Pim Baxter OBE has been Deputy Director at the National Portrait Gallery since 2008, where she has also headed up the Communications and Development team since 1997. Pim has worked across the arts including in opera, visual arts and theatre. Prior to the National Portrait Gallery she spent eight years with the National Theatre. Since 2012 Pim has been a Lay Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral. She is also a Governor at MidKent College and is on the Board of Central School of Ballet and ALVA (the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions). She was given an OBE for services to the arts in the 2015 New Years Honours.
Peter Cheeseman has been a Trustee and Treasurer for the last 15 years. Describes himself professionally as a numerate lawyer. In Peter's business career he held various positions as Finance Director and Chief Executive in international publishing companies. Peter served on the local Bench for 10 years, specialising in the Family Court. Currently he works as a volunteer adviser in the local Citizens' Advice, as well as acting as a Trustee in other charities involving Family Mediation and the Unitarian Church.
Sam Jones has worked in the voluntary, commercial and public sectors. This includes 10 years in the NHS, five of which as Director of Commissioning and Transformation at two Clinical Commissioning Groups in London. She became a Trustee in November 2016.
Sarah Pearce has worked in a variety of roles in both publishing and not for profit organisations. She has gained experience from working in areas as diverse as publishing for the shipping industry to charities working with the NHS. She has also been a Trustee of a large charity. She trained to be a nurse before going to University graduating with a Bachelors and Master’s in law.
Carrie-Anne Heath is a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and has been working within the field since 2007. She is a registered accredited member of the BACP and is a Senior Accredited Member of National Counselling Society. She possesses experience within specialist sectors including mental health, trauma, child and adolescent therapy (including play and art therapy) and bereavement. She owns a vast amount of transferable skills from working within the lifelong learning and welfare to work sector; as well as possessing experience in project management, outreach, supervision and staff leadership. She has previously developed and set up community projects across London including projects with homeless charities, young peoples services, refugee support services, single parents, ex-offenders and mental health services. Carrie-Anne is an Armed Forces and Veterans Champion for East Kent.
Information Governance & HR Lead
Maria Hume is an experience therapeutic counsellor and a member of the management team at FCS. She is responsible for Information Governance and HR. When Maria joined the organisation she brought her 20+ years of experience in business and project management, legal and business administration to her work in FCS. Maria has been with the organisation from her days as a trainee therapist through qualification in 2012 and into current practice. She came from a background in philosophy and psychology before making the move into therapeutic counselling. Maria is a qualified integrative psychological therapist and is a member of the BACP.
Sunny Austin is a qualified counsellor having attained his Diploma in Humanistic Counselling in 2012. He is a registered member of the BACP and an accredited member of the NCS. Sunny has experience of counselling clients in a range of settings including the NHS, education, private practice and charity organisations. He has worked with adults and young people with a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Sunny is primarily a humanistic practitioner but also draws from other therapeutic approaches to suit the needs of the client.
Dr Agatha Benyera-Mararike is a High Intensity CBT Therapist. She is an experienced BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist, UKCP registered Psychotherapist, and university Senior Lecturer. Agatha has over 15 years’ experience in BAME Community Development work, spearheading and setting up vibrant women’s health and empowerment projects in London. She qualified in Counselling Psychology in 2006 and holds a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy. Agatha has NHS and voluntary sector experience, which includes long term conditions, drug and alcohol, prison work, learning disabilities, hospice based bereavement and loss counselling, asylum seekers and refugees, HIV mental health, sexual health, LGBT and many others.
Kathy George qualified in 2011 and is a member of the BACP. She has extensive experience working with both young people and adults. Kathy is a humanistic integrative counsellor which means she draws on a number of theories and techniques in her work, tailoring her approach to the individual needs of each client. Her approaches include Person Centred, Attachment, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, psycho-educational and creative techniques.
