Who We Are
The Centre Directors
Gaye Donaldson (BACP)
In 2021 Gaye became the Creative Director of CSC having held the position of Managing Director for many years. She is a member of the Senior Teaching Faculty and, with faculty input, she also designs many of the Centre courses. She found constellation work in 1994 and has trained extensively in both family and organisational constellations. She teaches, facilitates workshops, and works as a systemic coach & consultant in film, theatre and other creative initiatives both in the UK and abroad.
Chris Williams (BACP)
Chris is a long-time Director of the Centre and a member of the Senior Teaching Faculty. He has been working in the therapeutic field since 1990 and currently works as a Constellation Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Coach and Trainer. He is a UKCP registered gestalt psychotherapist and a senior accredited BACP counsellor, with a well-established practice in South London.
Sheila McCarthy-Dodd (MBACP)
Sheila is a Director and member of the Senior Teaching Faculty at the Centre. She has trained and worked extensively in Systemic Family Constellations since 1996 and leads regular workshops in Ireland and the UK. Sheila has a well-established therapy practice in Gloucestershire for individuals, couples and supervision. She works extensively as a trainer including facilitating Relational Supervision training with Severn Talking Therapy in Bristol and Malta
Astrid Walker Bourne
Astrid joined the team as Managing Director in December 21. She worked in the international development sector in functions and remits that span programme and policy management, strategy development and change management. She started freelancing in 2019 which enabled her to work from home in the Peak District and focus her work on what she is passionate about: people-centred strategy, management and leadership development. Astrid’s love for systemic constellation work started in 2008. She will be joining the foundation programme in 2022 and as Managing Director is excited to support and work with the team to shape the Centre’s future.
The Centre Faculty
Jane is a qualified teacher, systemic coach and supervisor. She has worked with constellations since 2002 particularly in the field of families, children and education. She also works with leaders and organisations to catalyse breakthrough and release potential.
Clare is an experienced UKCP Registered psychotherapist, supervisor and workshop leader. She trained at the Gestalt Centre London, from 1989, and started to incorporate Family Constellations into her practice 1996.
Clare was president of ISCA for four years. She is also qualified in EMDR and studied advances in Relational Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, and enjoys learning more about the brain with Sarah Peyton. Clare is a founder member of the Cancer Counselling Trust London, and has worked in this field.
Abdul-Rahman M. Abdullah
Abdul Rahman is the founder of The Field Of Awakening School based in Egypt beside the Great Pyramids. He started his journey in Humanities in 2001 working with NLP, Coaching, Reiki, Enneagram & Systemic Constellations. He started his Constellations training with Bert & Sophie Hellinger and he continued with The Centre with whom he now partners to offer CSC constellation training in Egypt.
PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, UKCP, EMCC. Richard’s background is in psychology, Gestalt psychotherapy, and long-time membership of the Ridhwan School. He began studying Hellinger’s work in 1993, and hosted, in the UK, practitioners including Hellinger, Hunter Beaumont, Gunthard Weber and others of that generation. He was a founder-trainer of the forerunner to CSC, a founding board member of ISCA, and led international workshops and trainings. He is a psychotherapist, senior-executive coach, and supervisor.
Richard’s email: [email protected]
Stefan Jovanović is a queer Slavic storyteller, performance-maker and therapist. Initially trained as an architect, he later established a career in the performing arts and trained in Family Systemic Constellations and Somatic Experiencing®, integrating therapeutic modalities into his artistic practice. His stage work explores ideas of radical togetherness, systemic inclusion and ancestral trauma through a maximalist aesthetic that combines sculpture, ceremony, dance and design. Creating cultural spaces for healing sits at the core of his practice. In his therapeutic practice, Stefan fuses learnings from a decade of spiritual self-development, plant medicine, somatic sensing, voice-work, dance, body release, and trauma healing with visualisation techniques, touch, talking, and movement therapy. Stefan works extensively with LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities. In 2016, he assisted Dr. Peter Levine and Betsy Polatin in their workshop Trauma and the Performing Arts.
Social media: @studiostefanjovanovic
Nic Turner, is a thought-leader in consciousness with over 45 years supporting thousands of people in their learning journeys and catalysing creativity and innovation in some of the world’s most influential organisations. He has passed his practice, named Human Process Design, on to therapists, coaches and businesses leaders all over the world so that the contribution continues to grow and evolve.
Following on from the success of his first book ‘The Way of Nowhere’ published by Harper Collins, Nic realised the importance of passing on the practice which is a unique integration of teachings he has received over decades from masters like Osho, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, RainbowHawk and WindEagle, Hameed Almaas, along with the formal training he’s undergone in Psychotherapy, Organisational Development, Constellations and Earth Wisdom.
Nic collaborated with Judith Hemming on the first Realms program and since then has developed the realms model by running many Realms programs in partnership with spiritual teachers in Brazil, China, Austria and the UK. Whilst still being a vital source of guidance for constellators in discerning the level of intervention, Nic’s Realms practice has evolved still further. It has become a practice that enhances our connection to the field overall and our ability to evoke that field in the service of others.
Committed to the role of the natural world in our realisation, Nic has developed a simple retreat centre on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. On “The Land”, the name of this centre, the Realms practice continues to evolve. Nic is delighted to be co-creating the next evolution of the Realms with his old friend Gaye Donaldson and the CSC community.
