Cornwall Counselling Institute

A Centre of Excellence for counselling training

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A Centre of Excellence
for counselling training

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In recent years, we’ve seen the demand for mental health services grow enormously.

Both locally and nationally, there has been a dramatic increase in rates of anxiety, self-harm, complicated grief issues, loneliness and low mood.

The pandemic has its part to play in this shift, with 75% of the UK public reporting negative effects on their mental health post-lockdown*.

More than ever before, counselling and psychotherapy need to be an integral part of the country’s long-term mental health response to COVID-19.

Encouragingly, running alongside the increased need of mental health services in Cornwall, the number of people wishing to help, support and train in the field of counselling has also risen.

Many of these people are taking up the call with the help of The Cornwall Counselling Institute (CCI).

We currently offer 4 counselling programmes which can be studied as stand-alone qualifications, for those both wishing to upskill or gain professional qualifications in the field.

Whatever stage in your counselling journey you’re at, you’ll find something here. From entry-level through to advanced, professional development short courses right up to a degree, there really is something for everyone.

*The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) conducted a Mindometer report in 2021, based on a YouGov survey of nearly 5,000 therapists.

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NEED TO KNOW MORE?
Join us at one of our FREE Counselling Taster Sessions in St Austell this Autumn:
  • Saturday 8th October – 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday 22nd October – 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday 12th November – 9am – 4pm
The taster day will offer you an informal experience to ask questions, try out some listening skills yourself and learn from professionals who have been on their own learning journey through Cornwall College.

NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO?

Penhaligon Counselling Agency
This low cost service offers a safe and confidential place to talk with a counsellor, whatever you are experiencing and is open to anyone in the local community and to Cornwall College students who are 16 years or over.

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Meet the Counselling Team

Deborah Williams

Head of Cornwall Counselling Institute

Deborah is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has been practicing for over 30 years in the field of mental health. Her 10-year training was based in general psychiatry, where she worked across a variety of specialist units in hospitals. She specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and worked predominantly with mood and anxiety disorders. She then moved into educational settings and spent 5 years supporting young people with acquired brain injury, learning difficulties and physical disabilities. Deborah has spent the last 10 years working for The Cornwall College Group, providing student counselling services, teaching on counselling and psychology courses and developing and expanding the professional counselling training programmes available at the Cornwall Counselling Institute.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Psychology, MSc Health Psychology, MSc Counselling Psychology, Post MSc Diploma Counselling Psychology, PGCE, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Ben Symes

Programme Manager Diploma in Person- Centred Counselling and Therapy

Ben found his vocation as a therapist having previously run a theatre company as actor, writer & director, taught English, and managed a circus shop. He now runs a busy private counselling practice for all adult and young person client groups, and still writes the occasional play. He is particularly interested in supporting grief and loss, and in creative and holistic personal development.

Qualifications: Level 5 Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy, Supervision Certificate (Cruse), BA (Hons) English, PGCE, MBACP (accredited)

Emma Barnes

Programme Manager Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies and BA Counselling Studies

Emma has worked across a variety of settings including private practice, counselling agencies and providing student support across colleges in Cornwall. She has 15 years’ experience working with children, young adults and managing safeguarding issues. Her specialism is in transpersonal therapy and integrated approaches and she is passionate about working creatively and experientially in both her practice and in her teaching.

Qualifications: FdA Counselling Studies, BA (Hons) Counselling and Supervision, PGCE

Lucy Johnson

Programme Manager Level 2 Counselling Skills and Manager of Penhaligon Counselling Agency

Lucy has worked in education for nearly 20 years in a number of different roles.  After volunteering with the Samaritans for a number of years, she decided training to become a counsellor was her next step. She has worked in a variety of counselling agencies and also has her own private counselling practice where she works with a variety of client issues.  She loves the idea of facilitating growth and is a passionate believer in letting people find their own unique pathways. She embraces this approach in both her client work and teaching.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 3 Education and Training, Level 5 Diploma in Person -Centred Counselling, BA (Hons) Social Sciences with Social Policy

Alice Allsworth

Counselling Lecturer, Clinical Supervisor

Alice has had a varied career, having originally trained as a nurse and then moved into other roles over time, including working with bereaved children and their families and supporting parents of children with additional needs.  Alice is particularly interested in supporting clients experiencing loss and grief. Completing training as a counsellor and supervisor later in life, she runs her own private practice and also provides counselling supervision as well as clinical supervision to nurses in the NHS.

