Counselling and therapy and support

Dr Rebecca Moore, consultant perinatal psychiatrist with a special interest in birth trauma

I am a perinatal psychiatrist working in the NHS and privately at Keats House near London Bridge. I offer timely and thorough one off or long term assessments for women with anxiety and depression in the postnatal period, PTSD, Birth Trauma, issues related to infertility or premenstrual syndrome. I have 20 years of experience in Psychiatry and have been a perinatal psychiatrist in London’s only outstanding NHS rated trust for the past nine years. I pride myself on providing high quality respectful and bespoke care and treatment options to very patient I work with.

I’ve been quoted in or interviewed for a broad range of regional and national and publications including:  Daily Mail, Royal College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Quality Network Newsletter, PLOS, Psychology Today, Broadly, Selfish Mother and Well Doing.

I write a sporadic blog for my trust, East London Foundation NHS Trust, the only London mental health trust rated outstanding by the CQC.

I lecture widely and am passionate about Birth Trauma and over the next few months will be speaking at the Art of Birth, at my annual birth trauma Conference in East London and for Be Ready to parent.

Carol Levine, Parent Infant Psychotherapist/Integrative Psychotherapist, (UKCP/RSPP)

Carol has a Degree in Psychology and Social work. She then went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Qualification in Parent infant Psychotherapy.
Carol has over 20 years of experience of working therapeutically with children, adolescents and their parents in a CAMHS setting in London. In recent years, she has worked more intensively with parents in the perinatal period, having the opportunity to work during pregnancy and with parents and their babies post birth. In recognition of the importance of the new beginnings and the transition to parenthood, Carol works towards supporting individuals and couples through this sometimes joyful, sometimes complex and overwhelming period of life.
Carol has established and manages a Parent Infant Psychotherapy Service within the NHS. This has been in service for about 6 years.
Carol also has a private practice in North London, where she sees adolescents, adults and new parents, with or without their babies.
Carol is a full member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Regents School of Psychotherapy and Psychology (RSPP).
Carol works for the NHS 3 days a week, managing the Parent Infant Psychotherapy service in Enfield and works privately 2 days a week.
07808611350. Parenthood In Mind:


Experience in diagnosing and working with children on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Also have a family support worker to help navigate for families. Work closely with a child psychiatrist Dr Rafik Refaat and adult psychiatrist Dr Boulos Tadros and other therapists including SALT and OT and psychologists.  Have therapists speaking several languages which could be a real advantage for many people, children and families including Arabic, Greek and Mandarin. Couple and family counselling offered too.
+44 (0) 752 226 9740
+44 (0) 207 467 8548

Ms Anne Herreboudt

Family therapy
parent-infant psychotherapist
Autism Postgraduate degree

Rivka Mennesson, psychodynamic psychotherapist

I’m an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist with 10 years experience both in private and public sectors. I have an MA at the Tavistock and a PGdip at the WPF.

My interest has been around women’s health since I qualified with a dissertation on Postnatal Depression and worked as a Mental Health worker for women. I help run a monthly support group for women with PND (NW8-mums see below) and I have experience giving workshops on different psychoanalytic subjects. I used to facilitate a support group for single mothers back in Italy before moving to London to work in a mental health unit for women with psychiatric problems. Contact Rivke on: or 07813938036.

sarah healyDr Sarah Healy, Clinical Psychologist / Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist working both in the NHS and private practice. She uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to support women during pregnancy and postnatally. Sarah has worked in this field for over 10 years, both as a therapist in specialist perinatal services and in research. She supports families who may be experiencing difficulties such as: Anxieties and worry about becoming a parent or since having a baby;  Difficulty coping with the transition of becoming a parent; Feeling tearful, lonely, angry or numb; Fear of childbirth; Recovering from a traumatic or difficult birth; Worrying a lot about the baby’ s health or your own health; and Unwanted thoughts or memories that are upsetting. Her private practice is based in Primrose Hill and she also offers home visits and therapy via Skype. Sarah is very passionate about improving the services available for families during pregnancy and postnatally and is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at improving services.

Tel: 07522404662   Email:   Rooms based in Primrose Hill.  Also can support on-line therapy via Skype.

Counselling psychologist and psychotherapist, Emily Hirt

emily hirtEmily currently works in a mother and infant specialist mental health unit within the NHS. She also works in private practice in North London. 
Emily is a practising counselling psychologist and psychotherapist in the final stages of completing a professional doctorate at The Metanoia Institute, Ealing. She began her doctoral training program in 2008 and is due to complete her qualification in 2014. She is conducting her thesis research on the topic of motherhood, and specialises in the emotional well-being of mothers and their babies.
Emily has worked within the mental health field for the past seven years, working with children as well as adults.
Last but not least, she is also a mum to one little boy; her biggest learning experience to date!

Please see her website: or email Emily at

Rosalie AjzensztejnCounsellor, Rosalie Ajzensztejn

is a Parenting Counsellor who has extensive experience managing the call centres at Family Lives, the UK’s largest parenting charity, and is a practitioner at Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting, based in the New Learning Centre in West Hampstead. She runs her own private practice as well as regular parenting workshops. I recommend Rosalie wholeheartedly to any family who needs parenting advice, counselling, family or individual work.  She has a wealth of experience in this field in addition to being a mother of four grown up children. Rosalie is a true friend of mine and we work very closely together on all aspects of these courses. I consult Rosalie on all my endeavours!

