Red Kite Training and Therapy was established by Celia and Brian Simpson in 2012 to provide counselling, psychotherapy and supervision.  Our aim is to develop interest in, and training for, Transactional Analysis in Liverpool and the surrounding areas. In 2014 Carol Wain joined us at Red Kite as a trainer. 

Our name and symbol, Red Kite, once an endangered species in Britain, now flies free; it inspires us to expand, open up new horizons and fulfil our potential.

Carol Wain CTA, PTSTA is the Principal Trainer

Dr Celia Simpson is a Humanistic Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She is registered with the UKCP and UKATA.

Brian Simpson is a Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer and Consultant to the voluntary and community sector. He is accredited by the BACP.

Read more about Carol, Celia and Brian below.

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Carol Wain

BSc (Hon), Psych MSc (TA Psych), Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), PTSTA, UKCP registered Psychotherapist, 
PTSTA (Provisional Supervising and Teaching Transactional Analyst)

My interest in Transactional Analysis was sparked when I was 16 years old in conversation with my father about whether or not I should study medicine.  My father's interest came from observing Transactional Analysts coming into the organisation in which he worked and shedding light on personality and communication. It was years later after studying Psychology that I rediscovered TA and decided to become a TA psychotherapist. Since I have a rich cultural heritage and an international background I was also very attracted to the international TA community.  I have had over 20 years of experience working in the community, NHS, and voluntary sector and in private practice.  My practice as a TA Psychotherapist (CTA) is currently based in Liverpool city centre and South Liverpool. I am also a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst so have a supervision practice and am the Principal Trainer of the main training programme in Transactional Analysis in South Liverpool as a part of Red Kite Training.  I am married with 2 daughters aged 20 and 18 teenage girls and have a diverse life enjoying triathlons, mountains, wild camping, music, culture am actively involved at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral where I have served as a trustee/Lay Canon and also help to lead the all-age cafĂ© style worship service. I am particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and human development, the development of self and the connection between psychotherapy and the transpersonal and the outdoor/environment.


Celia Simpson PhD, CTA, PTSTA

I originally studied psychology and science at Surrey University, and trained to teach psychology and English in further education. I worked in language education (further and higher education) in London, Barcelona and Liverpool for over twenty years. During this time my interest in language and communication led me to doing a doctorate in discourse analysis at the University of Liverpool. University life was stimulating but relentless in its demands and so I was forced to re-evaluate my work and lifestyle. Initially I had my own counselling, and then decided to retrain as a transactional analysis psychotherapist.

In 1996 I started to work as a counsellor, initially with a few private clients, then as associate counsellor at the university counselling service. I reduced my university work and then left to devote my energy to my private practice where I see clients, couples and give supervision.

My reconnection with psychology therefore represents a return and an integration of life experience and knowledge. I describe myself as an integrative, relational psychotherapist. I work with transactional analysis in a creative and intuitive way, using theory such as the ego states, the inner child, and the drama triangle. I use metaphor, body awareness, as well as relaxation and visualisation in my work. I believe that transformation occurs within the frame of a vibrant therapeutic relationship.

I work with a range of client issues, on a short and long-term basis. Transactional analysis is a flexible approach that enables work on the cognitive behavioural level and also on the deeper, emotional and unconscious level. I often see clients whose problems are resistant to cognitive behavioural changes since they are more deep-seated. Such issues include depression, self-esteem, loss, identity issues, life crises, obsessiveness, trauma, addictions. Working in a relational way offers an opportunity for the client to increase self-awareness and discover aspects of self that have been disowned and buried. Such work can free up more energy, vitality and creativity and often supports a deepening of the person's spiritual self.

Qualifications and memberships

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences (majoring in Psychology), PGCE (specialisms in Psychology and English), MA in Applied Linguistics, PhD in discourse analysis. I am a Certified Transactional Analyst specialising in Psychotherapy applications (European Association for Transactional Analysis). I have Certificates in the Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents College), Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing (Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy), and Integrative Supervision (Adlerian Society). I have undertaken a number of trainings including in body psychotherapy and meditation. I have regular supervision and have undertaken 14 years of my own therapy (person-centred, transactional analysis individual and group, Adlerian, Gestalt).

