about us

You expect us to be excellently qualified and we are. We know what makes therapy effective and we care about your experience with us - this means we strive to help you with your goals.

the best therapy for you

We offer a range of approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused work and more in-depth therapy that gets to the root of long-standing issues. You can ask for therapy as an individual, couple, family or young person.

only the best therapists

We choose our team very carefully. Our criterion is ‘would we trust this therapist to work with our family or friends?

feel better, live better

Your therapist will help to you guide your own life and stop being the passenger. You’ll begin to see the possibilities and start the journey to changing for the better - whatever your age.

no problem is too big or too small

We’ll help you with whatever’s troubling you. We have experience of working with a wide range of clients, from those in serious difficulties to those who simply feel something’s missing.

times that fit for you

You can make an appointment for times you’re available, including evenings and Saturdays. And in a beautiful, dedicated environment helping you get back on track as smoothly as possible.

feedback from real people

My therapist had a very calming influence on me and encouraged me to feel good about myself and not feel guilty.

I had a very positive experience, I felt on a good wavelength with my counsellor and the process has helped to underpin my recovery and assisted in my gaining insight.

My therapist didn’t take sides but he was still able to identify some issues and took time to get to the root of them – very useful sessions.

My counsellor was very helpful in helping me look at certain situations from a different perspective. She was responsive to my individual needs and wishes and it was my pleasure to work with her.

She helped me feel both safe in leaving therapy and able to come back if I want to.

I enjoyed my sessions tremendously and I feel so lucky that I got a chance to learn a lot about relationships as well as finding my authentic self through her.

quotes anonymised to maintain confidentiality

meet the team

We’ve got great professional people. When you tell us what’s troubling you we listen carefully so we can match you with the right Re…root therapist to suit your needs.

Penny Amerena

Director
Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Penny Amerena

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it's important to me to help you find a better way forward whether you feel stuck, think your past might be affecting you in the present or you want to develop coping strategies for specific difficulties like anxiety, stress, low mood or relationship issues. I aim to find a way to work that fits for you so that together we can develop the most helpful therapeutic experience possible

Penny has more than 10 years' experience in talking therapy, working in the NHS, charity and city practices as well as in private practice. She can draw on CBT, psychodynamic, person-centred and solution-focused approaches. Her varied career ranging from work as a city investment analyst to a career in international development helps her attune to women and men from all walks of life.

MA Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Adv. Dip. Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Dip. Clinical Supervision, PhD International Development, MBACP (Accred.), BACP registered.

Jane Wilson

Director
Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Jane Wilson

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therapy can help us discover why we get so stuck with overwhelming feelings, in unhelpful patterns of behaviour and in relationships that don’t go the way we want them to. It’s a safe place to look behind the façade of what others expect you to be like and can be incredibly liberating

Jane has 9 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy, working in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors. She uses CBT, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches and is particularly interested in anxiety. She trained at Birkbeck College, London and Roehampton University.

Originally trained as an engineer, Jane worked for a large multi-national company in many different countries, with people at all levels, from the factory floor to boards of directors. She brings this background to her understanding of client’s experiences.

MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Roehampton, Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, MBACP (Accred.), BACP Registered.

Nick Poaros

Director
Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor
Individuals and Couples

Nick Poaros

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each session is an opportunity for achieving change, creating meaning, exploring and making sense of experience enabling you to live a better life

Nick combines psychoanalytic, cognitive and existential approaches in a thoughtful way to help people discover better ways of living. Exploring and understanding present beliefs, emotions and behaviour, through the lens of the past, can enable the delicate process of change.

Nick has more than 10 years' experience as a talking therapist working in NHS and charity settings as well as in private practice. He trained at Roehampton University with a PgDip and Advanced PgDip in Integrative Psychotherapy; he is a member of BACP.

Nick has a wide experience working with people from business and commercial backgrounds having come from a business background himself.

Adv. PG Diploma Integrative Psychotherapy, BACP registered.

Ellie Tremain

Individual Counsellor

Ellie Tremain

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I believe that change can occur when we encounter each other creatively, equitably and openly in a therapeutic setting

Ellie is a very well-qualified Integrative Counsellor and a couple therapist with EFT Couples Therapy training (Emotionally Focused Therapy, a leading evidence-based couple therapy approach). Ellie has 10 years’ experience in providing talking therapy. She has worked in NHS settings and for WSM (the Work Stress Management organisation), as well as in private practice. She draws on Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural approaches and offers the therapeutic balance of these approaches that will be most helpful for her clients. She has developed a particular specialism in enabling positive change with clients experiencing low mood and depression, having completed a NICE-approved training.

Ellie worked as an actor for 15 years before re-training as a therapist. She has always been fascinated by what motivates us as human beings and how imagination and creative thinking can help us connect with others and free us from feelings of distress and inner paralysis.

