meet the team


Isabelle Roney

Bab'yama Co-Founder & Consultant Psychologist

I qualified as a Chartered Psychologist in 2000 when I started my career in the NHS. I have since been working in both Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health Teams in London and Newcastle.

I have extensive experience of working with teenagers, adults and older adults, with a special interest and knowledge in Personality Disorder and trauma.

In 2018, I became an accredited Mindfulness Teacher with the Mindfulness Association.

To find out more about Isabelle, visit her website.

Trood Morrison

Bab'yama Co-Founder & Yoga Teacher

I have over 25 years of personal yoga and meditation practice, qualifying as a teacher with CYQ in 2014 following which I founded Berwick & Borders Yoga. I'm currently studying Buddhism through Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery and the origins of trauma through Embodied Philosophy.

I have attended workshops with Leslie Kaminoff, Esther Ekhart, Gary Carter, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Sri Sri Ravi Shanka, to name a few.

To fnd out more about Trudy, visit her website.


Elspeth Gilliland


My core training is in person-centred counselling and I work from a pluralistic perspective. As such I offer a non-judgemental, confidential and empathetic space where clients can safely explore their experiences and emotions and find what is right for them.


Initially, I discuss with each client what they want from their sessions and how this might best be achieved, therefore I may draw on a range of therapeutic methods in order to work towards attaining their goals.

I have experience of working with survivors of sexual, emotional, psychological and physical abuse and work with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, loss, bereavement, confidence, self-esteem and relationship difficulties.

If you are looking for counselling support you are welcome to contact me for an informal and confidential chat to discuss your requirements. You can reach me by email at or telephone on 07379 094 466.

Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas

Qigong Teacher

After obtaining my BA Cons in mental health and counselling, I worked in this field for a number of years.


I was introduced to Qigong by a friend. After researching the physical and mental health benefits that Qigong has to offer, I decided it was definitely for me. I trained with Bob Lowry who is founder and principal teacher of 7 Stars of Taijqiuan and director of Qigong UK. Under his supervision I have spent two years training to teach Qigong and am still learning.


To find out more about Sarah, visit her website

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Jill Johnson

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

I am an integrative counsellor who has experience working short and long term with adult clients. Being integrative means I use a variety of ways of working to provide a tailored approach to each individual. By providing a non-judgemental, confidential space I aim to work with each individual to reach their goals and to explore their experience.

I have special interests in addiction and trauma but my counselling work also includes working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship issues.

To find out more about Jill, email


Sarah Riseborough

Shamanic Practitioner

I use the term ‘shamanic practitioner’ hoping it’s a useful term to describe the role of facilitating a space for someone to navigate their healing path. We all hold expectations created from previous experiences and I see the shaman’s role as holding those, while an individual connects to the truth they need to know in that moment- an emotional realisation, a shift, an insight, whatever it is, integration is the key. Whatever is presented in the space offered and is welcome.

I qualified formally from a 2 year practitioner training this year and also have trainings in bodywork, ritual and ceremony. I feel confident to offer a space in the knowledge that I have pursued my own healing.

I offer 1-to-1 and group work, distance healing and hands-on sessions. The sessions are offered in a way that’s intended to facilitate personal empowerment and awaken the body’s own ability to heal.

To find out more, contact Sarah via or Facebook: @silvermoonshaman.


Nigel Szczepaniak

Hypnotherapy Practitioner

I use hypnotherapy to help people to make changes in their lives. Those changes may be simple things like giving up a bad habit, or more complicated like getting control of depression or anxiety. Whatever it is you want to achieve, by working with your powerful, creative subconscious mind I can help you get there.

In our first session together I will encourage you to talk about what results you are looking for and why this is important to you. We can then immediately start work on achieving those results.

Hypnotherapy is a short-term process, generally bringing about lasting change in three to six sessions. Your course of treatment will be individually tailored to your needs, and I guarantee that I will not continue therapy for any longer than is necessary.

To find out more about Nigel, please visit his website. If you want to get in touch you can email or call on 07387 862756.