About Ivan

I began my training to become a Counsellor in 2005 after I engaged in therapy myself and found it extremely beneficial.

I have experience of working both one to one and in groups with adults, as well as one to one work with teenagers.

I worked from 2008 to 2017 within a Forensic therapeutic community (TC) setting. My journey in the TC began as a Counsellor, facilitating small therapy groups for 10 residents and community meetings where 40 residents would explore their relationships with each other, with staff members, and would explore patterns from their childhood, offending behaviour and the here and now. Many of the residents presented with issues such as bereavement, anger, anxiety, physical, sexual, mental abuse and also post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2015 I progressed to Therapy Manager where I was responsible for 20 and 40 bed TC’s. I managed a 20 bed Assessment Unit and later set up a 20 bed Therapeutic Community with the help of 8 staff members and the residents it housed. I left the TC in December 2017.

In January 2018 I set up a Community Interest Company (SCEAP) providing equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) to adults and children in Stoke on Trent, after qualifying in EFP in 2017.

In June 2019 I commenced my training to become a Breathwork Practitioner. The training is 2 years and 450 hours combining theory and skills based residential blocks of training. Breathwork is a stand alone process and is an excellent way of lifting layers of trauma that may be sitting in the cells and tissue of the body. I am dedicated to improving and refining the quality of the methods I can offer to clients to help them integrate trauma and unresolved issues. I hope to be a fully qualified Breathwork Practitioner by September 2021 and can offer sessions to clients from September 2020 under the supervision of my course tutor Nathalia Westmacott-Brown.

I have seen clients in my private practice since I qualified in 2008 and I have continued to train and develop since my initial qualification:

  • Breathwork Practitioner, First Breath – 2019/2021 
  • EMDR Level 1, 2 & 3 – EMDR Centre London – 2018/19
  • Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Diploma (LEAP Method) – 2017
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy – 2014
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision, Keele University – 2011
  • Diploma in Counselling, Stoke On Trent College – 2008
  • Certificate in Counselling, Stoke-On-Trent College – 2006
  • Level 2 in Usui Reiki – 2006
  • Level 1 in Usui Reiki – 2006


I am a Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I am an Accredited member of the NCS (National Counselling Society) and abide by the code of ethics of my governing bodies.

As part of my professional commitment to my clients I attend supervision with an experienced supervisor who oversees my clinical work. This is a requirement to meet the standards of the BACP and the NCS.