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Nathalie Asmall - LecturerNathalie Asmall

Job title: Lecturer.


Qualifications: BFA, MSc, Reg. MBACP (Snr. Accred.).

Lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and the 
Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling.

Nathalie has over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings in both the USA and the UK. In addition to her initial training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, she has also trained in psychosynthesis and creative approaches to counselling. Her professional experience includes working with survivors of domestic violence, rape and abuse, counselling children and young people, providing therapy for cancer patients and their families, and working as a lecturer for an integrative counselling course.

In addition to her Iron Mill role, Nathalie currently works as a psychotherapist for Livewell Southwest CIC, providing long-term psychotherapy to clients with long-standing mental health issues. She is particularly interested in reconnecting people with nature, and has obtained additional training in outdoor education and ecotherapy in order to facilitate this. As an advocate for nature as a “therapeutic third”, Nathalie is always on the look-out for ways to include nature in her therapeutic work, both indoors and outdoors.

Lucia Capaldi - Course Lead and Lecturer

Lucia Capaldi

Job title: 
Course Lead and Lecturer.

Email: lucia.capaldi@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA (Hons), FHEA, UKCP, MBACP, PG Cert.

Role(s): Course lead and lecturer on the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and the Certificate in Counselling.

Lucia trained at the Karuna Institute in Core Process Psychotherapy and alongside her role with Iron Mill College, works in private practice near Totnes. Currently, she is the Course Lead for, and teaches on, the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling, which is validated by University of Worcester. Lucia also teaches on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Lucia's past areas of work include helping those dealing with issues of substance misuse and domestic violence. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology and Religious Studies.

Jan CavillJan Cavill - Programmes Lead and Lecturer

Job title: Programmes Lead and Lecturer.


Qualifications: PG Cert HE, 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.

: Overall responsibility in maintaining and enhancing standards in the delivery of existing programmes at Iron Mill College and the development of new initiatives. She is also the Course Lead for the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Profile: Jan works closely with module leaders and the faculty team who are responsible for delivering programmes. She has been involved at Iron Mill College for many years, including as a lecturer. Jan works closely on admissions, curriculum development as well as providing a comprehensive approach to the continuous improvement of programmes. She is very much involved in the care and progression of teaching development.

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

Robin Collins - LecturerRobin Collins

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: robin.collins@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, DPsych, PG Cert, Reg. MBACP (Accred.).

Robin is a lecturer and year 2 lead tutor on the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and sometimes contributes to other courses.

Profile: Alongside his role at Iron Mill College, Robin is also 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 Iron Mill.

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. His qualifications include a Teaching Certificate and and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Mandy Colwill - LecturerMandy Colwill

Job title:

Email: mandy.colwill@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA (Hons), Adv Dip, PG Dip, Cert Supervision, Reg. MBACP (Accred.).

Role(s)Lecturer on the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

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. Mandy 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. Her qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies (counselling) and a Certificate in Supervision.

Sean Flynn - LecturerSean Flynn

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: sean.flynn@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, MBACP, Post Qualifying Diploma Counselling Children and Adolescents, Relate Certificate in Relationship and Marital Counselling Theory and Practice, 

Role(s): Lecturer on the Certificate in Counselling, the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, the Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents and the Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies.

Profile: Sean originally trained as an artist before going on to study dance and drama, initiating a passionate interest in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. Sean first trained with Bristol Relate as a relationship and couple counsellor, working with individuals and couples experiencing relationship and family issues. Years later, after completing the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling at Iron Mill, Sean was invited by Rose Bedford to come and teach at the college.

Sean currently teaches on five courses and is passionate about learning. He uses his background experience in the Arts to inspire students to develop their own creativity and critical thinking. Sean has a private practice in Totnes and Tavistock offering counselling to individuals, couples, children and adolescents. His work is informed by his understanding of Attachment Theory, Neurobiology, Gestalt and Existentialism. Sean is currently researching embodied practice and creativity with a view to writing a book.  

