Counselling and Therapy services
Counselling and Therapy services
Counsellors and therapists at Cassandra Centre range from being qualified and experienced to trainees who are either completing the final stages of their training programmes or have recently qualified. All counsellors and therapist receive regular supervision adhering to the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The Cassandra Centre is a registered member with BACP.
Suicide safety plan
Guidance on working remotely with children
Jutta ten Herkel, Co-founder and Senior Psychotherapist
As co-founder and active member of the Cassandra Centre, Jutta is supporting the management team as well as supervisors, therapists and counsellors at the Centre where she sees clients and offers Systemic Constellation workshops on a monthly basis. Participation in these workshops is also available to trainees of the Centre as professional and personal development, and to professionals focusing on Domestic Abuse in connection with the work at the Cassandra Centre.
Jutta ten Herkel, BA (Hon) Psychology is a systemic and gestalt-trained psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She has been teaching on a number of post graduate Women’s Studies programme during the 80”, apart from developing her private practice. Jutta has trained in the early 90” with Bert Hellinger and other eminent teachers and is using the systemic approach of constellations in her teaching and her practice. She contributed to the development of systemic constellation trainings in the UK as well as internationally.
In recent years Jutta has expanded her work to include the studies of the Five Realms and teachings from the SAT (Seeker after Truth) programmes originally created by Claudio Naranjo, which includes the transformative potential of Enneagram studies. In this context, she is participating in an annual summer programme in Spain, supporting parents and children in a therapeutic encounter.
An experienced UKCP Registered psychotherapist, supervisor and workshop leader. Clare’s job as a therapist has been enhanced by her studies at the Royal Academy of Music and in previous jobs as a teacher and a massage practitioner. She graduated in psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Centre London in 1994 and began working at CancerBackup (now Macmillan) as well as managing a private practice as therapist and supervisor. As well as psychotherapy training, Clare has experience in other approaches such as movement and dance, and more than 20 years of study and experience of the Constellations approach. Clare has recently moved back to Oxford where she grew up, after long stints living in London and Edinburgh. In her free time Clare enjoys art.
Elena is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with an MA in Child, Adult & Family Psychotherapy. She specialises in psychotherapy for addictions (including eating disorders and co-dependency), stress, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and systemic family constellations. Before training as a psychotherapist Elena worked for many years in broadcast and corporate television, event management and communications as a producer/director running her own production company. She worked for NGOs including Amnesty International and WWF and ran Greenpeace’s international film and video unit for five years. Corporate clients have included Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Coca-Cola, BG and BP, for whom Elena specialised in senior leadership communications. She has travelled extensively world-wide for work and volunteers for two charities that raise funds for disabled and disadvantaged children.
I have been a psychotherapist since 1999. I am of Indian heritage, born in Uganda. My sense of myself is that I have arrived at a place where I am doing what is truly mine to do. I am humbled by the manner in which the curative forces of nature manifest in people’s lives – soothing deep melancholy, calming long standing upset and hurt or simply bringing people back to themselves in an organic and authentic manner. I am left marvelling at the richness of the journeys I am entrusted to witness.
I have a special interest in inviting members of ethnic minorities, for who it has not been commonplace, to engage in therapy as well as encouraging men to be more present within therapeutic initiatives like Men’s Groups.
Sabina (MNCS (Accred)) is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with many years experience. She specialises in working with children and young people, survivors of domestic abuse and in neuro-diversity. Sabina has worked with primary aged children with the mental health organisation Place2Be. She has also worked with preteens, adolescents and adults right here at The Cassandra Centre as a volunteer. Previously Sabina worked as a Primary School Teacher for nearly 10 years, in Croydon as well as other London Boroughs. She has experience of working with neuro-diversity e.g. Autism, ADHD, Sensory issues, additional needs and special needs. Sabina also has her own private practice at Peace Of Mind Therapy and offers sessions online via zoom as well as face to face in her clinic in Croydon.
Working hours: Tues, Wed and Thurs 9.30am-2.30pm, but also with some flexibility according to clients’ needs.
Suzanne is a professionally trained Integrative therapeutic counsellor (MBACP registered), offering a safe, non-judgmental space to build a trusting relationship with you as her client. At the Cassandra Centre she would aim to explore your thoughts and feelings by then guiding you to gain awareness and understanding of current patterns of behaviours and areas of your life that you are finding difficult or making you feel unhappy. Integrative means that Suzanne has trained in various models of counselling, including Psychodynamic, Person centred and solution focused models. By recognising that we are all unique, she implements her skills according to the client, therefore helping you to discover new techniques to implement into your life enabling you to reach your full potential and true self.
Janine believes everyone should have access to psychological support, especially those who are invisible in society due to controlling and unstable living situations, language barriers, financial restraints and neurodiverse challenges. She also believes all clients have the capacity for healing and reaching their full potential despite the inherited intergenerational and present trauma they endure. Janine provides a reparative and safe space to hold the trauma and bring awareness to maladaptive behaviour, thought patterns and negative self-image allowing clients to have healthier relationships with others and themselves. Janine is an Integrative Therapist and combines practices from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic Therapy & Psychotherapy. She is a registered member of the BACP, qualified through CPPD and has been proudly practising as a therapist through the Cassandra Centre since 2018.
Rory is a former Criminologist who spent over 20 years developing rehabilitation packages and interventions for adults, young people and their families embroiled or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system or social services. These also involved the design and facilitation of parenting programmes to broach the divide that occurred in many of the households where this behaviour was prevalent. As a result of the profound issues that were consistently revealed in this area of work he undertook the requisite training to become a Multi Systemic Family Therapist. This has enabled Rory to weld the wealth of experience previously gained to a range of techniques to support young people and adults to understand and work at challenging and overcoming emotional/relationship difficulties as presented in their various forms. Although based in London he also undertakes work nationally.
Aleksandra has trained extensively with the Centre for Systemic Constellations in London. She is running regular systemic family constellations workshops and private sessions in London and internationally. Having trained in Systemic Ritual and Shamanic practice, Aleksandra started a Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2021 at the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London. Before building her systemic practice, Aleksandra’s background and training was in law, development, and the charity sector. She was born in the Far East Russia, raised in the Crimea, and spent last 15 years growing her roots in the UK. Website: www.asconstellations.co.uk
Valerie-Lee Howard is a qualified and experienced Counsellor with Advanced Diploma Practitioner Training in Humanistic Integrative Therapy. She is registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She has worked with clients who have experienced: childhood traumas; addiction; anger management; mental health; anxiety and stress; bereavement; separation and loss; survivors guilt; self-esteem and identity issues; depression; sexuality; teenage pregnancy and parenting; diversity; cultural and migration related issues; disability; personality disorders; relationship difficulties; and self-injury.
Valerie-Lee has over 15 years experience as a Practitioner and Trainer; including working for the Ministry Of Justice where I delivered therapeutic groups for both men and women who have entered the Criminal Justice System. Most have been survivors of trauma. She is an experienced Safeguarding Officer and Trainer for practitioners working with children, young people and adults with care and support needs. www.valeriehowardcounselling.co.uk
We are committed to making counselling affordable for everyone in our community. Fees/concessions are agreed with you at your initial meeting, based on your individual circumstances.
Counselling sessions at Cassandra Centre are available Monday to Fridays by appointment with your counsellors. Weekends are also are available and arrangements can be made with individual counsellors. We also offer family constellation therapy depending on your circumstances.