About us

In 2013, The Banbury Therapy Centre embarked on a plan to develop a gold standard counselling academy, in Oxfordshire to serve the local community.  Year by year we have developed and refined our curriculum to span the full 5 years of training. Our pioneer group of students who started with us at the beginning,  graduated in June 2017 as fully qualified counsellors, and in 2018 our second group of graduates went out into the world to heal and to support. They are now working in a variety of contexts and some have joined the Banbury Therapy Centre to serve our local community with much needed mental health services.  We are enormously proud of their achievements, and also grateful to them for showing us the way and helping us to develop what is a truly exciting, relevant and robust training for therapeutic counsellors. 

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What makes us gold standard?

  • We are committed to teaching in small groups. We do not run groups larger than 12 individuals. We are convinced this is essential to building trust within the group so that our students are able to honestly and openly develop their understanding. We feel that large counselling training groups are detrimental to the safety of the learning environment. People in large groups will tend not to take risks or push beyond their comfort zones. Trainees who play safe will not gain the learning they need to hold clients in a robust way.

  • We have a tried and tested curriculum on all our levels. At Level 4 we integrate three complementary and reinforcing modalities, Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, with the integrative framework of the Therapeutic Relationship which provides our graduates with a flexible humanistic practice which is fully adaptable to client’s varying presentations and needs.

  • Our tutors are of the highest calibre. They are qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists who have a wide range of specialisations which they bring to the training.

  • We are constantly evolving and changing in response to feedback from our students. They lead our progress and have direct input into the running of the Academy through regular evaluation questionnaire and attendance at Board of Studies meetings.

  • We are supported and accredited by the CPCAB. This excellent awarding body provides a successful model of criteria that our courses are contained within. The CPCAB has provided counselling qualifications for 20 years and helped to change countless lives for the better.

It is our intention to continue to develop and nurture the next generations of counsellors and psychotherapists as our organisation goes from strength to strength.

 

 Academy Manager

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Rachel is the person who keeps us all in order. For any query regarding student applications or enrolment please contact her on rachel.curd@banburytherapygroup.com

The Tutor Team

 
Rob Husband  Rob has a Masters in Development Training through the University of Cumbria, a Level 5 Coaching Qualification in Coaching and Mentoring, and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. He has been working with groups to facilitate learning for over 20 years. He is involved in leadership and management development running a management development department for a national charity. He is a Founding Director of Space2think a learning and development organisation.

Rob Husband

Rob has a Masters in Development Training through the University of Cumbria, a Level 5 Coaching Qualification in Coaching and Mentoring, and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. He has been working with groups to facilitate learning for over 20 years. He is involved in leadership and management development running a management development department for a national charity. He is a Founding Director of Space2think a learning and development organisation.

Tina Poke  Tina Poke  Tina is an experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with 20 years experience of working with Relate, Katharine House Hospice and Cruse Bereavement Care and currently with the Fire Service has her own private practice.  Tina is an integrative therapist accredited by the BACP. In addition to her therapeutic qualifications, Tina has a Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring, a Degree in Leadership and Management; she is qualified to work with adult learners and is a qualified EMDR practitioner.

Tina Poke

Tina Poke

Tina is an experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with 20 years experience of working with Relate, Katharine House Hospice and Cruse Bereavement Care and currently with the Fire Service has her own private practice.

Tina is an integrative therapist accredited by the BACP. In addition to her therapeutic qualifications, Tina has a Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring, a Degree in Leadership and Management; she is qualified to work with adult learners and is a qualified EMDR practitioner.

Nicki Richardson  Nicki is an experienced therapist and teacher. Included in her qualifications are: A Diploma in Integrative Counselling, A Diploma in Couples Counselling, A BPS approved Certificate in Supervision. She is studying for a BSc Hons Degree in Psychology with the OU and is an Accredited member of BACP. She also holds qualifications in teaching adult learners.  Nicki has over 14 years experience teaching all levels of counselling at Banbury Counselling Academy, Oxford and Cherwell College of FE and Training Manager for a national charity. She delivers short courses to counsellors on a wide range of subjects and works in private practice from her home. .

Nicki Richardson

Nicki is an experienced therapist and teacher. Included in her qualifications are: A Diploma in Integrative Counselling, A Diploma in Couples Counselling, A BPS approved Certificate in Supervision.
She is studying for a BSc Hons Degree in Psychology with the OU and is an Accredited member of BACP. She also holds qualifications in teaching adult learners.

Nicki has over 14 years experience teaching all levels of counselling at Banbury Counselling Academy, Oxford and Cherwell College of FE and Training Manager for a national charity. She delivers short courses to counsellors on a wide range of subjects and works in private practice from her home. .

Catherine Cour-Palais  Catherine graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy in 1991 and went on to work in the Department of Health. She is a qualified teacher who received her post-graduate certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes University. She is also a qualified Person Centered Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She currently has an established private counselling practice at the Banbury Therapy Centre, works with a local bereavement service, and is an associate counsellor within a university counselling service.

Catherine Cour-Palais

Catherine graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy in 1991 and went on to work in the Department of Health. She is a qualified teacher who received her post-graduate certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes University. She is also a qualified Person Centered Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She currently has an established private counselling practice at the Banbury Therapy Centre, works with a local bereavement service, and is an associate counsellor within a university counselling service.

Rachel Young   Rachel is Director of the Banbury Counselling Academy. She holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, as well as Higher and Post Graduate Diplomas in Gestalt Therapy Theory and Group Facilitation. Rachel is an experienced group facilitator having worked for some years as an addictions group therapist in a prison setting and in the community, and trained in Gestalt group facilitation. She has worked as a psychotherapist since 2006.

Rachel Young


Rachel is Director of the Banbury Counselling Academy. She holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, as well as Higher and Post Graduate Diplomas in Gestalt Therapy Theory and Group Facilitation. Rachel is an experienced group facilitator having worked for some years as an addictions group therapist in a prison setting and in the community, and trained in Gestalt group facilitation. She has worked as a psychotherapist since 2006.

Lucy Smith  BSc Hons, MSc  Lucy is an Integrative counsellor, using an approach which draws from humanistic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic principles. This broad basis of training and theory allows her to offer a strong foundation for teaching on Counselling Training team. She is a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and adheres to their ethical framework.

Lucy Smith

BSc Hons, MSc

Lucy is an Integrative counsellor, using an approach which draws from humanistic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic principles. This broad basis of training and theory allows her to offer a strong foundation for teaching on Counselling Training team. She is a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and adheres to their ethical framework.

Terms + Conditions

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1)  Fees

Fees for all courses are to be paid prior to commencement of the course except by prior arrangement with the Academy.

2) Refunds

A refund is the repayment of fees already received by the Academy.  Students are entitled to automatic full refunds where the Academy cancels a course for which they had enrolled and paid fees. All refunds should be made within ten working days of the decision to close a class.  Refunds may also be made to students in the following situation -  where a student’s complaint is upheld by the Academy and/or CPCAB.  If you are seeking a refund, please write to Jo Collins at jo@banburytherapycentre.com with the reasons for your request.

3)  Withdrawal

If a students decides to withdraw before the course commences they will be entitled to a full refund up until 60 days prior to the commencement of the course and 50% up to 30 days prior to the commencement of the course. There will be no refund if a student withdraws from a course 30 days prior to the course or after the course has started.

Students must inform the Academy as soon as possible if they are unable to commence their studies or if they wish to defer their place (deferment is at the discretion of the Academy.) If deferment is accepted, additional course costs may be required.