Dr Farouk Okhai MRC Psych., HG Dip, FHGI
Dr Farouk Okhai is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust, well known to you all having chaired several Conferences. In addition to his clinical commitments as Consultant Psychiatrist to the Inpatient Unit, he teaches psychotherapy to trainee psychiatrists. Following his basic psychiatric training on the Guy’s Hospital Rotation in Canterbury and Ashford, Kent he was the Specialist Registrar in Psychotherapy at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. His period in Cambridge (in keeping with the broad minded approach of the psychotherapy department there), included working with Cognitive Analytic, Cognitive Behavioural, Interpersonal, psychodynamic, group systemic and therapeutic community models of therapy. He has published many articles for publication, including for the Human Givens journal and wrote the introduction to the seminal work: Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking.
Ros Jeal BA (hons), PGCE, HG. Dip P, MHGI
Ros Jeal has a private psychotherapy practice, The Beacon Clinic, in The Lizard, Cornwall and practices in St Peter Port on Guernsey. She also works as a volunteer counsellor for a Cornish charity, helping vulnerable individuals recover from the effects of abuse. As a former teacher, she had many years experience of working creatively and effectively with children. Ros is also a partner with other HG therapists in The Grove Consultancy.
Joe Griffin, B.Sc Hons (Psych), M. Phil (Psych), FHGI
Joe Griffin is a psychologist with many years' experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists – over the last two decades thousands of health professionals have enjoyed his practical workshops and seminars on effective psychotherapy for treating anxiety disorders, depression, psychological trauma and addiction.
His groundbreaking research into the origin of dreaming was described by Professor Michel Jouvet as, “The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology”. He works at the leading edge of skills-based therapy research and practice and is co-developer of the human givens approach to psychology and behaviour, which is proving of tremendous practical benefit to the caring professions. He is widely recognised as one of the most informed and entertaining speakers on human behaviour and is also co-author, with Ivan Tyrrell, of numerous books and publications.
Kevin McDonagh, NASWE, HG Dip.P, MHGI
Kevin McDonagh, in addition to human givens training, runs groups for parents and children in Milton Keynes with a programme called ‘Just What We Need’. This explores the understanding and meeting of emotional needs. He also runs a further course for parents, ‘The Incredible Years’ exploring behaviour management strategies for children. His work has been published in the Human Givens journal.
Bart McEnroe, BAgSc, MBa, HGDip.P, MHGI
Bart McEnroe customises talks, presentations and workshops on the human givens approach to groups such as teachers, community groups, managers or the general public. This helps people to understand what is important to focus on and where clarity is needed. He also specialises in coaching coaches and managers in sport, helping them understand motivation and performance and business coaching using Human Givens @ Work to help people keep their heads and stay clear, calm and focused. Bart has also contributed to the Human Givens journal.
Julian Penton CWSW, MA, HGDip.P, FHGI
Julian Penton has several years' experience
as a practicing human givens therapist, working
in private practice as well as for Hartlepool Mind. He is also a co-trainer on the Human Givens Supervision Course and a diligent member of
the HGI Ethics and Complaints Committee where he helped forge the HG approach to dealing with ethical dilemmas.
Gail Rhodes RGN, RM, HGDip.P, MHGI
Gail Rhodes is a qualified nurse and midwife, practicing for a number of years before going on to train as a human givens psychotherapist. She is also a trained bereavement counseller with particular experience in working with young people. She now has a well established private practice in York and has set up the ‘York Human Givens Wellbeing Centre’ offering one-to-one counselling, life coaching, talks, presentations, workshops and training days.
Sue Saunders Bsc, HGDip.P, FHGI
Sue Saunders has worked in the areas of personal development training and counselling for 20 years. She also has extensive experience in the business world, particularly in information technology, areas of management, training and development, coaching and mentoring. She is a human givens supervisor and is currently doing an MA in Human Givens Psychotherapy and has contributed to the Human Givens journal.
Ivan Tyrrell, FHGI
Ivan Tyrrell worked for many years as a psychotherapist specialist in brief therapy for depression and anxiety, and now spends most of his time lecturing and writing. He is the editorial director of Human Givens, the journal of HGI and a director of the Human Givens College. Ivan is also co-author with Joe Griffin of numerous books and five ground-breaking monographs on psychology and counselling.
Renée van der Vloodt, MA, HG Dip P, FHGI
Renée van der Vloodt has many years of experience as a psychotherapist; she co-founded Human Givens Nederland and teaches Part 1 of the Diploma course in the Netherlands. She is also a Human Givens supervisor. Her background as an art historian in television and education contributed to the special interest she takes in working with creative (and chaotic) people on the right brain continuum.
Consultants to the board
Julie Taylor is a public sector manager and civil servant. She has worked in senior management roles within the NHS and in central government, where she was most recently Director of Offender Management Policy in the Ministry of Justice and prior to that, Director of System Reform for the NHS. She is currently Assistant Chief Executive for the London Borough of Barnet. She advises the Board on how to influence public sector policymakers and decision-makers.
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