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Allie Markantonis

West Malling & Canterbury Practice

CBT West Malling


Hello, my name is Allie Markantonis and I’m a fully qualified Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor based Counselling & CBT West Malling practice. I’m an accredited member of the NCS (National Counselling Society) and work with adults and young people age 13+.

Starting from where you are now. I can help you find the powerful tools and techniques you need to take you to where you want to be. This is achieved through utilising all the tools in my therapy toolbox.

I also use other skilled techniques. Such as, the highly effective, content free, ‘Rewind Technique’. This is a non-intrusive, safe and highly effective psychological method for working with trauma and PTSD. Being content free means you don’t have to tell me details and it reduces the risk of being re-traumatised.

My approach to therapy

At CBT West Malling, I offer a down-to-earth and easy to relate to approach. The space I provide for you to explore your concerns is calm and confidential. I’ll help you talk through the times when you don’t feel quite in control or you are experiencing something difficult.

A combination of events, experiences and/or perceptions can conspire, leaving us stressed, depressed or anxious for instance. Or perhaps you are lacking in confidence, have low self-esteem or just feel un-motivated. This may lead you to behave in an unhelpful way that potentially makes things worse. For instance, you may get angry and lash out or you may eat or drink too much avoid situations you find difficult altogether.

This is when I can help you to help yourself. I will help you explore your difficulties and enable you to regain control of your life. Together, we can try and identify the cause of your problems; and deal with them. Instead of being preoccupied with the effects.

Ethical Standards

I subscribe to and work within the UKCP code of ethics and the BACP ethical framework. I also undertake regular professional development and supervision as well as having professional indemnity insurance.

If you would like to book an appointment to come and see me at CBT & Counselling West Malling then please contact me via CBT & Counselling Kent today. Request to see Allie

Tracey Neale

Canterbury Practice

EMDR Canterbury


My name is Tracey Neale and I’m a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) practitioner at EMDR Canterbury. I’m also a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at CBT and Counselling Canterbury.

Integrative counselling means I draw on a number of different therapeutic theories depending on your individual needs.

Counselling is a talking therapy that will support you in exploring your past experiences and help you recognise any negative patterns, often formed in childhood.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the theory that our thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all connected. Therefore, if we change one of these we can alter the others. CBT is effective for all kinds of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and anger.

EMDR: Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing involves the identification of unprocessed traumatic or other distressing experiences that are continuing to drive an individual’s psychological disturbance. EMDR is effective in treating a wide range of mental health problems. For more information – click EMDR Association

My experience

I have over ten years’ experience as a practicing therapist, working within private practice and the ‘NHS IAPT’ (Increased Access to Psychological Therapies) services.

How I can help

I firmly believe that my own personal experiences have contributed to me being a warm, empathetic counsellor. So I will support you in exploring your difficulties and help you understand where they might have originated. We will also look at how you feel about yourself and the world around you.  This will all be achieved through a confidential, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Working together we will help you bring about a positive change.

My expertise is with individuals experiencing problems such as stress & anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Along with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and childhood trauma. Similarly in bereavement, eating disorders and alcohol, drug and gambling addictions.

I also have experience in working with issues include sexual orientation, gender, relationships, self-esteem, family dynamics.

Ethical standards

I’m accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical framework.

I undertake regular professional development and supervision as well as having professional indemnity insurance.

If you would like to make an appointment to see Tracey at EMDR Canterbury or for counselling or CBT Canterbury. Please contact her via CBT and Counselling Kent today. Request to see Tracey

Dr Tim Burns

Whistable Practice

Psychotherapy Canterbury & Whitstable


My name is Dr Tim Burns MSc psych.  I’m an accredited member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) offering counselling and psychotherapy Canterbury & Whitstable.

My background has been within adult mental health over the last 15 years. The majority of which, in primary care mental health services.

I am trained in ‘integrative psychotherapy’ which means I take the view that there is no single approach that suits everybody during therapy. Therefore, I bring together different elements of specific therapies to suit your individual needs.

I also practice ‘interpersonal psychotherapy’ which is a focused, evidence-based approach to treat mood disorders. In addition, my MSc level qualification in Psychology adds a deeper psychological understanding during my work.

How I can help

I’m a compassionate person who strives to provide a safe, supportive non-judgemental environment. I will help you talk through your problems and process difficult life events.

I can assist in the processing of complex or traumatic experiences – both in childhood and adulthood. In addition, I cover a wide range of emotional issues. Such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties and loss or bereavement for example.

We will work collaboratively to establish your goal and I will tailor the therapy to suit your specific requirements.

My training allows me to draw upon both attachment and communication theories to help you gain a deeper understanding of how your emotional/psychological issues began. The processing of issues and life events enables the building of coping strategies which will help you effectively manage any on-going symptoms.