MSc Therapeutic Counselling, Greenwich University; Cert. Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck University; Counselling for Depression Cert., EFT Couple Therapy Externship Course. MBACP (Accred.).

Alastair Hinch

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Alastair Hinch

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I believe a lot of our difficulties come from what it means to be a human being in a challenging world – we don’t always realise that it’s understandable to feel the way we do. In all my work I aim to provide a warm and collaborative space so you can feel free to explore your troubles and dilemmas - we’ll work together to develop fresh perspectives and a new sense of what’s possible for you

Alastair brings excellent knowhow from his experience working in the NHS, charity sector and in private practice. Trained in both psychodynamic and existential approaches, and with a background in philosophy, Alastair helps people explore and re-evaluate the parts of their life that are causing confusion or distress. He has a particular interest and experience in questions of meaning and loss, anxiety and identity.

Alastair has lived and worked in several different parts of the world, and previously worked in the fields of IT, web development, and fundraising. This variety of life experience enables him to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.

MA Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills (psychodynamic), MA (Hons) Philosophy, MBACP.

Rozen Rauf

Couple and Family Relational Therapist

Rozen Rauf

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I’m committed to providing quality talking therapy to all clients and am experienced in shorter and longer term ways of working, depending on your preference. I bring my professional training and skills to our meetings and work with integrity, honesty and the belief in life-long change and growth.

Rozen is a highly experienced and qualified therapist with twenty years’ knowhow. She specialises in working with couples and families including adolescents and children, and has supported people to make changes in their relationships, cope more effectively with difficult life transitions and navigate the complexities of modern family life.

Rozen’s extensive training enables her to work with a wide range of issues including living with anxiety, depression, physical or mental illness, relationship difficulties including managing conflict and co-parenting following divorce or separation.

She has a specialist interest in working with identity stories including those of migration, gender, sexuality and race.

Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow BPS, HCPC Reg.Integrative Psychotherapist UKCP Accred. and Reg. Member of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

Michelle Lacy

Individual Counsellor

Michelle Lacy

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There are times in life when the journey we are on can feel hard to cope with, due to difficulties such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, crisis or bereavement. Therapy offers a safe and confidential space where we can explore whatever is troubling you, to help you understand what is happening and enable ways of coping and creating deep-seated change.

Michelle is a BACP registered therapist with a thorough postgraduate training in talking therapy. Her experience working with the national psychological therapy organisation, Mind, and other counselling services enables her to offer brief and longer-term counselling. Michelle helps each client find personally effective ways to address difficulties and break out of undermining patterns in the way people might behave or relate. She respects each person’s natural pace of work and builds confidence to make change possible, whether the issue is anxiety or low-mood related, connected with interpersonal difficulties or loss, as well as many other areas which hold people back from enjoying life.

Michelle also has a former background in clinical commissioning at local authority level, as well as addressing housing and refugee issues in non-governmental settings. All this experience has given her insight into how people relate and how organisations work.

Adv. PG Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling, BACP registered.

Agnes Bassaly

Chartered Counselling Psychologist
and Couple Therapist

Agnes Bassaly

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I hope to be able to help you find not only a better understanding of your difficulties, but also a way forward to a less fraught, more compassionate and fulfilled path in your life. Together we can make sense of your past, re-evaluate your present and re-imagine a future you can look forward to and work towards.

Agnes has more than ten years’ experience as a counselling psychologist and couple counsellor in the NHS and in private practice. She is qualified to a high level and trained in a number of approaches including Couple Counselling and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Integrative Therapy or CBT for individuals. Agnes’ flexibility and knowhow enable her to match the way she works to each client’s need; she can help people look at the root of their difficulties and how to recognise and change undermining patterns or she can work using CBT and other approaches in shorter solution-focused therapy to address specific issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement and many more.

Agnes’ special interest is in relationship therapy, working with either individuals or couples to support them to improve their ways of connecting more meaningfully. Agnes can offer counselling in English and Polish.

MSc Counselling PsychologyAdv. Dip Couple CounsellingBPS Accred. Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist

Chartered Counselling Psychologist, AFBPSsS, HCPC reg

Paula Reardon

Couple & Individual Therapist

Paula Reardon

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I aim to help individuals and couples unravel difficult feelings and negative patterns and help people access their positive and creative resources

Paula brings Re…root clients a wealth of experience from her years in the profession providing therapy as well as teaching on psychological therapy courses at university level. She is able to integrate the symptom relief and coping strategies of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with approaches that address the root cause of each person’s difficulties, whether with couples, individuals or young people. As well as a specialism in couple therapy, she has a particular interest in how all relationships work and how improving the quality of our relationships - with ourselves and/or others - can influence our sense of wellbeing. Paula’s background includes leading a university counselling service where she specialised in supporting students, particularly international students, adapt to the challenges of university life. She is also able to offer the ‘Rewind’ approach to alleviating trauma.

