Meet the Tutor Team


Chris Brown, Director

Co Director/ HPD Course Coordinator & Tutor

Chris is a Person-Centred trained, BACP Accredited & UKRC Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist who also works in Private Practice. As well as her Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Chris holds an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, a Certificate in Education, and an AEB Certificate in Counselling Supervision. She is currently involved in supervising her students’ research in Counselling and Psychotherapy and pursuing her own research into Diversity Issues in the Counselling profession; she has presented her research work on a number of occasions at national level; including research undertaken with LC&CTA Co Director Juanita Harriot.
Chris is a published author (see: Home Page) and has gained broad experience as a Counselling Trainer in FE & AE Institutions London wide. In her small Private Practice Chris also offers supervision to other counsellors.
Chris is a co-founder of LC&CTA and has taught in the Borough of Lewisham since 1996; she comes from a Working Class background and Italian immigrant heritage.

Juanita Harriot, Director

Director of Finances / Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Course Coordinator & Tutor

Juanita is Person-Centred trained and holds an MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as well as a PGCE; she is UKCP Accredited and Registered. Additionally, Juanita was awarded her MA in Education in February 2012 and is currently embarking on converting this Masters Degree into a Doctorate in Education. Juanita has broad experience practicing as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in a GP Practice and coordinated the Counselling Service at a North London Surgery for many years. Juanita also currently assists our students in their Counselling Research and has engaged extensively with research herself; presenting with Chris at the BACP Research Conference a few years ago. Juanita is a co-founder of LC&CTA and has taught in the Borough of Lewisham since 2001.
Whilst her name is of Spanish origin she is of British/Caribbean heritage.

Denise Hubble

Visiting Existential Tutor

Denise has had a teaching affiliation with the co-founders of LC&CTA since 2001. Denise is an Existentially Trained Counsellor who developed and manages a local Agency which supports the mothers of children who have been sexually abused. She also works as a School Counsellor and provides Supervision to other Counsellors. Denise holds a Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate in Education which she gained at Greenwich University. Denise is British and lives and works locally.

Charles Brown

Charles is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor who trained at The Guild of Psychotherapists. He is a specialist addictions therapist and has extensive experience of developing family programmes for addicts, their families and partners. He is an experienced group facilitator and has developed eating disorder groups, and cross addiction workshops.
Charles has worked in therapeutic communities as well as NHS in- and outpatient settings. He is the founder of BeMe therapy, a psychological service provider for black and ethnic minorities in South London where he also has a private practice. He supervises individuals, groups and teams.
Charles is also a training therapist at The Bowlby Centre. He is a visiting lecturer on The Arbours Psychotherapy training and at The Guild of Psychotherapists. He is also an experienced trainer on a variety of subjects and delivers psycho-educational workshops to groups and organisations. He is a member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision executive committee. He has a particular interest in race, identity and organisational dynamics and has published clinical papers on working with difference.

Tony Taylor

PP Development / Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Tutor and Course Coordinator

Tony is a Person-Centred Trained Counsellor, a BACP member and a qualified teacher who has taught on various counselling courses since 2005. Tony is also a qualified Supervisor. During his Counsellor Training, Tony worked as a highly effective Study Buddy supporting other students in achieving their qualifications at both Introduction and Certificate Levels at Lewisham College. Tony has had worked in a GP Surgery and as a School Counsellor and has an in-depth experience of working with children and young people. He also has a profound interest in the way in which oppression impacts on both individuals and groups within society and is an advocate of the need for men to become more expressive of their vulnerabilities through intra and interpersonal exploration and disclosure. Tony holds a Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate in Education which he gained at Lewisham College and in partnership with Cambridge University.

Linda Hafez

Person-Centred Counsellor

Linda is a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and Group Facilitator who is in the process of gaining her Certificate in Education. She has worked as a Schools Counsellor since 2008 and believes in our innate human capacity to move toward all we can be and the self-defining process inherent in the person-centred psychotherapeutic approach. Linda runs a very small Private Practice because most of her professional time is spent working extensively with young people in the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich. LC&CTA trained, Linda's association with us began in 2006; currently she is one of our Lead Tutors on The Introduction Course and The Level 2 Certificate in Counselling. She also co-facilitates a number of our CPD Workshops in conjunction with Chris Brown (Co Director) and is now co-developing LC&CTA’s new short course in Counselling Skills for Health & Social Care Professionals which will be delivered externally for the first time in January 2012 to Six Form students at a College in Tower Hamlets. Over the past 5 years Linda has gained comprehensive experience in facilitating both Classroom and Therapeutic Groups and will be co-delivering The Facilitating Therapeutic Groups Course when it begins in March 2012. Linda is British with both English and Middle Eastern Islamic heritage.

