Our Team • Counselling Tutor

Our Team


Experience and Qualifications

Our Team - Rory Lees Oakes


Co-Founder and Director – working from The Studio at Counselling Towers, aka his spare bedroom

  • BACP-registered counsellor, and clinical supervisor
  • Author of Counselling Theory in Practice: A Student Guide
  • Co-author of Online and Telephone Counselling: A Practitioner's Guide
  • Qualified lecturer with over ten years’ experience of lecturing
  • Holder of the 2015 Silver Plato award for outstanding use of technology in education
  • Fellow of the Pearson Teaching Awards
  • Avid drinker of tea
Our Team - Ken Kelly


CEO and Co-Founder – Directing the team in the vision of making a difference

  • Qualified counsellor and clinical supervisor
  • Author of Basic Counselling Skills: A Student Guide
  • Co-author of Online and Telephone Counselling: A Practitioner's Guide
  • Qualified in online and telephone counselling, and has used online skills in private practice and agency work
  • Has a teaching qualification and worked as a lecturer
  • Specialises in outcome-based online learning
  • Dog-lover and mindfulness meditator
Our Team - Colette Kelly


Community Manager – working from The Service-Centre, aka her back room

  • Flexible and multi-talented
  • Has experience as content manager, website designer, social media manager, company secretary and lunch-maker
  • A finance whizz, sorting all our billing matters quickly and efficiently
  • Provides top-class technical support with empathy
  • Eco-geek who keeps Counselling Tutor lean and green (but not at all mean)
  • Yogi and long-distance runner, with a goal of running the London Marathon
Our Team - Lucy Mosha


People and Process Manager – working from The Epicentre, aka an alcove on her landing

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and geography
  • Creator of processes and environments where people can thrive
  • Solution-finder and problem-solver extraordinaire
  • Specialist in fast-growing small-business effectiveness and scalability
  • 17 years’ director-level experience in the IT outsourcing and service industry
  • Horse-lover and developer of riding-related projects to support the community
Our Team - Laurice Chavez


Fulfilment Manager – working from The Nomadery, aka wherever her family isn’t

  • Studied creative writing and philosophy
  • Amazing all-rounder who knows about project management, branding and graphic design, video editing, content publishing, and everything in between
  • Former textbook editor in the publishing industry, and freelance writer
  • Bookworm and self-confessed book hoarder who brings to us her aptitude for organising, and appetite for adventure
  • Basker in nature who supports Counselling Tutor in our ecological endeavours
  • Travel-planner, inline skater and piano player
Our Team - Sarah Carr


Academic Writer – working from The Owlery, aka her document-dispatching home-office

  • BACP-accredited counsellor (person-centred and CBT)
  • Bachelor’s degree in modern languages and English, and MBA
  • Writer, editor and proofreader since 1997, specialising in plain English
  • Author of a book on clear communication, and many journal articles
  • NHS counsellor
  • Qigonger, charity-shopper, walker and cyclist
Maria Soriano - Our Team


Customer Support Representative – working from The Stripery, aka a lovely bright space in her living room

  • Bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering
  • Also qualified in IT service management
  • Many years’ experience in online customer service and technical support
  • Has worked on the helpdesks of several blue-chip companies internationally
  • As a ‘go with the flow’ person, always happy to help
  • Singer, cook, lifelong learner, aspiring traveller and adoring aunt
Gillian Johnson - Academic Admin


Academic Administrator – working from The Cabin, aka a lovely place amidst nature

  • Qualified counsellor, lecturer, fieldwork supervisor and mentor
  • Works in her private practice on a one-to-one basis
  • Has wide-ranging practice experience, including working within higher education settings, mental health settings and with community-based voluntary services
  • Currently completing her Advanced Master’s in Counselling and Psychotherapy and her dissertation on Supervision with the focus on the need for it to be available to anyone working with people
Charlie Nagy


Community Engagement & Marketing Assistant – working from The Library, aka the corner of his bedroom where his counselling books are

  • Counsellor in training
  • Jack of all trades, with experience in marketing, events, and community engagement
  • Approaches life with a can-do attitude and is always willing to help and foster growth
  • An avid listener of audiobooks and continually learning to feed his natural curiosity
  • Nature lover, gardener, and walker (whilst listening to his audiobooks)
Kristen Kelly - About Us


Intern – working from The Hammock, aka a conducive corner of her conservatory

  • Full-time student studying wildlife and conservation
  • Doer of odd jobs
  • Responsible for branding content
  • Avid learner for new things
  • House-plant fanatic