Training Committee

Arbours Training Committee

Click any name below to read a short biography.

  • Lois Elliott is currently the interim Director of the Arbours Association and Chair of the Arbours Training Committee. She began working as a resident therapist at the Arbours Crisis Centre in 1990, she then joined the Arbours Support Programme and after qualifying as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Arbours Training Programme in 1994 she worked at the Crisis Centre as a Team Leader. She continued working as a Team Leader until the Crisis Centre closed in December 2011, and was Associate Director to the Director Dr Joseph Berke for a number of years. She is also Director of a psychodynamic counselling and training organisation in North London, has a private practice and is a qualified and BAPPS registered clinical supervisor.

  • Tom Ryan is the ex-Director of the Arbours Association and founding member of the Arbours Training Program and Arbours Psychotherapy Service.  He has been a member of the Arbours Training Committee since its inception and he continues to teach and supervise trainees and therapists within the Arbours and other Psychotherapy Trainings and Associations.  He has a particular interest in the study of sexuality and gender, and the exploration, evolution and clinical application of relational-model theories within therapeutic communities and psychoanalytic clinical practice.

  • Charles Brown is a highly experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist, specialist addictions therapist and clinical supervisor. He is a Training therapist and supervisor at The Bowlby Centre and Lecturers on the Guild of Psychotherapists Pluralistic Supervision Course on the subject of group supervision. He is also a member of the British Association of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision executive committee. He trained at The Guild of Psychotherapists. He has a particular interest in identity.

  • Evonne Cameron-Phillips is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP) having trained with the Arbours Association and is also a clinical supervisor (BAPPS).  She qualified as a psychotherapist after gaining an Hons degree in Sociology and Psychology (City University London) and has 20 years experience of working in various roles with individuals with severe and chronic psychological difficulties. She has a private practice in Finsbury Park seeing patients and supervising individuals and is a group supervisor  for a North London counselling service that offers a diploma course in psychodynamic counselling .  She is also a Tutor on the training course.  Also, she works part-time for a charity in South London, as a psychotherapist and supervises individuals and groups in a multi disciplinary team.   

  • Kate Hardwicke is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP). Having trained with the Arbours Association and qualified in 2000, she is also a clinical psychodynamic supervisor (BAPPS), with a Diploma in psychodynamic supervision. Kate is an experienced supervisor and psychotherapist, having undertaken various roles, one-to-one work and group-work, in many settings. Her experience of working with adults troubled with severe and complex psychological difficulties, has contributed to the importance of her teaching and her work as a clinical supervisor. She has a private practice both in Hackney and Crouch End. Kate is currently supervising trainee counsellors/psychotherapists in both private practice and for two charity organisations. She supervises groups for a North London counselling service that offers a diploma course in psychodynamic counselling and she also supervises counsellors for a bereavement service that offers short and medium term bereavement work. She leads seminars for a two year Diploma course in psychodynamic counselling, incorporating practise skills training for the students. She has worked part-time for a charity in South London as a supervisor for front-line staff who work with adults and young people struggling with complex needs and psychological trauma. Kate has worked as a clinical coordinator for the Arbours’ therapeutic communities and had the role as Team Leader at the Arbours Crisis Centre in North London. She also jointly ran a support programme for non-residents at the Arbours Crisis Centre and has co-facilitated an art psychotherapy group. She is a member of the Arbours Training Committee.

  • Emma Letley is a writer and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist practising  in Nottinghill Gate and at King’s College London. Her background is in the humanities and she has B.A. from Oxford, M.Phil from University of Hong Kong and a Ph.d. from Birkbeck, University of London. After more than 20 years in university teaching she trained with the Arbours Association, qualifying in 1999 and registered with UKCP from 2001 onwards. She was a member of the AAP Executive Committee from 2000-2005 and also of the CPD committee. She is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Psychotherapy and was also on the Publications Management Board of the Collected Works of D.W.Winnicott (forthcoming Autumn 2015). Emma is on the Arbours training committee and is involved in supervision of trainees.

    She is series editor of the new 6 volume edition of the works of Marion Milner (Routledge, 2010-2012) and her most recent book is a biography of Milner; Marion Milner: The Life (Routledge, 2013).

    She has given talks and lectures on Milner in London, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and is particularly interested in Milner, the Independent  Group and in biography and psychoanalysis.

    She is also much involved in issues of and groups for people with writing blocks and with creativity and psychoanalysis.

  • Brigitte McAndrew studied at the Sorbonne and attended the Lacanian Seminars before coming to Britain specifically to train as a psycho-analytical psychotherapist with the Arbours Association, with whom she graduated in 1994.

    She has combined private practice with working as a therapist, a clinical supervisor and a consultant for several organizations and local authorities such as the NSPCC, the Peper Harow Foundation, Foster Care Associates.

    She is one of the founding members of the Portsmouth Counselling Service, and was its first clinical director.

    She has wide experience in teaching psychodynamic counselling and psycho-analytical psychotherapy, holding posts as a lecturer at the Universities of Portsmouth, and Kent at Canterbury, and as a guest at others.

    A member of the Arbours Training Committee since 2012, she has been involved in developing the new APT program to be launched in September 2015. Clinically, her main fields are the treatment of psychosis, of trauma and of the adult survivors of CSA. Her present research is about the transmission of psychoanalytical thinking and knowledge, and the development of research methodology. She adheres to continuous professional and personal development and strongly supports the idea that ‘becoming’ a therapist is a life long endeavour.