Rachel's professional background is English language teaching, teacher training and school leadership; and she taught, inspected programmes, and led courses and schools for more than fifteen years in: Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Japan, Thailand and Sweden.
In 2013, Rachel was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship for her work on the internationalisation of Higher Education. Rachel is a member of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows, a Visiting Professor at Yunnan Minzu University, China, Governor at South York Multi-Academy Trust, and a member of the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Panel for Languages, Cultures and Societies.
Lynne is Professor of Counselling and Mental Health, a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and a trained supervisor of practitioners working within the counselling and helping professions.
Lynne is founding Director of the York St John Communities Centre and its associated Research and Training Clinic Consortium; with members drawn from several counselling and mental health centres set in universities across the UK. Lynne is researching domestic abuse, in collaboration with a regional charity, exploring early intervention groups for young people who have been caught up in domestic violence situations. Lynne is also currently developing projects on online bereavement groups and online delivery of therapy.
When not working, Lynne loves having time with her partner and friends, pottering in the garden and yard, beachcombing and exploring bookshops!
Divine is a Professor of Counselling Psychology and Programme Director for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at York St John University.
He is a Chartered Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist. He is registered as a chartered member with the British Psychological Society and as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Divine is also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as an Adult Psychotherapist. He has many years of various work experience working in diverse psychiatric/clinical and therapeutic settings including the UK National Health Service (NHS), voluntary sector and private practice. Divine's psychotherapeutic interests are in exploring working with trauma, complex psychological distress, as well as working with those experiencing relational problems.
Divine co-authored and edited numerous books in counselling and psychotherapy. His two latest co-edited books are 'Love and Therapy: In relationship' (Co-edited with Stephen Paul) and 'The Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: Origins, Developments and Current Applications' (Co-edited with Colin Lago).
Trish is Associate Head for Counselling and is a BACP registered and accredited counsellor and qualified supervisor. Previously she worked for many years in the voluntary and university counselling sectors. She trains counsellors and works with experienced counsellors in the NHS.
Trish is a humanistic counsellor working from a process-experiential position who privileges the relational aspects of counselling.
Penn is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Programme Lead for the BA Counselling courses at York St John University.
She is a Chartered Psychologist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Penn is a humanistic-integrative counsellor with a particular interest in understanding the meaning individuals give to their experiences as well as in exploring creative and relational ways of working.
She has worked with adults, children, and young people in a variety of settings including clinical wards, third sector charities, universities, and housing organisations. Her research and therapeutic interests are in trauma, mental health rehabilitation and recovery, and bereavement.
John is a BACP accredited and registered counsellor He is a Visiting Research Fellow of York St John University and Director of the Bereavement Service of the Communities Centre. He has specialised in bereavement counselling for 20 years. His book, 'Supporting People through Loss and Grief: An Introduction for Counsellors and other Caring Practitioners' (2014, London: Jessica Kingsley) is used widely to train bereavement counsellors.
John's hobbies are crafting things from wood, photography and wildlife gardening. He plays drums in a Yorkshire rock band, Coil, which he first joined in 1980.
Nikki has been the Manager of the York St John Communities Centre since February 2022, and her role involves overseeing the daily operations of the Centre, including its groups, services and partnerships, whilst overseeing all safeguarding, health and safety and risk management processes within the Centre.
She provides line management support to the team of Centre Coordinators, Volunteers, Student Counsellors and the Clinical Centre Supervisor. Nikki has a background in safeguarding, mental health and children's residential care. She also has an undergraduate degree in Equine Rehabilitation and Therapy and is a humanistic counsellor in training.
Gracie is the Operations Manager for the School of Education, Language and Psychology.
As a member of the School Leadership team, Gracie is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the School and ensures the delivery of agreed performance outcomes for the School's strategic plan.
Gracie works within the Communities Centre Leadership team to align the vision and strategy of the Centre with the School and provide additional operational management and support.
Gracie has worked at York St John University since 2016. She has a background in project management and events through a number of roles across higher education, hospitality and voluntary sectors.
Helen is providing maternity cover for the role of Operations Manager for the School of Education, Language and Psychology.
As a member of the School Leadership team, Helen is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the School and ensures the delivery of agreed performance outcomes for the School's strategic plan.
Helen works within the Communities Centre Leadership team to align the vision and strategy of the Centre with the School and provide additional operational management and support.