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.

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 and low self-esteem. However, I also work with children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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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Mujtabha Nawaz

CBT Therapist

Qualifications and accreditations:
-BSc Psychology
-Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
-Training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) (in progress)

I am a qualified CBT Therapist with clinical experience in working with a variety of different psychological presentations across different age ranges. This includes depression and the various different anxiety disorder, such as OCD, GAD, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia’s, and Panic. I also have special interest in PTSD and hope to specialise in trauma-focussed therapy in the future. 

I am currently working for the NHS as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). This involves using evidence-based practice in working with adults. However, my clinical experience has also included working with adolescents with eating disorders.  

As a therapist, I am a firm believer in ensuring that there is a positive experience of therapy. I strive to create an atmosphere within therapy that is warm, compassionate, and caring. I also do my best to get you as involved in the therapy as possible. This is so progress can be maintained long after therapy has finished. 

Outside of therapy room, I enjoy going to the gym, travelling, and buying an endless supply of books that I will get to “at some point”. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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) (in progress)

I am a qualified and accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. Alongside private practice, I work for the NHS as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. I work with a range of psychological presentations including depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism and with anxiety disorders such as panic, 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 have also worked in clinical research, investigating disorders of motivation and cognition. Over the past few years, I have been involved in the development of a cognitive and systemic framework for treating pathological apathy in Parkinson’s disease and in developing a CBT/neuroscience platform for those with subjective cognitive impairment.

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 music lover. I have a keen interest in Spanish literature and cooking Latin American cuisine. I also enjoy yoga and mindfulness practices.

Monique Stojakovic

Counsellor

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.

Eleanor Holmes

Clinical Assistant

Qualifications
-BSc in Psychology with a Professional Placement

I am a recent 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, 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. This is something I hope I can do throughout my career!

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

Want to know more?

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