Meet the Team

We are a team of professional therapists, working together for your whole health and wellbeing.
Look under the different headings below for:

Melanie Taylor
Melanie Taylor
Centre Director

MSc. Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, (MBACP)., BA Hons., P.G. Dip. Ed.; P.G.C.E.

Melanie founded the Elysia Therapeutic Centre in February 2012 with a team of health-care professionals who were inspired to extend the anthroposophic therapeutic vision of Park Attwood Clinic. After years working as a counsellor and therapist, it was her vision to create a professional yet friendly health and wellbeing centre for the whole community to access by carefully selecting therapists and other professionals to work together in one place. Melanie originally studied art and education before becoming a counsellor, group facilitator and trainer. She also founded two strands of activity that support the inner healing journey of individuals through working together in groups. The first, Building Bridges Retreats in 1998, and in 2000 the Oasis Project. The Oasis Method is also now available to health care professionals to learn through the Bridges-to-Oasis Group Facilitation Training.

Email Melanie Taylor       Phone: 01384 392072       Website

Lindsey Garner
Lindsey Garner
Centre Administrator and Oasis Group Facilitator

After completing the Oasis Facilitator’s Training in 2009, Lindsey set up an Oasis Team in Hereford where she now runs groups with her three colleagues.

After retiring from 38 years of teaching, she joined the Elysia partnership in April 2013 and helps to coordinate the administrative work of the Centre.

If you would like to book for Wellbeing Days or Workshops; or have any general enquiries about the activities and therapies available at the Elysia Centre, then email Lindsey for information.

Email Lindsey Garner       Phone: 07800 535063      

· EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING  counselling / psychotherapy / coaching / group work

Dr Kostas Kouriatis
Dr Kostas Kouriatis
Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD) in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (2011), B.Sc. Psychology (first-class honours/Valedictorian, 2007)

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with experience in working with people presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties.

My background is diverse as I have worked in a Community Mental Health Team, a Specialist Psychotherapy Department, a Community Health Psychology Service, a Psychiatric and General Hospital, and a University Counselling Centre. I have also worked as a University Lecturer for the University of East London and Visiting Lecturer for the City University of London.

I see therapy as a journey that can foster your awareness, help you tackle your difficulties and make choices towards living a personally fulfilling life. I have experience in working with different therapeutic models (integrative, CBT, ACT, person-centred, psychodynamic and family- systemic) and I have developed an eclectic approach which is tailored to each individual’s unique self and needs. I have also been trained in EMDR, which is a specialised therapy for people who have had traumatic experiences and have developed distress in the form of PTSD, phobias, anxiety, depression and other difficulties.

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner psychologist and the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Counselling Psychology as a chartered psychologist. I am also a registered member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

Email Dr Kostas Kouriatis       Phone: 07568 363738       Website

Jane Chase
Jane Chase
Counselling for individuals, couples and families

Dip.Biog Couns. MBACP Accred. Cert.Fam.Th.

I am an experienced and accredited practitioner offering relationship counselling for individuals, couples and families, including help and support for a wide variety of issues including anxiety and stress, depression and eating issues.

I have worked in private practice for a number of years and offer short term or open ended counselling.

I have a practice at the Centre on a Friday and Saturday and specialise in Couples and Family work.

Please feel free to call me for a no obligation conversation if you would like further information.

Email Jane Chase       Phone: 07794 910 749       Website

Annette Gordon
Annette Gordon
Counselling for individuals and couples / Supervision

M.A. Couns, Dip.Biog Couns. MBACP Accred. Dip.Couns. Sup, Cert Ed.

My work as a Biographical Counsellor integrates nearly 20 years of counselling experience.

My passion is for helping clients through life crises, working through challenges and gathering the forces needed to go forward confidently into the future.

Email Annette Gordon       Phone: 07963 190 317      

Frances Tagg
Frances Tagg
Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Mindfulness

MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy; UKCP Registered

I am a UKCP registered counsellor and psychotherapist offering both short and longer term therapy for a range of differing issues. These may include the wish to deepen your awareness and understanding of yourself, your patterns and your experience, finding support in times of distress, or addressing a particular issue. My aim is to help you enhance your life and to live it more fully, finding meaning and purpose as you connect more deeply with your Self. I also run a Mindfulness Group. For further details please see my website.

