MEET THE TEAM
A warm welcome from Keeley Taverner, Director of Key for Change
I am delighted to present our highly qualified and experienced team of counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches. We are passionate about helping you to achieve the changes you want, as quickly as possible. Our unique blend of life coaching, counselling and psychotherapy is designed to enable you to achieve positive, lasting change and provide you with a confidence toolkit you can rely on for life.
Psychotherapist, Coach and Supervisor
Special interest: intimate relationships and human potential.
Back in 2002, Keeley was a cashier on Ikea’s checkout line. Having left school with no qualifications, she had little ambition or self-belief. She was also in a toxic, violent relationship and a young mother to two daughters.
Keeley struggled to understand how her life had become so difficult, her feelings of isolation heightened by the damning ‘I told you so’ judgements of loved ones. She was very much lost and knew that if she did not change, her children would suffer a similar fate.
It was while watching The Oprah Winfrey Show that Keeley was guided to the book that served as her introduction to the self-help world, In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant. Ever since then, she has passionately pursued knowledge and understanding of human behaviour, showing a particular fascination with intimate relationships and human potential.
Just some of Keeley’s achievements so far include:
- Beginning a psychology degree at Brunel University as a mature student in 2003
- Graduating from Brunel in 2007, leaving Ikea to pursue a career at HMP Wormwood Scrubs
- Starting a masters degree in person-centred psychotherapy in 2008, while working full-time as the thinking skills resettlement manager for London Probation Trust
- Completing her masters course by 2012, when she started her private practice, Key for Change
- Leaving her full-time role in May 2015, having decided to realise her ambitions on her own Keeley took a leap of faith and begun to work for herself, helping and supporting other people to unlock their potential and overcome adversity
- In 2016, Keeley launched Key for Change and Associates, a private wellbeing centre with a team of qualified expert helping professionals.
- By 2017 she graduated from the Metanoia Institute with a distinction.
Today, Keeley works in private practice and is passionate about breaking down the barriers that prevent people from asking for help.
Dr Abrar Hussian
Dr Abrar Hussain is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in the assessment and treatment of conditions affecting psychological health. His area of special interest is liaison psychiatry (psychological medicine), which deals with the interaction of the mind and body. He has special expertise in the management of medically unexplained symptoms and the psychological impact of long-term medical conditions.
As a psychiatrist, he is trained in the management of a range of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorder (including panic disorder and phobias), post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders. He deals with anger problems, stress management and relationship difficulties.
Dr Hussain believes in holistic care using a biopsychosocial approach. Apart from the use of medication, he provides psychological therapy. He is an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner (EMDR is a trauma-focused therapy) and an Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT is a relationship based therapy).
Dr Rina Bajaj
Rina is a Counselling Psychologist and completed her Doctorate from City University in 2008. She is Chartered with the British Psychological Society and is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council. She has been working within the field of mental health since 2004 and has varied experience with children, adolescents and adults. She is used to working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and has worked within the NHS, statutory organisations, the corporate world and the voluntary sector. She also uses a range of approaches to suit the needs of her clients, including person-centred counselling, psychodynamic counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She has delivered mental Heath awareness training in the health and education sectors for over 10 years.
Dr Matthew Brown
Matthew is a Clinical Psychologist offering specialist evidence-based psychological therapies. Over the past 15 years he has worked with people experiencing psychological distress and mental health difficulties, including adolescents, adults and older adults. He provides private therapy and clinical supervision alongside his role within the NHS, where he has worked in community mental health teams and, more recently, in physical health settings, where he specialises in psycho-oncology.
He is a fully-accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). He also offers Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is both a Chartered Member (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is also a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP).
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist and Mental Health Trainer. Kiran has over 25 years wide experience of working in Voluntary organisation, NHS, EAP and Private Practice.
She provides both Brief therapy and long-term face-to-face counselling to people from diverse communities.
