Everything You Need to Know for December 2021

Why Online Training for Counsellors?

Selecting OLT4c as your training provider means being assured that you will develop the critical knowledge, skills and awareness required for safe professional online practice.

Reviews like the one below from our alumni are a great testament to this.

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I’m Simon and I’m Head of Counselling Support Services at Thames Hospice beside Bray Lake in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. I have provided psychological, emotional and spiritual support to individuals and groups of people for over 30 years in a variety of locations, including healthcare, police and community settings.

I have been involved with Thames Hospice for over 8 years and I find fulfilment in heading up my excellent teams which deliver adult counselling, children’s support, pastoral care and bereavement support.

Away from work, I enjoy music, comedy and sport, and especially spending time with my friends and family which include my two beautiful daughters and a delightful granddaughter who is nearly one.

Sandra Wilson

My brother John and I co-founded Online Events as we are both passionate about our vision of making learning accessible to everyone without distinction of cost (whether that’s cost in time or money). Over the years we have built an online community who not only learn together but have grown together. We are building a massive online library to host all our events and are now at over 900 hours!!

Online Events are working behind the scenes to support OLT4c in delivering this online conference.

After several years hard work behind the scenes, I used my training and experience to set up Money Breakthrough Business Coach. I work alongside business owners to help transform the business you created into a thriving business you love!

Growing a business isn't easy, which can leave you feeling confused, scared, and sometimes completely overwhelmed.

You can work with me, a Money Breakthrough Business Coach for women entrepreneurs, to help get you into action right away. You will start to transform your business, your income and at the same time your mindset for life!

Melanie Lovegrove

I am an accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have worked in both counselling agencies and hospices supporting all age ranges through some of their most challenging times in life.

I was introduced to working therapeutically online by becoming a client for someone in training on the online Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision course, it was fascinating how the therapeutic relationship can transfer over cyber space. Since then I have undertaken the Diploma in Online Counselling and I feel passionately that this way of working can improve access to counselling for people with and without disabilities.

I am very aware of the importance of a good work/life balance and love to travel when I can and indulge my adventurous side!


John has been facilitating in Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes in the UK for more than 10 years. He is the current director at Temenos Education which he has been part of since 2010.

John has a passion for integrating ethical business models into the Psychotherapy world. He has a private practice where he offers online Psychotherapy and Supervision using video and chat communication platforms along with virtual environments.

John is also past chair of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO) and has served for 6 years on the board of the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling.


I am a white female, middle class, middle aged therapist. I’m also an adoptee, a cold water swimmer, a beach cleaner, and an introvert.

Seventeen years after curiosity brought me to the counselling world, I am equally comfortable connecting with clients online and face to face. I believe in the effectiveness of a person centred foundation, my task is to be with, not to ‘do’ or to change another. My approach is warm and authentic. I aim to be transparent, unguarded and encouraging without rescue.

I began counselling online in 2010 (trained excellently by OLT) using messaging and email exchange. Nowadays I practice a healthy variety of face to face, phone, zoom and email counselling/supervision all of which have their unique benefits and challenges. I enjoy the use of metaphor, colour and creative ways of thinking to aid connection and deepening of trust.

Karen Frodsham

Hello, my name is Karen Frodsham, I work as a counsellor and supervisor in York, England. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered member of the Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC). My core training is Gestalt and I integrate aspects from other modalities that compliment or sit alongside. My qualifications are, European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, BSc in Psychology (Hons), General Certificate in Online Counselling Skills, Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision.

I worked in the NHS for over 30 years, as a trained nurse and midwife for 15 years, then as a counsellor for 17 years in two GP surgeries. After leaving the NHS in 2017 I focussed on my private practice, which I moved online during the global health pandemic in 2020.

Having found myself at home working online, I completed counselling and supervision training with OLT4c in 2021. My enthusiasm for working online has grown in leaps and bounds, so much so I now work exclusively online. I have been moved by the depth of connection in therapeutic work that can be achieved working online and excited by the opportunities to work creatively.

