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ABOUT US

Moira Hood
Director

Advanced PgDip Counselling, MBACP (Accred), Diploma in Supervision, Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents, Certificate in Art Therapy, 1st Level Nurse, Accred Alcohol Counsellor and a highly experienced Integrative Counsellor, Clinical  Supervisor and Freelance Trainer.

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

Moira runs her own private practice offering clinical supervision and counselling for children, adolescents and adults. Moira originally qualified in nursing specializing in the field of learning disabilities. She 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 and she is currently one of the core trainers with Cruse Scotland. Moira is also a core tutor on the 'new' Post Qualifying Children and Young Peoples Counselling Course at Simpson House, Edinburgh. Having a particular interest in the healing power of Sandplay, Moira spent two years training with BISS (British and Irish Sandplay Society). She is now working towards her International Qualification with the (International Society of Sandplay Therapy).

Rachel Eastop
Director

PgDip Counselling, MBACP (Accred), Diploma in Child Psychology, Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents,  Certificate in Clinical Supervision. Rachel is an experienced children and young people’s  counsellor who works systemically with families. She is a manager, clinical supervisor and trainer. She founded the charity Headroom, specialising in children and young people’s mental health in West Fife. Within this service, Rachel managed a 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 is now a guest tutor. Rachel has a vast amount of experience as a trainer spanning 20 years and during this time she wrote and developed training programmes in the field of education which included both staff and young people. Rachel has worked collaboratively with Playing Matters delivering the Children Matters course with Brenda Meldrum. She runs her own private practice offering clinical supervision and counselling for children, adolescents and adults. 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. Rachel is the owner of The Wellbeing Academy, a social enterprise offering children and adolescent counselling both in schools and from their headquarters in Dunfermline. Working with schools in Dundee, Edinburgh and Fife they deliver pupil, parent and staff emotional wellbeing and resilience training and workshops.

The Wellbeing academy is also the main Scottish Hub for The Resilience Doughnut a Australian based company specialising in resilience programmes.

Rachel has written a series of articles for the BACP Children and Families Journal.