We are delighted to announce the 2020 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.
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.
I’m Emma. A counsellor / psychotherapist in Private Practice based in South East London. I also offer on line sessions via video. I work with people who are experiencing depression, stress, anxiety and the general pressures of modern day living. I specialise in trauma – big and small – and work with people to resolve the emotional, physical and behavioural effects of any trauma they have experienced in the past, or more recently. I’m an active member of CTUK and really honoured to have been asked to be a judge of the Awards. There are so many amazing counsellors and organisations in the UK working to support mental health and it’s really exciting to recognise some of them through these Awards.
Find out more about Emma here: www.INeedTherapy.co.uk