We have two Psychotherapists practicing at Bellenden: Monica Cabello and Azima Ryan.

To find out more or book an appointment, contact Monica:

Wednesday and Thursday evenings

50 min session: £50
Reduced fees available to students or low-income clients

Monica will be returning to face-to-face work at Bellenden in May, on Wednesday evenings.

Psychotherapy is a form of talking therapy. It can involve creative means of expression, which are especially helpful with children and adolescents. It can help you to have a deeper understanding of your emotions by looking at your past and present, and help you to think about your future. It questions how your earlier experiences affected you in ways that might still be causing you issues now, inviting exploration of self through questions of identity and beliefs.

Monica Cabello has worked with people struggling with issues such as paranoia, compulsive behaviour, anxiety and depression, as well as people who have experienced violent relationships. She is currently undertaking a new 3 year training in the Open Dialogue approach, developed in Finland in the 1980s as a response to high levels of psychosis and suicide. It places an emphasis on working with families and social networks together with the individual who is experiencing mental health difficulties. Open Dialogue draws on a number of theoretical models, including systemic family therapy, dialogical theory and social constructionism.

Monica Cabello is registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She completed an 8 year training at the Arbours Association, where she gained the valuable experience of working in therapeutic communities with people diagnosed with psychosis and personality disorders.

To find out more or book an appointment, contact Azima:
07915 606183


50 min session: £60

Therapy is a conversation, a relationship, and an opportunity for deep personal change. In therapy, as trust and rapport grows, the session can become a safe container for difficult, longstanding feelings and behaviours. These tend to remain stuck when we continually ignore them, but given light and air, they can start to soften, and transform into healing and growth.

You may be seeking therapy because you have been living for years with depression and anxiety, or can’t get out of a pattern of destructive thoughts and behaviours. Perhaps you find yourself living behind a ‘mask’ of functionality, craving a more authentic self-expression but unclear how to get there. Integrative psychotherapy draws from a range of theoretical traditions, including humanistic, psychodynamic and existential, to create a fluid approach that adapts to the particular needs that you are bringing as a client.

Azima Ryan spent many years as an actor and performer, and has been working in the field of mental health for the past decade. She has worked with new mothers at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and with people in suicidal crisis at Maytree Centre. These experiences taught her to look beneath the surface of how someone presents themselves, and to ask: what is not being said here? What would happen if the unspoken parts had a voice, and what if there was someone there to listen?

Azima has a MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute, and continues to develop herself professionally by undertaking further training, in areas including Jungian, Embodied Relational and Psychosexual therapies. She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.