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meet the team

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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.

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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 and seminars with Leslie Kaminoff, Esther Ekhart, Gary Carter, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Sri Sri Ravi Shanka, Uday Bhosale, A G & Indra Mohan, Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati, Swami Brahmavidananda Saraswati, Ram Banerjee, Rupert Spira, Alistair Appleton, Sumit Manav and David Simpson, to name a few.

To fnd out more about Trood, visit her website.


Elspeth Gilliland


Since qualifying in 2019 with a L5 Diploma in Counselling, I have gained extensive experience working both privately and in the charitable sector. I also have a L5 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People. I’m a registered member of the BACP, currently working towards accreditation.

With my core training in the person-centred approach and working from a pluralistic perspective I will provide you with a non-judgemental, confidential and empathic space, using different therapeutic approaches according to your needs. Here you may safely explore, discuss and make sense of your experiences, thoughts and feelings, achieve personal growth and change, and feel empowered to move forward in the direction that you choose, at your own pace.

I offer 1-1 counselling sessions for anyone aged 14 and over and recommend that we have an initial “no obligation” telephone conversation where we discuss what you may want to achieve from counselling. For clients under 18, I offer an initial consultation with parents/carers and their young people so that we can fully discuss the support that I can offer.
I 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. I also have experience of working with survivors of sexual, emotional, psychological and physical abuse.

To find out more about Elspeth, visit her website here, or contact via email: or phone: 07379 094 466.

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Sue Horsburgh

Mindfulness Teacher/Mentor, Reiki Master/Teacher, Transpersonal Coach

With an MSc Studies in Mindfulness, I trained with the Mindfulness Association and began teaching in 2018. As my own practice deepened, I began working with Rob Preece as my meditation teacher and spiritual mentor, benefiting greatly from his approach of combining the knowledge of ancient wisdom traditions with aspects of transpersonal psychology from a Jungian perspective.

Subsequently I trained with the ALEF Trust in Transpersonal Coaching Psychology and will begin training with Jack Kornfeld and Tara Brach in March 2022 on their Mindfulness Mentoring Programme.

My Reiki training began in 2001 when I completed stage 1 & 2 with Mari Hall going on to undertake Master training in 2018 – 2019 with George Hollis.


I offer one-to-one or small group mindfulness training, one-to-one Reiki treatments and training to Stage 1, and individual sessions of mentoring, drawing on my knowledge of transpersonal coaching psychology. A key aspect of the transpersonal approach is the belief that the individual already has their own answers – my role is simply to hold the space so that those answers and insights can arise.


To find out more about Sue or to get in touch, you can visit her website or via email:, or give a call on 07971 702956.

Davina Elsen

Davina Elsen

Counsellor, EFT Practitioner & Supervisor

The purpose of my work is to create a safe space where my clients can journey to greater empowerment through growing awareness, reconnection with themselves, inner development and the learning of useful techniques such as mindfulness and EFT, for dealing with the stresses of modern-day life.

My practice brings together 18 years of studying and working in the field of psychotherapy. I work with the whole person – mind, body and soul – and look not just at their past and present, but future potential as well.

My experience includes over nine years working as a volunteer counsellor for a low-cost counselling centre in addition to having a successful private practice. My work with adult individuals, couples and adolescents has covered a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, anger management, relationship problems, panic attacks, work-related problems, self-harming, psychosomatic illness, phobias, suicidal thoughts, work/life balance and stress.

In 2008, I was a founding member and partner of Cotswold Talking Therapies, a cooperative of independent counsellors committed to providing a service of professional excellence to clients across the Cotswolds. My experience has led to a deep interest and conviction in energy psychology and becoming an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner.


From 2013 to my relocation north in 2015, I also worked as a supervisor of individuals and groups for Cotswold Counselling and Listening Post following a one-year EUROCPS accredited training in Counselling Supervision.

I am a registered member of two official bodies, BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques) and abide by their ethical guidelines.

I am also a mother of four and have been practising Chi Gong and Tai Chi since the last century!

In the words of Rumi, the Sufi poet: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” I look forward to our meeting.

You can contact Davina via email: or phone: 07956 395167. To learn further of Davina's qualifications, visit:


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.


Hannah D'Agrosa

Yoga Teacher

I've been rolling out the mat for my personal yoga practice for around 10 years, but it was whilst working in health and social care during the pandemic that my yoga mat really became my sanctuary. Experiencing the stresses of this time, I became heavily interested in not just the physical practice of asana but meditation and pranayama breathing techniques.

In January 2022, I completed my 200-hr training with Yoga Renew and moved into teaching full time. My passion is introducing new students to the practice with a focus on teaching all-level classes. My hope is to inspire students to embrace a physical as well as non-physical yogic practice. I recently completed my 20-hr prenatal yoga training and I am currently studying for my MSc in Psychology.

To find out more about Hannah or to get in touch, you can visit her via @hannahjemimayoga both on FB and Insta, email:, or telephone: 07572 034131.


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.

Teresa Swan, Bab'yama Wellness Hub

Teresa Swan

Mindfulness and Transformation Strategist, Mindset Mentor

I am a trained Specialist Nurse Prescriber, Accredited Mindfulness Teacher, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist (with applied mind techniques), Youth Mindfulness Coach and Mindset Mentor.

I believe in a truly holistic approach to wellbeing that embodies mind, body and soul. I support spiritual, pyschological and emotional wellbeing through one-to-one consultations and events.I am a shamanic practitioner and energy healer, using both sound and colour, and will shortly qualify in Feather Stone Energy Healing, Indian Head Massage and Drum Healing.

My purpose is to nurture authenticity and acceptance to enable individuals to live their life with purpose.

To find out more about Teresa, please visit her website. To make an appointment with Teresa, email via: or call on 07852 362465.

Liza Cole, Therapeutic Sound Practitioner

Liza Cole

Therapeutic Sound Practitioner

At first, I was exploring therapeutic sound purely for my own mental health and wellbeing, but eventually my friends convinced me that I should be sharing my talents (and instruments!) with others. So around eight years ago I started to run mantra meditation sessions for the public and gong baths soon after. I now run regular gong baths in Berwick, Coldingham and Dunbar and have recently completed my drum circle facilitator training and have set up drum circles in the same locations. However, at Bab'yama I will be offering mantra meditation.


I think I have always known, subconsciously, that sound is the best therapy for me. I have enjoyed singing since I was a child and took up drumming nearly 20 years ago, but I only started really tuning in to the therapeutic power of sound a dozen or so years ago when I went to my first mantra chanting session - I was hooked straight away! Since then, I have had great fun exploring the many different ways of enjoying the beneficial properties of sound, been on lots of training courses and I have built up quite a collection of interesting instruments.

Pre-Covid, I was running regular mantra sessions in Berwick and Dunbar, and when the pandemic struck I took to running fortnightly sessions online. But I am really excited to be back to running face-to-face sessions.

Enjoying therapeutic sound has been life-changing for me, and so I love to share it with others in the hope that the magic works for them too.

To find more about Liza and mantra, visit her website or you can book a session here

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