Our People

Dr Jane Woodend MSc; Dip Psych Couns;

Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

Following her earlier career as an Occupational Therapist and NHS Manager, Jane qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) in 2000 and then completed a post-graduate training in 2002. She has been in practice since then and worked with a wide variety of presenting problems in individuals and couples. Jane has an MSc in Applied Psychology (Learning Disabilities) and completed her PhD in 2014, where her research into endings in psychodynamic counselling broke new ground in terms of both psycho-social methodology and findings. Jane also has a certificate in psychodynamic supervision and has completed further training in time-limited counselling, working with couples and using cognitive behavioural approaches.

Jane has previously held posts within a county-wide counselling service as Service Manager, Head of Training and also, in conjunction with the University of the West of England (UWE), was Programme Manager for the country’s first Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling. She has published a chapter on psycho-social research methodology in 'Further Researching Beneath the Surface (vol 2)' (2018) Ed. Anne-Marie Cummins and Nigel Williams; Routledge: London. Jane has been a  CharityTrustee of the Severnside Initiative for Psychotherapy (SIP) in Bristol and Us in a Bus, an organisation providing intensive interaction for people with profound learning disabilities or challenging behaviours.

Jane has a particular clinical interest in issues relating to bereavement, loss, learning and physical disability.

Jane is registered with and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Frances Kerr Dip Psych Couns;

Registered Member MBACP

Frances qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor in 2010 followed by a post-graduate training from 2010 - 2011. She has trained in working with children and families and completed additional training in time limited and couples counselling. During the past nine years Frances has worked with people with a wide variety of presenting problems and with families in a Child and Family Service.

Frances has a particular clinical interest in issues relating to bereavement, loss and family dynamics.

Frances is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

Zak Hulstrom


Zak is an integrative counsellor, who trained at The Minster Centre in London. He has experience of working with adults in open-ended work, who are dealing with issues around anxiety, suicidal ideation, depression and relationships. He is LGBT Affirmative and an advocate of anti-racism.

His way of working is relational, meaning that he draws on a range of theories according to each individual's needs. It also means that, when you're in counselling, it's the relationship between you and Zak that is most important in supporting you when you're in distress, helping you to have insight into yourself and your relationships, and finding new ways to take your life forward. He finds it important to create a warm and respectful relationship so that you feel safe enough to explore what brings you to counselling.

Zak has been a Trustee of Mind and is a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Dr Samantha Holley

Sammie is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) having completed a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England. Sammie is also a registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Sammie trained in psychodynamic and humanistic approaches, and also draws from other modalities including cognitive-behavioural therapy to support clients develop coping strategies for the problems in their lives.

Sammie offers a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental space to explore the issues bringing you to counselling. She has worked with clients on a range of issues and mental health problems, in both short-term and long-term work. Sammie has previous experience working in a variety of settings including the NHS, third sector charities, higher education, and private practice.

Sammie has a particular clinical interest in issues relating to bereavement and loss as well as exploring family dynamics and relationships.

Catherine Macer, MBACP (Accred) 

After a career in media Catherine retained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor qualifying in 2018. She has since done a further year-long training in Embodied Psychotherapy, as well as Time-limited Counselling. The core of her work is building a collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients, and creating a safe, empathic, compassionate space for them to bring whatever they need to bring. Her hope is that through counselling clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves, and that this empowers them to make the changes they seek. Though her work is primarily psychodynamic and talk-based she also draws on a client’s embodied experience, and uses movement, mindfulness and psychoeducation, if appropriate.

Catherine is experienced at working with both adults and adolescents in a variety of settings including a counselling service, local secondary schools, and in private practice. She is a fully accredited member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and is a qualified yoga teacher and certified mindfulness teacher.

Jane Danowski BA Oxon, MBACP 

Jane holds a British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a biology degree from Oxford University. This multidisciplinary foundation enables her to approach counselling with a holistic perspective, integrating both scientific understanding and psychological insight. With a passion for understanding the intricacies of the human mind and a sturdy academic background, Jane is a dedicated psychodynamic counsellor who brings a unique blend of knowledge and empathy to the therapeutic relationship.

Psychodynamic counselling is a therapeutic approach that delves into the unconscious processes that shape an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Examining the underlying motivations, unresolved conflicts, and past experiences, this approach helps clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the underlying factors that contribute to their current challenges. By developing a strong therapeutic alliance, clients are encouraged to unearth patterns, identify barriers and reflect on experiences.

“Working with me involves a collaborative journey where you are invited to share your thoughts and feelings at your own pace. Through meaningful dialogue and active listening I work to help you uncover unconscious patterns that may be influencing your emotions and behaviours. As these insights emerge, you can gradually develop new perspectives, leading to personal growth and positive change.” Each client is treated as a unique individual with their own story to tell. Drawing from psychodynamic principles, Jane creates a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly explore your feelings and experiences.

Yut Chhon MBACP (Reg)

Yut is a former Buddhist monk turned counsellor who has trained in the Person-Centred counselling approach. He offers an empathetic, warm and non-judgemental space for you to feel safe, supported and heard in exploring whatever you are struggling with in life. This could include, but is not limited to, low self-esteem, stress, depression, loss, anxiety, family problems and relationship issues.

Yut is a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He has a deep understanding of how talking to someone about your struggles can be daunting, and is very careful to respect his clients’ pace in their own individual process. Yut aims to create a therapeutic relationship in which his clients feel valued, respected and understood for who they truly are, allowing them to explore their thoughts, memories, and emotions in an environment of acceptance.

Sally Kempner UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Working with Sally combines both a practical present day focus on the issues you are facing and an investigation of how your past experiences and personal development have affected you, leading to a greater self- understanding. As an Integrative Psychotherapist Sally will support you to understand, verbalise and integrate your current and past experiences with your internal world. Sally loves to work with people who have never had counselling before and perhaps think it isn’t for them, as well as with people who already have an understanding of how their past circumstances have shaped them.

Sally began training as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist in 2006, completing her whole training with the Minster Centre in West London. Sally completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling in 2011 and her MA and Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2013. Sally has been UKCP Registered as a Full Clinical Member since 2014. In addition to private practice Sally has worked for the NHS, an employee assistance provider, an FE college and University Counselling Services.

Julia Godden MBACP (Reg) Counsellor

Prior to working as a therapist, Julia worked extensively within the field of social and community care and housing, with varied populations of adults and children. Her interest and work in a therapeutic modality began in 2003 with initial training in the USA, before further training within an integrative/person centred counselling framework in 2017. She has completed an advanced, contemporary training in Somatic and Trauma Therapy, which includes a neurobiological approach and emphasis on the nervous system. She is an artist, and a qualified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher so her way of working is holistic and rooted within a mind/body/energy approach working psychologically, somatically and creatively.

Julia works well with people navigating changes, throughout the stages of life and aging. She has ongoing interest in working with loss and bereavement, with any kind of grief and is particularly interested in working with people who are impacted by ill health or invisible illness and chronic pain.  Her practice is LGBTQIA+ and gender, sexual and relationship diversity affirmative.

“I aim to facilitate a process with compassion where you move towards deeper self-acceptance, It is a process of inquiry, growing in awareness, understanding, and building capacity to deal with life’s demands”.

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