Meet the team

Patrick Brook

Academic Director, TA Trainer, Consultant

BA (Hons), DELTA, MA, Dip.Couns, Dip Sup, CTA(P), PTSTA(P), UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Highly recognised in his field, Patrick has worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher, trainer, principal lecturer and more recently for a respected British university as the Director of the Language Institute - leading it to an international number one ranking. He is an internationally approved trainer, a UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor, and an NCS Senior Accredited counsellor and supervisor. He combines his natural aptitude for teaching with a passion for psychotherapy to make the learning experience at Connexus relevant, engaging and fun. 

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Lisa Bedford-Cooper

Clinical Director, TA Trainer, Consultant

MSc.TA Psychotherapy, Dip Psych,  Dip Couns, CTA(P), PTSTA(P), UKCP reg Psychotherapist. 

Lisa has been a director of International Training and Management Development for multi-national corporations and held clinical leadership of a respected international psychology company. She has also been a Consultant Trauma specialist for one of the UK’s leading emergency service providers. Lisa holds an MSc in Transactional Analysis, is an internationally approved trainer, and is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. She combines her extensive knowledge of training and management development with her passion for TA, to make the learning at Connexus stimulating, inclusive and always relevant.

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John Maxwell

Operations Director, Trainer and Consultant

BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH

John is a highly respected head teacher of many years standing, whose achievements include an “Outstanding” judgement in 2011.  He has proven leadership in improving failing schools, with one inspector noting that John’s leadership of one school meant that “It was probably the best journey out of Special Measures [he] had seen.”
 
With his passion for organisational change and improvement through the  exploration and development of all aspects of an organisation’s provision, from leadership to motivation, performance to growth and communication to morale, John is excited about Connexus’ role in helping organisations harness TA and other psychologies to overcome challenges and achieve  success 

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Avril Griffin

Head of Student Services

Avril has 25 years of experience in international education in both the private and public sector, which includes senior roles in business development, project management, admissions and administration. Avril’s role is to support students and staff at every level of teaching and training, and to ensure the smooth running of the Institute.

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Mandy Atkinson

Core Tutor

RGN, MA, Cert.Ed. (post compulsory) CeLTT, Dip Couns, Dip Sup, CTA (P), PTSTA (P) UKCP reg Psychotherapist

A committed educator, Mandy initiated and led the development of two new successful degrees in public relations for Greenwich University. She has been teaching for over 20 years in non profit, public and private sectors and was latterly a senior lecturer for 10 years for Greenwich University Business School. Here she led the undergraduate degree in Public Relations as well as mentoring colleagues in the Business School undertaking teacher training, before re-training as a TA psychotherapist. She is a visiting tutor at several colleges.  

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Aideen O'Hagan

Core Tutor

MSc TA Psychotherapy, CQSW, Dip Sup, Dip Drug Dependence, Dip Working with Bereaved Adults, CTA (P),PTSTA (P), UKCP reg Psychotherapist.

Aideen is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and is originally from Northern Ireland. She has many years of experience working in private practice and also within the voluntary sector specialising in the fields of substance misuse and bereavement. She is responsible for the creation and delivery of a bereavement counselling training within her local Hospice. Here she also delivers Loss and Grief training to other health professionals on the team.

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Anita Webster

Core Tutor

BA(Hons), CTA(P) PTSTA(P) Diploma in Relational Supervision

Anita has been an associate lecturer in a University and has several years’ experience of running personal and professional development groups. She has a busy clinical practice in East Sussex.

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Linda Lab

Special Educational Needs Adviser

BA (Hons), Trinity Licentiate Dip ESOL, PGCE (Post Compulsory), CPT3A, PGCert (Dyslexia)

Linda specialises in working with disadvantaged, vulnerable and often marginalised learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and has an extensive teaching background. At Connexus, Linda brings her passion for lifelong learning with her experience and specialised knowledge to help create an inclusive, safe and stimulating environment where every individual’s desire  to learn can be supported.

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Emma Waring

Professional excellence course leader, Trainer, Consultant

BSc (Hons) Critical Care, RGN, Post Graduate Dip Psychosexual Therapy, Dip Transactional Analysis Counselling

Emma was awarded the Nursing Times ‘Rising Star Award ’ in 2004, gaining national and international recognition for her work setting up a pioneering clinic treating erectile dysfunction in cardiac patients, at Guys and St Thomas Hospital’s. She is a highly regarded Psychosexual and Relationship specialist. In 2018 Emma also became a published author on the subject of sex and intimacy. Her extensive knowledge and easily accessible approach gives our Connexus students access to a specialist understanding and skills of working with the sensitivities of sex, sexual difficulties, and their impact on relationships. 

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Dr Helena Hargaden

Visiting Tutor

DPsych, MSc, TSTA(P).

In 2007, Helena was one of the recipients of the Eric Berne Memorial Award for the Domains of Transference, which recognised the evolutionary movement towards relational theory in transactional analysis. Her most recent publication reflects the major theoretical changes within TA, as we move through the 21st century.

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Mica Douglas

Mica Douglas

Visiting Tutor

MSc in TA Psychotherapy, MASW, CQSW,  CTA(P), TSTA(P),

Mica Douglas is a psychotherapist and social worker who used to work with children who had been significantly harmed. When she was a therapist for the NSPCC, she found herself working more and more with foster parents. She knew that foster parents were hungry for knowledge, strategies and ideas for how to deal with various kinds of challenging behaviours and defences that children had developed in order to survive.

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Karen Minikin

Visiting Tutor

MSc in TA Psychotherapy, CTA(P), TSTA(P)

Karen Minikin is a counsellor, psychotherapist and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst with a practice in Devon and West Somerset. She teaches psychotherapy at a number of training institutes within the UK and Europe and has presented at national and international conferences. She is interested in the conscious and unconscious dynamics of power, politics and relational dynamics across all four fields of Transactional Analysis, though her writing focuses on the psychotherapy field.

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