Julie Wyman – BSc (Hons) MBACP (Accred) – Co-Founder and Group Facilitator
I’m Julie – one of the founders of Devon Counselling College in 2006.
Counselling felt like a natural progression for me as I entered my forties. A previous career in HR and some major life events had left me with big questions about myself, my purpose and my place in the world – I have to add a note of caution here – as soon as I got somewhere near my answers, they were quickly replaced by further questions…that seems to be the nature of all personal development work!
My search for answers and inquisitive nature accompany me into my sixth decade; I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and have never stopped studying since I left school at 16, armed with very few qualifications.
I have worked therapeutically in a variety of settings for many years now, and it is difficult to describe the eclectic nature of what I actually do these days: I love the generous and relational ethos of the Rogerian approach, and my heart lies in the deep reflective personal inquiry that is woven through my roles as therapist, supervisor and coach. Together with this I am an NLP and creative arts practitioner and often incorporate this into my support of other peoples’ inquiries into their big questions; encouraging them to take the time to identify personal strengths as well as areas for growth.
I am a strong advocate for innovative and creative approaches to learning, and when it comes to training and group facilitation, I maintain a strong belief that every person has the potential to learn and develop, and it is very special to be able to witness those discoveries for another person.
Henri Treece – Devon Counselling College Partner and Tutor
I moved from a career in International Banking, People Management and Training and found counselling. As it was then I realised, it was people and their ability to be amazing through adversity, that really interested me. For 4 years I set up and managed a successful counselling service, emotional telephone support and issue focussed training for unpaid carers across Devon. I have a Private Counselling and Supervision Practice which keeps me busy.
My initial core model was Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but I now work in an integrative and creative way, underpinned by the core conditions of Person-Centred therapy. I am enthused by working with people at all levels, to reach their personal goals and achieve their potential. I am passionate about what I do and the difference it can make. I am willing and able to give the time and effort to support and walk alongside others on their personal journey.
Simon Heath – DCC Tutor
Before becoming a counsellor and tutor I worked in a number of diverse areas including a call centre, a watermill, factories, hospitals, a prison and as a public artist.
When I am not teaching or counselling, I work as a gardener – a job that allows me to work creatively and get in touch with environment in which I live; this is really important to me and is something that I am looking to integrate into my therapeutic work with clients in a form of ecotherapy.
I am creative in my approach to teaching and like to work intuitively – there is a real buzz that comes from a group where the discussion flows – and the learning is from, and to, us all. For me the most important and fascinating aspect of the work we do within college is self-exploration; looking at what makes each of us who we are – it is, for me, the foundation on which all the theory sits and although it can be challenging it is immensely rewarding and a privilege for me to be a part of.
Claire Goss – BSc (Hons) PGCE
As an adult, I returned to education and studied for a BSc Psychology; I then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and worked as a secondary school teacher where I taught a number of subjects, including A level psychology. Over time, I realised that I was being increasingly drawn towards supporting the psychological wellbeing of those within the education system and so decided to retrain as counsellor.
Since qualifying, I have set up a successful private practice in the local area where I specialise in working with those with disordered eating, and with young people. Alongside my private practice, I offer short-term counselling to NHS patients in a number of local GP surgeries.
I am a firm believer that it is never too late to change your vision, to seek new opportunities, and to strive to reach new goals. Every day, I look forward to going to work and I take pleasure from knowing that, often through the simple act of listening, I have helped someone during a really difficult time in their life. In turn, I have learnt to better listen to my own needs and I continue to grow as a person. I look forward to helping to nurture your passion to become a counsellor, and to travelling alongside you on your journey to get to where you want to be.
Jan Finn – DCC Associate and Trainer
Jan has developed her counselling practice since 2003 when she qualified to become a therapeutic practitioner. Since then she has built a thriving career, and now runs a successful Private Practice alongside working for a Community Interest Company, Counsellors Southwest, which she helped set up to provide in-house short term counselling to GP surgeries in the local area. In recent years Jan has continued her professional development by gaining qualifications in Advanced Psychotherapy, Couples Counselling and Counselling for Depression (CfD).
Jan’s many hours of experience in counselling has resulted in a vast knowledge base of the human condition. Her main role in our team has been to enable our students with the opportunity for further exploration and awareness of themselves and how they relate to other people in their lives, including the introduction of mindfulness practice. More recently she has decided to take a step back and features less regularly in our core counsellor training although she is still loved and valued as an associate and occasional tutor here at DCC.
This page would not be complete without the inclusion of our friend Jenny Jackson, who taught both Julie and Henri up to their Level 4 Diploma. Jenny, along with Julie, founded DCC in 2006 and left due to a move to Gloucester in 2012. Her passion for, and strong belief in the value of relationship has had a huge impact on the way we work.