the Tutor Team

Sue Lewis

As well as teaching on the Level 3 and Level 4 Courses, Sue is Course Director for The Level 4 Counselling Diploma at The Banbury Counselling Academy.   She has a BA in  Psychology and an MSc in Psychotherapy.  Her other qualifications include a Diploma in Supervision,  Advanced Diploma in Counselling, and a Diploma in Group Facilitation Diploma in Human Resources.  she is a Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).  Sue is highly qualified and experienced as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and has been working in this way since 1993. She is also a tutor on the Open University Degree in Counselling course and runs short workshops for qualified counsellors, as well as skills courses for people wishing to become counsellors or enrich their personal development. 

Catherine Cour-Palais

Catherine graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy in 1991 and went to work in the Department of Health.   She is a qualified teacher who received her post-graduate certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes University in 1994.   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. 

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 12 years experience teaching all levels of counselling both at Oxford and Cherwell College of FE and as 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.

Tina-Marie Poke

Tina is an experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with almost 20 years experience of working within the voluntary sector with Relate, Katharine House Hospice and Cruse Bereavement Care and currently works within the public sector and she has her own private practice.

Tina is an integrative therapist accredited by the BACP and works with a wide range of presenting issues, with a particular interest of working with trauma and loss and works with clients from the three blue light emergency services.  

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.   

Rob Husband

Rob has a Masters in Development Training through the University of Cumbria, a Level 5 Coaching Qualification in Coaching and Mentoring, and in the summer of 2017 he is due to graduate with the CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

He has been working with groups to facilitate learning for over 20 years, starting by working with young people and young adults in a homeless project, then training housing support and youth workers to enable young people to find their own solutions to life problems they were experiencing.  He then became involved in leadership and management development running a management development department for a national charity. He is now a Founding Director of Space2think a learning and development organisation. 

Rachel Young

Rachel is Course Director for Level 2 and Level 3 of the training.  She holds a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, as well as an Higher and Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy Theory and Group Facilitation.  She is a Member UKAHPP (Association of Humanistic Psychological Practitioners)
Rachel is a an experienced group facilitator having worked for some years as an addictions group therapist and trained in Gestalt group facilitation.  She has worked as a therapist since 2006 and is Director of The Banbury Therapy Centre which she founded in 2009 to provide counsellors and psychotherapists with a secure base from which to work and to provide clients with a safe and nurturing environment in which to engage with the difficult issues that bring them to therapy. 

Jo Collins

Jo is our administrator and supports tutors and students alike, ensuring that all the paperwork and organisation runs smoothly, allowing the teaching and learning to go ahead unhindered.  Jo is herself a trained counsellor and fully understands the issues of confidentiality, the challenges of counselling training and the boundaries and safety that need to be in place.  You can contact Jo on and she will help you with any query you might have, or she will pass you on to the relevant tutor.