About Us

LI UK Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, created in 2016 to promote Lifespan Integration therapy, train psychological counsellors and therapists in LI and support the development of trained LI therapists. We are in partnership with Lifespan Integration LLC in the USA. To see their website please go to www.lifespanintegration.com

Courses for mental health professionals to train in LI have been run in the UK for some time now but it is only since 2015, that the current team of volunteer therapists have formed to develop the organisation that we have now. Mandy Roland Smith and Roz Skegg were instrumental in setting up this organisation but retired from their roles in 2017.

The current Directors are Jenny Dickson, Natasha Sephton, Kirsty Vickerman, Michelle Butler and Humera Quddoos.  They are supported by a freelance administrator: Karen Johnson.

Directors

 

Natasha Sephton

I am an experienced therapist working in private practice in Derbyshire, between Derby and Nottingham. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Dramatherapist since 2005, I am also a Certified Lifespan Integration therapist and Creative Supervisor.

Working with adults, my focus is to facilitate psychological health using a ‘top down-bottom up’, or body/mind approach. This way of working is inherent in both Dramatherapy and Lifespan Integration therapy. Working gently, in an attuned and directive way, much of my work focuses on healing the impacts of trauma on attachment, relational experience and sense of self (and self-love).
I have a special interest in early years stages of development. The nature of our in-utero experience, through birth and infancy, and the way it imprints on our lives, holds a particular interest for my practice.

Kirsty Vickerman

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist working within the NHS and in private practice. My background is in adult neurological disorders, eating disorders, clinical management and clinical supervision.  I currently work for the Sheffield Neurology Psychotherapy service (Sheffield STH Trust) with patients with functional neurological disorders (including non-epileptic seizures) and epilepsy. I also have experience of working with PTSD and complex trauma, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, attachment issues, relationship difficulties, family and systemic issues, addiction and personal development.

I qualified in Lifespan Integration in 2016 and use it with most clients. I am interested in its role in clearing developmental/adult psychological trauma as well as eliminating and relieving medically unexplained symptoms.  It works with a broad range of problems, there is nothing too small or too big to process and I have found that many psychological/physical symptoms can be eliminated or at least significantly reduced, leaving clients free to live their lives and not just to survive.

Jenny Dickson

I am an experienced BACP registered therapist with a private practice in Rusper, West Sussex. With both individuals and couples, I bring to my work a deep respect for the amazing ability of the individual to heal and grow, and relationships to thrive. Since training in Lifespan Integration in 2009 I have found that individuals experience remarkable, life-changing results in a consistently shorter period than traditional talk therapy. Working with a time line of memories, sensitive attunement to what is happening in the client’s body and mind, allows the brain to integrate past traumas and make new neural connections. Trained as an integrative therapist, my approach is rooted deeply in attachment theory and neuroscience. In addition to counselling, I offer supervision. I also work as a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care – counselling, supervising and training.Jenny Dickson, Directory

Michelle Butler

I originally qualified as an existential counsellor in 1999. I completed an MA in Advanced Clinical Practice qualifying as an integrative psychotherapist in 2018. I have undertaken further specialist training in trauma and dissociation and completed my training as a LI therapist in 2018. I have had extensive LI therapy myself and have noticed the fundamental difference this has made to my life. I am excited to be able to offer this to clients. I have a special interest in working with the following: complex trauma, attachment based trauma and neglect, working with race and identity: including being white, step parenting issues, LGB&T, family estrangement, physical disability and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. These interests reflect my work/life experience.

Humera Quddoos

I am an experienced psychotherapist with over 15 years in practice, working with individuals in private practice. I discovered Lifespan Integration through my own therapy and found it to be a powerful tool in promoting healing and integration for the places that words cannot reach. For this reason I decided to train in LI, 5 years ago, and integrate it into the work that I do with my own clients. As we discover more about our neural biology and the brain it becomes even clearer how LI can support clients to move through and resolve early deficits and trauma from all life stages. I offer LI both as a stand alone therapy and within the context of ongoing psychotherapy.