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The team behind psychotherapy and counselling training provision in the south west


Tree Staunton

Tree Staunton Director

Tree is Director of BCPC.  She is a UKCP Honorary Fellow, body psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, editor and writer.  She has a special interest in the links between psychotherapy and the current global crises we face, and she is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance. Since becoming overall Director of BCPC, she is a non clinical member of UKCP.

Rhianwen Gilson

Rhianwen Gilson Deputy Director

Rhianwen is Deputy Director of BCPC and Middlesex University Link. She holds a BCPC Diploma in Counselling, a Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and is a UKCP registered and BACP accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor. She is also a supervisor. Rhianwen has a small private practice working with teenagers and adults in Wiltshire. She has a background in business and management in the broadcasting industry.

Raje Airey

Raje Airey Tutor | Counselling Year 1

Raje is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist/BACP accredited counsellor. She is also a supervisor and trainer. Raje is currently working in a University Counselling service and has a small private practice in Stroud. She has worked in various NHS settings, and was Clinical Lead for Oasis Talk in Bristol. She has a background in book publishing and has worked as a freelance writer/editor.

Kate Bowman

Kate Bowman Course Leader for Psychotherapy & Tutor (MA Module 4)

Kate is Course Leader for the BCPC Psychotherapy Diploma, a UKCP registered psychotherapist, BCPC qualified counsellor, and a CTSD certified supervisor working in private practice in Bath. She has a special interest in working with groups, and previously worked as Group Facilitator for Wessex Counselling Services Foundation and Diploma training in Frome. She is also particularly interested in long term therapeutic work and the co-created processes and narratives that emerge within relationship over time.

Alice Buckee

Alice Buckee Tutor | Foundation Certificate

Alice is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and a graduate of BCPC. She has worked in private practice, the NHS, and for the Trauma Foundation South West.  Her approach is integrative, humanistic, and intersubjective based on her initial training at BCPC. Since qualifying she has pursued her interest in body psychotherapy.  She focuses particularly on the relational process in the therapeutic encounter. Her background is in fine art and she continues to make art work alongside her psychotherapy work. 

Eleni Constanti

Eleni Constanti Tutor | Foundation Certificate

Eleni is a BCPC trained, BACP registered counsellor with a Post-Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People. She has a private practice in Bristol working with adults and young people and experience as a counsellor in agency settings. Eleni has a particular interest in intersectionality and identity. She has previously tutored on the BCPC course ‘Listening Skills in a Diverse World’.

Peter Crowe

Peter Crowe Tutor | Psychotherapy Year 1

Peter Crowe is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist with a psycho-spiritual orientation. His MA in Psychosynthesis psychotherapy was awarded by Middlesex University and Diploma in Counselling by the NZ Institute of Psychosynthesis. He also holds an MPhil, PGDip Art & Design and BA Fine Art. Peter has an academic and professional background in management and business coaching, and a special interest in Ecopsychology. He has recently undertaken Supervision training with CSTD Bath.

Melissa Dunlop

Melissa Dunlop Tutor | MA Module 1

Melissa is a psychotherapist working in private practice and is active in research communities doing writing-as-inquiry, and exploring collaborative and creative ways of expressing and reflecting upon inner experience, while also paying attention to its embeddedness within contemporary social and cultural movements. She facilitates online groups concerned with clinical practice and with narrative approaches to inquiry and is about to complete her PhD, which contemplates contemporary practice using fiction.

Maria Fender

Maria Fender Tutor | MA Modules 2 & 3

Maria is a BCPC trained, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Couples Therapist, Supervisor and Family Law Supervisor with a private practice in Bath. Working intersubjectively and dialogically, she has interests in transgenerational aspects of developmental shame and trauma, and how these can affect our sense of belonging. 

Ruth Gilbert

Ruth Gilbert Tutor | Foundation Certificate

Ruth is a UKCP registered humanistic and integrative psychotherapist working in private practice in North Dorset. She holds a BCPC Diploma/MA in psychotherapy and her therapeutic approach draws from dialogic and intersubjective perspectives. Her background is in academic literary studies and she is interested in working creatively with stories, images and dreams. 

Claire Hawcock

Claire Hawcock Tutor | MA Modules 2 & 3

Claire is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and trainer working in private practice in Bath with both individuals and couples. She also has experience of working with addictions in an agency setting. Claire works integratively, combining humanistic and intersubjective approaches. She has a particular interest in the impact of shame on the therapeutic process.

Amanda Hawking

Amanda Hawking Tutor | Counselling Year 2

Amanda is a trainer and BACP accredited counsellor with a private practice in Bath. Prior to setting up her practice, she worked at Cotswold Counselling and as a befriender at the Lullaby Trust. She has a special interest in working with loss and pre/post-natal issues. She trained at BCPC and has run the BCPC Referral Service.

Cheryl Keen

Cheryl Keen Tutor | MA Module 4

Cheryl is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor working with individuals, couples and young people in private practice in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Her interest is in the integration of relational and existential approaches.

