Biography and Social Development Trust | Diploma Course in Biographical Counselling | Course Tutors | UK based – Sussex

“The tutors give 101%.  I feel it is a special quality of this course that we are helped so strongly throughout what often proves to be a very challenging times. I have no doubt this is a strong point in this course and I believe I speak for the majority of my fellows.”

“Talks and lectures are an inspiration. They also prove that is possible to talk clearly and with warmth about very difficult themes without simplifying and lowering the mark.”

“Thank you for training a way to work with both the spiritual and practical, daily reality, for a training  that I could love and accept full heartedly…a training that was just right in all senses for me, where the ways of training and how you were as teachers were living examples of everything the training taught. It could have taken me my whole life to reach this ability of work the training gave me. And now I am there.”




“Our highest endeavor must be to develop as free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”  

R. Steiner

Annie Meijer

BA (Hons), Dip.Biographical Counselling, MBACP (Accred), Annie graduated as a Biographical Counsellor in 2009. She has worked with Biographical Counselling and Biography work in a variety of settings in Switzerland, England and Sweden. Annie currently offers Biographical Counselling for the students of the Youth Initiative Program in Sweden.   

Jane Chase 

Dip. Biographical Counselling, Registered member, MBACP (Accred), Cert Family Therapy, Jane graduated as a Biographical Counsellor in 2007 and has been working in private practice since that time.  In 2012 she co-founded the Elysia Therapeutic Centre in Stourbridge, (West Midlands) and currently runs her private practice there. More recently she has been developing her work in the field of family therapy, seeing couples and families, and is employed part time by Gloucestershire Counselling Service as part of their child and family therapy team.  Alongside this systemic approach Jane’s work is also informed by psychodrama action methods. She runs biography workshops and has previously worked as a guest contributor on the Diploma Course.

Margli Matthews, Course Consultant 

PG Dip. Couns, Dip. Biographical Counselling, Cert. Supervision, MBACP (Accred), UKRCP, CAHSC registered. Margli is a biographical counsellor, trainer and supervisor with over 30 years experience in adult education and private practice. A former faculty member of Emerson College and the Centre for Social Development, she has directed and designed the training in biographical counselling for 21 years. Initially co-directing the training with Anita Charton, in 1997 Margli and Anita co-founded the Biography and Social Development Trust. Margli practices as a biographical counsellor in Sussex and London and offers training courses and workshops in many countries throughout the world. She is a contributor to the book Lifeways and co-author of Ariadne’s Awakening, a book concerned with a new consciousness of the feminine and masculine principles in our lives.

Guest Contributors and External Moderator
Throughout the training, many counsellors, medical doctors, consultants and artists contribute out of their professional experience. In line with BACP requirements, the course also benefits from an external moderator.