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OUR TEAM

Volunteers
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Roxanne Kerr- Founder/Chief Executiver Officer

Roxanne is an experienced and qualified clinical certified trauma specialist with a master’s in counselling from Abertay University and a certificate in complex trauma and dissociation from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Over the last 8 years, she has successfully worked with trauma survivors including extensive work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and individuals with mental health conditions such as bipolar and schizophrenia. As well as being university educated, she has extensive training in the trauma field which was delivered by reputable trauma specialists in the USA and the UK. She is also trained in Crisis Management and is member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy. Roxanne founded the charity as she felt there was more that could be done to support those struggling with their mental health as a reult of trauma and wanted to make a sustainable change .

Favourite Mental Health Quote: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran

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Janine Core - Admin Officer

Janine is a qualified Teacher of English, teaching at a high school for 16 years and following a trauma-led approach. Following that, she spent 2 years in special needs administration before moving to Scotland in October 2022. Janine has experience in adolescent mental health through her work in education and aims to extend her knowledge further. Outside of work, Janine enjoys arts, crafts and walking.

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Kirsty Webster - Project Officer

Kirsty is in her final year of the Master's in Counselling at Abertay University. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and has worked in Education for the last 17 years, supporting learners from early years through to higher education.  In her teaching, she was drawn to supporting students with Additional Support Needs and continues to do so.  Her teaching was influenced by a trauma informed approach, with developing a safe and supportive relationship at the core.  Kirsty strongly believes in equity and equality - everyone deserves the same chance at a fulfilling life and should have what they need to grow.  She believes counselling may be a way to such growth, and everyone should have the chance to access the benefits it can bring to life.  She is a student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and works in a way that upholds their ethical code of conduct.

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Ming Chen - Social Media & Communications Volunteer

Ming graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2021 with a Masters in Design For Change. She has been studying and working in art and design for over 7 years. She loves creative ideas and has a strong interest in social media and digital marketing.

Ming also shares a great passion for working in charities. Helping people find a better life is something that brings her an immense amount of joy. She hopes that her career is always centred around helping others, and knows that she is able to do that whilst she is working with Trauma Healing Together.

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Sam Roger - Trainee Counsellor

Sam is currently in her second year of the Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling at Human Development Scotland. She is trained in Psychodynamic Counselling and is particularly interested in how our relationships impact our emotional and mental wellbeing.

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Lamyaa Elsayed - Trainee Counsellor

Lamyaa offers her clients a safe, judgement free space to explore what they are struggling with, what they have been through and how to move forward. She appreciates the enormous impact of traumatic events on almost every aspect of a survivor's life and understands not only the many ways people cope but also the strengths that get them going and the courage it takes for them to seek help.

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Felicity Douglas - Trainee Counsellor

I trained in the sciences before changing direction to focus on writing and coaching. I’m currently studying for a Master’s at Abertay University and have a special interest in menopause and autism. I work through a pluralistic and neurodiversity-affirmative lens and am passionate about finding creative ways to support trauma survivors. I describe myself as a slow but happy runner, occasional mountain climber, and avid reader.

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Jody King - Trainee Counsellor

I am in my final year of my HND in Counselling and believe the most important thing in counselling is collaboration and working together. I believe Pluralism underpins this for me perfectly as it enables the counsellor to tailor the best form of therapy specifically to the client and their needs.

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Cami Tagliaferro - Trainee Counsellor

I am currently obtaining my Diploma in Counselling, and about to start my Undergraduate course at Abertay University, studying Psychology and Counselling. 
 

I offer a safe, and judgement free space to help people struggling with trauma. Having studied a Pluralistic approach to counselling, I appreciate how different things work for different people, and aim to personalise their counselling approach to the client's specific needs. 

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Steve Christie - Trainee Counsellor

I am currently working towards a Diploma in Counselling, and I am driven by a sincere desire to foster positive change and emotional well-being. I have embraced a pluralistic, multidisciplinary approach to counselling, drawing from various theoretical frameworks and therapeutic models to provide holistic and tailored support to clients.

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Jackie Lyon - Trainee Counsellor

I am in my final year of my HND Counsellor qualification but aim to continue learning and study for my Masters. I manage a small support service helping people that struggle with thoughts of suicide. I have lived experience of suicide, so are passionate about helping others develop hope and faith in what they can achieve, by focusing on the positive element of their life.

