Paul Christopher Mollitt MSc Dip BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred.) BPC
Qualifications And Experience
Paul's clinical training was at Birkbeck College, University of London where he obtained an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is a full registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and adheres to their code of ethics. He is also an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) practitioner, trained at the Anna Freud Centre and Tavistock and Portman Clinic where he has also undertaken a training in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) for application with those with Borderline Personality Disorder. He also has a training in supervision from the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). More recently, Paul began a training in Group Analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) graduating in 2018 with a Diploma in Group Work Practice as an Associate member of the IGA.
Paul first role in the NHS was as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist for the West End Community Mental Health Team, working long term with complex patients in secondary care. He worked as a student counsellor at both London Metropolitan University and University College London in individual and group work. Paul spent several years in NHS IAPT services as a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist for South West London and St Georges' Mental Health Trust, the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Compass Wellbeing CIC, an NHS Funded social enterprise offering mental health services to the population of Tower Hamlets, where he ran therapy groups and one-to-one sessions. In 2017 he took a position at Birkbeck College, University of London as a Widening Participation Student Counsellor where he ran a project researching the barriers to counselling faced by men, refugees and care leavers. In 2018 he returned to the NHS to take up a secondary care post, this time in East London NHS Foundation Trust, working as a group and individual psychotherapist in the borough of Newham.
Paul has maintained a private practice since 2013.
Lucy McDonald MSc BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred.)
Qualifications And Experience
Lucy’s clinical training was at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she obtained a Master of Science Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, with Distinction. She is fully accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to their code of ethics.
Lucy has worked extensively with students, starting out as a counsellor at King’s College London where she stayed for a number of years. More recently, Lucy worked as a counsellor at the London School of Economics and is currently running the Student Counselling Service at a Drama School in West London. Lucy has also worked in an NHS Specialist Secondary Care Psychotherapy Unit, where many of the patients are isolated and show traits of Borderline Personality Disorder.
The approach Lucy uses investigates how we interact with each other and the ways in which our patterns of behaviour are informed by earlier relationships and key events. Lucy also focuses on the family dynamics we grew up with, especially in terms of the unconscious roles we may have taken up (e.g. what labels were we given and still hold on to?). All of these aspects contribute to our own sense of who we are and by revisiting and exploring these, a more positive sense of self can be shaped.
Lucy’s many years of experience encompasses helping people with a wide range of disturbances, from anxiety and depression, to bereavement, abuse, sexual identity, relationship issues and work-related struggles to name but a few. Her previous career was in a business setting and her understanding of working in an office environment (where many people spend the majority of their lives) makes her uniquely well positioned to help with work-based dynamics and associated problems. She has worked with clients from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds and recognises the importance of embracing aspects of difference and working with it.
Lucy's private practice is based in SE London.
Dr Paula Bermudez CPsychol, HCPC reg
Ever since Paula was young, she knew she wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led her to study a degree in Psychology in Spain and eventually complete a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in the University of East London, helping her develop both her research and clinical expertise. As a Counselling Psychologist she is committed to humanistic values; this involves believing in the potential for growth and change in every human being. She embraces empathy, openness, unconditional positive regard (acceptance), genuineness and congruence as the foundation stones of her work.
Her training has formed her as an integrative practitioner, which means that she is able to adapt to her clients' needs and preferences in therapy, combining different therapeutic models and skills in a congruent and sensitive manner. Her core modality is Psychodynamic Therapy, and she is able to work in a limited or open-ended manner, whilst also adapting techniques and theories from other modalities, such as Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), and Systemic Therapy.
She has been working in mental health since 2012 across different settings, including charities, home programmes, and primary and secondary care psychological services in the NHS. She has experience of working with children, families and adults, providing both short-term and long-term interventions with a variety of people, dealing with circumstances unique to their lives.
Apart from her private practice, she has been involved in training and supervising counsellors at University and she is currently working part-time in a Secondary Care NHS Service providing long term Psychodynamic Therapy to adults presenting with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
She makes sure that she continues her professional development with regular clinical supervision and attending trainings to ensure she continues to provide the best care possible to all her clients.
Paula can offer therapy in both English and Spanish.