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 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 both an M.A in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and an M.A.Ed. as well as a PGCE Additionally, Juanita was awarded her MA in Education in February 2012.  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.

Tony Taylor, Honorary Tutor/Consultant

Tony worked for many years full time alongside Chris and Juanita (Co Directors) and has always been invaluable asset to LC&CTA. He is a Person-Centred Trained Counsellor and Supervisor, a BACP member and a qualified teacher who taught at LC&CTA on various counselling courses since 2007.

Tony has now become a consultant to LC&CTA, and continues his association with LC&CTA. He has always been a much loved and well respected member of our Tutor Team.

Tony also worked in a GP Surgery and as a School Counsellor; where he gained in-depth experience of working with children and young people. He 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 is of Black British Heritage and his full-time input at LC&CTA will be greatly missed.

 Typical of how students experienced Tony, Vanessa Corley writes of him:

Tony was my tutor for three years whilst I was at LC&CTA and was a fundamental part of my journey to becoming a counsellor, I could not have done it without him. The way he was able to see what was really going on for me, and for my fellow students, is something that will stay with me for a very long time and I hope will inspire my own practice in the future. 


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) and 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 and wellbeing 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).

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&CTA.

Ambi Williams, Tutor

Ambi qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor at LC&CTA. She holds a higher professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a member of the BACP.

As part of her Counsellor Training, Ambi worked as a Study Buddy on the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills supporting other students in achieving their qualification at LC&CTA. She is now embarking on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Southwark College and this will be her first year with us at LC&CTA in a tutoring role, teaching the Introduction Level and Certificate Levels in Counselling Skills.

As part of her counselling training, Ambi worked with a range of clients from children, young people and adults and has recently taken up a part-time position as a school counsellor in a College within the Borough of Lewisham, where she will be supporting young people. She also works as a volunteer counsellor in Greenwich for the Rewise Project supporting adult clients.

In other parts of her professional life, Ambi works in Cancer Research in a University setting. She is extremely passionate about people and their development and provides coaching and mentoring, alongside running a personal development programme for women called Springboard across the University Campuses.

Ambi is a British Indian, of Sikh heritage from the Punjab in India.

Mehboob Dada, PPD Facilitator

Mehboob Dada is Person Centred trained, BACP Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Mehboob has a PGCE and an MA in Health Promotion, Education and International Development from Goldsmiths and the Institute of Education, University of London.  As well as the Diploma in Counselling, Mehboob holds a Foundation in Group Analysis and Diploma in Group Analytical Supervision. Mehboob has been working with vulnerable individuals affected by drug use, asylum seekers and traumatized individuals.

Identity and belonging are areas of personal interest for Mehboob, who has worked internationally with the European Union, UNESCO, the NHS and third sector organizations. A skilled group conductor, Mehboob has since 2016 has been facilitating a group for the Black, Asian and African Therapy network (BAATN).

 In private practice Mehboob provides short and long-term therapy, as well as supervising trainee therapists and counsellors. Mehboob has a practice that respects working with diverse ethnicities, sexualities, and belief systems.  Mehboob was born in Uganda with Indian ancestry and sought asylum in the UK in 1970. 

Belinda Smith, Tutor

Belinda  is a qualified counsellor and tutor with years of experience working with people facing various challenges.

After qualifying from LC&CTA 2012 She went on to be a school counsellor for a few years. She now runs her own private practice based in South East London and has years of experience working with young people and adults therapeutically.

Belinda is a gentile, kindly woman with a warm and caring nature – she has known Chris Brown and Juanita for many years and is enjoying working with them at LC&CTA.

Belinda is of Black British Heritage.

Dorothy Dixon, PPD Facilitator

Dorothy qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor at LC&CTA. 

She holds a higher professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a member of the BACP.

Whilst training as a counsellor Dorothy worked and continues to work for Renaissance Horizon as a substance misuse counsellor.  Within this agency she has worked with a variety of different clients’ supporting them through their journey into recovery and now holds the position of Vice Agency Manager.

Dorothy comes from a Health and Social Care background and previously worked as senior Co-ordinator for Home-Start a global voluntary organisation supporting parents with young children who are experiencing difficulties.  She worked with refugee families suffering with mental health issues, loss and trauma; who were struggling to deal with resettlement and the stresses and strains of everyday life.  This work spurred Dorothy to become a counsellor as she recognised many people simply need a listening ear, support and encouragement in order to live a settled and fulfilled life.

Dorothy also works in private practice and is of Anglo Indian heritage; she loves people and loves to laugh; a kind and loving joker at heart!

Tina, Tutor

Tina gained her Level 6 qualification in Supervision here at LC & CTA.

Here at LC & CTA Tina is currently involved in delivering the Level 2 Intermediate in Counselling Skills course, she is also helping with Level 3 Supervision and will be involved in delivering the Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision from January 2021.

She is a qualified Integrative Counsellor; the focus of her work is Person-Centred.  She is a registered member of BACP and a qualified teacher. Tina has worked in a variety of roles, starting out as a Teacher in Secondary education, she moved into teaching in a Pupil Referral Units, working closely with students with  Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.  Tina developed her skills in order to help the children/young people with severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour.

She moved on to work in the forensic field in both one to one and group settings, this included working with issues around Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Trauma, Bereavement, Loneliness and Isolation, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Family Issues, Suicide, and issues relating to Childhood Sexual Abuse.


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