The Team

Tanya Haynes

Tanya Haynes

Tanya Haynes is the director of The Blue Door Practice. She manages the clinicians and takes an overview of all new clients referred to The Blue Door Practice. She is an individual, couple and family therapist who initially trained as a Counselling Psychologist and went on to specialise as a Systemic Psychotherapist.

Tanya worked as a senior Psychotherapist in the NHS for thirteen years and left in 2007 to concentrate on her private practice and consultation in which she now works full time. Alongside her primary clinical work as a therapist (individuals, couples, children and families) she provides consultation to other professionals, systemic group work and training. She co-convenes a monthly group for London physicians and psychiatrists.

She has worked intensively with families and individuals in Mumbai, India where she travelled to clinics over a four year period. She developed home treatment packages for families who wanted more intensive therapy and intervention in crisis.

Whilst Tanya now works mainly in the adult field of psychology, she also has a wealth of experience of working with young adults. Historically she had extensive experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in her specialised work in the NHS. She is still involved in consultation and training in education and has been a Governor at two leading prep schools and consultant to a London school.

As a Relationship Therapist she helps couples to strengthen and develop their relationship as well as having a particular experience of dealing with ‘couples in trouble’ with specific emphasis on the impact of marital stress/divorce proceedings. She runs a specialist clinic to help parents going through separation to prioritise the needs of children in the process. Tanya also specialises in working with same sex couples and LGBT individuals.

Tanya considers that in order for therapy to be successful it must be based upon the relationship between the therapist and client and she always offers an initial assessment to mutually explore the possibilities of working together. Tanya’s position as a therapist, which is both interactive and transparent, is based on co-creating a collaborative and respectful relationship between therapist and client. She offers both short and longer term therapies.

Jane Haynes

Jane Haynes

Jane originally trained as an actor at the Royal Court Theatre, but after reading The Divided Self and working with R.D. Laing at Kingsley Hall, she trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst.

Jane now works from the premise that psychotherapy needs to be a therapeutic dialogue between two equals and she has rejected the psychoanalytic mode of the authority of the analyst. She considers that people not only have unspeakable experiences, or thoughts, but that such experiences can be made more unspeakable, more painful, by the absence of a trained listener. Using this modality she also co-convenes monthly meetings for GP’s and other consultants to explore their own lives.

Jane is interested in creativity, all relationship and GLBTQ gender issues, as well as the psychology of infertility, and postnatal depression. She is experienced at working – in collaboration with psychiatric colleagues – with individuals who suffer from clinical depression and suicidal ideation. She is also interested in the collective epidemic of Internet pornography, and contributed to the Financial Times Magazine cover story: ‘Not Tonight Darling, I’m Online.’ She is concerned that the public is not provided with enough information about how psychotherapy works and has written a book in which she describes her own experiences of being a patient and also provides other patients with an opportunity to express their voice. ‘Who is it that can tell me who I am?’ The journal of a psychotherapist with a foreword by Hilary Mantel. Other publications include: ‘Doctors Dissected’ which she co-authored with Dr. Martin Scurr (Quartet 2015)

Her latest book ‘If I Chance To Talk A Little Wild’ was published by Quartet in September 2018 and is also available on Amazon.

Jane also offers mentoring consultations – independent to her work as a psychotherapist – exploring creativity and writer’s block.

Dr James Arkell FRCPsychiatrists

Dr James Arkell FRCPsychiatrists

Dr James Arkell studied medicine at Cambridge University and University College London. He trained in psychiatry at The Maudsley and Royal Free Hospitals and has worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. From 2007 till 2014 James worked as an NHS consultant psychiatrist in Kensington and Chelsea working both in general psychiatry and in eating disorders. Between 2001 and 2014 James saw private patients at The Portobello Clinic providing a GP liaison service. He has held an outpatient clinic and admitted inpatients at Nightingale Hospital since 2012.

James also holds an honorary contract at the Royal College of Art where he supports the student counselling service. He supports occupational health at British Airways assessing pilots and also The Houses of Parliament assessing members and peers.

James is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College Medical School. He teaches psychologists for IAPT and 5th year medical students and lectures trainee GPs.

Through working in both the private sector and NHS James has experience in treating the full range of mental health problems from mild stress through to severe and enduring mental illness. He endeavours to combine an informal style with rigorous diagnostics and to use an integrated approach addressing the biological, psychological and social aspects of illness. James works with both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches using his background in CBT and mindfulness.

James takes an interest in the interface between mental health and the arts, setting up a series of events involving The Royal College of Psychiatrists and The Almeida Theatre on ‘Media Representations of Psychiatry’.