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Counselling Studies, Level 5 Diploma in Person-centred Counselling and Therapy, Cert.Ed., Cert. Management OU

Thomas Sharpe

Counselling Lecturer

Thomas is a counsellor who lives and works in Falmouth. He is interested in modern relational techniques, the intersection of research and practice, and works with people with a wide range of mental health concerns.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 5 Diploma in Person -Centred Counselling, PTLLS, BA (Hons) Broadcasting, MA Professional Writing, MBACP

Annie Haggerty

Counselling Lecturer

Annie originally qualified as a Social Worker before gaining her professional qualification as a Person-Centred counsellor. She has had a variety of roles in social care, including working with young people who are homeless, struggling to engage and with addiction. She has 12 years’ experience working therapeutically in a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation unit. She is passionate about working with people to reach their full potential.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 4 Cert Training and Education, Level 5 Diploma in Person -Centred Counselling, Level 5 CQSW, Level 5 Connexions Diploma

Audrey Watkins

Counselling Lecturer

Audrey worked for social services practicing exclusively in adult services for 25 years before becoming a trained counsellor. Specialising in supporting clients with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addiction issues.

Qualifications: Level 4 Co-ordination of Learning and Development, Level 5 Diploma Person- Centred Counselling, Cert Ed, Diploma Neuro-Linguistic Programming, HND Health and Social Care.

Amey Minsansa

Counselling Lecturer

Amey is a Person-Centred therapist, mum, and wife; busy nurturing her dual heritage family on the North Cornwall Coast. She is currently running a private counselling practice, facilitating domestic abuse prevention programmes, and working in schools delivering Anti-Racism and Inclusive Practice Training. She has a strong belief in the human potential for change, growth, and repair. She particularly enjoys supporting people to have more loving, fulfilling relationships.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 3 Counselling Studies, Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, TEFL

Emma Brotherton

Counselling Lecturer

Emma has worked in pastoral support within education and community outreach for over ten years.  She works with Pegasus Men’s Wellbeing agency and is passionate about supporting those engaging in education through supporting their wellbeing with programmes such as the mental health mentor scheme.

Qualifications: L2 Counselling Skills, L3 Therapeutic Counselling, L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Cert Ed, L6 Careers Advice and Guidance, FdSc Marine Science

Vicky Otter

Associate Lecturer

Vicky runs her own practice as a wellbeing coach, integrating coaching conversations, creative exploration and nature-based activities with clients. With a background in teaching, Vicky was introduced to coaching by her headteacher and loved the approach that people could find the answers they needed within themselves. This aligned with her belief that no one was broken or needed fixing and she soon left classroom teaching to set up her own social enterprise to support people to uncover this for themselves. She loves integrating ecotherapy, person-centred approaches and spirituality into her coaching.

 

Qualifications: PGCE, Certified mBIT Coach, Level 2 Counselling Skills, Three Principles Facilitator, Reiki Level 3, Suicide First Aid.

Simon Milton

Associate Lecturer

Simon’s areas of interest cover Men’s Mental Health, Sexual and Gender Identity, Suicide, and Self Harm. Simon works in private practice as well as volunteering for a charity supporting LGBTQ+ individuals of all ages. He is a Director of Pegasus Men’s Wellbeing Centre.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 2 Suicide and Self Harm, ASIST, Level 5 Diploma Person -Centred Counselling and Therapy, BA (Hons) Music

Marie White

Associate Lecturer

Marie has specialised in working with clients who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse. She combines her own private counselling practice with her teaching.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 3 Education and Training, Level 4 Advanced Counselling skills, Level 5 Diploma Person- Centred Counselling and Therapy

Leanne McCann

Associate Lecturer

Leanne has worked in a variety of counselling agency settings and specialises in supporting clients with domestic abuse, and has also trained to work with child bereavement. She combines private counselling practice with working for a counselling agency with clients experiencing domestic abuse. She also works as an Employee Assisted Programme counsellor supporting a range of mental health issues.

Qualifications:  Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies, Level 5 Diploma Person -Centred Counselling and Therapy.

Tristan Lawer

Associate Lecturer

Tristan works in private practice with adults and young people using an integrative counselling approach. He draws upon transpersonal and eco-psychology, health couching and has a firm foundation in Person-Centred theory. He also works for a counselling agency supporting young people on an individual basis and through groups, specialising in neurodiversity. His interests are in studying consciousness, phenomenology, and sensation.

