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Rose BedfordRose Bedford

Qualifications:  BA(Hons) Psych, Adv. Dip. Int. Couns., PG Cert. Supervision, P.C.S.C. (CCETSW), Registered Member MBACP (Snr. Accred.).

 

Role:  HE Academic Development Lead

 

Biography:

 

Rose is responsible for the development and ongoing delivery of the Higher Education programmes at Iron Mill College in association with the University of Worcester.  She facilitates the Academic Teaching Development programme, together with an enthusiastic team who are passionate about excellence in teaching.  She is a Registered Lecturer with the University of Worcester, a University External Examiner, and is serving on the University of Worcester committee for Partner Colleges (EPPSC).

Past experience includes University Access programmes and Disability Services, and the development and management of services specifically in the fields of disability and mental health.  Private practice has including board member coaching, staff training and group development, counselling and supervision.

Rose is enthusiastic about creative and contemporary approaches to life and learning, and has recently enjoyed training in Narrative Therapy and Art Therapy, with a PG Cert in HE Teaching and Learning currently in progress.

 
 


Jan Cavill

Jan Cavill

Qualifications: MBACP (Accred.), UKRCP (Reg.), Adv. Dip. Couns., Adv. Dip. Supervision EAS (Accred.), Post Qualifying Diploma Counselling Children & Adolescents, Adv. Dip. in Applications of Integrative & Relational Approaches to Transactional Analytic Counselling & Psychotherapy.
 

Role:  Professional Development Lead

 

Biography:

Jan is responsible for all professional studies and programmes and has been involved at Iron Mill College for many years; including teaching, an active role in the pursuit of professional excellence and more recently as a Registered Lecturer with the University of Worcester.

She works closely on admissions, curriculum development as well as providing a comprehensive approach to the continuous improvement of professional studies, by blending together theory and application. She is involved in the care and progression of the Teaching Development programme and is delighted to be engaged in such a creative learning community within a college with a reputation for innovative teaching that gives a high priority to enhancing the quality of each student's learning experience.

The development of new and established professional programmes is a very rewarding part of her practice, as is her interaction with both lecturers and students as this is where she see the results of the team's hard work.  Her passion for her work has never changed, she still loves learning and takes great pleasure in seeing students' progress and grow in confidence with their personal and professional development. 
 



Sue Hext

Sue Hext

Qualifications:  Adv Dip Couns, Adv Dip TA

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Sue Hext has worked professionally for over 30 years with children and adolescents as a teacher, a lecturer and as a school based counsellor. She has an abiding interest in facilitating the development of the individual, seeking to encourage acceptance of self and personal uniqueness.

As a young, green teacher, Sue discovered an interest in and empathy for young people who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) in many areas of their lives and trained as a specialist teacher of this student group.

Sue worked in the North East and North West before moving to the South West in 1980. She has worked in mainstream secondary schools, residential schools for children with epilepsy, a psychiatric unit for adolescents and residential schools for victims of severe abuse and subsequently severely challenging behaviour.

Sue studied for an M.Ed. at Exeter University (SEN/EBD) and went on to enrol at the Iron Mill where she trained as a Transactional Analyst before completing her training as an Integrative Counsellor.

 

She now lives near Bristol where she has a private psychotherapy practice, seeing individuals, groups and supervising counsellors. Sue also has an interest in our relationship with food, our perceptions of body image. She has run therapy groups for women with weight issues and owned a weight management and fitness club for women.

 


Robin Collins

Robin Collins

Qualifications:  BA(hons) Philosophy, Teaching Cert. (City&Guilds), Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, MBACP.

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Robin is a counsellor working in private practice in central Exeter.  He originally studied Philosophy and Psychology at his home town University of Liverpool.  Before becoming a counsellor, he worked for many years in community media production and broadcasting.  He also taught photography in adult education and video production for people with special needs.  He was a volunteer for the Samaritans for a number of years, which eventually led towards seeking a professional qualification in counselling at the Iron Mill Institute.

