About us

Caroline Nicholas

Therapist, Supervisor, Tutor

DIRECTOR

Caroline is a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer with 20+ years experience, and teaches Levels 5 (Dip in Psychotherapeutic Counselling) and 6 (Dip in Clinical Supervision).

My experience includes working in the NHS, with Rape Crisis, schools and education centres, a variety of residential addiction treatment centres and private practice. I have also taught counselling and psychotherapy in a number of Further Education colleges.

Originally, I come from a small welsh mining village and, despite the freedom and safety, there were times when I struggled growing up. Feeling a lack of autonomy there I left to study Sociology at East London University at 18 years old. This was where an interest in social psychology was sparked for me. However, it wasn’t until my late twenties, after a few years of unfulfilling employment, that I began to follow my goal again. I began by volunteering for a telephone counselling service based in East London, where I learned some of the skills I would later teach myself . It was definitely and ‘in at the deep end’ approach!
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor, and I have been a member of the BACP since 1997. My experience is varied, having worked for a Primary Care Trust in the NHS in East London for many years. Clients were referred by their G.P.’s suffering from a variety of mental health issues. The organisation offered short term therapy in the main, but also provided long term therapy, private therapy, couples, family and group therapy. I was fortunate enough to work in all of these fields and have experience of working with, children through art/play therapy, young people, couples, families, adults – some with special needs and physical disabilities, as well as therapy groups and long term support groups.

Within Supervision, I gained my PG Clinical Supervision Diploma in 2003 and work with supervision groups and individual supervisees. I have really enjoyed working with trainee counsellors over the years, and watching their progress as their confidence grows.
The other side of my work has now become more involved. I began teaching counselling in 2001 and have taught all levels of counselling training programmes within further education colleges, form Introduction to Supervision. In 2016 I set up Langley Training, an independent training centre that offers a variety of counsellor training. We offer courses from Level 1, Introduction to Level 6 Supervision Diploma, as well as CPPD workshops for qualified therapists. I find working with students, and all therapists in this capacity, very rewarding.

What holds you back is not what you are… It’s what you think you aren’t. Denis Waitley

Emma Bollan

Therapist & Tutor

Emma is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Level 4 tutor with Langley Training.

  I work in private practice with adults on an individual basis who are facing life’s difficulties and concerns. I also work with organisations to identify and implement strategies to improve the mental health and well-being of their employees.
Becoming a counsellor has been a change in direction for me.  My first career began through work experience in a small company and after gaining a Masters Degree from Imperial College I worked in management consultancy for 20 years advising companies to help deliver behavioural change, and drive sustainability through reporting and communication.  
I have moved around a lot with work, travelling to South East Asia, the Middle East, North and Central America, Africa and Australia.  I really enjoyed these opportunities to live and work in different cultures, and I think it has given me a good understanding around stepping outside your own experiences to work effectively and collaboratively with different people.
A large part of my career has been spent engaged in adult learning through presentation, tutoring and facilitation.  I have headed up training teams and developed executive coaching programmes for global organisations, working at both grass roots and board levels.  More recently, I lectured on behavioural change on the MSc course in Environment and Business at Imperial College.
After having children, I wanted a change in direction and came to realise that the part of my work that I really enjoyed was mentoring, coaching and supporting people.  The corporate environment gave me a good insight into the financial, work and relationship challenges that can affect us all.  Retraining as a counsellor felt like a very natural fit and I moved into private practice while studying for the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  I have also worked with Mind and Rape Crisis.
I joined Langley Training in 2019 and have taught on Level 1, Level 3 and Level 4 courses.  This has really reignited my love of life-long learning.  I enjoy teaching and always gain fresh perspectives and energy for my practice through engaging with my students.

you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream’ C.S.Lewis

Therapist, Supervisor & Tutor

Sarah Bryant

Sarah is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor who teaches Level 4 with Langley Training.

My experience includes counselling for local schools and working with national charities, including Mind and Cruse Bereavement Care. I have set up and run a counselling service for a local family centre, and been a member of Cruse committee, which included assessment and referral as well as organising training for volunteers. I currently have a private practice and work as a school counsellor. I have tutored for Langley Training since 2019.