Qualifications:  Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 5 Diploma Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy, completing BA (Hons) Counselling Studies

Mike Clement

Associate Lecturer, Clinical Supervisor

Mike works in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor. He previously worked for many years as a registered nurse. He has experience in working with a broad spectrum of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. He also works as an affiliate Employee Assisted Programme counsellor providing online therapy to police officers, council workers and educational institution staff. He is particularly interested in supporting clients with work stress, bereavement, complex trauma, addiction and medical issues.

Qualifications: Level 2 Counselling Skills, Level 5 Diploma Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy, Foundation Certificate Bereavement Counselling, Diploma Nursing, BA (Hons) Counselling Studies, MBACP

Ruth Voisey

Counselling Administrator

Ruth has worked as part of the Cornwall College Group since 2009 across a variety of departments.  She joined the Counselling Team in 2021 and supports them with a range of administrative duties and course enquiries.

Qualifications: Level 2 ECDL, FdA Health and Community Studies, BA (Hons) Combined Social Science

Courses at Cornwall Counselling Institute

Cornwall College logoNCFE L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Daytime Course)

NCFE L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Daytime Course)

Adult
  • Location – Cornwall College Camborne, Cornwall College St Austell
  • Duration – 15 Weeks   |   Part-time
  • Level – Level 2
  • Available Starts – 01/03/2023, 20/09/2023, 28/02/2023, 19/09/2023
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Cornwall College logoWorking with and Understanding LGBTQIA+ Issues (FREE Course)

Working with and Understanding LGBTQIA+ Issues (FREE Course)

Leisure and Professional
  • Location – Cornwall College Camborne
  • Duration – 6 hour workshop on a Saturday   |   Full-time
  • Level – No Qualification
  • Available Starts – 10/12/2022
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Cornwall College logoBA (Hons) Counselling Studies (Part-time)

BA (Hons) Counselling Studies (Part-time)

University
  • Location – Cornwall College Camborne
  • Duration – 2 Years   |   Part-time
  • Level – Level 6
  • Available Starts – 23/09/2022, 29/09/2023
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Cornwall College logoNCFE L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Evening Course)

NCFE L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Evening Course)

Adult
  • Location – Cornwall College Camborne
  • Duration – 20 Weeks   |   Part-time
  • Level – Level 2
  • Available Starts – 27/02/2023, 11/09/2023
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Cornwall College logoWorking with and Understanding LGBTQIA+ Issues (FREE Course)

Working with and Understanding LGBTQIA+ Issues (FREE Course)

Leisure and Professional
  • Location – Cornwall College St Austell
  • Duration – 6 hour workshop on a Saturday   |   Full-time
  • Level – No Qualification
  • Available Starts – 21/01/2023
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Cornwall College logoDiploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

University
  • Location – Cornwall College Camborne
  • Duration – 2 Years   |   Part-time
  • Level – Level 5
  • Available Starts – 20/09/2022, 26/09/2023
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Cornwall College logoAdvanced Counselling Studies*

Advanced Counselling Studies*

University
  • Location – Cornwall College Camborne
  • Duration – 1 Year   |   Full-time
  • Level – Level 4
  • Available Starts – 20/09/2022, 26/09/2023
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Cornwall College logoFREE Counselling Taster Sessions

FREE Counselling Taster Sessions

Leisure and Professional
  • Location – Cornwall College St Austell
  • Duration – 9am – 4pm   |   Full-time
  • Level – No Qualification
  • Available Starts – 08/10/2022, 22/10/2022, 12/11/2022
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Cornwall College logoOnline NCFE L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Evening Course)

Online NCFE L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Evening Course)

Adult
  • Location – Cornwall College St Austell, Virtual
  • Duration – 20 Weeks   |   Online
  • Level – Level 2
  • Available Starts – 12/09/2023, 28/02/2023
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Cornwall College logoWorking with and Understanding LGBTQIA+ Issues (FREE Online Course)

Working with and Understanding LGBTQIA+ Issues (FREE Online Course)

Leisure and Professional
  • Location – Virtual
  • Duration – Online 3 hours in the evening over 2 weeks.   |   Online
  • Level – No Qualification
  • Available Starts – 15/02/2023
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