I have worked with include relationships, anxiety disorders, body image and identity, depression, loss and bereavement, young people, career, education, parenting, Islamic issues, religio-cultural conflicts and spiritual-cultural development.

I see individuals who struggle with breaking through their own creative and artistic blocks, and when appropriate I may suggest we use dreams and imagery to facilitate inner growth and to gently open up the potential for entry to deeper self-knowledge and personal fulfillment. Rather than looking at ‘cures’, my bias lies in an expectation that we can learn to live more fully and comfortably with our paradoxes and that the acceptance of this grants us our potentials. I am particularly open to inviting intercultural and transcultural perspectives, and in my work with Islamic issues and black issues I hold a deep focus on the way that these identities are experienced within the socio-cultural, personal and spiritual framework of the individual.

I have worked as a tutor and educator, counsellor and psychotherapist in provisions for Black and Minority Ethnic groups in family centres, youth projects, and within the area of mental health crisis intervention, and have been active within the U.K education system in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors for more than twenty years. I have created, developed and run tailored therapeutic personal development programmes for students in schools and in Asian women’s outreach projects. I have also provided consultative support to parents and families, carers and teaching staff with regard to developmental, behavioural and emotional factors in teaching and learning.

I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor.

I work at Spiral on Thursdays. My fees are £60 per session.

Contact 07949 118792 or

Afra Bell

Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from City and Islington College (2002), Diploma in CBT (Institute of Counselling, 2007), Cert. in group work (Gestalt Centre, 2005), Cert. in Counselling Supervision (City & Islington College, 2013), Cert. in Solution Focussed Therapy (The Brief Centre, 2013). I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

I have been practising as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Spiral since 2001 and as a supervisor since 2010. I have also worked for a number of different organisations that include Local Authority mental health teams, women’s groups, parent support groups, young people’s services, corporate business, and within various shamanic and personal development work settings. As well as practising as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, I also provide creative and therapeutic Team Building and Leadership workshops for corporate business and voluntary organisations.

My particular areas of experience and expertise are: personal development, spirituality, relationships, self-esteem, self-empowerment, parenting, anxiety, depression, life choices, cultural identity, sexual abuse, bereavement and working with anger. As well as having worked extensively with adults, I have particular experience in counselling young people.

I use an intuitive, integrative and holistic approach, uniting mind, body and spirit, and incorporating Psychodynamic, Person Centred Gestalt and Solution Focussed schools of thought. Where helpful, the sessions can also focus on such things as creative visualisation, drawing and other ways of connecting with layers of being beyond the rational. My intention in the sessions is to create a nurturing, accepting, understanding and supportive space.

I work at Spiral on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Friday mornings. My fees are £60 per 50 minute session. I have a limited number of concessions for clients on low income.

Contact 07968 026608 9am-6pm, or

Deborah Berger

Diplomas in Integrative Psychotherapy with a Soulful Perspective (2015) and Integrative Counselling with a Soulful Perspective (2005) from Re.Vision Training in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Certificates in Couples in Search of Soul training (2011) and Supervision with Soul (2016) from Re.Vision. I am an accredited member of UKCP. In addition to therapy for individuals, and for couples and those in other relationships, I offer supervision to therapists. I am a co-director at Spiral and a tutor at Re.Vision.

I have experience of working with individuals and couples who bring a range of life issues both past and present. These have included healing from childhood trauma, sexuality, difficulties in relationship, anxiety and stress, sexual or other abuse, addiction, loss and grief, feelings of low self-esteem, life choices, and becoming who you are. You may have a clear idea of what you want to bring to therapy, or you may simply feel that now is the time to pay attention to some hurt or confusion which is getting in the way of life.

My approach is to enable you to talk about whatever feels important to you at each session. I can see you for a shorter period of weeks or months or we can meet for longer-term work which will give space for more depth. I use a variety of approaches depending on what works best for you as an individual or couple. We may work with images and creativity to support the sessions and this can bring a richness to the process. For some it is most important simply to have a space to talk, be listened to, explore thoughts and feelings about how life is, and to find a way forward.

I am interested in the complex issues of culture, heritage, difference and oppression and in this I am guided both by my own history and my learning over many years of working with diversity. I appreciate that difference sometimes comes with the painful experience of not being respected or accepted by others, and I also celebrate the strength that it brings. Each person is unique and has their own culture, history and values, and this – who you are – is essential to the work we do together.

For couples, we will spend time looking at how you both feel in the relationship at the moment, and where you would like to get to. The sessions may include current stresses, past stories that are impacting on the relationship, ways of communicating, and issues of difference.

