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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, and Programme Leader for the MA. She is a UKCP Honorary Fellow, body psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, editor of Body Psychotherapy, Advancing Theory in Therapy (2002) and current editor of the British Journal for Psychotherapy Integration. Tree 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.

Kate Bowman

Kate Bowman Course Leader for Psychotherapy

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.

Claire Hawcock

Claire Hawcock Teaching Staff

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 Teaching Staff

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.

Rae Howling

Rae Howling Teaching Staff

Rae is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice in Bristol. She is a qualified supervisor and has been a tutor at BCPC for ten years. She also works as a trainer at CSTD (Centre for Supervision and Team Development) where she presents the Psychotherapeutic Module. Previously she worked as a social worker and family therapist. She is particularly interested in the integration of Intersubjective Systems Theory with Dialogical Gestalt in her psychotherapy work and teaching.

Cheryl Keen

Cheryl Keen Teaching Staff

Cheryl is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor working with individuals, couples and young people in private practice in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. She also practices as a counsellor in NHS Primary Care. Her interest is in the integration of relational and existential approaches.

Peter Lowis

Peter Lowis Teaching Staff

Peter is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with an established private practice in central Bristol. Prior to joining the psychotherapy teaching team, he taught on all levels of BCPC's Counselling Diploma; prior to that, on accredited courses in London and Northern Ireland. Peter is also an experienced NHS therapist, having worked for many years with a diverse client group in North London. His approach integrates elements of relational psychoanalysis with a Humanistic emphasis on a direct and real relationship.

Gemma Mason

Gemma Mason Teaching Staff

Gemma Mason is an experienced psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She started her career as an occupational therapist working within mental health services. Her interests lie in the emotional impact of caring, the manifestation of psychological shame, the use of creativity in the delivery of therapy, supervision and training and prebirth experiences on our adult lives. 

Justine McCarthy

Justine McCarthy Teaching Staff

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.

Nick Medhurst

Nick Medhurst Teaching Staff

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 Teaching Staff

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.

Martin Phillips

Martin Phillips Teaching Staff

Martin is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and graduate of BCPC with an established private practice here in Bath.  He works intersubjectively against a framework of dialogical gestalt with particular interest in the effect of power within the therapy room and the interplay between the therapeutic and the real relationship therein. He developed a career in psychotherapy following a 25 year career in international sales and marketing.

John Seex

John Seex Teaching Staff

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.

Chloe Tahta

Chloe Tahta Teaching Staff

Chloe is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She works in private practice and with the refugee charity tfsw (Trauma Foundation South West). Chloe is a BCPC graduate. Interests include group work and transgenerational trauma.

Gill Theodoreson

Gill Theodoreson Teaching Staff

Gill Theodoreson is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, facilitator and trainer. Since qualifying  she has worked in private practice, and as a staff counsellor at Bristol University. She has been a therapist and course facilitator at Penny Brohn UK. Gill has a particular interest in working with people living with life threatening illness.

Cath Wilkins

Cath Wilkins Course Leader for Foundation

Cath Wilkins is a BACP Accredited counsellor. She has over 15 years experience of workplace counselling, largely within a time limited model. More recently, Cath has started working in the voluntary sector and is the Clinical Manager of a local charity that provides counselling to clients impacted by cancer and other life threatening illness. Cath is currently in training with CSTD working towards a diploma in Supervision.

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.   


Fiona Paul

Fiona Paul External Examiner - Counselling

Fiona is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist with an  MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling and a Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy. She is the Director of Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy, an Integrative training college in East Anglia. She is also on the committee of UKAPI (United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration). 

​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.