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Moira Hood

Director and Trainer

Moira is a highly experienced Integrative Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Sandplay Therapist and Freelance Trainer.

 

Training includes:

Advanced PgDip Counselling

MBACP (Accred)

Diploma in Supervision

Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents

Certificate in Art as Therapy

1st Level Nurse,

Accredited Alcohol Counsellor

Jungian Sandplay Therapist

Train the Trainer Programme

Understanding and Working with Adolescents

Online and Telephone Counselling

Moira has a particular interest in the therapeutic work of children and young people. She has considerable experience working in this field. Before joining the Diploma in Higher Education, Counselling Children and Young People at Simpson House in Edinburgh as a Core Tutor, Moira managed one of Place2Be's National Children's Counselling Services for over ten years. In addition, she established services within Edinburgh primary schools, managing a qualified and trainee counsellors’ team.

Moira runs her private practice offering clinical supervision and counselling and Sandplay Therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She originally qualified in nursing, specialising in the field of learning disabilities. Moira previously trained workers supporting street children projects in Vietnam. She worked at an International Arts Therapies Conference in Latvia and has taught in an inner-city school in Delhi in India. She was a trainer with the Confident Staff Confident Children's programme in Edinburgh. She was previously one of the core trainers with Cruse Scotland developing bereavement training accessible to all school-based staff in Scotland. Moira was also a core tutor on the 'new' Post Qualifying Children and Young People's Counselling Course at Simpson House, Edinburgh.

 

Moira was one of the speakers at the National BACP students conference in London and the National British and Irish Sandplay Conference in Glasgow. She also presented at the Joel Ryce-Menuhin Memorial Service in London.

 

Having a particular interest in the healing power of Jungian Sandplay, Moira spent two years training with BISS (British and Irish Sandplay Society). She is now working towards her ISST membership. (International Society of Sandplay Therapy).

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Rachel Eastop

Director and Trainer

Rachel is a highly experienced Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Freelance Trainer.

Training includes:

MA Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy

PgDip Counselling

MBACP (Accred)

Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Diploma in Training and Development

Online and Telephone Counselling

 

Rachel is an experienced children and young people’s  counsellor who works systemically with families. She is a manager, clinical supervisor and trainer.

She owns The Wellbeing Academy (www.thewelleingacademy.co.uk), which provides one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adult, online and face-to-face.  Along with her team of qualified counsellors, Rachel offers student placements for counsellors in training, who in turn provide affordable counselling for clients.

The Wellbeing Academy also partners with funders such as Amazing Grace (counselling for parents who's babies were still born) and Potterpury Trust (counselling for disadvantaged children and young people).  They also provide pupil and staff counselling as well as staff supervision and training for High School of Dundee. 

Rachel founded the charity Headroom in 2006, specialising in children and young people’s mental health in West Fife. Over the course of ten years, Rachel managed a small team of qualified children and young people’s counsellors and is especially proud that the charity helped over 1,800 children during that time.

 

Rachel was a core tutor on a Diploma in Counselling course in Edinburgh for 4 years and an HND in Counselling with Fife College for 1 year.

Rachel has a vast amount of experience as a trainer spanning 30 years and during this time she has written and developed training programmes in the field of education which included both staff and young people. 

 

Rachel has worked in the voluntary sector for many years offering her time as both youth worker, counsellor and board member for a counselling service. 

The Wellbeing academy is also the main Scottish Hub for The Resilience Doughnut an Australian organisation specialising in resilience.

Rachel has written a series of articles for the BACP Children and Families Journal. During the lockdown Rachel and her son Sam produced a live weekly Podcast called Parent-teen Connection.