Counsellors at Cassandra Centre range from qualified counsellors to volunteers who are either completing the final stages of their training programmes or are recently qualified. Those who are still training or recently qualified all receive regular supervision, provided by the BCCS, and work to the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Jutta ten Herkel – BA (Hon) Psychology
As a co-founder of the Cassandra Centre, Jutta has helped many people who have been impacted by domestic abuse to empower them to have non-abusive relationships. She trained in the 1990s as a systemic and Gestalt-trained Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor and uses the systemic constellation approach. In recent years she has expanded her work to include the studies of the Five Realms and teachings from the Seeker After Truth (SAT) programmes.
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.
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.
Quing (pronounced as /ching/) is a BACP registered integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, specialising in working with children and young people. She is approachable, playful and creative. Quing was born and brought up in China. Since 2011, she has been studying and working in London. Quing works with clients of different ages in various settings, e.g. schools, charities and privately. She believes counselling can be both creative and life-enhancing through your reciprocal and intersubjective experiences.
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
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.