White Friars Counselling & Psychotherapy in Chester City Centre

Our Therapists

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Sarah Cattermole



Sarah holds a BSc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, an MSc in Health Psychology, a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and a Level 5 certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Sarah is a fully qualified Integrative counsellor. Whilst her core model is Person-Centred Therapy and client led, her knowledge of other types of therapy can be drawn on to suit client’s needs. Each client is unique and having knowledge of different therapies and methods helps to achieve a positive counselling outcome.

Sarah believes that the therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellor is key. Once in place, clients are able to explore issues which may be holding them back. Sarah is warm and friendly, offering a confidential, non-judgemental safe space for clients to examine areas of concern in their lives.

Sarah is fully insured and as a registered member of the BACP, adheres to strict ethical guidelines and has personal supervision once a month. This ensures that clients are getting the best possible treatment.

Sarah has a history of volunteering for both Age UK and AJ and Friends. Her background is in the private sector. She can offer face to face, video or telephone counselling, what-ever the client feels happier with.

She works with clients who have issues such as: anxiety, depression, transitional life changes, loss and bereavement, behavioural change, low self-esteem, menopause and stress management techniques.

Sarah is also registered with WPA (Western Provident Association).

Kerri Crewe



Kerri is an accredited therapist with the BACP and the EMDR association (both adults and children) and has over 13 years therapy experience.

She is trained as a integrative therapist and uses Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Neurofeedback into her compassionate and collaborative approach.

Kerri has a special interest in Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma and Neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, OCD, ODD, Dyslexia etc). She also has lots of experience working with children/young people who find attending school difficult and clients with emotional regulation difficulties.

Kerri also works with small children/young people and adopts a whole family approach when it is necessary to do so. This means that other members of the family may also work with Kerri, to best help the child/young person heal.

Caroline Dawson



Caroline is a qualified person-centred counsellor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling and is a registered member of the BACP.

She is a warm, caring and reliable counselling professional with a deep sense of personal and professional integrity. Her formal therapy training is Person-Centred (Humanistic) with a particular interest in Complex Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and early life Attachment.

Caroline believes passionately that rewarding ourselves the time and space to talk things over confidentially and without judgement with a trained professional - someone who has no bearing on our general day to day life - can really help us grow.

Fully committed to providing compassionate, therapeutic support to adults and young people, she offers a warm, safe and confidential space to clients where they are free to reflect on their inner most thoughts, feelings and behaviours without judgement, appraise their understanding and help reveal a sound and clearer sense of self, ultimately stimulating personal growth and inspiring change.

With a number of years of clinical practice in Higher Education she has worked extensively with young people and adults on a one to one basis. She has worked with clients who have experienced depression and anxiety, stress, issues surrounding shame and low self-worth, loneliness, self-harm, addiction, grief and loss, eating disorders, abuse - physical, sexual, emotional and/or psychological, post-natal depression, issues relating to childhood and relationship difficulties.

Claire Dutton



Claire is a BABCP accredited CBT therapist with over 13 years of experience working in NHS mental health services (both children & young people and adults).

She works with a broad range of problems, including OCD, PTSD, social phobia, generalised anxiety, specific phobias, illness anxiety, separation anxiety, depression, Tourette’s disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. She is also trained in helping people manage mental health in the context of long term persistent physical health conditions.

Claire is a trained EMDR therapist and member of EMDR Europe. She integrates principles of ACT, DBT and CFT into her practice.

Claire is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and offers a safe space to all. She also has experience of adapting interventions for neurodiversity.

Claire can also provide CBT Supervision and has completed a PG certificate in Supervisory Skills.

Dawn Grundy



Dawn has a Master’s degree in Person-Centred Counselling and is a Registered Member of the BACP. She works individually with clients and offers you a welcoming, safe and confidential space to explore your feelings, your life, and your relationships. Having the space to understand how you feel, with someone who is not connected to your daily life, brings a new perspective. This in turn gives you options for how to move forward.

Dawn brings grounded life experience and an authenticity to her counselling, building strong and valued therapeutic relationships. She has experience of working with young adults through to older clients, and has worked with anxiety, self-worth, shame, trauma, abuse, grief, loss, and relationship difficulties. While she has a wide breadth of experience, Dawn has a special interest in working with clients who attended boarding school and who may now be encountering related difficulties in adult life.

Kathryn Hackland



Kathryn offers Person Centred counselling and works with both individuals and couples. Her background involves working with peri-natal trauma including miscarriage and stillbirth, post-natal depression, chronic illness, living with uncertainty, anxiety, depression and loss.

Kathryn has also helped clients who have suffered trauma and abuse.

