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About Us


Sally R Munt

BA (Hons First Class) MA MSc DPhil PGDip FRSA

(Chair and Clinical Director, Brighton Exiled/Refugee Trauma Service [BERTS])

Sally Munt is an experienced cognitive behavioural psychotherapist accredited with the BABCP. She has an MSc in Cognitive Psychotherapy (CBT) from the University of Brighton, which included 4 years of training (2006-10). In addition Sally has a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry (Merit) from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (2012-14). Sally has a wide range of clinical expertise and has been working with clients first at the University of Brighton Student Counselling Service, and then in private practice since 2006.

In addition, Sally is a leading academic in the study of identity, culture and emotion. In her capacity as Professor of Cultural Studies, she has published widely on understanding how cultural factors can shape our wellbeing. She has particular expertise in shame and identity, gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, social class, and spirituality. Her latest book (with Sharon Smith and Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip) Cosmopolitan Dharma (Brill, 2016) is concerned with examining how Buddhism is being embraced by minority groups in the UK, in order to support their emotional wellbeing and sense of community.



Catherine Clerkin

BSc (Hons) MSc PGDip Dip.

(Associate Director)

Catherine received her MSc in Cognitive Psychotherapy (CBT) from the University of Brighton in 2011, and is a clinical supervisor in CBT. She is the external examiner for the Canterbury University (Salomons) postgraduate programmes in CBT, and Surrey University and the University of Brighton in postgraduate public health. She also holds diplomas in EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing) and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Catherine is a very experienced and fully BABCP accredited CBT therapist; she is the clinical lead at Aurora CBT (Southwick). She is a specialist in public health, maternal mental health and in EMDR for trauma, and PTSD. Catherine can see patients in Littlehampton and Worthing during the week, and at the Albion Clinic, Brighton on Saturday mornings. Catherine holds a BSc (Hons) in Community Health, is a former registered midwife and nurse, and currently also works as a clinical practice teacher and public health specialist in the NHS.



Colin Blowers

M.A., R.M.N., Dip Behav.Psych. (Maudsley)

(Cognitive Behavioural Therapist: BERTS)

Colin is a fully accredited member of the BABCP. His career in the NHS began in 1972 and following several years working as a nurse he qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1981. He then gained a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology at The University of Sussex. Since leaving the NHS in 1988 he has worked on a freelance basis in the private sector at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton (1988 to 2018). Colin joined the Board of the BABCP in 2016 and is the co-chair of their Scientific Committee.

He now has an office in Brighton and works online, treating people throughout the world. He has presented workshops in The United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Estonia, and Guyana. He has also appeared on several television and radio shows.



Alison Lesley

MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Social Studies 1999, Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Health Care 1994, Certificate in Therapy with Couples 1990

(Psychotherapist: BERTS)

Alison has worked as a psychotherapist for the NHS and in private practice for more than thirty years. Her aim is to help people - individuals, couples and families - live more comfortably with themselves and others, providing a safe place for a person to tell their story and feel listened and responded to. Alison also offers some practical steps to facilitate this process to bring about change.



Kate Hill

(Therapist: BERTS)

Kate Hill completed her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2009, she then went on to gain a MSc in Mental Health Studies from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. She has previously worked in secure and forensic services, specialist trauma services for veterans and child bereavement services and has a specialist interest in working with trauma. She completed her Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Post Graduate Diploma (BABCP accredited) in 2017 and is currently working for the NHS as a CBT therapist. She has also completed additional training in using compassion focused therapy with shame, guilt as well as other symptoms following experiencing a traumatic event and interweaves this approach into her therapeutic work.



Steve Morris

Postgraduate Certificate in Family and Organisational Systems 2017, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2000, BSc (Hons) Psychology 1993

(Therapist: BERTS)

Steve is a clinical psychologist qualified for over twenty years and has worked in the National Health Service, working a lot of that time in London with children and families. He now works part-time at Brighton Therapy Centre with some adults, children and families for brief or longer-term work. The therapies he provides are flexible and overlap and are broadly behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, systemic therapy, brief solution-focussed therapy and narrative therapy.



Jane Hoyle

BSc Mental health nursing PGDip psychological therapies

(Therapist: BERTS)

Jane is a fully accredited cognitive behavioural therapist currently working at a University. She had worked in the NHS as a mental health nurse for over 15 years before training as a CBT therapist in 2016 at the University of Sussex. Jane worked within acute services in the NHS and spent 8 years working in an accident and emergency department. She developed a clinic providing therapy for people who self-harm and ran this successfully for 3 years. Jane has provided CBT therapy for complex trauma, psychosis and personality disorder within NHS secondary mental health services.



