Who We Are

“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil…” ― William Faulkner

The founder and director of Characters on the Couch is Arabel Charlaff.   Arabel is an accredited and experienced psychotherapist who continues to work both privately and within the NHS.  Before training as a therapist, Arabel worked in publishing as a ghost-writer, editor, literary consultant and, for many years, a ‘Book Doctor’ for the Faber Academy.  It was this that gave her the idea that perhaps, as well as Book Doctors, writers need Fiction Therapists.

Like Arabel, all of our Fiction Therapists are both fully qualified psychotherapists and experienced readers, offering a unique combination of therapeutic insight and editorial expertise.  The therapists are regulated by a comprehensive code of professional ethics and guidelines including a commitment to client confidentiality.  They all love reading novels just as much as they love reading Freud.