The important philosophical questions about meaning, truth and how to live a good life, remain central to Robin's life and work and he has explored mindfulness and transformational practices from many traditions.  He enjoys painting, photography, poetry and growing his own food.
 

 


Lucia Capaldi

Lucia Capaldi

Qualifications:  BA (Hons) Psychology and Religious Studies, Core Process Psychotherapy, Cert. Supervision, UKCP Reg.

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Lucia's professional background includes working with surivors of domestic violence and more recently as an addictions counsellor.  Lucia has been in private practice since 2005 and is based in Harberton near Totnes.  She also works as a Mental Health Act Hospital Manager and an Independent Children's Home Inspector.  Lucia currently teaches on the FdA in Integrative Counselling course as well as running a number of short courses and CPD training.

 


Lisa Nel

Lisa Nel

Qualifications:  BA(Comb)Hons, PGCE, Adv. Dip. Int. Couns., MBACP Accred.

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Lisa has lived in Cornwall for 22 years, working in schools as a teacher, mentor and trainer and for the past 6 years as a counsellor and trainer in both Secondary and Primary settings.

 

Always passionate about the possibility of positive change, Lisa has travelled from idealistic 80’s French & Philosophy student, down many paths and is currently running a Social Enterprise which is expanding professional emotional support to children, teenagers and school staff in Cornwall and Devon. She also has a small, busy adult client base in Truro.

 

In her therapeutic work, Lisa has discovered that a range of interventions are needed to support different people to find a good balance of head, heart and action; but that healing comes largely through the relationship. She loves TA, Gestalt and sand tray work and is exploring Mindfulness meditation and ways to use Nature to support clients of all ages. She has learnt most about herself and others by being mum to 3 nearly grown-up children.

 

Having found the Integrative Counselling Diploma training at the Iron Mill a life-changing experience, she feels extremely excited to be joining the Iron Mill team.
 


Briony Nicholls

Dr Briony Nicholls

Qualifications:  D Phil, CTA, PTSTA, UKCP Reg

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Briony is a TA psychotherapist and supervisor, working in private practice in Oxford. Before training in TA, Briony did research into neuroscience and psychopharmacology, then worked as a medical writer. She brings to her practice an interest in the brain and research, and the ways that pharmaceuticals affect us. As a relational TA practitioner, Briony is profoundly interested in what goes on between people, and how relationships can be healing, in any setting. Briony has a long-term interest in training in various fields, and a commitment to producing collaborative and creative learning environments that respect the experiences and learning needs of students.

 

Briony has also had a life-long interest in sports and in coaching sports. This developed into a specialist interest in working with sports people to improve their performance by psychological and mental preparation. In the past, she worked with many women’s sports teams in Oxford University. She also worked with Sarah Outen before and during her solo row across the Indian Ocean, which made Sarah the first woman, and youngest person, to make that crossing solo. Briony continues to work with Sarah, as she is now circumnavigating the globe under her own power.


Penny UttonPenny Utton

Qualifications:  BSc (Hons), CPsychol. DPsych., BPS Reg., MBACP.

Role:
  Lecturer

Biography:

Penny is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (with the British Psychological Society) and Registered Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council (HCPC).

She currently works as a Clinical Lead for a young person's charity within the New Forest and also has an independent practice.  Penny's background includes work within the NHS adult mental health and child and adolescent mental health services as well as student counselling and bereavement counselling.  She has also worked in trauma and domestic abuse services as well as acute and secure settings.

Penny is an integrative practitioner who is trained in and uses cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, psychodynamic and person centred approaches.
 


 

Mike Geldard

Mike Geldard

Qualifications:  BA (Hons) Theatre, Adv. Dip. Int. Couns.

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

After studying theatre Mike went into the television industry as a producer/director.  This gave him great grounding in communication but his interest in mindfulness and meditation got the better of him and he decided to retrain as a counsellor.

Whilst undertaking his counselling training he worked within the youth service helping young people with all aspects of their lives including accommodation, sex education, drugs and mental health.

