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Introducing the Teaching Team at the Wellbeing Faculty

We have an exceptional team of dedicated tutors who are highly qualified and experienced informed by cutting-edge theory, research and practice. All are registered with either UKCP, BACP or HCPC.


Together we ensure students in the Wellbeing Faculty at all levels of training in Child Therapeutic Practice are supported with respect for equality, diversity and inclusivity  in education, training, and practice.  The Faculty delivers experiential training and prioritises the emotional wellbeing, personal growth and self-development of all its members.

This teaching and learning community welcomes regular visiting Faculty members and lecturers including practitioners, writers and researchers in the fields of safeguarding, child mental health, child development, children’s rights, play, the arts and creativity, multi-disciplinary professionals, trauma-informed care and therapeutic approaches to child therapeutic counselling and wellbeing.

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Jocelyne Quennell

Course Leader / Director of the Wellbeing Faculty 

Jocelyne Quennell is former Principal of IATE and has been committed to its growth and development for 30 years.  She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Drama Therapist and Art Psychotherapist.  She is also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) with the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC).  She is course leader for the portfolio of training courses leading to professional Child Therapeutic Counselling.  She has been in the field for thirty years with a wide range of experience with adults and children.  She has been a supervisor and consultant for many organisations in statutory, independent and charity sectors and has been responsible for the supervision training for psychotherapists at IATE.   She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from UKCP in 2009 and is committed to enhancing quality and increasing access in training and education.  The Wellbeing Faculty aims to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences, promoting early help to increase access to therapeutic services for children. young people, families and organisations.  She has qualified with The Anti-Discriminatory Focus (TADF) and is a member of the Racial Justice group in the London ACEs Hub promoting inclusive practice. 

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Lorna Dighton

Course Convenor/ Wellbeing Faculty Administrator

Lorna Dighton is responsible for coordinating and administrating the wellbeing faculty programmes at IATE. Since graduating from Liverpool she has a rich history of work in related fields including: Research Assistant for a Member of Parliament at the House of Commons working closely with a Government Minister on issues concerning women and equality organised a cross-party National Women’s Day and nationwide parliamentary campaign.  She was an Executive Assistant at the School Food Trust which pioneered work on regulating food provision in education.  As well as volunteering in dyslexia support services in schools she co-ordinated volunteer programmes in the charity sector where she was responsible for child protection and safeguarding procedures and education.


Naomi Moore 

Naomi Moore is a play and creative arts therapist, therapeutic wellbeing practitioner and clinical supervisor.  She is the team leader and wellbeing and mental health lead in a large mainstream primary school, secondary school and primary PRU where she manages smalls teams of practitioners and trainees.  She is additionally trained in various forms of parent-child work and specialised therapeutic approaches for working with neurodiversity, trauma and trauma-informed education.  She works in private practice supporting young people with a range of challenges including eating disorders and self-harm.  She has worked extensively with children, young people and families in multiple roles in the UK and overseas including schools, orphanages, hospitals and IDP camps.  She currently manages the weekend play and creative provision for sick children and their families at Great Ormond Street Hospital.  She is one of the founders and directors of Acorn Wellbeing Outreach and also teaches and trains on various aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing.  In her spare time she writes therapeutic stories for children, young people and those that work with them. 

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Lynda Miller

Lynda Miller is a UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist who has developed services in a wide range of educational settings.  She is a supervisor for qualified and experienced clinicians who work with children and provides reflective practice opportunities for teachers in schools as well as students in training. She is interested in the relationship between therapy and education providing forums where teachers and therapists can work with the issues that impact schools managing challenging and difficult situations in the classroom.

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Sheetal Amin

Sheetal Amin is a UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist and supervisor who has many years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in statutory mental health services and residential care.  She has been the adoptions lead specialist and clinical lead for a CAMHS service and specialises in working with both adopted and looked after children with complex needs.  She has a consultative role with schools, social care professionals and CAMHS clinicians regarding this client group and supervises psychotherapists promoting multi-agency practice with children.  Sheetal also has a private practice whereby she provides individual psychotherapy to young people and adults, consults with independent providers of services for children and young people, offers clinical supervision to both qualified and trainee therapists and lectures on psychotherapeutic training courses.  She is also the current chair for the equality and diversity committee for children and young people within UKCP.

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Polly Irvin

Polly Irvin is a UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist who initially trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and been Theatre Director with her own Company Wild Iris.  She has experience in adult mental health and was based at the Priory for nearly seven years. She also works independently for Triangle which provides therapeutic services, training and advocacy for children with special needs and learning disabilities.  She has a private practice for psychotherapy and supervision and works creatively and relationally with young people. She has started a new post as Clinical lead at Rise delivering trauma focused therapeutic services to children and families suffering from domestic violence.

