Thoros is a small, friendly Learning Centre situated on the South Coast; across the road from the beach and the English Channel. We offer a selection of courses, ranging from one-day workshops through to two-year Counselling Diplomas. All courses are organised on a part-time basis in order to offer flexibility to students with other working demands.
At Thoros we prefer a less formal approach to learning, with smaller groups and more opportunity for class participation and interaction. There is a warm welcome awaiting enthusiastic students at Thoros.
‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’ – Aristotle circa 300BC
Our Philosophy is based on a passion for inspiring others to develop from the experience of study and to be enabled to exceed their expectations. We believe in the importance of providing a safe, welcoming environment for deep exploration, creativity, understanding, action, and acceptance in every aspect of each individual’s professional and personal growth.
Thoros was founded in 2003 and is currently run by…
Rosalind Russell (Dr hc Psychology) – Principal and Lecturer for Level 6 Dip. Supervision
Psychologist / Psychotherapist
After a career in civil engineering, Ros entered the field of psychology and then psychotherapy over 30 years ago. She progressed from GCSE (studied for fun!) to ‘A’ level, to a BSc (hons) in psychology, having gathered a real passion for better understanding people. To put this knowledge to good use Ros gained a post-graduate diploma in psychotherapy, an advanced post-grad diploma in forensic psychotherapy and a Masters Degree in Counselling & supervision. Ros has her own private Psychotherapy practice, including work in residential care homes for people with learning disabilities who exhibit some form of challenging, and sometimes illegal, behaviour. In 2002, Ros co-wrote and presented an advanced diploma course for qualified Counsellors and psychotherapists wishing to work in the field of learning disability. Approximately 15 years ago, Ros co-founded New Romney Counselling Services (NRCS) a charity offering low-cost, long or short term, generic counselling to people in the Romney Marsh area. The charity has grown considerably over the years and now has 45 Counsellors offering in excess of 160 sessions per week. Apart from her role as director, Ros also gives clinical supervision to many of the Counsellors.
In 2002, Ros co-founded THOROS – Centre for Therapy Learning. This a small, private Training Centre providing training courses and workshops for Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Health Professionals etc. Ros writes and tutors many of these courses and is also responsible for employing outside, appropriately qualified, tutors/specialists. Ros is an accredited Counsellor and approved supervisor with the National Counselling Society and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. She is also an associate member of the Ann Craft Trust (supporting the needs of vulnerable adults).In her personal life, Ros has been married twice, has 3 grown-up children and 5 grandchildren, all of whom she is very proud. Babysitting is a huge pleasure not a chore for Ros. Her family is very important to her and she loves social occasions when they can all be together. She also loves dancing, reading and sunshine holidays. Ros’ main passion remains in her understanding of others at a deeper level so she can best help them be relieved of distress and move forward to a more fulfilling and positive life.
Adv PG Dip Forensic Psychotherapy,
PG Dip Psychotherapy MIHPE
BSc(Hons) Psychology MBPsS
Qualified Cognitive Neuro-Realignment Practitioner
Lindsay Thompson – Vice Principal and Lecturer for Level 6 Dip. Supervision
Creative Arts & Play Therapist and Senior Supervisor
Originally Lindsay trained as a teacher in the 70’s and worked in primary, secondary and special designation schools for 20 years. Subsequently, she completed a BA and MA in Sociology and specialised in working with children with SEBD (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) and those with Autistic Spectrum Condition. She completed her training with Play Therapy UK by 2003 and worked for many years as an independent therapist in private and school settings. She then moved into advisory work for the local government and the NHS, creating and managing several projects involving over 20 schools and delivering 4000 hours of therapy. She has taught on the Certificate, Diploma courses and Supervision Courses with PTUK for Christ Church and Leeds University and continues to supervise on these courses. She has Senior Supervisor status with PTUK. She was invited to run a workshop at the PTUK World Conference at Marrakesh and will be running a Supervisor’s Course and workshops at the PTI Asian Conference in Bali in Oct 2016.
Over the last few years, she has moved into working mainly as a course director and supervisor. She enjoys specialising in supporting the personal development of the individual using a variety of creative and art based activities. She has a large practice and works with both individuals and therapists from a variety of backgrounds and countries. She offers creative ‘reflection’ sessions to Headteachers and alternative health practitioners – which she finds both exciting and fulfilling. She is an accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and with the National Counselling Society (NCS), has Senior Supervisor status with PTUK and is an Associate Member of the Association for Integrative Sandplay Therapists (AIST). She enjoys using sand, mandalas, and Creative Visualisations when working. She pioneered the development of a Network Support Group for Play Therapists and runs regular meetings locally and has several had articles published in the PTUK Journal.
In her leisure time, she enjoys painting and mosaic work as well as walking by the sea, gardening, singing, drumming and bird watching. She is involved with a local Counselling organisation and is a director of the charity.
She is passionate about helping people to be the best they can be and is interested in all aspects of alternative health and in the mind/body /spirit connection.
P.G. Dips in working with children with BESD, and Autistic Spectrum Condition
Cert and Dip in Creative Arts and Play Therapy
Ass. Member of Integrative Sandplay Therapists (AIST).
Accredited counsellor with BACP
Senior Supervisor with PTUK
Nick Langley – Tutor for level 4
Senior Accredited Counsellor, Qualified Supervisor, and Lecturer
Nick has worked within the education sector since 2006, holding support and teaching roles. He became a qualified Counsellor in Jan 2012 and started teaching a level 3 Counselling group shortly after. Following a successful first year, Nick was then offered an established position as a Lecturer of Counselling and has been training Counsellors ever since, working with students at all levels from beginners to level 4 Trainees. He offers a relaxed yet passionate approach to teaching and revels in the growth and development of his students.
In terms of Counselling experience, he runs a successful private practice in Hythe, working with young people and adult clients. He also works with other professionals in his role as a Supervisor. He occasionally writes articles for East Kent Handbooks, informing the public about Counselling.
As an Integrative Counsellor, his work has led him to gain experience with a variety of clients from many backgrounds. He has volunteered for the NHS, doing home visit Counselling with the Cardiac Rehab Team on placement and worked for many years at New Romney Counselling Services.
In his spare time, Nick has an interest in barefoot running and previously (2016) he completed ‘Tough Mudder’ to raise money for NRCS; he is now addicted to the mud. He enjoys philosophy, ideas around mindfulness and is incredibly passionate about his role as a Counselling Lecturer.
Nick is a Senior Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society.
L5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling