The Turner Centre Counselling & Psychotherapy in Colchester, Essex

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Jane Langley

Director, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Couple Therapist and Clinical Supervisor

Jane is the Director of the Turner Centre and leads the team of counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists as well as being a practicing psychotherapist and seeing individuals and couples. She has been managing health services for over 23 years and practicing as a psychotherapist for almost 20 years. She founded the Turner Centre in 2006 and more recently has opened another psychotherapy centre in Ipswich - the Stephenson Centre in 2020.

Having had a career in the NHS managing the community health services in Hackney, East London she undertook her first therapy training in 1998. From here she has worked as a specialist palliative care psychotherapist in a hospice setting for almost 10 years seeing individuals and families diagnosed with a terminal illness. She has facilitated bereavement groups and carers groups as well as designing and facilitating bereavement training programmes and therapy workshops. More recently she has worked in the psychotherapy department in the NHS seeing patients with severe personality disorders for long term psychotherapy and as a seminar leader and tutor on a counselling diploma course in Chelmsford. She worked for Essex County Council as a staff counsellor and a mediator between disputing managers and staff in the work place as well as working at three GP practices in Colchester as their practice counsellor for over 10 years. She holds a busy private practice at the Turner Centre and the Stephenson Centre seeing individuals, couples and supervising other therapists and students as well as managing the two centres.

Jane holds a masters degree (MSc) in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, a Post Grad Cert and Grad Cert in Family, Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy, Diploma in Counselling Skills, Cert in Mediation and Cert in Supervision and is an accredited member of the BACP. She has also completed various NHS health management trainings.

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Catherine Caumont

Psychodynamic Therapist, Couple Therapist and Clinical Supervisor

Catherine is an experienced psychodynamic therapist, couple therapist and clinical supervisor having worked with a wide range of individuals and couples struggling with various difficulties and relationship issues on both a long and short term basis. She sees both students and qualified counsellors and therapists for clinical supervision.

She spent several years working as nurse prior to her therapy training and has also worked as a seminar leader and tutor on the Certificate in Counselling Skills course in Chelmsford – the first year of the diploma level training. She has also worked for Essex County Council as a staff counsellor in Occupational Health seeing council employees struggling with a range of issues.

Catherine has a special interest in Walking Therapy which she is developing and practicing as well as running writing groups and reflective writing.

Catherine holds a diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF) as well as a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Studies and has completed the foundation course in Group Analysis with the IGA. She has completed her supervisor’s training gaining a diploma in Supervision and an award in Education and Training. She has also undertaken additional training in Couples Therapy at both the Tavistock Centre and Chelmsford Counselling Foundation.

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Simone Wakelin

CBT Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Simone is a Consultant Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist and has over 30 years’ experience working with psychological and emotional difficulties.

Her work and experience extends across a wide range of individual and group treatments. She has worked in the NHS, private and public sector for may years and has a great deal of experience in lecturing in CBT in three local universities. She also has extensive experience as a Clinical Supervisor.

As a Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist, Simone has developed expertise and experience in a wide range of emotional and psychological disorders; both with children and adults alike. She has been a fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) since 2005 and has taught CBT both internationally and nationally.

Simone is also DBT trained and has trained in compassion focus therapy and ACT therapy.

Simone holds a BSc (Hons) CBT, RMN, Oxford University post Grad Diploma 1997.

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Penny Hatton

Senior Specialist Child and Young Persons Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor (Children & Adults)

Penny is our senior specialist counsellor who works with young people, children and teenagers. She has extensive experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, school phobia, anger, childhood issues, exam stress and ASD.

Penny’s career has been dedicated to supporting those with emotional and psychological difficulties even prior to her training. She worked providing therapeutic and teaching support to vulnerable women in a women’s refuge prior to her working as a specialist therapeutic and behavioural support worker in an SEN specialist school for 10 years where she supported children struggling with various emotional difficulties such as autism, anxiety and learning and behavioural problems.

Penny also sees adults for therapy and offers clinical supervision to other child and adolescent counsellors as well as adult counsellors and school support workers.

She has a special interest and specialism in working with children and teenagers who have experienced trauma during their early childhood as well as those struggling with anxiety around exams and ASD.

Penny holds a masters degree (MA) in Counselling Children and Young People and a degree (BA) in Therapeutic Communications in Organisations and a cert in supervision.