Justine McCarthy

Justine McCarthy Tutor | Counselling Year 1

Justine is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and trainer currently working in private practice with adults and young people in Shepton Mallet, and as a schools counsellor in the Frome area. She has a background in English Literature.

Helen Miskin

Helen Miskin Course Leader for Counselling & Tutor (Counselling Year 1)

Helen is a tutor and Course Leader for the BCPC Counselling Diploma, and is an accredited BACP and UKCP psychotherapist. She has worked as a counsellor and supervisor in the NHS for over 10 years, and alongside this she works with a number of charities, and has a small private practice. Her interests lie in maintaining professionalism and standards whilst staying true to the essential narrative journey of therapy.

Nick Medhurst

Nick Medhurst Tutor | Counselling Year 2

Nick trained at BCPC, and is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. He works in private practice in Warminster. Prior to establishing his private practice he worked for a counselling charity in Bath. He has a special interest in working with clients who experience symptoms of PTSD.

Lisa Nel

Lisa Nel Tutor | Counselling Year 2

Lisa is a BACP accredited Integrative counsellor with a passion for teaching and learning about emotional well-being. She has 30 years’ experience in education wearing a variety of hats, and a specialist interest in counselling children and young people. She runs a school-based counselling business, delivers independent CPD training and has a small private practice for clients of all ages, in Warminster.

Jen Owen

Jen Owen Tutor | Psychotherapy Year 1

Jen is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a graduate of BCPC. She has an established private practice working with individuals in Stroud, Gloucestershire as well as a small practice in Bristol. Jen’s work integrates transpersonal and body-centred approaches informed primarily by her research in the field of Pre and Perinatal Psychology.  Prior to her training her background was in Fine Art. 

John Seex

John Seex Tutor | MA Module 1

John is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, counsellor, couple counsellor, trainer and supervisor working in private practice in Chalford, near Stroud.  His approach is based on an integration of Intersubjectivity Systems Theory, Gestalt and contemplative approaches.  He is also a member of the faculty of Karuna Training in Europe.

Katrina Sutcliffe

Katrina Sutcliffe Tutor | Foundation Certificate

Katrina is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and HCPC registered Dramatherapist working with adults, couples and family groups in private practice in Bath. She has worked in a variety of settings including: The Roehampton Priory, St George’s Hospital and Cotswold House Eating Disorder Units, and a Medium Secure Prison. Katrina has a particular interest in Eating Disorders. Prior to her initial Dramatherapy training, Katrina worked as a professional actress.

Chloe Tahta

Chloe Tahta Tutor | MA Module 2

Chloe is a UKCP registered supervisor and psychotherapist, working in private practice and as an external supervisor for Bristol University and other counselling services.  She worked as a psychotherapist with asylum seekers for 11 years, and has researched the impact of collective trauma on subsequent generations. She has an ongoing interest in the integration of humanistic theory with relational psychoanalysis. 

Gill Theodoreson

Gill Theodoreson Course Leader & Tutor | Foundation

Gill Theodoreson -  Gill is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist, Facilitator and Trainer. She qualified with a MA and Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy from BCPC/Middlesex University in 2008. Since then she has worked in private practice working with individuals and couples, as a Staff Counsellor at Bristol University and as a Therapist and Course Facilitator at the cancer charity, Penny Brohn UK. Gill is experienced in working with people living with life threatening illness. 

Caroline Yates

Caroline Yates Tutor | Counselling Year 2

Caroline is a BACP accredited counsellor with a Masters in Science in counselling and supervision as well as a trained social worker, qualified mediator and critical incident debriefer. She has worked in the voluntary/charity sector and the NHS, as a counsellor, supervisor and a manager of counselling services

She also has experience of working with BACP on the Professional Conduct Committee and currently as a reviewer of resources provided on the BACP learning centre. She is interested in maintaining professional standards and good practice as well as keeping the relationship at the heart of counselling. 

Sue Wright

Sue Wright Internal Examiner - Counselling

Sue Wright works privately as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and has a particular specialism in working with the survivors of complex trauma.  Her trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic work, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Therapy and the Feldenkrais Method all inform her work.   She draws on these trainings as well as Relational Psychotherapy, contemporary neuroscience and Attachment Theory in order to integrate mind, body and emotions and facilitate healing and change.   


​Dr Heward Wilkinson

​Dr Heward Wilkinson External Examiner - Psychotherapy

Heward is a UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist and UKCP Accredited Supervisor, a Trainer at Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute, and Honorary Fellow of UKCP, and EAIP, and Honorary Member of EAP. He is the author of The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy (2009), published by Karnac Books. Heward has a special interest in the wider background and connections of Psychotherapy with Philosophy and Literature, and in the fundamental epistemology/knowledge base of Psychotherapy. He speaks and runs workshops on Shakespeare at Conferences in UK, Canada, and the USA.