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Kate Angell

Counsellor and Psychotherapist


South Leicestershire

Kate is an experienced counsellor who holds a first class degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, in addition to her Psychology degree. She has been involved with various mental health organisations over the last ten years; these include Anxiety UK, Samaritans and Leicester Counselling Centre.

She has also worked for the National Lottery, helping recent winners and their families by supporting them as they come to terms with their change of circumstances. Kate assists a wide variety of clients at her practice near Market Harborough, offering both short and long term therapy. In addition, she accepts referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes and works for our practice by undertaking on-site sessions for staff within the Criminal Justice system, predominantly within a prison setting.

Kate’s particular interests are in offering therapy for childhood trauma, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Her therapeutic approach is Integrative and she uses her training, experience and understanding to offer clients a tailored approach which may incorporate humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.Kate offers appointments to adults and young people over the age of fourteen.

Use the enquiry form below or call now to make an appointment with Kate.

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​Our counsellors are fully qualified to meet current professional standards, allowing them to attain membership of one or more of the following organisations :

british association for counselling
uk council for psychotherapy
uk council for psychotherapy

Lisa Cross

Mental Health Practitioner


Leicester City Centre

​Lisa is dual registered nurse in the fields of Mental Health and Learning Disability. She also has qualifications in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and is a Level 2 Theraplay® practitioner. Lisa’s passion is Play Therapy and she has been using this philosophy and these techniques within her practice for over two years.

She is now completing further specialised training in this area to add to her substantive core therapeutic training and is hoping to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills in 2017, Diploma in Play Therapy in 2018 and MA in Play therapy 2019. She also has experience in the field of systemic family therapy.

​Lisa has specialised in supporting children from the age of three onwards together with their families for over ten years. Prior to this she worked with learning disabled children and adolescents with severe mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour.

​She brings a wealth of experience to the practice in working with children, young people and families from diverse backgrounds and often very difficult circumstances.

Use the enquiry form below or call now to make an appointment with Lisa.

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South Leicestershire & Warwickshire


Nadia Graziani

Creative Expressive Therapist. MNCP registered, DBS checked.


Leicestershire & Warwickshire

Nadia is a qualified CET therapist, helping people from all backgrounds through her interactive sessions and workshops.

Creative Expressive Therapy (CET) is a combination of art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, dramatherapy and play-therapy. It is effective with a wide variety of mental health issues including addictions, trauma, grief/loss, depression, anxiety disorders, stress and dementia.

ECT can enhance self-esteem and confidence as well as help with problem solving and decision-making skills.Sessions available for adults, children, young people and groups.

CET sessions are available for adults, children, young people and groups.

Use the form below or call us for more information about CET.

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Horror in Therapy
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​Our counsellors are fully qualified to meet current professional standards, allowing them to attain membership of one or more of the following organisations :

british association for counselling
uk council for psychotherapy
uk council for psychotherapy
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CBT Books

1. Mind Over Mood

CBT Books

Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress--and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy--one of today's most effective forms of psychotherapy--to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.

Revised and expanded to reflect significant scientific developments of the past 20 years, the second edition contains numerous new features: expanded content on anxiety; chapters on setting personal goals and maintaining progress; happiness rating scales; gratitude journals; innovative exercises focused on mindfulness, acceptance, and forgiveness; new worksheets; and much more.

2. Change Your Thinking with CBT

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Overcome Stress, Combat Anxiety and Improve Your Life

Change Your Thinking is soundly based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), the standard psychological tool used by therapists. The aim of CBT is to develop realistic thought patterns to help us respond better to upsetting emotions.

In this book Dr Edelman demonstrates how to dispute that nagging voice in your head and deal more rationally with feelings of anger, depression, frustration and anxiety. The book also offers sensible suggestions for more effective communication and for finding happiness - something that is within everyone's grasp.

3. The Little CBT Workbook


​Packed with thought-provoking exercises and easy-to-apply advice, this practical, hands-on guide to understanding and using CBT helps you:

 - Overcome problems like stress and anxiety
 - Re-programme negative thoughts
 - Focus on postive behaviours to feel good about yourself

Written by experienced CBT practioners and registered psychologists.

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Overcoming Anxiety Books

This article lists our Top 3 recommended self-help books for overcoming anxiety.

1. Free Yourself From Anxiety

overcoming anxiety book

Anxiety disorders can rob you of independence, happiness and self-esteem. This book will enable you to free yourself from the crippling effects of anxiety and to go on to a happier and more fulfilled life.

This book enables the reader to: assess what changes you need to make; create a personal recovery programme; set realistic goals and work towards them; change unhelpful ways of thinking; and, take back control of your life.

However bad your anxiety, and however long you've had it, you can recover. Using true life examples from anxiety sufferers, this book shows you just how you can do it.

2. Anxiety: Panicking about Panic


​Anxiety Panicking about Panic is a revolutionary, self-help book for people who suffer from the various symptoms of anxiety. The book acts as an informative guide and draws from the experiences of author and counsellor, Joshua Fletcher, who lived with anxiety disorder for years before successfully overcoming the condition.

Anxiety Panicking about Panic provides quick, easy to access advice and practical strategies, which aim to educate the reader to simplify their world of anxiety in order to successfully tackle it.

3. Making Friends with Anxiety


A warm and supportive little book to help ease worry and panic by bestselling author Sarah Rayner. Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah Rayner shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour.

She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, negative thinking and fear of the future, and explains what causes worry and panic to become such a problem for many of us.