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Holly Rolfe

Trainee Integrative Counsellor

Holly is one of our valued mature trainee / student counsellors on clinical placement at the Turner Centre from the University of Suffolk. She is in her second year of training studying for the BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and has worked at the Turner Centre since October 2020 seeing clients for a reduced fee as part of her training. She has so far seen a number of clients and has gained a great deal of experience in a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties.

Prior to her counsellor training Holly worked in Human Resources in the financial sector, and has a wealth of experience in managing people through particularly difficult and stressful times and advising on appropriate courses of action. She also specialised in Grievance & Harassment cases within the organisation.

She is currently seeing clients at the Turner Centre as a trainee counsellor whilst working toward her qualification and accreditation with the BACP.

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Rhonda Clark

Specialist Psychodynamic Counsellor for Children and Young People

Rhonda is one of our specialist Child and Young Persons Counsellors and has been working at the Turner Centre since qualifying.

She works with adults, children, teenagers and young adults who are struggling with a range of emotional and psychological problems. She is experienced in working with young people trying to cope with a wide range of difficulties including school phobia, bereavement, anger management and generalised anxiety affecting their ability to live their lives to the full.

Rhonda has worked in schools for over 15 years supporting children and young people with emotional and behavioural issues and is a specialist behavioural support worker seeing children and educating teachers in how to support children who are struggling in school or struggling to come into school.

She holds a masters degree (MA) in Psychodynamic Counselling Children and Young People and a BA (Hons) degree. She has a particular interest and specialism in eating disorders, domestic violence, abuse and trauma.

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Claire Money

Counselling Psychologist, EMDR Specialist and Clinical Supervisor

Claire is a Counselling Psychologist, EMDR specialist and a clinical supervisor. She has had many years of experience offering therapies to adults and adolescents having worked in the NHS and in the private sector for over 10 years before going into private practice. As an accredited EMDR practitioner, she offers specialist therapy services for trauma related difficulties. Claire also supervises other psychologists in their work.

As a psychologist, Claire has trained in a number of therapeutic models including CBT, third wave CBT, psychodynamic and person centred therapy. She is highly creative in her approach, drawing upon proven therapy models to help individuals to move forward with the difficulties they may be facing and prides herself on being compassionate, grounded and empathic.

Along with her wealth of experience in a wide range of emotional difficulties which include anxiety disorders, depression, stress, childhood abuse, relationship issues and loss, Claire’s particular specialisms include trauma and eating disorders.

Claire is a BPS Chartered and HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. She holds a Post Grad Diploma in the Practice of Counselling Psychology and a masters degree in Counselling Psychology, a BSc in Psychology and Criminology and is on the register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

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Coral Hepburn

Integrative Counsellor

Coral is an integrative counsellor who has recently joined the team at the Turner Centre having qualified in 2020. Since qualifying, she has gained valuable experience working with a wide range of clients who are experiencing various issues including anxiety, anger, depression, low self esteem, issues and/or confusion around sexuality, abuse, trauma, relationship difficulties, work-related stress, loss and bereavement.

She has spent 20 years working within the financial and account management private sector prior to undertaking her therapy training, where she has experience of working in a range of supporting roles.

Coral also works as a CBT skills facilitator where she supports clients in understanding the basic CBT concepts as well as teaching CBT tools and techniques such as thought records, mindfulness and formulations.

Coral has a particular interest in working with clients struggling with the impact of sexual abuse, trauma, attachment issues, incest, anger, low self esteem, depression and anxiety.

Coral is a registered member of the BACP and holds a diploma in Integrative Counselling. She is currently studying for a degree in psychology.

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Louise Wheeler

CBT Psychotherapist, EMDR Specialist and Clinical Supervisor

Louise is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural and EMDR Psychotherapist. She has worked as a mental health nurse for many years prior to undertaking her CBT training where she worked with people with a range of emotional and psychological problems.

Since qualifying in EMDR, Louise now also works with individuals attempting to overcome a wide range of trauma and traumatic experiences and those diagnosed with PTSD.

Louise has over 18 years’ experience working within the NHS in the capacity of a Mental Health Nurse and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. She has worked with a variety of clinical groups and in a range of clinical settings, such as the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service delivering CBT to clients with depression and anxiety disorders. She has successfully worked with conditions such as depression, generalised anxiety, OCD, post-traumatic stress and health anxiety.

Louise is particularly interested in adults experiencing anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mood disorders and holds a busy private practice at the Turner Centre.