MA and Ph.D in Counselling & Psychotherapy (including couple counselling), Member of International Assoc. for Rewind Trauma Therapy.

UKCP Reg. MBACP.

Agnieszka Religa

Family and couple therapist

Agnieszka Religa

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'Sometimes families can feel overwhelmed, sad and angry, unsure what to do for the best or stuck in patterns of hurtful behaviour. I help those in close relationships to understand and support each other. I aim to create environment where everyone feels safe to talk about difficult thoughts and feelings, understand each other’s views/experiences, appreciate each other’s needs and build on strengths to make useful changes in your relationships and your lives

Agnieszka is a very well trained family and relationship therapist who can work with families including teenagers and children as young as 7, and also with couples. As well as working on strengthening relationships, Agnieszka brings solution-focused knowhow to her work; this helps relieve symptoms which can enable the work go to the root of the issues more swiftly. She draws on excellent experience as a family therapist in the NHS (CAMHS) and in school settings. Agnieszka offers a warm, accepting approach and is able to provide therapy in Polish as well as English.

MSc. Family Therapy, MSc. Psychology, CBT Certificate, Member IFT, UKCP reg.

Dagmar Meister

Family and Couple Therapist

Dagmar Meister

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Relationships and children can bring a lot of happiness into our lives and can be challenging at other times.I offer a safe space where you can explore, discover and gain a better understanding of your relationships, enabling new and positive growth.

Dagmar is a highly qualified and experienced therapist with specific training and knowhow in family therapy and relationship counselling for couples. She is able to work with families including teenagers and children as young as 6. Her experience, developed over 20 years, covers work in many parts of the world in hospital-based therapy services and private psychological therapy services. She has a particular interest in education for all and strengthening the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. She is well-used to working with members of the expatriate community in this and other countries.

Dagmar is a very approachable therapist with a background characterised by breadth and depth of experience. She is fluent not only in English but also German and Dutch.

PG Diploma Integrative Family Therapist (Systemic Consultant), PG Diploma Family and Systemic Therapy, Member AFT, UKCP reg.

Shaheda Choudhury

Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Shaheda Choudhury

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I believe that personal growth and change start from within and these can be supported by valuing and working together to find meaning and aims that match each person’s needs. Generally during therapy people get to a place where they improve their understanding of themselves, strengthen confidence and relationships and manage their problems better.

Shaheda is a BACP registered therapist with an excellent extended training in talking therapy at Master’s level. She adapts how she works to the needs of each client and combines a number of approaches including symptom relief, exploration of how the past may affect ways of relating to others in the present, and integrating a way of working that empowers and strengthens confidence. Among the issues Shaheda can address are depression, anxiety interpersonal issues, identity issues in young people, self-harm and bereavement. Her experience is drawn from therapy with young people and adults in counselling services including the NHS, the charity sector and sixth form colleges. Shaheda can adapt the pace of work to enable positive change to develop for each person.

Shaheda has also has a background in the civil service particularly the Home Office where she won the Home Office Inspiring Women Award in 2015, she has a special interest in equality and inclusion for all.

Shaheda can offer talking therapy in Bengali as well as being fluent in English.

MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, BSc, Psychology, BACP registered.

Sophia Kaimaklioti

Individual Psychotherapist

Sophia Kaimaklioti

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It’s important to me to establish relationships of trust in an encouraging environment, where you won’t feel judged, so that you can reach the unique answers that suit you. Together we will consider your life and how you experience it with the aim of understanding the aspects that are currently troubling you.

Sophia is a highly trained and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist. Qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as therapies that look for the root of difficulties, Sophia can offer a blend of approaches that enhance effectiveness. She prizes working in an enabling way which values each client – this provides a sound foundation for therapy, for example relieving troubling symptoms and leaving behind undermining patterns of thought, behaviour and ways of relating. With excellent knowhow and long experience in the NHS, Sophia can provide therapy for a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety and relationship issues to OCD, PTSD and eating disorders.

A special interest is counselling for people with profound deafness, where Sophia has proficiency in British Sign Language (pre-level 3).

Sophia speaks fluent English as well as being able to offer talking therapy in Greek.

MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, PG Dip CBT, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (NICE approved training), BSC Psychology

Our Values

Our aim is to support you to feel better and live better. We’ll help you by using the best psychological knowhow to offer the best therapy we can.

We’re committed to running a professional, ethical organisation.

All together this means that from the first point of contact onwards we’ll work with you respectfully with warm understanding and in an environment which is relaxing and safe. Confidentiality is very important to us too. You can rest assured that your therapist is experienced, extremely well qualified and is a member of a top UK authorising organisation/professional body.