He ran the 2011 London marathon raising money for the Almeida Theatre and Mental Health Foundation.

Dr Martin Scurr, FRCP, FRCGPs, MRCS, MRCGP

Dr Martin Scurr, FRCP, FRCGPs, MRCS, MRCGP

Retiring from the medical practice he founded in 1977 and withdrawing from clinical work in 2014, Dr. Martin Scurr now works in an advisory and educational role and has been certified as an Accredited Mediator, trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Jane Brinson

Jane Brinson

Jane is an Integrative Child Psychotherapist, registered with UKCP. Her approach is rooted in object relations, attachment theory and neuroscience. At the centre of Jane’s work is the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship with the child, based on empathy, acceptance and curiosity. She uses creative arts and play to help the child explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Jane includes parents in her work with children, including regular meetings to support them in understanding the reasons behind presenting issues and developing their relationship with their child. This may also include joint parent-child sessions. Jane is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead in a large secondary school. Prior to this, she worked as a therapist at Highgate Primary school where the therapeutic team was awarded a Guardian Public Service award for the innovative therapeutic model she helped develop.

She has been working with children and young people for 13 years, beginning her career as a teacher before specialising in working with children with social and emotional difficulties. Jane also worked with children at risk of exclusion at the charity, Jamie’s Farm.

Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma

Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma

Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma is a consultant Chartered Psychologist and CBT therapist who specialises in various strands of cognitive behavioural interventions for children aged 11 and above, adolescents and adults. Bijal sees a wide spectrum of clinical and complex psychological conditions such as the bi-polar spectrum, eating disorders, obesity, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Her CBT work has been focussed on treatments for Eating disorders (particularly Anorexia Nervosa), anxiety, OCD and phobias.

Bijal specializes in the process of assessment and diagnosis of conditions based on psychometric and neuro-psychiatric tools. A central area of her expertise is in the complex assessment and treatment of Asperger’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD. She also provides psychometric testing for expert witness and formal diagnosis of psychiatric conditions. Bijal started her career as a lead psychologist at an inpatient second stage rehabilitation unit for addictions with complex patients. She then worked in the NHS until 2008 when she joined Nightingale Hospital where she was the Lead clinician for the CBT team from June 2013 to June 2014. As part of her work at the Nightingale Hospital, she was seconded for a period of three years to The Practitioner Health Programme (treating sick doctors and dentists) where she provided CBT and neuropsychiatric evaluations.

Bijal runs specialist CPD workshops at the British Psychological Society for clinicians for the treatment of ASD and neuro developmental disorders. Currently she is Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Registered Practitioner Psychologist, a Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherpies (BABCP), a Licenced psychometric and psychological assessor with the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTC – British Psychological Society) and an Honorary Chair of the Special Interest Group for Eating Disorders (BABCP).

Genevieve De Wynter

Genevieve De Wynter

Genevieve is an experienced Systemic Family Psychotherapist who has worked with children, couples and families for the last 15 years. She has worked in an inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services setting within the NHS, where she worked with complex families facing mental, physical and emotional difficulties and with the charity Kids Inspire where she was the lead Family Therapist, specializing in working with children, adolescents and their families.

Genevieve is also a family mediator, working with children and their parents pre, during and post divorce proceedings. She is also an experienced Couple Therapist and is the founder of The Child and Family Therapeutic Practice. Genevieve initially trained as an Osteopath, Homeopath, Hypnotherapist and as a Master Neuro- Linguistic Practitioner.

Robert Falkner

Robert Falkner

Robert Falkner is an Integrative Psychotherapist, working with adolescents and young adults in both short and long-term capacity. With a background of over ten years of working with vulnerable young people and their families across London.

Rob has worked therapeutically in a variety of settings including the NHS, prisons, in the community and in private practice, supporting young people in reaching their full potential. Rob participates in annual Mens’ Groups where he explores issues affecting masculinity and relationship.

Rob, who is also fluent in Portuguese, aims to provide a therapeutic environment of curiosity, honesty and care, where a person can become more aware of their habitual patterns and learn to address them in more creative ways through a relational and flexible approach.

Alexander Haynes

Alexander Haynes

Alexander Haynes

Alex is an experienced accredited coach and a qualified counsellor. He has a background in senior management in the NHS, having worked extensively with executive teams across a range of organisations and regional structures.

Alex offers coaching as a means to engage collaboratively with the full complexity of professional and personal life experiences. He works with clients to develop more clarity over their situation and a deeper appreciation of the internal resources that allow for meaningful change and new solutions to emerge.

Alex’s counselling practice draws on existential approaches. Through listening and dialogue he seeks to create a therapeutic relationship that engages with painful or difficult life events and holds the uniqueness of these experiences and the client’s immediate needs in mind.