I hope to bring to my clients a friendly and comfortable space where they feel safe to talk about issues that are important to them. I believe that every individual is valuable, and that healing takes empowerment and courage. I hope that I can give clients that courage through providing the time and support they need to move forward.

OUR TRUSTEES

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Michael Marley - Chair

Michael is part of the leadership team at Scarf which is a registered charity and social enterprise which delivers energy efficiency advice and services to households and businesses.

Within Scarf, he oversees the North East Centre which delivers the Scottish Government programme of Home Energy Scotland. He is also involved with delivering and supporting  a range of projects to vulnerable communities/households. Prior to this he was 15 years with SSE/OVO with a particular focus in delivering the vulnerability strategy and including Warm Home Discount.

 

As well as trustee of Truama Healing Together, he is an active Samaritans listener. He also has an interest in Social Media after gaining his Diploma in Journalism (a number of years ago)

 

Inclusion is so important to him and feels that when help is asked for it should be readily available there and then. But should also be tailored to what the user needs/wants.

 

Favourite Mental Health Quote: "Make your mental health a priority, you deserve it"

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Sam Roger- Secretary

Sam has been a trustee for crossroads for over 8 years and was instrumental in encouraging the board to seek social enterprise funding at a crucial point in the charity’s history, to support the introduction of the single direct payment system. She is also a advocacy worker for the elderly, at Fife Forum.

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Razvan Syyed - Treasurer

Razvan is a chartered accountant based in Giffnock, from the south side of Glasgow, operating as a Finance Business Partner UK-wide. His background is in Corporate Finance, and he has built his reputation working for large corporates in Glasgow and London and investing in property.

 

After qualifying with ICAS in 1993, Razvan started my career in industry back in 1995 working as a Financial Controller in Glasgow before working his way up to Financial Director in London and then Chief Financial Officer for an international firm in 2014. Over the past 2 years, he has been running his own company under the trading style of Sword Finance and Investments which provides SME’s with funding solutions, business development and strategic support, tax and digital accounting solutions as well as property investment strategies for creating long term wealth.

Favourite Mental Health Quote: "You don't need to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to someone about it" Demi Lovato

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Andy Marsh

Andy has worked in trauma for the last 8 years. He served in the military for 18 years and this was where his interest in trauma started.  He studied for an MSc in Military and Veteran mental health whilst working in a trauma centre. He currently works in the mental health field and feels that  we as a country need to provide as many routes for person centred holistic trauma care as necessary to help people who are surviving..

Favourite Mental Health Quote: ‘"That which seeks to destroy me and fails only makes me stronger’ – Nietzsche

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Diana Ngonyama

Diana is currently the Senior Fundraising officer for a leading international NGO Mercy Corps, responsible for developing and driving the organisations philanthropic and community programming in Europe. Previously over a 15-year period she held senior retail management roles for various high profile brands. Making the transition into the third sector after a chance opportunity to work with the extraordinary arts organisation Artangel. 

Favourite Mental Health Quote: ‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’ – William Ernest Henley 

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Catharine Idle

Catharine has an MSc in Sports Studies and is a 200-hour qualified Hatha yoga teacher, obtained through Jyoti Yoga and Yoga Alliance International. She is also qualified to teach Chair yoga and has been trained in trauma focused yoga. In addition, Catharine has worked in the charity and public sector for many years, supporting and empowering communities in rural Scotland to bring about the changes they want to see locally. She has 14 years experience in managing funding programmes and working in partnership with different organisations, interest groups and a wide range of very different people.


Special interests: yoga for trauma, body/mind/spirit balance, pranayama (breathwork), pure consciousness

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Lindy Paterson

Lindy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and is a 200-hour qualified Hatha yoga teacher, obtained through Jyoti Yoga and Yoga Alliance International. She has completed further training in Accessible Yoga run by Accessible Yoga an international, grassroots, non-profit organisation dedicated to sharing yoga with everyone and Teach Meditation under Swami Saradananda. Lindy has embraced a holistic approach to her own healing and is passionate about sharing this with others.

 

Special Interests: Chair and Accessible Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama/Breath Work, Nutrition, Health and Well-being

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