My specific areas of interest are working with parents who experience birth trauma; bereavement and loss; restructuring at work and redundancy.

When not working I can be found making preserves, watching F1 on tv or reading a book in a coffee shop.

Dalila Bellometti

My name is Dalila. I am Italian, living in Italy.

My passion and work is counselling and supervision, either f2f and online. I became a counsellor. After all, I was a client first and became a supervisor because I was, and still am, a supervisee knowing how a good supervision session can give to us to benefit our clients.

The definition of myself that I love most is this one: I am a relationship’s artisan.

As an online counsellor, I help people who feel unsatisfied with their life. Even they spent years reaching their goals. Now, they feel bad and sad, perceiving as if they were in a dark tunnel without any light outside.

I offer the light they need to find out their deep feelings and life meaning through my life path #10weeks1life.

As an online supervisor, I work with first establishing a good, safe online relationship because a safe space is where we all can grow and develop at the best of ourselves. Then, you can express your doubts, concerns, and feelings for first perceiving relief, and then again find your best way to work with a specific client, couple, or group. You always benefit from a 30 minutes online free charge meeting to understand if we can work together.

Bumi Akinmutande

I am an Integrative counsellor with a public sector management and leadership background. My areas of practice are 1-1 EAP counselling, organisational / employee counselling, debriefing teams post incidents & complaints as well as counselling counsellors in training. I have a keen interest and experience in "wellbeing in the workplace" and combine a range of counselling and coaching interventions and techniques to help employees develop resilience at work.

As an EAP counsellor, I also have a keen interest in experiences that prevent BAME employees from thriving in the workplace and I create a safe counselling space for such employees to explore and work through many of the difficulties that such experiences cause. I also work with counsellors in training to explore the impact of counselling training and their transition journey from studying to becoming counsellors.

Alison Moore

I'm a counsellor, coach, contributor to BBC Radio Wellbeing programmes, owner of dachshunds, newbie kick boxer and I'm an occasionally overwhelmed woman who's managed to get good enough balance between my various life demands and the key is frozen chopped onions and laughing more and crying less. I've had my private practice for 12 years working online with clients globally, I'm also a Supervisor and Therapy Business coach.

I help overwhelmed women find a healthy balance between caring for themselves, their work and their family relationships so they can live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Olivia Djouadi

As a trauma psychotherapist and supervisor I have found people are struggling with life changes which can trigger past traumas.

I have worked with stress, trauma and helping people live with health challenges that can also have their own stresses. I have worked with stress, trauma, dissociation including those with polyfragmented DID and spoken at events about these and subjects such as cults or influential groups. I have worked online since 2010 both in the UK and abroad, in 2014 I also became an online supervisor and now tutor at OLT.

I am also a Director at ACTO.

Allie Cairnie

My journey into the online counselling world started when I wrote my counselling dissertation on the online therapeutic relationship, which opened up my eyes to the relational depth that could be achieved by connecting online.
Although that was over ten years ago now, I think that the enthusiasm I heard for online counselling at this time spurred me on to set up an online counselling service for young people when I started working for a local young people's charity, Off the Record. After applying for funding from the Pfizer Foundation (which feels poignant as I write this in 2021), we established our first online offer to young people in a pilot project in 2013, which has since grown from strength to strength.

Our online service now supports over 800 young people every year through online counselling and workshops, delivering over 2500 counselling sessions and 135 psycho-educational webinars. We also share the technology of our safe and secure (and young-people friendly) online counselling platform with five other young people's services across the UK. It's hard not to feel some sense of pride at what's been achieved - we've been at the forefront of bringing online (text-based) counselling services to young people and continue to be motivated and inspired to support others along the way!

