About Us

About Us

Established in 2012, Brighton Therapy Centre is a not-for-profit organisation providing counselling and talking therapies for individuals, couples, families, young people and local businesses who are seeking mental health and well-being support.
We are proud of our highly specialised and qualified therapists who have vast experience in dealing with a whole range of psychological and emotional issues.  As a registered charity, we use any surplus generated from our mainstream work and fundraising activities to support individuals financially to enable them to access professional therapy that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

We operate an equal opportunities policy to ensure that therapy can be accessed by all members of our local community and we welcome those from diverse backgrounds.  We can provide therapy in a wide range of languages including: English, French, Arabic & Spanish, and provide services in person, online and by telephone.

Meet Our Team

Howard Edmunds

Clinical Lead

As Co-Director of Brighton Therapy Centre I am committed to make high quality psychological therapies more widely available for the Brighton and Hove community.

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As a charity,  we have made it our mission to provide access to bespoke therapy journeys to support each individual’s needs. Our mental health is significantly affected by the quality of our relationships, work, family or social groups that we belong to.  Therapy enables us to form healthier relationships with those closest to us.  By investing in yourself, therapy can also make a huge difference to those you care about most – your friends, family and colleagues.  I am privileged to work with a thriving community of practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer high-quality therapies to support your journey. Being part of a strong community enables our clients and therapists to flourish. As part of my role, I carefully review each initial consultation to ensure the most suitable therapist is matched with the client.  The most important step is choosing the right therapist and I am dedicated to making sure we find you the right fit.  It is one of the most challenging parts of my role and I find that I never stop learning about what type of therapy best fits whom.  I feel passionate about getting you on the right track and work closely with my colleagues to keep up with all the latest findings and research.  Most important of all is the feedback we get from your, our clients, who are sent an ‘end of therapy questionnaire ‘ in order to tell us what helped them the most.

Whilst working in the NHS prior to BTC, I developed an evidence-based course for people experiencing depression, anxiety and mood swings:   The Mood Course  I have a special interest in affective disorders and have found that groups can be particularly effective in helping people who experience these difficulties.

I oversee the Brighton Therapy Centre Continuing Professional Development programme for therapists, which includes the reading group, professional development group, supervision groups, reflective practice groups and specialist training events.   These offer to our therapists and local practitioners high-quality learning opportunities to support their practice.

I am also a  UKCP registered Group Analyst offering both once and twice weekly Group Psychotherapy and individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  Prior to my current role,   I worked for six years as an NHS Principal Adult Psychotherapist offering specialist Psychotherapy, assessments, staff training and clinical supervision.  I was convenor and trainer for the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust Advanced Supervision Training, having transferred my training role to Brighton  Therapy Centre.

I trained at WPF Counselling & Psychotherapy as a Group Analyst..  I have completed further training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Mentalization Based Group Therapy.  I am a Qualified Clinical Supervisor having completed a one-year training titled ‘Using the Group as a Medium for Supervision’ at The Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).

Michael O'Rourke

Clinical Manager

I am an integrative therapist and the Clinical Manager at BTC.  My role calls for sound clinical and ethical judgement when considering the needs of clients who access our services. 

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The relationship between the therapist and client is of paramount importance, and we strive to match each client with the most appropriate and sensitive person for their needs.  I hold an Adv. Diploma in Humanistic Integrative therapy, a BSc (Hons) in Reflective Therapeutic Practice and an MA in Sexual Abuse and Trauma.  I am currently undertaking a Diploma in Group Supervision at the Institute of Group Analysis in London.

Understanding each individual’s needs is an essential part of the therapeutic process.  Making links between early life experiences and adult coping strategies can lead to greater insight and change, if change is needed.

Kerry Evans

Business Lead

In my role as Co-Director Business Lead at the Brighton Therapy Centre I am focused on developing the Centre’s commitment to clinical excellence and making its services widely accessible and sustainable. 

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To me, accessible means affordable to all sections of our community, but it also means making our therapies welcoming and relatable.  I believe that talking about therapy in a language that is easy to understand helps it become more democratic and collaborative.

I am a BACP accredited therapist with a PGDip and MSc from the University of Brighton.  Currently I am undertaking a Diploma in Supervision from the Institute of Group Analysis.

The therapy I offer is Humanistic in its approach, emphasizing the uniqueness of the individual and their ability to fulfil their potential given the right circumstances and support.

Prior to joining BTC I managed the services of The Sara Lee Trust where I was also Deputy CEO and a practising therapist, working mainly with clients in cancer and palliative care.

