Our Associates

Brightstone Clinic hand picks a small number of associates who compliment the work of our clinic. Associates are therapists who are well known to us and who we have worked with for a number of years. They are highly experienced and trusted practitioners who can offer therapeutic services that our in-house clinicians do not. So, on occasion, when you contact the clinic, we may refer you to one of our associates if we feel that they would be better qualified and suited to supporting your needs at this time.

Maria Silvina Gioseffi

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Consultant in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk

Commissioning of services is accepted from individual clients, Local Authorities and Voluntary and independent Agencies. This service is not registered with any private health insurance company. However, this might be possible, depending on your health insurance plan.

I am a chartered clinical psychologist with 25 years of clinical experience working in the NHS, Local Authority and independently. I work children, young people, adults, couples, groups and families who experience a range of emotional, developmental, learning and mental health difficulties including anxiety and stress, depression, chronic health problems, self-harm, family crisis, fertility problems, addictions, learning difficulties and disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental problems, bereavement, loss, trauma, etc. I am also an accredited Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist and have specialised in developmental trauma across the life span. I work with birth, foster and adoptive families and also provide consultation to Social Care, Education and Health Care staff, supervision and training as well as therapeutic interventions to parents, special guardians and foster carers.

Email: silvina@thetherapyframe.co.uk

Information: enquiries@thetherapyframe.co.uk

Flexible hours available.


  • 1993. DClinPsy(BPS SoE) First Class with Honours.
  • 2001: The Institute for Management and Supervision. NVQ4 Management
  • 2002: BPS. Graduate Member of the Society. Graduate Basis for Registration
  • 2008: BPS. Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology
  • 2016: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. (Full accreditation as a DDP practitioner)
  • 2020 (DDPI) Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. Consultant in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice

Professional memberships:

  • Registered as a practising psychologist with the British Psychological Society
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist
  • Registered with the Division of Clinical Psychology at the British Psychological Society
  • Registered with the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute as an accredited practitioner

Diane Styne

I have been offering psychological therapy for over 20 years and in more recent years this has included Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy. Many of these years have been spent working therapeutically with young people who have been removed from their birth families due to experience of developmental trauma. As is well known, experiences in early childhood shape the psychological health of adults. My passion lies in sharing the journey of adolescents and adults of any age and helping them to ‘join the dots’ and make sense of their present difficulties, often in relation to the past with a view to helping inform their future. 

I work with a range of emotional difficulties including complex trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and psychosis using EMDR and talking therapy depending on what is deemed to be most helpful in each individual case. 

I am an accredited therapist with the BACP and have qualifications in Person Centred, Systemic and Psychodynamic therapy as well as EMDR training with adults and children. I  offer therapy now to adults and adolescents, including parents carers of younger children. I also have significant experience in providing consultation and supervision to professionals working with traumatised children.

Since the lockdown of 2020 my therapeutic work has been online and in my experience this has so far worked very positively, although I acknowledge this way of working is not the preference for everyone.

Diane Styne

Appointments available Monday to Friday

Fees based on a sliding scale

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk


Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) 1988

Certificate in Counselling (Person Centred) 1995 

Foundation and Intermediate Training in Family Work and Systemic Thinking - 2000 

PG Cert/ PG Dip/ Master of Arts in Counselling Practice (Psychodynamic) - 2000 

Diploma in Professional Practice - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - 2002 

Adoption and Attachment course Family Futures, London -2006 - 2008 

Diploma in Clinical Supervision - 2011 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) 2019 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR Child) - 2019 

Developmental Dyadic Practice Psychotherapy & Parenting (DDP- level 1) 2021

Ann Lowe

Healing in Nature Practitioner

Hello, I’m Ann, and I hold space for people to reconnect with our earth through Healing in Nature Walks in the North West of England.

With curiosity, we can go outside, onto the land, and tap into a huge intelligence that is ready and waiting to guide us… that has been there all along.

By walking outdoors and opening ourselves up to our environment, we can connect to the land and gain healing, information or guidance for many situations we face. My role is to facilitate this, to ask questions, make observations and feed back to you.

How might this help you?

You can: 

Gain a different perspective on your current challenges 

Make decisions that are complex or multi layered 

Connect more with your heart, with the trees, plants and animals 

Find a new path or new ways of being in your work or relationships 

Feel a greater connection to yourself and the environment 

Enhance creativity, by connecting and working with the metaphor and symbolism you see around you 

Slow down and calm down your nervous system

Re-gain confidence in going out after the pandemic 

Gently introduce walking and movement after illness or social withdrawal, such as recovering from ME, long COVID or after surgery 


Fees are £45 per hour. For those who are low waged, I am happy to discuss offering sessions at a reduced rate.

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk

My professional training and qualifications: 

2020 – 2021, Eco Psychotherapy, (Synthesising Ecology and Psychotherapy) Certificate, Confer

2018 – 2021, 3 year immersive Eco Shamanism training, Mandy Pullen, The Forest of Dean 

2018 – The Path of the Wounded Healer, Matt Licata – online 

2017 – Mindfulness Based Living, Mindfulness for All  

2017 – Diploma in Life Coaching, Life Skills Training

2006 – Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory, Bedford College 

Ann is also the co-founder and manager of Brightstone Clinic.

Ongoing CPD 

Throughout 2022, I will be taking part in an online ‘Ancient Ways for Now’ course, which is designed to help people deeply connect with our seasons, the sun and the moon. There is a specific emphasis on connecting with home, gardens, green spaces, wild areas and their spirit and consciousness. 

