OUR TEAM
Eleanor Port-Burke
Director
Expressive Arts Therapist, Integrative Counsellor  
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP (Accred)

Qualifying with a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University, one of the most recognised Expressive Arts Therapies programs internationally. Eleanor has over 15 years experience working with children, young people, and adults in clinical, educational, medical and therapeutic environments. 


Eleanor is an accredited client-centred holistic practitioner, integrating approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Person Centred Therapy, Systemic Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Eleanor has master’s level training in mental health counselling, and has extensive experience specialising as a mental health practitioner.

 

Eleanor is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists MBACP (Accred) and International Association of Expressive Art Therapists (IEATA). Eleanor adheres to the BACP code of ethics.

Liz Medd
Integrative Counsellor MNCS (Accred) 
Practice Supervisor

National Counselling Society 
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory

Liz is an integrative counsellor with over 15 years professional experience in counselling and therapeutic care. She works with children, young people, adults, couples and families. Liz has worked at CEAACC for 5 years, and is also a Practice Supervisor.  ​

Liz integrates several approaches in her counselling practice including: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), expressive art, music, person centred, and psychodynamic therapies. Liz is experienced in pet and equine therapies.

In addition to her work at CEAACC, Liz is an experienced behavioural consultant, supporting carers, educators and professionals to develop social-emotional-behavioural support plans for children and young people.

 

Samantha Jackson
CEAACC Administrator,
General Practice Supervisor

Samantha has over 10 years experience as an administrator working in a range of settings, including medical and the NHS. Her recent experience includes working as a referrals coordinator using CAMHS, Younited and Prism mental health services.

 

Samantha’s interest in wellbeing connects back to the death of her parents as a child, and from this an understanding of the importance of early support and intervention for mental health.

 

Having lived and worked around the world, Samantha brings a wealth of cultural awareness and compassion to her work, and enjoys meeting and working with individuals from different backgrounds.

 

Samantha is a mum of three. She is creative, and brings the arts into time spent with her children and family. Sam also has an NVQ level 3 diploma in Complementary, Holistic and Beauty Therapy.

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Christine Baines
Counsellor MBACP
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Christine has worked at CEAACC since 2019. She has over 20 years professional practice working with children, young, people, adults, and families in a range of medical, social, and therapeutic settings. Christine's skills in hospital play specialism, nursery nursing, and mental health first aid support her professional practice as a counsellor, alongside creative interests and qualifications including clay therapy.

Christine integrates several approaches into her therapeutic work including creative, humanistic, and psychodynamic. Christine is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists MBACP and adheres to the BACP code of ethics.

Keturah Smithson
Psychodynamic Counsellor, MBACP

Keturah (Ket) has worked at CEAACC since 2018. She has a background in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred therapy and psychodynamic therapy, with an emphasis on psychodynamic approaches in therapy. She has experience in working with people in mental health crisis through working with the charity ‘LifeCraft’ in Cambridge. 

Ket is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adheres to the BACP code of ethics.

 

In addition to working with CEAACC, Ket has worked for the Department of Zoology, part of the University of Cambridge, for 7 years. During this time, she has worked with students and young people going through a time of great transition in their lives.

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Jan Thomson
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor MBACP
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Jan is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor working with adults. She joined the CEAACC Team in 2019.

Jan supports with many wellbeing issues including anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, transition, loss, and trauma. 

 

As a psychotherapeutic counsellor, Jan supports individuals to explore emotions and experiences in-depth, so that over time greater awareness and understanding can lead to improved emotional health and confidence moving forwards with wellbeing.

Whilst Jan works with a psycho-therapeutic focus, she also integrates person-centred, mindfulness, and creative approaches in her professional practice.

​Jan's professional background includes working for charities providing wellbeing support for vulnerable women. 

Carole Simpson
Art Therapist, BAAT, UKCP Reg

Carole has over 30 years experience working with children, young people, adults and families.  Carole is a member of the British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT) and is UKCP registered.

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Claire West
Integrative Counsellor, L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Bachelor of Education, Certificate in Creative Arts Training

Claire is an Integrative Counsellor who joined us in 2021. At CEAACC, Claire works with young people and adults experiencing a range of wellbeing issues including anxiety, depression, low mood, grief, loss, relationships, self-confidence, self-esteem, stress, school, transition, and work-related change/stress.

Claire integrates person-centred, psycho-dynamic and creative approaches in her professional practice. She is a member of the BACP and works within their Ethical Framework. 

 

Alongside her work with CEAACC Claire teaches Level 2 CPCAB Counselling Skills to adults in Cambridgeshire and worked for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming a counsellor. 

Marie Paisley
Integrative Counsellor

Marie is an Integrative Counsellor currently completing her Level 4 Diploma in Counselling. She has a background in education and has worked with children, young people and adults in Asia and Europe as well as the UK.

 

Marie has worked in Mental Health for several years and is also a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Support. She has a special interest in supporting people who are trying to accommodate their loss. She also works for Lifecraft, supporting families that have been bereaved by suicide.

 

Marie is a primarily a Person-Centred Counsellor with a focus on existential issues and loss, but she also incorporates CBT, creative tools, psychodynamic thinking and mindfulness into her way of working. She has experience of working with issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, grief and other losses. Marie’s sessions are client-led, and she strives to create a safe and non-judgemental environment in which clients can explore their thoughts and feelings in such a way that they feel more empowered.

 

Marie is a student member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Marie adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics.

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Sonal Keshwala
Business Liasion Coordinator

Sonal is passionate about arts and mental health. With a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, and experience in mental health care... Sonal understands how important expressive arts are to wellbeing.

She is developing CEAACC's role in our local communities... 

To contact her, please email: SonalCEAACC@mail.com

Stephen Port-Burke
CEAACC Administrator

Stephen is an administrator with over 20 years of experience supporting and working with children and young people in home, medical, residential, and school environments.

 

With an extensive background in the Creative Arts, Stephen has used his compassion and creative skills over the years to teach and to reach out to children and young people to help them develop their emotional, educational, behavioural, and social wellbeing.

 

Stephen manages the administrative side of CEAACC as well as CEAACC's Book Corner, Revolving Art Gallery, and literature resources. 

Laura Frear
Integrative Counsellor Practitioner

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Meet the Team

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