Megan Sparks

Administrator

I take great interest in improving mental health services within Brighton, particularly helping people take the initial steps in pursuing therapy. As a first point of contact, I  endeavour to make   the process of starting therapy a positive experience. In my spare time, I also volunteer at a suicide prevention charity based in North London called, Maytree. 

David Scully

Administrator

I joined BTC as an administrator in July 2019. My role covers everything from responding to enquiries to helping develop new systems that allow the team to spend more time on the important task of making therapy more accessible across our community. As well as my role at BTC I am also working towards completing a Law Conversion LLM at the University of Brighton.

Our Board of Trustees

Suzanne Thompson

Co-Chair

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I am a strategic, award winning, commercially minded HRD with extensive business transformation and service delivery experience. Chair of Mental Health Charity, experienced NED with passion a for the environment and 20+ experience in the utility sector.   Strengths include excellent business understanding, driving cultural change, strong; people, customer and delivery focus.

Paul Evans

Co-Chair

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Jo Tomlinson

Trustee

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I have worked in Education for over 40 years in a formal (local government, schools, colleges and universities) and informal capacity (health and community work).  I hold qualifications in training, teaching (HE/FE), counselling and psychotherapy.  For the past 16 years I have lived in Seaford with a heritage in the north!

Julie Watson

Trustee

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I am an experienced business consultant strategist to Healthcare, Creative Industries and Charities.  Social Justice and showcasing the importance of the arts to our wellbeing is what makes me tick.

Kiran Briana Flynn

Trustee

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I am a Systemic Psychotherapist and Social Worker, with experience of working in Local Authority and NHS settings. I am a published researcher and a Guest Tutor with the Institute of Family Therapy, and have taught foundation level systemic psychotherapy to social workers at The Centre for Systemic Social Work.

Liv Corbishley

Trustee

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I am an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chair in the health sector with a deep understanding of the health and wellbeing landscape across private, public, and not for profit sectors.

Passionate about services and support that enable people to lead healthy lives.

Extensive executive accomplishments in business and marketing across investment, sport, and telecoms sectors globally.

Louise Gledhill

Trustee

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I set up and for over 20 years have been practice-managing a law firm specialising in mental health law. Prior to this I qualified as a counsellor specialising in working with young women who had been in the care of the local authority and prior to this I worked in Social housing for Brighton Council. I also sit part time as a Lay Member on the Employment Tribunal.

Richard Burgess-Gamble

Treasurer

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I am a qualified Accountant (CIMA) with over 20 years of charity and commercial sector experience, operating at both a strategic and operational level.  I have commercial experience in a wide range of sectors.  I am experienced in leadership, project, finance, building, IT, risk, health & safety, and data management.

Robert Clare

Trustee

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I am a Chartered Banker (MCIBs; ACIB) with 40 years’ commercial experience.  I hold 8 executive director and 3 non-executive director posts across banking, technology, manufacturing and corporate finance.  I like to think I offer commercial common sense using my experience and knowledge across multiple sectors and my expertise in strategy, finance, risk, governance and leadership.

 

Sandeep Rai

Trustee

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I am a mental health Social Worker with 15 years’ experience in various settings in the UK and the USA.

 

All Our Therapists

Our Story

Brighton Therapy Centre was established in 2012 by co-founders Howard Edmunds and Dr Eva Coleman. Howard remains as clinical lead, bringing a wealth of knowledge spanning a 30-year career in mental health and psychological therapy.

The decision to become a charity was taken by the directors and practitioners of BTC in response to the many clients seeking help who could not afford to pay full cost.  The NHS was struggling to keep up with demand, resulting in long waiting lists.  We envisioned an alternative service, where clients could contribute what they could afford.   The high quality of our service is based on the exceptional levels of support and on-going professional development and training that we offer to our practitioners.  We are a community of professionals supporting each other to learn and develop together.  We seek to break down some of the barriers which can exist between different types of therapy, so that clients have a wider choice of evidence-based therapies all under one roof.  As Clinical Lead Howard has drawn on his experience as a Group Psychotherapist to also develop our extensive programme of reflective practice groups for practitioners as well as The Mood Course and a wide range of  Psychotherapy Groups. 

Today we have over 40 practitioners working from ten clinic rooms.  Last year we supported over 400 clients and provided 120 of those with a low-cost therapy that they could afford. In September 2020, Kerry Evans joined as Co-Director with the objective of building on our fundraising and charitable efforts to enable us to support more members of our local community to access the therapy and support they need.

BTC continues to operate as a not-for-profit charity and gives back 100% of our surplus to the bursary scheme to provide affordable therapies.

 

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