Our Vision

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.  She 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 trained.

Helen has over 20 years experience working in mental health. She also works within addiction services and is our residential stress and trauma expert. 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


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


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


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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