Our Team

Therapeutic Approaches

All of our counsellors hold advanced degrees in Counselling or Psychology from accredited universities.

Additionally, our counsellors undertake continuous professional development (CPD) as required by counselling associations—

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Association of Christian Counselling (ACC).


Kairos Counsellors use an integrative approach using some of, though not limited to, these recognised therapies during sessions.

  • CBT
  • Family systems
  • Integrated Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Person Centred
Leah Jakes

Counsellor

Language: English

Shamira Jamani

Counselling Trainee

Languages: English & Gujarati

Charity Jones, LPC

Counsellor

Languages: English, Spanish &

Arabic (limited working proficiency)

Stephen Jones, Mdiv MAC
MBA (’21)

Counsellor

Languages: English & Spanish

Pratima Mathews
Pratima Mathews

Counselling Trainee

Languages: English & Hindi

Kairos Amy S
Amy Schutter

Operations Manager

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Leah Jakes

Leah Jakes

Counsellor

Leah passionately believes that each person is wonderfully and uniquely designed by a Creator who loves them and wants to see them flourish. It is Leah’s deepest joy to help others discover their strengths, overcome the lies that have held them back, grieve the pain and brokenness they’ve experienced, and then bravely move forward into a life of deeper healing, intimacy, peace, and purpose.

With over 15 years of experience in serving, teaching, and leading people of all ages, Leah brings her diverse professional background to the therapeutic relationship and seeks to employ a variety of counselling techniques in an integrative approach to counselling. Her method is carefully tailored to fit the unique needs and situation of each client and Leah seeks to help each client achieve his or her own goals.


When she is not working, you will likely find Leah enjoying time at home with her beloved husband and two young children. Leah enjoys deep conversations with loved ones, singing, creating/crafting, journaling, and being quiet in nature.


Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Arts in Counselling. Membership: BACP

Shamira Jamani

Counsellor Trainee

Languages: English & Gujarati

Having worked for over 30 years in the NHS as a nurse and then Midwife with a brief spell in IT in-between, I have been involved in working with people and looking after people. Alongside my career I have had a keen interest in personal, emotional and relational development. I am interested in the evolvement of a whole and healthy person and enabling them to reach their full potential.

Currently I am studying (second year) at Waverley Abbey College undertaking a BA (Hons) Counselling programme. This includes modules in Self-Awareness and Personal growth, Supervision and Professional development, Advanced Counselling Skills and Developmental Psychology and Psycho-pathology.


I have particular empathy with people suffering emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, loneliness and many other issues. I enjoy exploring tools and strategies to deal with these in a creative way.


My faith plays a big part in this and is an anchor. I enjoy the simple things in life like beautiful scenery, beaches and enjoy long walks. I enjoy the company of good friends and family.


I also enjoy music and food of all ethno-varieties with particular leanings towards Indian.

Charity Jones LPC

15+ Clinical Years Experience

I have always been intrigued by and genuinely delighted in other cultures. This appreciation drew me to spend significant time living, studying and working in international spaces. I have spent considerable time in Jordan, southern Spain, Kazakhstan, and working among South Asians and North Africans in London.

Because I have been so deeply impacted by other cultures and cognizant of the many ways I have yet to learn the beauty they reflect, I have a desire to make counselling accessible to everyone. I do this with a desire to honour each person’s unique faith, culture, ethnicity, family or background. Simply put, I want to be a student of my clients, even while helping them move toward healing.


I utilise integrative counselling drawing from multiple modalities. My faith as a follower of Jesus demands and empowers me to see the beauty and brokenness in each person and also allows me to work with them wherever they are in their journey towards healing, healthier relating and more intimacy. I most often find myself working with trauma in all the many ways it presents itself including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and difficult interpersonal relationships.


I completed my Masters in Counseling in 2006. I became a Licensed Professional Counsellor in the state of Missouri in 2009. I transferred this license to the state of Pennsylvania in 2009 and continue presently as an LPC through the state of Pennsylvania. I am currently a Registered Member of the BACP and the ACC. I am also an equipped facilitator for healing groups using Healing the Wounds of Trauma material. I have completed a certified EMDR course through LCCH.