I offer day and evening sessions at Spiral and in N17. My current fees are £60 for individuals,
£80 for couples and those in other relationships, and £60 for supervision.

Contact 07900 530507, or see

Lowina Simms

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist accredited by the BPS and registered with HPC. My role as a psychologist-practitioner involves the application of evidence-based principles to psychological health.

My work is guided by an integration of the person-centred, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches. Sessions involve the identification of tools and techniques that assist you to move beyond any limiting feelings, beliefs and behavioural patterns and to enhance your psychological well-being.

I have long experience in offering sessions to individuals who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties that relate to the past, present and future. I offer a confidential collaborative space for people to explore difficulties in their mood, behaviour, thinking styles, and relationships, and to explore difficulties related to stress, bereavement, self- harm, obsessions, and phobias and mood disorders.

My clinical experience has been acquired through work in the NHS, the Priory Hospital, and MIND. I value diversity and welcome clients with respect.

I see individuals at Spiral on weekday evenings and in the daytime on Saturdays. My fees are £50 to £60 per session. Please contact me to briefly discuss explore any difficulties you may have, and to arrange an initial consultation, on 07957 180 475 or

Bernie Bane

I am a qualified and experienced therapist, providing counselling & psychotherapy to individuals in a confidential, collaborative and non-judgemental environment. I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor at Mary Ward Centre in 2005 and went on to obtain a BA (Hons) in Counselling from University of Greenwich in 2012. I am an accredited member of BACP.

My experience as a counsellor and in various support roles within the charity sector has given me the opportunity to work with adults and young people from a variety of different backgrounds. I have supported people experiencing relationship difficulties, identity issues, sexuality issues, domestic violence, survivors of rape & sexual assault, people living with HIV, drug users, people suffering from depression and anxiety, people who are self-harming and people who have attempted or are at risk of suicide.

I see therapy as a co-operative venture between therapist and client and I endeavour to provide a warm, collaborative and non-judgemental space for you to explore the issues that are important to you. I will seek to see you and understand you as a whole person, connected in mind, body, spirit and heart. Through this I hope to support you in accepting and understanding yourself as a whole person, with the power and freedom to make choices.

The integrative model I work with focuses on the importance of relationships and is based on the belief that as human beings we can grow and develop in relation to others. I combine and use several different models of counselling, such as attachment theory, psychodynamic and person centred approaches (learn more about these on Spiral’s website, Therapeutic Approaches page). This allows me to meet the needs of each individual and to work with the focus that best fits the person.

I work at Spiral on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

My fee is £50 per session.

Contact: 07903 771 097 or or see

Nicole Verity

I completed a four year training in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in June 2010, obtaining an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy in 2012, and am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist.

I hold a perspective which draws on Eastern as well as Western approaches to psychology, seeing body, mind and spirit as one interconnected whole. Mindfulness is intrinsic to this this model, and is invited both into the sessions and into your day to day life. Through this we enquire into how we respond to the world, what is causing us distress and unhappiness, how we can adjust and heal, and how we can shift to new perspectives.

We are all on our paths and yet there are times when we need to seek out safe companionship and support in order to heal pain and move forward. I offer a safe, confidential and compassionate space where you can feel at ease to explore and begin to understand the nature of your difficulties. Through this exploration, you can reconnect to your potential, feel more engaged, and live life with more vitality.

You may choose to bring issues that are affecting you right now or feelings that have been with you for a long time but have not had a safe and non-judgmental space to be heard. When you are able to express your true feelings you can begin to understand yourself at a deeper level and find new ways of connecting to the world and those around you.

I work with trauma and early childhood abuse, as well as anxiety, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, and many other issues that cause us pain, and which prevent us from being at ‘ease’ in the world and from being in touch with our basic creative nature.

I am at Spiral on Wednesdays in the daytime. I offer both short term therapy of up to 12 weeks and long term therapy which is open ended.

Fee: £60 per session. I have 2 concessions @ £35.00.

Please contact me for availability on

Meryem Hassan

Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling, Re.Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis (Dec 2010). BSc Hons in Psychology, University of East London (2002). I am a member of BACP and have been at Spiral since January 2009.

For over 20 years I have actively worked within the social care environment, across the voluntary, statutory and third sectors. I have worked with both individuals and families from varied backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and age groups, with those most vulnerable, as well as those needing direction or support. In addition to practising as a counsellor, until recently I was also currently a part time manager of a psychosocial team for a Children and Young People’s Charity. In previous years I managed a Women’s Centre, where I gave support to women who experienced domestic violence, relationship difficulties, and physical, sexual and mental abuse.

