Speed Modalities

We celebrated our first birthday in January 2021, we held an even called 'Speed Modalities', which involved therapists describing their approach in ten minutes or less. This event was so popular, and many students commented that it helped them get a 'snap shot' of what each modality was like. So, we have added these recordings to a playlist on our YouTube channel. You can watch some of them below.

We have credited each of the therapists with a short bio below. 

Dr Anna Oldershaw is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and holder of a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Academic Fellowship. She is a lead at the Emotion Focused Therapy Institute of England at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University. Alongside Les Greenberg and Robert Elliott, Anna facilitates training, workshops CPD and supervision in Emotion Focused Therapy and other ‘chairwork’ approaches. Anna’s research focuses on eating disorders and she is currently leading a clinical trial of a new intervention for adults with anorexia called SPEAKS (Specialist Psychotherapy with Emotion for Anorexia in Kent and Sussex), which integrates Emotion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy. Anna co-developed the SPEAKS intervention, alongside Dr Helen Startup and Professor Tony Lavender.


More information about the Emotion Focused Therapy Institute for England can be found here –


This webpage is due to be updated and new events added, so please keep checking back.


You can follow Anna on Twitter  - @annaoldershaw

Or email her for more info about her work – annaoldershaw@hotmail.com

You can follow the SPEAKS study - @SPEAKSstudy

Leilani Mitchell

With a background in sales management Leilani became interested in counselling in her early 20’s. She initially undertook some counselling skills training to enhance her professional role but soon became fascinated with learning more about herself and others and continued to an Integrative Diploma in Counselling course. In 1993 Leilani started a private counselling practice in Sussex and in 1999 completed a Diploma in Supervision course. Leilani decided to specialise in Transactional Analysis completing a further five years of Psychotherapy Training and one year of Organisational TA training.

Leilani Mitchell is now an internationally recognised Transactional Analyst specialising in Training, Supervision, Coaching, Education and Psychotherapy. Her passion is facilitating others to improve the quality of their lives whether by increasing personal insight and awareness, increasing skills or developing tools that empower others at home and work. Leilani is a founder and Director of The Link Centre

Leilani is a mother and grandmother and has lived in Sussex for most of her life. She is warm, engaging and fun and enjoys teaching others using humour and loves to inspire others to become whatever or whoever they want to be.

Christine Dunkley


I am a consultant trainer with the British Isles DBT training team, and a BACP senior accredited practitioner. I have a doctorate in clinical practice and worked in the NHS from 1982 to my retirement in 2012. my latest publication is 'Regulating Emotion the DBT Way'. 

Ayesha Shahid

I am passionate about understanding and improving mental health, with a desire to reduce stigma around mental health difficulties and seeking support. I enjoy painting, staying active, and spending time outside in nature. My Twitter handle is @ayeshalyche

Sandeep Adnani

Hi this is Sandeep Adnani from Melbourne, Australia. My practise is called counsellingLIFE. Here is my video on congruence counselling.

Priya Burton:

Priya is an Integrative Psychotherapist with personal experience of being in therapy. She was so changed by it, she changed career to help others on their journeys.

Carol Martin - Sperry:


I am also a sex therapist and have written 3 books on the subject.


The first is a professional textbook, “ Couples and Sex: an Introduction to Relationship Dynamics and Psychosexual Concepts.”


The second, “Good Sex Bad Sex No Sex”, available online only, is a guide to sex, sexuality and sexual difficulties across the life cycle.


The third book,  “Sexual Healing, Stories and Insights from the Therapist’s Couch” addresses the major sexual problems that people may experience with a practical approach and psychological insight, illustrated with true stories.


I have worked as a therapist for 30 years and I am a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Daniel Winstanley www.danielwinstanley.co.uk  


I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor in private practice, working in central London and online. I am passionate about empowering people to connect, support each other, and realise their potential.


 I describe my work as LGBTQ+ affirmative. I have a background in equalities work and mental health services. I also have several years’ experience in working with various client groups, including people of trans* and non-binary experience, lesbian, gay and bisexual people, people in non-monogamous relationships, people with disabilities, and people living with HIV and other long-term conditions.

Dr. Emma Radway-Bright


I’m Emma. I’m a counsellor / psychotherapist with a thriving  Private Practice (www.INeedTherapy.co.uk) based in South East London. I currently offer on line sessions via Zoom. I work with people who are experiencing depression, stress, anxiety and the general pressures of modern day living. I specialise in trauma - big and small - and work with people to resolve the emotional, physical and behavioural effects of any trauma they have experienced in the past, or more recently.