Naomi Milton – Principal Psychotherapist
I am a qualified Psychotherapist with a First-class degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling and a Post-graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Oxford. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling (BACP).
Having gained a degree in Marketing in my early twenties I embarked on a career in a fast-paced, stressful environment that led to an unhealthy work-life balance. It wasn’t until years later that I questioned what I really wanted to do with my life and found the courage to seek counselling. Through therapy, I learned to understand myself more and embarked on Counselling training. From this I moved on to founding Hear & Now Therapy.
The approach I use means that I draw on a range of theories to support my work and my belief is that the relationship created between a client and their counsellor plays a significant part in the counselling process.
As an accredited member of the BACP, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. More information can be found here.
I also believe in social responsibility and paying it forward. I make some reduced-cost or free counselling sessions available to those who couldn’t afford counselling otherwise. Please contact me by email in advance if you would like to enquire about getting help with your appointment costs.
Bella Williams – Psychodynamic Therapist
I have a MSt in Psychodynamic Practice and a postgraduate diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Oxford.
Psychodynamic practice is based on the idea that not everything that motivates us is conscious. We might think together about particular issues that concern you or help you gain a greater level of self-understanding. With clearer insight into how we have been affected by the past and how we behave in the present, we might gain greater freedom of choice in how we lead our lives.
I offer both short-term therapy and long-term, open-ended therapy. I have experience working with depression, self-harm, abuse, eating disorders, bereavement, and much else. However, therapy is a space for you to discuss whatever you’d like; there needn’t be a specific ‘reason’ for counselling. So if you think it might be useful for you please get in touch and we can arrange a session to discuss the best course of therapy for you.
Matthew Ekins – Person-Centred Therapist
I am a qualified person-centred therapist with a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Oxford and a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I volunteered for Samaritans for a number of years and this experience taught me the importance of listening non-judgementally and sparked my interest in counselling and psychotherapy.
I have experience of working with issues as varied as depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, changes in family dynamics, bereavement, social identity and addiction amongst others.
My particular interests centre around the nature and importance of the working relationship between client and counsellor, as well as counselling and psychotherapy research in general. I am attuned to, and passionate about the Rogerian approach and believe that it is the client – not the therapist – who knows best. I draw on both the ‘positive’ approach to the human experience – that we all strive for growth and fulfilment – and am also guided by the meaning a client makes of his or her situation in order to move forward.
Qualifications, Training & Experience
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – Guildford College
- MSc Social Research Methods – University of Surrey
- MA (Oxon) Experimental Psychology (2i) – University of Oxford
- Counselling placement – YMCA
- Counselling placement – Age UK
- YoungMinds Children & Young People Training
- Listening Volunteer – Samaritans