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Nathalie Asmall - LecturerNathalie Asmall

Job title: Course Leader and Lecturer.


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

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling, Lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Nathalie has over 25 years’ experience as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings in both the USA and the UK. In addition to her initial training emphasising a psychodynamic perspective, 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. 


After retiring from her NHS work, Nathalie now combines her role at Iron Mill with a small private practice. 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.


Caroline Barnett - Lecturer on Found Degree in Integrative Counselling.

Caroline Barrett 

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Email: caroline.barrett@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: MSc and MBACP.

Role: Lecturer on the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling

Profile: Caroline's work as a Doula and an interest in supporting people through life transitions led her to complete the Foundation degree in Integrative Counselling at Iron Mill College. She went on to develop her engagement with research, gaining a BSc in Counselling and a MSc at Bristol University in the Psychology of Education whilst maintaining a keen focus on how this can be practically applied to support Client's wellbeing within her own research studies.

Caroline has previously worked within NHS settings and is currently in private practice in Exeter and Online, with a focus on clients seeking change and those experiencing anxiety and depression. Her position as Co-Chair of Taunton Association of Psychotherapists enables her to engage with a broad range of Speakers and fellow professionals in the area of Counselling and Psychotherapy as part of her desire to engage in ongoing learning.

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: Course lead and lecturer on the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative 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'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.


Robin Collins - LecturerRobin Collins

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: robin.collins@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA (Hons), Adv Dip, City & Guilds Further and Adult Teaching Cert., Reg. MBACP (Accred.).

Role(s): Course Lead and Lecturer on Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling Year 2 module and Course Lead on the Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Therapies.

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

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Email: mandy.colwill@ironmill.co.uk

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

RoleLecturer 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.

Tim Coupland - Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Tim Coupland

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Email: tim.coupland@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: MBACP, RMN, Dip PSI (Thorn Accred), Advanced Dip Integrative Counselling, FAETC, BA (Hons), MSc Health Sciences in Professional Practice, ILM level 7 accredited Coach and Mentor.

RoleLecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling.

Tim has worked in the helping professions for over 30 years, initially training as a Registered Mental Health Nurse before specialising across a range of mental health settings, including those with severe mental illness. He completed specialist psychological training in 2003 to support those with psychosis and for over a decade undertook a range of senior clinical nursing roles, including Professional Lead for Mental Health in a large NHS Trust. 

He left full time NHS work in 2015 to pursue a more diverse career, including counselling. He continues to work with the health sector on a freelance basis providing training, coaching and clinical support. This includes national work for the Royal College of Nursing and sitting on the Clinical Advisory Group for Equally Well UK. 

Tim initially completed a Certificate in Counselling before going to undertake an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. As a counsellor, Tim works in private practice as a volunteer. As a humanisitic practitioner, he places importance on the power and potential a person holds to shape their own direction and way forward. Whilst his philosopy is predominatly manifest within Gestalt and existential practice, he believes integration truly values difference and respects the rich tapestry of how people seek out their own truth and engage with the world around them. 

Helen Davies - TA LecturerHelen Davies 

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: helen.davies@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: Msc Psychotherapy, Dip Psychotherapy, Dip Supervision, Dip Theatre Studies, UKCP Reg Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst PTSTA (P), CTA (P)/ 

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

Profile: Helen is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Chichester, West Sussex. She teaches the occasional module for the Iron Mill Exeter, as well as facilitating some of their TA101 Introductory courses. 

Helen is a member of UKATA's Ethics and Professional Practice Committ and organises specialist therapeutic training in Chichester for professionals in the local areas. 

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, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and the 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.

Donna Harris

Job title: Lecturer
Email: donna.harris@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhil, Adv. Dip. Integrative Counselling, Reg. MBACP

Profile: Alongside her lecturing role, Donna has her own private practice and works for a low-cost counselling service. Prior to this she worked as a counsellor for a university counselling service and a telephone counsellor for a 24-hour crisis line. She also has experience of individual and group work during her time at an Organisation supporting people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and panic/anxiety issues.

Prior to her counselling training, Donna obtained a DPhil in Ecology and worked for many years in this field. She feels that having an ecological perspective attunes her awareness to the broader context of relationships and experiences that influence ‘who’ and ‘how’ we are. Her counselling philosophy draws from Existential Therapy, Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, and Mindfulness and she is currently researching Ecotherapy with a view to integrating the therapeutic potential of the outdoors in her practice. She finds great satisfaction in relating deeply with others through teaching and therapy and when not working enjoys recharging through her connection with nature.

