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The Team

Toni Medcalf


Toni is an integrative psychotherapist and the director/founder of the Schools Counselling Partnership. In 2009 she set up the Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership across 5 schools. Through word of mouth about the ESCP’s great outcomes a demand grew for the service in other schools and boroughs. Thus the Schools Counselling Partnership came into being. To date there are 26 schools accessing the service. Toni spent many years in the music industry working for Phonogram/Mercury Records, Polygram International, Sanctuary Artist Management and set up her own artist management company and record label representing bands, singer/songwriters, producers and writers. All of whom she signed to major and independent labels around the world. Since qualifying she has worked for ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse), The Open Door Project in Feltham and the Brit School for Performing Arts. She is also a Mindfulness Teacher of the Paws B Programme (7-11 year olds), Mentor and Group Leader for BASE Babywatching, a trustee of Dream Arts and on the advisory board of BASE Babywatching.

Michelle Hanafi

Clinical Lead/Therapeutic Lead 

Elthorne Park High School
Tel: 07469 714459

Michelle is passionate about supporting children, young people and families. She offers an integrative, holistic approach to facilitating clients processing and healing. Michelle has significant experience working with Looked After Children, Care Leavers, Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers, Victims/survivors of sexual abuse and assault, and adolescents and adults who are in, or have been in, the justice system or prisons. She also has experience of working with bereavement, self-harm and suicide, and victims of abuse and complex trauma.

Michelle set up and manages the SCP service in a large secondary school, which has become an integral part of the school support system for the pupils, parents and staff. She has been working with a broad range of issues and offers a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space. She is passionate about providing a therapeutic service which can improve life chances for children and young people by working with them both individually and systemically. Michelle believes that EVERY child deserves to have the best possible chances to thrive and continues to work ardently to this aim.

Nora Abouzeid

Therapeutic Lead

Dairy Meadow, Oaklands and Perivale Primary Schools
Tel: 07923-319392

As a Therapeutic Practitioner and yoga teacher, Nora’s focus is drawn towards the ways in which we can heal, thrive and connect through therapeutic arts and body-based practices.

Working with young people, families and adults in this way allows internal landscapes to arise, helping define a greater sense of self, to bring balance within. We do this by tapping into creative processes, nervous system theory, emotional regulation and neuroplasticity techniques, gently making sense of lived experience, guiding towards mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

Elita Bartholomew Matthew

Therapeutic Lead

Hobbayne, St Mary’s and East Acton Primary Schools
Tel: 07545 336765

Elita is a qualified counsellor who uses a variety of modalities in counselling and training skills. She is experienced working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and groups over a short- and long-term basis. Assessing and addressing risk and needs of vulnerable people, she works in partnership with clients, relatives and external agencies and is committed to helping bring about effective change and or enhance their wellbeing. She specialises in working with grief and loss. Elita keeps abreast of the latest developments in therapeutic research and legislation while being compassionate, sensitive and committed to supporting and empowering others to achieve positive outcomes.

Anita Bravin

Therapeutic Lead

John Perryn Primary School
Tel: 07834 828404

Anita is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, with a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy from the Institute of Arts and Therapy in Education. She has always had a keen interest in the therapeutic benefits of the arts, and previously worked as a Drama Faciltator, with the aim of increasing children’s confidence, communication skills and pride in creative achievements.  It was through this work that she saw the positive impact on children’s emotional wellbeing when offered a space for creativity facilitated by attentive and empathic adults.

Anita developed an increasing curiosity to learn more about the psychology behind this and the potential ways to support children further and went on to train in Integrative Psychotherapy for children. She works as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in schools across West London; she is currently the Therapeutic Lead at John Perryn School in Acton. Anita is passionate about Psychotherapy being accessible to all and working for Schools Counselling Partnership has allowed her to serve diverse local communities in a meaningful and proactive way. She uses a holistic approach, offering a wraparound service which supports not only the children within the school community but the staff and families too, offering 1:1 and group therapeutic interventions, drop-in services and psychoeducational workshops.

