Mel Ovens :
Director of WPP; UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and PG Advanced Diploma in Gestalt course Programme Leader. Mel is one of the co founders of WPP which was launched in 2007.
Mel began her career with a Science degree and soon realised her purpose was to work with people. Mel has worked in different areas of Mental Health since 1986. Through her journey of social work (Dip SW & Diploma of Applied Social Science Research)) and youth work she trained in youth counselling. After her move to Wales and a period of debilitating illness after her second daughter she started work as a Facilitator for the Caerphilly Parent Network, empowering parents to become involved in parenting issues in the the community and voicing their opinions in local government meetings and setting up parent groups in their local communities.
Mel qualified as a Gestalt Psychotherapist (Advanced PG Diploma in Psychotherapy) and then went on to qualify with a Diploma in Supervision. Mel has had a private practice in South Wales since 1997. In 2001, she became a director of her own company Insights where the focus was on being stress management. Mel has been a member of UKCP for many years and supports the work they do.
Mel met Helen and after a lot of research and discussion they set up WPP. They did this with the focus on providing Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic training in the South Wales area and the goal to setting up a network of psychotherapists. Mel is exceptionally proud of the way WPP has developed and we can now offer our trainees both UKCP and National Counselling Society awards.
Director of WPP; UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and PG Advanced Diploma in Integrative course Programme Leader
Helen is one of the co founders of WPP which was launched in 2007.
Rosy Wood Bevan:
Rosy Wood Bevan is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist & Supervisor (Humanistic and Integrative College). She holds Diplomas in Integrative Psychotherapy and Integrative Supervision from the Minister Centre London. A Certificate in Group work from the IGA London and A BA (Hons) in Philosophy & Sociology from the University of Sussex. She is approved as a Supervisor by various Institutes.
Rosy has worked with WPP since 2010, as a programme Leader for the Advanced Diploma in Relational Centred Counselling and as a tutor on the P.G. Diploma In Psychotherapy Course, with particular responsibility for Years 2 & 3 Integrative Students. She previously co- ran an Integrative Counselling Diploma in East Anglia.
Rosy has worked in Mental Health since 1984 and qualified as a Psychotherapist in 1991. She has worked in many settings and has particular interest and experience in working with those who use Substance Misuse and Eating Disorders to manage emotional difficulty, the dynamics of Abusive Relationships and working with the Deaf via an interpreter.
I began my career in mental health in 1980 working as a care assistant in elderly care, before completing my RMN nurse training at a large Victorian institution in surrey. I gained experience in a range of clinical settings including community and high secure services at broadmoor hospital.
I have always been interested in the nurse patient relationship and the importance of this in the healing process. Around the time of care management and the introduction of the CPA process which was introduced to stop patient’s falling through the net. Sadly this legislation turned patient’s into objects that needed to be managed rather than listened to and understood.
At this point I undertook a UKCP registered masters training in psychodynamic psychotherapy in health service settings which enabled me to provide long term psychotherapy and most importantly a healing relationship with patients.
As the provision of long term psychotherapy came under fire in a health service struggling to meet the psychological needs of the public there was a need to be able to treat more for less. At this point I undertook a Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and can now provide both long term Psychodynamic Therapy, along with short term cognitive analytic therapy. I am a registered supervisor for both these models of therapy and am also an ACAT registered trainer currently running a CAT practitioner training in Wales along with being involved as a tutor with The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy.
Dr Julie Elphick, Clinical Psychology Consultant.
Julie trained at the South Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology many moons ago. She has had many incarnations, including specialising in child development, attachment disorders, children with complex needs and teenagers with life threatening health problems. As a result of life and all the mentors she has had the pleasure of studying under Julie has become a practitioner with the mind of a Clinical Psychologist and the soul of a Psychotherapist. She is proud to contribute to and be associated with an organisation with the integrity of WPP.
Dr Elinor Greenberg:
Elinor Greenberg PhD, CGP is an internationally renowned Psychologist and Gestalt Therapy trainer who specializes in teaching the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid adaptations in a lively and accessible way. She is Vice President of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and an Associate Editor of Gestalt Review. Dr. Greenberg is adjunct faculty to the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training (NYC) where she designs and teaches courses on the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid adaptations for both their Gestalt Therapy and Psychoanalytic programs. In addition, Dr. Greenberg is certified as an Ericksonian Hypnotherapist, is in the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, and is a former faculty member of The Masterson Institute, a post-graduate psychoanalytic training program that specializes in personality disorders. Dr. Greenberg is the author of numerous papers on the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid adaptations. Her new book: Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Adaptations: the Pursuit of Love, Admiration, and Safety has just been published.
Administrator and Finance,
Nicola comes from a background of social care (BTec level 3 National Diploma in Social Care & Diploma in Welfare studies) including voluntary work with The Caerphilly Parent Network running a parenting group to encourage and support parents with any issues affecting them and their families. It also involved sitting on committees with local government as the voice of parents especially single parents in the Rhymney Valley. Niki previously volunteered for many years with a Cardiff gateway club supporting adults with physical disabilities and mental health, taking them on holidays sometimes with a member of their family and weekly get togethers for a social night out.
After leaving the Parent Network Niki was approached by Mel, she then became involved in the process of starting WPP and began her work placement with WPP in 2007 working her way through Business qualifications NVQ level 1 Administration, HND Business and Management, Foundation Degree in Business and Law and last but not least City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Book Keeping and Accounts & City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounts 2014, (level 2 completed but not notified of qualification)
Nicola is on reception 9.30am - 4.30pm to happily answer enquiries from the public and other organisations and particularly enjoys supporting the Students. Nicola also does the book keeping and updates the intranet (moodle) and website.