Exec Who's Who

Maureen Slattery-Marsh, Chair

I can trace back my interest in counselling to my involvement with marginalised young people in education in Dublin and to my experiences in community reconciliation work in Northern Ireland.  When I moved to Scotland in the early 90's, I completed a Masters in Theology and Development at the University of Edinburgh researching Religion and Identity.  I then worked for the Board of Social Responsibility of the Church of Scotland for several years, contributing to the development of counselling and addiction services in Edinburgh.

In 2003, I moved to Birmingham to live and work at the United College of the Ascension in Selly Oak and developed courses in cross cultural counselling for church and community leaders from different parts of the world.  I began a further training in psychodynamic counselling the University of Birmingham and completed an MA in counselling in 2009 on the Spirituality of Counsellors at the Centre for Health and Healing, St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham'

I took up the post of Senior Lecturer in counselling with Birmingham Adult Education Service in 2007 and for five years led a team of tutors delivering a range of counselling courses in adult education centres across the city.  In 2009, I was appointed as visiting lecturer in counselling at Newman University Birmingham where I have been involved in teaching various modules on the Foundation Degree programme.

I attended my first APSCC conference in 2009 and found a deep resonance between my MA research findings and the APSCC conference theme 'Acknowledging the Spiritual in the Client, -an ethical essential'.  I decided to get more involved in APSCC in whatever way I could.  In 2010 I was invited to be a member of the APSCC Task and Finish Group and contributed to the research report on 'The evaluation of the inclusion of spirituality in BACP accredited counselling training programmes''

With the encouragement of BACP Spirituality (what was APSCC), I set up the first regional APSCC group in June 2010 to provide a forum for practitioners to discuss issues of spirituality in their counselling and pastoral care work.  Three years later several regional groups have come into existence an as a member of the BACP Spirituality executive I would like to promote and support the development of this regional network.

My current role is as Clinical Manager of Icap West Midlands, a charity delivering counselling and psychotherapy to Irish and other immigrant groups who have been affected by trauma, abuse, loss and migration. I also work as a trainer, lecturer and counselling supervisor.  I am an accredited member of BACP, a member of the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy (WMIP) and the General Teaching Council of Scotland.

My spirituality is rooted in the reality of human suffering and the need for a relational theology. It is echoed in the words of Patrick Mc Gill, an Irish poet:

'I believe there is an Influence for Good working through the Ages and it is only by laying our wounds open that we can hope to benefit by the Influence. Who doctors the wounds that we hide from everyone's eyes?' 

I believe we are all 'Wounded Healers' and that we have the privilege of availing of and offering Healing Grace into our own lives and the lives of others.

Melody Cranbourne-Rosser, Previous Chair

In addition to being a Registered Member of BACP (MBACP), I am an HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist, Member of BPS (MBPsS), and Fellow of the NCS (FNCS). I have worked within the realms of health, social care and education for many years, initially within hospital settings and later within the community with people with mental health problems and learning difficulties. I trained as a therapist throughout the 90s, during which time I undertook a range of voluntary placements, and later went on to teach counselling within an FE college where I also managed an adult basic skills centre. Positions since have included various therapy, supervision and coordination posts, where I have had the opportunity to work therapeutically with children, young people and adults, plus supervise practitioners based within a wide range of settings. Particular areas of interest and experience include the long term effects of abuse, working with children and young people who engage in sexually harmful behaviour, creative arts therapies and therapeutic play, spiritual emergence and emergency, spiritual abuse, creative supervision, and practitioner care and secondary trauma. Since 2014 I have worked as a Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, initially in the Health and Social Care Department and from 2015 onwards within the Psychology Department. I am also External Examiner for a postgraduate supervision training offered throughout the UK and a diploma in counselling delivered in the Channel Islands. In addition, I operate a small supervision and therapy practice based within the South Wales area.