Julie Forrest – fully booked

Cognitive Behavioural and Compassion Focused Therapist

I'm a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a Postgraduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I work with a range of issues from social and health anxiety, excessive worry, OCD, PTSD and depression. However, over the years I have specialised in working with people who experienced difficulties in early life. Often we can be completely unaware of the impact these things had on us. In adult life this shows itself as high levels of anxiety, self-criticism, low mood, feeling overwhelmed by emotions, feeling like a failure, feeling alone, blaming yourself for everything, feeling guilty and not being able to put your needs forward.

Our journey together would entail us understanding what might have contributed to your current view of yourself, what fears and concerns you might have and how you now cope with those. By understanding these patterns with compassion and courage you will be able to make the changes you need in order to live the life you want to live.

By working together you will learn to develop self-compassion, cope with your emotions with feeling overwhelmed by them, assert yourself, engage in self-care, pull back from self-criticism and develop confidence, strength and courage. If you wish to discuss therapy further I offer free telephone consultations.

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk

Cost per Session: £60

Pay By: Bank transfer, Cash


  • Bsc - Counselling and Therapeutic Studies / 2004
  • PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy / 2015
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Compassionate Focused Therapy / 2020

Professional memberships:

  • Full Accredited Member British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies / Full Accredited Member

Helen Ruben

Helen is an experienced and effective coach and supports people in all areas - in life, work and career - she specialises in helping others to enhance Emotional Health and Wellbeing. She has coached people from all backgrounds for over 20 years and believes we all have the potential for moving on, healing and thriving.

Helen is also a coach trainer and supervisor and has the privilege of helping other coaches to develop their skills and maintain a healthy

practice. She supports individuals, teams and groups with coaching and mentoring and delivers workshops in many areas.

Qualifications Include:

  • Advanced Diploma in Coaching
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching Supervision
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk

Patty Everitt

Patty is a UKCP Registered Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist and holds a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Certificate in Clinical Supervision. Patty feels her role is to create a “safe space” in which it feels safe to explore what could be possible. She accompanies people as they face all kinds of hurt, sometimes hurt they have received and sometimes hurt they have given, and all the emotions that accompany hurt: fear, anger, sadness, guilt or shame.

Areas of expertise:

  • Transitions
  • A sense of loss or grief at losing a hoped-for future including childlessness, divorce, redundancy      
  • Hurtful or diminishing relationships (individuals only) including personal relationships with partner, parent or child, and relationships at work      
  • Struggling with the lived experience of childhood neglect or emotional, physical or sexual abuse 
  • Shame or guilt or low self-esteem      
  • Feelings of guilt or irritation when caring for dependent partners or parents or with adult dependent children     
  • Anxiety or stress      
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks or the fear of experiencing a panic attack     
  • Dissociation

Patty is the Counselling Lead for the Counselling Service of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and a volunteer clinical supervisor with Cruse, the Bereavement Charity, on Tyneside.

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk

Regular appointment hours are Monday and Tuesday from 09:00-17:30.

Patty can offer later appointments and other days by arrangement.

Rates are £70 per session, each session is an hour.


  • Diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy    Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • BSc. Physics and Mathematics
  • PhD Physics

Professional Memberships:

  • UKCP Registered Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist
  • Member of National Hypnotherapy Society

Sue Wilkes

Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist specialising in Relationship work with Individuals, Couples and Families

EMDR Trauma and Attachment Focused Specialist, Sex and Porn Addiction Therapist

I am an experienced and fully qualified BACP accredited counsellor and UK Registered Psychotherapist. My expertise is working with relationships and Trauma, the two can run side by side at times.  I am passionate about people getting the right support at the right time following hugely distressing and painful events.

After completing a person centred diploma I soon realised the importance of building good relationships, a vital and important ingredient of human nature.I went on to complete and gain expertise in couple work and since 2006 have worked with many couples, helping them to work through the difficulties that a relationship can suffer from. I then went on to gain a  Masters’ Degree in Relationship Therapy in 2013 which has led me to work with families and young people in school settings and online with organisations such as Kooth.com and Live Chat with a Counsellor with RELATE. I also worked in various RELATE centres for 9 years supporting couples and families with their relationships.

In 2011 I trained in EMDR and achieved EMDR accredited Consultant/Supervisor, status in 2020, specialising in Attachment Focused work and Intergenerational Trauma work with individuals, couples and families.I also have experience of working with a range of issues, specifically relational trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Throughout the past 10 years I have supported people with acute trauma reactions including those following serious assaults, witnessing violence and death and historical child sexual abuse, I have witnessed the positive impact of people being provided with education and strategies that has helped to give them a sense of control in what can be a very confusing and distressing time.

In 2015 I came to realise that many couples were seeing me either individually or as a couple as a result of Porn Addiction, which at the time I wasn’t trained to work with, so I completed a Diploma in Sex Addiction which covers lots of sexual behaviour that can disrupt a couple relationship. I have worked with hundreds of people who have used this type of behaviour to cope with underlying issues, mainly from childhood.

For appointments, contact the clinic on 01270 748448 or email info@brightstoneclinic.co.uk



  • £50 for individual one hour session               
  • £60  for couples, Sex Addiction work per one hour session               
  • £70 for one hour EMDR session   

Appointment Availability:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 6pm


  • 2005: Diploma Person Centred
  • 2009: Post Graduate Diploma Couples Therapy
  • 2013: MA Relationship Therapy2015:
  • Diploma working with Sexual Addictions: Individuals and Couples
  • 2011: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

Professional Memberships:

  • 2003 Registered with the BACP – British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • 2005: Registered with the BACP – British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists as an accredited member
  • 2015: Accredited member with (ATSAC) The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction
  • 2020: Accredited EMDR Europe Approved Consultant Supervisor

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