SPTI: The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute - Staff

Shelley Bowyer
Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator

Shelley joined SPTI in February 2011 after a career break raising her family. She previously worked in North East and London managing Admissions and HE Administration for several major Universities. Shelley has a BA (Hons) Fine Art and a PGCE. With 25+ years experience in Student Administration (Predominately in Student Recruitment), her current role is to support applicants from initial enquiry to enrolment in their chosen training programme.

Polly Dhesi
Academic, Marketing & Recruitment Administrator

Polly DhesiPolly joined the Institute in April 2017. She has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and a background of working in HR. Her remit is to support the Counselling Concepts and Foundation Access Course staff and students, as well as working alongside Shelley in marketing, recruitment and admissions.

Joshua Judson
Receptionist & Office Assistant

Joshua JudsonJoshua Judson is an alumnus of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied Performance and Creative Enterprise. In addition to his role as Receptionist/Office Assistant at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Josh is also a poet. His work has appeared in publications such as Magma, The North, Ink Sweat & Tears and The White Review.

Laura James
Academic Administrator (BSc & MSc Person-Centred)

Laura joined SPTI in September 2017 as the BSc and MPCA Course Administrator. Her role is to support Programme leaders and Tutors as well as students on these programmes.

Maria Meldrum
Academic Administrator (MSc Integrative & SPTI Diploma in Clinical Supervision)

/Maria Walmsley photoMaria joined SPTI in January 2019, and works alongside Laura in the SPTI Admin office with lead responsibility for the MINT and DSup courses.

Koren Harris
Placement Coordinator


Alison Fookes
Company Director

Alison FookesAlison joined the Institute in 2008 as a Director after a 6 year career break to have her two children. Prior to this, she worked in Social Services for 17 years initially as social worker and then in various managerial roles within the learning disabilities field. During that time she developed an interest in social work training and undertook further training to equip herself as an adult educator. She then worked within the practice learning team, managing and supporting the vocational training of social work students through supervision of students on placement and their supervisors. She brings a wide variety of skills to her role as Company and Finance Director and really values working within a team and in close collaboration with students. Her family and children are focal and Alison continues to divide her time between her director role and bringing up her two young boys. She even manages to find some time to continue learning to play the piano (a work in slow progress!) and to pursue her love of cooking. 

Tracey Jackson
Quality Assurance and Business Development Manager

Amanda Ackroyd

Amanda Ackroyd
Business Manager

Amanda AckroydSince graduating from The University of Sheffield with a dual honours degree in French and Business Studies, Amanda has held a variety of commercial management, sales and marketing positions with The Boots Company and Courtaulds. She then moved to the education sector becoming a School Business Manager in a Nottinghamshire Primary School, a role which balanced well with raising her three sons. Amanda joined the Institute in October 2016 as the Business Manager leading the administration team. She is responsible for the management of resources, systems and processes. 

Dr Ruth Layzell
Company Director

Ruth has over 20 years of experience of training in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Before being appointed as a Director, she worked for 10 years as a social worker, for a further 10 years as Lecturer in Pastoral Care and Counselling and then as Director of Counselling Training at St John's College, Nottingham. For a further 10 years she was then Director of an independent training consortium, the Institute of Pastoral Counselling. She has held various External Examiner and External Assessor posts and is a BACP accredited counsellor with an independent practice which she runs alongside her work at the Sherwood Institute. She has a particular interest in the interface between Christian spirituality and counselling practice and completed her Doctorate in Practical Theology at the University of Chester in 2015. She has written about adoption, religious abuse and counselling in religious contexts and is co-author of a course on relational skills for congregations (The Beta Course).

Tina Williams
Head of Training

Tina Williams photoTina is an Integrative psychotherapist ,supervisor, and trainer with over 20 years experience in a range of settings including HE FE and health care.Most recently Tina worked within accreditation in BACP and immediately prior to this she was CEO of a specialist family bereavement charity for 13 years,

Tina has a special interest in bereavement and hopes to continue her PhD studies in family bereavement in the future which were begun under a scholarship awarded by Heriot Watt University.

Tina has been guest editor for a special edition of the UKCP journal focusing on loss and bereavement and was a member of the steering group for the Bereavement Research forum.In 2004 Tina co-authored an Open University publication 'Words and Symbols in Therapy' .