Email Frances Tagg       Phone: 07906 910728       Website

Laura Jones
Laura Jones
Integrative Psychotherapist

MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

My philosophy is with Existential therapy and this starts with the belief that although humans are essentially alone in the world, they long to be connected to others. People want to have meaning in one another's lives, but ultimately they must come to realise that they cannot depend on others for validation. The result of this revelation is anxiety in the knowledge that our validation must come from within and not from others.

I work with trauma, addictions, low self esteem, anxiety and depression, self harm, rape, eating disorders, gender identification, relationship issues and bereavement.

Email Laura Jones       Phone: 07939 988455      

Sue Rogers
Sue Rogers
Psychotherapist/Counsellor & Mindfulness Practitioner

Ad.Prof.Dip.PCMNCS(Acc) MBACP

I am a qualified psychotherapist /counsellor working with adults, young people and children. Along with my private practice I work in a variety of settings such as primary and secondary schools. I have seventeen years’ experience in the education sector.

I work integratively, which means I use different approaches from the major therapeutic models to suit your needs. Counselling is a good way of discovering what issues might be affecting you and I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore these.

I can help with difficulties such as depression, all types of anxiety and stress including OCD, phobias and PTSD, anger, family issues, low self-esteem, self-defeating behaviours such as self-harm, sexuality and relationships. This includes any other issues that arise which affect a lot of people in the course of their lives.

My work with children and young people is age appropriate taking into consideration their stage in life and developmental processes which are involved. I have an extensive knowledge base regarding the nature of childhood and adolescent development and my counselling approach specifically parallels their developmental stage. Younger children are encouraged to express themselves in a non-verbal way using a range of art, stories and creative methods.

I have a teaching qualification in Mindfulness and provide one-to-one sessions and group work in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as recommended by the NHS (NICE Guidelines), where I predominantly work to reduce stress and promote psychological wellbeing. My continuing professional development is at Bangor and Oxford Universities.

I am a member of both the BACP (British Association of Counsellor and Psychotherapists) and the NCS (National Counselling Society).

Email Sue Rogers       Phone: 07776 084401       Website

Jonathan Kelly
Jonathan Kelly
Counsellor

Diploma in Integrative Counselling. MBACP Senior Accredited

I have worked as a qualified counsellor since 2004 with individual clients from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of difficulties. I view counselling as a helpful and effective means of engaging with the emotional challenges we meet as life progresses. I am also quite wedded to the idea that most clouds have silver linings, and this has frequently been borne out in practice. Emotional skills, personal insights and new perspectives on one’s life are the kind of benefits that come with the process of addressing a particular problem or issue.

Much of my work involves developing self-awareness and emotional management skills in areas such as anxiety, depression, anger and emotional insecurity. My hope is that clients will not only be able to return to normal functioning, but improve their sense of wellbeing, and perhaps see new possibilities and positive perspectives.

For many years I have worked in the area of grief and loss, with clients who are coming to terms with traumatic events which may involve a life crisis. From my work with bereaved people I have developed a particular interest in working with the potential for personal development and growth which is accessible at times of crisis, and which can become a key time in an individual's life – in some ways a rite of passage.

I also worked for some years with clients with special needs such as autistic tendencies, communication problems, cognitive impairment, and emotional/behavioural challenges.

Email Jonathan Kelly       Phone: 07544 994308       Website

Karolina Pawinska
Karolina Pawinska
Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy

I trained in Core Process Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute, Devon and I am working towards full UKCP and BACP accreditation.

My practice offers a safe and supportive space for clients to explore issues and reconnect with their health and well-being through mindfulness and deep listening.This can be short-term or more open ended long-term work, depending on your needs.

Please contact me for an initial conversation and if you need more information. I offer a first meeting, free of charge which is an introduction to the work we can do together and an exploration of your needs.

I offer my work in English and Polish.

Email Karolina Pawinska       Phone: 07971705278      

· CREATIVITY, HEALTH AND WELLBEING  therapeutic art / creative writing / storytelling

Julie Neale
Julie Neale
Child and Adolescent Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor

Child and Adolescent Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor (2016) UKCP registered Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist MA - in training. PG Cert Therapeutic use of the Arts (2015), PG Cert Integrative Child Psychotherapy (2016) Cert in Anthroposophical Art Therapy. (2001)

I offer integrative therapeutic counselling using the arts as a way of helping children and young people with personal, family, school or developmental issues and difficulties.

