The views expressed on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of Cult Escape.

Do feel free to conduct your own research towards discovering the best Counsellor for yourself, should you feel the need to go down this path.

List of Counsellors

(in alphabetical order)


Patricia Reilly



I am an Expressive Therapist, Counsellor, Educator, Leader and Author.

I specialise in the following areas:

Building resilience and emotional regulation in children and adults through meditation and mindfulness –

as a former early childhood and primary educator, I feel very strongly that teachers, carers and indeed parents have a responsibility to assist the children for whom they are responsible to develop these life skills.

Mindfulness in the treatment of suicidal individuals –

with both personal experience and educational background, I bring a vast array of knowledge, understanding and expertise.

The latest statistics have shown the rate of death by suicide increasing throughout the country which indicates how important it is for young children to develop emotional intelligence, resilience and the ability to regulate their emotions.

Meditation and mindfulness for depression and bipolar disorder –

bipolar disorder is highly recurrent and rates of comorbidity are high. Studies have pointed to anxiety comorbidity as one factor associated with risk of suicide attempts and poor overall outcome. Depression being a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.

My techniques taught through meditation and mindfulness play a great part in enabling those facing depression or bipolar disorder to maintain themselves in a ‘safe’ zone.

Loss and Grief –

the journey of personal experience in the loss of my son through suicide, and the journey as a mother, wife and educator in helping my family go through the process of grief, and face the ripple effects of suicide.

There are very few of us fortunate enough not to have been touched by the loss of a family member, friend or acquaintance to suicide. My journey has enabled me to help others process, and manage their own grief.

To engage my services for group or individual consults or speaking please contact me.

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Richard Turner FdSc MBACP MSET


Richard is a professional counsellor and ex-cult member who helps people recover from the trauma associated with experiences of intense control, manipulation and psychological abuse. “My goal is to gently and sensitively help people understand their experience, psychologically escape from coercive control and reclaim their life.”

Derbyshire / Staffordshire

Omesh Sharma

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About: Counsellor based on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border

Before going into counselling as a profession, I experienced its potential first hand as a client. Following a complex start to life and a serious breakdown, I eventually had the courage to seek help. I was fortunate enough to be enrolled on an intense programme of integrative counselling, where I was supported to face past demons and develop skills and strategies in order to cope with life again and to progress. I cannot emphasise how much of a transformation those people bought out in me. I walked in broken, almost completely unable to function day to day, and after 3 years intensive support, became the person I am today.

Having seen first hand the benefits of in depth and structured counselling support, I have a deep level of understanding not only about how this works but how much it can help people. Speaking from experience, I know that in the most extreme cases, in depth psychodynamic counselling can literally turn people around, provide hope where it seemed there was none before, and provide people with the opportunity to re-build their lives and allow them the opportunity to hope and believe again.

To me this is more than just a job. Since training in psychodynamic and person centered counselling, it has become the driving force behind everything that I do. I have worked both face to face and also providing telephone counselling support, and believe that both have the power to achieve amazing results.

I am a passionate provider of counselling practice and do not believe in a ‘one size fits all approach’. Though I practice in psychodynamic and person centered counselling, I believe that a thorough evaluation process should be undertaken before any counselling is offered, and that professionals should work together to ensure that each person receives not only the type of counselling that is best for them, but also that they receive help from the right person within that specialism.

Dorset, Bournmouth

Donna Matthews



About: Experienced Counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Skilled in Research, English, Fundraising, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Service. Strong community and social services professional graduated from Bournemouth University.

Essex, Chigwell

Marie (Bourachot) Asaolu



I am an integrative counsellor, I believe that every person benefit from an individual approach and my work is based on the need of each individual.

I have over 10 years experience working for charities in a supportive role to individuals in need, including working as a support professional to families in child protection context and as an advocate to women survivor of domestic violence and human trafficking.

I have worked with people who have experienced trauma in their childhood and adult life and also with people suffering from addiction such as drug, alcohol and gambling.

Kent, Bromley

Leah O’Shaughnessy Counselling


I’m happy for you to put that I’m an ex cult member myself. Also that I’m a Rewind Technique practitioner which is highly effective for treating post traumatic stress.

London (Central)

Tasnima Kamali MBACP


About: I am a Private Integrative Counsellor (MBACP) and freelance Mental Health Mentor for students. While studying BSc Counselling (BACP Accred.) at the University of East London, I worked in an IAPT service and since graduating in 2017 I have continued to work in the field of Mental Health, particularly within further and higher education. My interest in contributing to the wellbeing of students grew from identifying the value that individuals placed on their education and success in accordance to their own worth, being and identity and the gap between this and the level of support that students were being offered in higher education. I support individuals with mental health conditions through their educational journey and have supported students studying at the University of Greenwich, Goldsmiths University, Kings College London, London Metropolitan University, Queen Mary University and the University of Westminster.
I consult educational establishments on how to improve their mental health service, including offering a bespoke schedule of wellbeing workshops for students.
With a background in Inclusive Learning, I also consult therapists and workplaces on D&I, how to respect and work with difference, creating and encouraging an inclusive service and ethos.