Lyla Smith-Abass

Counsellor, Dramatherapist and Prevention of Domestic Violence Worker

Lyla is a qualified Dramatherapist and Person-Centred Counsellor who trained with the Northern Trust for Dramatherapy and at LC&CTA. Lyla believes that creativity in the form of art, story telling, using masks, role play, exploring myths, playing and/or moving to music are all important sources of personal and emotional expression that encourage and enhance profound self-understanding. She believes that such expression also supports an individual’s recovery and healthy psychological adjustment. As a therapist her work is centred around providing individuals and groups with a forum in which to address issues relating to their emotional and mental well being; her creative skills are used primarily as tools to help others self-educate but also as a source of healing. Currently Lyla runs Short Term Courses and Workshops at LC&CTA and works at TRYangle Project 2011 which is a Greenwich based domestic violence service for perpetrators who want to cease offending behaviour. In this capacity she facilitates groups for perpetrators of domestic violence and for young people who are affected by violence in the home. Lyla is of African Caribbean heritage with a strong interest in Black issues.

John Threadgold

HPD in Counselling Tutor/Focusing Teacher

John Threadgold describes himself as a 'Focusing-Oriented Person Centred and Integrative' therapist. He runs a private counselling and psychotherapy practice called New Focus Therapy. As well as holding Level 6 Diplomas in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Therapeutic Supervision, he also holds an MA in Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy from the University of East Anglia. John is recognised as a Focusing Teacher and therapist by the Focusing Institute, and is a member of the Focusing Institute, the British Focusing Teachers Association, (BFTA) the British Association for the Person Centred approach (BAPCA) the Association of Christian Councillors (ACC). He is also accredited for counselling and psychotherapy with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). John believes that Mindfulness and Focusing provide simple gentle, but powerful approaches to self development, and emotional healing adn weelbeing for everybody. He is also passionate about promoting Focusing knowledge and skills to other therapists and supervisors.

Keith Christie

LC&CTA Substance Misuse Advisor and Visiting Tutor

Keith is trained in the use of Counselling Skills but his area of expertise lies in Substance Misuse and he has seven years experience mentoring people in recovery from drug addiction. Keith travels London wide in both his voluntary and professional capacities and is dedicated to his helping roles; that have included volunteering as a Prison Visitor and working 1 to 1 with offenders incarcerated for drug related crime. He also holds various CPD Qualifications that cover working with Self-Harmers and Suicide Prevention. Additionally he will be completing his teacher training at the end of this academic year (2013/14) then registering as an ILF Teacher of Adults. Keith is an avid lover of Jazz but is a collector of all music genres, and he plays the Sax and the Trumpet for the sheer passion and joy of it; he is also a Dramatist who co-created and appeared in a number of productions held in Brixton and at The Young Vic. Keith is of Jamaican heritage and a Rasta man with deep spiritual beliefs that he lives his life by. He has been in alliance with others at LC&CTA since January 2013 and has given significant input into the creation of our new Substance Misuse Courses and Workshops. We are pleased to welcome Keith to our Tutor Team (January, 2014).

Liz Rees

Liz is a qualified, Person-Centred Counsellor, a registered member of the BACP and is currently working towards accreditation. She has a thriving private practice in Beckenham, working with people of all ages. Liz also works for the Deborah Ubee Trust, a charity in Greenwich, which provides counselling for everyone, irrespective of their ability to pay. In addition, she has experience of working with primary aged school children through the Place to Be. Twenty years of working in the theatre and delivering workshops has resulted in a love of the interaction and inspiration that comes from a learning environment. For Liz, being part of LC&CTA, allows her another area in which to develop as a person and therefore, as a counsellor.

Sue Eldridge

Person centred trained Sue holds a higher professional Diploma in Counselling and is a member of the BACP. She also holds an advanced certificate in Theta Healing combining mind and body therapies. Sue has many years experience working alongside Carers in Lewisham which includes helping support parents with children and young people on the Autistic spectrum, and running creative workshops. She also has 3 years experience counselling in school and college settings and now runs her own private practice. This is Sues first year with us at LC&CTA in a tutoring/assisting role.

Andrew Zap

Andrew has worked in the drug and alcohol field and homelessness for twenty five years. He has over five thousand hours of group-work experience being in and facilitating group process. During this time he has delivered and facilitated therapeutic training and relapse prevention groups. He has worked in a number of settings which include; Prison, inpatient rehabilitation services, 12 step and therapeutic street agency prescribing services, homeless outreach contact and assessment teams and statutory housing and medical services. He has a Msc in Drug and alcohol policy and practice from Imperial College, an ENB 616 Cert in Drug Dependence (Nursing). He has also has qualifications in number of related areas which include training for trainers, Gestalt therapy, process intervention and motivational interviewing. Although semi-retired he is a musician and a stand-up comedian who gigs regularly around the country, is involved in personal development and is currently involved in delivering an experiential therapeutic group-work module here at LC&CA.

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