Meet our therapist team

We are a growing team of experienced therapists with a wide range of training, skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. Read more about each therapist below.

Meet our therapist team Brighter Life Therapy

Meet our therapist team Brighter Life Therapy

Anjali Mehta

Co-founder, Clinical Director & CBT Therapist

Qualifications and accreditations:
-BSc Psychology (Hons)
-Postgraduate Diploma in CBT (Distinction)
-Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
-Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
-Further training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

I am a qualified and accredited CBT Therapist, and lecturer and supervisor on CBT courses at a local university, with a decade of experience in therapy and research.

I specialise in working with adolescents and adults with low mood, generalised anxiety and Autism. However, I also enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults with low self-esteem and other anxiety difficulties too, such as social phobia, panic disorder, specific phobias, PTSD and OCD.

I like to take a collaborative approach when working with you. I believe that I may know a thing or two about therapy, but you are the expert of your own experience. For me, the best thing about therapy is the lightbulb moment when you realise what is keeping the problem going. Then, you know how to change things. CBT is the main therapy I use, but I also utilise mindfulness, self-compassion and values from other third-wave CBT therapies such as ACT therapy.

In my free time, you might find me eating out at restaurants, shopping and reading thriller novels. I also love spending time with my friends and family, particularly my little nephews.

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Olivia Plant

CBT Therapist and Chartered Psychologist

Qualifications and accreditations:

  • BA (Hons), University of York
  • MSc Psychology (Conversion), University of St Andrews
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (complex presentations pathway), University of Oxford
  • IAPT Certificate in Long Term Conditions & Medically Unexplained Symptoms (High Intensity), University of Exeter
  • Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

I am an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and chartered psychologist. I work with a range of psychological presentations including depression, low self-esteem, and with anxiety disorders such as OCD, GAD, social anxiety, health anxiety, specific phobias, and PTSD. I have a particular interest in working with medically unexplained symptoms and long-term conditions. My main therapeutic modality is CBT, but I also incorporate elements of acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion focused therapy and schema focused therapy into my work. I am also trained as an EMDR therapist.

Alongside therapy, I am involved in clinical research and consultancy. My research and consultancy work focuses on developing treatment frameworks for pathological apathy in neurodegenerative disease and in the utilisation of digital platforms to optimise cognitive health. 

As a therapist, I believe in working collaboratively when helping clients understand and tackle their difficulties, utilising practical and personalised solutions. I ensure that therapy is always tailored to the needs of the client and focuses on helping them achieve their therapeutic goals in a warm and compassionate environment. 

Outside of the therapy room, I am an avid reader, film fanatic and love spending time with family and friends. 

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Monique Stojakovic

Senior Counselling Therapist

Qualifications and accreditations:

  • BA in Psychology
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • Postgraduate diploma in Counselling
  • Currently working towards my professional doctorate in counselling psychology and psychotherapy (end date 2022)
  • Individual member of the BACP ( British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy)
  • Accredited member of the NCS (National Counselling Society)

I am a qualified counsellor and currently completing a doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, with an Existential approach. I have a broad range of experience, working in a therapeutic setting since 2015. My experience ranges from the NHS (Talking therapies), Place2Be secondary school counselling, The Awareness Centre, Weight Matters group, School student and staff guidance counsellor. The different fields I have worked in have helped me understand a range of difficulties and different approaches to help you overcome these difficulties. I make use of Existential Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy skills,  Psychoanalytic Therapy, eating disorder training and child play therapy. All of the work I do is tailored to individual needs, always bearing in mind the importance of my clients autonomy and what they would like to get out of therapy. 

In therapy sessions, I value a safe and collaborative approach to counselling, giving my clients the space to explore their difficulties in a meaningful way. I understand that life can throw heaps of challenges our way, and how we move forward and create meaning from these hardships, leads the way to live more fulfilling lives. I am passionate about being on this journey alongside you, letting you know that you are not alone in your struggle to live the life that you want to lead. 

On a personal note, I am from sunny South Africa and when I’m not studying, I love travelling and spending loads of time outdoors! I also enjoy a good run, cycling and have recently started cross fit. I love spending quality time with my family, friends and my two French bulldogs.