The child or young person is offered a safe and supportive environment to explore difficult issues in confidence where their views and experiences are listened to, without judgement in an atmosphere of respect and empathy, based on a secure and trusting working relationship.

My training is in the therapeutic use of the arts. The arts can express feelings and experiences when words are not so easy to access.

I use a variety of art forms: painting, clay modelling, sand tray, movement, storytelling, music or poetry to promote healing and self-expression.

You are welcome to email me at julieneale.counselling@gmail.com

Email Julie Neale       Phone: 07971 635856      

Laura Ridolfi
Laura Ridolfi
Therapeutic Art for groups and individuals

I hold a Post Graduate diploma in Art Therapy and work with adults and young people individually and in group settings experiencing various degrees of mental and physical conditions. This includes people suffering from brain injuries, chronic and life-shortening illnesses, depression, anxiety, trauma, autistic spectrum disorders and special needs. I facilitate workshops in the UK and abroad.

I am a member of the Anthroposophic Association of Therapeutic Arts (AATA) and I am registered with the Council for Anthroposophic Health and Social Care (CAHSC).

Email Laura Ridolfi       Phone: 07762 704738       Website

· BODILY HEALTH AND WELLBEING  massage / eurythmy / rhythmical einreibung treatments / reflexology / alexander technique / yoga

Dr Claudia Kempfen
Dr Claudia Kempfen
GP and Anthroposophic medical practitioner

GP training 2002 Anthroposophical Medical training 2013

I have been a GP for 15 years with my main focus on supporting patients in realising their own healing potential on their own unique path in life. Two recent trainings; The Mental Health Seminar and Eurythmy for health professionals have enriched and underpinned my work.Additional areas of interest lie in NLP, EFT and Dru yoga.

I offer conventional and anthroposophic medicine and my particular interests are in cancer care, including mistletoe treatment; burnout; mental health; functional imbalances; cardiovascular disease; the menopause and in helping young people.

Email Dr Claudia Kempfen       Phone: 07869 219559      

Ursula Werner
Ursula Werner
Eurythmy Therapy

Eurythmy Therapy works with movements connected to the sounds of speech and music which have deep relationships to the healing forces in the human organism. They will be chosen and adjusted to meet the needs of each individual client on his/her path to better health and well being and can be beneficial for a wide range of illnesses and conditions.

Through practising an inner conscious connection to the movements, they can engage the whole human being and allow the client to be active in the therapy process. Practiced regularly they can stimulate harmonizing and healing processes within us.

I am an experienced Eurythmy Therapist and a member of the Eurythmy Therapy Association of the UK. Registered with CAHSC.

Email Ursula Werner       Phone: 07888 399724      

Adrian Large
Adrian Large
Rhythmical Massage / Naturopathy / Body Treatments

Naturopathy (N.D.), Rhythmical Massage Therapy (Dip RMT) Remedial Massage Therapy (L.C.S.P.) Bowen Therapy (E.C.B.S.) Emmett Technique

I am a Healthcare Practitioner with many years experience offering a wide range of therapies, which can be adapted to the needs of each client. I take an integrated holistic and naturopathic approach to my treatments. My main concern is the care and treatment of the physical body. I also to seek to address imbalances in the functional realm of life processes, to enable the body’s self healing forces to become active. Care for the emotional health with its related breathing and heart rhythms is important, as is the support of warmth and circulation, all of which contribute to improved health and wellbeing.

Email Adrian Large       Phone: 07906 096486      

Monika Horber
Monika Horber
Rhythmical Massage / Reflexology

I am a fully qualified therapist with many years’ experience.

The treatments I offer are tailored to meet your individual health needs and are aimed at being relaxing as well as harmonising and rejuvenating.

The integration of physical, emotional and mental aspects of the human being is central to my work offering a truly holistic approach.

Email Monika Horber       Phone: 07884 454426      

Anna van Zelderen
Anna van Zelderen
Physiotherapy, Rhythmical Massage and 1-1 Pilates Rehabilitation

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist, registered with the HCPC. I have been a therapist for about 30 years, having been trained in Physiotherapy; Rhythmical Massage Therapy and Modified Pilates for Rehabilitation.