In addition to my position within BACP Spirituality, other current and previous committee posts include: BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Wales (member since 2002, co-opted committee member 2013 onwards); BPS DCoP Sub-Committee for Practice and Research (2003-05, which included becoming Honorary Secretary and jointly contributing to BPS DCoP Professional Practice Guidelines published in 2005); Founder and Lead for BPS DCoP Spirituality Special Interest Group (2013 onwards); Committee Member/Chair of a rape and sexual abuse service based in South Wales (1992-95 and 1995-97 respectively); and Board Member/Counselling Services Representative for a community-based cancer service, also in South Wales (2005-07). In 2009 I set up Soul Psychology, an online network for practitioners working from a transpersonal perspective, and continue to support and maintain this resource. I am also a member of the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section and the British Association for the Study of Spirituality. I am committed to continuing professional development and have undertaken a range of related qualifications to support this. For example, MSc (Mental Health), MA (Child Welfare & Applied Childhood Studies), PGCert (Supervision), PQDip (Children & Adolescents), PGDip (Consciousness & Transpersonal Psychology), Dip (Psychosynthesis Counselling & Therapy), BSc Hons (Psychology), Certs (Dramatherapy and Family Therapy), PGCE.

My core theoretical model is Psychosynthesis and this sits at the heart of my practice. I also enjoy using creative arts approaches within my work, and feel that such methods allow a deeper level of understanding to unfold. I also feel that creativity and spirituality are intrinsically linked and the former can offer powerful ways of communicating a sense of the latter.

Gillie Jenkinson

My interest in joining the Exec is because I want to participate in the ongoing dialogue on religion/spirituality and counselling/psychotherapy. Whilst I think it is important to acknowledge the positives it is also essential to recognise the shadow side of religion/spirituality as well as counselling/psychotherapy. There are many who have been harmed, who do not have a voice, and have not been understood.

A bit more about me: I am a Director of Hope Valley Counselling Limited and specialise in offering counselling and psychotherapy to those who have left cults or coercive relationships/groups and those who have been abused. I am the co-ordinator for EnCourage Survivors of Cults and Abuse, a UK Charity. I am a trained counsellor and psychotherapist with an Advanced Diploma in Pastoral Counselling and an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy. I am accredited and registered with UKCP and am a Registered MBACP. I served two internships at Wellspring Retreat Centre for survivors of cults and spiritual abuse, Ohio. I have many years experience working with survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and cults, as well as with clients with other issues. I am a trained Supervisor (Diploma in Supervision).  I facilitate an ex-member support and education group from my consulting room in Grindleford, Derbyshire and regularly speak and train on recovery issues.

I attended the University of Nottingham from 2012-2016 in order to conduct doctoral research into what helps former cult members recover from an abusive cult experience. My thesis is entitled: 'Freeing the Authentic Self: Phases of Recovery and Growth from an Abusive Cult Experience' and is a qualitative, constructivist grounded theory, study. For my previous Masters research I conducted a smaller scale study into the same subject: "What helps Ex-cult members recover from an abusive cult experience". I have presented numerous papers in the UK and internationally - amongst these are: 'What is cult pseudo-personality and how does it form?'; 'Anger rage and cults' (with Sue Parker Hall); and 'Counter-transference working with former cult members' (with Lorna Goldberg). I have two papers published in Cultic Studies Review; 'An Investigation into Cult Pseudo-Personality: What Is It and How Does It Form?' (2008) and 'Cult Pseudo-Creativity vs. Creativity in Recovery' (2010). I co-authored a chapter entitled 'Pathological Spirituality' with Dr. Nicola Crowley for a medical text book entitled 'Spirituality and Psychiatry' published by RCPsych Publications (2009) in UK. BACP Therapy Today published my article, 'Working with Cult Survivors', in May 2013. I am Mental Health Editor for the International Cultic Studies Association Magazine - ICSA Today.

Valda Swinton

My interest in counselling was born out of my Christian faith, as my spirituality began to impact my day to day encounters. It was my experience of listening to individuals in a faith context that initiated my first training in pastoral counselling. Since I completing that initial training in 1989, I went on to complete an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology at Loughborough University followed by an MA in Counselling at Keele University. It was while studying for my MA at Keele University that I was drawn to the idea of counselling training rather than just one to one work. Once I completed my MA I worked in a number of counselling agencies and as a visiting lecturer at a Further Education College. In 1996 I joined University College Warrington (Warrington Collegiate Institute) as a Lecturer in Counselling teaching on the Counselling, Social Work and Undergraduate Programmes. Then on 11th of September 2001, I attended an interview for my present post at the University of Chester, where I am the programme leader for the MA in Clinical Counselling. I am a BACP registered practitioner and was a Counsellor in a G.P. Surgery for 11 years. I currently have a small private practice in both counselling and supervision. I recently completed my professional doctorate in counselling from the University of Manchester with William West; my interest being the spiritual dimension in counselling training.