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Isabelle Rodker

Isabelle is a Dramatherapist and Clinical Supervisor.  She has worked for many years in therapy in education, pioneering whole school approaches to wellbeing and managing pastoral care teams.  She is a strong advocate for trauma informed approaches and has worked both in the UK and overseas supporting schools and youth justice teams in developing their understanding.  She has a special interest in increasing awareness of neurodiversity, such as autism and ADHD and how to support these children and young people to thrive.  She is currently Clinical Lead at a school which specialises in supporting pupils with Autism, ADHD and Trauma, and provides Clinical Supervision for youth justice teams nationwide. 

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Vaughan Titheridge

Vaughan Titheridge is an HCPC registered Drama Therapist with a long history of experience in mental health and education working within the NHS and Schools including as a psychiatric nurse, deputy manager and clinical lead in an acute day service and lead therapist in children’s services, working with families, children and young people providing consultations, supervision and assessment of referrals.  Vaughan is currently working in a number of settings. He provides supervision for Common Thread, a specialist service for children and young people with emotional and behavioural problems offering creative solutions for looked after and accommodated children in a residential environment and training for those working in this area of social care and working with the school for learners who have become detached from mainstream education.   He provides group and individual supervision and debriefs, and is developing the training programme from a therapeutic perspective.  He works as an associate therapist and supervisor for TIPE working with Youth Offending Teams and families.  He oversees the training and development of the Dramatherapy Psychotherapy training Warsaw, Poland where he is guest tutor, assessor, supervisor for students and course convenor.  He works as a Drama therapist for  Adopt London South, an independent adoption agency based across four regions of London.   He also has a private practice. 

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Marilynn Figueira

Marilynn Figueira is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist with over twenty years of experience in the field.  She completed her first degree in Textiles and Furnishing Design before exploring training in Art Therapy.  She has always been interested in issues of race and culture, and has been motivated to support people with reference to intercultural issues in training, education and practice.  She has experience in primary and secondary schools and was a team leader at Kids Company.  She also worked at the Heart Yard in Lambeth on the Therapy Team.  She has trained in African-centred psychology and is able to bring her knowledge and expereince to the Wellbeing Faculty at IATE.  She is a tutor who is also enabling the Wellbeing Faculty to decolonise curriculum and ensure that all students of colour can gain access to a wide variety of world views influencing theory, philosophy and therapeutic practice with children and young people.  

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Jessica Spenceley 

Jessica Spenceley is a social worker and therapist, who has practiced both in the USA and the UK within a range of organisations and services. She has a wealth of experience in health and social care settings utilising an integrative and relational model of practice providing direct services to children and families. Her areas of specialism for teaching include: child protection and safeguarding, mental health, adoption, life story work, trauma and the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). Jessica has managed child protection and safeguarding services within the charity sector, and she is involved in work as a university lecturer, trainer, and provider of therapeutic and assessment services.

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Koya Cassandra Conteh

Koya Cassandra Conteh is a Therapeutic Cultural Activist, Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner and Drama Therapist who uses expressive forms of psychotherapy via therapeutic communication and the arts.  With a wealth of experience working within the helping field in youth work. creative mentoring and therapeutic key workings she specialises in working with individuals, groups and families who have experienced and been affected by trauma, specifically emotional issues, ACEs, CSA, violence and abuse, harmful practices and racial trauma.  As a therapeutic cultural activist Koya advocates for racial trauma-informed care in the fight for equity and liberation for melanin rich people and those of the global majority.  Through her freelance practice Koya embeds black psychology and Afrikan-centred healing approaches in addition to co-developing and co-facilitating anti-blackness development workshops for educational institutions and individuals.  Her focus is on 'being in action' to manifest the co-creation of new narratives, approaches and methods for therapeutic wellbeing practice.  

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Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett is a UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist who also has many years of experience working in secondary schools as a teacher in Special Educational Needs (SEN). She is an artist and works as a creative psychotherapist in primary education.  She is committed to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approaches in the school communities where she works as a teacher and psychotherapist. She also works with adults in organisations including LBGTQ at the Metro.  She has a private practice for psychotherapy and supervision in South East London and has been a tutor and integral contributor to the development of the Wellbeing Faculty since the beginning.