Louise holds a post graduate diploma in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and specialist qualification in EMDR as well as her Mental Health Nurse degree.

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Leena Loerns

Specialist Psychodynamic Counsellor for Children and Young People

Leena is a one of our specialist Child and Young Person’s Counsellors. She has been working at the Turner Centre seeing young people and children since qualifying.

She has experience of working in both primary and secondary schools with children and teenagers struggling with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties including school phobia, anger management, self harm, abuse and anxiety.

Leena is our designated counsellor linked to one of the local schools providing counselling to their students both at the school and at the Turner Centre, depending on where the students feel most comfortable to be seen.

She sees adults as well as children and young people and prides herself on her ability to provide an empathic space allowing the exploration of painful and difficult feelings. She has a particular interest and specialism in working with teenagers.

Leena holds a masters degree (MA) in Psychodynamic Counselling for Children and Young People and a degree in Psychology.

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Angelique Cox

Family Therapist and Couple Therapist

Angelique is an experienced family therapist and couple therapist. She has been working in Mental Health for the past 25 years, the majority of this focusing on child, family and adolescent work.

Angelique has wide and varied experience having worked across the Voluntary, NHS and private sector, with particular expertise in Adoption and Fostering, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Eating Disorders. She currently works part time for the NHS and undertakes some private work alongside at the Turner Centre.

Angelique’s family and couples therapy is very much influenced by attachment theory, an intergenerational focus and the importance of repairing relational ruptures. All kinds of changes can make relationships more stressful, such as physical illness, unemployment, mental health issues, moving home, new family members, getting older, divorce, loss and trauma. Some families and couples find their own ways to manage these challenges and some find it harder to do this on their own, for all kinds of reasons. Systemic Therapy can support families and couples when they are feeling overwhelmed, stuck in unhelpful, hurtful or harmful patterns of being with each other, persistently sad or angry or even just confused about what to do for the best.

Angelique’s guiding principles in sessions are to encourage everyone to share their hopes and fears, respect each person’s beliefs and values, develop mutual understanding and reduce blame or conflict in the family or couple dynamics.

She holds a masters degree (MSc) in Systemic Family and Couples Psychotherapy and is registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). This means that her qualifications and experience have met a regulated standard, with ongoing training and high quality of practice expected.

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Claire Chalcraft-Pears

Integrative Counsellor

Claire is an experienced Integrative Counsellor and has worked at the Turner Centre in private practice since qualifying.

She is experienced in seeing individuals with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues including anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression and bereavement and loss.

Prior to her counsellor training, Claire worked for several years as a nursery nurse, caring for babies and young children in a nursery setting. She has also worked in finance and management where she supported employees who were experiencing stress related difficulties which impacted their work.

Claire has a particular interest in working with people with attachment difficulties, anxiety and depression.

She holds a diploma in Integrative Counselling.

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Alison Lonsdale

Integrative Counsellor

Alison is an integrative counsellor and has worked at the Turner Centre in private practice since qualifying.

She is experienced in working with individuals suffering with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties and in particular, with trauma. She has experience of working with loss and bereavement and worked with the CRUSE bereavement charity seeing individuals experiencing loss. During her training she held a placement at a children’s centre where she worked with adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties including trauma.

Prior to her counsellor training Alison worked as teacher for many years and has extensive experience in supporting young people.

She has a particular interest and specialism in the effects of trauma on the body.

Alison holds a diploma in integrative counselling and a Batchelor in Education degree as well as having completed her certification qualification in Complex Trauma.

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Sarah Wilson

Integrative Counsellor and Specialist in Sign Language Counselling

Sarah is an experienced integrative counsellor and started her ongoing work here at the Turner Centre as a student before qualifying in 2015. She has worked for Suffolk Rape Crisis and continues to work for SignHealth, a charity supporting access to health care for profoundly Deaf people. With stage three CACDP signing skills she is able to offer counselling to people who use BSL.

Sarah has volunteered for CRUSE as a bereavement support volunteer for over a decade and has extensive experience of working with issues of bereavement and loss.

Her particular interests are in supporting people with histories of trauma, developmental and attachment issues, bereavement and those who struggle with depression and anxiety.

She holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, is an accredited member of BACP and has undertaken further training in ACT and Sensory Motor Psychotherapy. She is currently enrolled on the certification course in this approach.

