The Centre for

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Professional, Confidential Counselling

18 King William Street, London, EC4N 7BP
1 Bromley Lane, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6LH

Cognitive Therapy London
Our Team

Our Team

Anita Jaffe
Anita Jaffe - Director

Anita Jaffe, the Director of The Centre for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is an American who has been in private practice in Britain for over twenty years.

Her academic background includes lecturing at the University of Wales on the masters in counselling, and three years post – graduate research in motivation under Dr Michael Apter in Reversal Theory leading to the development of a therapeutic technique.

Anita's experience of using CBT across a broad spectrum of psychological / emotional and stress related problems has given her the experience needed to deal effectively with clients with accurate differential diagnosis, the correct treatment rationale, and an individualised programme which both provides effective treatment for presenting problems and mitigates against relapse.

As a practicing Christian for over thirty years, and former Zen Buddhist she also receives innumerable referrals from clients for whom the spiritual dimension has become a priority.

Anita Jaffe's CV

Elise MacDonald
Elise McDonald - CBT Therapist

PGDip CBT/REBT and MSc Cognitive Behavioural therapy

Elise is a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with over ten year’s experience she has been at our clinical practice since 2007.

Elise has specialist training in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT), schema focused therapy (SFT), and mindfulness-based CBT (MCBT). Elise uses her clinical expertise and client’s goals to determine the most suitable treatment plan.

Elise’s approach is warm, and non-judgmental, she has a unique capacity to build relationships in which you will feel supported and understood, and to work with you at your pace adapting therapy to suit an individual’s needs.

Elise draws on years of knowledge and experience to create a safe space where she can provide you with a repertoire of coping skills to overcome current difficulties.

Elise is skilled at treating a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. This includes depression, unipolar and bipolar, anxiety, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety/phobia, health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, gambling addictions, eating disorders (bulimia/anorexia), low self-esteem, and anger management.

Gill Marquard
Gill Marquard - Artist

I am a designer and artist with over 30 years experience. I have worked in the challenging world of fashion for the majority of my career, designing and illustrating for the majority of the high street, from the giddy heights of Harrods through to the more mainstream stores on every High Street. Each has had a different brief and has presented its own challenges to be embraced and resolved. Lately I have been exploring the world of portraiture, botanical drawing and printing.

Regardless of the art process involved, in observation of myself in full creative mode, there is a quiet that descends on my mind not unlike meditation. With further self analysis I found that I inhabit an internal space where the constant internal brain chatter, that is normal background noise, tails off and an inner quiet pervades. A good example of this operating on a larger scale would be to enter a life drawing class and observe the noise level. It is usually pin drop quiet as each of the students stays absorbed in their own creative bubble.

I was curious about this phenomenon and started to investigate further. It appears that it is more than just concentration – it is the art of switching from the left brain, which controls our linguistic centre and thought processes, into the right brain which engages with the creative process. Once the right brain is fully engaged we can start to leave behind the left brain’s preconceptions and learned representations and truly start to see the shapes before us.

This way we can create a much better likeness and begin to draw what we actually see, not what our left brain tells us we see.
The happy bi products of this already enjoyable pass time are inner peace, a break from the constant internal dialogue not to mention a sense of achievement.

With practice art can be used as a valuable tool to disengage from the humdrum, and take a short time to relax and indulge your inner creativity.

Ann Hubbard
Ann Hubbard - Clinical Therapist

Training Qualifications and Experience
University of Greenwich Foundation Degree integrative counselling with commendation
Diploma adolescent and child counselling
Diploma in pastoral care and counselling
Abuse and Trauma Counselling


Already working and practising as a fully qualified Christian counsellor for over 8 years, obtained a Degree in Integrative Counselling in 2011, subsequently setting up in private practise, working mainly with adults, which incorporated voluntary work as well for the Heart of Kent Hospice, Esthers for the Nations. Self-employed with Mind, Brighter Futures, and Age Concern.

Michael Dick
Michael Dick - Career / Executive Coach

Michael Dick is our consultant Director of Operations Finance and Estate and a practising Executive Coach. Michaels early career was as a field director in aid operations in overseas conflict zones for international NGOs. He later held senior positions in The NHS, Local Government and Higher Education as a Director of Capital planning, Estates and Facilities Management. Michael holds a honours degrees in engineering , and a Masters degrees in Architecture and in Management. He also holds a ILM level 5 certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Using his extensive experience of senior management during a time of unprecedented change and organisational restructure, Michael seeks to unlock a clients potential to maximise their performance and unblock barriers to realising their career and development goals.

IT Consultant
Stewart Guyan - IT Consultant

Stewart is our IT consultant and website developer.

His background is in International Trade, Planning, Project Management and Systems Support with Unilever, The Wellcome Foundation and Glaxo SmithKline. He set up his own business providing IT support and website development in 1996 and has been working with us since 2006.

Stewart's experience includes Wordpress, PHP, HTML and MySQL.

Kathryn Renouf
Kathryn Renouf - Office Manager

For the past 3 years I have worked as the office manager, keeping the wheels of administration oiled behind the scenes and facilitating the smooth running of the practice.