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Jo Parker

Joanna Parker is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist MA and qualified Supervisor and trainer who trained at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. She has worked clinically with both adults and children in a range of settings for the past thirteen years: schools, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), in a range of voluntary sector organisations, as well as in private practice. Jo has been the Young Oasis Lead for a 10 year period, managing a multi-disciplinary team supporting infants, children, young people and parent/carers affected by familial drug or alcohol misuse. Jo has specialised in working with vulnerable families where safeguarding issues are an ongoing concern. In 2016 she was the winner of Adfam’s Gary Seaman Award celebrating outstanding commitment from practitioners supporting families. One of her successful initiatives was the development of a programme of Outdoor Holiday Art Groups, collaborating with local artists, local galleries and organisations such as South East Dance and Brighton and Sussex universities. From this came the Art of Attachment, a high profile arts project funded by Wellcome and the Arts Council researching attachment. Jo is now based in London and is in a new role as Child and Family Therapist at PAC-UK, working with adoptive parents and their children. Before training as a Psychotherapist, she studied Fine Art (BA Hons). The use of traditional, as well as less typical, art materials underpins her therapeutic approach.

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Stephanie Mattioni

Stephanie Mattioni is a UKCP HIPC registered Psychotherapist fluent in French, Italian and English, providing psychotherapy services to people across different cultural backgrounds. While training in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy she completed placements in the charity sector and in schools. She has a thriving private practice in Chelsea. She has experience at the Richmond Counselling and Psychotherapy Service as well as Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trusts.  She is particularly interested in linking Jungian perspectives in creative and relational approaches to working with all ages and stages of life.  She is interested in supporting parents and teachers as well as children and families towards wellbeing.

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Eugene Ellis

Eugene Ellis is an UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist with a wide range of professional experience working with individual adults, children and groups.  He works at Family Futures in post-adoption care and support as well as being a pioneering founder and Director of the Black and Asian Therapist Network (BAATN). He is trained to work therapeutically with the arts and can facilitate relational play to support the development and recovery of children and families through a wide range of creative media.


Amina Thomson

Amina Hajjaj Thomson is a UKCP registered Integrative Child and Adolescent Counsellor and Psychotherapist who trained at Terapia (Middlesex University) and has many years of experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents, families and adults in different organisations and settings. She has an Arts Therapies MA and trained as an Islamic counsellor and Psychotherapist. She has been working with families at Grenfell Tower Fire since July 2017. In 2007 she completed the Nafsiyat training in Islamic Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited by The Mohsin Institute in partnership with An-Nisa Society.  Her placement was at Marlborough Family Service and Amina is currently employed by RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) working therapeutically with Grenfell families.  She has developed her own model of working called heartfulness.   She has experience working in the context of community development and housing setting up the Maja Housing Co-op and merged with Al Shahada Housing Association in 1999. She is the chair and director of Sunday Arabic School in Westminster since 2009 and she is a member of An-Nisa Society Women’s Helpline within local Muslim communities. She has contributed to the Wellbeing Faculty in 2015 and participated in supporting placements on community wellbeing. She is interested in inter-cultural issues and spirituality in the promotion of wellbeing for communities.

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Christina Enright

Christina Enright worked for sixteen years as a nurse in the NHS before completing a BSc in Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy and an MA in Child Psychotherapy. Over the past ten years, she has worked with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings, including schools and alternative education provision. Her experience is varied including direct work with children and young people, parenting capacity assessments, consultation to staff teams as well as service development.  Christina has a special interest in the brain, trauma and attachment; in particular how complex or developmental trauma impacts on the global development and mental health of the child, as well as its manifestations through presenting behaviour. She has developed and delivered extensive training and education programmes in these areas including the Kids Company ‘in-house’ and ‘out-reach’ professional development courses.

She is passionate about disseminating research evidence on the impact of trauma in child development. She has presented at many conferences on these subjects and is a committed educator raising awareness about the psychological implications of trauma, abuse and neglect. She has offered training within the NHS, social care and education. She has also delivered support programmes for staff in working safely and effectively with the most challenged and challenging children and young people. She frequently uses her specialist knowledge and experience with children who have endured attachment ruptures and trauma, to train staff within these sectors, as well as direct work with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster carers and adoptive parents

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Anthea Benjamin

Anthea Benjamin is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Adolescent Therapeutic Counsellor, Group Analyst and Supervisor. Anthea has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, families, Groups and couples for over 15 years in various settings including schools, charities, community projects and within the NHS.  She currently works as a therapist delivering training, running groups for couples at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and couples where there has been high conflict / DV. Anthea runs various groups in different setting, alongside therapeutic services of supervision both in organizations and within her private practice in south London.  Anthea has a special interest in working with trauma particularly sexual abuse, DV, personality disorders, dissociation, divorce and separations, developmental trauma, looked after children or adults who have been in the care system and / or adoption, exploring issues of identity with adults and children who have been placed trans-racially or via inter-country processes. Anthea offers group work, supervision services as well as individual therapy to many different organizations such as Barnardo’s, PAC-UK (formerly known as Post adoption Centre), Coram, Woman and Girls network, WDP and other services across London as well as within her private practice