Publications: Words and Symbols in Therapy- Co Authored with Nichola Barden Open University Press  Click here to see on Waterstones

Michelle Addison Raven
Programme Leader: MSc Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy

Addison Raven photoAddison is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with several counselling and psychotherapy related qualifications, including an MA in Person-Centred Psychotherapy. She has worked within a variety of therapeutic settings and maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision to individuals, couples, and groups. As a trainer, she strives to ensure her delivery is grounded within the core training model in order to provide trainees with an experience consistent with the philosophical, theoretical, and practical application of their chosen approach. Her interests include the evolution of person-centred theory in light of ever-changing thinking within the therapeutic world and beyond. She is specifically interested in issues relating to the process of self-criticism, gender and social change. In addition, she is co-author of a well-received book aimed at supporting trainee therapists in both their preparation for securing clinical placements and in making the most of this significant aspect of their qualification and professional requirements.

Deborah Blagden
Programme Leader: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Deborah BlagdenDeborah is a UKCP registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer as well as a BACP member. She holds a MSc. in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and is a Certified Transactional Analyst, undertaking her masters at the Metanoia Institute London in the mid 1990’s. Over the last 20 years she has also trained as an EMDR practitioner, Developmental Couple Therapist and completed a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. She is endorsed by the European Association of Transactional Analysts as a (provisional) Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst.  She has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, including the NHS and for the last 26 years in a Forensic setting facilitating therapeutic groups. She also manages a private psychotherapy practice in Derbyshire, working with individuals and couples and runs a long- term weekly private psychotherapy group.  Deborah is particularly interested in the growth and developmental of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and the sharing of knowledge and attends her own ongoing professional development group. Likewise she facilitates such groups in her own private practice, which involves supervision, training and academic writing.

Debs Mendham
Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Debs MendhamDebs is a UKCP registered psychotherapist with a MA in Humanistic Person Centred Psychotherapy. Over the past 20 years she has trained in Gestalt, Person Centred and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked within a variety of therapeutic settings and now manages a private practice providing psychotherapy, counselling and supervision to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has been involved in developing the undergraduate training at SPTI and is a tutor on the BSc (Hons) programme. Prior to this she has worked within Further Education providing various counselling programmes and was also a partner of a consultancy providing training to health professionals within the NHS and Social Services. Debs has a background within the NHS and Social Services working as a nurse, social worker, development officer, and manager. She has a particular interest in issues of identity, gender and shame.

Dr Lorraine Price
Programme Leader: Diploma in Clinical Supervision

Dr. Lorraine PriceLorraine’s original career was in the Civil Service and Local Government, eventually specialising in staff training. It was through this role that she became interested in psychology and counselling and attended a number of CPD trainings in this area. She undertook a PG Dip in Counselling, and followed this by undertaking the Masters programme in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Institute, completing her SPTI studies with the Diploma in Clinical Supervision. After working on the Integrative programme as a tutor, she became the Programme Leader from 2010-2018. It has been a journey that she continues to cherish. Her aim is to help others to develop in their chosen career and become professional and ethical practitioners who are assets to the profession. As well as teaching, Lorraine runs a busy private practice of Psychotherapy and Supervision and is an EMDR practitioner. Lorraine successfully completed her Research Doctorate in Psychology in 2014, studying the effects and treatment of early infantile trauma upon clients in psychotherapy and therapeutic regression. She has had two Psychotherapy journal articles published and published her first book in 2016 entitled "Better Late than Never"

Rosemary Langford-Bellaby
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, Tutor: Diploma in Clinical Supervision

Rosemary Langford-BellabyRosemary has extensive training and experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and is trained in both Gestalt Psychotherapy and Integrative Psychotherapy, and has completed additional elements of training in Transactional Analysis, Behavioural Therapy and Client-Centred Counselling. She was previously course leader of the Person-Centred Counselling programme at The Sherwood Institute. In all of the different trainings Rosemary related to her interest in the interface between spirituality and psychology. She has been a tutor on the Counselling Programme at St. John’s Theological college in Nottingham and completed a second MA in Theology and Pastoral Care. In addition to psychotherapy training, Rosemary has trained as a supervisor and trainer and currently tutors on the Supervision training at SPTI. Prior to this Rosemary was a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and has more than twenty years experience working in the NHS, including a specialist role as a Nurse Therapist. She is accredited with the UKCP and runs a private practice working with individuals, couples and groups.