Our Consultants

Dr Michael Bott
Dr Michael Bott - Consultant Psychiatrist

MB, BS, DPM, FRC Psych
GMC No: 1298864

I supervise the treatment of adult patients with a wide range of psychiatric conditions together with providing a specialist service for the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety states, personality disorders and alcohol related problems.

I assess and treat stress related conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from accidents and also medical negligence and conditions resulting from bullying and overload in the workplace including Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder.
I am fully registered with the General Medical Council on the specialist register as a General Adult Psychiatrist. I am a member of a Peer Group which addresses professional issues. I attend conferences and courses regularly in order that I am up to date with current psychiatric thinking and pharmacological developments. I am in good standing for CPD for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

I was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in March 1971; I became an Accredited Mediator in September 2011 and I am a member of the Society of Mediators. I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in February 2014.

Dr. Simone Laubsher
Dr. Simone Laubsher - Clinical Nutritionalist

B.Sc.-Nutrition, M.Sc in Naturopathy and Nutrition and a PhD in oxidative stress.

Simoné Laubscher is a Clinical Nutritionist, Naturopath and Life Coach and has been treating patients for over 20 years.

After struggling with her own health issues relating to obesity (metabolic, adrenal, blood sugar and eating disorders) Simoné treated herself successfully 20 years ago, after graduating from University with her B.Sc.-Nutrition. Simoné then went on to do an M.Sc in Naturopathy and Nutrition and a PhD in oxidative stress. Simoné is very passionate about setting both adults and children set free of such debilitating conditions.

Simoné specialises in obesity, long-term weight loss, metabolic re-setting, eating disorders, diabetes, IBS / gut disorders, depression, stress/adrenal fatigue, hormonal regulation and immune-related illnesses such as cancer.

Dr Ricky Gondhia
Dr Ricky Gondhia – General Practitioner

GMC: 6103950

Dr Ricky graduated from University College London Medical School in 2004. He has a wide range of specialist clinical experience including paediatrics, emergency medicine, gynaecology and ENT. He was awarded membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2010. Dr Ricky can treat the full breadth of conditions seen in general practice. He has experience in delivering care in both the public and private sector and has worked in the Harley Street area. Within the NHS, he was a GP Partner and has now transitioned to focus on delivering excellent private practice in the City of London.

Outside of clinical work, he was the Principal Clinical Lead in his borough and a Clinical Director for an NHS Trust. Dr Ricky’s great communication skills have earned him a place as a media medic. He has made a number of radio and television appearances including BBC News, Radio 5 Live and City Hospital. He also hosted ‘One Click Clinic’, the online health channel featured on YouTube.

Dr Om Banerjee
Dr Om Banerjee – General Practitioner

GMC: 6057339

Dr Om graduated from the University of Glasgow Medical School in 2002, and was awarded membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2008. During his 14 years of clinical practice he has accumulated a diverse portfolio of experience, including emergency medicine, orthopaedics, paediatrics, respiratory medicine, and gynaecology. He is also a qualified specialist in the field of diabetes and can oversee the management of insulin for patients who have advanced cases.

Dr Om has spent a year in Sydney working as a senior doctor in ER, leading teams of doctors and nurses, treating the full range of medical emergencies. In the NHS, Dr Om is currently a partner in a GP surgery in London. Aside from his clinical roles, he is the Clinical Lead for Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Physiotherapy and Chronic Pain Management in his borough. He also has a keen interest in wearable technology in healthcare and has led innovative projects in London that use telehealth technology to monitor patients’ health remotely.

Nova Vida
Intensive Stress Management Centre - Nova Vida

Situated away from the coast in a semi-rural area, balconied bedrooms and terraces offer unimpeded views across the coastal plain with the sea visible away in the distance. Although the therapy is the most important aspect of your stay we have recognised the importance of giving you nothing to complain about thus enabling you to devote all of your time to getting well.

The grounds at Nova Vida offer many suitable spots for quiet contemplation or gentle walks in the most serene of environments. The grounds also offer space to engage in experiential work as a break from the talking therapy. With the benefits of the long warm summers much of the time outside of therapy is spent out of the house and suitable comfortable garden furniture allows those who stay with us to seek out the shade as well as the sun.

The accommodation is modern, spacious and cool in summer and warm in winter. The single occupancy bedrooms are large and well-furnished and each has a very spacious en suite bathroom. All the bedrooms are air conditioned for those summer nights when temperatures would otherwise make sleep difficult.

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Online Therapy is available to anyone, anywhere in the world at home or in the office using a tablet, mobile phone or laptop / computer and a good internet connection.

This service would appeal to client's for a variety of reasons.

  • Clients location would make it difficult / impossible to access Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
  • Clients time-pressure, work deadlines, and work-based travel make it difficult to commit for the normal counselling time-scale.
  • Clients family commitments make it easier to have treatment on-line at home.
  • Clients prefer an initial face to face assessment, and then combine both treatment modalities.

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