Tanja Meyburgh, counselling psychologist, is a renowned Family and Systems Constellations trainer and supervisor and founder of African Constellations with 20 years of experience specialising in this field. She has assisted organisations in South Africa involved with addiction, adoption, trauma, political violence, community development and diversity. More recently Tanja has co-founded Ancestral Connections integrating dance and constellations, and the REAL Academy, an online resource for Embodied and Ancestral Learning. Tanja has also presented at the international intensives in Germany, South Africa and Australasia, and accepted invitations to teach at conferences and workshops in Germany, Austria, Belgium, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Portugal, Australia and the USA.
Tanja’s MA (Psych) in Narrative Therapy has had a big impact on how she views power relations and work with marginalised voices and communities. She also has training and experience in wilderness therapy, art therapy, expressive movement and Southern African lineage wisdom. Tanja lives in Cape Town with her two children.
Bertold Ulsamer lives in Freiburg, Germany. He holds a PHD in law and received a degree in clinical psychology. As a trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) he started 1984 to train managers in leadership, communication and self-management skills. Meeting the work of Bert Hellinger in 1994 he has lead workshops and facilitated trainings in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. Since 2007 he trains Chinese facilitators in Shanghai. His 3-year training with Peter Levine in Trauma work (“Somatic Experiencing”) added important insights and applications to his constellation work.
He is the author of 30 books, 7 about constellation work. Some of the books are translated into English (“Live a Guilt-Free Life! Bringing Consciousness to Conscience”, “The Positive Power of the Past”, “The Art and Practice of Family Constellations” ).Since 2016 he published 43 internet courses on udemy.com. Recommended: “Be free – drop your bad conscience! How you understand and dissolve personal guilt”.
e-mail: [email protected]
Daan van Kampenhout
Daan van Kampenhout has been studying shamanic practice since the late nineteen eighties with teachers from various cultures. In the late nineteen nineties he got involved with family constellations and gradually develop Systemic Ritual, which unites elements of shamanic ritual and systemic constellations in a form all its own. Daan wrote seven books, has been translated into 12 languages and has worked worldwide.
Sarah is a constellations facilitator, Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and neuroscience educator, integrates constellations, brain science and the use of resonant language to heal trauma with exquisite and warm gentleness. She teaches and lectures internationally, contributes regularly to The Knowing Field, is an annual guest speaker and teacher at the ISCA Intensive in Germany and is the author of the book “Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing.” She is currently at work on a second book, commissioned by W.W.Norton, on the relational neuroscience of the unconscious contracts that constellations so often let us discover and disentangle.
Sian Palmer is the Co-Founder of Ancestral Connections and the Founder of Expressive Movement South Africa. Sian has practiced in the field of embodied psychotherapy as a registered Drama and Movement Therapist (MA University of London) since 2009. In 2015, Sian trained in Family Constellations through African Constellations. Sian’s extensive experience includes working with young people and adults in individual and group therapy settings, workshops and training spaces in South Africa, Europe and the UK. With her area of expertise firmly established in embodied practice, Sian is passionate about a holistic approach to healing and growth; recognising the importance of connecting with our roots and ancestral lineages, being in community, connecting with nature as a resource, and tapping into our innate creativity.
Drama & Movement Therapist, Expressive Movement Founder, Ancestral Connections Co-Founder
MA Drama & Movement Therapy
Sandeep has been working as a psychotherapist since 1999. He has become increasingly aware of the healing power of being witnessed – the transformation which becomes possible when a person feels genuinely and profoundly seen. He came across Family Constellations in 2012 and went on to train as a facilitator. Sandeep believes this work beautifully and powerfully complements his approach and widens the lens through which to observe and attend to person’s emotional landscape.
He has a keen interest in making the therapeutic space more easily accessible to those who have been under represented in it, namely members of ethic minorities, people with limited means and men.
In addition to English, he speaks Gujarati and German.
James Pereira is an ICF certified coach, constellations facilitator, NLP master practitioner and practising barrister. He runs regular constellation workshops in the beautiful surroundings of the Inner Temple, London. Visit https://www.thelibrapartnership.com/workshops for details and booking. If you are a CSC student you are very welcome to attend and can claim a free place as part of your course allowance – please contact me for details: [email protected]
James first experienced family constellations with Judith Hemming, and was so impressed with its transformational impact that he went on to complete his Foundation and Applied training at The CSC, and undertake systemic leadership and business coaching programmes at The Whole Partnership. He is qualified in Organisation, Relationships and Systems Coaching (‘ORSC’), and obtained his NLP Master Practitioner’s certification in 2017 (training with Dr Richard Bandler, co-creator of NLP). He has also undertaken training in mindfulness, meditation and trauma therapy which he integrates into his coaching practice.
James divides his time between 1:1 and organisational coaching, constellation facilitating, training lawyers and legal practice. He aims to bring a safe, brave and heartfelt presence to his facilitating, and strives to support clients to find insights, movements and solutions that are right for them.
The Centre Office Team
Hannah is the Course Manager at the Centre She is a native of the West Country and currently lives in the beautiful city of Wells in Somerset. She has many years administrative experience, working mostly in academic institutions. She is also a Yoga and Meditation teacher and Naturopathic Nutrition Adviser. She discovered systemic constellations in 2018.
Magda is the CSC Business Manager. Originally from Poland, she has been living in London for almost 20 years. She has over 15 years of experience working in multiple finance and management roles in the banking sector and with HMRC, but she also works in the healing field and has trained with the Centre.
We would like to include our deep respect for the founders and past directors of our organisation over the years. Our Founders include Richard Wallstein, Jutta ten Herkel, Judith Hemming, Philippa Lubbock, Barbara Stones and Karen Hedley. Past Directors include Edward Rowland and Nicola Dunn.
And behind all of us are of course Bert Hellinger and Hunter Beaumont. We feel huge gratitude for you all.