Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)

Mentalizing , in the words of the Anna Freud Centre (the UK’s leading centre for MBT treatment and training programmes), “refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states.  A focus on this very human activity as a therapeutic intervention forms the core of mentalization based treatment (MBT). MBT was initially developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) although it is now being used on a wide range of disorders. Mentalization Based Treatment is an evidence based psychological therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD).”

Katy Baboulene, our clinical director, is the only accredited Mentalization Based Therapy Practitioner in East Sussex. Please see this link for details -

Schools and Colleges Service

As part of our specialist service for schools and colleges we have a range of psychological health professionals including counselling and clinical psychologists, educational psychologists and psychiatrists working alongside our diverse team of psychological health practitioners.

All of our practitioners are fully accredited with their appropriate governing bodies and have specialised in working with adults, children, adolescents, families, couples and older aged adults.

We also offer preventative work to build tolerance and resilience to stress such as MBCT and stress management.

Specialist Schools and Colleges Services Include:

Educational Psychology - 

Comprehensive educational psychology assessments as well as consultancy, training, development and coaching in education for both students and staff.

Educational psychology work can be undertaken both onsite at the school or college or at our practice in Hove

Specialist Psychological Assessment –

assessment & treatment for autistic spectrum disorders and ADHD

Integrative Psychological Therapy –

for emotional difficulties including severe and enduring mental health problems. 


safe and effective hypnotic treatments for performance enhancement and the reinforcing of confidence as effectively addressing a range of difficulties including exam stress, insomnia, stress management, phobias and pain.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) –

effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, bereavement, abuse (both physical and mental) and pain management

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) –

effective treatment for depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders  (OCD)

Psychodynamic Therapy –

excellent for increasing self awareness, developing insight and understanding and improving relationships

Health Psychology and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) 

for pain management, chronic fatigue syndrome and living with chronic health conditions

MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) –

group or individual work for increasing coping strategies for managing depression, low self esteem and general emotional difficulties.

Supervision and Consultation -

for managers, teachers and health care professionals.

Please do explore our website for a full list of our services and more information about our practitioners. Alternatively, you can call our office  to discuss your requirements further.

Counselling Psychology Services

work therapeutically with clients suffering from a broad range of complex psychological difficulties (for example, the effects of childhood sexual abuse, relationship breakdown, domestic violence, major trauma and more) and offer individually formulated therapeutic approaches to address all symptoms of psychological disorder or distress (such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis). Counselling psychologists seek to build an active relationship with clients, which can both facilitate the collaborative exploration of underlying issues and empower individuals to confront and initiate changes. These interventions are multi-modal and may take the form of individual therapy or may be part of a package of care.

Chartered Counselling Psychologists work at all levels from assistant to consultant in NHS services including primary care, Community Mental Health Teams, tertiary settings for psychiatric in-patients, specialist services for older adults, those with eating disorders, personality disorders, learning difficulties, children and adolescent services, substance misuse and dual diagnosis services (mental health problems combined with substance misuse) and in general health care settings where psychological services are offered; in prison and probationary services, social services, voluntary organisations, employee assistance programmes (EAPs) occupational health departments, university student and staff counselling services; and in private practice. They may work with individuals, couples, families or groups.

The core professional activities of counselling psychologists relate principally to the provision of psychological therapy, including:


  • Assessment, whereby the counselling psychologist seeks to gain an understanding of the difficulties from the client perspective, taking into account the wider context;
  • Formulation to develop with the client(s) a psychological explanation of how and why the particular difficulties have arisen and are experienced by the client(s);
  • Planning and implementation of a course of psychological therapy and evaluation of the outcome of the therapy;
  • Management of services in the NHS, public and private sectors;
  • Supervision and training of other counselling psychologists, applied psychologists, assistant psychologists and other related professionals;
  • Multidisciplinary team work and team facilitation;
  • Service and organisational development, leadership and management;
  • Policy development;
  • Change management

Therapeutic Mediation

Relationship breakdown is frequently a painful and sad time involving arguments blame and fear. Unfortunately clients often start the legal process of separation when emotions are in turmoil and decisions regarding children and finances are difficult and conflictive. This distress can spill over into the legal process causing more heartache and anxiety and further inflate the legal costs by prolonging and delaying final agreements. Families are caught up in the muddle of highly charged emotions whilst attempting to cope with some form of resolution and settlement.

Using a therapeutic integrative approach to mediation, clients are offered a space and time to process difficult feelings but with a focus on the need for agreement and compromise.

Our family consultants are experienced in supporting clients and enabling families to find better ways of communicating and resolving conflicts.  As mediators, we believe in working closely with lawyers to promote a process that emphasizes resolution in a non-blaming culture with the aim of bridging the gap between human emotions and the legal system.

We will offer:

  1. A two-hour assessment with both parties and 2 therapeutic mediators.
  2. A number of individual sessions (usually two or three) each comprising one of the partners with both therapists.
  3. A meeting with both parties. Where possible an agreement may be drawn up.
  4. An optional six-way meeting can take place with the clients, their solicitors and the therapists.

The initial session allows the couple and the therapists the opportunity to assess the situation and begin to make a useful formulation.

The individual sessions, particularly where there is disagreement between the partners, will give each the opportunity to ‘tell their story’.  Where possible both therapists will attend all sessions so the therapy remains transparent and supportive to both partners throughout. 

Following this, a four-way meeting will be offered and the therapists will offer a formulation and draft a report to discuss and amend with the couple as appropriate.

If required a meeting can be offered with the couple’s legal representatives to formalise the report.


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Key Benefits

  • Timely access to services
  • Fully qualified and accredited practitioners
  • Recognised by major insurers
  • Integrated clinical care


  • Practitioners who are experts in their field.
  • Established record of clinical outcomes