Caroline Dyson – Director & Senior Practitioner headshot me

Caroline has a psychology background with experience spanning over 20 years in the education and therapy sector.  She has worked in private therapy, delivering therapeutic approaches in schools, teaching in mainstream and specialist SEN provision and LA advisory work.  She has worked within six Midlands based Local Authorities and have experience with all ages from Reception to Further Education.  She has significant experience working with vulnerable children including Looked After Children, pupils with SEN, pupils with significant mental health difficulties, pupils involved with CAMHS and pupils with and without clinically identified conditions.  She has worked at individual, group, class and whole-school levels as well as systemic level work including entire local authorities.  She is a clinical hypnotherapist; psychotherapeutic counsellor; BWRT Practitioner; has been trained in Solution Focused Approaches, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Massage in Schools, Mindfulness and Nurture Groups; and uses a variety of counselling style approaches in her work.  She is also the Founder and Director of the Hypnotherapy in Schools Programme which uses clinical hypnotherapy in educational settings to support pupils and staff.

(http://hypnotherapyinschools.co.uk).

Rachael Phillips – Associate Practitioner Rachael Headshot

Rachael is a Therapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the BACP.  She has experience of working with both adults and children/young people. She works as a counsellor within two specialist settings; a bereavement charity and a charity working with survivors of rape and sexual violence. She has experience of working with vulnerable young people including Looked After Children and young people with significant mental health difficulties.  Rachael has completed specialist Trauma Informed training as well as specialist bereavement, child sexual abuse and self harm/sabotage training. She works in an integrative way therefore ensuring that she is flexible and adaptive to meet the needs of her clients.  She is undertaking further training in ‘Using Creative Approaches with Young People’ so she can expand her support to young people who find it difficult to access more traditional, talking counselling.

Gemma Hammond – Associate Practitioner headshot Gemma

Gemma is an experienced counsellor with a Level 5 qualification in Therapeutic Counselling and is a member of the BACP.  She has a psychology background and has experience working with both adults and children/young people and works in various settings.  She has worked in a therapeutic capacity in education settings and so understands the pressures schools and their staff/students are under.  She can deliver group or individual work with students as well as supporting parents or school staff where required.  She uses an integrative approach which means she can tailor her work to the needs of the client including using play/art therapy techniques if it is appropriate.