Introductions and Launch Day


I am Julie Folkes-Skinner. I attended the launch event last Saturday which I found to be very interesting and enjoyable.  I am particularly excited about becoming part of a group of therapy professionals who wish to share their experience and understanding with other professionals working in social care, voluntary agencies etc.

I have nearly 20 years experience of working as a psychodynamic therapist. I currently work as an Lecturer in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Leicester (UOL) where I am course director of the MA programme and Director of the UOL Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Clinic.I also work in the student counselling service where I see clients. I  have a Ph.D in counselling and psychotherapy and experience of conducting research on therapist professional development and the development of resilience and emotional resourcefulness.

I am interested in developing projects such as training courses, supervision, consultancy etc. with APPCIOS.  I iintend to apply for membership shortly. So I look forward to becoming part of the organisation and making a positve contribution to it.



Thoughts on the Launch Day Event

Hi. Hopefully there will be some new members and friends browsing the blog following the launch event today – welcome to you! Please feel free to leave comments here regarding your experience of the day and points you may wish to raise.


I am Donna, I am just completing an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck College, London, where I have attended two week-long Group Relations Conferences. Organisational thinking is a key part of my training, and I am really interested in the interaction between systemic and psychodynamic ways of thinking. I am a counsellor in a number of settings, including charity and NHS organisations. For the last three and a half years I have also worked at a local Mind, where I now manage a counselling service, and a team of day centre volunteers. I am working to integrate psychodynamic thinking into my daily work, which is both challenging and rewarding. I also have an English degree, a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies, and  a PhD in English Literature. I am interested in finding out more about what APPCIOS has to offer.



I’m Claudia. I am currently training to be a psychodynamic counsellor at the University of Leicester,  studying for an MA in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have worked in residential and educational settings with children experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties. I worked as a residential social worker for the National Autistic Society, in the Special Needs department of a Secondary School and in the Nurture Room in a Primary School and am a qualified Secondary English teacher.

I currently work as a support worker at Rushden Mind and am very interested in psychodynamic practice in organisational settings.

I am very much looking forward to the APPCIOS launch day tomorrow.



I’m Phil Faulkner. I’m the Director of Thornby Hall therapeutic community in Northamptonshire,  where I have worked for 21 years. I was one of the first members of staff, in 2000, to complete the groundbreaking PGDip course in ‘The Practice and Psychodynamics of Residential Care’ (now Psychosocial Care) brought about by a collaboration between Peper Harow, The Tavi and Middlesex University. I am a member of the APPCIOS Management Committee and also of the BPC. I am due to leave Thornby Hall in August to work as a free lance Organisational Consultant and Psychodynamic Counsellor.


Hello. I’m Louise Flowers-Coburn and i am currently working for Northamptonshire County Council as a Learning & Development Advisor. I was a team leader at Thornby Hall and was employed from 1999-2006. My current role involves co-ordinating the Social Work graduation programme for frontline practitioners and managers. I would be interested in liaising with any other professionals who are involved with development of social care staff in LA’s and keen to share ideas on how to implement therapeutic processes and training into this area of work.