Nikkola is an educational consultant and registered nutritional therapist, certified breath coach and stretch yoga instructor, with 22 years experience of delivering training and consultancy services to central government, commercial developments, corporations and business professionals nationally as well as schools/academies, local authorities and social services. She founded her own consultancy Nikkola Daniel Associates in 2004 and specialises in work based wellness consultancy, training delivery, project and event management and programme coordination to support vulnerable children, young people and families through mentoring, behaviour change, emotional literacy and social and emotional learning.
Nikkola has been studying and practicing Buddhism for a number of years and is dedicated to supporting children, young people and adults in stepping closer towards finding peace of mind and nurturing happiness from the inside out.
She continues a theme of ‘Eat, Learn, Love’ through her work as a nutritional therapist and enjoys supporting clients in learning how to eat well to live well in a further bid to encourage wellness of the mind, body and heart. Her private practice Holistically Healthy You provides further wellness coaching to individuals and groups, both in person and online.
Dr Rony Berger
Dr. Berger is a senior clinical psychologist and a family and child therapist who is also an internationally recognized expert in the psychological preparation for and aftermath of terrorism and other major disasters. He is on the faculty of Emergency Medicine at Ben Gurion University and the Stress and Trauma program at Tel Aviv University. He was the Director of Community Services for the Natal Trauma Center co-directed the Palestinian Center for Traumatic Stress Studies at Al Quds University where he was on the Faculty of the Medical School. Dr. Berger has collaborated with researchers at Stanford University on developing manuals for the alleviation of children’s post traumatic distress and promotion of community resiliency. He has lectured, consulted and held workshops for a wide range of U.S. organizations dealing with disease control, law enforcement, disaster management and education systems, and has led humanitarian delegations in the aftermaths of the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina, as well as the to Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, India, Turkey, Samoa and most recently Haiti.
David has extensive experience of working with young people and families within school settings. He has also worked within professional football for 12 years at the developmental level and continues to have a keen interest in this area. Specialist areas of expertise include:
- Working with teenagers; stress management, exam anxiety
- Working with families; depression, panic attacks, trauma
- Enhancing sport performance; performance anxiety, developing confidence.
When individuals experience distressing situations in their lives it is not uncommon for them to find life becoming chaotic and out of control. One of the great joys in his work is to help people overcome their difficulties by ensuring that their holistic needs (physical and emotional) get met in a healthy and balanced way.
As a Human Givens therapist David is fully aware that there is no single approach that is right for one individual. David presently runs a counselling service for schools and a private practice working with children, adults and families.
Through an interest in meditation and the benefits that it has brought to him personally, David has trained as a mindfulness teacher and now delivers mindfulness programmes including the .b programme which is specifically designed for adolescents.
David also continues to work in professional football as a consultant offering mentoring support to young professional football players.
Kirsty has worked with children in a variety of roles for the past ten years and after studying for a Master degree in Art Psychotherapy, now manages therapy in schools across London. Art Psychotherapy offers Kirstys’ clients a different and creative way in which to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings – combining talking therapy with art making. Kirsty has experience working with adults and young people who have suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse both has adults and as children. Kirsty works with the immense trauma suffered by these clients and helps them to build their resilience as well as their ability to move forward from the trauma in which they currently feel stuck.
David taught in Norfolk County Secondary Modern School and then moved back to London to an 11-18
boys’ school in central Brixton, teaching across subject areas such as Religious Education, Integrated Humanities and History. David has been Head of Department, Senior Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and acting Head Teacher, but left teaching to become Anglican Parish Priest of St Matthew’s, Brixton and then moved to St Paul’s, Bristol.
His career in education included being an Attached Inspector to HMI for LEA inspection of Haringey and Brent schools, with a main area of responsibility to pioneer work meetings with community and parents. David served as HMI for 24 years, holding national responsibility for Behaviour and Discipline, Bullying, Attendance, EWS, aspects of ethnicity. And has been responsible for policy and development in the areas of Pupil Referral Units, Learning Mentors, Learning Support Centres, Pupil, Parent Support Workers, managed transfers of pupils, money following the child, changes to exclusion procedures, behaviour and attendance strategies, Excellence in Cities Programmes, Behaviour Improvement Programmes, Secondary SEAL, alternative education paths for disaffected students, anti-bullying strategies.
David has appeared before the Education Select Committee on three occasions to give evidence and advice and was the professional advisor to Sir Alan Steer’s practitioners working group on behaviour in schools and was also Assistant Divisional Manager Northern region with particular responsibility for the Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Learning and development of HMI colleagues within the region and for all new HMI nationally.
Other notable achievements include being awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to education by University College Lincoln 2008 and being awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) inJanuary 2010. David is currently working as Independent education consultant providing institutional in service training, working with local authorities and inspection organisations.