Chris O'Mahony

I am a chartered clinical psychologist working online and in-person, in the NHS and in private practice. Working in a specialist NHS trauma service throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, I have adapted traditional in-person trauma therapies for online delivery to children and adults. I have a long-standing interest in accessibility in online mental health, and I have worked online to support people in emotional distress since 2008.

Having lived and worked as an online therapist and supervisor in my native Ireland, Wales, Germany, and England, I have developed a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practice, and I am passionate about embracing diversity in therapy. I care deeply about excellence in online therapy work.

I am a qualified online therapist and supervisor, a Senior Professional Member of ACTO, and I have been co-tutor on the CPCAB-accredited OLT diploma in online therapeutic supervision.

My publications include a book chapter on research in online supervision and another on the social and political origins of wellbeing, written with colleagues at Psychologists for Social Change.


I have been counselling for 11yrs and am CBT trained, person-centred with creative techniques.

My model is using techniques that challenge thought processes to help change come about with further exploration. I encourage my client to become autonomous which enabled others to explore life challenges to making changes.

My qualifications are in CBT, person-centred where I studied and gained an advantaged diploma in therapeutic counselling. I then went on to study Bereavement and gained a foundation certificate with CRUSE bereavement care. Further to this I then went onto study for a Post diploma in counselling children and young people, where I gained more skill and knowledge in working in a different way other than talking therapies.

I have an interest in particular difficulties that impact daily life, such as anger, self-esteem, depression, relationships, domestic violence, and abuse are all parts of studies I have studied and work with to enable me to gain a therapeutic understanding and knowledge to offer in my practice.

My areas of interest and specialities are: Anxiety Depression Self-harm Abuse Bereavement Social phobia’s Sleep Anger Suicidal ideation CBT Person-Centred Creative Techniques in therapy

Susan Utting-Simon

I split my time between Leeds and London in the UK, and the Middle East, with family around the globe including Africa. Having family so far and wide has undoubtedly spurred on my interest in working therapeutically online, since so many of my close relationships are aided by online communication.

I have been qualified as a therapist for over 20 years and now work entirely in private practice. However, I previously managed a CYP voluntary sector counselling service and an adult crisis service and telephone helpline. I’m a Senior Professional Member of ACTO, qualified as an Online Therapist and Online Supervisor for 5 years. I am a BACP Senior Accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor and a Senior Accredited Supervisor. I was a member of the BACP Private Practice Committee for over 7years, and I am past Chair of the division.

All of my clinical practice is online. I have clients in the UK and overseas, with most of my clients in their later teens and early 20's. I also have a busy online supervision practice, supporting therapists who work online and face to face both in the UK and abroad. These practitioners work in a variety of settings including schools, Third Sector agencies, NGOs and private practice. I have a particular interest in working with trans-cultural issues and complex mental health concerns.

Emma Garrard

I am an Integrative Counsellor, working face to face and online. I like to work flexibly and creatively, tailoring my therapeutic methods to best suit the needs of each client.


MA (Univ. Birmingham), Diploma Supervision, (Univ. of Birmingham) | Advanced and General Certificates Counselling (University of Leicester) | Founder Chairman of ACTO | Former director of OLT. Retired. BACP Senior | Accredited Counsellor | UK Registered Independent Counsellor.

I began my counselling practice in 1991 and moved into independent practice in 1996, adding supervision and counsellor training to my skill set with my Masters degree. As a founding Director for Online Training for Counsellors Ltd. I wrote and piloted the courses on which the current General Certificate and Diploma courses are now based.

I co-authored (with Anne Stokes) “Online Counselling: A Handbook for Practitioners” (2009) Sage publications. I have had articles published both written by myself and jointly authored with ISMHO Case Study Group.

