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Dr Angela Cooper Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada; ISTDP Therapist & IEDTA Supervisor in training Highly sought after trainer, supervisor and therapist, Ange has trained with three of the most renown ISTDP supervisors - first training with Dr Patricia Coughlin, continuing advanced supervision with Dr Allan Abbass and training as a ISTDP trainer with Jon Frederickson.
Working concurrently with Dr Abbass at the Centre for Emotions and Health, she completed a three- year pilot project to provide consultation, assessment, treatment, teaching and research using ISTDP to address the unconscious emotional processes that are believed to underlie many physical and somatic difficulties. These include: chronic pain, chest pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, headache, migraine, memory difficulties, muscle weakness and other mind body problems. These difficulties are often co-morbid with anxiety, depression, personality issues and/or trauma.
Committed to the dissemination and promotion of ISTDP as an integrated, open and inclusive model of therapy, she is particularly passionate about using the ideas from ISTDP to build emotional health and capacity in clinicians across all fields of health; without taking care of our own mental and emotional well-being, we limit our ability to care for others. Emotihealth aims to create a ripple effect of caring that starts from within and expands far and wide.
Dr Jessica Bolton Consultant Clinical Psychologist, IEDTA accredited Experiential Dynamic Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer Passionate about simplifying the complex process of therapeutic change; she connects with her audience, inspiring novice and experienced professionals alike; attempting to teach with humility and with intense curiosity, respecting expertise within the room.
With twenty years of clinical and teaching experience across university, public and private healthcare settings, alongside Ange Cooper, she is pioneering innovative ways of bringing experiential psychotherapy training and emotional learning to the widest audience via online platforms.
An early implementer in bringing EDT training to the UK, with Ferruccio Osimo, she has been a pioneer in treating clients with and teaching clinicians about ISTDP and experiential dynamic therapy broadly. She helped to set up and attended the first EDT 3 year core training programme in the UK in the early 2000s and has brought the newest EDT to the UK in the past two years - Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems, pioneered by Davanloo’s trainees - Beatriz and Terry Sheldon.
She has served as President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association and as Chair of EDT-UK. She has written a chapter in ‘Theory and Practice of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy’ about working with EDT in primary care. She delivers training in the UK to clinical psychology training courses as well as offering IEDTA accredited core training.
She specialises in training those working with highly complex cases to develop transdiagnostic and transtheoretcial skills, and to be themselves within the therapy room.
Ruth is a digital storyteller. She’s spent the last 20 years creating digital video content for organisations to help them communicate their message and purpose with their customers, clients and wider audience. She recognises that the best way to engage people and bring about change is to get to the heart of the emotional stories behind the brand or organisation and make them the focus of communication. Her video production company, Shuut - Videos With Heart, existed to help organisations improve the human experience through heartfelt video story telling. Her clients included charities, arts & cultural organisations, healthcare and wellbeing providers, educational & learning organisations and those concerned with personal improvement and development.
Ruth has seen first hand the power of digital content to bring about change and have a lasting effect. For her, the journey of content creation can be just as important as the end product when it is approached with curiosity and an open mind. For this reason, Ruth also started to share her knowledge and experience with people of how to create their own video stories using mobile devices.
Ruth is also a trained journalist and feature writer, having written for several national publications including The Big Issue and Cosmopolitan, and she is co-author of the book, Make Your Own Videos.