Meet the team

  • Carolyn Cheasman BSc (Hons) Reg MRCSLT

    Carolyn has worked as a speech and language therapist with adults who stammer since 1979. She stammers herself and prior to training as a therapist attended an intensive course at City Lit which she describes as a 'life-changing event'. Carolyn has a particular interest in interiorised stammering. As part of her work she has undertaken considerable counselling training.

     

    She has trained to teach mindfulness and has completed a postgraduate diploma in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Since completing this training, Carolyn has gone on to develop mindfulness courses  for people who stammer and speech and language therapists. Building on this and in partnership with her colleague, Rachel Everard, has offered many  acceptance and commitment therapy programmes for people who stammer and health professionals. She is an experienced supervisor of qualified speech and language therapists and has co-run many post-graduate training courses for therapists.

     

    Carolyn was a founder member of the British Stammering Association and was one of its early advisors. She has been Chair of both national and regional Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Clinical Excellence Networks in Disorders of Fluency. She has also been Chair of the Special Interest Group in Counselling. 

     

    Together with Rachel Everard and Sam Simpson, in 2013 she co-edited a ground-breaking publication ‘Stammering therapy from the inside: new perspectives on working with young people and adults who stammer’.  Each chapter describes a particular approach to stammering and is written both from the perspective of the clinician and client.

  • Rachel Everard BA (Hons) MSc Reg MRCSLT

    Rachel has stammered herself since a very early age and originally came to City Lit as a client in the early 1990s. Her experience of therapy and meeting other people who stammer was a turning-point in her life. She decided to change career and train as a speech and language therapist, she became involved in the British Stammering Association and her personal identity changed as she began to accept herself as somebody who stammers.

     

    She strongly believes in empowering people who stammer and in the benefits of group therapy. Prior to joining the City Lit speech therapy team in 2001, Rachel worked as a speech and language therapist with children with a range of communication difficulties in community clinics, mainstream primary schools and at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children. 

     

    From 1999 to 2005 she was Chair of the British Stammering Association.  She is Past Treasurer of the International Fluency Association and current Treasurer of the National Clinical Excellence Network in Disorders of Fluency. She has recently completed a masters in applied research in human communication disorders at University College London.  As part of her studies, she carried out a piece of research looking into the effectiveness of the City Lit approach in working with adults who stammer. 

     

    Together with Carolyn Cheasman and Sam Simpson, in 2013 she co-edited a ground-breaking publication ‘Stammering therapy from the inside: new perspectives on working with young people and adults who stammer’.  Each chapter describes a particular approach to stammering and is written both from the perspective of the clinician and client.

  • Cathinka Guldberg BSc, MRCSLT and HCPC Registered

     

    Cathinka joined the City Lit Speech Therapy Team as a full time tutor in 2014 following 25 years in the NHS. She has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist and a manager within a hospital and outpatient setting with a broad range of adult clients, including those who have had strokes and those who stammer. She has a lifelong passion and extensive experience of working with adults who stammer.

     

    Cathinka also has a degree in Psychology and has completed a number of short courses on using psychological approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based approaches, with people who stammer. Cathinka is a member of the South East and London Stammering Clinical Excellence Network and was one of the founding committee members of this professional group.

     

  • Anne Watson LCST, MRCSLT and HCPC Registered

    Anne is a specialist Speech and Language Therapist who qualified from Birmingham in 1981. She works as a part-time tutor at City Lit and also for the NHS.

     

    Anne has a particular interest in the areas of Aphasia and Voice. She works at City Lit with the Communication Group, which has enabled her to develop skills in running a group specifically for people with aphasia. Anne supports volunteers in this group who plan to train as Speech and Language Therapists.

     

     

    As part of Anne's role within this group, she aims to promote confidence and self-esteem for the individual by encouraging his/her ability to express opinions on a wide range of topics.

  • Corinne Moffatt Santos BSc Hons, certRCSLT, HCPC, MASLTIP

    Corinne has enjoyed working with people who stammer for more than 25 years. In addition to being an evening class therapist at City Lit, she has worked as a speech and language therapist in a range of settings including NHS, schools and private practice.  For much of her career, Corinne has worked in London’s East End where she has had opportunity to develop expertise in working with people who stammer and for whom English is an additional language.

     

    Corinne is a member of the international Lidcombe Program Trainers Consortium training other speech and language therapists in this approach for working with young children who stammer. She works part time as a clinical tutor at City University for undergraduate students and is an experienced supervisor of qualified therapists.

  • Natasha Ross BSc (Hons) PGDip, Cert.MRCSLT, RegHCPC, MASLTIP

    Natasha joined the team as a part-time tutor for evening courses in September 2016. She has over 10 years’ post-qualification NHS experience working with children and their families. More recently, Natasha has developed a keen interest in supporting adults who stammer. Natasha is dedicated to working collaboratively with her clients throughout their therapy journey, in order to achieve their personal goals.

     

    Natasha has worked as a specialist speech and language therapist at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering. Previously, she worked with a diverse caseload within inner London boroughs across nursery, clinic, school and community settings.

     

    Natasha is a member of the South East and London Stammering Clinical Excellence Network and the National Clinical Excellence Network in Disorders of Fluency.