Mike then went on to work within an early intervention in Psychosis team.  He enjoyed this challenging work and the experience it gave him of working with a diverse and interesting client base.  As part of this role he trained in Behavioural Family Therapy and worked with the Plymouth Family Therapy Team.

Mike now combines tutoring with working as a counsellor within the NHS.  When he is not working you will generally find Mike enjoying himself outside with his young family walking, boating or wild swimming.


 


Tracey Peters

Tracey Peters

Qualifications:  MSc., Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling, trained Executive Coach, Certified Practitioner of NLP, MCIPD, Post Grad Diploma in HRD.

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Throughout Tracey's career she has been involved with personal development.  Whether working within organisations with teams or working one to one with counselling and coaching clients it's all been about unleashing the talent and self belief of the individual.

Tracey has a private practice in Poole and Dorchester and offers an integrative approach to her work, whether counselling or coaching.  She has experience working with patients and families in hospital, with relationship issues with family, friends, and work colleagues.  She volunteers as a bereavement support worker for Cruse as she believes bereavement is such a turning point in many people's lives.

As a passionate animal lover Tracey has also developed a special interest in counselling those people who have been bereaved of or parted from their pets, and also teaches counselling skills to Veterinary staff for The College of Animal Welfare. 


 


Shelley Gait

Shelley Gait

Qualifications:  BSc (Hons) Social Sciences, PGDip Psychotherapeutic Studies, PGDip Psychology, DipSW, MBPsS.

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Shelley has a great deal of experience of working with children, adolescents and families, adults and groups, initially as a children and families / CAMHS social worker, and in the last 10 years as a therapist in the NHS.  Shelley's work has led her to developing particular interests in attachment across the lifespan and mental health and well-being.  Shelley recently completed her clinical training in counselling psychology at UWE, and is currently writing up her doctoral thesis.  Shelley currently works as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice in Bristol and North Somerset.

Outside of her professional life, Shelley is passionate about the environment, and is a keen walker and cyclist.
 

 


Mandy Colwill

Mandy Colwill

Qualifications:  BA (Hons), MBACP Accred, Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, PG Dip Professional Studies (Counselling), Cert Supervision, Teaching Cert (City & Guilds)

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

After first training and then working in the field of art and design, Mandy went on to begin studying counselling in 1999 and hasn't looked back since.  Working firstly within an art college counselling service, she then moved on to work within GP surgeries providing Primary Care Counselling and building her own private practice.  She is a founder counsellor and former director of Counsellor's Southwest, a community interest company who now provide counselling to 31 surgeries in Devon and has also expanded her supervision practice.  Mandy works as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and believes that the therapist's approach should fit the needs of the client.  She is also passionate about working creatively and feels that these approaches provide huge potential for transformative therapy.

Outside of counselling Mandy dances her cares away and also enjoys walking or cycling in the great outdoors as well as gardening, cooking and eating.

 

 


Mandy Colwill

Amanda Critcher

Qualifications:  BSc (Hons), CQSW, Adv. Dip. Couns, Adv. Dip. Sup., Dip. Hyp, MBACP, MNCS (Accred).

 

Role:  Lecturer

 

Biography:

 

Amanda originally qualified as a social worker, extensive child protection work motivated her to pursue training at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in the treatment of child sexual abuse.  Amanda went on to work within the Child & Family Consultation Service and family centres to develop CSA treatment services for children and adults, and to deliver training, supervision and consultation to other professionals.

Further therapeutic training, at Regents College and the Iron Mill, enabled Amanda to gain experience in delivering staff counselling within a local authority, working with children and young people within schools, delivering counselling and training for staff within the prison service and delivering counselling, supervision and hypnotherapy training.  Amanda has been in private practice since 2005.

Amanda's background in working with trauma and work related stress has resulted in a special interest in promoting resilience and well-being in helping professionals and other interests include working with life transitions and creativity within therapy and supervision.
 

 




 

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