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April Mangion

Senior Counselling Therapist

Qualifications and accreditations:

  • MSc Psychology
  • MA Sociology and Health studies
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Health studies
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy level 2 – Adults and DBT-A (adolescents)
  • Mindfulness facilitation certificate.
  • Registered Member of BACP.
  • BPS graduate member & Psychologist in Training
  • Currently working towards a professional doctorate in counselling psychology and psychotherapy (end date 2022)
  • Training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

I am qualified counsellor with over 10 years’ experience in emotional support work, and 4 years specifically in counselling. I am currently in my final year of completing a doctorate in counselling psychology with a main focus on existential therapy, but integrating psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural, and dialectical behavioural therapies also.

My experience covers a broad range of setting including secure NHS wards, addiction rehab centres, child and adolescent charities, homeless shelters, children’s life-threatening illness charity, low-cost adult services, and private practice. As such I am able to support clients in many areas, be it depression, stress, trauma, addiction, relationship issues, anxiety, sleep problems; in fact, anything that is causing feelings of discomfort and distress in life.

I am particularly interested in helping clients to develop healthy coping mechanisms so when their therapy journey is over, they are equipped with the resources to move in their chosen direction with a sense of resilience and calm. Often, this means working through issues to find root causes and new ways to live with, around, or without presenting problems. Therapy is about building a trusting relationship and working together so will be tailored around your specific needs.

Away from the therapy room and current studies, I am usually to be found with my nose in a book or binge watching a fantasy/thriller box set, when my family allows. I also love a bit of craft especially sewing and have many half-done projects awaiting. When I can, I squeeze in some relaxing yoga.

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Harjeet Garcha

CBT Therapist

Qualifications and accreditations
-BA (Hons), Criminology
-MSc, Clinical Criminology
-MSc, Psychology (with GBR BPS)
-Postgraduate Cert, Evidence based Low Intensity CBT Practice
-Postgraduate Diploma, High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-IAPT Low Intensity Long Term Conditions training – with UCL
-CNWL IAPT Post Qualification Evidence Based Psychological Interventions for Long-Term Health Conditions course – with Royal Holloway
-Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

I am a qualified High Intensity CBT Therapist and currently work for an NHS trust in Central London. I specialise in working with adults with common mental health difficulties such as Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, OCD, BDD and Low Self Esteem. I also specialise in and provide Trauma Focused CBT for PTSD.

I am approaching 10 years of clinical experience, working with people with a wide range of difficulties. I started my journey in mental health working with children with autism before going on to work as an Assistant Psychologist for older adults with a diagnosis of dementia. As an extension to the NHS CMHT, the Intensive Support Team covered all care homes across Surrey to support management of cognitive impairment, complex dementia care needs and challenging behaviours.

Over the past 5 years, I have gained great experience in providing digital and face to face therapy, and also running group therapy across Surrey and London. I have held the role of Group Therapy Lead for Surrey IAPT and have also provided clinical supervision for therapists since 2019.

As a therapist I have developed a compassionate, yet solution focused way of working. I like to start therapy by taking the time to get to know my clients well and understand the nature of their problem in detail, before moving on to further psychological interventions. I take on a collaborative approach, and believe in working closely together to be able to move towards recovery. Overall, I love supporting my clients in improving their wellbeing, their quality of life and being able to look towards a brighter future.

In my personal time I most enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love music (especially live music), learning to play the piano (slow progress!), reading (old English novels are my favourite at the moment) and hope to travel much more now life is starting to return to normal again!

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Eleanor Holmes

Clinical Assistant

-BSc in Psychology with a Professional Placement

I am a Psychology graduate from the University of Reading. Currently, my role here at Brighter Life Therapy is providing support to the therapists. Alongside this, I have also been a Personal Carer for the past year supporting my community during the pandemic.

I decided to do a Psychology degree because I find human behaviour fascinating. Behavioural, neurological and cognitive changes of those with mental health issues is particularly interesting to me.

I have previously worked with the Clinical Director, Anjali Mehta, during my year-long university placement. During this time, I gained experience working with young people between 7-18 years old struggling with various mental health issues.

At Brighter Life Therapy, I assist with market research, content design and social media use. I feel this is a brilliant opportunity. I am able to contribute indirectly to the mental health support and treatment of those who need it. I am also a Research Administrator with the University of Nottingham within the Applied Health sector.

In my spare time, I love running, painting (poorly!) and the odd bit of gaming here and there.

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