Guest Speakers 

Professional Diploma in Counselling



Lisa was a guest speaker in 2014 and again in 2016, sharing her personal and professional experience of addiction and substance misuse. Lisa is a qualified counsellor, graduating from Harrow College in 2009 with a Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling. She also has a Diploma in Person Centred Art Therapy Skills and often incorporates this way of working with clients.  Since 2006 Lisa has worked with Addicts and Offenders, Children in schools, at ‘The Place 2 Be’, working one to one as well as facilitating groups. Lisa is also a mother to her young son and 2 step daughters; she lives in Hastings where she has her own small practice and works for a company that specifically supports adults who were abused as children (AAAC) and for Butterflies, a children’s counselling service.  In addition to this, Lisa and her partner are avid fundraisers and hold parties that have so far raised £25,000 for a number of charities.







Mariette runs an independent psychology practice in Hertfordshire in addition to her work as a senior Clinical Psychologist in the National Health Service. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP). Mariette’s therapeutic approach is informed by Cognitive Behaviour and Systemic and Psychoanalytic theory, and she applies current approaches such as Mindfulness to her everyday practice. She has acted as a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway University in London on the doctoral training programme for Clinical Psychologists.  She continues to offer clinical supervision to Trainee Clinical and Counselling Psychologists as well as to other healthcare professionals.


Julia Buckroyd  




Professor Julia Buckroyd is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire and works in the field of eating disorders, helping clients to break the habit of yo-yo dieting and regain control over their lives and relationships. She is an author, broadcaster and therapist who brings her personal research experience to provide her clients with evidence based interventions. Julia specialises in understanding eating behavior. She works on how to return food to an ordinary source of pleasure instead of danger, an endless temptation or possibly a cause of guilt or shame. Her therapeutic strategy is based on the research literature which suggests that poor attachment history, alexithymia, poor self esteem/body esteem and difficulties in self-soothing/emotional regulation and forming mutually supportive roles, are all huge on-going problems for this particular group.






Peter Woolf’s life of drinking, drug-taking and thieving had begun before most people leave school. Spending most of his adult life in prison made no difference to him: life itself offered him no hope. Today, amazingly, Peter is clean and has not reoffended since a life-changing meeting in 2002 when he came face to face with some of his victims. His Book The Damage Done is a searingly honest and gritty portrayal of a man ensconced in an endless cycle of drugs, violence, prison and depravity who, one Tuesday afternoon in a glass room at Pentonville prison, was forced to confront all that he had destroyed.


Lead Co-ordinator, Road Victims Trust

The Road Victims Trust was founded in 1995 in Bedfordshire and is a non-profit-making charitable organisation. All the services it provides are free. There is no statutory funding of the organisation and all costs are raised by grants, donations and fundraising events. Their service is provided by a highly trained, skilled and committed team of professional staff and Counselling Volunteers and is offered to all victims soon after the collision but can be requested at any point following the collision if not taken up immediately. Their service is available for as long as it is useful and includes inquests or criminal court cases.






Sue is a Person-Centred Counsellor with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Foundation Degree in Counselling awarded by Middlesex University. Sue specialises in working with clients from the LGB community, looking at areas such as the impact of homophobia, coming out to others and accepting ones sexuality.







Madison Amy Webb is a trans woman, a BACP accredited counsellor (MBACP),  and a Voluntary  Registered mental health trainer. She works in private practice and adult mental health day services. She has had considerable experience exploring her own gender identity and supporting clients with their gender issues and is the author of a soon to be released book  A Reflective Guide to Gender Identity Counselling .