Our Relationship Therapists

Neil Coburn:

Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Therapist
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Neil Coburn:
Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Therapist

Biography

“I aim to help couples uncover the underlying reasons for unhelpful patterns of behaviour, or confusing or negative feelings towards each other. We can then start to think about how things could be different and how change can happen.” Neil brings excellent knowhow drawn from his experience of working with couples in London and in voluntary agencies across the capital, as well as from a robust training in relationship and individual talking therapy at Tavistock Relationships. He combines this background with a naturally warm and affirming manner. He is able to help clients address the issues that affect couples when a relationship doesn’t work like it used to, as well as the mix of feelings which may be experienced by either or both partners including anxiety, low mood, loss of trust, anger and loss of confidence. Neil also works with individuals who have difficulties with loving relationships, perhaps linked with their inner sense of confidence and resilience. Before training as a therapist Neil worked in marketing strategy and business management. This gives him some understanding of the stresses and strains that are put on both partners in a relationship and on individuals by demanding jobs with long hours. Registrations and qualifications: MA Couple and Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling, Tavistock Rels. (UEL), PG Cert. in Couple Counselling. MBACP(Accred.)

Patricia Coleman:

Psychoanalytic Couple Therapist
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Patricia Coleman:
Psychoanalytic Couple Therapist

Biography

Patricia has extensive experience as a psychotherapist working with people from different cultures. She has worked with couples for the last 18 years and individuals for the past 20. Her in-depth understanding of individual mental health problems lends another dimension to Patricia’s work with couples. She is one of Tavistock’s mental health experts. The areas Patricia works in are broad, and not limited to those included here: Abortion, Abuse, Affairs and betrayals, Anorexia nervosa, Anxiety, Avoidant personality disorder, Bereavement, Binge-eating disorder, Bulimia nervosa, Bullying, Cancer, Dependent personality disorder, Depression, Emotional abuse, Family issues, Feeling sad, generalised anxiety disorder, Health anxiety, Infertility, Loneliness, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Miscarriage, Narcissistic personality disorder, Panic attacks, Paranoid personality disorder, Passive-aggressive behaviour, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Postnatal depression, Pregnancy and birth, Redundancy, Relationship problems, Schizotypal personality disorder, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Separation and divorce, Stress, Suicidal thoughts, Trauma, Work-related stress. Registrations and qualifications: Master's Degree in Counselling, University of Cincinnati USA; Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, (formerly Tavistock Marital Studies Institute), post graduate diploma; Seminar leader of psychoanalytic theory for 5 years on the Couple Counselling training at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (now Tavistock Relationships); Psychoanalyst, Member of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA); BPC registered, both as a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and psychoanalyst.

Perrine Moran:

Psychoanalytic Couples Therapist
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Perrine Moran:
Psychoanalytic Couples Therapist

Biography

Perrine is a visiting clinician and lecturer at Tavistock Relationships, where she co-runs the training in Mentalization Based Treatment applied to Couple Therapy. She brings a unique combination of skills into her couple work, including experience working in theatre and lecturing in French Literature. She has worked with the NHS and maintains a private practice. She is particularly empathetic towards the struggles of working in the arts, and values being able to combine her passions in a therapeutic setting. She is bilingual French and English and works in both languages. Perrine is a member of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP) and a full member of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology. She is also the Arts Editor of the Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. In the past, Perrine has worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for several organisations in Paris (Counselling Intervention, Astrée, SOS Amitié) and London (Kids’Company), dealing with a variety of presenting issues and people from all walks of life. Registrations and Qualifications: MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Tavistock Relationships; Post-Graduate Diploma in Individual and Couple Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Tavistock Relationships; Post-Graduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well Being from the Tavistock Clinic; BFTA (British Focusing Teachers’Association) Certificate in Focusing Skills; MA in French Literature; MA in Screenwriting; Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists; Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Rebeca Robertson:

Counsellor and Psychotherapist
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Rebeca Robertson:
Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Biography

Rebeca is a trained, qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working in the public sector and for charitable organisations for over 17 years. She has experience of working with people from very diverse backgrounds with a wide range of ages including the elderly as well as with children and young people. She values and understands diversity as her clients come from all walks of life social or cultural backgrounds. She has experience working with a wide range of issues: Anxiety, depression, spirituality, self-esteem issues, identity issues, sexual identity, sexuality, eating disorders, bereavement, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessions, OCD, phobias, work burnout, stress, trauma, dissatisfaction at work or inability to form satisfactory relationships as well as gender issues, health issues and end of life diagnosis. Rebeca’s approach to therapy is characterised by flexibility, collaboration, empathy, and attention to non-verbal clues. Every client carries a unique history and Rebeca’s practice reflects this reality. Qualifications and registrations: Psychopathologies, Confer London, 2020; DIT Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Anna Freud Centre, London, 2019; EMDR – Level 1 – ACPNL, London, 2019; Bereavement and Loss. Age UK, 2017; Living Together with Dementia. Tavistock Centre for Couple Relations, 2016; Sexual Abuse and Denial. Birkbeck Counselling Association, 2016; Making Sense of Dementia. Tavistock Clinic, London, 2014; Sense of Dementia. Freud Museum with Anna Freud Institute, 2014; Eating Disorders Workshop. Highgate Counselling Centre, London, 2013; Narcissism: Inside and Outside the Consulting Room. Birkbeck Counselling Association, 2013; CBT practice. Highgate Counselling Centre, London, 2013; Body Perception. Highgate Counselling Centre, London, 2011; Further Thoughts on Psychodynamic Counselling. Highgate Counselling Centre, London 2006 – MSc Psychodynamic Counselling. University of London; BSc Hons, Psychology. Open University, London, 2001.

