Our Team

Maria Albertsen

maria_albertsen_counsellorMaria is an experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor with over 22 years experience working in both the private and public sectors (NHS & Education). She has managed young people’s counselling services and set up and delivered successful school based counselling services, working alongside charities and statutory organisations. She has experience in business development and marketing for counselling organisations and individual therapists in private practice. Maria is the Founder of Counsellors Together UK and Find Your Counsellor.

You can find out more about Maria here.


Dr. Emma Radway-Bright

Dr_Emma_Radway_BrightEmma is an experienced counsellor / psychotherapist specialising in the trauma of being an adult in present times. After years of working for free as an ‘honorary counsellor’ in agencies across London, she had had enough. It was time to get paid for all her training, dedication and expertise! She has set up a thriving private practice in London while still providing free sessions in the local community. She ‘met’ Maria (founder of Counsellors Together UK) on Facebook and they soon realised they had common passions… helping people achieve mental health and wellbeing; and seeing an end to the exploitation of the counselling profession. Working with the Team, Emma does all she can to raise the profile of therapy and its life-long benefits. At the same time, campaigning to end the current practice of expecting fully qualified counsellors to work for free.

You can find out more about Emma here.


Tara Shennan

tara_shennan_counsellorTara Shennan is a qualified counsellor who has been working with children and young people for 3 years. She is a psychology undergraduate and is researching the impact of exploitation on counsellors’ well-being on behalf of Counsellors Together UK. She is also a guest lecturer on the Clincal Psychology Doctorate at the University of Essex.


Kate Smalldon

kate_smalldon_counsellorKate is a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, which means she is trained in a number of approaches to therapy, including; Existential therapy, Person-centred therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Gestalt therapy, Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Motivational interviewing and Transactional analysis
You can find out more about Kate here.
Suzanne Chalmers 

 suzanne_chalmers_counsellorI am a qualified counsellor having started my training in Edinburgh in 1995.My training is underpinned by Person Centred counselling and I work with clients in a way that is guided by them. I have completed basic training in CRM – Comprehensive Resource Model which works with trauma and attachment.

I work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, bereavement and loss as well as general counselling.

I have experience with Asperger’s, Islamic perspective including issues for new Muslims and working with children and young people.

​I am a member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).