LIGHTHOUSE43 Staff

At Lighthouse43 we have a diverse staff team that have experience in many areas of counselling, training and well-being. All of our team members are qualified and experienced in their fields. This includes; counselling, training, tutoring and well-being consultancy. Our staff team can provide counselling for children, young people, adults, families and groups. they can also provide bespoke training on many areas of mental health and well-being, Mental Health First Aid training, and bespoke well-being consultancy for organisations.

‘Look for the Lighthouse’

Stephanie Johnson

Counsellor and Tutor

Stephanie is a qualified counsellor and accredited professional member of the National Counselling Society. Before training to be a counsellor in 2010, she had a career in Early Years education and owned her own nursery. Stephanie now works with children, young people, adults, couples and families. She is committed to continued learning and recently graduated with a certificate in systemic practice from the Tavistock.
Along side counselling, Stephanie is a counselling tutor and enjoys sharing her passion of counselling with her students.
She also works with businesses as a well-being consultant to help them develop well-being strategies for their staff and also to deliver training around different aspects of well-being.

Wayne Goodwin

Counsellor and Trainer

Wayne has over 26 years’ experience of working in the military and public sectors, dealing with critical and traumatic incidents. He is an experienced trainer in a variety of mental health and well-being subjects specialising in Mental Health First Aid.
Wayne is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with discussing poor mental health.
He is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and has lots of experience of working with male clients with a range of complex issues.
Wayne has had articles on mental health and well-being published as well as a chapter in a book and has addressed MPs at the House of Commons on the subject as part of World Mental Health Day.

Michelle Gilligan

Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor

Michelle is a qualified counsellor and Professional Clinical counselling supervisor.
Before training as a counsellor, she has had a long career in the health and social care sector, as a community carer and then a field care supervisor and assessor.
Michelle has extensive counselling experience working with adults, couples, Young people and children, particularly looked after children who have experienced significant trauma.
Alongside counselling she is a Clinical counselling supervisor working and supporting other counsellors with their practice. Michelle also delivers therapeutic workshops to carers and foster carers.

Virginia Godden

Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor

Virginia is an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Virginia has had a varied career history, which began with her training to become a registered general nurse and included; managing a residential home for adults with special educational needs, working in early years settings, schools and role of Family Support Team Leader under the Sure Start programme.
She works with adults, young people, and children. She also works as a clinical supervisor supporting other counsellors.
Virginia enjoys teaching counselling, finding it a rewarding, and a satisfying experience, sharing her own professional experience and self-awareness.

Jennifer Auten

Therapeutic Play Skills Practitioner

Jennifer is a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills. She trained with and is listed on, PTUK’s register of Play Therapists. She is also registered with the Professional Standards Authority who ensure all registrants work to a safe and regulated standard.
Jennifer recently returned to study with PTUK to further her understanding and knowledge of play therapy by training to become a Play Therapist.
Before studying Play Therapy, Jennifer had a career in the early years as a nanny. Jennifer has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

Donna Harrison

Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor

Donna has been a qualified counsellor since 2009 and is accredited with the BACP. Since that time, she has also qualified in clinical supervision, EMDR therapy and working with couples.

Prior to training, Donna has for many years worked for a local charity in Cheriton supporting adults with learning disability and mental health needs. This has encouraged her to join Lighthouse43 and part of our innovative team.

Donna is particularly experienced in working with clients who have experienced trauma, perinatal issues [eg. birth trauma/loss], weight management issues and helping couples with relationship difficulties.

Frank Sausage

Therapy Dog in training

Frank is a miniature dachshund and a therapy dog in training. He loves to sit on laps and have cuddles. Frank also likes to meet new people and play. He goes to work at school each week and enjoys helping children.
In future, Frank will have some walk and talk sessions available with his human Stephanie.