My counselling approach will involve working with you empathically and intuitively, paying attention to what is both spoken and unspoken. I will bring in methods that are relevant to what is currently taking place for you and we may also look at dreams, use imagery and explore your hopes and aspirations.

Each of us is different. I will work with you, the individual, and I will focus on the approaches that I feel will best suit your unique journey. Within this, we can explore the current life issues that impact on your emotional health and wellbeing, as well as giving space to your history, experiences and childhood memories.

I have worked closely with many people to address their levels of confidence, self- esteem, depression and anxiety, helping them to understand and not judge their distress as well as finding tools and improved coping strategies. I also have particular experience of working with disability issues, addictions, sexuality and gender identity. In other therapeutic settings I have worked collaboratively with vulnerable young people to support them in understanding the impact of their life choices, and exploring how to move their lives forward more purposefully.

Often people come to counselling seeking answers, or positive change, or support to help them take back control of their lives. This process is a journey of discovery, and sometimes of answers, and just as importantly it is an invitation to raise your awareness and acceptance of who you are today.

I work at Spiral on Thursdays and Fridays.

Fees: £60 per session; contact: 07946 360981 or, or see

Diane Salisbury

I have both a degree in Psychosocial Studies from University of East London (1998) and a counselling Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis from Re-Vision (2013). I am a registered member of the BACP.

I have an open and down to earth approach, and set out to create a warm and safe environment, for you to explore whatever is troubling you. I offer a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental space. My approach is integrative which means that I draw on different theoretical approaches and styles depending on your needs.

I have worked with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and with many different issues, including grief, loss, anxiety, depression, low or lack of self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, midlife transition, sexual abuse, OCD and relationship difficulties.

I offer both short-term and also longer open-ended work. Throughout our time working together we will review our work from time to time; this is to make sure that you are getting as much from our sessions as possible and to make sure we are addressing the issues which are most important to you.

Finding the counsellor who is right for you is important. I offer an initial 50min session for £25; this is an opportunity for us to get a sense of whether we want to work together.

My regular fees are £52.00 per 50 min session. I work at Spiral on Tuesday mornings and evenings.

Tel 07534 199 880;

Michelle Russell

I am a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist working with adults on an individual basis. I hold a Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling from London Metropolitan University (2011) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy from Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis (2016).

I will provide you with a safe, confidential and compassionate space to enable you to reflect on your journey through life as you explore your past and present experiences as well as your future potential. I work using an integrative perspective, which is tailored to your needs and preferences, within a holistic framework that takes into account the interconnectedness of mind, body, heart and soul. I work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and will support you in giving attention to whatever is important to you.

During my trainings I worked for various organisations including Central London Samaritans; Age UK Camden; Camden, City, Islington & Westminster Bereavement Service; and St Joseph’s Hospice. I specialise in working with clients experiencing transition in their lives supporting them through the natural process of disorientation and reorientation that marks life’s turning points. Such times in our lives, which are often experienced as ‘dark nights of the soul’ are confusing and painful, but can ultimately assist us to release the fullness of our inner potential. Carl Jung referred to such rites of passage as the path of individuation.

My fee is £50 per 50 minute session. I am available to work on either a fixed short-term or a longer-term ongoing basis.

Please contact me via email at for further information or to arrange an initial consultation.

Nicole Scott

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. After a six year training I gained an advanced Diploma in Counselling from the Minster Centre (2013), and I am currently in the final stages of completing my MA in Integrative Psychotherapy. I also have a Diploma in Biodynamic massage from The Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy (2010). My training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT, 2015) and my long-term personal practice of meditation and yoga inform my work as a psychotherapist and contribute to my belief in the importance of working towards mind-body integration.

During my training I worked as a psychotherapist for various charities including MIND and the RNIB. Currently, as well as being part of the Spiral Team, I work for an NHS service at the Maudsley psychiatric hospital. I also have a private practice in Hampstead. My experience in each sector has helped me appreciate the diverse needs and wishes of people who come to therapy and the variety of issues that they bring, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, abuse, health conditions and relationship difficulties.

I invite clients to talk about their past as a way of illuminating current or recurring difficulties, and I consider the relationship between the client and the therapist to be an important part of the work. I believe that working together in a context of empathy, acceptance and appropriate challenge can lead to increased self-understanding and can facilitate a process of deep healing. I pay attention to what is both spoken and unspoken and am interested in the way that physical symptoms might offer us insights into psychological experiences.

I draw my theoretical understanding from psychodynamic, attachment, humanistic, and relational-analytic perspectives. I am a member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), the PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility) and the Relational School. I abide by the BACP’s ethical framework.

