The Trustee Group -TG (formerly the Coordinating Group -CG) are made up of the Person Centred Association members who volunteer to help in the development of the Association. The TG is currently made up of the Chair alongside 7 other trustees with one trustee vacancy. The trustees can further co-opt 3 additional members. This is current as of November 2020.
For those of you who are practitioners with a formal requirment for CPD and you are considering helping out by becoming a trustee, you may be pleased to know that acting as a trustee for The PCA yields 40 hours of CPD per year. The list of activities credited by BACP is here, and for UKCP sample guidance is here, and for National Counselling Society unfortunately it is behind their login page here. You can email the trustees with any questions by clicking here. Recent minutes are viewable to members here.
I am a person-centred therapist, trainer and published writer. I believe passionately in working collaboratively with people to aid their own understanding of their experiences and ways of relating. I am directly implicated in multiculturalism and diversity. Growing up with a disfigurement, my own complex early experiences inform my particular interest in the impact of discriminatory behaviour on the identity of people who are viewed as ‘different’ or ‘other’ in their society and who suffer precisely because of this sometimes indirect and subtle psycho-social phenomenon; prejudicial behaviour often resulting in psychological trauma and issues of loss relating to identity wounding. My deep understanding of cultural identity trauma and the human condition in all its complexities is helpful in therapy and group situations where it is crucial to comprehend issues pertaining to power and powerlessness and the ways these factors are heightened in traditional hierarchical systems.
I have worked as an accountant for the last 18 years both in the private and public sector working predominately with IT projects and business change management. I am a person-centred therapist and am currently studying for my MSc. I currently work in the NHS at a GP surgery and I enjoy long walks with my Dalmatian, spin, dancing and spending time with family and friends.
My perspective on Person-Centred therapy is very simple: it works. I have worked in counselling since 1979, first as a volunteer, then as a full-time counsellor. I qualified in 1984 and completed my supervisor training in 1988. My last employed role was as head of the Masters Programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Liverpool John Moores University. I am now in private practice, working with individuals, couples, groups and teams. I have two grandchildren and I play bridge, dance salsa and sing jazz.
I am a person-centred counsellor with a passion for the philosophy of the person-centred approach. I was born and raised in Germany but have lived in England for over twenty years now. I used to work in Academia as a speech scientist and then earned money as a software engineer. I live in the hope that my academic interest, business experience and knowledge of and experience with the person-centred approach will one day form a beautiful synergy. I have been a trustee of TPCA since 2017 and I am technical editor of the TPCA journal The Person-Centred Quarterly.
I am currently working towards completing my Degree in Counselling and hope to take my academic journey to Doctorate level (eventually). Before working towards being a qualified counsellor, I have previously been active within the LGBT+ (GSRD) communities (support as well as holding Trustee and Chairperson positions). I have also sat on various committees and panels with a local constabulary for several years, which I continue to do so. I am keen to share and improve my own experience and knowledge of the Person-Centred Approach as well as more general theories and practice though I do plan to also specialise in identity, gender and sexuality. I am currently a student member of the BACP , tPCA, COSRT and a supporting member of WPATH.
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