We are delighted to announce the 2019 panel of judges for the National Counsellors’ Day awards. All five judges are qualified and experienced counsellors, supervisors and trainers from around the UK, with a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge. They will work together to decide the finalists and winners from each category. You can find out more about the awards categories and make a nomination here. You can find our more about our judges below.
Tess Brooks is an integrative counsellor specialising in working with gender, relationship and sexually diverse communities. In addition to her private practice ‘Starlight Therapy’, she delivers LGBTQ awareness sessions, is a Diversity and Inclusion consultant, public speaker and Vice Chair of the national charity Bi Pride UK.
Tess is experienced in working in the charity sector, managing and developing counselling services and fully believes that that culture of exploitation of counsellors needs to be challenged.
You can find out more about Tess here.
Connie returned to education as a mature student in her late 20’s after realising that her calling was in mental health and well-being.
During her training and after qualifying as a counsellor in 2009, Connie worked for an agency that specialized in suicide prevention. She had been in private practice but left the agency work to develop her private practice further in 2014. .
Connie currently works out of private premises in Antrim Town in Northern Ireland, offering counselling and counselling supervision. She particularly enjoys working with young people and this would be her main client group. She is excited to be involved with CTUK and is an avid admirer of the work they do and the difficult agendas they address.
You can find out more about Connie here.
Claire Goodwin-Fee is an Integrative Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor & Trainer. She has been a practitioner for over 15 years and is passionate about Mental Health with a specialist interest in Anxiety & Trauma.
Claire is based in South East London & Kent.
You can find Claire at The Therapy Couch here.
Hello, my name is Bertha Huayllani Ccolque. I hold a BSc in Psychology & Counselling and a PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I have been in private practice since 2013. Prior to this, I ran various businesses while raising my two wonderful children. I am originally from the City of the Incas – Cusco, Peru – living here in the UK for the past 20 years. I love travelling, and languages, but I am especially passionate about people. I believe that each of us carry a seed of potential within, to tap into and blossom out of. My experiences with the homeless, asylum seekers, children, young people, immigrants, adults, and the elderly, have all enriched my life in many ways. My future aspiration is to create affordable access to online counselling for young adults. I am delighted to be one of the panel judges for the Counsellors Together UK (CTUK) event, National Counsellors’ Day. It is our duty to educate society about the lasting benefits that our counselling work has on others, and celebrate it. CTUK is an inclusive, new organisation that exists to end the exploitation of qualified counsellors. Together, working collaboratively, we can achieve CTUKs vision.
Kate Telford has worked in the mental health sector for the last 10 years. She is a counsellor and clinical supervisor, specialising in working with complex children and young people.
You can find Kate here.
N.B. All judges are independent of CTUK admin and CTUK admin will NOT be involved in the judging process.