Kathryn Kinmond

I believe that we are all spiritual beings, but many of us have forgotten how to listen to our spirituality. As a consequence, many continually search - often down self-destructive paths that lead not to peace and self-awareness but to pain and increasing self-doubt.  I believe that counselling and psychotherapy can be very helpful but I believe that they can be of most benefit when they are grounded within spirituality.  My interest in joining BACP Spirituality (what was the APSCC) was to contribute to this developing dialogue about the importance and relevance of spirituality to counselling and psychotherapy. I am also aware of the darker side of religion and spirituality and together with a colleague I am involved in working to raise awareness of spiritual abuse, through publications and training.  This little-understood form of abuse is also something that I feel is pertinent to the debate and I would like to work with members to increase knowledge and give voice to survivors.  I am a BACP accredited counsellor and I have worked largely with people who have been abused and also people with learning difficulties and disabilities. I am a chartered psychologist, chartered scientist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.  I trained as a counsellor as I wanted to be able to work effectively with people who were in pain. I am also a qualified clinical supervisor.  In conclusion, I remember my first APSCC conference. It truly felt like I belonged and for the first time I was able to engage in discussions and debates about spiritual issues that really impacted my practice.  I also felt inspired by the speakers. I want to work with BACP Spirituality so that more practitioners can feel this sense of belonging and inspiration to grow both themselves and their practice spiritually.

Dr Kathryn Kinmond MBACP (Accred) CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS.

Keith Hackwood

Keith Hackwood

In the late 1990s I trained as a Psychosynthesis therapist and have been working in that modality since qualifying in 2001, with a central focus on the transpersonal experience and spirituality. In that time I have worked with drama & movement therapy as well as the talking therapy approach in schools, prisons and, extensively, in University environments, as well as within private practice; these days most of my work is private, with clients and supervisees, groups and workshops.

I have sought to engage my interests in Mindfulness (which I teach and lead retreats on), with an informed and open therapeutic method, also integrating my studies of many of the world’s religious and spiritual wisdom traditions (such as Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Kabbalah, the Western Hermetic Schools, indigenous and shamanic traditions, the Christian mystics etc) and a lifelong love of art and poetry. This larger synthesis has been fascinating and enriching and allows a developing context for understanding the work in larger contexts – the cultural, historical and societal aspects in particular. I have also been pursuing my interest in Ecopsychology, especially as a means to think about living systems and the human impact upon them. To my mind this has profound implications for spirituality.

Before ever becoming a therapist my background was in arts and literature (pursuing firstly an English degree and then an MA in Cultural & Critical Studies) and my working life included stints in the heritage sector, in the voluntary sector, and working with mental health and vocational rehabilitation.

For the last seventeen years my own practice has been based in Tibetan Buddhism.

I am a registered BACP member, and also belong to the UKAHPP, the IPN and the Scientific & Medical Network. Since my first poetry collection was published in 2004 I’m also a member of Literature Wales, formerly the Welsh Academy. Currently I am finishing a book on the life and work of Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis, and I was fortunate to have a recent article on this research published in Thresholds journal. I also presented on this theme (‘A Rough Guide to Transpersonal Psychology: From Assagioli to Almaas’) at last year’s BACP Spirituality (APSCC) strand of the joint divisional conference in London and Leeds.

I am keen to bring whatever perspective I can offer to the Exec Committee’s work to enhance the inclusion of spirituality within the therapeutic mainstream, I feel this is vital if our profession is to better meet the exceptional demands of our time.

I am based in South Wales, where I work and live with my partner Helen and son, Kalden.

To contact BACP Spirituality please e-mail Spirituality@bacp.co.uk