Peter Orlandi-Fantini
Co-coordinator: Mental Health Placement Programme

Peter Orlandi-Fantini - Co-ordinator: Mental Health Placement Programme Peter is a UKCP accredited Gestalt psychotherapist with prior qualifications in counselling and a Master’s Degree in Education. He has been a clinical teacher in psychiatry and a lecturer in Psychiatric Studies within the NHS. Peter brings his considerable experience of teaching a wide range of professional groups to his work at the Sherwood Institute where he is responsible for teaching the Mental Health workshop and co-ordinating the Mental Health Placement Programme. Until recently he ran the Masters in Gestalt psychotherapy programme at the Institute and was also a Tutor on the Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapy programme. He has an interest in the synthesis of a variety of theoretical perspectives that may inform and support the practice of psychotherapy in the areas of mind, body and consciousness, with a particular interest in neurobiology. Peter approaches education from a holistic perspective and endeavours to realise the major tenets of humanistic psychology in his teaching practice. He runs a clinical practice working with individuals, couples and groups.

Emma Wren Harrison
Programme Leader: Introductory Courses

Tutor: MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy;

Emma Vrijenhoef photoEmma is a psychotherapist and supervisor with a small private practice, she has experience of managing a successful counselling service in the third sector. As Programme Leader on the introductory Courses (ABC Counselling Concepts & Foundation Access, she particularly enjoys the opportunity to work across different therapeutic modalities. Emma has experience working with survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and has a long standing relationship with the work of Nottingham Women's Centre. Although Emma's initial training is in the person-centred approach, she draws on systemic theories and holds a strong commitment to social change as essential to her work. Emma has a special interest in commissioning of mental health services, organisational dynamics and the impact of these on client experience. Her research interests also include collaborative approaches to assessment, note taking, and service design and evaluation.

Richard Kettley
Tutor: MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy Richard Kettley Photo

Richard is a person-centred psychotherapist with experience of working in a variety of settings in Nottingham and across the county. He has recently been a Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University on a project collaborating with the mental health charity, Mind, and is developing further research. Richard has a private counselling practice and also a long association with the local charity, ISAS. He is a tutor on the Person-Centred Masters course at Sherwood and this enables him to combine his twin passions for counselling and teaching, offering opportunities for further self-discovery and reflexivity.

Anissa Chung
Tutor: MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy; Tutor: ABC Awards: Counselling Concepts Course

Anissa ChungAnissa is a BACP accredited therapist, a UKCP registered Psychotherapist. as well as a qualified supervisor. In her well-established private practice she has a special interest in loss and bereavement and as a trained EMDR therapist, she also works with trauma. From 2010-2018 Anissa taught as Programme Leader on the Counselling Concepts course. She continues to teach at SPTI as a tutor on the ABC programme as well as the MSc in Person-Centred & experiential Psychotherapy course. In an article entitled ‘Daring to be Different’ which was published in the BACP Journal Therapy Today, Anissa explored the implications of ethnicity in a predominantly white British counselling world. Her passion is to enhance growth and development in all who want to explore their own personal journey.

Ambika Connelly
Tutor: MSc Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy; Tutor: Foundation Access Programme

Ambika ConnellyIn addition to working as part of the MSc Person-Centred team, Ambika also tutors on the Foundation Access Course as well as offering Academic Writing Skills Workshops to support students with their studies. Her special interests include relational depth research, diversity (within and with others), the embodied process and creatively exploring how the art of therapy can be translated into words. She has an MSc in Person-Centred Psychotherapy, and is a registered UKCP practitioner.

Lorna Goree
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Lorna GoreeLorna is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist. She has over 20 years experience of working in the NHS as a clinician, manager, supervisor and trainer. Her first degree was in psychology and She  trained as an Occupational Psychologist. She worked for Trent Strategic Health Authority as a project manager specialising in workforce development. Lorna's interest in personal growth led to her training to become a psychotherapist and she has an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy. Lorna currently works as a psychotherapist and supervisor for Derby Psychological Therapy Services and she also has a private practice, offering both short term and long term therapy.  Her model of Integrative Psychotherapy is attachment based and emotion focused with an emphasis on the moment to moment experience of the therapeutic relationship.   She also work as a consultant in emotional well being to a School Improvement Service.  Lorna has taught on the MSc Integrative psychotherapy programme for 3 years and her particular interest is in research and the opportunities it provides for discovery about our ways of being in the world.

