Brighton & Hove CBT
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About Us

Sally R Munt

BA (Hons First Class) MA MSc DPhil PGDip FRSA

(Clinical Director: Brighton and Hove CBT)

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.


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.


Colin Blowers

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

(Cognitive Behavioural Therapist: BERTS)


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.


Giulia Giansiracusa


(Trainee 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.


Amanda Flint

BSc (hons) PhD

(Project Operations Coordinator: BERTS)

Whilst studying for her PhD in 2016, Amanda co-founded the not-for-profit organisation 'A World of Hands' in order to provide equipment, workshops/activities, supplies and humanitarian aid to the refugee camps in Northern France – specifically helping the unaccompanied minors within the camps. Since the Calais camp closure in October 2016 she has maintained links with the Aid organisations remaining in Calais as well as co-creating a UK nationwide project (A World of Hands Clothes) that co-ordinates and supplies clothes, and other necessities, to those just arriving in the UK seeking asylum.


Hanna Randall

BA (hons), PGDip, MA

(Support Workers' Coordinator: BERTS)

Hanna is currently a creative and critical writing PhD candidate at the University of Sussex, with research concerning the links between synaesthesia, trauma, autofiction and psychogeography.


Paul Hutchings

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Originally a market researcher, Paul gave up his consultancy business in 2016 to found Refugee Support Europe. Since then, his organisation has offered 'Aid with Dignity' to tens of thousands of refugees in Greece, Bangladesh and Mexico. The volunteer-led organisation provides food, clothing and social activities that puts dignity first to promote improved well-being. Locally, he is a committee member of Sanctuary-on-Sea and an active campaigner for refugee rights. He lives with his family in Brighton and he loves cycling and running!


Ann Blackburn

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Ann is a manager for a local disabled children’s charity, and 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.


Mona Sorensen

(Support Worker: BERTS)

Mona Sorensen is a qualified Integrative Therapist, and a Registered Member of the BACP. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer and England Athletics Leader In Running Fitness. She works in the areas of sexual violence and domestic abuse, through her work with MANKIND, and RISE. Mona also works as a Counselling Coordinator for volunteer counsellors with YMCA Dialogue, an organisation in Brighton that provides counselling to children and young people in Sussex. She also provides sessional counselling work in Schools.


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.


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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