Catherine O'Neill

Catherine O’Neill is a Speech and Language Therapist, Arts Psychotherapist and Registered Intermediary for the Criminal Justice System. She has many years of experience working in mental health and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people. She is a founder member of Intermediaries for Justice and specialises in communication with children in the courts advocating and mediating on behalf of vulnerable children.  She is a trained supervisor and enjoys working with BSc and MSc SLT trainees from City University and Art Psychotherapy trainees from Hertfordshire and IATE. She has worked for over thirty years in the NHS, charities and independent practice

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Neil Young

Neil is a UCKP-registered integrative arts psychotherapist working with young people and adults in private practice and teaching at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education (IATE). Neil is an author, facilitator and organisational consultant offering specialist teaching/training focused on gender, sexual identities, power in the therapy room and intersectionality for frontline mental health professionals, students and organisations, such as Kooth, The Sunflower Network and various therapy and counselling trainings.   


Neil’s background also includes 25 years as a trainer/facilitator, researcher, youth work manager and queer community advocate – he founded Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre in northwest London and worked as an LGBT advisor to the first two Mayors of London. In 2017 the BACP University & College Journal published his article: ‘Young People: Not Straight, Not Narrow.’

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Nawal Asous 

Nawal Asous is a UKCP HIPC registrant who graduated from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy in 2004.  She has worked with refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers.  She delivered services with the Anna Freud Centre and the Dorothy Gardner Centre in Partnership with Sure Start supporting mothers who are Arabic speaking and would have been able to access therapeutic services.  This innovative and cutting edge work focused on social isolation. exclusion, racism, Islamophobia and many other relevant therapeutic issues.  She has been a consultant for parents in understanding children's emotional needs and worked extensively with black and ethnic minority groups in her clinical work.  She was clinical manager at the Tree House at Kids Company working with many children and families in Kilburn.  She currently works with Rape Crisis, Solace Women's Aid and Manor Gardens supporting women who have undergone female genital mutilation.  She works as a therapist for all nationalities from many different social, cultural and class backgrounds.  She speaks three languages including Hebrew, Arabic and English and has worked as an interpreter.  She is culturally competent in working with diverse groups and her original research was with Israeli and Palestinian children examining multi-cultural education in mixed nurseries.  She is committed to empowering women to achieve their potential and to support the best interests of children and young people.  


Jo Ede

Joanna Ede is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and a Social Worker registered with the Social Care Council of Wales. She has an BSc in Sociology and Social Anthropology as well as an MA in Social Policy. She has many years of experience working with children and families with complex needs, special educational needs and disability. She has experience in the NHS in mental health within secondary care services and currently works within a multi-disciplinary team in Swansea, Bridge End, Neath and Port Talbot. She has experience working with adults and children struggling with substance misuse and with children whose parents have issues related to substance misuse. She is currently establishing a charity providing sober-living accommodation in Neath which is for recovering addicts to integrate back into communities.

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Beth Collier

Beth Collier is a BACP registered Psychotherapist, Anthropologist and bushcraft practitioner. Her work explores relationships with people and with nature. Beth’s initial training was in Integrative Psychotherapy and has gone on to develop a nature-based private practice, seeing clients and supervisees exclusively in natural settings.

She has spent many years theorising our relationships with nature from an applied psychotherapeutic perspective, developing Nature-based Psychotherapy as an orientation of practice and provides professional training on the therapeutic use of nature through the Nature Therapy School.  Beth is the Founder/Director of Wild in the City, an organisation providing experiences in bushcraft, traditional skills and ecotherapy, using the skills of our ancestors to nurture a deeper connection with the natural world. She has a particular interest in supporting people of colour in finding their place in UK natural settings and creates opportunities for the representation of black leadership in nature.  Beth is a Trustee of the National Park City Foundation and a Fellow of the London Environmental Educators Forum. She has over 15 years research experience in the fields of human rights and psychological health.

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Britto Belevendran

Britto Belevendran is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a priest.  He has extensive experience working with all sections of the community in London, and has taught in India, Singapore and Sri Lanka facilitating therapeutic approaches to wellbeing. He is a pioneer of interfaith, spirituality and wellbeing in mental health as well as intercultural work. He has a private practice for psychotherapy and is responsible for a parish community.  His background includes cultural anthropology and children’s folklore and he teaches on spirituality and the transpersonal in community wellbeing within the Faculty.  

