Meet the Team

Hello, I am Gail Evans, founder of The Academy: S.P.A.C.E

I have been involved in supporting people who are in emotional and other life difficulties most of my working life, initially in volunteering, then in social work. My path from becoming a counsellor, to psychosexual therapist, trainer, clinical supervisor, university lecturer and author started in 1983. From 1993 to 2010 I worked for Sheffield Hallam University teaching counselling and later heading the Counselling Studies Unit. In 2006 I set up a counselling centre in Sheffield (Cornerstone) with a colleague, which continues to thrive. In 2010 when SHU ceased professional training for prospective counsellors I sought permission to set those courses up as part of a private training initiative. SHU was very supportive, and so The Academy: SPACE came into being. The motivations for all my work have been a wish to relieve suffering and to experience the joy of seeing others grow and develop (and, of course, to heal some of my own wounds on the way).

Colin Feltham – Patron of The Academy S.P.A.C.E

Colin Feltham, PhD, MTheol., MSc., Pg Dip. Couns., PGCE, FBACP is Emeritus Professor of Critical Counselling Studies, Sheffield Hallam University. He teaches humanistic psychology annually and runs several self-awareness groups at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, where he has the honorary title of Professor of Humanistic Psychology. He also teaches occasionally at the University of Manchester and examines to doctoral level at different universities as well as teaching various topics at The Academy: SPACE. He has written or edited 30+ books and many articles. His latest publications are Depressive Realism (Routledge, 2017) and The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4th edition (with Terry Hanley and Laura Winter). His research interests include various aspects of psychotherapy, evolutionary psychology, the politics of therapy, and modern cultural trends.

Colin teaches sessions for The Academy on depression, integration and how to do it, evolutionary psychology, psychopathology, writing for personal benefit and professional purposes, and the future of humanistic psychology.

Julie Howorth – Director, Tutor & Supervisor

Julie is Development Director and Course Leader for the Foundations of Counselling course. She also tutors on the Diploma, being responsible for the Personal and Professional Development strand.
Formerly a primary school teacher, since qualifying as a counsellor has worked as a counsellor at Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre. and Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service,where her role also included Placement Coordination and Supervision. She also works as a counsellor and supervisor in private practice. Julie has taught counselling at Certificate and Diploma level at Doncaster College, Sheffield Hallam University and The Academy:SPACE.

Sally Lee – Director of Operations, Placement Co-ordinator & Counsellor

As Operations Director, Sally is responsible for managing the administration, marketing and finances at SPACE as well as coordinating placements and the Professional and Development Forum.

Formerly Clinical Manager for a Counselling Service in Chesterfield and Practice Manager at Wellforce Integrated Medicine Service in Sheffield. During training as a counsellor she had placements at SRASACS, Sheffield and the University of Sheffield.

Emma Garrard – Associate Lecturer (Diploma & Foundation) and Supervisor

MSc Psychotherapy Studies, BA (Hons) Philosophy, Dip. Person-Centred Counselling, Dip. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cert. Online Counselling.

Emma is a BACP Accredited Integrative Counsellor in private practice. Previously she has worked for a number of years as a school and college counsellor and group therapist, and has also worked for Samaritans as a Listening Volunteer. Emma has taught counselling at certificate and diploma level at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and Dearne Valley College; she has also worked for a number of years as a Learning Mentor and taught English at Wickersley Comprehensive School. Emma has a PGC (level 7) in Clinical Supervision.

Emma is an active member of Yorkshire Existential Society (YES), which aims to explore existential thinking and living, and she has a particular interest in the role of philosophy in improving emotional and psychological health and well-being.

Suzy Henry – Associate Lecturer (Diploma), Supervisor and Therapist

Suzy is a person-centred therapist working with young people and adults in private practice, she works within the charity sector counselling young people who experience a wide range of issues including homelessness and mental health difficulties.  She has a deep trust in the healing capacity that a therapy relationship can provide.  Suzy is Chair of The Person-Centred Association of England and Wales (TPCA).
Suzy has published several well received chapters in recent psychotherapy texts specifically dedicated to work within the diversity field.  She was born with a cleft lip and palate and her appearance informs her writing which explores the emotional, psychological and social pain of living with a disfigurement. Suzy is concerned with looking at the impact of discriminatory behaviour on the identity of people who are viewed as ‘different’ or ‘other’ in their society and who suffer precisely because of this sometimes indirect and subtle psycho-social phenomena. Suzy is interested in the power of culturally determined responses to those falling outside the standard symbolization parameters – influences from which therapists are not immune.
Suzy has over 10 years experience working for the NHS within Adult Mental Health ‘Crisis Intervention’ team within peoples homes. She delivers training on Understanding Suicide which explores some of the explanations of suicidality whilst acknowledging that the reasons people consider suicide are far more complex and multifaceted than statistical information or risk analysis can do merit, she speaks of suicidal feeling being worthy of respect and deeper comprehension.
Her interests include the effects of power within therapy relationships, in the effects of trauma and abuses of power, personally, politically and culturally the question of how self-hatred develops, who enables it and what are its consequences?

Gill Bradley – Supervisor

My path to becoming a counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor has included a degree in psychology the beginnings of psychosynthesis training, but my career really started on the completion of the Hallam University Dip counselling in 2006. This training was the forerunner of the current integrative programme at SPACE. Since then I have developed my professional life being both employed as a therapist and in private practice. My integration has a person centred Rogerian core, and integrates working with the relational dynamics, psychoeducation, and the felt sense. I use a wide range of interventions tailored to my clients’ modality.

In 2011 I completed my training as a supervisor at York St John University. My current supervision practice includes a number of SPACE graduates, who have themselves gone on to develop careers as therapists.

As a supervisor my passionately held aim is to provide what the best supervision has provided for me. A safe place of support and reassurance, particularly in the early stages of my career. Somewhere to be able to express uncertainly and concerns. I want to offer a co-created atmosphere that embraces open-mindedness and expansion, where you can feel free to wonder about and explore, your work with clients.

I am interested in the relationship between you and your clients, and supervision involves exploring and reflecting on the relational process, the learning from this feeds back into the therapeutic relationship. We will work together to explore the interventions you choose, and how these work for you. All of the supervisory process, including sharing frustrations and successes will, I hope, enable you to develop as the unique therapist that you are.

Claire Wood – Associate Lecturer (Foundation & Diploma) 

Claire has worked within the field of eating disorders for ten years, both as a Clinical Manager and Counsellor in a voluntary sector community setting, and in more recent years as a manager within an independent sector inpatient unit, working in contract with the NHS.
She qualified as a Counsellor in 2008 and alongside her other work has a private practice based at Cornerstone where she sees a range of clients with a variety of presenting issues.

Claire has worked with The Academy:SPACE for several years, delivering workshops on Eating Disorders to our Foundation students. This year Claire has expanded her teaching role and is facilitating the learning for our Year 2 Diploma students in their Professional Skills and Trends module.