Paul Harvey



Paul is a UKCP registered Counsellor and Therapist with over twenty years’ experience working with Adults and Young People in a range of settings including Universities, NHS Psychological Therapy Services, CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), the Voluntary Sector, Private Practice and Employee Assistance Programmes.

Paul works with Adults using therapeutic approaches from Personal Construct Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapies on issues including depression, anxiety disorders, loss, stress and meeting the challenges of work and education. His approach is collaborative, flexible, focused on clients’ goals and identifying tools and strategies to support their personal and professional development, and wellbeing.

Jamie Holmes



Jamie Holmes is a psychotherapist and accredited EMDR consultant who specialises in the treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive difficulties (OCD), behavioural couples therapy, clinical depression, low self-esteem, and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). His training is in psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy and EMDR therapy and he is accredited with the BABCP and EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

Jamie has over 16 years experience of working in the field of mental health and has been a lecturer for the University of Chester where he presented on CBT and trauma focused CBT. He also provides clinical supervision to other psychotherapists, EMDR practitioners and trainee therapists as part of their ongoing development. Jamie has been awarded honorary lecturer status by the University of Chester for his role as a clinical supervisor on their IAPT High Intensity Course. Jamie has a special interest in the mental well-being of military veterans, complex trauma and attachment traumas.

Alice Jones



As an integrative therapist, Alice uses person-centred, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and psychodynamic approaches according to the individual needs of her clients.

As a counsellor Alice will not judge you but she will listen, respect and accept you as you are. As the client you are in control of what is discussed and the pace at which the therapy proceeds.

Alice’s particular experience has been in assisting clients deal with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, grief and loss.

Helen Jones



Helen is a cognitive behavioural therapist who is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

She has over 13 years’ experience of working in adult mental health services within the NHS. Helen holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and an MSc in Applied Social Studies. She has also been trained in Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Helen endeavours to work with the client at the centre at all times. She utilises an empathetic and collaborative approach in helping clients to identify their own personal goals and learn strategies that can enable them to move forward with their lives.

Helen is experienced in working with a wide range of issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis, substance misuse, childhood abuse, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bi-polar affective disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

Kiran Kaur



Kiran believes in creating a safe, warm and non-judgmental space in which clients can express themselves openly and freely. She is a qualified Person Centred therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a registered member of the BACP.

Kiran believes that to be seen, heard, and understood, is arguably one of the most empowering feelings that we as humans can experience. Seeing therapy as a meeting between two humans who experience life in all its fullness, Kiran believes that by working together on the hard stuff, and celebrating the good stuff, the therapeutic process is one that can help clients to grow and to hold hope. Kiran strives to ensure that empathy, compassion and humanness lie at the centre of her work with clients.

Kiran has worked in various setting including charitable organisations, higher education and within schools. She has experience of working with clients who bring all of life into the room, but particularly has experience of working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, loss, and discrimination. Kiran’s particular experience is working with LGBTQ+ individuals and has worked within a regional LGBT charity where she set up a Trans specific affirmative counselling service, as well as working within the LGBT counselling service within the same organisation. Kiran is also passionate about working with POC and has an interest in social justice and intersecting identities.

Adam Knight



Adam’s approach is respectful, non-judgemental and supportive. He has a very flexible approach to working and aims to tailor the sessions to your needs. He is a fully qualified Integrative counsellor and uses aspects of cognitive-behavioural, person centred and psychodynamic styles within his approach. This allows him to adapt his style of working to suit his client’s needs on a wide range of issues. He is a member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and works within their ethical framework.

Adam is an experienced counsellor with a strong working knowledge of Psychology. This experience includes Lecturing A level Psychology for 20 years; working as a college counsellor, Child Adolescent and mental health service (CAMHS) and in private practice for ten years. He has successfully worked with a wide variety of clients and has a lot of experience working with adolescents and men.

He aims to listen to your concerns to allow you to feel safe enough to explore your difficulties. This could then help you to manage and change whatever has a hold on you, so you can move forward with your life.

Louise Lemanski



Louise is a qualified counsellor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling specialising in Person Centred therapy and is a registered member of the BACP. Her focus is to establish an accepting and trusting relationship with each client and to offer a warm, safe, non-judgmental therapeutic space where their unique experiences of life will be heard and their emotional wellbeing will be supported.

She works with a diverse range of adults and young people on a one to one basis and has established counselling experience within private and voluntary organisations including Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, West Cheshire bereavement service and Childline.

Her background involves working with clients who have experienced abuse, trauma, perinatal mental health difficulties, complexities surrounding grief and loss, childhood related issues, issues surrounding shame and self-worth, and relationship difficulties including couples, family and parent/child relationships.