Ethical standards

I subscribe to and work within the BPS Code of Ethics and the BACP Ethical Framework. I undertake regular professional development and clinical supervision and hold full professional indemnity insurance.

If you would like to make an appointment to see me at Psychotherapy  Canterbury or Whitstable.  Please contact me via CBT &  Counselling Kent today. Request to see Tim


Sabine Hawkins

Canterbury & Birchington Practice

Counselling & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


My name is Sabine Hawkins and I’m based at both CBT & Counselling Canterbury and Birchington practices.

I’m a BACP registered therapist along with being qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Relationship Counselling. I practice Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Humanistic therapy. Therefore, my experience and  understanding of these various theoretical approaches enables me to draw upon a wide range of tools. I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach and  will tailor our sessions to suit your individual needs.


I have a number of years’ experience working in variety of settings including universities, providing counselling for both staff and students along with detention centres, offering practical support and guidance, whilst assessing mental health.

I have worked with people who have suffered a bereavement either through long term illness, suicide, murder or neglect. Along with my own private practice, providing therapy for individuals struggling with problems such as anxiety, depression or low self-worth.

How I can help

My aim is to provide a warm, confidential and safe environment in which we can work together to explore your difficulties and help you make sense of things. I will help you gain insight and a better understanding of yourself and what is troubling and provide you with the tools to help you move forward more positively.

I will not offer you advice but I will take an active role in helping you make the changes in your life that you choose. Feedback from my clients is that I am warm, easy to talk to, perceptive, encouraging and intuitive.

Ethical Standards

I subscribe to and work within the UKCP code of ethics and the BACP ethical framework. Alongside undertaking regular professional development and supervision as well as having professional indemnity insurance.

I provide help and support for any type of problem such as anxiety, bereavement, depression, anger management, relationship problems and stress.

If you would like to make an appointment to Sabine at either and Counselling Birchington or CBT and Counselling Canterbury. Please contact her via CBT and Counselling Kent today. Request to see Sabine Request to see Sabine

Elaine Brown

Deal & Canterbury Practice

CBT and Counselling Deal


Hello, my name is Elaine Brown BSc (hons) and I’m a fully qualified Counsellor based at CBT & Counselling Deal and Canterbury.  I am a member of the ‘British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (BACP) and an accredited member of the ‘National Counselling Society’ (NCS).

In 2008 I graduated from my honour’s degree in ‘Social Sciences with Geography and Politics with a Human Geography theme’. I then worked overseas for some time before returning to the UK.  In 2015, I became a fully qualified ‘Relate’ trained counsellor working with adults’ individuals, couples and young people age 13+.

I embrace both psychodynamic and systemic perspectives, alongside using the practical tools of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you move forward. This means I take an ‘integrative approach’ to therapy, because I take the take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each person in all situations. Therefore, my counselling techniques are tailored to suit your individual needs and personal circumstances.

Adult Counselling

At CBT and Counselling Deal provide counselling for anxiety, counselling for depression. Anger management or relationship issues, to name but a few.

I have many years’ experience with a variety of unique individuals – from age 11 years old to 90 years young. This has enabled me to have a greater understanding of the impact that ‘systems’ have on us throughout our lives.

Wherever and however we live in the world these systems include: –

The Family Systems and networks of our original care providers, in whatever form that may be. Including same gender or extended families. Carers, foster or adopted families
The education system – our schooling, college or university.
Our working environment
Our current family life and friends that we choose to call family

All of these factors have a significant impact on our lives, mental health and well-being – both good and sometimes sadly – not so good.

It really does feel good to talk. and to be able to share your feelings and to have someone ensure you feel heard and understood is extremely beneficial to our mental wellbeing. My role as your therapist is to ensure that you feel supported, so you are able to bring about the changes you are looking for.

Young Person Counselling

Young people today face lots of different challenges. From anxiety about their relationships with their peers, to worrying about what people think of them. Through to bullying in the school space or on social media and/or difficulties at home.

My experience working with young people began as ‘Connexions’ young person advisor as well as a part time as a ‘Student Support & Wellbeing Advisor’ in a University. During my work as a ‘Relate’ counsellor I have supported young people in secondary schools as well as seeing young people at the Relate centre.

It would be a privilege for me to be able to provide a space where maybe, for the first time, a young person feels heard, listened to and supported, without fear of being judged. Depending on their age and understanding, I provide different techniques that will lead to them feeling less confused and more empowered, so they are able to move forward in a positive way.

Ethical Standards

I subscribe to and work within the NCS code of practice and BACP ethical framework.  Alongside undertaking regular professional development and  clinical supervision.  I have professional indemnity insurance.

If you would like to book an appointment to see Elaine at either CBT and Counselling Deal or Canterbury. Then please contact her via CBT and Counselling Kent today.  Request an appointment with Elaine


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