Senior Management Team

Revd Eddie Carden

Revd Eddie Carden

Chief Executive officer

Eddie has been CEO since 2008. He is a registered member of BACP and was elected a Governor of BACP in 2015. He qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor 25 years ago, and spent 7 years working in the statutory psychiatric system. Eddie has been a parish priest and has worked for the Church of England in senior roles nationally and locally.

Hilary Lydon

Hilary Lydon

Counselling Manager

Hilary is a supervisor and BACP accredited counsellor with many years experience and is based in Renew’s counselling centre in Chelmsford.

She is a Barnardo’s approved adoption counsellor and has worked with children and young people for over 15 years and with families and people with adoptive issues for over 8 years.

Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.
  • Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy.
  • Certificate in Foundation Skills for Mediators (Law Society accredited)
  • Diploma in Casework Supervision (Level 4)
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
  • Certificate in Children Matter:
    • Training for Professionals Working with Children and Young People
    • (9 Credits at Level 3)
Nikki Schuster

Nikki Schuster

Counselling Manager

Nikki is one of our counselling managers, based mainly in Renew’s counselling centre, Bridge, in Basildon. She is also managing our ‘Re-ed’ project in Chelmsford.

Nikki is MBACP accredited, and has been working for Renew since 2004. She is a Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is also an Associate Trainer for ‘B-eat’ – a National Eating Disorders Charity.

Research areas include the effects of labelling and diagnosis on counsellors, clients and their families, also on developing ways of working with clients who express their distress through self-harm, suicidal ideation and/or eating disorders.

Qualifications

  • MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • PG Dip, Integrative Counselling
  • Dip Integrative Supervision
Justine Colley

Justine Colley

Counselling Manager (Schools)

Justine is a BACP accredited counsellor currently in the role of Renew’s Counselling Manager of the Schools service.

Previously she worked as a youth worker for Essex County Council, Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol service and Connexions.

She has been employed by Renew since July 2007…she continues to practise as a counsellor in senior schools in the Essex area.

Ani de la Prida

Ani de la Prida

Training and Development Manager

Ani de la Prida is the course leader on our DipHE in Counselling Children and Young People, and our new BA(Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

She is a person-centred therapist and arts counsellor who has worked with children & young people in schools, exclusion projects, foster care and private practice.

Ani also has experience of work with adults and groups with drug treatment programmes, Essex probation Service and Essex Police. Special areas of interest and research include person-centred art therapy, looked-after children and digital media in therapy.

She is an author on the Counselling MindEd e-learning programme
(www.minded.org.uk) and is published in The BACP Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People (2014).

Qualifications

  • MA Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • PG Dip Teaching & Learning
  • BA(Hons) Person-Centred Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Certificate Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills
Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Clerk to the Council of Trustees, Executive Officer to the Chief Executive, Senior Offices & HR Manager

Emma manages all functions of the Head Office, including Human Resources for 140 employees and volunteers, Payroll, Finance, Facilities and Legal & Governance.

As a senior management team we bring almost 80 years of post-qualification counselling experience and insights from our work in teaching, social work, ministry, higher education and youth work.

Renew is accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and is an academic franchise partner of Anglia Ruskin University.

Opening Times

Sycamore Centre
  • Monday 12.00noon – 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 10.30am – 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 9.00am – 12.00noon
    4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Bridge Centre
  • Monday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Tuesday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 11.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.30am – 2.00pm
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Renew’s therapeutic services are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Renew Counselling is a registered charity No 1084940 and a Company limited by guarantee, registered in England.
Registered office: Sadlers House, 2 Legg Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AH Company No. 4099810
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