Julie Dearden
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Julie Deardon Photo 

From a background in the NHS, Julie trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist she has expertise in working with early relational trauma, attachment disorders and psychopathology.  Julie is a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor who has been practising for over 22 years. She is an experienced trainer in Integrative Psychotherapy.

Julie Faulkner
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Julie Faulkner photoJulie is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in private practice. Her therapy work mainly involves adults on an individual basis, often long-term. She has held contracts for clinical supervision in school, higher education and charitable settings. Although psychotherapy is her first love, she has a passion for teaching and learning and has been working as a Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling since 2010. This has involved supporting the learning of psychology undergraduate students and postgraduate counselling trainees into their Masters research stage. Before qualifying as a psychotherapist, her previous roles included work in the third sector and the NHS with young people and support in disability and mental health employment. She holds strong beliefs around social justice and the importance of accepting difference and uniqueness. These underpin both her therapy and teaching practices. Julie is UKCP accredited and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Catherine Austin
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Catherine AustinCatherine is a Registered UKCP psychotherapist with an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and an MA in Humanistic Counselling. She has a background in counselling training in Further Education and was involved in the development of the undergraduate training at The Sherwood Institute. She has worked for counselling agencies in Nottingham for a number of years and has a private psychotherapy practice, working with individuals, and also supervising qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. She lives in Nottingham with her husband.

Dave Mann
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Dave Mann MSc, Dip Supervision, Dip SPTI, Dip Coun, TSM (SPTI), ATSM (GPTI), RMN.  Dave is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer and Published Author. A member of The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute since 1990, he has delivered Psychotherapy and Counselling training up to Masters level at several training Institutes across the UK and internationally. He is a former Assistant Editor of the British Gestalt Journal and examines trainee psychotherapists nationally. Dave's passionate interest in creative and academic writing (are they really separate!) has led him to authoring, amongst other publications, 'Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points & Techniques' (Taylor & Francis 2010) and 'Assessing Suicidal Risk' to be published in 2012 in  'Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice' edited by G. Francesetti, M. Gecele, J. Roubal. Outside the world of psychotherapy Dave's passions include keeping fit, his grandchildren and struggling to learn to play the violin. 

Norman Wright
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Norman WrightNorman is one of the Year One Link Tutor's on the SPTI BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Course. Norman is the founder of The Wright Initiative and pioneer of The PaPPS Initiative offering bespoke Emotional, Relational and Psychological well-being support to patients having cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. Norman is a UKCP registered MSc Integrative Psychotherapist with over 15 years in private practice and is a Clinical Supervisor supporting trainees, counsellors and psychotherapists and people working within the private, public and voluntary sectors. Norman writes and delivers bespoke training packages to Fostering and Adoption agencies as well as Law Firms and is a state registered Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience. Norman is a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and a British Standards Institute Committee Member representing the UKCP setting standards across the UK and Europe CH/403.

Jill Green
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Gill Green PhotoJill has a background in nursing and midwifery, and has worked in schools as a matron/housemistress and as a counsellor. She is a BACP accredited therapist and a supervisor and has been involved with the Haven Counselling Centre in Ashby de la Zouch since 1999 and co-managed it for 13 years. Jill also has an established private practice offering long and short term therapy and supervision. She has special interest in working with issues around the impact of infertility, miscarriage and loss alongside the impact of traumatic labour on attachment and maternal relationship. Jill is a first year tutor on the BSc (Hons) Humanistic and Integrative degree. In her spare time Jill enjoys her family and grandchildren, gardening, dancing and attempting to make music!