Roxy Bugler

Therapeutic Lead

Chisenhale Primary School,  Canon Barnett Primary School and Priestmead Primary School & Nursery
Tel: 07730 416019

Roxy is a Child Counsellor trained in the Integrative Arts. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Application of the Arts and a Diploma in Child Counselling, training at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London. Prior to therapy training, Roxy performed as a dancer and actor and has always loved using the arts to connect with others. A significant factor that shaped her journey towards therapy work were the many summers spent at Romanian orphanage, ‘Little John’s House’. Here, she ran arts and play activities with children from the local orphanages and hospital, and underprivileged children from the local village. Many of the children had special needs and/or had experienced severe trauma and it was here that she learnt the beauty of human connection through play and attunement, often without words. Roxy has worked with children in UK schools for 15 years, and in a mental health capacity for 6 years. She joined Schools Counselling Partnership in February 2022 and loves the holistic approach to supporting children, and the adults around them.

Violeta Camarero

Therapeutic Lead

St Marks Primary and Mayfield Primary School
Tel: 07368 365723

Violeta is an enthusiastic, grounded and caring art psychotherapist trained at Hertfordshire University. She is trained to facilitate art therapy sessions for people to explore their mental health and wellbeing in order to learn to manage better any issues arising and gain emotional literacy and resiliency. After qualifying as a product design engineer in Saragossa University (Spain) she moved to England in 2012 and discovered that her call was to work creatively with people. Violeta started working with young people with learning difficulties and autism as a support worker and afterwards as a teacher. She built on this experience in her subsequent training as an art therapist. Since then, she has been working therapeutically with children, adolescents and families in education as well as in the National Health Service in London. Violeta is a genuine believer that showing up for ourselves through making art brings self-awareness and healing.

Klaudia Ciecierska

Therapeutic Lead

St John Fisher Catholic Primary School & Wolffields Primary School
Tel: 07854 167730

Klaudia is an Integrative Psychotherapist working with children, adolescents and families in private practice and within school settings including SEN schools. She works in an integrated capacity, meaning she is trained in multiple therapeutic modalities, including Psychodynamic, Humanistic, CBT and Play Therapy. This allows more flexibility when working with the client and the therapy can be tailored to the client’s needs and preferences. After all, we are all unique and the therapy is never the same. When working with children and adolescents, Klaudia likes to use creative techniques such as art, toys, sensory play and mindfulness. These techniques can support communication and expression as well as help the client to explore their feelings and make sense of the world around them.
Klaudia believes that every person is seeking self-actualisation and fulfilment in life, thus she tries to empower and support the individual in gaining a better understanding of themselves and in facilitating the change. She offers a calm, non-judgmental, confidential and safe place in which her clients are invited to be themselves.

Lucy Cohen

Therapeutic Lead

Elmgrove Primary School and Glebe Primary School
Tel: 07469 705850

Lucy studied for a Diploma in Integrative Child and Adolescent Counselling at The Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education after working for over 20 years in primary schools, initially as a teaching assistant then as a teacher and finishing up as a senior leader.  Since qualifying, she has been working as a school counsellor in various schools across London and is the Therapeutic Lead for Schools Counselling Partnership in two primary schools in Harrow.

Her interest in using the arts to support children to express their feelings started while she was teaching.  The level of emotional need in the schools was so high that she felt she needed more training to help her support these vulnerable children.  It became clear that to really implement positive change for these children and young people she needed to work more holistically including the family, the school and the child.

Claudio Souza

Therapeutic Lead

Drayton Green, Norbury, St John’s Church of England Primary School and Park High School
07901 000609

Claudio is a qualified counsellor with an integrative approach. Before qualifying at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education he worked as a primary school teacher in mainstream schools. He dedicated 15 years to working with people living with ASD and other special needs. He is co-founder of ABRIR, an organisation which works towards sharing information about the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture in the UK. He also worked as a social educator on projects with children and adolescents living on the streets in Brazil. He worked as volunteer for Kids Company and Terrence Higgins Trust. He has been part of SCP since 2018.

Penny Elvin

Therapeutic Lead

Bentley Wood High School for Girls & Welldon Park Academy
Tel: 07901 000606

Penny holds an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy and an MSc in Psychology.  She has experience in primary, middle and secondary schools as a Teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and School Governor.  As a Therapeutic Lead, Penny is interested in how to promote therapeutic conversations and interventions for children whilst supporting the community around them.