My charges are £50 per 50 minute session. I work at Spiral all day (including evening slots) on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as Thursday afternoons and evenings. I work in Hampstead on Wednesdays. I see people once or twice a week.

Please see my website for further details, or contact me via email: or phone: 07779 123521

Virginia Griffin-Monk

I completed an initial Diploma training as a counsellor in 1991 at the Institute of Education in London and gained a Post graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies in 2012 from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University. I am a registered member of BACP, working towards accreditation as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

Most of my working life has been in a personal development context. During and between my trainings I worked as an English lecturer in further education. My first counselling work was with young people, within a college (from 1991-2) and also in a youth agency (from 1992-1997). Following this, I was a volunteer counsellor in a charity offering low cost counselling in a community centre (2004-2007), a volunteer counsellor at Metanoia’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (2007-8) and an honorary psychotherapist in an NHS psychotherapy department (2008-2010). I worked with people with wide-ranging experiences and concerns, including anxiety, depression and issues to do with identity and relationships. I have also offered shorter-term telephone counselling in an employee assistance programme (2004-2010), often supporting people at times of great isolation and enabling them to find a way forward. Additionally, I worked in an NHS project providing short-term counselling (from 2010-2011) and later in private practice, where I offered both long and short-term counselling/psychotherapy (2012-15).

Through all of this I have appreciated the diverse experience and needs of people who come to therapy. I recognise how difficult it can be for people to face and talk about their painful experiences, as well as the importance of hope and self- acceptance. I believe that we all have the potential to enhance our lives and develop our potential.
I draw my theoretical understanding from attachment, humanistic and relational perspectives, seeking to explore with you how your patterns and past relationships may have shaped your experience in the present. I aim to work with you to enable more understanding and integration of your experiences.

I will provide a safe place where you can express your feelings and explore your issues. I work with empathy and humour and seek to explore and clarify your options in the here and now. We may also use mindfulness if you resonate with this approach. Through our developing therapeutic relationship you may discover insights into how you relate, and other possible ways of being and responding.

My charges are £55 per 50 minute session.
I work at Spiral on Fridays and in Muswell Hill on Thursdays.
Please contact me by email: or phone: 07792 965875

Sophie MacLeod

An Accredited Member of the BACP, I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative psychotherapist and counsellor.

We can work together either short or long term. My intention is to help you to find hope and a way forward whatever your issues may be.  I aim to create a supportive environment through which you can make sense of your circumstances, even when they may feel overwhelming.  You will be able to talk about anything in a confidential space, knowing that I will not be judging you or being critical. Through this, you will be able to think about new perspectives and solutions.

I always work within a person-centred framework but my way of working may also include psychodynamic understandings if it is useful for you to look at your past, and creative approaches (for example, working with pictures or stones / shells) in order to help you to connect with what is going on for you in the present. I can incorporate CBT exercises so that you can find strategies for moving forward, and I may work holistically with you to understand what the pains, discomforts or other sensations in your body might be telling you about your thoughts and feelings.

I feel fortunate to have worked with people from a variety of different backgrounds and with a range of issues.  I have particular experience in working with people dealing with stress, panic and anxiety, anger, bereavement and loss, rape, childhood abuse, depression and low self-esteem. I have worked in universities and higher education for 10 years and have an in-depth understanding of the pressures both staff and students are facing. I enjoy working with students, including mature students and have valued the opportunity of accompanying them through an important time of transition.

I am curious about each person’s unique experience and outlook and would welcome the opportunity to stand beside you, whatever distress or difficulty you are going through.

I am at Spiral on Monday evenings. My fee is £50 and I can offer a discounted rate for students and people on low incomes.

Contact:, 07835 896906 or

Sylvia Wingens

I have completed a four year MA training in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon and have obtained a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy from the Middlesex University in London.

I am a registered member of BACP and member of UKCP and adhere to their code of ethics and practice.

My interest is to develop awareness of the ‘here and now’, and to discover what it tells us about how we are in relationship to others, the world and ourselves. I consider therapy as a form of partnership between the client and myself, and by enquiring together into the present moment we are able to recognise old patterns we enact in the present.

Another focus I take in my work is exploring the space where mind and body meet. I believe they are not separate. The body knows. When we connect with and give attention to the body, we learn more about our emotional landscape. By listening to the body, we create pathways to our current and past experiences.
I work holistically. This means I engage with the spiritual dimension, if this is part of your perspective. There is scope within the sessions for exploring what meaning you make of your life, and the questions which arise from this.

My fees are £50 per 50 minute session.
My clinical hours at Spiral are currently on Tuesdays
Contact: 07767.132.045 or
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