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Louis Sydney

Louis Sydney is a UKCP HIPC registered Psychotherapist who is trained in Psychosynthesis, Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and Child Psychotherapy. He has a wide variety of experience in different organisations including Family Futures Post Adoption Services.  His own organisation Attachment Matters provides therapeutic family consultation and he enjoys creating innovative training events for multi-disciplinary professionals working with children and young people. He is a supervisor and a trainer in the field who has taught in several HIPC recognised trainings.

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Jess Skelton

Jess Skelton is a UKCP HIPC registered integrative arts psychotherapist with over ten years of experience working with children, young people and adults. She has a strong interest in developing innovative approaches and services that children and young people want to access that incorporate child development theories and psychotherapeutic thinking. She has experience in adolescent mental health, residential education for boys aged six-eighteen, residential outdoor activities for sports and leisure in holidays including movement and nature which is life affirming. She was responsible for mentoring within Camden Services and developed mentoring programmes for children and young people. She enjoys making use of bikes and the surrounding natural environment to promote wellbeing and develop interpersonal skills.

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Odelia Aslan

Odelia Aslan is a UKCP HIPC registered Psychotherapist who is also a qualified and experienced teacher. She has had experience of working in a hospice with children, families and adults; Lifeworks Community residential addiction centre; Wingfield Psychiatric ward; and in Private practice. She works at the University of Reading Counselling Service with young people in higher education.  She is a trainer and educator for people working with children and families.

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Clair Lewoski

Clair Lewoski is an IATE trained/ UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist and HCPC Registered Dramatherapist, whom has been working as a therapist since 1997. She has worked in education, CAMHS and an arts therapies trauma outreach service, where she specialised in work with Looked After Children. She set up a therapy service across 10 primary schools in the North of England, funded by The Children’s Fund which integrated work with mindfulness, massage and arts based therapies with children, their teachers and families. She currently works in private practice in Cambridge as a psychotherapist and UKCP registered supervisor and as a Mentalization Based Family Treatment Practitioner. In addition to teaching on the Well-Being Programme she teachers and supervises IATE child psychotherapists and counsellors. She is also one of 4 teacher/tutor on the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling programme at Cambridge University. Clair is registered with both Gendered Intelligence and Pink Therapy as a therapist whom works alongside trans and gender questioning young people. 

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Sam Hunter

Sam Hunter’s most recent work in theatre was as Production Stage Manager responsible for opening the world première of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last July at the Palace Theatre in London. She has a wealth of experience in the West has also been the Show Director for the three Letters Live seasons at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden and at Brixton Prison. Sam was the Production Stage Manager on the highly-acclaimed London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and has also held that role on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Torino Winter Olympics in 2006 and the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. She was the Production Stage Manager on the 90th Birthday Celebrations for Nelson Mandela in Hyde Park in 2008, the Royal Gala launch of St Pancras International in 2007, the Royal Gala 80th Birthday Party for Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2006, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and the Opening Ceremony of the Millennium Dome in London.   Sam worked as the Associate Producer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pan American Games 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and in 2014 repeated that role in Sochi on the Opening & Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russia. Sam worked in Brazil as Consultant Production Stage Manager for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and is currently in Baku, Azerbaijan, preparing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the forthcoming 4th Islamic Solidarity Games. She is committed to the Wellbeing Faculty and has supported its growth and development in many ways.

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Tina Leslie

Tina Leslie is a UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist has been involved with the Faculty since its conception in 2009 and was a part of the first course development and validation team. She works in private practice as an Integrative Art Psychotherapist and supervisor and has thirty years of experience in the field of mental health working in both private and NHS Hospitals. Her clinical practice has been extensive including: acute psychiatric services, specialized addiction unit and an acute adolescent unit working with eating disorders and post-natal depression within a specialised mother and baby unit. Tina has taught at White Lion School in Islington and Kingsgate Community Centre. She has contributed to teaching at the University of Hertfordshire and the American School. She has provided extensive group work and individual experience both in the UK and abroad. Tina has also taught at an Art Therapy School in Finland for eleven years. She has a studio in London as a Fine Art Painter and exhibits her work on a regular basis.


Lizzie Smosarski

Lizzie Smosarski is a UKCP HIPC registered psychotherapist and has worked therapeutically with children and adults for over twenty-five years. She is trained in child, adolescent and family approaches and is committed to the use of the arts in psychotherapy and supervision. She is jointly responsible with Jocelyn Quennell for the supervision training at IATE and is a teacher with experience in a range of HIPC approved training organisations. She is one of the visionaries behind the wellbeing practitioner training and has contributed to its development and progress for eight years since its beginnings.

