Meet Our Team

Jon Wilson Cooper
Director and Counsellor

Jon is a qualified Gestalt Psychotherapist with over twenty-eight years' experience of working therapeutically. This has included work in therapeutic communities in the UK, USA and India. Jon has worked with people with enduring psychiatric problems, young offenders, people with learning difficulties and people who misuse drugs and alcohol. Jon is currently a Director of The Albany Centre for personal and professional development in St.Albans, Hertfordshire. He is a freelance trainer, consultant and supervisor.

Gemma Seller

My name is Gemma and I am a fully qualified counsellor. After overcoming anxiety and depression and experiencing first-hand the powerful impact counselling can have, I feel passionate about helping others in this way. Counselling can enable people to discuss what is troubling them in a safe environment, free from judgement and expectation. I have a background of working with adolescents in primary and secondary schools. I have also worked in a large corporate organisation so understand the pressures that can arise from this. 

Trish Jones

Counselling has been hugely beneficial to me.  I was drawn to it, having felt the need for people to be listened to in my previous job as a lawyer. I have worked for a number of years with people who are suffering from a variety of mental health issues – large and small – and I believe that everyone can change and grow where non-judgemental, appropriate support is offered in a safe way.  We all have difficulties, and I am here to offer to work alongside you with yours.

Marina Ziff

I have a passion for working with individuals going through relationship difficulties, struggling with self-esteem, weight and body image and eating disorders. I am committed to empowering individuals using a straight-forward and non-shaming approach.

Prior to pursuing a career in counselling, my background was in Marketing.  I hold a degree in International Relations and a MA in Health & Social Marketing. I have previously worked at MIND and the NHS.

Sue Roden

My name is Sue and I have recently completed a Diploma in Counselling at the Albany Centre. Most of my working life has been in hospital pharmacy, and the pharmaceutical industry. During my career, I came to recognise that drug therapy is only one aspect of treating the many mental health issues that so many people experience in their lives. I decided to train as a counsellor because it seemed to me that counselling offers so much more than 'papering over the cracks'. I believe it provides a safe environment in which to explore your feelings and start to heal painful experiences.

Pooja Poojara

My name is Pooja, I am a practicing counsellor specialising in Gestalt therapy. I am currently completing my Diploma in Counselling and have completed my foundation degree in Psychodynamic therapy. I have interest in working with adults struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues or have suffered from loss. My aim is to support my client working through these issues. Counselling is often a period of self-discovery where you become aware of how negative beliefs are restricting your life, allowing you to positively process and discover inner resources. As a Gestalt therapist I work holistically. I believe that the body and mind are connected and that our bodily responses can help us to understand our emotions.

Verity Critchlow

I am a fully qualified Gestalt counsellor working at Mosaic and in private practice. I have also worked as a primary school teacher and understand the pressures as well as joy that working in this profession can bring. I have experienced the benefits of counselling first hand and know how much of a life-line it can be during traumatic and stressful times in our lives. As a Gestalt counsellor I provide a calm, safe and confidential space to work alongside my clients with whatever is troubling them.  I very much believe in the mind-body connection and help clients to be curious about how their feelings show up in their bodily responses. I am particularly interested in working with depression and anxiety, childhood trauma issues and recovery from abusive relationships.

Samantha Jones
Hi I’m Sam and I’m here to listen without judgement. I can offer you a safe, contained space to explore and recognise the areas you would like to make sense of or manage. Counselling can empower you to find healthy behaviours to replace those that are no longer helpful. I have particular interest around anxiety, stress and depression, childhood trauma and abuse. Together we can work through experiences of overwhelm or feelings of being ‘stuck’ to become aware of choices and find freedom and clarity. I have a BSc in Psychosocial Sciences, previously working in various roles within the NHS. I began training in Gestalt Counselling at the Albany centre in 2015. I currently see clients at Watford Women’s Centre and Mosaic.

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