London, Harrow

Caron Zar



About: Experienced School Counsellor with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry with both students and adults. Strong healthcare services and professionally skilled in Group Therapy, Student Counselling, Stress Management, Small Group Counselling, and Special Education.
Private Psychodynamic Counsellor at Personal Counselling, in Stanmore, Middx with adults and adolescents.

Newcastle upon Tyne

Peter (Robinson) Robinson-Vernon



About: I specialise in bereavement, anger management, sexual abuse, mental health and behaviour adjustment. While within the field I have worked with a variety of age ranges and backgrounds

I currently work privately as a counsellor and I have also worked for a variety of different counselling based organisations, while with these I worked with a variety of ages suffering from a number of mental health issues, I have recently specialised in anger management and behaviour issues. When I joined the counselling team I was asked to undergo new qualifications to become a trainer due to my depth of knowledge and enthusiasm to achieve.

I have delivered training to a number of different people, private and professional, ranges from health and safety/ basic sign langue/ baking/ anger management to mental health awareness.

I have work in a school based environment within Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sunderland and Redcar and Cleveland, I have worked in a number of different junior schools helping children of all ages, I have also had experience working with teenagers who have suffered from sexual abuse, who have also witnessed domestic abuse and self-harm. I also work with adults with a variety of mental health issues.

Staffordshire. Leek

Rachel Butcher



About: I am a Counsellor and Walk and Talk Therapist working throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
I work with people to help take the weight off your shoulders so you can make some sense of the world and move forward with your life.

I work with children, young people and adults.
I provide 1-1 counselling, couples counselling, family counselling, corporate/workplace counselling.
I have 25 years of youth and community work experience working detached (on the streets) youth work, centre based, various educational establishments providing Personal Social and Health Education and Sexual/ Relationship Educational programmes
To find out more email me, Rachel, at or call me, Rachel, on 07855652753

Teesside, Cleveland

Melanie Hall


About: I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and coach offering successful life strategies that fit around a busy lifestyle. I will work empathically and ethically with you around a wide range of difficulties. I understand that confidentiality is crucial to my clients so my services are discreet and private. Through building robust therapeutic relationships with my clients we can develop tailor made strategies for success. I have worked in leadership roles within the private sector, Local Government, Government Agencies and Charities so I have good business and organisational awareness. I am experienced in conducting assessments, treatment planning and working with clients to identify and achieve their goals through use of appropriate therapeutic and leadership tools. I am Registered with the BACP and work within their Ethical Framework, respecting client confidentiality whilst adhering to safeguarding policies and procedures.

Yorkshire, Pudsey

Catherine Parker

About: Education Specialist, Counsellor with Psychotherapy (Transactional Analysis) and Coach




Danica Williams, MA, LAC, MCPM


About: Coming alongside individuals and families seeking to restore balance in their lives and find healing in their relationships. We work 1:1 with individuals, couples, and groups offering meaningful and deeply motivational counseling services drawing from an eclectic therapeutic approach, tailored to the client’s unique needs.Coming alongside individuals and families seeking to restore balance in their lives and find healing in their relationships. We work 1:1 with individuals, couples, and groups offering meaningful and deeply motivational counseling services drawing from an eclectic therapeutic approach, tailored to the client’s unique needs.

Colorado, Colorado Springs

Valerie (Bringas) Montgomery



About: Emotional Processing for Women is my Forte! When life doesn’t match how we view ourselves or our world, when life throws us a curve-ball, when relationships fail us or we cannot make sense of them… then, emotions are involved! Make a decision to reach out for help.

Academic: Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors

Post Graduate Training: Trauma-Informed Certified, Developmental Trauma, Exploring Process Addictions: Sex, Food and Effects on the Brain, Effective Therapy: A Major Force in Enhancing Moral Intelligence, Sandplay: The Process
Certificate by Chi Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota in Recognition of Scholastic and Professional Excellence,Post Induction Therapy for Developmental Immaturity Treatment,Client Record Management,Sexual Compulsivity Training, Youth In Crisis: Understanding and Responding to Self Injurious Behaviors, Mindfulness: Buddhism, Psychology, and the Art of Counseling, Rocky Mountain Eating Disorders Conference, Financial Therapy, Personality Disorders: The Challenges of the Hidden Agenda.

Goals: Emotional Literacy and Enhanced Fulfilment in life for my clients, myself, and the world.

Specialties: Emotional Processing for Women & Adolescent Girls
*Body Image, Eating Health, Self Concept and Self Esteem Enhancement
*Career Fulfilment, Re-Entering the Workforce, Work Transitions
*Relationship Enrichment and Honest Evaluation of Impact
*”Functional Adult” Expression and Art of Balancing Maturity
*Developmental Immaturity (Co-Dependency)
*Love Addiction/Love Avoidance Cycles and Recovery
*Self Care & Expansion of Support Systems
*Grief & Loss: Anything that one wishes were more, better, or different
*Custom Speaking and Events on these topics and more!