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Di Gammage

Di Gammage is a UKCP HIPS Adult and Child psychotherapist.  She is registered with the HCPC as a Dramatherapist and with BAPT as a Play Therapist and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP).  Di has over twenty-five years of experience as a psychotherapist with adults and children.  She is author of the book ‘Playful Awakening - Releasing the Gift of Play in Your Life’ and is founder of the theatre company Potential Space.  She has a private practice for psychotherapy and supervision in Devon.

Introducing the Visiting Faculty Members and Lecturers
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Professor Phil Jones

Professor Phil Jones, University College London (UCL) Institute of Education, has held the roles of Director of Research at the University of Leeds and visiting Professor to Concordia University, Montreal.  His publications include The Arts Therapies (2005, 2017 Routledge), Drama as Therapy (2007, 2018 Routledge), Rethinking Childhood (2009 Continuum) and Rethinking Children’s Rights (2010, 2017 with Welch, Bloomsbury). His books have been translated and published in China, South Korea and Greece. Jones is the editor of Drama as Therapy Volume 2 (2010 Routledge), Supervision of Dramatherapy (with Dokter, 2008, Routledge), Children’s Rights in Practice (with Walker, 2011 Sage), Exploring Education and Childhood: From Current Certainties to New Visions (with Wyse, Davis and Rogers, 2015 Routledge), Childhood: Services and Provision (with Moss, Tomlinson and Welch, 2007 Pearson) and is the series editor for Bloomsbury’s New Childhoods. His research articles have been published in journals including the European Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, The Arts in Psychotherapy and Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.  Phil has given keynotes in many countries including South Africa, South Korea, the USA, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and at the prestigious Triennial World Congress for Psychotherapy in Sydney, Australia. He was awarded a Mellon Distinguished Scholar award, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. Recent research includes a national project for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England on children’s rights in schools and a project funded by LankellyChase exploring children and young people as researchers into their experiences of disadvantage.

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Professor Michelle Lefvre

Professor Michelle Lefevre is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex where she is the Academic Lead for Impact in the School of Education and Social Work, and Co-Director of CIRCY (the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth).  Michelle began her career as a child protection social worker and subsequently trained as an arts psychotherapist at IATE.  Her clinical experience has included: expert witness risk assessments within care proceedings in the family courts; forensic interviewing of child victims of abuse;  group treatment with child sexual abusers and their partners; individual psychotherapy with abusive parents who wish to overcome unresolved issues in order to improve their parenting capacity; and therapy with children who have experienced significant harm. Michelle's book on 'Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference' (2010) complements her 2008 co-edited anthology for BAAF on Direct Work: Social Work with Children and Young People in Care and she has published a number of journal articles on the topic.  Her recent research includes two studies for the Children’ Commissioner for England, one on good practice in child protection in secondary schools and the other on professional responses to child sexual exploitation. Michelle is currently researching professional communication with children during home visits. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Child and Family Social Work, regional co-ordinator for the South-East branch of the Centre for Social Work Practice and a member of the BASW Children and Families Policy, Practice and Education Group.

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Suman Fernando

Formerly a consultant psychiatrist for over twenty years, Suman is Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University. Suman is known for his critical approach to western psychiatry and psychology from a transcultural perspective, and his writing on how racism is embedded in these disciplines when practised in the UK. He has written and lectured extensively in UK, Sri Lanka and Canada on issues of ‘race’ and culture in psychiatry and latterly on mental health development in the Third World. He has been involved in developing third sector services and, more recently, was a consultant to a four-year research and capacity building program in Sri Lanka. His books include Mental Health, Race and Culture (third edition, 2010); Mental Health Worldwide; Culture: Globalisation and Development (2014); and Institutional racism in psychiatry and clinical psychology; Race matters in mental health (Palgrave Macmillan 2018 in press). Further details:

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Alan Turkie

Alan is a group psychotherapist and lecturer in group work and community development. He ran groups at Goldsmiths on the Youth Work training for many years and has worked in a variety of therapeutic, education and voluntary sector settings over a lifetime in the field. He has a strong personal and professional interest in social justice and equality issues and provides reflective practice for wellbeing practitioners


Dr Bill Young

Dr Bill Young is a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mindfulness Teacher and Therapist with over 30 years’ clinical, managerial and research experience working across NHS, independent, academic and voluntary sectors.  His background training is in medicine, paediatrics and adult psychiatry and he has also trained in child psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, cognitive-behaviour therapy, parent training, biofeedback, teaching, supervision and several other evidence-based therapeutic and mental health trainings including mindfulness-based approaches.

