Academic Team

Meet our experienced, passionate and diverse academic team
Head of Training

Jen

Jen as a qualified and experienced therapist, lecturer, and supervisor brings an eclectic mix of knowledge to the team. With an academic background in Psychology, Humanistic and Existential counselling, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, she uses these influences as well as insights drawn from her love of CPD to inform her teaching. She is particularly interested in Mindfulness, Neuropsychology and Trauma Informed therapeutic work. 

An ex student once described Jen's class as 'like a warm bath', Jen likes to pay particular attention to the relational aspects of the group, drawing on transferential matters as a vehicle for personal and interpersonal growth. Jen believes a counselling course is a journey not just a destination.

Jennifer.Williams@supportingminds.com

Professional Development Consultant

Nell

Hi there, my name is Nell, and I’m sure all of you will talk to me at some point. I work for Supporting Minds as a Professional Development Consultant. I am the person who is usually on the other end of the phone when you call in with a question, or to guide you through the first steps of your journey onto one of our courses.

I have a wealth of experience working within the health industry in one way or another for over a decade and previously worked in retail and management.

I am passionate about mental health and spend a lot of time doing charity fundraising projects and mindful crafting. I look forward to speaking to you soon.

Course Tutor

Lisa

Lisa has a passion for making learning accessible and meaningful. Her teaching style encourages students to look past their academic fears and into the realness that they are embarking upon. Once her learners engage with "being" then the theory and academic writing flows.

Lisa is an experienced therapist with in-depth knowledge of working across all client groups from children to adults and couples to families. She is continually developing her academic and self-awareness through her love of learning. 

Lisa brings a realness, no-frills and vibrant energy to the team. She is encouraging and passionate about therapy and her students.

lisa.thompson@supportingminds.com

Supervisor and Tutor

Julie

Julie's passion for counselling has been with her for many years, since qualifying as a counsellor and counselling supervisor Julie brings that passion into the classroom along with her knowledge and her energy to support students in their own counselling journey.

Julie acknowledges as a tutor, the real value of academia, but as herself, also acknowledges and believes the value of being ‘real’, being able to ‘be’ in the counselling room is what makes us into the therapists we become.

Julie looks forward to supporting students with knowledge, understanding of their needs and encouraging their own personal development.

julie.durmush@supportingminds.com

Course Tutor

Libby

Libby qualified through the CPCAB route to becoming a Person-Centred Counsellor. She is registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Libby also has a teaching qualification.

 

Her experience is with person-centred counselling and CBT for adults referred through a charity, a GP practice and private practice. Libby has recently trained through a local authority initiative to work with adults who have attempted suicide, helping them to recover to be able to lead a full life. She has interests in mindfulness, journalling and self-development.

 

Libby is passionate about learning and brings this enthusiasm into the classroom supporting her students with counselling knowledge and skills, self-exploration and personal development. Libby hopes all her students embrace and enjoy their learning journey

Tutor

Shiza

My name is Shiza, and I am currently studying for a master's at the university of derby.

My pronouns are she/her.  

I am an integrative therapist working with person-centred theory, CBT and attachment theory. I am originally from Pakistan and moved to England in 2008. And I hope to make my therapy more tailored and accessible to BAME groups.

Jade