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Alina Croitoru

Psychodynamic Counsellor/therapist

Alina is a psychodynamic therapist with a wealth of experience working with individuals and groups that struggle with a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties.

Along with her private practice, she works as an assistant psychologist in the health service and has extensive experience designing workshop programmes for people experiencing stress and sleep problems, as well as supporting individuals with relaxation techniques. She has been working in the mental health field for over ten years, including in a bereavement and palliative care setting where she used to see individuals affected by bereavement. Some other work experiences included supporting individuals impacted by homelessness, substance misuse and long-term physical conditions.

She is passionate about ensuring therapy is about the individual being able to tell their own story in their own way, making valuable connections along the way between past experiences and present difficulties in order to move forward. Some of her main interests are making sense of/ overcoming adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), perinatal issues, cultural issues and existential issues. She also has an interest in working with depression, anxiety, loss, work-related stress and relationship/family difficulties. Although she has a variety of therapeutic interests, she feels that everyone needs the space to talk things through sometimes and always tries to focus on the person in front of her, not only on their presenting problem.

Alina holds a Clinical Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, a masters degree (MA) in Jungian Studies, a masters degree (MSc) in Youth Studies and a degree (BSc) in Psychology.
She is a BACP registered member and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

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Alison Rixson

Psychodynamic Counsellor

Alison is an experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor and has worked with individuals struggling with various psychological and emotional difficulties.

In particular she has worked with issues which include; anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, complex behavioural conditions, loss of identity, grief and issues which remain unlabelled.

Her experience prior to her counsellor training is mainly in the media where she has worked in roles which have created the ground for her to begin to understand group and organisational dynamics and how others respond to their positions in the organisation.

Alison has a special interest in group dynamics and the role individuals unconsciously take on in group settings when with others and continues to study this intriguing phenomenon.

Alison holds a Professional Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.

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Dr Birgit Vote

Counselling Psychologist, CBT Therapist, EMDR Specialist and Clinical Supervisor

Birgit is an experienced counselling psychologist who specialises in CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She also works as an EMDR practitioner specialising in working with individuals suffering with complex trauma and working toward certification as a Schema Therapist.

She has had a long and varied career working as a counselling psychologist in the NHS and other therapeutic settings including the not-for-profit-sector and private practice and has worked with a wide variety of individuals, from all walks of life suffering with a range of emotional and psychological problems including depression and anxiety problems, complex trauma, anger and stress management, work issues, grief/loss and relationship problems for which she offers individualised psychological interventions.

She is also a clinical supervisor supervising the work of other psychologists.

Birgit holds a UK Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, which specialised in CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy, a masters degree (MSc) in psychology from the University of Goettingen in Germany; is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and is an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist as well as being accredited by the BABCP.

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Anne McElroy

Psychodynamic Counsellor

Anne is an experienced psychodynamic counsellor with several years experience working with children and families. She has worked with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues and is more recently working with individuals through an employee support programme.

Anne has worked in the NHS for a number of years and has experience of health care prior to her qualifying as a counsellor and she is able to work both long and short term offering solution focussed therapy.

She has a special interest in working with issues to do with confidence and self esteem, depression and low mood, difficulties with family and personal relationships and dealing with loss and change - whether that be through divorce, childbirth, bereavement, redundancy or retirement.

Anne holds a degree (BA) (Hons), a masters degree (MA), Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, and is accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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Sinead Quinn

Gestalt Counsellor

Sinead is a Gestalt Counsellor and works in accordance with the BACP ethical framework. She has over 7 years’ experience working with individuals with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. In particular she has worked with people whose difficulties are around their identities. Having worked for the Parents Support Group in South East London, Outhouse East and more recently in private practice, Sinead understands the need to feel heard, find acceptance, and provides a safe place to explore these issues.

Prior to her counsellor training, Sinead worked as a civil servant and in the charity sector, working for the World Humanity Action Trust and UNICEF UK including a secondment to co-ordinate their HIV/AIDS campaign.

Gestalt therapy is sometimes called 'relational'. This means that the patterns that emerge in our relationships are key to who we are, and how we feel. Gestalt looks at what is happening in the room, between therapist and client.

In her own private practice, she has worked with many issues including anxiety, depression, grief, gender, sexuality and relationship difficulties. She is passionate about seeing people become their authentic selves integrating parts of themselves they have not previously accepted.

She works with adults and is able to offer online sessions as well as sessions in person.

Sinead holds a Professional Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, London and a degree (BA) in Political Science.

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