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The START team are all committed to providing a quality service to all those we see from the office team through to the the highly qualified counsellors many of whom have years of experience in counselling victims and survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. They have all undergone specialist training and continue to update their knowledge and practices, and some have specialist qualifications and are working towards higher counselling qualifications. Many of the team at START are survivors themselves.

START Manager

Steve

Steve

Steve manages START services. Steve joined START in 2015 having worked for many years in Child Protection and working with Vulnerable Adults.

As a survivor himself he is aware of the issues and the importance of promoting and providing good quality counselling as part of the healing process.

START Administrators

Rhi

Rhi

Rhi is the new Admin at START, as of November 2021.

She’s working here while she studies counselling and likes to write fiction in her spare time.

Kate

Kate

Kate joined START in November 2021, she works in Admin at START Mon-Wed.

Kate has a PhD in Psychology Research and helps us with data and research. She is currently studying Counselling.

LOTUS Coordinators

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda joined START in 2017. Amanda has recently attained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling.

Amanda is an experienced counsellor and works with adult survivors twice a week in the daytime. She is also one of our Lotus Project managers.

Bev

Bev

Bev joined START in May 2019 and will be working on our new STEPS support programme, she has been working as a rape crisis counsellor for the last three years.

Bev is has a qualified person centred counsellor and has recently attained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling. She is also one of our Lotus Project managers.

Counselling Team

Susan

Susan

Susan has been with START since 2003 and undertakes most of the Under-18s assessments as well being one of the counselling team.

Susan has a Diploma in Children and Adolescent counselling and has also worked with Adult survivors.

Julie

Julie

Julie has been with START since 2003 and has a huge amount of experience over many years of counselling adult survivors.

Julie volunteers in the evenings twice a week.

Andy

Andy

Andy has been with START since 2014 providing specialist counselling for many adult survivors.

Andy is one of our valued male counsellors. Andy previously worked as a counsellor at the local University dealing with student related welfare issues.

Jim

Jim

Jim is one of the START assessors and supervisors as well as an adult counsellor and volunteers two days a week at START.

Jim previously worked as a teacher and also ran a walking adventure holidays.

Cherrill

Cherrill

Cherrill joined START in 2017. Cherrill works with adult survivors and volunteers twice a week with START.

Cherrill used to work as a local teacher before she retired.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie joined START in November 2019. She is a Qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with a background in mental health and trauma settings.

Having previously provided counselling in another crisis centre and forensic settings she has now joined the START team. Stephanie is also furthering her studies working towards a BSc Hons in Psychology & Child Development.

Marion

Marion

Marion joined START in August 2020. She is a qualified humanistic integrative counsellor.

She has worked with Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service and has worked extensively with young people.

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah joined START in December 2020, she has an MA in counselling and Psychotherapy, and is an accredited counsellor, with over 16 years counselling experience.

Sarah has counselled both adults and young people, working in schools, colleges, Wellbeing Centers and for the NHS.

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky joined START in March 2021, she qualified as a humanistic counsellor in 2014.

She has since provided counselling to young people and adults in a variety of settings.

Sara

Sara

Sara joined START in April 2021, and has been a counsellor since 2006. She has an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative).

She became an accredited counsellor with the BACP in 2015 and also became a qualified counselling supervisor in 2016. She is also a trained Hypnotherapist.

She works mainly with adults and young people and has worked a for many years in the field of rape and sexual abuse.

Sharon

Sharon

Sharon joined START in April 2021. She qualified in Humanistic Integrative Counselling in 2000 and has worked ever since in the area of rape & sexual abuse, initially working for South London RASAC and then more recently for BRASACC.

Ella

Ella

Ella joined START in April 2021.

She has a background in art, working in mental health with complex needs and with adolescents who have experienced trauma. She has worked as a therapist since 2015, within a mental health setting, with trauma and sexual abuse.

Nicola

Nicola

Nicola joined START in March 2021.

She has a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis. She has worked in bereavement and addiction.

Emily

Emily

Emily joined START in December 2021, she has a foundation degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis.

She has a certificate in working with children and young people. Additionally, and works with adult survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

Anita

Anita

Anita joined START in December 2021, she is personally and professionally invested in collective liberation from Trauma.

She believes you deserve peace, pleasure in all you do, your relationships, especially the one you have with yourself. You may not believe that yet or maybe you are working to affirm it as your truth, she is here to support you along the journey.

Jo

Jo

Jo joined START originally in 2017, she is a qualified person centred counsellor, with a background in mental health.

She supports Adult survivors in one to one sessions and is one of our Lotus project facilitators.

Summar

Summar

Summar rejoined START in February 2022, having previously worked with us back in 2020. She has a BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

She has a wealth of experience working with young people, having worked at both No Limits and with CAMHS.

Janilce

Janilce

Janilce joined START in April 2022, she is a qualified counsellor with experience in supporting individuals with a range of personal or interpersonal problems. She has a foundation degree in Humanistic Counselling, which focused on working within the Transactional Analysis approach. She actively attends further training to ensure that she continues to improve her counselling skills.

Her experience of working in a varied environment with people from many different cultural backgrounds has enabled her to develop an arsenal of effective skills. She believes in the ability of every individual to grow and develop their potential.

Wajda Tabassum

Wajda Tabassum

Wajda rejoined START in April 2022, having previously worked with us as our main service administrator. She is now a qualified counsellor trained in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis.

Wajda is a registered member of BACP (MBACP) and works full-time in her private practice based in West London working remotely and face to face. She is a multilingual counsellor and can offer sessions in English, Urdu, or Hindi.

Wajda has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds. She says, ‘I use a humanistic approach to counselling using methods, activities, and interventions according to the needs of the client. I explore with my clients what they feel comfortable with and what can be beneficial to them. My sessions are co-created therapeutic spaces for my client. I encourage authenticity, empathy, integrity and respect towards self and others.’

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