WHO ARE WE
Beverley Hutton, our Clinical Director and Founder, is a UKCP registered psychodynamic and EMDR psychotherapist, with several years' experience in senior NHS healthcare management. Beverley has a particular interest and experience working with dissociative disorders, including DID and trauma, body image disorders, and chronic pain management. She is co-facilitator of our weekly therapy group and monthly BDD group. She previously ran our therapeutic community for 7 years before moving into more individual work with EMDR, which has seen more complex clients being able to make dramatic progress over a much shorter time period. Beverley regularly leads alongside Charles at our monthly Encounter Room. She is the author of Still the Hunger and The MORE Course — please see our Resources page for further details.
Dr. Monia Conforti supports us as a counselling psychologist. Monia is an experienced CBT therapist, HPCP and BPS registered, and co-facilitates both the weekly evening support group and the monthly BDD support group, as well as offering individual therapy. Monia is also an EMDR therapist, using it particularly for trauma, but is interested in researching its effectiveness for BDD, for which there have been positive outcomes. Her PsychD research studies were on the use of Sacred Text in therapy. She has a particular interest in bibliodrama and for supporting mothers suffering from postnatal mental health issues.
Charles French is a psychodynamic counsellor and the manager of an intensive needs mental health residential home. He is also the leader of Crossroads Church and pastor at Still the Hunger. Originally from South Africa and with several years’ experience in church leadership, Charles is also a keen rugby player and gifted worship leader. Charles has a heart for therapeutic prayer ministry and helping others realise their own spiritual gifting.
Our Steering Group includes a counselling psychologist; a recently retired GP with experience of rehab; an experienced pastoral director/social worker; a senior psychotherapist; and a local company director. Between them, we effectively manage to represent the vision for bringing together the NHS and the church.
Our patron, Helena Wilkinson, is a writer and international speaker currently based at Nicholaston House, a Christian retreat centre on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales. For more information on Helena's work please visit her website at www.helenawilkinson.co.uk
We also work in partnership with a number of other organisations to bring the best service that we can; these include Reading Christian Network and the BDD Foundation, among others. Still the Hunger is an accredited member of CiC International.