Brian Simpson

Diploma in Counselling, Certificate in Supervision
Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

I have worked in human services for most of my life. I started as a teacher and then worked with young, unemployed people.  Following this I supported people with learning disabilities and those affected by long-term neurological conditions and brain injuries. I gained enormous experience with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and those struggling to make sense of complete changes in their lives. Working closely with people who have become disabled or been affected by long-term health conditions has played a major role in my career over many years resulting in assisting individuals to return to work or find meaningful alternatives to work.

Following a recommendation from someone I supported, I started training in counselling and gained a diploma in person centred counselling in 1992. Since then I have widened my knowledge and skills by training in Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, NLP and Adlerian Therapy. I have also undertaken training in trauma, anger, creative visualisation, personal relationships & sexuality, and solution focused brief therapy. I would now describe myself as an integrative, relational counsellor.

I gained accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2009 and operate under their ethical guidelines. I am registered with the Professional Standards Authority.

I gained a certificate in supervision in 2012 and am now able to supervise other counsellors and a wide range of other professionals who work with individuals or groups.

My training and experience have led me to develop the following specialities: return to work; disability & long-term health conditions; personal relationships & sexuality; relationship issues; anger; stress; anxiety; trauma as well as general counselling.

Currently I am a volunteer with Compass Counselling Agency, have my own private practice, offer supervision and co-facilitate training in understanding and managing anger.

Over the last few years you have been a massive support to me, probably more than you will, ever know. Your listening ear, techniques and experience have been a constant reassurance, particularly through the darkest times. With the work I have done with you, I feel I am ready to take the next steps by myself safe in the knowledge that the confidence and skills you have helped me achieve will stand me in good stead and allow me to continue to develop.

I will be eternally grateful for your time, patience and care which you have given to me freely and unconditionally because you are a caring and generous person. This really touches me and I hope that one day someone will be as generous to you as you have been to me. Thank you.
— Client of Brian Simpson

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Hayley Marshall 

BA (hons), PG Dip, MSc (TA Psych), CTA, PTSTA(P), UKCP Reg psychotherapist and approved supervisor,
Diploma in Creative Approaches to Supervision 

I decided to begin training as a TA psychotherapist in 1994, after really benefiting from some long-term personal psychotherapy myself. Before that I trained as a classical musician and worked freelance as a performer and teacher in London and the North West. 

Over the course of my career as a therapist I have worked in a variety of settings including the NHS as a practice counsellor; in occupational health in manufacturing industry and local government; and in full time private practice.  

In the past 10 years I have developed an outdoor psychotherapy, supervision and training practice, and have been instrumental in some pioneering developments in that field. I am now a clinical specialist in working therapeutically outdoors, and so am interested in our experience of the natural environment as a therapeutic relational space. In connection with this, I have co-authored a ground breaking article on the outdoor therapeutic frame in the European Journal of Psychotherapy in 2010 and have written a chapter on clinical outdoor practice in Ecotherapy: Theory Research and Practice published by Macmillan in 2016. I have also written a column on TA outdoor therapy - The View from Here - for The Transactional Analyst in 2013-14 and have a further book chapter on working with trauma outdoors in press.

As a result of my work outdoors I also have a keen interest in embodied and creative approaches to psychotherapy, supervision, and particularly in the training of therapists. Consequently, more recently, I have undertaken lots of additional training in trauma body work and movement practices.

Currently, I see people for psychotherapy and supervision in my private practice in South Manchester, and Buxton in the High Peak. I am a Transactional Analysis trainer at various TA training centres, and also offer training courses and professional development groups for therapists wishing to develop outdoor psychotherapy practices at the Centre for Natural Reflection in the Peak District.