Alan Robertson

ISVA & Operations Manager

Alan RobertsonAlan is the Operations Manager & Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) at SurvivorsUK. He manages our ISVA service which supports men around the criminal justice system and is responsible for funding development. Prior to working at SurvivorsUK Alan volunteered on their helpline and worked as a dual diagnosis project worker in a residential home, supporting men with alcohol addiction and mental health issues.

Professional qualifications:

  • Limeculture ISVA Development Programme (2016)
  • Limeculture Advanced Development Progamme: Supporting Clients with Specific Needs (2016)
  • Limeculture Advanced Development Progamme: Supporting Children and Young People (2018)
  • Certificate in Fundraising Pratice (FSI, ongoing)

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Katherine Cox

Counsellor & Groupwork Coordinator

Katherine CoxKatherine is SurvivorsUK Counsellor and Groupwork coordinator. She has worked in the charitable sector as a social worker and then as a psychotherapist and supervisor. She has experience of working in palliative care, sexual health, with survivors of trauma, with LGBT communities and young people. She is passionate about the development of groups as well as 1:1 work at SurvivorsUK.

Professional qualifications:

    • MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Roehampton University 2006
    • Diploma in Clinica Supervision CPPD 2008
    • Safeguarding Level 3 Adults at risk & Children (Tavistock May/July 2018)

    Pronouns: she / her

Jeremy Sachs

Groupwork Facilitator

Jeremy SachsJeremy has facilitated therapeutic groupwork for years. Delivered to groups who have experienced trauma, live with long term health issues or caught in cycles of violence. His work is therapeutically informed, with a strong emphasis on a creative, person-centred approach. He strongly believes that group work is key to tackling social isolation and building a sense of wellbeing and agency, after surviving adverse life experience/s.

Professional qualifications:

    • Development for Healthcare Professionals: CPD-accreditation 2017
    • Working with Self Harm & Suicide 2016
    • Safeguarding and Information Sharing 2016
    • Working Together: From Referral to Child Protection Conference 2015
    • TACPAC Training: Communication through Touch and Music for SEN Children 2015
    • Combating Prejudice Training through Education and Participation 2014
    • NCFE Counselling Skills Level 3 2013
    • AQA Counselling Concepts Level 1 2013

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Neil Atkinson

Support Counsellor & Groupwork Facilitator

Neil AtkinsonNeil is a psychotherapist, trainer and group facilitator who has worked in a wide variety of psychological services, as well as in private practice.
His experience includes working with substance misuse, LGBT+ issues, childhood and adult trauma and survivors of domestic violence.
Part of Neil’s role will be to offer a flexible service for clients that find it difficult to engage with other support.

Professional qualifications:

  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (Distinction) (Brief Strategic Therapy Foundation 2005)
  • Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis (Brief Strategic Therapy Foundation 2004)
  • AEB/CSCT Diploma in Psychtherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic) West Herts College 2001
  • AEB/CSCT Dioloma in Counselling (Integrative) (West Herts College 1998)
  • AEB/CSCT Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory (West Hers College 1996)

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Agnese Manfrin

Digital Communications Officer

Agnese ManfrinAgnese has a proven track record working in digital communications, online marketing, branding, editing and website management for charities and public sector organisations. Besides working for people’s empowerment behind the screen, she has previously worked as educator with refugees, migrants, children, and founded a youth development charity. She takes pride in working for one of the few organisations in the country that works exclusively with male survivors.

Pronouns: she / her

Ye-Ye Fadaka

Office Administrator

Ye-Ye FadakaYe-ye is the Administrator for SurvivorsUK. She is the first point of contact for people looking to access the service and for anyone looking for information about the services we offer. Ye-ye previously worked as an administrator at other charities such as Relate counselling and the Alzheimer’s Society and has experience working in the charity sector.

Pronouns: she / her

Calvin Stovell

ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

Calvin StovellCalvin is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) working with male victims of rape and sexual abuse with complex needs, who may feel disenfranchised due to homelessness, immigration and addictions issues, assisting them to navigate the criminal justice system. Before joining SurvivorsUK Calvin worked as a Sexual Health Advisor providing information and advice around sex, Sexually Transmitted Infections and prevention. He is also doing a diploma in Psychosexual counselling.

