About Thoros & Our Team

  • 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.

Our Philosophy

‘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.

Graduation day for our 2016 Supervision Diploma

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 20 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 counselling 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 Psychological Society and 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.

MSc (Counselling & Supervision) MNCS (Senior Accredited Registrant)
Adv PG Dip Forensic Psychotherapy,
PG Dip Psychotherapy MIHPE
BSc(Hons) Psychology MBPsS
Cert Supervision
Qualified Cognitive Neuro-Realignment Practitioner

Teresa Walker Tutor – Level 4

Philip Drew Tutor – Level 4

Virginia Godden Tutor – Level 3

Counsellor/ Supervisor

Virginia has had a varied career history which geban with her training to become a registered general nurse, once qualified, Virginia took on a role at the William Harvey Hospital. Later furthering her journey onto managing a small residential home for adults with special educational needs.

Following this Virginia took time oit to care for her young family and her work path changed where she began to work with pre-school children, something she hadnt considered. Virginia then went on to complete her Diploma in Preschool Practice and in turn managing a preschool. She loved working with the children but became aware of the support, listening and advice to parents that qas involved in the role.

An opportunity arose to become part of the team developing local services under the Sure Start programme. Virginia took a position of Family Support Team Leader and part of the senior managment team and went on to set up and facilitate groups for parents, this included a mother, father and baby group, teaching baby massage and baby/toddler yoga, and parenting programmes, such as You Make the Difference. Her role also included offering home visiting, practical and emotional support to families and around accessing services.

During her time at Sure Start Virginia trained to become a counsellor  completing Level 2, 3 and 4 Diploma in Counselling Theory and Practice, in turn setting up a private practice and progressing her personal and professional development through completing a Diploma in Professional Supervision. 

Today Virginia is running a successful counselling/supervision service alongside working at a local charity offering counselling services. She has taught Level 2 & 3 but now is our tutor for Level 3.

Virginia is married and loves spending time with her family and being oart of their lives. Things that she likes to do include walking, swimming, reading, spending time with family and friends and taking time out of her busy life. Virginia’s working and personal experiences have helped her to understand and realise the importance of emotional support and mental well-being.

Virginia enjoys teaching at Thoros and finds it a rewarding and satisfying experience. Her aim as your tutor is to support you on your journey while undertaking your training into the counselling profession.

Counsellor/Therapist (Dip, MBACP) Level 4

Diploma in Professional Supervision Level 6

Diploma in Pre School Practice (Early Years)

TQUK Award in Education & Training 

Diploma in General Nursing

Makaton Baby Signing Trainer for adults 

Makaton You Make the Difference course facilitator 

Solihull Approach Foundation course completed 

Children’s Safeguarding Trained for Designated Person (Children’s Centre Managers)

NHS NFER Schedule of Growing Skills Trained

Baby Massage and Movement/ Yoga/Rhythm Kids trainer for adults 


Stephanie Howard Tutor – Level 2


 Stephanie is a humanistic counsellor, wellbeing consultant & trainer. Stephanie works with children, young people and adults in a variety of settings. She has a special interest in attachment and has experience in many aspects of counselling. Stephanie is always looking to broaden her knowledge and has just completed a certificate in systemic family therapy at the Tavistock. Stephanie is passionate about passing on her knowledge and is a very enthusiastic tutor. Stephanie enjoys walks on the beach with her family, and her trainee therapy dog. She has a keen interest in theatre and live music and loves to go to festivals for fun.

Post graduate certificate in systemic approaches to working with individuals, families & organisations.

NCFE Level 2 cert in Mentap Health Awareness

Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Councelling

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills 

Certificate in Counselling Concepts

2 Modules in Foundation Degree of Early Years 

NVQ Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Playwork

NVQ Level 3 Early Years Childcare and Education