Specialism: Cross-Cultural Counselling. Kiran is a specialises in cross-cultural counselling with a special interest in Mental Health: Depression, Anxiety, Stigma and the impact on the Relationships. Kiran is multilingual and speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali. She has spoken widely on Asian TV Network and Radio about the needs of Asian people with mental health issues and debated on issues of stigma and forced marriage.
As a psychotherapist, Jan will work with you to think about what is troubling you with the aim of understanding your situation, thereby enabling you to move to a happier life. Jan believes that by looking at past events we can make sense of what is happening in the here and now. How we are brought up, our childhood relationships with parents/caregivers, how we have dealt with losses all goes towards making the person we are today. Sometimes we keep going in a pattern of relating to people based on past experiences and feelings which is not helpful to us now and stands in the way of moving forward. Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties with your relationships with family members or you and your partner have hit a rocky patch? Perhaps the relationship problem is with a work colleague or a boss? If so, Jan may be able to help you.
Samantha Carbon - MSc in TA Psychotherapy, UKCP Accredited, MBACP Reg.
People seek therapy with Samantha if they are experiencing anxiety; loss, depression, bereavement, gender dysphoria, addictions and relationship difficulties. As your therapist she will take the time to listen so that thoughts and feelings can surface safely. She will invite you to get to know more about your existing emotions and support you to talk about your feelings and what to do with them.
If you are caught up in a difficult or a challenging crisis it can be hard to see things objectively. Samantha’s role is to offer you support, insight and the tools you may need to make sense of your situation. She follows the Transactional Analysis philosophy which works on the basis that:
- People are born OK
- We are responsible for our own experience
- Change is possible
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I integrate different models of counselling to meet the individual needs of my clients. My core approach is person-centred therapy, however, I use CBT and psychodynamic therapy depending on the needs of my clients.
My main area of interest is in anxiety disorders and low self-esteem. I believe that our beliefs and our thought patterns have a great impact on our experiences and emotional health, however by adapting a person’s belief system and learning new ways of thinking can promote positive change. I work with clients to understand their thoughts and beliefs and what effect it is having on their lives and help each individual to move forward.
I have experience of working in a youth counselling agency working with a wide range of issues including mental health problems, bullying, low self-esteem, self-harm, anxiety disorders, identity and many more. Although I have worked closely with young people, I am qualified to work with and welcome adults.
Trainer, Coach & Facilitator
Jo Wilson is an experienced and fully qualified Coach and Facilitator and is passionate about helping individuals, couples and teams be the best they can be. She utilises a unique blend of NLP, Clean Language Facilitation, Hypnotherapy and Wellness Recovery Action Planning to provide tailored coaching programmes and individual sessions that are safe and empowering.
Whether you currently feel that you are stuck in your personal, business, career or home-life, Jo can help by teaching you ways to let go of the past, have the confidence and ability to deal with what is happening now and give you the strength and power to move forward towards a future that you define. Through a personal programme that is designed exclusively for you, using a combination of Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques, Clean Language Coaching and Facilitation, relaxing Hypnotherapy and Wellness Recovery Action Planning, you will gain an amazing toolbox of resources and personal development skills to enable you to feel empowered and able to let go of the things that have previously held you back and make the difference you need for you and your future.
Jo also specialises in working with couples who recognise that the communication in their relationship needs help and individuals who are in a relationship that isn’t fulfilling their needs.
Michelle is an experienced Integrative Counsellor, with over 17 years of experience supporting individuals and couples to lead more fulfilling lives. Michelle uses both Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches to counselling and has practised using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy. Michelle is culturally and spiritually aware and can draw upon this for a holistic counselling experience. Her particular areas of interest are in working with substance misuse, addictions, anxiety, panic, stress, relationships difficulties, life direction, past trauma and abuse, anger management, and mental health issues.
Michelle has a BSc Psychobiology degree, a Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and has worked within the substance misuse field for over 15 years. Michelle speaks Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu as an additional language.