Dr David Tune
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy & MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

David Tune: PhD. UKCP. C.Psychol. Af.BPS. David started his training as a Body Psychotherapist in New York in 1980 after taking his MA in Counselling there and then joining a ‘Bioenergetic’ training group for two years. On return to England he went on to do a full holistic psychotherapy training at the ‘Chiron Centre’ in London. He has been practising as a Psychotherapist for over 20 years and he is also a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (he was recently made an Associate Fellow of the BPS). After living abroad and in London for many years David returned to his home county of Yorkshire, where he runs a practise, lectures at university and supervises practitioners. He is especially interested in group work and has facilitated training and therapy groups for many years. He describes himself as an ‘Integrative Body Psychotherapist’, who integrates experience and training in Gestalt, and psychodynamic concepts into a body orientated approach. David’s particular area of interest is ‘the body-mind split’ and ways of healing it. His doctoral thesis was on the ‘therapeutic use of touch’ and he has published chapters related to body psychotherapy and integration in a number of books in the UK. He has recently had research into the phenomena of ‘presence in groups’ included in a book by the American Association of Gestalt Trainers and Therapists. This research was co-conducted with a colleague who is a musician and psychotherapist and focused on groups in counselling training and orchestras. David is also a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and a regular presenter at national and international conferences.

Tracey Adams
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Tracey AdamsTracey is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist with a MSc in Integrative psychotherapy. She has extensive additional training including Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Group Analysis, Working with Personality Disorders and complex PTSD, Psychiatric medications, Eating Disorders. She has over 30 years experience of working within Forensic and Mental Health services both within the public and voluntary sectors including Civil Service & NHS. She manages a private practice including providing Individual psychotherapy, Supervision (group & individual) Peer supervision to Mental Health Teams, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, self care groups. Her professional interests include institutional/organisational dynamics, advocating and developing improved psychological services for offenders plus improved clinical support/supervision for those working with them.

Kate McAndrew
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Kate McandrewKate is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist with a MA in Humanistic Person-Centred Psychotherapy.  She also has specific training in working with trauma, as well as with couples, and has a Diploma in Supervision.  Kate has been practicing for over 10 years and has experience of working in a variety of settings including: schools, university, GP surgery, and voluntary sector organisations.  She is currently in private practice working with individuals, couples, supervisees (group and individual), and has a specific interest in relationships and interpersonal dynamics.

Alan McPherson
Tutor: BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Alan McPhersonAlan is a BACP accredited and UKCP registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist and supervisor with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. He has been in private practice in Leicester for eight years, working with adults, couples and supervisees. Alan previously trained and worked in telecommunications research and development, prior to transferring into quality and compliance in adult social care, whilst training in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Institute. He has professional interests include narrative research and how language is used to convey life stories, and the construction of identity for gender and sexual diversities. Alan's hobbies include reading, knitting, running and being with nature.

Linda O'Hern
Tutor: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy

Linda O'Hern

Linda is a UKCP registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She holds a MSc. in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and is a Certified Transactional Analyst, undertaking her masters at the Berne Institute Kegworth in 2016.  Over the last 20 years she has trained as a Certified Trainer, Civil Diplomacy Mediator, PGCD Counsellor, Weight Management Consultant and completed a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. She holds interest in inter-generational systemic therapy, couples and relational therapy and supervision.   She is endorsed by the European Association of Transactional Analysts as a (provisional) Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst.  She manages a private psychotherapy practice in Lincoln, working with individuals and couples.  She has run psycho-educational groups in the private sector and in FE and HE at Lincoln College.  She has worked as a mediator in the community and in private practice.  Linda is looking forward to working with counselling students again, evolving and improving her knowledge to include psychotherapy students.  Linda loves seeing students grow and develop through sharing knowledge and being actively involved in that process.  As part of her own professional development Linda is actively engaged in clinical supervision, attends a professional development group and represents UKATA on the HIPC Board of UKCP.

Jen Holland
Tutor: Introductory Courses

Jen Holland

Jen joined SPTI in 2019, to assist the team with teaching on the Foundation Access and Counselling Concepts courses. Jen is a person-centred counsellor, having completed her MA in Person Centred Experiential Psychotherapy in 2018. She is currently funded by the BACP to complete her PhD research into person-centred therapy and trauma. Her interest in research began when she was involved in setting up and running a research clinic, offering long term free counselling. She also has an interest in therapeutic communities and encounter groups, both as a member and facilitator. When she's not doing this, she can be found in her small private practice in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Jen decided to pursue a career in counselling following the birth of her son seven years ago, prior to this she owned a coffee shop. Undertaking a counselling certificate started out as a curious endeavour, but quickly turned into a lifetime passion for her.