Meet our visiting tutors and trainers

Mandy Atkinson

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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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

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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Dr Helen Barnaby

Trainer, Consultant in health and professional services

MBBS, DCH, MRCGP, DFSRH, LOCMEd, Dip TA Counselling, UKATA Dip TA Practice

A former GP and tutor at Brighton University Medical School, Helen brings a wealth of first-hand knowledge in using Transactional Analysis and other psychological approaches to improve consultations, relationships and outcomes in the fields of medicine and mental health. As well as her role with the  Connexus Institute, Helen is GP Mentor for Health Education England and a qualified coach. Helen also has a successful private practice offering counselling and psychotherapy.

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Nancy Dalton

Trainer and Consultant

United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis, Diploma in Transactional Analysis Practice.

Nancy has a corporate background and over 20 years’ experience in implementing health and wellbeing services within the private healthcare sector. Nancy trained in TA Psychotherapy and as well as her experience as a counselling skills tutor has presented bespoke courses to the business sector,  and workshops within the field of mental health.  As well as training at Connexus, Nancy has a thriving private clinical practice providing counselling and therapy services for individuals and couples.

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Emma Waring

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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