Over the years I have worked in many different therapeutic settings, both in the UK and abroad, and have integrated mainstream and complementary medicine where possible.

I have a special interest in pain management and rehabilitation. In Physiotherapy I use a holistic approach. This could entail working with a separate therapy if appropriate or with an integrated therapeutic approach.

Email Anna van Zelderen       Phone: 07789 852378       Website

Jane Deanwood
Jane Deanwood
Natural Beauty Therapist/Organic Skin Care

I am a fully qualified beauty therapist working in a holistic way using natural ingredients and organic products where available.

I have an intergrated approach to skin conditions such as acne, rosacae and eczema by working externally with effective natural products and with our naturopath to address internal causes.

I offer a wide range of beauty treatments to enhance confidence in the calm and confidential setting of the centre.

Vouchers available.

Email Jane Deanwood       Phone: 07794 494862      

Sue Mills
Sue Mills
Naturopathy and Craniosacral Therapy

Sue is a graduate of the London College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Science where she obtained her qualifications by internship working alongside the college founders. Sue is qualified in naturopathic nutrition, Craniosacral therapy including paediatrics, homeopathy, flower essences as well as other therapies which are all part of the naturopathic training.

Sue is very comfortable in treating all conditions which are either long term or recent. She also has tremendous success with her fertility treatments. along with patients with immune/allergies Sue treats people of all ages from new born upwards. Sue also treats many structural problems and recognises that many conditions are related to bad structural alignment as well as environmental.

Email Sue Mills       Phone: 01299 405291 Mobile: 07719 733815       Website

Pamela Street
Pamela Street
The Alexander Technique

BA (Hons) PGCE LRAM MSTAT

I am a teacher of the Alexander Technique and also a musician. I live and teach in Stourbridge and for many years I have worked with people of all ages and from all walks of life.

From my own first lesson in the Alexander Technique I became fascinated by the working of the human being as a whole, and by the potential in this Technique for life-changing possibilities through being able to let go of unnecessary tensions.

Training to teach the Alexander Technique has enabled me to offer others this same potential for a new lease of life, enjoying easy co-ordination and freedom in movement.

Email Pamela Street       Phone: 01384 443268       Website

Fiona Sim
Fiona Sim
Rhythmical Einreibung Treatments

Rhythmical Einreibung is a light and gentle therapeutic massage.

It is usually practised by nurses and carers and it is helpful in a variety of different situations. It can be particularly helpful following major illness or surgery and for chronic health conditions, where cold and tiredness are a problem.

It is also very helpful following childbirth or as a support during cancer treatment.

Therapeutic oils are used and treatments usually last around 30 minutes followed by a short rest.

Email Fiona Sim       Phone: 07581 678112      

Lara Seago
Lara Seago
Nutritional Therapist

BA (Hons), Dip CNM, mBANT, CNHC

Lara is a graduate of the College of Naturopathic Medicine where she gained her Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy, following many years of interest in natural forms of therapy and nutrition in particular.

Lara uses a functional medicine approach, looking at all systems of the body and how they interrelate to address the root cause of a symptom or condition. Following a detailed consultation Lara will formulate a plan of recommendations individualised for each client to include advice on diet, lifestyle, any natural supplements that may be appropriate and sometimes functional testing to gain a deeper picture.

Nutritional Therapy can be used to help address many conditions including IBS, hormonal imbalances, depression, inflammation, allergies, toxicity, weight management, skin conditions, lack of energy and poor sleep. It is also extremely powerful in improving a person’s overall well-being and reducing the risk of developing chronic disease in later life.

Email Lara Seago       Phone: 07887 943037      

Maria Mountain
Maria Mountain
Yoga - private sessions

People come for private yoga sessions for any number of reasons: if you would like to experience yoga for the first time before signing up for a class; to help with aches and pains or postural problems; to help with energy levels, anxiety, or depression. It may be simply for increasing a feeling of well-being or to help relieve stress.

Each session is an hour and it can be a one-off or on a regular basis, or a short block of sessions.

Email Maria Mountain       Phone: 07929 256955       Website

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