Who we are

Ellen Baldwin

Graduated from the University of Greenwich with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling in 2007. She has worked in a number of counselling services including a specialist service for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape, an alcohol counselling service, and a service for women involved in the sex industry. In addition to counselling, Ellen has ten years experience of working in the charity sector in women’s organisations, which provide holistic services for women in the street sex industry.

Ellen is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Ellen runs a counselling project for women in Brighton called “Release” – she provides low cost one to one counselling and a wide range of groups including Into The Light groups plus groups for New Mothers and Self Esteem her website is www.releaseforwomen.org.uk. Ellen is a Facilitator of the Into The Light Ten Week Course and One to One Counsellor in Brighton and is also a Workshop Facilitator.

Sadie Cissell


Studied for her Diploma and Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy in London and has worked in several counselling services including West London Counselling Service. Sadie has also trained as a Trauma specialist with Sensorimotor Therapy and EMDR. Sadie has also been involved in children’s and schools work and has set up several community based projects including a women’s support project in Fulham. Sadie also works in a Loss and Bereavement Charity. She is a Registered Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) Sadie is a Facilitator of the Into The Light Ten Week CourseOne to One Counsellor and is the Into The Light Workshop Supervisor. She is also a Supervisor at several counselling services including at NAPAC the National Association for People Abused in Childhood and RASASC the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre. Sadie supervises youth teams involving working with child exploitation and safe guarding. She has her own counselling, supervision and training service www.sadiecissellcounselling.com. Sadie is a Director of Into The Light Community Interest Company.

Leasa Merrill

Leasa is an experienced counsellor having worked at Community Counselling Service. Leasa has a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level Four and is a Registered Member of BACP. She is currently  working as a High Intensity CBT Therapist and undergoing training within the NHS in Kent.  Leasa is an Into The Light Workshop Facilitator.

Rebecca Mitchell

One of the original co-founders of Into The Light. She started the project because having been a victim of sexual abuse herself she wanted to provide a place in her community of hope and strength. Rebecca trained at Metanoia Institute, City University and Westminster Pastoral Foundation and has qualifications in One to One Counselling and Group Work Facilitation.

She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She is also a Member of the BACP Private Practise Division as well as the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) Rebecca has run Into the Light programmes since 1993 and has facilitated them in various counselling services in London, in addition to training other facilitators to run the groups. She has also worked effectively with victims of domestic violence and has sat on the Management Committee of Survivors UK – a service that supports men who have experienced sexual abuse.

Press and media

Rebecca has had articles published in several publications on Sexual Abuse and related topics including the BACP magazines “Therapy Today”, “The Independent Practitioner”, The “BACP Private Practise Journal” and the Mental Health Site Mental Healthy www.mentalhealthy.co.uk.. She has been a guest on live radio programmes including the BBC London Breakfast show with Nick Ross and the LBC Breakfast Programme with Nick Ferrari. She has also spoken and at conferences and community and counselling services  on issues around sexual abuse and relationships.

Self help book, New Shoes

She has also written a self help book for survivors called ‘New Shoes’ published by Lion Hudson which has been well received by Survivors and Counsellors.

Into the Light & Take Action Counselling

Rebecca writes all the material for Into The Light, Co-ordinates all the Into The Light Groups, Workshops and clients and is a Workshop Facilitator and a Seminar Leader and Trainer. Rebecca has also founded a counselling service focusing on relationships, singleness and new mothers called www.takeactioncounselling.co.uk and has been nominated for Cosmopolitan Magazine Campaigner Of The Year Award. Rebecca is a Director of Into The Light Community Interest Company.

Nicky Pallis

Has a BA in Psychology and later studied for a Diploma in Counselling at Thames Valley University. She specialised in working with teenagers and women affected by domestic violence. As well as counselling Nicky works for Islington Council as a Family Group Conference Co-ordinator. Nicky is a Director of Into The Light Community Interest Company.

Nikki Kuhrt

Nikki holds a Certificate in Counselling  from Birkbeck University and an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling from Greenwich University. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and has worked with both adults and also children where she offers Play Therapy. As well as practising privately she also works for the counselling charity Care to Listen in Croydon and offers IAPT counselling for adults through the NHS.

She has previously worked in a number of social and community work roles within the voluntary sector over the last twenty years, most recently supporting new mothers. She is a regular Presenter and Facilitator at Into The Light Workshops and also offers one to one counselling using the Into The Light Ten Week Psycho-educational Course material.

Sophie Clarke

Sophie has a BA and Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the Metanoia Institute and University of Middlesex. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has a private practice in south London and has also worked with adults in one to one and group settings at the Wimbledon Guild, Balham Community Counselling Service and West London Action for Children. Sophie is a regular presenter and Facilitator at Into The Light Workshops. She offers counselling to survivors and facilitates Into the Light’s Ten Week Psycho-educational Course in a one to one setting.

Into The Light holds to all BACP and ACC ethics.