Staff profiles Learn some more about the people who work for OLT. Personal contact between students and staff is one of our priorities.
Director & Tutor
Hello I’m Liane Collins. I have been part of the OLT tutor team since January 2011. I studied online counselling and supervision through the OLT certificate and diploma courses, so I know very much what they entail and just how robust the training with OLT is. As a tutor I have taught the certificate course to 10 other groups of counsellors. I am extremely enthusiastic about online counselling and the equality of opportunity it offers, in addition to the benefits of writing therapeutically. I am thrilled to be in a position to be part of taking over the helm from Anne and Gill, and being trusted to take over their family. My main focus will be the financial one – somebody has to do it J but we will all be available to move between roles and ensure the smooth take over and running of OLT. I will also continue to tutor. I love introducing people to the world of online counselling and seeing them develop their skills over the weeks to the point where ambivalence turns to enthusiasm. I enjoy spending time with every student I meet, getting to know them and seeing the network of online counsellors gradually building. In addition to OLT I am a BACP accredited counsellor, a qualified online supervisor and a graduate member of the BPS. I am also a member of the ACTO executive committee (I’m treasurer there too!) Prior to counselling I was a qualified teacher. In counselling I trained and worked with the Place2Be and carried on working with children and young people in addition to my adult voluntary position with Mind. My current private practice is a mixture of face-to-face and online counselling and supervision work. I have considerable experience of autistic spectrum conditions, attention deficiency, dyspraxia, dyslexia and in delivering tutoring services to visually impaired. I am keen to promote online counselling to ensure equal access to therapy for all. My time away from work is spent with my wonderfully supportive family. I love reading, have recently discovered the Mindfulness benefits of crochet and regularly indulge in stroking cat therapy. The cat quite likes that too. As Suzie says, it is an exciting time and we are all in this together J
I am a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist and have been part of the OLT Team as a tutor since 2011 having successfully gained my General Certificate plus my Diploma in Online Counselling. Most recently I completed the Diploma in Online Supervision, stepping back into that student role and reminding myself of the busy lives all our students have and the challenges of incorporating extra study. This is helpful when writing new courses and workshops.
It’s fair to say I’m passionate about online counselling and supervision and have a will to see it developed within an ethical framework. I’m genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to work with new and returning students. I love “light bulb” moments and the new and creative ideas the students bring to the work. It is ever-changing. My focus is marketing and media although the Directorate confers on everything so all our voices are heard.
In addition to OLT I have a private practice, take an active role on the OCTIA Ltd executive committee in organising and facilitating the annual online conference and chair the Scottish Association of Psychodynamic Counselling.
When not working I can be found with family or friends, on my bike (which involves eating a lot of cake) or crocheting in my caravan. Please get in touch if you have questions, ideas or want to chat something through. It’s an exciting time and we are in it together. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Director and tutor
Hello I’m Maria O’Brien. I’m an Accredited Therapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk and a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online http://www.acto-uk.org. I originate from a small village in southern Ireland and moved to England in the late 8o’s and currently reside in Hampshire. After many years working face to face I became curious as to how a therapeutic relationship could be formed, developed and maintained within an online setting. In a bid to satisfy this curiosity I became a student on various training programmes offered by OLT and was subsequently offered a post of Tutor. Re-connecting with student life was a reminder of the balancing act between learning and living, a subject OLT Directors and Tutors demonstrate awareness of via a warm and nurturing environment with realistically achievable course requirements. This experience underpinned my decision to step forward in unison with my two colleagues Liane Collins and Suzie Mosson to become a Co-Director of this wonderful organisation. Whilst my day to day role is Director of Student Services Suzie, Liane and I will move between roles as necessary. Away from OLT I and run a successful independent practice which offers f2f and Online Counselling to Adults and Adolescents and provides online Supervision to other counsellors. Occupying these roles has heightened my awareness of the term “burnout” and the importance of Self-Care which I currently address through regular physical exercise and spending time with my family in Ireland who thankfully don’t have an internet connection! If you would like more information on our standard courses or how one can be tailor made to meet organisational requirements, please do contact me email@example.com