Heather Jenkin 
Heather Jenkin - Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Young People

Job title: Lecturer 

Email: heather.jenkin@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MA DipSW, PG Dip Play and Creative Arts Therapy (Accredited), Diploma Creative Clinical Supervision, Diploma Creative CBT, DDP Level 1 and 2, Advanced Diploma Transpersonal Therapy.

Profile: Heather originally trained as a social worker at Exeter University and went on to specialise as a child and adolescent therapist. She has over 20 years experience in working with children who have experienced complex developmental trauma. As well as lecturing for Iron Mill, Heather runs her own practice, where she offers creative therapy to children and adolescence, adults and DDP informed therapy to children and carers. Heather also provides clinical supervision to other therapists.

Heather specialises in working with children who are hard to reach and who exhibit high risk and challenging behaviours. She enjoys finding creative ways to engage children and young people, for instance sensory based creative therapy using fire, water, animal assisted therapy and a range of creative materials, alongside the appropriate therapeutic modality to fit the child's therapeutic journey.


Heather lives in Budleigh Salterton and in her spare time enjoys watersports and spending time with her two young sons and husband.



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

Job title: Development Co-Ordinator and Advanced Diploma Lecturer (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 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling

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.


Karen Minikin, Lecturer on TA Psychotherapy Foundation and Advanced courses.Karen Minikin 

Job title: Lecturer

Email: karen.minikin@ironmill.co.uk

QualificationsBA (hons) Counselling, MSc Psychotherapy, Dip, Supervision, (Psychodynamic), UKCP reg, Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst,

Role(s)Lecturer in TA Psychotherapy Foundation and Advanced courses.  

Profile: Karen has a clinical and supervision practice in Wellington, West Somerset. She teaches TA Psychotherapy at the Iron Mill, as well as visiting other TA teaching venues. She has served on council and a range of committees with her national organisation and is currently a co-editor for the Transactional Analysis journal. 

She specialises in radical and relationship approaches in psychotherapy and has offered consultancy on systemic processes related to power dynamics and diversity. Previously, karen was a geography teacher of 11 - 18 year olds and a learning and development consultant. 

Briony Nicholls - Course Lead
Job title: Course Lead and Lecturer.

Email: briony.nicholls@ironmill.co.uk

Qualifications: BA, MA (Oxon), DPhil, Diploma TA Psychotherapy, CTA(P), TSTA(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).

Sarah Palmer

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: sarah.palmer@ironmill.co.uk 

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Biology, Adv Dip Integrative Counselling, MNCS.

Role: Lecturer on the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind

Profile: Sarah started her journey into counselling in 2009 after leaving behind a career in financial management in the media industry in Soho, London to move to Somerset. Since qualifying, for the past 6 years, she has been a volunteer counsellor at SWEDA which is a charity based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset supporting all those affected by eating disorders. As a qualified trainer Sarah also delivers eating disorder awareness programmes in schools, colleges, youth centres and medical practices for SWEDA, and has led an eating disorder support group for both sufferers and carers.

Her time at SWEDA has given Sarah a breadth of experience and depth of insight into a wide range of eating disorders, their impact on the physical and mental health of sufferers and the wider impact on their lives and those supporting them.

Sarah also runs a private practice from her home which she shares with her husband. Having trained as a classical actress in her youth, Sarah spends much of her spare time both on stage and working behind the scenes of her local theatre.

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 Counsellingand the Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Young People.

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.

Veronica Rosello

Job title: Lecturer.

Email: veronica.rosello

Qualifications: MA Counselling, B.Ed (Hons), QTS, EYPS, PGCert Supervision, Adv Dip Ineg. Couns, MBACP, Post Qualifiying Ceritificate in Children and Young People. 

Lecturer in Certificate in Counselling

Veronica is an Iron Mill graduate, is BACP accredited and a member of the CYPF division. She currently runs a private practice in Devon offering counselling, supervision and workshops for individuals, couples and young people. She also offers low cost counselling for children through a Community Interest Company in Somerset and volunteers supporting people with disabilites. 

Roles have included multi-agency work in Children Centres, counselling in schools, agencies and the charitable sector, as well as in the field of holistic therapies. 

Veronica is a qualified trainer and supervisor. She has been part of research groups and speaker at education and counselling conferences with a particular interest in reflective practice and supporting the personal and professional development of those who work with children and vunerable people. 

Veronica's background before counselling training 18 years ago was in education and the expressive arts. She has taught in schools and early years settings. Adult education has included drama and dance courses for vunerable groups as well as more formal training of
counsellors, teachers and early years practitiones from Local Authority CPD workshops through to University lecturing on degree level course, both in the UK and overseas. 

Her passion for creativity, openess and curiousity continue to inform new ways to approach counselling to enable inclusivity and engagement within diverse communities. 



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