Born and raised around Aylesbury, I first became interested in education when I started volunteering at a local primary school whilst undertaking my A levels. At the end of 6th form I moved on to Cambridge to study Education and Chemistry for the next four years.
During my time at Cambridge I was fortunate enough to receive tutelage from some of the brightest minds in education, at that time, and I became particularly interested in child development, child psychology and how external factors impacted on a child’s ability to learn.

After pausing my teaching career to raise my family I started to look for a path to return to teaching and chose to study Counselling Skills. I soon became completely hooked. I still remember being interviewed by Caroline for my Level 4 Diploma, and telling her that what had started out as icing on the cake had switched for me and had become the cake.

Not feeling Level 4 had been quite enough for me I decided to study for the Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Langley Training, and was one of the first students lucky enough to do so in our bespoke setting at the barn in Mentmore. During this time, I set up my private practice, where my work is longer term. I also offer counselling for an Employee Assistance Programme provider and this sees me supporting both past and present members of the armed forces.

I was delighted to join Langley Training in 2019. To date, I have taught both the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 4 courses, as well as supporting and running CPPD workshops at our annual Residential Weekend. I am excited to be part of a developing team.

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

Sigmund Freund
Samantha Manley

Therapist, Supervisor & Tutor

Sam is a therapist, clinical supervisor who teaches Levels 1 and 2 with Langley Training.

Langley and Caroline has had a huge impact on my journey over the years. I have always enjoyed the robust learning gained from the courses. After qualifying at Level 4 I undertook the Level 5 Psychotherapeutic Post Grad Diploma and a year or two later, the Level 6 Diploma in Clinical Supervision with Langley Training.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor based in Milton Keynes, and have been in private practice since 2016. Some of my experience has come from working at charitable agencies such as Rape Crisis and the Youth Information Service. From this I have gained experience of working with children and adults with a wide variety of issues. As part of my private practice I work with Victims First for Thames Valley police, as well as with private clients who self-refer, and a variety of Employment Assistant Programmes (EAPs). I am also a Supervisor working with both trainee and qualified therapists. I really enjoy seeing others develop their skills and self-awareness. I have been lucky enough to have had Caroline as a tutor and a supervisor at different times on my journey, and have been able to grow both personally and professionally during this time.
Previously, I have worked in education for around 10 years, working with all ages from babies to 18-year old young people, in nursery, pre-school, primary schools and in a secondary school – The Walnuts for Special Educational Needs and Autism. Whilst working here I gained so much insight into Autistic Spectrum Condition, Attention Deficit (Hyper-activity) Disorder, and other diagnoses in children and young people. I really enjoyed the challenge and diversity this brought to my practice.
While I love working as a therapist, I still miss the educational side of things, so joining Langley Training offers me a unique opportunity to combine theses worlds.

Christine Cartwright

Therapist, Supervisor & Tutor

Chris is a therapist and clinical supervisor, who teaches Levels 1 and 2 at Langley Training.

I am very excited to be part of Langley Training tutoring the levels 1 and 2 courses.  My husband is a church minister and although I’m not a very traditional minister’s wife, I began my counselling training hoping to be more effective in listening to the high number of people in the church we encountered with pastoral issues.  I also worked in special education supporting young people with behavioural challenges.  I qualified as a counsellor in 2008, and went on to coordinate a counselling service for young people across Bucks for the next 10 years. Here I had the privilege of supporting many counsellors in training and working with young people within agency and school settings.  I also shared responsibility for the safeguarding training and offered workshops to our counsellors.   In 2016, I decided it was time to return to some study and, having done a Person Centred Diploma and a CBT Certificate, decided it was time to find out more about the Psycho-analytical approach.  Having heard very positive feedback about Langley Training, I enrolled onto the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  I then went onto complete the Level 6 Diploma in Supervision in 2018 with Langley.   I have been in private practice since 2016.  I also work part time at a school for teenagers with learning difficulties as a counsellor.

I am passionate about counselling and the therapeutic relationship, which I believe can unlock so many difficulties people face, and enable them to move forward, enjoying deeper and more meaningful relationships and gain a greater depth of self awareness.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking our two dogs and looking after our growing number of hens.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

Carl Rogers
Lynn McGill

Counsellor and Tutor. 