Eleisha Gordon

Therapeutic Lead

Dormers Wells Infants & Primary School & Chatsworth Primary School
Tel:  07834 704278

Eleisha is a qualified art psychotherapist and works as a Therapeutic Lead with Schools Counselling Partnership. Within this role she offers support to parents, children and staff with various needs. Eleisha began her career in the care sector offering domiciliary care, also as a care coordinator then a support worker in a children’s residential home. As an art psychotherapist, she has experience of providing therapeutic services to adults and young people the NHS within a forensic hospital. Eleisha also provides private therapy to children in schools.
Eleisha’s clinical experience involves working with individuals wanting support with parental separation/divorce, selective mutism, psychosis, emotional and behavioural support, bereavement, relation break-ups, identity (including cultural, race, gender and sexual orientation) and supporting neurodiverse children with ADHD and autism. She also provides workshops focusing on education on race and culture within the UK.

Jo Morgan

Therapeutic Lead

Greenford High School
Tel: 07785 798759

Jo qualified as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist at IATE (Institute of Art in Therapy and Education) and is accredited with UKCP, BACP and HCPC. She has also trained with The Minded Institute to become a Clinical Yoga Therapist for Mental Health.

She has gained invaluable experience working in the NHS and the private sector and has experience of working with adults and adolescents with a range of presenting issues such as Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Trauma, Addiction, Bereavement, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation and Low Self Esteem.

Jo also has experience of working in schools and is qualified with MISP (Mindfulness in Schools Programme), delivering Mindfulness courses to students and staff. I am currently the Therapeutic Lead at Greenford High School working on behalf of Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership. I also work in Private Practice in Newbury, Berkshire. Recently, Jo has been involved in the Your Choice Programme as a Clinical Lead delivering CBT training to practitioners within Ealing Borough.

Helen Thorp


Therapeutic Lead

Derwentwater & Wood End Academy
Tel: 07989 404270

Helen holds a Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (Level 1) from The Institute of Arts and Therapy in Education and an MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy & Counselling from Terapia, qualifying in 2019. Before joining SCP, she worked for a charity in Enfield setting up and managing counselling services within primary and secondary schools. She started her journey with SCP in 2013 as a counsellor in training on placement and has been a Therapeutic Lead since 2018. Helen is passionate about working with children and young people and their families and with complex trauma. Helen is also a foster carer to an 11-year-old boy.

Tom Schwab

Therapeutic Lead

Aylward, Roxeth and Whitchurch Primary Schools
Tel: 07799 028461

Tom completed an MA in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire following a degree in Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth. There is a freedom to art-making that is extremely powerful. It’s an incredible tool that is not only reflective but healing too. Providing people with the support and encouragement to create and express their inner world, regardless of their ‘ability’ to do so, is a great privilege to experience. Tom works as a Therapeutic Lead with SCP as well as having an Art Therapy private practice.

Greta Urbonaviciute

Therapeutic Lead

West Twyford and Lady Margarets Primary School
Tel: 07833 460683

Greta is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy from The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. She has been working as a child psychotherapist since 2016 in schools, charities and privately, supporting children, families and teachers. Her approach is empathic, relational, playful and sensitive. She provides a safe and confidential space for a young per-son to explore their feelings through talking therapy, creative expression or play. Creative expression is a helpful tool to process feelings and experiences that can-not be put into words and she often encourages her clients to use it.

Her clinical experience includes working with clients who struggle with trauma, bereavement, anxiety, attachment difficulties, parents’ divorce, selective mutism, DV, abuse and neglect. She has experience supporting neurodiverse children with Autism and ADHD, as well as children with medical conditions and their families. Sheworks inclusively and with awareness of differences around race, culture, disa-bility, neurodiversity, gender, sexual orientation and religion.

Greta also offers consultancy and workshops to parents and teachers, helping them to better understand the emotional needs of children. She provides infor-mation about children’s emotional development and practical suggestions about how parents and teachers could support children and themselves emotionally.