Counselling


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Do you have relevant work experience or qualifications and now want to become a qualified psychodynamic counsellor within two years? Do you want to work for major mental health organisations or open your own private practice? Nescot can give you the opportunity.

Our team at Nescot are dedicated to taking you through rigorous professional training with the view to producing skilled competent practitioners, equipped with the knowledge and empathy to make a real difference to your clients.

All of your tutors here are experienced, practising counsellors and psychotherapists with various specialties and areas of excellence. We are also one of the few BACP accredited colleges to offer specialised and professional training in analytical psychodynamic counselling. Upon qualification you will be eligible to apply for membership and registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The Diploma in Higher Education is validated by the University of Greenwich.

We offer our students in-house supervision that supports their clinical practice hours, alongside their agency placement supervisor.

Our staff

Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson is a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sarah is Programme Co-ordinator of the Diploma of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling. Sarah is currently on her final year of a Masters Degree in Consulting & Leading in Organisations Using Psychodynamic and Systemic Approaches at The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust based in London. Sarah also has extensive experience of leadership roles in private, public and voluntary organisations and has developed a great appreciation of the complexity of group dynamics.

Sarah also has a Diploma in Teacher Training.

Jane Dudley- Supervisor

MA, MFA, RMN, Group Analytic Psychotherapist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Art Psychotherapist. UKCP, HCPC, BAAT, BACP & BAPPS registered as a psychoanalytic psychotherapy supervisor.

Jane has been employed in the NHS for thirty five years working within most specialisms of adult psychiatry originally as a psychiatric nurse then as psychoanalytic psychotherapist, group analyst & art psychotherapist. She also lectured, facilitated experiential groups and supervised for twenty five years on the MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College London University. She taught at the same college on the Intercultural and Group Psychotherapy programmes. She was for some years an external examiner at Queens University Belfast and special advisor on art psychotherapy to NICE on the current guidelines on Borderline Personality Disorder. Now in private practice and working at Nescot College, Westminster Pastoral Foundation & Birkbeck College on Diploma, MA & MSc counselling and psychotherapy trainings. She is also a clinical supervisor at CCF Counselling Centre. She has published widely in art psychotherapy and psychotherapy books and journals.

Lisa Reed- Supervisor

Lisa is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, trained at Westminster Pastoral Foundation ( WPF Therapy), Supervisor and Psychologist. BACP Senior Accredited, FPC and UKCP member.

Lisa has been working as a therapist for over 25 years in a variety of settings. These include:- GP surgeries, Community Mental Health Teams and in Psychotherapy Departments in the NHS. She has worked as a Clinical Manager of a large counselling service and also in private practice, working for a number of employment agency providers, charities, schools colleges and universities as a counsellor and supervisor.

Lisa has worked in the psychiatric services with clients with severe mental health needs, and sees individuals for both short and long term work. She has worked as a supervisor and trainer on counselling courses since 2004 and has been at Nescot since 2011.

Jill Lopez- Supervisor

Jill is an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Gaining over 20 years as an experienced Counsellor, Mediator and Supervisor. Extensive knowledge of a wide variety of client concerns e.g. loss, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, work related stress, anger management, obsessive compulsive disorder. Extensive experience of providing on site Critical Incident Support within a variety of industries. A provider of both brief and longer term therapy. Considerable supervisory and mediation experience within health, educational and careers settings.

Along Jill’s private work, for the last 10 years, Jill currently is a Supervisor at NESCOT college providing Psychodynamic supervision to level 5 learners on year 2 for the Psychodynamic counselling in Higher National Diploma course

Yesim Aslam Year 1 Tutor

Yesim is a Psychodynamic counsellor with more than six years’ experience and understanding of working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, differences and issues associated with multiculturalism.
Yesim is a member of the Counselling department at Nescot, delivering the Diploma of Higher (DipHE) in Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP Accredited), where she am also completing PGCE Teacher Training and Education teaching qualification – Level 6.

Yesim started her counselling training back in 2008 at Nescot when she enrolled on to the Counselling Concepts course - Level 2. In 2009, Yesim completed the BTEC Diploma in Counselling Skills – Level 3, and in 2012 and successfully completed the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Psychodynamic Counselling.

In 2013 Yesim completed her BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling – Level 6, at Guildford University, Surrey.

Yesim has previously worked as a counsellor for both Croydon Counselling Foundation and Mind Croydon and currently works as a senior assessor at Croydon Counselling Foundation.

Yesim runs a private practice alongside teaching, which incorporates all the core principles from a Psychodynamic perspective.

Yesim is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and works within their ethical framework. This means she is bound by their code of conduct and ethics to assure she adheres to and practice to a highly professional standard.

Sarah Lloyd Jones - Experiential lead

Sarah is an Accredited Psychotherapist and member of FIP (Forum for Independent Psychotherapists) and the UKCP. She holds the Diploma in Groupwork and Groupwork Practitioner Status with the IGA (Institute of Group Analysis), the MSc in Psychodynamics, with distinction, from BPF/Birkbeck and has a background in working with teams and groups during her previous career in Unilever where she was a Senior Manager.

Her papers are published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy and in the international journal Group Analysis.

Click below for course details:

Psychodynamic Counselling: Level 4 Diploma of Higher Education

Nescot also run Part-time Counselling courses:

Counselling Concepts: Level 2 AIM Awards - Evening

Counselling Skills: Level 3 AIM Awards Certificate - Evening

Counselling Skills: Level 3 AIM Awards Certificate - Evening


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