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Dr Paula Collens 

Paula Collens is  a Senior Lecturer, Head of Learning and Teaching and psychological practitioner in Universities in London and Auckland, New Zealand. As an academic she engages in research, teaching, programme management and clinical supervision. Her academic supervision of Masters and Doctoral students focuses on conceptual and practice-based questions that emerge at the intersection of psychotherapy, psychosocial studies, education and music. Involved in the provision and development of psychotherapy, psychology and counselling programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, she has had a long-standing commitment to critical pedagogy. She has developed initiatives that fostered critical thinking on issues of diversity and social justice. As an educator, she is continually engaged in supporting multiple routes into knowledge and forms of knowing.  This is reflected in her seeking to offer creative, embodied and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning.  In higher education, she has been External Advisor for Programme Approval Panels in UK Universities and member of Department Research Ethics Committee (Goldsmiths).  Paula has practiced as a Psychotherapist (UKCP Reg., MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy), EMDR Trauma Therapist and Counselling Psychologist (HCPC Reg).  Paula completed her PhD in Psychology in Education (UCL). Her study examined the relational dimension of one-to-one tuition in music higher education. She researched the influence of intersubjectivity and power relations in the teacher-student relationship in the area of vocal studies education. She continues her research in this area through publication and presentation at international conferences.  Her passion for the arts, creativity and imagination has been at the heart of her professional and personal life.


Frank Lowe

Frank Lowe is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Head of Social Work in the Adolescent and Adult Directorate at the Tavistock Clinic. Before joining the Tavistock in 2001, he was a Social Services Inspector with the Department of Health and had been a manager of local authority mental health and children services for over twelve years. He has developed services at the Tavistock to help improve access to psychotherapy for black and minority ethnic young people, teaches on several Tavistock courses, and is the Course Organizer of Understanding the Emotional Needs of Care Leavers. He has written several papers on working with adolescence, race, and psychotherapy and has a long-standing interest in making psychotherapy more accessible to poor and marginalized communities.

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Graham Music

Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development (2016), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock’s child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, and organised many community based psychotherapy services. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises on a range of trainings in Britain and abroad.

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David Taransaud

David Taransaud is a psychotherapeutic counsellor, consultant, author, and trainer with over 15 years experience working with challenging youth. He currently works as the Therapeutic Team Lead at Chaigeley School in Warrington. He is the author of: ‘You Think I’m Evil: Practical strategies for working with rebellious and aggressive adolescents’ (2010); and ‘I, Monster: Positive ways of working with challenging teens through understanding the adolescent within us’ (2016).  He has written many articles for ‘Attachment’ (The John Bowlby’s Foundation magazine), ‘Play Therapy Magazine’ and ‘Children & Young People’ (the BACP journal for counsellors and psychotherapists).  David also works in Karachi (Pakistan) with street children suffering from abuse, neglect and substance addiction; and he travelled to Kitgum (Uganda) where he independently set up an Art Therapy service in an orphanage for former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict and trauma.  His travel journal, ‘Kitgum’s Orphans; Invisible Wounds’ was entered in the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2013). An international documentary and educational impact media award honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industry. It can be can be watched on Vimeo:

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Matthew Harwood

( is a Jungian Analyst and Psychotherapist practising in Bath and Bristol.  In his first career he qualified as a barrister and between 1976-1988 served as a Principal State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Kenya under a British Government aid scheme.  He has also worked briefly as the Executive Director of a Housing Association specialising in homes for the elderly and those with special needs.  In 1991 he commenced training to become a Jungian Analyst at the CG Jung Institute, Zürich and graduated with a Diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1996.  He is a senior (training) analyst with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP) and the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP) and for some years was Chair of Ethics for the latter.  He is the author of ‘Discerning the Animus:   A study of the Positive Animus inspired by George Eliot’s “Middlemarch”’ published by the Guild of Pastoral Psychology in 2006.   He has an especial interest in working with dreams, active imagination and early childhood trauma.   He has also completed further training in EMDR, Pesso Boyden Group Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).  He has given frequent lectures and workshops, both in the UK and overseas, and is well-known for his lively and inspirational lecturing style.  


Jon Blend

Jon Blend MA Dip Child CQSW is European, a UKCP and ECP registered Gestalt Individual and Group Psychotherapist, Integrative Child Psychotherapist, UKCP registered Supervisor, musician and Playback Theatre performer He maintains a psychotherapy practice  in West London seeing children, families and supervisees.

