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Dr Agnes Sullivan LCSW MBACP Accred. Certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor 

Agnes is a warm, compassionate highly skilled practitioner with over 20 years of experience working with adults, children, couples and families. She has a doctorate in human services, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University in New York and a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Surrey.

 Agnes is an Advanced Schema Therapist and Supervisor, one of 12 international trainees under Dr. Jeffrey Young in New York, and is a member of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST).

Agnes practices in New York City and London and she directs counselling and training organisations in both cities.

She is a qualified trainer, training others to use Schema Therapy in their professional practice. She has over 18 years experience in counselling education and is the Principal of the Schema Institute in London where she supervises clinicians in monitoring patient outcomes and clinical effectiveness. Over recent years Agnes has been involved in initiating various government projects on domestic violence and addiction prevention, both in the United States and in England.


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Dr Rachel Chandler Ph.D L.M.S.W

Rachel is a licensed social worker and therapist providing psychotherapy in London and New York. Before obtaining her Masters in Social Work, Rachel completed a doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship at University College London in pharmacology and research in the area of chronic pain, and co-authored over 25 research papers. Rachel has worked with Schema Institute, running groups and working with clients and couples to help bring change for individuals and families who have been traumatised or disrupted by substance abuse or domestic violence.

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Cathy Vasey

Cathy began her career as an Educational Psychologist in both the state and private sectors. 

She received BSc Psychology and MSc Educational Psychology from University College London and PGCE from The Froebel Institute, Roehamton. 

Her interest (passion) & fascination for recognising and providing for childrens’ needs within the learning environment together with personal experience of the challenges & impact of mental health issues within the family lead naturally to further training in psychotherapy – specifically Schema Therapy with its developmental approach rooted in Attachment theory as a basis of emotional health. 

Cathy completed her Higher Diploma in Counselling at CPT’s School of Counselling, is a trainee Schema Therapist and is embarking on Emotionally Focussed Couple Therapy training. 

She works with individuals, groups and co–leads the Learning to Live, Learning to Love programme Women’s group. 

She is a member of ISST & BACP.


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Mike Exton

Mike is an architect specialising in supportive partnerships between business owners, designers and engineers to advance their professional goals.  Mike also trained as a counsellor and co-leads men’s addiction groups and works with individuals.


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Jansel Hews

Jansel began her career as a nurse. She has since retrained in group and individual counselling at Westminster Pastoral Foundation and Roehampton University. Jansel works at the Schema Institute as a group facilitator and individual counsellor.


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Lissa Shortt


Lissa's first degree was in Theology, since when she has pursued 18th century ceramics, writing and in 1991 completed a Post Graduate Certificate in education (PGCE) before teaching in London. Her short autobiographical book, Beyond Myself about her personal experience of the loss of two babies and struggle with ‘bulimia nervosa’ was published in 1986.


Lissa’s Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy was from Roehampton University. She studied for a year at the Institute of Group Analysis and holds a Diploma in Supervision from Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF).


As well as her contribution as Centre Director, at CPT she is a Women’s Group leader.





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Caio Rocha

CSPsy Caio G Rocha AFBPsS, Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, Member of the International Society of Schema Therapy


Caio is a passionate and dedicated therapist with over 13 years of experience working with adults and adolescents. He studied clinical psychology in Brazil in 1998 at PUC-SP, graduating in 2003. After graduating, Caio moved first to the Netherlands and subsequently to the UK to study and specialize in many different approaches and areas in the field of psychology including; group therapy, therapeutic community approach, body therapy/biogenetics, DBT, Schema Therapy, and psychodrama.

Caio is compassionate and committed to his work. He specialized in personality disorders, addictions, treatment resistant and/or treatment failures and complex presentations in both adults and adolescents.



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Alec Boulton


Alec is a men’s group leader facilitating the “Learning to Live and Learning to Love” curriculum.  An experienced teacher who is very effective in his work and understanding of the challenges of young adults, Alec joined CPT in 2004 as a volunteer. He has professional expertise also in live session, sound and video recording. Alec is a skilled musician and is married with two children.



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