UMO has a long track record of providing mental health and wellbeing support to over 65 universities, delivered in-person or online via secure video link (Google Meet). We have an expert team of mental health professionals (psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses and social workers) on hand to provide a service that is safe, secure and bespoke to individual circumstances.

Our large team of mental health practitioners undergo a rigorous selection process before joining UMO and are required to attend regular compulsory supervision, either individually or with peers, to ensure continuing best-practice and high standards of professionalism. All our practitioners are qualified to postgraduate level in a mental health or allied discipline, have a minimum of 5 years practical experience but with many having several decades experience. Importantly, our team understand about

All are enhanced CRB checked, and work to highly considered risk and safe-guarding procedures.

Practices, protocols and standards of service are regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure that the highest level of quality control and professionalism are maintained at all times. We regularly ask for confidential feedback from staff and students and use this to continually refine and improve our service.

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Dr Anna Matthews


Founder of UMO and UMO Professional which she set up after working as a specialist mental health mentor and training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, to meet the need for a service that was safe, high quality, professional and delivered by very well qualified and experienced mental health practitioners. She has also developed and run a government approved course for specialised mentors to qualify for professional membership of UNHAM, delivered workshops and lectured.

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Line Tibbit, MAAT

Head of Finance and Referrals

With over 20 years of significant experience in various accounting roles, Line is responsible for UMO’s Finance Department. She is also Head of Referrals and ensures that each client’s needs are met by assigning them to the most suited UMO specialist mentor or coach.

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Professor Geoffrey Cantor


A retired senior academic and an accredited mental health mentor. Geoffrey specialises in the complex mental health issues facing PhD students and has lectured and published on that subject. As well as seeing clients individually, he offers workshops on mental health issues to PhD students at the Centre for Doctoral Studies at King’s College London.

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Katharine Wray, BPC


An experienced mental health mentor and a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist with experience working both in private practice and within the NHS. Katharine has also worked with charities supporting victims of domestic abuse and helping them reintegrate into the community and supporting young adults with the challenges they face.

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Denise Galvic, UKCP


A trained Psychotherapist and Councellor (MA) and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist (DIT) originally coming from an Arts and Literature background. Denise is bilingual (English and her native Spanish) and uses her considerable experience to develop an enriched approach, allowing each client she works with to feel supported and find their own space and pace.

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Sarah Jones, BPC


After a degree in Politics and Sociology and a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Masters degree, Sarah worked in private practice as a therapist specialising in time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy. She has considerable experience working as Specialist Mental Health Mentor and is a Seminar Leader for WPF therapy.

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Brian Turton, HPCP


An Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and former Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Brian is a vastly experienced mentor having, for example, been a Lead Psychologist on a secure in-patient unit, a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission, and provider of articles, book reviews and talks for the British Psychological Society.

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Robin Smith, BPC


A Specialist Mentor for UMO since September 2014, Robin has considerable experience mentoring clients with a wide range of mental health conditions including ASD. With a teaching background he is also a fully qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and member of both the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) and British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

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Bina Vishnarum, MBACP


With first and second degrees in Philosophy and Politics, and a MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy Bina has extensive mentoring experience both as a counsellor and as a mental health mentor. She fully understands the demands and pressures professionals can face, both personally and in a work environment.

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Sue Sunkel, MBACP


Obtained a MA in Sociology in Munich and later trained as psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the U.K. Sue has worked in private practice and in diverse settings such as a women’s prison, women’s aid organizations and educational institutions. She has been involved with teaching, supervising and facilitating psychotherapy groups.

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Vivien Igel, NMC


A qualified Mental Health Nurse with over 20 years experience in working with clients with mental health problems within a variety of settings, including Liaison Psychiatry, and as a Senior Practitioner and Manager with Mental Health Triage/Assessment Services. Vivien is very person-centred and uses all her training and experience in her mentoring.

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Sarah McMichael, MBACP


With degrees in English Lit. and Psychology and a MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sarah has considerable experience both a counsellor and psychotherapist including 11 years within the NHS adult psychotherapy complex cases team. She has worked extensively in adult education and currently lecturers at the Tavistock.

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Dr Vincent Matthews


An experienced UMO mentor, specialising in helping clients with autism spectrum disorder to identify and stick with strategies for coping with professional life and making the most of their potential. He has worked for over 20 years in the higher education sector especially within the University of London environment from where he also graduated.

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Joy Campbell, MBACP


After initial training in graphic design and a career in the creative arts Joy gained qualifications in counselling (Dip AD, ATC, Dip Couns, MBACP) which led to working in private practice, creating and delivering counselling courses and developing projects for people with both mental and physical health difficulties while becoming an experienced mentor.

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