Kate Dunn

I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor, supervisor, and consultant/trainer currently working in private practice both online and face-to-face. Whilst working as a counsellor in a university setting, I established an online service and subsequently carried out research into the Online Therapeutic Relationship, supported by Seed Corn Funding from BACP. I am fascinated by what happens within online relationships and the unique potential they offer, alongside some very real constraints. Working with clients and supervisees through the pandemic and also having participated in many discussions and workshops I believe we have all gained some important new insights which we should reflect on and incorporate into our work as we move ahead into a new era.

Hillary Smith

I am an integrative counsellor working in private practice based in the UK. Alongside my private practice I work with the Health Matters Group for the WeightMatters clinic specialising in eating disorders and weight issues, as well as for the EmotionMatters clinic offering broader therapy for a range of issues.

One area of focus has been my work with cancer patients and their carers for Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, a south London charity. I have experience of working within a busy London university counselling service, and NHS IAPT in London and Kent.

Before changing my career and becoming a counsellor I had a working background in publishing and photography, with a keen interest in wildlife and the environment. I worked as a massage therapist for 10 years, where my interest in health, the human body and the mind developed.

I am interested in the connection between physical and mental health and promoting holistic care and wellbeing.


I have a BA (Hons) in Counselling, Diploma in Counselling and Diploma in Online Therapeutic Supervision. I am a Ascentis Certified Supervisor, a BACP Accredited Practitioner and member of Association of Counselling.

I have worked as a counsellor in the voluntary and independent sector since 2003 and as a counselling supervisor since 2013. I am a CPCAB certified tutor and have trained counsellors on how to counsel and supervise safely, ethically and legally online.

I have contributed to a number of writings around the practicalities and process of setting up in Independent Practice and Online Supervision including;

Stokes, A. (2018) Online Supervision: A Handbook for practitioners, Psychotherapy 2.0 Series: Oxon and New York: Routledge

Bor, R. & Stokes, A. (2011) Setting up in Independent practice: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


I have been part of the OLT4C Team since 2011.

It’s fair to say I’m passionate about online counselling and supervision and have a will to see it developed within an ethical framework. I’m genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to work with new and returning students. I love “light bulb” moments and the new and creative ideas the students bring to the work. My focus as a Director is marketing and media although in ensuring the whole team has an effective work-life balance I can find myself doing something completely different which keeps me on my toes.

I have a private practice as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist. I find it works very well online and clients love the opportunity to receive Therapeutic Emails in addition to using the webcam.


I was a senior accredited BACP counsellor, a supervisor and trainer. For some 15 years, I led the Diploma in Counselling at Work and the MSc in Counselling Supervision and Training at Bristol University, while also working as an independent counsellor and supervisor. Initially, a sceptic and then a total convert to online counselling, I joined OLT in 2000. Not long afterwards, with Gill Jones, I co-directed the organisation till we sold it to Maria and Suzie. With Gill, I founded the Online Counselling and Therapy In Action (OCTIA) conferences. We were both instrumental in setting up the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. (ACTO) My time is now normally divided equally between homes in England and France, mainly in retirement. Covid-19 certainly cut down the amount of time I have been able to be in France! The joy of working online has meant that whether I was in the UK or in France, I could continue to work seamlessly. I worked with BACP to produce a curriculum for Distance Therapy and have written and edited a number of books mainly concerned with online counselling and supervision.

Mieke Haveman

My name is Mieke Haveman and I am from the Netherlands. I once attended teacher training college to become a teacher of both Dutch and English which I did not finish, but it did wonders for my English. I did my counselling training in the Netherlands and my diploma is for counselling, coaching and psychosocial work from Academie Gradatim. My online training was done online in the UK with OLT. Both the general certificate and the diploma course. Right now I have many hats on with my online work. I only work online but with varied jobs. Counsellor, Coach, Tutor and web designer and a board member for ACTO. In my marketing work I like to help other therapists get an online presence. So I can help you with a simple effective website or to figure out a complete strategy of building your online practice. Socially I love to read, write a novel [long term plan] and play boardgames with friends. Cultural holidays are another of my passions and spending time with my cats [Bella and Shadow]

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