Our Therapists

The Directors

Steve Flatt is the director of the Psychological Therapies Unit and ‘Working Conversations’. He is an accredited and registered CBT Therapist with the BABCP and a board member of the United Kingdom Association For Solution Focused Practice.

Steve’s particular interest in trauma: he runs Traumaticus, a national network of trauma therapists, and works with a number of organisations managing battlefield injuries and related psychological distress as well as civilian trauma. He also works as a coach, mediator, and mentor to executives and managers of a number of national and international companies, including CEOs. Steve is a visiting lecturer at the University of Lancaster and an Honorary Researcher at the University of Liverpool Management School.


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Suzi Curtis is a clinical psychologist who gained her doctorate from Lancaster University in 2010. She is a director of the Psychological Therapies Unit, and is also a board member and accreditation lead at the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice. Suzi works with all ‘categories’ of client – children or adults, couples or individuals and fee-paying or pro bono clients – and offers regular three-day courses in solution-focused practice.

In 2016, Suzi began work on a project originally called Conversations in Caf├ęs, providing free, self-referred sessions of solution-focused therapy to people in Liverpool whose needs were not being met by mainstream statutory services. The project was a great success, and Suzi now has a growing team of volunteers trained to offer therapy to some of the most underprivileged people in our community. Through this work Suzi has also built links with a number of third sector organisations, including Crisis, Independence Initiative, and WHISC.

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Other Therapists and Volunteers

Nikki Farthing spent several years working in management for The Ministry of Justice, leading large teams within the Merseyside region. With her Psychology degree, she retrained as a therapist 10 years ago, and has combined her work skills and experience with the therapeutic knowledge she has gained.

Nikki has worked at the PTU for five years. She enjoys her role here, and considers it a real privilege to support people to move forward. Nikki works across a broad spectrum of issues, including anxiety, depression, OCD, bereavement and loss. Her special interests are learning disabilities, Autism and ADHD/ADD.

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Jo Crowther is a fully qualified solution-focused practitioner. She is a friendly and approachable practitioner, who believes that solution-focused therapy is an extremely effective approach which can help you to move forward, no matter what life has thrown at you. Solution-focused practice can help almost anyone through focusing on where you would like to get to and how you want to change things, rather than where you have come from or where you are right now.

Jo works with both our private clients and as a volunteer with various charities throughout Liverpool, helping people struggling with a broad range of issues.

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Margaret Young has worked as a therapist with the PTU since 2005, using person-centred, cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused models of therapy. She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Reg. MBACP) and a Member of the College of Advanced Hypnotherapy (MCAHyp).

Margaret works mainly with clients experiencing mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, specialising in bereavement and relationship issues. Her professional development/research interests include domestic abuse prevention and recovery, palliative care, bereavement, and international student support.