Psychotherapist & Nigeria Lead
Liz has a BSc in Psychology from the Open University as well as a Professional Diploma and a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from York St John University and a Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Supervision from the University of Derby.
Liz has worked in a range of mental health organisations providing therapy, supervision and training. These include, in the UK, the Samaritans, the NHS and MIND, where in addition to clinical services she ran a community based mental health project which trained and supported volunteers to befriend people living with mental ill health.
Liz has spent more than 20 years living and working in South Africa, Nigeria, Thailand, DRC and Sudan where she has provided individual counselling for humanitarian and development professionals; educated and supported trainee counsellors, trained trauma therapists and provided training, facilitation and organisational support in the sector. This support includes training on the effects of stress and vicarious trauma; group facilitation and Psychological First Aid. Her organisational clients have included UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, UNOPS, Embassies, International Schools and INGOs
Living and working in developing counties has made Liz very aware of the effects of stress on front line humanitarian workers and people working in international and development organisations; She has undertaken research into the mental health effects of humanitarian work. She is also familiar with the effects that this stress can have on partners and families and is committed to heling individuals reflect on and develop their resilience to the effects of this way of life.