Shona Cooke

BA( Hons) International Relations. MSc Politics of Rights from Institute of Education. Postgraduate Certificate in Planning and Delivering Training and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies.

(Therapist: BERTS)

Shona trained as a CBT therapist in 2018 and worked as a Mental Health Social Worker in London for 16 years prior to this, developing an interest in therapy after studying for a Post graduate Certificate in Working with People with a Personality Disorder. Shona currently works as a Mental Health Practitioner and CBT Therapist on a part time basis within the NHS and practices privately on a part time basis.



Eve Ahmed

(Cognitive Behavioural Therapist: BERTS)

Eve is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who is also trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassionate based approach. Eve has previously worked with children, young people, and adults, and specialises in therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (as well as Autism and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). Eve says, "I am very passionate about the work I do and I love helping people reach their goals. I have eight years of experience working in mental health in public and charity sector with adults and children. I also have extensive experience delivering CBT for therapy of various forms of Anxiety and Depression."

Eve has a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a Level 3 Diploma in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the Compassionate Therapeutic approach. She has worked in various mental health in-patient/hospital settings and community clinic settings within forensic, acute, rehabilitation and eating disorders settings with adults, children and young people. Eve is accredited by British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).



Giulia Giansiracusa


(Clinical Psychologist: BERTS)

Giulia holds a Bachelor Degree in Behavioural Sciences and a Masters Degree in Cognitive Applied Psychology. During a work experience in Italy as a support worker and Italian teacher with refugees and asylum seekers, she obtained a postgraduate specialisation in Cross-cultural Psychiatry and Migration Psychology. In Italy she was also the co-founder of the "Narrativi Digitali" project (, that promotes the use of a narrative approach in psychological counselling. She is very interested in understanding how culture and political events can affect psychological wellbeing.


Misbah Mansha

MSc, PMD Clinical psychology, PGDip cognitive behavioral therapy

(Clinical Psychologist: BERTS)

Misbah completed her MSc Psychology in 2000 and clinical psychology training in 2003. She moved on to train herself in cognitive behavioural therapy and completed her PGdip in 2011. She is a compassionate and dedicated Psychologist and CBT therapist with work experience of NHS, voluntary and private sector. This experience has allowed her to develop diverse skills of working with a wide range of psychological issues. She helps her clients to break through the difficulties that seem to be holding them back in life.



Sarah Fisher

(BERTS Trustee and Secretary)

Sarah worked as a mental health nurse and cognitive behavioural therapist, in a range of NHS settings, over a 17 year period until 2016. Since then she has divided her time between caring for family, volunteering, and part-time work in schools with young people and their families, promoting mental health and wellbeing.



Reem Abushawareb

MA International Journalism

(BERTS Trustee and Social Media Officer)



Tessa Axelrod

(Researcher and Support Worker: BERTS)

Tessa is a qualified paramedic interested in researching the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the city as part of her master studies in Global Health at BSMS.



Bigem Aksel


(Patient Records Manager: BERTS)

Bigem is from Turkey, where she completed a bachelors degree in International Relations and is now doing a masters degree in International Relations at the University of Sussex with a scholarship. Bigem loves painting and reading.



Sally Goodwin

(Operations Manager: BERTS)

Sally has lived in Brighton and Hove for many years and has a background in business administration, support tutoring and wellbeing. An enthusiastic amateur singer and gardener, currently learning Portuguese and Brazilian music.



John Rignell

(Pilates Teacher – BERTS therapists team)

John runs gentle exercise classes for BERTS service users. These classes are kindly hosted and subsidised by the Brighton Quakers Meeting House, Middle Street, Brighton, and are every Wednesday at 3.00. There is no charge and people are welcome to drop in. If you are a refugee and would like to join this group please email



Ann Blackburn

(Support Worker: BERTS)

A former manager for a local disabled children’s charity, Ann has worked for other registered charities in Brighton and Hove, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, and Sussex Beacon. She has a Level 2 qualification in Counselling Skills. Ann is passionate about human rights and the environment. In her spare time, she runs, plays badminton, cycles, does yoga and endlessly digs and weeds her garden.



Mert Demir

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Mert is running a small illustration/printing business with his wife. He was born in Turkey and has a degree in Economics. He came to the UK in a search of a better life. Now he is settled in Brighton, Mert tries to help others who are struggling with the adjustment to British culture and way of life.



Naomi Hodges

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Naomi is currently in the final year of her degree in History and American Studies at the University of Sussex. Naomi is passionate about human rights and community organising.