My name is Olivia Djouadi and I am from England and also raised in America. I am an UKCP accredited psychotherapist and counsellor. My qualifications are as followed: BA in Writing and History, Certification in Counselling Skills, Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Postgraduate Diploma in IMT (Body Psychotherapy), Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Certificate and Diploma in Online Counselling (OLT), Diploma in Online Supervision (OLT). While studying to be a psychotherapist I used to help run support groups online for those with disabilities and also those who had been through childhood abuse. As a result I saw first-hand how important the Internet could be to ones healing process. Upon starting my first course with OLT I saw how incredibly important this type of work was to those needing support. I later went on to do both the diploma and the diploma in online supervision to assist those online. An area which I viewed online counselling to be beneficial was to work with those who had chronic conditions due to physical disabilities, medical disabilities, learning disabilities or mental disabilities. Getting counselling online means that those with conditions can get help from the comfort of their own home with me. I am also someone with a condition as I have been a type I diabetic for over 40 years. I am also a Reiki Master, a Soul Midwife http://soulmidwifelondon.org and volunteer for those with cancer or dementia. My website is www.therapywitholivia.org.uk and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Mieke Haveman and I am from the Netherlands. I once attended teacher training college to become a teacher of both Dutch and English which I did not finish, but it did wonders for my English. I have also traveled widely in Britain and have many good friends there. After that I worked in bookshops for several years, indulging my addiction to books. But as I more and more became the one colleague’s turned to with work and personal problems I started to think about going into counselling. I did my counselling training in the Netherlands and my diploma is for counselling, coaching and psychosocial work from Academie Gradatim. And I have gone through both the general and the diploma course as a student myself so I know what it is like.Right now I work online as a counsellor & coach. My speciality is working with people with pain problems. I work mostly humanistically and try to tailor the counselling to the needs of the client as much as is possible.Next to that I provide marketing solutions for other counsellors. Like building websites and help with Social Media. Socially I love to read and play boardgames with friends. Cultural holidays are another of my passions and spending time with my [part-time] dog. Nina actually belongs to friends but she thinks she has two homes. I also really enjoy spending time on the computer and figuring it out for work and leisure. My websites are www.marketingcounsellors.nl http://safehavenonlinetherapy.com/
Hi, I’m Melanie Lovegrove, I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I currently work in private practice supporting adults and young people (11+) including those with special needs or disabilities. I have worked in both counselling agencies and hospices supporting all age ranges through some of their most challenging times in life. Whilst I am experienced in working with a range of issues e.g. anxiety, depression, bereavement I have a keen interest in working with trauma and how vicarious trauma can affect counsellors. I also volunteer for Norwood who support adults with severe learning disabilities. I was introduced to working therapeutically online by becoming a client for someone in training on the online Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision course, it was fascinating how the therapeutic relationship can transfer over cyber space. Since then I have undertaken the Diploma in online counselling and I feel passionately that this way of working can improve access to counselling for people with and without disabilities. My background is in Human Resources, logistics management and administration. Due to some life changing experiences and a journey through counselling myself; I wanted to offer others the opportunity to experience the rewards I gained from a professional, therapeutic relationship. I am very aware of the importance of a good work/life balance and love to travel when I can and indulge my adventurous side!
Fascinated by the intricacies of language and with an interest in different cultures, it made sense that my first degree was a joint honours in French and Linguistics at the University of Manchester. This period of study afforded me the opportunity of living and working abroad, satisfying my curiosity for new experiences and appetite for travel. Upon graduating I married and started a family before starting my study of the humanistic-existential style of counselling, and in particular the person-centred approach to psychotherapy. This culminated in my second degree in Therapeutic Counselling gained at Leeds Beckett University. I have worked for several years with clients at a hospice for children and young people, which has taught me that tomorrow is never as guaranteed as we may sometimes be tempted to think. I run my own online private practice, Ashwood Therapy, which offers support to clients worldwide. My key interests lie in supporting bereavement/grief and work-life balance issues. I have a keen interest in technology, and I am particularly interested in the way the therapeutic relationship translates into the online space. Having used the Internet for communication daily since living and travelling in China in the late nineties, I am constantly connected using one device or another, relishing the benefits of being able to work ‘on the go’. This nomadic style of doing things fits well with getting away in the family motorhome, which is where I like to spend my leisure time. I am a registered member of the BACP, and I am also on the executive committee for ACTO UK, the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online, where I co-run the membership office side of things. I write a regular blog with thoughts and views on wellbeing and more, which can be found on my website; www.ashwoodtherapy.com.