I feel deeply privileged to do the work I do, but I am most alive when I am with my husband, Stephen, and my three children, King, Eden and Boaz. You will usually find us out walking our dog, Clyde; exploring a new park or activity; or simply drinking in the beauty of nature, namely flowers and water, whenever and however we can.

Stephen Jones, Mdiv MAC MBA (21)

10+ Clinical Years Experience

Languages: English & Spanish

Stephen is an experienced therapist with a diverse background as a pastor, counsellor and community organiser. After years working at a homeless shelter with those suffering addictions, Stephen became a qualified counsellor and an ordained minister in 2009. In order to help meet the needs of his first pastorate in Spain at the height of the financial crisis, he began partnerships with a cross-section of churches, local businesses and the European Union’s food program.

This diverse role as a pastor/community organiser helped him see the wide scope and holistic nature of the healing process.

In 2015, Stephen moved to London to help lead an international training and mentoring program for aspiring church leaders. During this time, he had extensive experience with professional coaching and spiritual mentorship of ministry leaders who often ran out of energy and ran out of faith. Due to the scope of the mental health needs that his role uncovered, he began to focus his time primarily on counselling clients.

Stephen has an integrative approach to working with clients that has its theoretical roots in person-centred, psychodynamic and attachment frameworks. Convinced that relationships are the avenue of lasting change, his goal in therapy is to create a therapeutic relationship that will empower clients to better address their struggles outside the counselling room.

Other Interests

Stephen enjoys spending lots of time with his wife and three children. His favourite hobbies are laughing, eating and being outside in warm weather. He reads lots of very boring business books in hopes to find a sustainable model for wide-scale, low-cost, private counselling.


Specialties

Marriage counselling. Individuals struggling with unwanted sexual behavior. Adult survivors of childhood trauma. Family of origin issues. Anxiety. Understanding and overcoming anger. Professional coaching


Credentials

BA, Speech and Communication, Clemson University. Master of Arts in Counseling and Masters of Divinity, Covenant Theological Seminary. Masters of Business Administration, Warwick Business School (21). Member: BACP and ACC.

Pratima Mathews

Pratima Mathews

Counselling Trainee

Languages: English & Hindi

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity…”


After spending over 25 fruitful years in the field of communications, now is the time for me to move into counselling. Having lived and worked in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Jordan and the UK, I have seen closely the immense need of support for mental health issues, across cultural contexts.

Like a cascading river, on its journey to meet the ocean, I wish to touch people’s lives along the way. Using my communication and counselling skills, I want to engage with them and enable a positive change. Whilst I have immense faith in the potential of human relationships, I am not oblivious to the brokenness in and around us. I firmly believe that these rough edges give us the ability to connect. The journey is challenging, but God’s grace can sustain and heal.


Currently, I am doing a level-4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from North West London Counselling and Training (NWLCT), focusing on the person-centered, psychodynamic and integrated approaches. I wish to reach out to people from different cultural backgrounds, who find themselves at a loss and those with caring responsibilities. I am a student member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).


Prior to this, in 1993 I got my first master’s degree in Physics from Nagpur University in India. After working for over a decade and half, I got another in Communications from Bangkok University in Thailand.


In my leisure, I enjoy traveling, reading, walking, listening to music, playing Sudoku, laughing, and spending time with friends and family, especially my husband and daughter.

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Amy Shutter

Operations Manager

Amy has twenty years of experience serving and working in the charity and corporate sectors including recruitment, training, organisational development, performance management and finance. Amy holds a degree in International Business and Human Resource Management. On the corporate side, Amy worked a number of years in the pharmaceutical industry for Johnson & Johnson, Inc in Human Resources. In the charity realm, Amy co-leads a team focussed on community development and is most often mentoring others in career development.

Additionally, Amy steered a leadership development and training initiative working across multiple countries. She has served as a governor and PTA treasurer at a local school and has led multiple community development efforts. Along with her day to day role as Operations Manager for Kairos Community Counselling, Amy also serves as trustee.


Amy grew up in the USA but has lived most of her adult life in West London. Amy and her husband have three kids. In her downtime, Amy can be found running in her local parks, cooking (Indian and Thai food are firm favourites!), or supporting her three sporty kids.

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