Sabine Chammas:

Psychosexual and Psychodynamic Couples Therapist
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Sabine Chammas:
Psychosexual and Psychodynamic Couples Therapist

Biography

As a psychosexual therapist, Sabine offers a warm, engaging, empathetic and safe environment where clients and therapist can work together towards sexual health and wellbeing. She understands sexual issues can be difficult to talk about, causing distress and feelings of embarrassment, and that this can impact relationships and self-esteem. She works integratively, considering that sexual dysfunctions are not just physical, but are a combination of emotional, psychological and physiological factors. Sabine works with people of all backgrounds and welcomes LGBT clients. She speaks fluent English and French and believes the therapeutic relationship is the platform to create changes, healing and the road to a fulfilling existence. Sabine has extensive experience working with loss, relationships difficulties, self-esteem, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, sexuality, and anxiety. Sabine’s approach to counselling combines humanistic, CBT and psychodynamic thinking. Registrations and qualifications: Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; MSc in Psychosexual and Relationships at Tavistock Relationships(University Of East London); Diploma in psychology; Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, BACP Accredited Course; Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, BACP Accredited Course; Certificate in Time Limited Psychodynamic Therapy; Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural TherapyCertificate in Neuropsychology.

Soulmaz Bashirinia:

Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Therapist
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Soulmaz Bashirinia:
Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Therapist

Biography

Are you tired of repeating old patterns? Do you find that relationships are hard work? Are you sick of feeling stuck and unhappy? Does change feel frightening? Whether you are taking this step alone or together with your partner, Soulmaz is here to help. She is Tavistock’s trilingual therapist, working in English, Farsi (Persian) and Swedish. She provides space for you to mention your concerns, and to think together about your situation, being that third person who helps to untangle things. In therapy you will consider your background(s), including family and relationship histories, and work together to make the changes you need. Some areas where Soulmaz has worked include loneliness, anxiety, PTSD and nightmares, low mood, stress, sex and desire, open relations and dealing with feelings of jealousy. She helps couples to rediscover each other and navigate the challenges of everyday life. Whatever the situation, Soulmaz will create an environment of trust and safety informed by her own experiences of feeling out of place. Registrations and qualifications: Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from Tavistock Relationships; Diploma in systemic therapy (intermediate level); Bachelor of science in social work. Studying psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Tavistock and Portman (NHS); Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).

Annette Tappin:

Couple and Individual Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Therapist
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Annette Tappin:
Couple and Individual Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Therapist

Biography

Annette is an Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She undertook a master’s degree in psychoanalytic studies at the Tavistock Clinic in 1996 and completed a master’s level training in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Tavistock Relationships in 2016. Previously qualified as a social worker, she worked for Barnados and the NSPCC, then trained as a counsellor at the University of Reading and has experience of working in the NHS and a university counselling service. Annette has worked with couples in TR’s clinical service for a number of years, including as a Staff Clinician and currently within TR’s specialist International Therapy Team. Clients have described Annette as "authentic" and "personable" and commented on her ability to listen without judgement or taking sides. Annette is a member of the BACP and the BPC. Registrations and qualifications: BA University of York; CQSW University of London Goldsmiths College; Masters Degree in Psychoanalytic Principles Tavistock Clinic and University of East London; Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling University of Reading; Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Relations Tavistock Clinic; Masters Degree in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and full psychoanalytic clinical training.

Cara Mackley:

Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Therapist
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Cara Mackley:
Psychodynamic Couple and Individual Therapist

Biography

“The therapeutic relationship is central to psychodynamic therapy. Whilst we explore how you interact with loved ones, the interaction between you and me allows for an intimate understanding of how you experience others and how they experience you.” Cara practices a psychodynamic approach to therapy which means working together to explore her client’s past and what lies beneath patterns of thought and behaviour. The aim is to understand and process - without judgement - how the past may be impacting you and your relationships in the present day. In addition to her work with couples, Cara has experience working with young people 11-16 years in a school setting, as well as supporting young people who are not in education, employment or training. Her experience of working with young people has further demonstrated the need for parents and couples to feel supported. Cara sees couples who want to understand more about their relationship. Couples come to therapy for many reasons, perhaps they find themselves stuck in a cycle of bickering, poor communication, cross cultural issues, contemplating separation or an affair. Some couples come for relationship maintenance, empty nesters redefining their relationship, a new family member, fertility issues and many more reasons. Working with a therapist can help the couple untangle what is happening between the couple, giving an opportunity to see patterns of relating. This process and understanding affords the couple the opportunity to transform the dynamics. Cara also sees individuals who want to understand more about themselves and their patterns of relating - either romantic, family or work relationships. They might be choosing the 'wrong' person, trying hard to hold onto a partner, difficult relationships at work or feeling that being single is relentless. Alternatively, they may be in a relationship but the partner, for many reasons might not be ready or want to participate. Working with a therapist can help the individual explore how they are relating to others, looking back at first relationships with parents and siblings. Registrations and qualifications: Tavistock Relationships Specialist Relationship Training; Imperial College London Training for Counselling those with Parkinsons disease; MBACP (Accred) 330928- Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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