I initially trained and worked as a paediatric nurse. When I specialized in the field of paediatric oncology, the importance of emotional support for the whole family became apparent to me. This experience prompted me into setting up and providing a pre and post bereavement support service, for siblings, at Naomi House Children’s hospice. This was the beginning of my counselling career. I am particularly interested in counselling young people, and provide online counselling for two children’s charities. Presently, I work as an online counsellor for two children's charities 'Swings & Smiles' (Online and face to face) and 'COAP' (Online). I completed the General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (2010) through OLT and the Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision (2013, OLT) and I now work as a tutor for "Online Training For Counsellors Ltd . Along with Sally Evans, I developed a training workshop and package for individuals and organisations who aim to develop their skills/organisation to counsel young people online. I also provide online supervision for counsellors working online and/or face to face with a specific interest in supervising counsellors working with young people. I appreciate the importance of self-care and “timeout” and try to ensure I do this daily by accessing the nearby Berkshire countryside – I have two very energetic dogs so this is assured on a daily basis. Blog - http://ripplesonline.blogspot.co.uk/
My original counselling training was with Marriage Guidance (better known as Relate, the Relationship people) and so working with relationships in their many guises has been a big part of my working life since the mid 1980’s. I have also trained to be a life coach. The work I do as a counsellor often includes helping people to find solutions that involves them moving forward with their lives. Being able to offer guidance in how to create and maintain a good life/work balance is a useful additional tool. My online training with OLT began in 2004. I live and work in a rural area and since I was already very interested in working with computers I felt that using this medium as a therapeutic tool would enable me to reach out to more people. For the last 11 years I have worked for EMAC, which is the acronym for Relate’s email a counsellor service, and have specialised in one off email responses and short term counselling and have found the experience very worthwhile. I was delighted to join the OLT training team and have had the pleasure of introducing online counselling to practicing counsellors for several years now. I feel passionate about the work I do and the thrilling part is that I share my learning, which is on going, with like-minded people. This is not only inspiring but thoroughly rewarding too.
My role is to support both the OLT team and students by being first point of contact for email enquiries and managing the administration behind the scenes. I work part time and aim to repsond to emails within 48 hours of receiving them. I live in beautiful Central Scotland and my experience comes from coordinating staff across our local petrochemical site. Sometimes this means working in the office, sometimes in a hardhat and boots marching across site in all weathers. Working with both staff and clients means no two days are ever the same. Working remotely is a new and exciting challenge and the varied and flexible aspects of the work interest me. I look forward to “meeting” counsellors, students and organisations from all around the world and making sure things run smoothly. At home I flat share with my partner & sister, a cat (Missy) and a dog (Peanut) which makes for a busy and ever changing home life.
MA (Univ. Birmingham), Diploma Supervision, (Univ. of Birmingham). Advanced and General Certificates Counselling (University of Leicester). Founder Chairman of ACTO. Former director of OLT. Retired. BACP Senior. Accredited. Counsellor. UK Registered Independent Counsellor. Gill began her counselling practice in 1991. She moved into independent practice in 1996, adding supervision and counsellor training to her skill set with her Masters degree. As a founding Director for Online Training for Counsellors Ltd. she wro te and piloted the courses on which the current General Certificate and Diploma courses are now based. She continues as a Director for Online Training for Counsellors Ltd, tutoring and supervising on their Diploma courses. She works online both as a independent practitioner from her website www.gjcounselling.co.uk . Gill co-authored (with Anne Stokes) “Online Counselling: A Handbook for Practitioners” (2009) Sage publications. She has had articles published both written by herself and jointly authored with ISMHO Case Study Group.
Diploma in Counselling, MSc In Counselling Supervision and Training, MBA. BACP Registered Practitioner; United Kingdom Registered Independent Practitioner. Former director of OLT. Retired. Anne has worked as a counsellor since 1985 in independent practice and within the drug and alcohol field. She has trained counsellors to certificate, diploma and masters level, and works nationwide with companies to provide counselling support and interpersonal training.