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Simona Stokes - Menopause Counselling Psychologist, CBT and EMDR Therapist

Simona Stokes Counselling Psychologist

Hi, I’m Simona, Menopause Counselling Psychologist and the Founder of Menopause CBT Clinic and Director of the Enable Wellness Consultancy, a psychological wellbeing therapies service. 

I specialise in helping women work through the difficulties caused by menopause such as depression, poor sleep and negative thinking.  I have expertise with treating the menopause using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy) and Integrative Psychotherapy, and I hold professional registration and accreditation with a number of bodies.  

These include: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), British Psychological Society (BPS), British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have been working as a therapist for over 20 years and have experience in providing therapeutic services in a number of settings including organisational, Primary Care Mental Health Services, voluntary sector and private practice. 



Besides carrying out clinical work I have also held senior operational management positions in NHS, overseeing the delivery of countywide Primary Care psychological therapy services and Psychological Wellbeing services for NHS staff and other organisations.

Over the past 3 years, since I have been working in the private practice, specialising in women’s psychological health and treating the menopause

Dr Sarah Berger, Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist

Dr Sarah Berger

Sarah is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist with over 10 years’ experience across the NHS, private practice, and voluntary sector. Sarah holds professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Sarah has been trained in a range of therapeutic approaches which she draws upon to meet each client’s individual needs and goals. These approaches include Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Eye Movement and Desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR).

Areas that Sarah specialises in include the menopause, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and trauma. Sarah has been trained to use the EMBERS® Menopause CBT Model which draws on a range of psychological approaches specifically to support women going through the menopause. Sarah became passionate about this area after experiencing difficulties herself and now has an aim to support women entering the second half of their lives to feel the best they can be. She is offering appointments both online and in person at her office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Cristina Butnaru - Counselling Psychologist, Couples and Family Psychotherapist

Dr Christina Butnaru

Cristina is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Systemic Family and Couples Psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience working with individuals, families and couples in the NHS (including Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), schools, voluntary sector and private practice. Cristina holds professional registration with several professional bodies such as HCPC – Registered Counselling Psychologist, BPS – Chartered Psychologist and BACP – Registered Member.

Cristina uses a wide range of therapeutic approaches such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Systemic Family and couples therapy with an interest in working with attachment, emotional difficulties, addressing adverse life experiences that contribute to problems in daily living.

Cristina developed a particular interest in women psychological health and wellbeing and is trained in EMBERS® Menopause CBT Model, supporting women experiencing challenges due to menopause. Cristina carries out her sessions in a warm, accepting and non-judgmental way, empowering women to work on the changes they would like to see in their life. She is currently offering online appointments only.

Dr Joanna Astill - Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist

Dr Joanna Astill

Joanna is an experienced clinical psychologist, who has worked in both the NHS and private practice, with over 20years experience working in the field of mental health.

Her specialism is adult mental health, and she has extensive experience working with people who have been impacted by trauma and the repercussions of this, including anxiety, depression and relationship problems. She uses a range of approaches to meet the needs of people she works with, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, EMDR and Internal Family Systems.

During her work, Joanna realised that the transitions of midlife, and the perimenopause and menopause in particular, was often a precursor for mental health difficulties experienced by the women she was working with. Delving into this area to find out more, Joanna has found a passion for promoting more understanding around the menopause, midlife transitions and supporting people in going through this change so that they can move towards living a fulfilled and meaningful life.

Joanna is Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is registered to practice by the HCPC. She has been trained in the EMBERS® Menopause CBT Model by Simona Stokes and currently offers appointments both online and in person at her office in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

CBT for Menopause

Our approach to helping women with problems due to menopause is based on a six-stage model, called EMBERS® Menopause CBT Model, which is effective in treating the menopause symptoms, that Simona has developed based on her extensive personal experience working with hundreds of women going through this stage of life.

Our approach towards treating the menopause helps women to learn strategies that can address the many psychological processes that become unbalanced during the menopausal transition.  When each of these 6 areas of EMBERS® are addressed, women are able to regain their emotional wellbeing, overcome their difficulties, and enjoy a more fulfilled life.

If you are currently experiencing difficulties due to menopause, contact us and we will help you to use CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – to become CBT – “Confident, Brave and Thriving” again.

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    Tel : 0121-7020840
    Mobile : +44 7939239697