Clinical qualifications

I have been privileged to study at a number of centres of national and global excellence in counselling, psychotherapy and psychosocial research, where I have completed the following trainings and accreditations:

  • MSc Therapeutic Practice for Psychological Trauma (University of Chester – Distinction)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – accredited practitioner (EMDR Europe)
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) – accredited practitioner (British Psychoanalytic Council)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Brighton and Wpf Therapy, London)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Wpf Therapy, London)

Further Training

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) – Externship and Core Skills (International Centre for Excellence in EFT Therapy)
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision (Waverley Abbey College)
  • Certificate in Online Counselling (OSCE, UK)
  • Certificate in Understanding Trauma: Principles and Practice (Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London)
  • Trained and accredited to use the Attachment Style Interview (Middlesex University)
  • Trained practitioner of the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), a biological-based system for reducing and eliminating the symptoms of traumatic stress.
  • Trained practitioner of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), a peer support protocol developed by the UK Armed Forces
  • Qualified Workplace Mediator.


Other areas in which I have undertaken continuing professional development (CPD) include Motivational Interviewing (MI), Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Responding to Kidnap, Crisis Management, Psychosocial Responses to Disasters, Psychopharmacology and Ecotherapy.

Accreditations and memberships

I am an accredited member of the following organisations:

  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • EMDR Association UK & Ireland
  • Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)

I am a professional member of the following organisations:

  • International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • The British Emotionally Focused Therapy Centre (BEFT)
  • European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD)
  • Association of Counsellors and Therapists Online (ACTO)


I have written widely on stress, trauma and staff care for a range of publications, including:

Searching for Security: An Attachment Perspective on Aid Worker Relationships . In Psychological Support for Workers on the Move (Routledge, 2023)

The impact of emergency aid work on personal relationships: a psychodynamic study. Journal of International Humanitarian Action (Issue 3, 2018)


I have also contributed to the following books:

Lauffer, S. & Hamacher, J. (2014) In Control: A Practical Guide for Civilian Experts Working in Crisis Management Missions. Berlin: Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

Spencer, T. (2014) Personal Security: A Guide for Travellers. Boca Raton, FL:CRC Press

Photo: “St Edmund Hall, Oxford” by David Short, is licensed under CC BY 2.0