Tel: 020 3051 0690 and 07946099883. Email:

Chartered Clinical Psychologist – Dr Laura Drage

laura drageDr Laura Drage is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents and their families. I see clients in their home or school within North West London.
I use an integrative approach, thinking with families about what models and techniques best fit with them. In particular, I draw techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as systemic and narrative therapy and solution based practices.
I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Difficulties I can help you manage:
– Behavioural difficulties (e.g. Challenging behaviour, aggression)
– Emotional difficulties (e.g. Low mood, anxiety, fears, trauma)
– Difficulties with everyday functioning (e.g. Sleeping, feeding, toileting)
– Parenting issues (e.g. Difficulty managing boundaries, parental coping, impact of divorce)
 – Difficulties associated with a learning disability (e.g. Social communication difficulties, understanding life changes, peer difficulties)
For further information please see my website or call me to discuss further on 07961 021 023 or email me at


Clinical Child Psychologist, Leanne Cowan

runs which is a London based, holistic service providing quality psychological care for children and adolescents and their families. Leanne offers a unique service aimed at the development of self confidence in children and adolescents through providing psychological assessment, treatment, advice and support. Leanne, who has works in CAMHS in the NHS as well, and her team help with a range of emotional, behavioural, social and cognitive issues. Following psychological assessment, the child psychologist works with parents so that individual treatment plans can be developed to support them and their families in understanding and addressing their difficulties while at the same time acknowledging and nurturing their relative strengths, in order to help them to reach their potential. They can offer psychological and cognitive assessments, therapy, behaviour management plans, parent support and early intervention.

Tel: 020 3422 6333  Email:

Psychotherapist (children&adults) & Family Therapist, Simon Shattock

Simon is an extremely caring and considered therapist. He has over 14 years’ experience working in social care and mental health settings with both children and adults and worked for many years in the NHS in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. He has a collaborative and sensitive approach to working with clients and works within a systemic framework which means he takes into account the different contexts in which people live. Simon has undertaken research and he is a visiting lecturer on a number of different mental health courses at City University and the Highgate Counselling Centre. Simon has expertise in working with young children and parents who struggling in the early years. In addition he has experience in working with children and adolescents with anxiety and depression. He also has significant clinical experience in working with children who have experienced self-harm, eating disorders, conduct disorders, bereavement, trauma and relationship issues. He works with children with families coping with the adjustment of divorce and separation and has experience working across different cultures and religion. Simon is registered with The UK Council for Psychotherapy; The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK and a member of HCPC.

Tel: 07881788711.  Email:

Psychodynamic Counsellor, Sarah Aldridge

Sarah is a psychodynamic therapist working with experience that includes working with people with fertility issues, post natal depression and also struggling with the personal and relationship difficulties associated with having a young family. Becoming a parent can often provoke anxiety or depression associated with the pressures as well as triggering unresolved problems from your own childhood.  Therapy offers a chance to explore together what is going on for you and gain some insight and understanding.  Her experience includes working for Raphael Counselling, the NHS and she has a private practice in East Finchley, North London.

Contact Sarah on  07932 656906 or Email:

nw8-mums postnatal support group

Our postnatal group is every Thursday morning at 11am in Nw8, there is a whatsup group to be added to where all the information circulates ( articles we share, support and sharing, updated on our support group), to be added please email either or, Laura Clark  

Laura is a thirty-something mum of one from Essex. After her son was born in 2013, she unexpectedly found herself in deep despair, battling Postnatal Depression and severe Anxiety. Now recovered, she created The Butterfly Mother as a place to share her thoughts, feelings and experiences in an attempt to help anyone else currently suffering to feel less alone.
In addition to the blog, she now works with local council and other organisations to advocate for & help develop better perinatal mental health services in Essex. She also works with Lotus Petal Family Support, and their founder Sarah Wood, who provide peer support groups for women currently suffering.
Laura also blogs on other parenthood topics so may be best to use this link instead, which is all my mental health content:

Psychotherapist, Sarah Hazell

has worked for many years with mothers both experiencing the difficulty in getting pregnant, depression both Ante and Post Natal as well as all other forms of Depression. She works from a psychodynamic perspective offering both short and long term counselling / psychotherapy. Her practice is based in Earls Court, London, SW5. Here she offers a secure, confidential and open space in which there is a place to think together about the difficulties you might be experiencing with a view to bringing some inner peace and creating a stronger sense of self moving forward.

Tel: 07909842484.  Email:

Specialist PND counsellor, Liz Wise

Tel: 07773283556 and 01483 454789.  Email:


The Recovery Letters is a blog which addresses letters of support to those suffering with depression, written by people who are recovering from it. They asked me to write one, and I’ve shared it as my latest blog post. If you or anyone or you know suffers with PND or any kind of mental illness, I hope this helps.”One day soon you’ll notice a beautiful flower, or laugh at a joke, or sing along to something. Little by little, you WILL get better. Because you, as much as anyone, deserve happiness. You are worthy of love, of kindness and of compassion.”