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 Schoool Survivors Support.
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.
All our therapists work on-line and face-to-face.
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Marcus is a UKCP registered, BACP accredited, humanistic, integrative and formative psychotherapist. His approach is informed by the Alexander Technique in which he trained for many years. He sees individuals and couples, and is also an accredited Pesso-Boyden therapist and a clinical supervisor. Since 2005, he has been learning from Nick Duffell, Helena Løvendal and Joy Schaverien about working with ex-boarders. Marcus volunteers as a group facilitator on ‘Heal For Life’ residential workshops, and with Mavar as a therapist supporting young Chasidim looking to explore new paths beyond ultra-orthodoxy.
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. He attended the 2005 specialist diploma training 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl and Joy Schaverien. Darrel runs the ‘Boarding School Survivors’ workshops with Nick Duffell and Men's Groups exploring the themes of masculinity, identity and self-discovery.
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Rosemary is a psychodynamic counsellor and her work, over 30 years, covers relationship and intimacy issues, couples work, anxiety, loss / separation / bereavement, depression, confidence building, sexual and physical abuse, life changes, eating and weight worries. For 25 years she delivered a successful Peer Mentor training in a boarding school which contributed to a culture change amongst the pupils. She has run workshops – Anger Management, Sibling Rivalry, Ten Top Tips for Parents, Living with a Teenager, as well as on Loss and Transition. She attended the 2005 specialist diploma training 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' with Nick Duffell, Helena Lovendäl and Joy Schaverien.
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.
Susannah is a BACP accredited and UKCP registered Integrative psychotherapist and an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner having completed her initial training at Regent’s University and also a graduate from the specialist Diploma in 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' taught by Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller.
In her private practice she works with individuals in Islington, London and online. She also uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for trauma and finds it useful for dealing with abandonment issues and historical bullying.
Issues around the emotional repercussions of dyslexia, both diagnosed and undiagnosed are a particular interest. Previously, she worked as a litigation solicitor in the City for over 20 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. She worked as a co-facilitator on the annual workshops for women ex-boarders, and now practices as an individual therapist and supervisor.
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, and Internal Family Systems therapist (IFS), 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.
Karen is a NCPS accredited counsellor and works with adults around a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and self esteem. Her core training is in Transactional Analysis; she attended the specialist training in psychotherapeutic work with ex-boarders with Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller in 2017/18. Her first career was as a Chartered Accountant and she brings to her practice an understanding of both corporate and not for profit workplaces. She offers short and long term counselling.
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David Whyte, River Flow: New and Selected Poems
Ben is a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist and supervisor with over 20 years’ experience working in Oxford, London and internationally with individuals, couples, providing supervision and personal development and training groups.
Ben trained with Nick Duffell in the specialist diploma 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' and is now part of the facilitation team of the Boarding School Survivor workshops.
Ben has a particular focus on working with successful individuals many of whom are ex-boarders to address life’s challenges, personal and intimacy issues and work with their tenacity and embodied aliveness and intelligence to lead more satisfying and rewarding lives.
Karen is a BACP accredited psychodynamic counsellor and a graduate from the specialist Diploma in psychotherapeutic work with ex-boarders with Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller. She has previously worked for counselling organisations in Horsham and Tunbridge Wells. She currently works privately with individuals in Horsham and online to support them working through their struggles with what life throws up – both those things that are chosen and those not. Having lived and worked in a number of different countries, in industry, the charitable sector and education she brings an understanding of the psychological impact of institutions, trauma, culture and loss of home and place to her therapeutic work.
Amelia is a BACP accredited Humanistic counsellor who specialises in supporting clients to understand the effects their boarding school education may have had on their development as children and subsequent behaviour as adults. She has worked for various organisations including the NHS, Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Croydon, and has taught on the Person Centred degree course in East Sussex College. After completing Nick Duffell’s specialist diploma training in 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders', she has been running an online course for ex-boarders, workshops and a women's group. Amelia currently works in private practice in Brighton, as well as offering sessions online.
Janine Charles is a BACP Psychodynamic Counsellor and graduate of Nick Duffel’s training course 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders' and others impacted by boarding. She also has further training in working with issues around Adoption and has experience of a wide range of complex difficulties through her former work in the NHS and currently at a low-cost clinic in Brighton. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma in childhood (such as loss, abandonment, parental addictions, emotional unavailability of parents, hospitalisation) and how creative expression (such art, music or creative writing) can be a means of surviving as well as being testament to suffering. She see’s private clients in person in Brighton or online.
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.
Mark is a BACP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor. He trained at Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy where he gained his counselling diploma. After some years in practice he attended psychotherapy training at Re-Vision – Counselling and Psychotherapy with a Soulful Perspective.
Since then he has attended the Boarding School Survivors workshops and following that, he completed the therapy for boarding school survivors post-graduate diploma training “The Un-Making of Them” run by Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller.
He has a private practice in Stroud.
Sarah works with adults wanting to explore loss, abandonment, depression and relationship difficulties. She is a BACP registered humanistic integrative counsellor.
Sarah is based in Chorley, Lancashire and works with individuals, couples and groups in person and online. She uses a variety of approaches depending upon the unique needs of each client including person centred, compassion focused therapy, parts work, somatic experiencing, breathwork and polyvagal theory.
Since qualifying, Sarah has completed additional training in complex trauma, Neurodiversity (ADHD & Autism), shame, breathwork, couples and relationship therapy, as well as attending the Specialist Diploma in working with ex-boarders with Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller.
Shelagh is a BACP and NCPS registered Humanistic Integrative counsellor. She has worked for many years with men and women who had been sexually abused in childhood, becoming particularly interested in the impact of early years trauma on the adult and their subsequent relationships-both with family and partners.
She has completed additional training in Dissociation as a result of early years disruption and its influence on the person in adult life. She uses a variety of approaches to suit the clients needs at the time.
Shelagh has graduated from Nick Duffell’s specialist diploma training in 'Psychotherapy with ex-Boarders'. She works in private practice, mainly with ex-boarders and works online with individuals, both in the UK and abroad.
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.