The Deep Release Team

Meet the Deep Release team! Please click on each picture for more info. 

  • Dr CHRIS ANDREW FFARCS, MRCPsych, BSc (Hons), MA Counselling/Psychotherapy, Dip Sup, UKCP, AC (Association for Coaching)

    Founder of Deep Release

    Chris trained as a medical doctor and practised in the fields of Anaesthetics, General Practice, Adult and Child Psychiatry before setting up a private practice in London in 1984. As a committed Christian he sought to combine his medical and psychological understanding with spiritual insight. His research brought him into contact with Dr Frank Lake and his interest in pre-and perinatal trauma.

    Together with Pauline, he developed Deep Release which adopts an integrative approach to working with early trauma.  We celebrated Deep Release's 20th Anniversary in 2014.

    Chris came back into the NHS as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist for six years up till 2011  He enjoys teaching a wide variety of subjects and is particularly interested in the concept of Accelerated Education.  He continues to develop the "Integrative Cyclical Dynamic Model" which is an attempt to integrate the many diverse approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and how they each address particular aspects of the body, brain, mind, will and spirit and can be mapped onto a model of the brain.  He believes psychoeducation to be of vital importance in helping clients to understand their own processes and be empowered in their healing journey.  In particular Chris teaches a "user friendly" approach to Neuroscience. 

    He has now retired from being a doctor but continues his private practice as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer and Life Coach.  He is also a Director of Barnabas Counselling Training where he teaches specialist courses on the Diploma course.

    He has three grown up children and five grandchildren.

    Chris Andrew

    PAULINE ANDREW MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip Sup


    Founder and Director of Deep Release
    Pauline has an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Supervision, and she is accredited in both roles with the Association of Christian Counsellors.  Pauline writes and teaches many of the courses in the Deep Release programme and she is also in demand to run these training days around the UK.  She is a highly experienced and popular trainer, and her relaxed, interactive and humorous style makes learning easy and the courses memorable. 

    Pauline heads up a team of trainers who run Deep Release Regional Training days across the country for groups of Deep Release counsellors, helping them increase their counselling skills and developing creative approaches to therapy. 

    She is Managing Director of Barnabas Counselling Training and teaches the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and the Level 5 Diploma in Supervision.  She has also written and teaches the Level 5 Certificate in Integrating Creative Interventions in Counselling. All the Barnabas training programmes are accredited with CPCAB.

    Pauline has written most of the booklets in the Deep Release Publications series, including the two Handbooks of Creative Counselling.  She is a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC), the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and the Trauma and Abuse Group (TAG). Pauline has previously been a translator, an I.T. Trainer, a Tour Operator, a Marketing Manager and Conference Administrator. Chris and Pauline were married in 1984 and share three children and five grandchildren.

    Pauline Andrew

    Office Manager

    Katy looks after the admin side of Deep Release. She has a degree in counselling and has previously worked as a journalist. She is mum to two children and the office dog, Belle.

    Katy Bodman

    Deep Release Trainer/West Midlands Regional Training Group Leader/Trustee

    Hazel counsels and manages 'The Way Inn Christian Counselling Service' based in Hertfordshire.

    She has a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Diploma in Supervision, and is accredited with the ACC. Hazel has been integrating Deep Release into her practice since 2004 and offers supervision.


    She is married with two children.

    Hazel Barton

    Deep Release Website Manager

    Kit is an accredited counsellor (ACC). His primary Diploma was in Person Centred Counselling and has been a Deep Release Practitioner for several years. Kit's style is integrative, seeking to employ counselling models appropriate to individual needs.

    For many years he served as policeman in London both in uniform and in Child Protection. He has also worked with Open Doors in the Middle East. Kit is an experienced yacht builder and skipper but currently works in software development with 'Saltshakers'.

    Kit now lives in Devon with his wife Fiona, counselling with Exe Counselling and with Open Door Exmouth

    Kit Eglinton


    Sue is a qualified pharmacist, a counsellor (Diploma) and supervisor in private practice in Surrey.

    In the past few years she has worked primarily in the field of trauma and dissociation and is involved in research and course development with us in this important area.

    Sue has been involved with Deep Release since the late 1990s and the Surrey Regional Training Group meets at her home.

    Sue Cross
  • Vanessa Beaton​

    Vanessa Beaton is Coordinator of the Essex 2 Regional Training Group.  As well as being an ACC accredited Deep Release counsellor, she is a Children's Commissioning Manager for a local authority.    Vanessa has a Diploma in Counselling, a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and Counselling and a Certificate in Supervision.  She attends the Good Shepherd Church in Romford and loves the beach and the sea!

    Vanessa Beaton

    Deep Release Trainer/Hampshire & Wiltshire Regional Training Group Co-Leader/Trustee

    Liz Strain is Coordinator of the Hampshire and Wiltshire Regional Training Group. She is a trained Deep Release therapist, with an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. Liz is registered with UKCP and is a counsellor, supervisor and Spiritual Director. She has a real interest in the creative and the arts in spirituality. Liz has three grown-up sons and enjoys cooking, eating and walking!

    Liz Strain (Salisbury)

    Deep Release Trainer

    Jacqui used to be a Registered Nurse & Midwife, has been counselling since 1999 and is registered with the UKCP. She has a Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling, a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling, a Diploma in Supervision, and has done the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trauma & Advanced Trauma Training. She is also an experienced trainer and regularly tutors degree level students. Jacqui has now completed a two year 'Living School' course in Contemplative Studies with Fr Richard Rohr (based in Albuquerque, New Mexico), enabling her to give Spiritual Direction.

    Jacqui Marsden

    Deep Release Trainer/Hampshire & Wiltshire Regional Training Group Co-Leader/Trustee

    Debbie is an ACC Accredited Counsellor, has a Diploma in Christian Counselling and is a Supervisor, as well as Deep Release Counsellor. She also has an MA in Christian Spirituality. Debbie has been practising since 2002 and also provides training. The emphasis of her work is the creative, attachment, inner-child and trauma.

    Debbie has been married for 24 years, has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Her interests include walking, tennis (generally being outside!) and also cinema and reading.

    Debbie Waldron
  • Jay is an ACC accredited counsellor, has a Diploma in Supervision and is currently enjoying being a Tutor for Level 3 and 4 with Barnabas Counselling & Training. She specialises in counselling children (lots of creative work), Bereavement, Self Esteem and Relationships. Jay enjoys campanology (being a stoker on a Tandem), food and living up to “The Good Life” – chutneys and jams fill the cupboards! Jay spent her younger years in Spain so can sometimes regress to high passionate voicing and lots of arm waving with some unusual expressions that proper English people just don’t understand!


    Jay Ford