Kenza Hamichi

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Kenza has a bachelor’s in political science, and is currently doing a MSc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. Kenza is interested in human rights, cross-cultural identity, and deeply enjoys music.



Beth Hudson

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Beth has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Criminology and is currently studying an MA in Migration studies with in an interest in social cohesion, integration and refugee well-being. She also works in Community Engagement.



Becky Steel

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Becky is a mother of three and a Modern languages and EAL teacher with many years' experience working with Asylum seekers one-to-one as an English tutor.



Peter Huszar

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Originally from Budapest, Hungary and currently a 3rd year psychology (BSc) student at the University of Sussex, Peter has always had a particular interest in the similarities and differences across various cultures, and will remain grateful to those who helped his integration into British society, hoping to pass on this supporting mentality to others who may struggle with such adjustments. In his spare time, Peter likes to play badminton and watch films of all kinds.



Ghazala Iqbal

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Ghazala Iqbal is a hard-working and dedicated Assistant Clinical Psychologist with an Honours degree and post-graduate diploma in Clinical Psychology, and eight years' worth of experience working in clinical environments conducting numerous research projects. She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently working as a freelance community interpreter and has spent many years participating in voluntary work to help people in local community.



Will Day

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Will is a history and politics student studying at the University of Sussex. He is passionate about helping those in need and giving back to the community. In his free time, he enjoys playing sport and cooking.



Itziar Aldecoa Tamayo

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Itzi is a doctoral researcher at the Astronomy Centre of the University of Sussex. She is specialised in cosmology and does calculations to understand what happened seconds after the Big Bang. She enjoys gardening, live music and the outdoors. She is originally from Madrid, but left when she turned 18 and has lived in 3 different countries since then. She loves moving to new cities and making them her home and hopes to help others in that transition.



Holly Taylor

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Holly is studying a degree in International Development at the University of Sussex. She hopes to work with NGOs in refugee camps in the future, and is passionate about human rights and social justice.



Claudia Malallah

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Claudia, in the final year of a degree studying International Relations at the University of Sussex is half Omani, half Spanish and having lived in Oman for the last 10 years has gained both a deep cultural understanding and appreciation for cultural differences. Claudia is passionate about refugee rights and social justice and in her free time, enjoys art, cooking and travelling to new places.



Maddi McGirr

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Maddi is in her final year at the University of Sussex, studying Criminology. She is a social activist and is passionate about campaigning for social justice. Maddi is a foster carer and in her free time enjoys baking and is a synchronised swimmer.



Yasemin Birmek

(Support Worker: BERTS)

From İstanbul, Turkey, Yasemin moved to England for her Clinical Psychology masters in the University of Sussex. She is currently doing a second masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Goldsmiths and also studied psychology as an undergrad in Sabanci University in İstanbul. Yasemin did three internships in two different mental hospitals and one private clinic and is therefore familiar both with the theories and the practices of most of the mental health disorders.



Gaia Plozzer

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Gaia is studying International Relations and Development at the University of Sussex. She is passionate about human rights, mental health and community work. In her free time, she loves reading and cooking new vegan recipes with her flatmates.



Harriett Neville

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Harriett is currently studying International Development at the University of Sussex whilst also working at the YMCA. She wants to focus on migration and integration in her studies. In her spare time she volunteers with Greenpeace and other environmental organisations to help our planet.



Anahita Hossein-Pour

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Anahita is currently studying her master's in Migration and Global Development and is passionate about refugee and asylum seeker issues. She previously worked as a journalist in local/political news. Anahita's hobbies include kickboxing and learning Farsi.



Emma Spindler

(Project Worker: BERTS)

With a European and Latin American background, Emma is currently doing her BSc in Psychology at the University of Sussex. Having lived in several different countries, she has had experience integrating into different cultures and hopes to help others do the same. In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, listening to music, and exploring new places.



Phumiphat Prapakamol

(Project Worker: BERTS)

Phumiphat is from Thailand with a Burmese/Hongkong background, and currently doing his BSc in International Relation with Languages at the University of Sussex. He loves learning different cultures, and passionate about helping people. In his free time, Phumiphat enjoys playing guitar, basketball, boxing, and cooking.


Xiaoting Ma

(Administrator: BERTS)

Xiaoting Ma is currently completing her arts degree at the University of Brighton and supports the project with managing administration.


Meredith Henson and David Guest

(IT technical team: BERTS)

Meredith and David kindly donate their time to support the website and patient data management in order to keep our IT systems running smoothly.

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