Laura Matthews - Lecturer

Laura Matthews-Lepesi

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: laura.matthews-lepesi@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA (Hons), PG Cert, Reg. MBACP (Accred.).

Role(s): Lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and on the Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Profile: Laura is currently a core tutor on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and also acts as lead tutor on the Online Introduction to Counselling and PsychotherapyBlended Learning Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy course.

Laura began her work in counselling in 2008 and since 2013, she has worked for the NHS in a clinical role as a CfD therapist and a CfD supervisor. Laura's previous work has included private practice specialising in trauma (including abuse), relational difficulties and eating disorders, and specialist eating disorders psychotherapy. She also has experience as a school counsellor and in counselling children and young people who have been affected by traumatic bereavement. Laura now works from the person-centred approach and pays an interest in person-centred psychotherapy research particularly within the field of clinical depression and trauma. Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies, EMDR part 1 training, an IPT qualification, a CfD Practitioner qualification and a CfD Supervision qualification.

Marilyn McGowan - College Development Co-Ordinator (Poole)Marilyn McGowan

Job title: College Development Co-Ordinator (Poole)

Email: marilyn.mcgowan@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: MA (Hons.), PG Dip C.G, Adv.Cert. Learning Studies, Reg. MBACP (Accred.).

Role(s)Development Co-ordinator for activities and opportunities at Iron Mill College, Poole as well as a lecturer on the Certificate in CounsellingAdvanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) and the Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.

Profile: Marilyn is responsible for developing opportunities for the student learning community at Iron Mill College, Poole. She has an extensive portfolio in counselling training-developing, managing and delivering counselling programmes from Basic to Advanced Diploma and Degree Levels. Marilyn's commitment to counselling children and young people has also led her to develop CPD courses at national and international levels, within statutory and voluntary sectors, for fellow professionals involved in supporting vulnerable young people. 

A former Chair of BACP’s Counselling in Education Division (now CCYP), Marilyn was editor of the first set of Guidelines for Counsellors in Schools. Her development of Peer Supervision for Key Workers in Careers Scotland won a National Careers Guidance Award. She is currently developing initiatives for parent counselling in schools as well as continuing to work as a School Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer. Marilyn also continues to develop her own learning by undertaking a Professional Doctorate in School Counselling.

Briony Nicholls - Course Lead

Briony Nicholls

Job title: Course Lead and Lecturer.

Email: briony.nicholls@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA, MA (Oxon), DPhil, Diploma TA Psychotherapy, CTA(P), PTSTA(P), UKCP Reg.

Role(s): Course lead and lecturer on the TA Psychotherapy Foundation Course and the TA Psychotherapy Advanced Course

Profile: Briony is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in addition to her role as a TA trainer. She has a specialist interest in psychiatric disorders and their treatment, in neuroscience, and in psychological approaches to sports performance.

Briony's qualifications include a Diploma in TA Psychotherapy and a Doctorate in Psychology. She is a Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) and a Provisional Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst with a psychotherapy speciality. Briony is also registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is a member of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).

Bronwen Pearson - LecturerBronwen Pearson

Job title: Lecturer.


Qualifications: BA (Hons), RMN, MBACP (Accred.).

Role(s): Lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and the Diploma in Supervision in Poole.

Profile: Before joining Iron Mill College as a lecturer, Bronwen had several years of experience of teaching integrative counselling from certificate level up to BA (Hons) level within a Further Education setting. She also has her own private practice and offers supervision for counsellors and others in caring professions. For over twenty years, Bronwen worked in the third sector for an agency dealing with issues of all aspects of pregnancy loss. She has long term experience of working with clients who have experienced childhood abuse / trauma.

Bronwen's qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling, a Diploma in Supervision, she is a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) and has a Diploma in Teaching Lifelong Learning Sector. She has a particular interest in the role of spirituality in human potential and creative engagement in this. Bronwen is very enthusiastic about all aspects of personal development in the training of ethical practitioners.

Delena Ritter - Lecturer

Delena Ritter

Job title: Lecturer.


