Who are the IPCS Staff
Kathryn joined IPCS in May 2022 after a career break raising her family. Her background is in the Arts having studied a BA in Drama followed by an MA in Shakespeare in Performance. She has broad experience in administration across a range of areas including education, theatre and the charity sector. Kathryn provides support to the tutors and directors of IPCS as well as administrative assistance to course attendees. Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys walks in the countryside, visiting historic houses, cooking, theatre trips and making her own clothes.
Margaret is a Co-Director of IPCS. She is an experienced therapist with adults and children. She has lectured in counselling and human relations in colleges and universities, including Church Army College, and worked in Professional Standards for BACP. Margaret enjoyed five years as a College Chaplain and is Methodist Local Preacher living in beautiful Derbyshire. Her fervent hope is to enable as many folk as possible to receive and provide reflective space and supervisory support in pastoral ministry in church and community.
BA, PGCE, Dip Psychodynamic Counselling, Dip Pastoral Theol: MBACP Snr Reg (accred) & Trainer (retired), UKRCP, APSE Snr Educator & Trainer
After a career in teaching, Anissa is now an experienced BACP accredited therapist, a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor. She has a well-established private practice for adults, and offers pastoral supervision to those who work in a church setting. Besides clinical work, Anissa had been a trainer to MSc level at the Sherwood Institute, Nottingham between 2010-2021. She joined IPCS since 2016 and tutors on both the Professional Certificate and Diploma in Pastoral Supervision as well as the short courses for CofE dioceses to equip clergy; chaplains and lay leaders. Anissa is the counselling coordinator for Leicester Diocese and she finds it rewarding to accompany all who want to experience professional growth and transformation.
BSc, PGCE, MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, PG Dip Clinical Supervision, MBACP Reg (Accred), UKCP* Reg Accred Psychotherapist & Supervisor, APSE Snr. Accred Supervisor
Catriona (pronounced Catrina) is the IT Assistant. She works behind the scenes of courses that are run online via zoom, e.g. sorting breakout rooms, and she maintains the IPCS Website. She also works part time as a shop assistant. Catriona studied Animal Care and Animal Management to Level 3 Diploma. She loves animals and her favourite animals are horses. She is currently studying Sport, Fitness and Coaching with the Open University. She offers coaching at the disability swimming club where she trained previously. She is a para-swimmer competed at county, regional, national and international events. She now focuses on swimming at National level with Swim England Masters Championships. Catriona loves all things musical. She enjoys going to theatre with friends, spending time with her mum doing jigsaws and watching one of their favourite TV series The Good Doctor.
Dr. Deanne Gardner
Deanne is a Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and is registered with the UKCP. She has an MA in Humanistic Person-centred Psychotherapy and a Professional Doctorate in Counselling. Deanne’s experience includes working within a secondary school as a school counsellor and with a charity working with adults who had experienced childhood sexual abuse and included working with individuals who were in prison. She has an established private practice working with individuals and couples. Her clinical practice includes offering a reflective space to individuals who work within settings in which they hold pastoral and managerial positions. Deanne has a passion for encouraging dialogues around diversity and the experience of difference in group settings. Deanne is married to a church minister and is a member of a Pentecostal Church. Her doctoral thesis explored the emotional demands made on clergy wives.
DProf. Counselling, MA Humanistic Person-centred Psychotherapy, UKCP Reg Psychotherapist & Supervisor, APSE
Chrissie is an experienced psychotherapist, pastoral supervisor and trainer. She has an independent practice in the East Midlands. Chrissie has experience of using and encouraging others to develop their reflective practice, firstly as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS and voluntary sector, then over the past 10 years she has been involved in offering pastoral supervision / reflective practice to clergy and others involved in pastoral care.
MA, BSc, PTSTA, Dip. Sup; UKCP Reg Psychotherapist and Supervisor, Cert. Coaching & Mentoring, APSE Snr. Accred Supervisor
Dr. Ruth Layzell
Ruth is a Co-Director of IPCS and a Director at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham. Ruth has a background in social work, counselling and theological education and has a passion for using psychological and theological skills to resource and support Christians involved in all kinds of pastoral ministry. She completed a doctorate in practical theology in 2015 looking at the pastoral accompaniment of people experiencing psychological and spiritual extremity.
DProf. Pastoral Theology, MA, BA, CQSW; MBACP Reg (accred), APSE
Rev Ruth Lambert
Ruth has had a range of pastoral and educational roles. After University she trained as a nurse, later retraining as a primary school teacher. While teaching, she completed an MA in Theology and was ordained in 2001. Following her curacy she became a hospital Chaplain remaining in healthcare chaplaincy until retirement, apart from a year spent in Central America as a USPG Mission Partner. She is an Ignatian Spiritual Accompanier and practising Pastoral Supervisor and member of APSE. Following completion of IPCS’s Certificate in 2016, she is now completing the Diploma course. She delights in supporting people to fulfil their potential and helping them flourish as confident practitioners. She is married with children and grandchildren, plays piano, harp and trombone, and enjoys growing vegetables on her allotment.
MPhil (Interreligious Relations), MA (Theology and Pastoral Studies), PGCE, BA, RGN, Cert. Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision
Rev. Nick Swanson
Nick has been a Baptist Minister, overseeing and delivering pastoral care, for 25 years. He has worked as a tutor with Acorn Christian Listening, as a Bridge-Builders’ mediator and has trained in Spiritual Accompaniment and Pastoral Supervision. Nick currently serves at Whetstone Baptist Church in Leicestershire and helps to train spiritual directors as part of the team at Launde Abbey. Nick is married to Sue, who is a clinical educator in the NHS. They have 2 grown up children and one granddaughter.
BD, Dip Pastoral Studies, Cert Pastoral Supervision, APSE
Helen started her journey in counselling and then supervision over 2 decades ago after returning to England from living in Asia. Through working in a diverse variety of settings in Europe and UK Helen is now an experienced BACP accredited therapist, a counselling supervisor and a pastoral supervisor with a private practice in the East Midlands. She trained 7 years ago with IPCS. As a C of E reader and with a husband in parish ministry, she is aware of the challenging demands of ministry and service in different contexts and is committed to walking with others in training and supervision, encouraging the development of reflective and safe spaces for personal and professional growth. She has two sons and has become a grandparent more recently. She relaxes by walking, gardening, cycling, and singing.
BA, Adv Dip in Pastoral Studies, Dip Person-centred Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Dip CBT Methods, Dip Counselling Supervision, Cert Pastoral Supervision (IPCS), MBACP (Reg and Accred), APSE(Senior Accred Member)