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

Louise Jewkes

Accredited Member of the BACP


Louise is an accredited member of the BACP who attained a Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. Louise's experience and education has given her a grounding in helping to create a safe space in which therapy is tailored to suit the client’s needs.

As a trainee therapist Louise worked for two local charities, working with children and young people aged between 5 and 19. This sparked an interest in attachment issues and developmental trauma. As a qualified therapist, Louise began to work with adults, as well as children, to help them to recover from childhood trauma.

Louise’s interest in working with trauma led her to do her basic training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing). Louise has used EMDR with a number of adult clients to help them recover from issues ranging from phobias to childhood trauma and PTSD. However Louise wished to continue working with children and young people and so decided to do her Child EMDR (Level 1) training.

One of Louise’s strengths is her ability to work creatively and to think outside the box to help clients to achieve their therapeutic goals. Louise often uses art as a means of helping clients to express their thoughts and feelings when words are not enough. 

Louise is happy to offer either face-to-face sessions or online via Zoom.

Special Interests



Attachment issues


Body Dysmorphia Disorder

Complex PTSD


Early Relational Trauma


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


Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling – 2014

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – 2017

EMDR Basic Training – 2019

EMDR Child (Level 1) Training – 2021

Professional Bodies

Accredited Member of the BACP



£70 per 60-minute session via BACS or cash.

Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday, 10am-7pm

Saturday, 10am-1pm

I normally offer clients the same time slot each week.

Mischa Haddow

Professional Kinesiologist ( International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice), Reiki Master, Esoteric Trauma Therapies, Therapeutic Art, Emotional Freedom Technique.

"Mischa is a wonderful, compassionate healer, with a deep ocean of wisdom and knowledge (physical, mental & spiritual) to help people with all kinds of issues."

With a combination of Professional Kinesiology, trauma awareness and thereapies, ancestral and epigenetics awareness, nutrition, family constellation and energy healing, spiritual connection, we are able to identify, release and rebalance patterns of illness or sabotage that can last generations, for all family members.

All of us are unique and we honour this and the journey that your specific soul has been on. We tune in and listen to the messages that your soul wants you to hear; whether it’s releasing deep past hurts, connecting to life in the present, or manifesting future dreams and abundant lives, we help you to identify and to realise what will truly make your soul shine.

A bespoke program designed by you, for you and honouring the fact that ‘you are your own healer’.

Professional Kinesiologist ( International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice), Reiki Master, Esoteric Trauma Therapies, Therapeutic Art, Emotional Freedom Technique.

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


Member of all relevant governing bodies

Insurance to practise through Balens

Trained as a trainer of Kinesiology

Completed Level 2 Counselling and am registered on Fastrack Level 3

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

Dr Neesha Patel, CPsychol, PhD, MSc, BSc

Health Psychologist

I am a qualified HCPC Registered Health Psychologist, with over 7 years of experience working with patients in the NHS and in private practice. I also have a Certificate in Mindfulness for Professionals, from the British Mindfulness Academy to enable to me deliver mindfulness to clients. 

I have worked in NHS Diabetes and Obesity services and currently working in a Long Covid Psychological Service NHS Trust. I offer 1-2-1 sessions to support people to make positive behaviour change to help maintain health and wellbeing. I work holistically to support people who are struggling with the psychological aspects of weight loss including binge eating, irregular eating patterns and routines, unhelpful thinking patterns around food, or have a poor relationship with food. I can also support people struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, for example, poor sleep, motivation, taking part in physical activity, mental health and general wellbeing, as well as those at risk of type 2 diabetes / pre-diabetes / diabetes remission or having difficulty with managing or adjusting to type 2 diabetes. 

I have experience of working in diverse multicultural settings and have specific experience of working with people from the South Asian community to enable them to understand the role of beliefs, social networks, and emotions in the management of diabetes. More recently, I have gained expertise in providing psychological assessment and psychological support to people living with Long Covid to help them to adapt to living with Long Covid, particularly with anxiety management.

I use the latest scientific research and psychological tools and I am dedicated to fostering an empathic and person-centered approach to behaviour change. I provide integrative person-centred talking therapies, such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I use some of the third-wave evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and, Compassionate Focused Therapy and Mindfulness to deliver bespoke psychological treatment tailored to the individual’s needs. 

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

As a Health Psychologist, I understand fully that change is a process; an investment with yourself. Creating any new habits and breaking old habits takes time. Engaging in psychological therapy can help people to become aware of where and how they may be feeling ‘stuck’ and/or bring to light the barriers to change. Taking account of the ‘whole self’ and using a holistic approach can help to build the skills and knowledge needed to create healthy habits.  

My mission is to empower people to connect the mind and body. I truly believe that we can all find ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life if we have the right support, information and psychological tools needed to help make lasting changes. 

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

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