Alex is also interested in the processes of becoming a parent and the ways in which childhood leaves a lasting impact on how we view and respond to our adult relationships. However, he doesn’t see counselling as something that is constantly looking backwards and prefers to keep the significance of past events in balance with what it means to be living in the present moment.

Dr. Ana Mendes

Dr. Ana Mendes

Dr. Ana Mendes

Ana is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked for many years specialising with children, adolescents and their families in Child and Adolescent teams in the NHS in Kent. She also works with adult individuals in her private work.

Ana has taught at a Doctorate level on a Clinical Psychology training programme at Salomons in Canterbury  and on the Masters in Developmental Psychology at the University of Kent. She is also an experienced Supervisor of other clinicians. 

She has experience of working with most emotional  and mental health issues and she uses a range of therapeutic models to inform her clinical work. 

Ana has a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults and also with children and adults who have experienced trauma.She has trained in EMDR. 

Her approach is open and collaborative resting on the assumption that healing and solutions can be achieved through developing a shared understanding of the difficulties and by maximising and expanding existing resources as well as by learning new skills. She is particularly aware of the importance of developing a trusting relationship with the people she works with and how difficult this may be for people seeking help at a time when they may be feeling particularly vulnerable. Ana’s relaxed optimism and warm manner usually work to give her clients a sense of hope which becomes the first step in effecting positive change. 

Camilla Nicholls

Camilla Nicholls

Camilla is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who offers adults short and longer-term support. In addition to her private practice she has experience of working for the NHS within a GP surgery and also the Fitzjohn's Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust Foundation where treatment is offered to adults with severe and enduring mental health problems.

Camilla also draws on her previous extensive experience as a senior communications strategist and policy adviser in the national media and for leading arts and design organisations in her therapeutic work, which provides her with a particular understanding of the inherent pressures of these worlds. Camilla’s journalism has been widely published.

Dr Fiona Seth-Smith

Dr Fiona Seth-Smith

Fiona is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS and private practice. She is also accredited as a cognitive behavioural Psychotherapist and trained in systemic family therapy.

She has over twenty years of practice within the NHS where her experience includes working in both adult psychotherapy and with children and families. Additionally she specialises in working with women across the whole spectrum of perinatal mental health problems. Her awards and scholarships include a King’s Fund Award.

Fiona has published in the field of attachment and parent – baby interaction. She has a special interest in processes of individual and family transition. Fiona provides both short and long term therapies. She is also experienced in a form of video interactive guidance (‘Seeing is Believing’), which enhances parent child relationships, especially where parents are depressed. In addition, she offers treatment for people suffering with trauma related difficulties using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Tania Tuft

Tania Tuft

After some years working within the NHS, Tania now specialises in working with couples and with individuals. Professional areas of special interest are those who live with the impact of boarding school and other forms of separation, family dynamics, bereavement and mortality.

Tania is a systemic and Gestalt-trained psychotherapist with a background in philosophy, the financial, the justice (including family court) and prison systems. She has also completed a post graduate training in Gestalt humanistic psychotherapy.

Working with a relational model Tania supports change and growth in couples, helping to bring awareness to triggers, processes and dynamics in the relationship.

Damian White

Damian White

Damian is a UKCP and BABCP accredited Existential and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) psychotherapist and supervisor. His interest in psychotherapy emerged from his experiences as an international humanitarian worker in Africa and his training in Social Work in England.

Damian has over twenty years of experience and has worked in a wide range of settings in both the public and private sector including specialist trauma, sexual abuse and addiction services. In addition to his clinical work as a psychotherapist, Damian is a tutor at the University of Oxford where he lectures on Existential and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and a Senior Teaching Fellow  at the University of Surrey where he trains students to provide front line NHS anxiety and depression services as part of the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) initiative. 

Damian combines an existential and cognitive behavioural approach (CBT) in order to support and enable his clients to meet the challenges of emerging life issues in both pragmatic and exploratory ways. Damian currently works in private practice in London and Brighton.

Dr Kate Younger

Dr Kate Younger

Kate holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in the NHS for 10 years. In addition to her core profession qualifications Kate has also completed post-graduate training in Cognitive-Analytic Therapy.

She has extensive experience working with all depressive disorders, anxiety, and relationship issues as well as with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and serious trauma and abuse. Kate has a particular interest in working with people who find themselves experiencing unhelpful and reoccurring patterns and difficulties in their relationships throughout the lifespan.

Kate practices a person-centred approach to treatment and care, and an understanding that each person who consults her is an individual, coming with their own journey and difficulty. She is committed to working with people to make meaningful and sustainable changes.