Meet The Team

Meet some of the Course Directors, staff, trainers and consultants at the Centre for Stress Management, International Academy for Professional Development.

Prof Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol
FAC Hon FISMA Hon FIHPE Hon

Founder & Director

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Professor Stephen Palmer is the Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management and a Course Co-Director on the stress management, cognitive-behavioural therapy and coaching programmes. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Accredited CBT and REBT Therapist, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist, and International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response and Board Certified in Stress Management. He is a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

 

He is President and Honorary Fellow of the International Stress Management Association (UK), President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, former President and Honorary Fellow of the Association for Coaching and former Co-Editor of International Coaching Psychology Review. He is Co-Editor of the International Journal of Stress Prevention and Wellbeing, the  European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research and Practice, and the European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology. He has written/edited over 50 books including Brief Cognitive Behaviour TherapyHandbook of Counselling, Handbook of Coaching Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching in Practice, Developmental Coaching, The Coaching Relationship and Solution Focused Coaching in Practice. (Books are listed on his Amazon webpage.)

 

Stephen's academic posts include being Professor of Practice, at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, Univerist of Wales Trinity St David; Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at the Coaching Psychology Research Unit, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark; And Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit, at City, University of London. He is BABCP London Branch Co-chair; Former BABCP Compassion SIG Co-chair; and a Vice President, Fellow and Founder Director of the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. He is currently Co-Chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.

ruddell@iafpd.com

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Peter Ruddell BA FAREBT MBPsS MIHPE

Training & Clinical Director

Peter Ruddell is our Training Director. He is an accredited CBT and REBT therapist. He has published a number of articles and the book Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and also the second edition published in 2018. He is a Fellow of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and a graduate Member of the British Psychological Society. He is a committee member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies London Branch.

Tracy White

Administration

tracy@iafpd.com

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Tracy White is an experienced administrator and deals with the day-to-day course bookings and administration. 

oriordan@iafpd.com

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Dr Siobhain O'Riordan PhD CPsychol FRSA FIHPE FISCP Accred

Course Co-Director: Stress management & coaching programme

Dr Siobhain O'Riordan is a Course Co-Director on the stress management and coaching programmes and a trainer at the Centre for Stress Management. She is a Chartered Psychologist, and International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist and Supervisor. From 2013 she is Emeritus Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education. Currently she is Founder Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Consulting Editor of The Coaching Psychologist and Editor Coaching Psychology International. Her other posts include being a Director of the International Academy for Professional Development Ltd.

Kasia Szymanska MSc CPsychol BABCP Accred

Course Co-Director: CBT programme

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Kasia Szymanska is the Director of Distance Learning programmes and a trainer at the Centre. She is a Chartered Psychologist, BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist, and International Society for Coaching Psychology Accredited Coaching Psychologist.  She is Membership Secretary of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, and a former Editor of Counselling Psychology Review and The Coaching Psychologist published by the British Psychological Society. She is a Director of the International Academy for Professional Development Ltd. Her publications include her book on Understanding CBT.

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Nick Edgerton MSc CPsychol 
 

Nick Edgerton is a Co-director of CBT programmes and a trainer at the Centre. He is a Chartered Psychologist and accredited therapist. Nick developed the cognitive-behavioural SPACE model of therapy and coaching. He has published articles and chapters on the SPACE model. He has also written on stress management and counselling.

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