Sandy Kempson is a High Intensity DIT (Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy) Practitioner, accredited by the BPC and a registered member of the BACP. She trained initially as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and went on to train in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and is a Senior Practitioner. Sandy has worked in the IAPT service, private schools and charitable agencies since 2015 and works with both young people and adults on a one to one basis. She also has her own private practice. Sandy has an extensive range of experience working with issues including depression, anxiety, abuse, difficult relationships, bereavement, trauma, bullying, eating disorders, fertility and many others.
Loren Krish is an experienced Adult Counsellor and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. She is a member of BACP, ACP, Tavistock Society, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and EMDR UK & Ireland. Loren has a private practice working with adults and families for nearly 20 years and has over 10 years experience working in CAMHS with Children, Young People and their families. She has experience working in a variety of areas including severe or chronic abuse and trauma, autism, eating disorders, OCD, phobias, ADHD, and self-harm. Loren is also an EMDR practitioner for Adults and Children with trauma and/or other complex conditions.
Sonia Shah is a Psychoanalytical and psycho-dynamic psychotherapist who is accredited with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). She has a BSc Honours in Psychology, and an extensive six years of postgraduate training as a psychotherapist. Sonia is currently doing her Doctorate in BME groups and Mental health services. She has experience in working with a range of mental health problems; including psychosis, personality disorders, depression and general anxiety disorder. Sonia has extensive training and experience working with victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual violence.
Karen Stevens is a BACP registered Integrative counsellor, qualified in 2012. She worked for three years counselling within primary and secondary school settings and prior to joining FCS in September 2016 worked as a counsellor in an NHS GP surgery. Prior to qualifying as a counsellor Karen spent time as a teaching assistant and working within children's centres. She has also been a voluntary mediator and youth offender panel member for the last 11 years.
Jane Too-Harvey is a registered member of the BACP having qualified in 2011, holding a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. She has experience of counselling people in various settings, including NHS GP surgeries and charity organisations. Jane has worked for over six years as a Cruse Bereavement Care volunteer and also currently works as a caseworker for victims of trafficking. Although she works mainly in a Person Centred way, Jane draws from other approaches and techniques including Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Creative Arts to meet the needs of each individual client.
Amy Webster is a qualified and experienced counsellor, holding a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and is an accredited member of the BACP. Amy has been working with FCS Talking Therapies for four years and has specialisms in bereavement, couples counselling, depression and anxiety. She also has experience in working with abuse, including domestic abuse.
Penny Wicks qualified as an integrative counsellor over 10 years ago and is an accredited member of the BACP and National Counselling Society. She enjoys working therapeutically with clients to bring positive change into their lives. She has a particular interest in working with couples. In 1984 Penny qualified as a teacher of Biology and worked as a secondary school teacher right up until August 2016. For the majority of her teaching career she worked as a Head of Sixth Form and taught A level Health and Social Care. After Penny qualified as a counsellor she ran a private practice alongside her teaching career. Penny now focuses fully on her counselling career and joined FCS in October 2016.
Karolina Wtorkowska holds an MSc in Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, a Foundation Course in Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) and a BSc Psychological Sciences. She is an empathic and reflective counsellor with a strong commitment to positive regard of others. Karolina’s sense of humour and caring attitude have proven to be great assets. She is passionate about mental health and believes her excellent understanding of psychological theories is complemented by a vast work experience. To date, she has worked for a wide range of organisations including Turning Point (Substance Misuse Service), Rethink Mental Illness, the NHS and various universities.
Office based staff
Amy Pask has a degree in Business Marketing and extensive experience in a customer focused industry. She ran her own business for several years before stepping back to have a family. Amy has refocused her career to administration in psychological therapies to help members of her community.
Office Manager & Data Analyst
Catherine Baxendale has over 15 years experience as a legal secretary working in many areas of law. She ran her own virtual administration business whilst living in France. After returning to the UK to be closer to family, Catherine joined FCS in March 2015. She is passionate about providing a great service within the community and goes above and beyond to ensure the effective and efficient running of FCS.