Qualifications: MA Counselling Children and Young People, (CCYP).  BA Psychology/English.  P.G. Dip Counselling.  P.G. Dip Supervision (NSC accredited),  P.G. Dip Systemic Counselling and Family Therapy.  P.G. Dip Early Years Education, Primary Teachers Diploma (PTD).

Role(s): Lecturer on the Certificate in CounsellingAdvanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) and the Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.

Profile: Delena’s background is in education. She trained initially as a primary school teacher and her teaching experience extends from nursery school through the primary key stages and comprehensive sector to further and higher education. She has taught on the BTEC Diploma in Health and Care, the Cache diploma, the Access to Higher Education programme and AQA counselling courses, which she also managed. In the higher education sector she has taught on the BA Degree in Education programme and also taught on and managed the Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies. She has lectured for the Open University, the The University of Newport and the University of South Wales. She has taught in both Britain and South Africa.

Delena’s initial counselling training was integrative and she then specialized in working with children and young people. She also completed the CRUSE bereavement training. Alongside her lecturing role she currently works as a school counsellor in a primary school setting and supervises counselling students on placement. She has previously also worked for a variety of agencies including domestic abuse, substance misuse and working with families with a substance user. Her professional interests are varied and include language in educational environments and its impact, early learning environments and the opportunity for therapeutic play, and working creatively in counselling.

Jane Stavert - Course Lead

Jane Stavert

Job title: Course Lead and Lecturer.

Email: jane.stavert@ironmill.co.uk 

Qualifications: Cert Education, Dip Counselling, Reg.MBACP (Snr Acc).

Role(s): Course lead and lecturer on the Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision, lecturer on the Certificate in Counselling and group supervisor for the Iron Mill Counselling Service

Profile: Jane initially trained as a teacher, but soon moved into supporting families via social services and national charities such as Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis. For the last 20 years Jane has worked as a counsellor, trainer, supervisor and manager in higher education, initially in London, and for 11 years at the University of Exeter.

Jane's initial counselling training was in Person Centred and Existential approaches but she has also undergone training in other models, including to masters level in Analytic Psychotherapy. She has an integrative approach that takes into account how early experiences continue to shape us, that there are some life questions we all have to negotiate and that it its essential to appreciate the importance of the individual’s social and cultural context. 

In addition to her role at Iron Mill College, Jane works part-time at the University of Exeter and has a private practice as a supervisor and counsellor. She is particularly interested in the growing concern to offer all those working in the helping professions appropriate and supportive supervision and excited to be part of the supervision course at Iron Mill College.

Julie Waumsley - LecturerDr Julie Waumsley

Job title: Course Lead and Lecturer.

Email: julie.waumsley@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)(1), DPsych, PGCHE, FHEA, AFBPs, CPsychol, Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Reg MBACP (Accred), Chartered Member BPS, Registered Member HCPC.

Role(s): Course lead and lecturer on the BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind.

Profile: Julie is a BACP accredited counsellor and a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and has run her own private practice, working with many clients and supporting them to a more optimal way of living through their own discovery of self. She has worked with the BPS and government on obesity issues and consulted with athletes on the psychological aspects of injury and performance.

Julie has published research articles on work-life balance and bullying and also holds a specialist interest in working with those who struggle with their relationship toward food. She is vastly experienced in the writing and teaching of counselling and psychology training programs from diploma through to MSc levels. Julie prides herself in striving to behave in a way that is congruent with her integrity. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Psychology.


What our Students Say

"Every weekend is full of practical skills to learn with the added theoretical background needed to understand it. The makeup of the group allows us to learn from each others experiences and from people with different therapeutic backgrounds. It's a great course with a supportive and excellent tutor."
Antoinette Davey - Advanced Transactional Analysis Programme

What our Students Say

“My experience with the iron Mill was the best decision in my life, I would rate the IMI 10/10. I'm not saying it was easy, especially starting a new career at the age of 50, but I got through with a lot of hard work and dedication. Our tutors were an inspiration during the four years. Since I got my Diploma I have been so busy counselling, only last week I was offered another new job, it's amazing.”
Elisabeth Bartlett - Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate
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