Sandra Munro



Sandra is a Registered Member of the BACP with a Masters degree in Clinical Counselling. She works with individuals using Person Centred therapy and has experience dealing with a range of issues including addiction, long-term illness, anxiety, bereavement, depression, anger and loss.

In her practice she offers a non-judgemental environment where clients can explore what is troubling them and discover a way forward. She has worked as a volunteer counsellor with Age UK and Turning Point.

Donna Paterson



Donna is a cognitive behavioural therapist who is a member of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP) and has a first-class honours degree in Psychology BSc. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Donna has over 10 years’ experience of working in mental health services within the NHS. She is a driven CBT therapist who is focused on achieving positive outcomes. Using warmth, empathy, and compassion throughout treatment, she forms good therapeutic alliances with clients.

Donna is experienced in working with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specific phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also has a special interest in the positive effects of physical exercise on depression.

Christine Pool



Christine is an experienced relationship and psychosexual therapist, who works with individuals and couples and also with issues relating to intimacy, loss of desire and erectile dysfunction.

She is a Registered Member of the BACP and COSRT(college of sexual and relationship therapists).

Christine also has many years experience working with the Macmillan cancer organisation covering a wide range of issues, illness, change, loss and grief. She also has experience in working with anxiety and stress related issues.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and is a Relate trained therapist.

Eve Pugh



Eve originally trained as a person-centred therapist and completed additional training in mindfulness. She will provide you with a safe, confidential space to open up about your thoughts and feelings and listen without judgement, walking beside you in your journey. Eve will work from a Person-Centred approach following the belief that the individual knows what is best for them - through talking together you are likely to discover that ‘you are’ and ‘can be’ the expert in your own life.

Eve will incorporate elements of CBT, solution focused skills and mindfulness (when appropriate) in order to meet your specific need. Eve is also trained in rewind therapy, which is used with clients experiencing PSTD.

Eve has supported clients experiencing: work related stress, low-high levels of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, relationship issues, grief and loss, abuse and receiving medical diagnosis. Eve has a particular interest in inner child work.

Prior to training Eve worked in the NHS working with vulnerable children and young people to improve and maintain their mental and emotional needs.

Eve is able to offer sessions in the evenings.

Jenny Rafferty



Jenny is a Transactional analysis and integrative therapist, working with both individuals and couples. She will offer you a safe, supportive space and an approach which is tailored to your needs, so that you can take time and attention to focus on your feelings and experiences, to work towards understanding, growth and change.

Jenny has a background in mental health and is experienced in a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, relationship problems, childhood abuse, PTSD, stress and work problems. She is also a member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis and the BACP.

Shirley Tuson



Shirley has many years experience of working both as a counsellor and a cognitive behavioural therapist within the NHS, delivering evidence based interventions to clients with a wide range of psychological presentations. She has a postgraduate diploma in counselling and also in CBT and is accredited by the BABCP. Shirley has additional training and qualifications in EMDR and couples therapy. Her approach is integrative and compassionate, valuing the individuality of clients. She adapts therapy to their particular needs, whilst offering a safe space to explore their issues and find a way forward.

Shirley has lots of experience working with stress, depression, anxiety (including health, anxiety, and OCD) grief and complex childhood trauma.

Kelly Uttley



Kelly is a warm and friendly therapist experienced in working with a variety of issues ranging from depression and anxiety through to work stress, relationship issues and loss. She has a degree in psychology, Counselling and a Master’s degree in clinical counselling. Kelly works within an integrative approach, allowing her to work with each individuals needs and use a variety of counselling modalities to suit the client.

Kelly’s specialism is addictive behaviour. She has a great deal of experience working with any repetitive self-soothing behaviour (ranging from problematic alcohol consumption through to gambling, drug taking, shopping or hoarding). Kelly feels that working together to establish and understand the roots of this behaviour can help us take steps towards finding a more positive way of being.

Before working in private practice, she worked for a leading alcohol/substance misuse charity in North Wales as well as an NHS funded mental health agency.

Patrick Whelan



Patrick is an experienced counsellor and Registered Member of the BACP.

Patrick is a warm and empathic counsellor, who uses solution focused ideas to help clients find solutions to their problems. He practices as an Integrative Counsellor (combining Person Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic Therapy) which means he can tailor therapy to the needs of the client.

He uses CBT strategies when appropriate to help clients explore coping skills and improve ways of thinking.

Patricks friendly, empathic and motivational style inspires positive change in clients - something he finds extremely rewarding.

His adjustable style enables him to work collaboratively with clients of all ages.

He has lots of experience working with; Anxiety, Depression, bereavement, family and relationships, burnout. His most recent experiences include counselling NHS professionals through their own Employers Assistance Programme and has also worked with Age Uk.

Evening sessions available.

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