We invite you to get to know the ACTO Board of Directors a little better.......
My name is Sarah and I am passionate about how online therapy can enhance the counselling, psychotherapy and coaching professions; by reaching out and providing support and services to a wide range of people who may otherwise never seek therapy.
After a decade counselling in the substance misuse field I wanted a new challenge, and in 2009 moved in the higher education sector where I immediately wondered why we weren’t utilising online support! The majority of students are digital natives, expecting to be able to communicate online, so it made perfect sense to offer them online therapy.
With a decade of counselling, many years supervising and teaching on a counselling diploma; I was adamant that these experiences were not sufficient to launch into online working. It was important to me to be appropriately trained before setting up the online service at Cardiff University. Without this training and support I would have fallen over many more hurdles than I have!
As Chair of ACTO I want to share my enthusiasm, and learn from others as we move forward. ACTO has a wealth of experience and knowledge amongst its members, from students undertaking their online training, to newly qualified, and highly experienced online therapists. I encourage you all to get involved in ACTO, add to the content of the website and forum discussions in any way you wish – this is your organisation, and your website!
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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 did my counselling training in the Netherlands and my diploma is for counselling, coaching and psychosocial work from Academie Gradatim. My online training was done online in the UK with OLT. Both the general certificate and the diploma course.
Right now I have many hats on with my online work. I only work online but with varied jobs. Counsellor, Coach, Tutor and web designer. I am also a member of the OCTIA committee.
Socially I love to read and play boardgames with friends. Cultural holidays are another of my passions and spending time with my cats [Bella and Shadow] and 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.
“I’m Adrian Rhodes, the International Director of ACTO.
My professional origins are as a clergyman in the Church of England
and I’m an Honorary Canon at Manchester Cathedral
I trained initially as a counsellor in the mid 70’s
- then as a group and individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Registered with UKCP in the 80’s.
I worked in the NHS, heading up ‘Day-Democratic Therapeutic Communities”
and being involved in the training of junior psychiatrists.
I now work in private practice.
I was Honorary Secretary, then Vice Chair of UKCP from 2002-2009.
As part of that, I represented UKCP at the European Association for Psychotherapy
- the professional body of national and modality professional bodies.
I was elected as President of the EAP from 2001-13 - and Vice President two years either side of that.
Although I stepped down from the EAP in 2015, it seems they can’t do without me!
I’m being drafted back to lead a modality body within the EAP.
I am passionate about the development of online therapy
- both generally and as a new, distinct expression of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
And I’m excited by the chance to work across borders or all kinds.
In my free time, I'm a beekeeper, looking after about a dozen hives - at home, on the roof of Manchester Cathedral and elsewhere; and I teach beekeeping too!"
Director for Standards and Ethics
My name is Victoria Sharman, founder of V2Recovery Ltd where I work cross-culturally with individual, couple, family and offer consultative supervision for therapists on diverse and complex issues of health and wellbeing.
I am accredited and registered with professional and statutory bodies (UKCP and BACP), Professional standards Authority (PSA), Data Protection, a registered supplier for Barnardo’s on adoption work and fully insured.
I am a member of Association for Family Therapists (AFT) and Chair of Aspens, 2015 and in November 2017, I became Director for Standards and Ethics with ACTO.
I have a background in child and adolescent mental health and adult mental health with many years experience working in statutory and non-statutory settings, e.g. education, health and social care. I support therapists in training, in independent practice, through individual and group consultative supervision and mentoring.
I am passionate in promoting resilience, hope and wellbeing and this reflects my relational approach and style. I work on a variety of issues and some of them are to do with relationship distress, trauma, anxiety, depression, loss & bereavement, self-confidence/esteem, parenting and care giving.
I trained with PWTAcademy, an online training organisation and the experience transformed how I work that has been evolving to a blend of face-to-face and online practice and service provision. This training benefitted my personal and professional development by widening and enhancing my skills and knowledge base on many different aspects of ethical online work.
Hello – I’m Jan. I am qualified in both online counselling (2010) and online supervision (2012); I work integratively and believe that it is the strength of the relationship that enables a successful outcome.
Specific interests and experience:
- Counselling children and young people – online and face to face
- The mental Health needs of children and young people
- Bereavement support – both pre-and post-bereavement
- The emotional needs of siblings of children with disabilities and or special needs
- Chronic trauma in children and young people
- Supervising online counsellors working with children and young people (online)
My first introduction to the emotional needs of young people began whilst I was nursing as a paediatric palliative care nurse at a Children’s Hospice. This began my journey into counselling
Presently, I am a CPCAB approved tutor at OLT http://www.onlinetrainingforcounsellors.com/ , tutoring on the Certificate for Online Counselling and the Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision and I also work for a local children’s charity “Swings & Smiles”
Along with this I work in private practice “Ripples” - https://ripplesonline.blogspot.co.uk/ - providing online counselling for young people over the age of 17 and online supervision for two online counselling organisations for young people.
During those moments that I am not “stuck” to my computer, I indulge myself in life outdoors – time spent in the local countryside – in most weathers but preferably when it’s dry! I find that this is the one time that I can truly relax and box away any stresses.
Research & Development Director with ACTO
My name Is Pip, and I started life out as a French teacher, and then trained at Roehampton as a psychotherapist. That was in the 80s, and I really didn’t like the isolation of private practice. So for a long time I didn’t practice but was Head of The Mental Health Conference Unit at St George’s Hospital Medical School and since then have run my own company training mental health professionals. I was for a long time the Commissioning Editor for the UKCP Book Series and whilst doing that job I decided to write and edit Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet, which was published in the UKCP series in 2014. I trained as an online counsellor with OLT doing their Diploma in Online Counselling as well as their Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision, and I found I loved working online. I am now training director for PWT ACADEMY for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy and have been the Standards and Ethics Officer with ACTO since 2015. Since November 2017 I have switched to Research and Development Director.