Therapists by Region
BOARDING RECOVERY has an expanding network of experienced psychotherapists with members operating nationwide.
All the psychotherapists have some specialist training in working with those who went to boarding school and are committed to ongoing supervision and professional development of this specialist area of their work.
Professional supporters include Nick Duffell and Professor Joy Schaverien, as well as a consultant psychiatrist and the public information organisation Boarding Concern.
The Counsellors and Psychotherapists are listed by region below. They welcome all approaches whether on your own behalf or that of another person, for example if you are a GP, partner or concerned friend. Communications are dealt with on a strictly confidential basis.
Nothing written on this website should be treated as a substitute for the direct, personal advice of a qualified therapist or medical professional. The listing of therapists is offered on that understanding.
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Marcus is a UKCP registered and BACP accredited integrative psychotherapist, a member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners, a graduate of Spectrum's Sexuality and Anger programmes, a qualified practitioner of Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor, a clinical counselling supervisor and a couples therapist. His work is now mostly with boarding school survivors, whether as individuals or couples. He works particularly with trauma and abuse and is a group facilitator with Heal For Life. He is happy to hold sessions over Skype or FaceTime. He attended the 2005 specialist diploma training 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' with Nick Duffell, Helena Løvendäl and Joy Schaverien. Previously, he practised as a solicitor.
Darrel registered as a psychotherapist in 2002 with UKCP, having completed training with The Institute of Psychosynthesis, London. In his private practice he works with both individuals and groups and offers clinical supervision. With past experience in Social Services and Education, Darrel brings an understanding of the effects of abandonment, alienation and institutionalisation to his work with the psychological effects of the public school experience. Darrel runs the ‘Boarding School Survivors’ workshops with Nick Duffell and Men's Groups exploring the themes of masculinity, identity and self-discovery. He attended the 2005 specialist diploma training 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl and Joy Schaverien.
Rosemary is a psychodynamic counsellor and attended the 2005 specialist diploma training 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl and Joy Schaverien. Her work, over 30 years, covers relationship issues, couples support, anxiety, confidence building, loss of authentic self, bereavement, loss, separation, anger, life changes, sexual and physical abuse, eating and weight worries. She works with ex-boarders from across the world as well as in the UK. She also specialises in supporting parents to develop an effective parenting communication Toolbox, which helps create greater harmony and understanding within their family.
Nick is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and studied at the Karuna Institute. He has attended the specialist psychotherapy training "psychotherapy with ex-boarders". Before training in psychotherapy, Nick studied Homoeopathy and Health Sciences in London. He works with individuals at his private practice and at Yoga Place, both in Bethnal Green. His area of particular interest is working with abandonment depression. Previously his experience has included facilitating peer paranoia groups with MIND and working in a counselling charity in Hackney.
Ita is a central London UKCP and BACP accredited Integrative Psychotherapist and clinical Supervisor, with over 20 years clinical experience. With a professional background in the NHS and educative Relief and Development projects internationally, she brings a wealth of life experience and wisdom to her work with individuals. Trained to advanced level in ‘Lifespan Integration’, she is especially interested in life transitions and attachment trauma across the individual’s lifespan, including the often neglected and key developmental stage of the school years. Training with Nick Duffell on the specialist diploma ‘Psychotherapy with ex- Boarders’, including ongoing specialist supervision has contributed enormously to her clinical ability in this specific area of her work with boarding school survivors, and their partners.
Nicola co-facilitates the BSS Women's Workshops and provides Psychotherapy and Supervision in Leeds. She attended the National Diploma Training in Specialist Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders (2005) with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl and Joy Schaverien. Previously trained in Gestalt, Body Psychotherapy and PBSP, she's been in private practice over 25 years.
Pippa has over 30 years of experience working as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Originally she trained in clinical psychology and has worked in a variety of settings, including on the teaching staff of the Tavistock Clinic. She has also worked extensively with those making life changes both in career, location or life style. Having lived and worked in a number of different countries she has a special concern for those who have been through upheavals in childhood, facing cultural change, whether it be in the move to boarding school in their country of origin or for those sent 'home' from ex pat communities. Pippa attended the 2005 specialist diploma training 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl and Joy Schaverien, and works as a co facilitator on the annual workshops for women ex boarders.
Sam is a psychodynamic counsellor and a graduate from Nick Duffell's Diploma in Specialist Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders. He works with individuals at his central Brighton practice and has experience working with people through a broad range of issues such as feelings of anxiety, problems with intimacy, addiction, and issues around sex and sexuality. Since qualifying as a counsellor he has gone on to complete further training in CBT and Ecotherapy.
Sara is a BACP registered humanistic integrative counsellor who has completed the specialist Diploma in psychotherapeutic work with ex-boarders with Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller. She sees private clients in Lewes and Hove and approximately half her clients are ex boarders or partners of ex boarders. She has worked for the NHS, Action for Change, and Axa PPP, and has additional training in working with complex trauma, shame, family estrangement, and coaching. She uses a variety of approaches in her work depending upon the client and the issue including person centred, transactional analysis, gestalt, mindfulness, and creative ways of working. As a former solicitor and yoga teacher she also brings a wide life experience to her practice.
Susanna’s experience covers working with relational themes of separation, loss and abandonment. She helps people inquire into their difficulties that may arise in relationships in later life. She works with individuals in private practice, recently moving to Truro in Cornwall. She has a Masters degree in depth-psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute, Devon and is registered with UKCP. She has attended the Boarding School Survivors workshops and the Specialist Diploma in working with ex-boarders.
Rosie has experience of boarding schools, both as a pupil and as a school counselor. She qualified as a psychotherapist in 1990 and is registered with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). Her approach is integrative and she has completed a number of trainings, including working with couples, with Nick Duffell and Helena Lovendäl. Her particular interests are gender, sex and sexuality.
Jane qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor in 2000 and has developed a thriving private practice in Exeter. She is an accredited member of AHPP (Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners) and registered with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). Additional training includes Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild (2003), and The Boarding School Experience with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl-Duffell and Joy Schaverien (2011). From her home in south-west France, she offers video-call sessions via Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp.. For more details, and to see her publications, please visit her website.