Professional qualifications:

  • ABC Lv 3 Certificae in Counselling Skills (City Lit 2017)
  • Lv 3 Advocacy for Working w/Survivors of Sexual Violence (Open Colleege Network West Midlands Dec.2019)
  • Advanced development Program. Elective 2: Supporting Children/Young People (Lime Culture March 2019)
  • Diploma in Intergrative Psychosexual Therapy (Centre for Psychosexual Health – ongoing)

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Chris Alderton

ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

Chris AldertonChris is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). His role is to provide non-judgemental, independent practical support and assistance to male victims of sexual violence or rape, regardless of whether the assault took place recently or in the past. He supports people who are thinking about reporting to the police or who are currently going through the criminal justice system. Before joining SurvivorsUK, Chris worked as a counsellor across several charities in London specialising in working with minority groups and male survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Professional qualifications:

  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Metanoia 2018)
  • Accredited Independent Sexual Violence Advisor ISVA (Lime Culture 2019)

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Sam Thomson

Outreach & Engagement Officer

Sam ThomsonSam is the Outreach & Engagement Officer. He manages all things ‘engaging’, from campaigns, to lecturing, to training – all in the name of building constructive pathways towards SurvivorsUK. He has a history of successful campaign development and implementation around rape and sexual assault, as well as volunteering experience with Rape Crisis. Often seen out and about removing the taboo surrounding rape and sexual assault – say “Hi!” if you see him.

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Michelle Buckberry

Support Counsellor

Michelle BuckberryMichelle has experience working with adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and a history of offending, and those who have experienced homelessness, misuse drugs and sex workers. As a counsellor she has more recently worked with survivors of domestic violence as well as men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and violence. She enjoys working with people who might otherwise find it difficult to access counselling and works creatively to enable them to do this.

Professional qualifications:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CONEL 2017)
  • Level 3 Counselling Studies (Lambeth College 2011)
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills (Lambeth College 2004)
  • NVQ level 3 – Promoting Independence (ARC 2004)

Pronouns: she / her

Elizabeth Noble

Support Counsellor

Elizabeth NobleElizabeth is a psychotherapeutic counsellor and supervisor with over 10 years experience in managing and delivering NHS and charity services. She has specialised in counselling male survivors since 2011 and her experience also includes working with domestic violence survivors, LGBTQ+ communities, and people with long-term health conditions. Elizabeth’s role is to support clients that experience barriers to accessing counselling.

Professional qualifications:

  • PG Dip Person-centred Psychotherapeutic Counselling (University of Brighton 2009)
  • MSc Supervision (University of Surrey 2018)

Pronouns: she / her

Lee White

Support Counsellor

Lee WhiteLee is a psychotherapeutic counsellor who has experience working with survivors of sexual trauma and abuse in various settings, including a prison and as part of a Psychosis residential rehab project. He is currently working in private practice and believes passionately in helping people feel heard and understood. Part of his role at SurvivorsUK is to help survivors who may find conventional counselling difficult find a therapeutic space that feels tailored to their unique experiences, helping them to begin to find ways to live the life that they want to live.

Professional qualifications:

  • Certificate theraputic counselling (south thames 2006)
  • Bsc Integretive counselling (Roehampton 2012)
  • BPS Certificate supervision (SDS Seminers Jan 2018 & Feb 2019)

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Whitney Shaw-Dale

Support Counsellor

Whitney Shaw-DaleWhitney Shaw-Dale is a UKCP registered group and individual psychotherapist. She has extensive experience working in the mental health sector and has worked in both the charity sector as well as within the NHS. She uses an integrative approach to therapy, which includes gestalt, person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Whitney has experience working with survivors of sexual, domestic and psychological abuse, trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression to name a few and she believes in working collaboratively and creatively with her clients.

Professional qualifications:

  • Diploma in Professional Development (London Metropolitan University, 2012)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy (London Metropolitan University, 2013)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (London Metropolitan University, 2014)
  • Diploma in Gestalt Group and Individual Psychotherapy (The Gestalt Centre London, 2018)
  • MA (merit) Gestalt Group and Individual Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University, 2015-2016)

Pronouns: she / her

Dionne St. Hill

Support Counsellor

Dionne St HillDionne is an Integrative Therapist, she is passionate about mindfulness, creative visualization, journaling and writing for therapeutic purposes. Dionne’s support and therapeutic focus includes working with individuals who historically or currently sex work, self-harm and those experiencing or troubled by alcohol and or substance misuse or dependency. She has a particular interest in the impact of prejudice and oppression and works with individuals who have experienced a collision of discrimination, tied to aspects of who they are – be it self-identifying gender, race, culture, sexuality or faith.

Professional qualifications:

  • Diploma Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB) Sutton College 2018

Pronouns: she / her

Roses Leech-Wilkinson

Webchat Coordinator

Picture of RosesRoses provides day-to-day leadership of SurvivorsUK’s helpline services. A caseworker, facilitator and community organiser by background, Roses has worked with people who have experienced domestic and state violence, being missing or having a loved one missing, mental health problems, LGBTQIA+ people and young people, as well as in research, policy and campaigns. They are passionate about justice, anti-oppression work, and nature.

Pronouns: they / them

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