Jon is a member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and a trainer with the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation. Since 1982 he has taught the Oaklander Gestalt model of projective arts therapy to counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals working in education,  health, trauma recovery and pastoral care.  Jon has worked in the fields of adult, child and adolescent mental health for forty years in various hospital and community settings. His background includes psychiatric social work,   counselling children with disabilities, supporting parents of  children with ASD and ADHD, also group work with young people and HIV research.


 Jon has delivered training workshops and  presentations to institutes and professional groups in Croatia, Poland, Romania, Russia and USA, also  in England and Wales. He previously taught humanistic and existential therapies as part of a Masters’ degree Psychotherapy training. Jon’s current interests include animal- assisted therapies, interfaith working, also trans cultural and inter-generational dialogue. His writings include:  ‘Am I Bovvered?’ in Harris N  & Lee R’s ( 2011) Relational Child,  Relational Brain: Development and Therapy in Childhood and Adolescence, Routledge:  ‘I Got Rhythm’ International Gestalt Journal V 32,2 pp165-181:  ‘Witnessed Improvised Diaspora Journey Enactments: an experiential method for exploring Refugee history’. Jewish Historical Studies  2020 v5 pp 246-266.


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Louise Michelle Bomber

Louise Michelle Bombèr is qualified as both a specialist teacher and a therapist. She has worked with individual pupils, classes, whole school settings, local authorities, teachers and support staff across both the primary and secondary phases. She has provided consultations and training for education, social services and health. She has set up TouchBase™ Brighton and TouchBase™ Bristol. Louise and her team offer a range of services supporting children and young people who have experienced significant relational traumas and losses to move towards learned security and recovery. Louise also works as a clinical supervisor for counsellors/therapists working in schools. She created the 7-day intensive course, accredited by the University of Brighton, for staff wanting to become Attachment Leads in their schools and authorities. There is now an extensive network of Attachment Leads all over the UK who come together as a group in Brighton (ALN Brighton) and Milton Keynes (ALN Central) at present.  Louise’s work is informed, in the main, by Attachment Theory and Intersubjectivity Theory. She promotes and uses PACE, DDP, Theraplay and SAI interventions within her practice and has also developed her own Developmental Trauma Assessment for schools which includes an Individual Development Plan for 2 to 3 years – ‘Seguridad’. As well as having written many articles, she is the author of the very popular book ‘Inside I’m Hurting’, now translated into French and Italian. She also wrote ‘What About Me?’. Louise contributed to the book ‘Teenagers & Attachment’.  She has co-authored ‘Settling Troubled Pupils to Learn: Why Relationships Matter in School’ together with Dan Hughes. Louise contributed to a specialist family law book ‘Capacity to Change’ outlining what needs to be considered for traumatized children and their lives in school. More recently Louise has written the ‘Attachment Aware Schools Series – Bridging the gap for troubled pupils’ to support schools to create effective small teams around pupils – Team Pupil. Louise is a strong advocate for attachment aware and trauma informed interventions within education, as at present many pupils who have experienced toxic stress are misunderstood and even excluded from schools.  She contributed to the recommendation paper advocating for attachment, neuroscience and child development to be included in all teacher training under the Consortium for Emotional Well-Being in Schools.  Her interest in inclusion began when she worked in Newham as a class teacher, when she became aware of a cohort of children who found it very difficult to settle to learn, because they were preoccupied with past issues of relational trauma and loss. Her awareness and curiosity about this further developed during a year of working with street children in Bolivia. Determined to understand more about these children’s internal worlds, she came back to London to study mental health and therapy, whilst being employed within education to promote inclusion. She became especially interested in the area of attachment and in 2000 was employed on the Attachment Project in Brighton & Hove – a mental health initiative funded and staffed by health, education and social services. She also set up and ran a therapy service to schools in Brighton & Hove for children who were at risk of exclusion or who had been excluded. Louise worked within the Adoption & Permanency Team for a number of years. Her curiosity, passion, experiences and trainings have enabled her to get alongside children, young people and adults impacted by relational trauma and loss in creative ways, enabling them to make the most of all that family and school life has to offer.  Louise is a practitioner and is available for family and school therapy work in Sussex using DDP and Theraplay Informed Practice. She co-ordinates Seguridad in schools and Plot 22 – a therapeutic allotment project to strengthen attachment. She is also available for individual therapy, supervision and consultations.  At present, Louise also travels around the UK and further afield one day a week delivering Key Notes at conferences and running a number of Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed (AATI) courses she has written.  If you are interested in Louise’s work, please check out:

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