Recommended Reading

CBT Books
1. Mind Over Mood Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You ThinkDiscover simple yet powerful steps you can take[...]
Overcoming Anxiety Books
This article lists our Top 3 recommended self-help books for overcoming anxiety.1. Free Yourself From Anxiety Anxiety disorders can rob you of[...]
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT in Leicester

We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT in Leicester to treat a wide range of issues for our clients across Leicestershire.  This article provides more information about CBT and how it can be used to assist you to look at personal issues and the world around you in a different way.

If you already familiar with CBT and would like to book and appointment with one of our experienced CBT therapists then please contact us.

Are negative patterns of thinking holding you back?

​We can all feel set back by difficult, upsetting or stressful events and experiences. However, if we get stuck in negative patterns of thinking things can seem worse than they are; while constant rumination and worry can begin to affect health and wellbeing.

​If spirals of negative thought patterns persist they can leave you feeling exhausted, anxious or depressed and can lead to changes in behaviour that begin to limit your life options and experiences. For instance, you may begin to avoid certain situations, places or people which can impact on your work, relationships or social life.

These kinds of thought patterns can also be key factors in phobias or obsessive – compulsive patterns of behaviour, which can leave you feeling trapped in your fears or repeating rituals that can begin to consume your life.

​How can CBT help?

​Cognitive Behavioural therapy works on the theory that it is not events in themselves but the way you think about them that often sits at the root of problems. If we get stuck in negative patterns of thinking about events, without seeing other ways of viewing things, this can begin to affect our response, resulting in problematic behaviour. CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and how changing the way we think can change the way we feel and respond.

​There is a wealth of research which supports the effectiveness of CBT. It is a mainstream therapy used widely within the NHS and is recommended by the UK governments NICE guidelines to treat a variety of mental health issues.

CBT is an effective form of therapy to treat phobias, eating disorders, anger issues, stress and anxiety, addictions and habits and many more issues. It is particularly useful in changing problematic patterns of behaviour but has also been found to be helpful in reliving some symptoms of medical conditions such as chronic pain. CBT can also help with confidence, assertiveness, motivation and self esteem.

​Working together to move forward

​Talking to one of our Cognitive Behavioural therapists here at Sullivan & Associates can help you to examine how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviours. We can support you step by step in finding more helpful patterns of thinking and beginning to gradually experiment with behaving differently in the situations you find difficult. The therapist will work with you towards your goals to break out of the patterns that are holding you back and move forward positively.

​Take the first step towards change

​The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.

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Training and Supervision


We regularly run training and CPD events in the Therapeutic sector throughout Leicestershire and the UK. Past training events have covered Effective Supervision, Trauma Support, CBT and Mindfulness.

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To receive news and information on all ​CPD and training events, fill in your name and email and we will send further details direct to your inbox. 

Supervision for Counsellors

​Team members Alex, Judith, Laura and Michelle are all fully trained supervisors. If you are a counsellor interested in clinical supervision then please contact us for more information.

Alex Chiavolini
Practice Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Counsellor and PsychotherapistSouth Leicestershire & WarwickshireAlex is the Practice Manager and Lead Clinician for Sullivan & Associates[...]
Dr Judith Sullivan
Practice Founder, Senior Accredited Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Doctor of PsychotherapyLeicester & LeicestershireJudith has been a qualified psychotherapist and clinical[...]
Laura Baines-Ball
Counsellor and PsychotherapistLeicester City CentreLaura established the practice in 2008, following a background in Medical Communications. Laura works with individuals[...]
Michelle Seabrook
Counsellor and PsychotherapistLeicester City Centre & South LeicestershireMichelle is a BACP accredited and registered practitioner who also holds a MA[...]

For Organisations

We currently work with a number of organisations providing support services, supervision and consultancy. This work includes : 

Trauma Support

​We work closely with the regional police, emergency services, prison and probation services to provide post-trauma support for workers in the field, witnesses and the public effected by a traumatic event.

Work Related Stress

​We are able to increase productivity and assist organisations and businesses by providing advice, training and implementing techniques to reduce stress, time off and increase overall productivity.


We provide consultancy services to a range of organisations including full assessments and reports, upon request, for insurance, legal and health purposes.


​For more information on any of our services please contact us to discuss further.

Case Studies

Support for Probation Officers Mental Health-Clinical Supervision
This case study is taken from an article published in Therapy Today in 2009 by Judith Sullivan, which refers to[...]


We are able to offer a wide range of therapies and interventions, to help you whatever your situation or circumstances.

​Counselling is a process of working through your concerns with one of our trained professionals. This can often be short-term with the aim to help you find a more effective and satisfying way to live your life. This could be through a number of techniques including person-centred and cognitive-behavioural techniques.

​Psychotherapy is similar as it explores your issues but at a deeper level, which may involve a longer term treatment to fully discover the root causes of any issues you have.

Our Approach​

Our therapists are trained in a number of different techniques​ and will develop a custom programme best suited to your individual requirements after your initial assessment. 

If there is a particular technique that you are interested in, then we can also accommodate a specific model​ based on your request.

The relationship between you and your therapist is key to your therapy. We are confident that ​all of our therapists are experts in making this connection, providing a solid foundation to your sessions and development.

​Specific Therapies

​The following provide further information on some of the key therapies we provide : 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT in Leicester
We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT in Leicester to treat a wide range of issues for our clients across Leicestershire.  This article provides[...]
Depression Help and Support
Our depression help and support services can help you tackle your depression and move forward with your life. Take your[...]
Individual Counselling
Counselling is a process of working through your concerns with one of our trained professionals.The aim of our counselling service is to[...]
Marriage Counselling in Leicester
We offer marriage counselling in Leicester through our in-house team of qualified relationship therapists. Our sessions will give you a safe environment to[...]
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