Counsellors & Coaches for Wellbeing, Personal & Professional Growth

Blackwood was formed to offer a fresh new approach to wellbeing and bring together Personal Consultants who are skilled in combining the disciplines of counselling and coaching. Our passion is helping people and this is at the heart of everything we do. Our vision does not involve us becoming the "biggest", but it does involve us providing industry-leading services for those we work with.  The bottom line is we are in the business of helping people, and all other things (including sales) come second. 

We believe that people have unlimited potential, and we aim to help our clients feel and perform at their best. We are big enough to cater for large organisatons, yet small enough to offer a bespoke, discreet, confidential service for all our clients.

Founding Directors

Joanna Dreher


MBACP, AICTP, BSc Hons Psychology, PGDip Integrative Counselling and Coaching. MSc Integrative Counselling and Coaching.

Jo has twenty years of City experience working in Finance, and is passionate about combining coaching with psychotherapy, and takes into consideration the interplay  between mind and body and how emotions are stored within the body .  She Is a highly-qualified coach and counsellor, and founded a charity in East London offering low cost counselling to the community. Jo's dissertation for her masters degree was  based on Personal Consultancy in the corporate workplace.

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Helen Lickerish


MBACP, BSc (Hons) physiology, PGDip Counselling and Coaching, Diploma in Trauma, EMDR Practitioner. Feng Shui Practitioner

As a coach and counsellor, Helen has over 20 years experience working in mental health. She  is our residential stress and trauma expert. and utilises feng shui for clients who want to be supported in their environment. She uses her knowledge of how the body and mind interact to influence how we think, feel and behave.

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Meet some of our Specialist Consultants

Marzio Parapetto Personal Consultant and Sexuality Therapist


MBACP, PGDip Integrative Counselling and Coaching. BA Hons Italian Language and Literature, NLP Practitioner, ISD.

Marzio is our resident HIV and sexuality expert. He has nearly 30 years experience working in HR where he trained in NLP. He has worked in the NHS Talking Therapy services and also with vulnerable homeless people and people experiencing issues with sexuality. He currently volunteers for a charity helping clients diagnosed with HIV.

Marzio speaks fluent Italian and English

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Linda Dorrington Hypnotherapist


MBACP, Msc Coaching Psychology, BA Hons Psychology, PG Cert in Education, PGDip Integrative Counselling & Coaching, Dip Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy.  

Linda is our Head of Training. She is an Integrative Coach Therapist and qualified Hypnotherapist with a background in Education, working with children, teachers and parents who were experiencing significant educational and social challenges. Linda also coaches educational leaders.


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Francis Lickerish Addictions and Family specialist


PGDip Addiction Counselling. PG cert. CAC. UKCP

Francis Lickerish is a highly respected professional in the fields of adult addiction and family services and well-regarded for his depth of knowledge, experience and humanity. A gifted presenter, Francis regularly facilitates retreats and workshops. He has worked with Clouds House, The Priory Roehampton, North London Priory, Farm Place and Nightingale Hospital London, devising the programmes for treatment in several centres.

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Brett Traynor Executive Coach


Personal Transformation and Mindfulness Coaching. 

Coaching Diploma recognised by the International Coach Federation and Association for coaching.
Diploma in Psychology.

Brett has over twenty years’ experience within global financial markets and becoming Managing Director then CEO of a financial trading firm in Singapore  He has experience of coaching and mentoring traders and professional in high-stress environments, and also works with young people to help them build their resilience and confidence. 

He brings his personal experience and training of meditation and mindfulness into his practice; using his compassion, kindness and understanding to help clients bring positive changes into their lives.

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