Lynn is an integrative counsellor and teaches Level 3 at Langley Training.

Following qualification in 2012, I realised my passion was to pass on the knowledge and information I had gained during counselling training, which opened up a pathway of discovery to my own personal development.  This was around the concept of ‘what makes us tick’ as individuals and how we can become the best possible versions of ourselves using that knowledge. So I undertook and gained a qualification in Training and Education, whilst teaching counselling on an Access to Higher Education course. It has been a privilege to be part of students’ journeys of personal discovery and learning, and has taught me many new lessons myself as part of that process – as humans we never stop learning!

Even if your journey is not to become a counsellor, but to have a better understanding of listening, communication, who you are as an individual and how you interact with others, the skills and information gained in counsellor training is invaluable.   As part of my working history I have worked in recruitment and also as an estate agent, and used the many transferable counselling skills successfully.

I have experience of working as a school counsellor as well as in agency settings and private practice, working with young people, individuals and couples.

I am delighted to be part of Langley Training, where I have gained many further hours of training myself, including Couples Counsellor Training. This has allowed me to widen the group of people I can work with. I really enjoy working as part of the team and I feel open to many new areas of learning along the way!

                               “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”                   Henry Ford

Richard Bird

Therapist, Supervisor & Tutor

Richard is a therapist, clinical supervisor and Level 4 tutor at Langley Training.

I am pleased to be joining Langley training as a tutor in 2021. I am an integrative counsellor and supervisor in private practice, based in Harpenden, in Hertfordshire. Counselling is a second career for me. Previously I spent 3 decades working in the City of London for major banks such as Barclays, Deutsche bank and the mighty Lehman Brothers, as a bond trader. Prior to this my degree was in Social Sciences and I always had a curiosity in human behaviour, and would often find myself nosing around the psychology and self help sections of the bookshops in the City. As time went on, I began to query if I was in the right place and made a decision to enrol on an Introduction to Counselling course and one thing led to another!

I well remember what it is like to be a student, and my ethos is that I will go the extra mile to make sure that students achieve their goals.

Sue Day

Counsellor & Tutor

Sue is an Integrative Counsellor and tutor with Langley Training.

I was born and grew up in North West London and still consider myself to be a bit of a city girl, even though I have now lived in Buckinghamshire for 15 years.

I didn’t enjoy secondary school and left at 16, continuing my education at adult evening classes. In my twenties, I completed a degree in Social Sciences, and although at the time I was much more interested in the role and impact that society has on individuals, I really enjoyed the psychology component. In my early thirties, I worked as a teaching assistant supporting children with Speech and Language difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Condition before moving into local government as a Senior Officer for Special Educational Needs. This role gave me my first experience in training others and delivering presentations. 

Following a career break I signed up for a Level 2 CPCAB Counselling Skills course, and was soon hooked and on my way to becoming a counsellor. My experience includes work in a local secondary school, Cruse Bereavement Care and One Recovery/Oasis Partnership Addiction Services. During the CPCAB Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, which I studied with Langley Training, I set up my private practice. I was so impressed with how supported I felt and how professionally the course was run. It inspired me to become a counselling tutor myself.

I am a strong believer in life long learning, and there is always so much more to discover, particularly in this field. I am thrilled to be able to be a part of the team and I am sure I will learn so much from my students, and I hope they will learn from me!

Therapist, Supervisor & Tutor

Fiona Baker

Fiona is an Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Level 4 Tutor. 

My experience includes working in bereavement support for a national child bereavement charity, supporting young people and bereaved families. I have run support groups for bereaved teenagers and been a group facilitator on a programme to help young children understand and process their grief.

I went on to train school teachers and helping professionals in child bereavement and how they can support children through their loss.

Through this work I discovered a special interest in trauma and loss, and the way that our early experiences of loss can effect how we go on to respond to loss and change throughout our life. I currently work in private practice based in Aylesbury, Bucks where I work with individuals and couples.

Previously my career had included working in further education for over 10 years, teaching the over 16’s, where I discovered the joy and satisfaction of teaching. When I was asked to join the Langley team I was delighted to take the opportunity to bring my enthusiasm and passion of counselling together with my experience of teaching, and I feel excited and privileged to become part of our learners’ journey.