Our name and symbol, Red Kite, once an endangered species in Britain, now flies free; the Red Kite inspires us to open up and expand into new horizons of learning and growth.
Red Kite was first established by Celia and Brian Simpson in 2012 to provide counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and training. They had a specific interest in developing Transactional Analysis in Liverpool and the surrounding area. In 2014 Carol Wain joined Celia and Brian to further develop Red Kite Training in TA Psychotherapy and to become a UKATA Registered Training Establishment in 2016. Carol and Celia were then joined by Hayley Marshall in 2019 as a training partner.
Celia and Brian retired in 2020 when Carol Wain became the Red Kite Training Director with Hayley Marshall as her Training partner.
Meet The Leadership Team
BSc (Hon), PG Dip, MSc (TA Psych), Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), PTSTA (Provisional Supervising and Teaching Transactional Analyst), UKCP registered Psychotherapist
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, voluntary sector, the faith community and in private practice. My TA Psychotherapeutic (CTA/UKCP) and Supervision practice (PTSTA) is based in South Liverpool where I am the Co-Director of Liverpool Centre for Psychotherapy + Counselling www.liverpoolpcc.org
I am the Training Director of Red Kite Training which is the main TA training programme in the Liverpool region. I am particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and human development; the development of self; the connection between psychotherapy and wider world we live in; the natural world; the transpersonal.
I am married with 2 daughters aged 22 and 21 and have a diverse life enjoying triathlons, mountains, wild camping, music and culture. I am also actively involved at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral where I have served as a trustee/Lay Canon and have led the all-age café style worship service.
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 Northwest of the UK.
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 15 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 co-authored a ground-breaking article on the outdoor therapeutic frame in the European Journal of Psychotherapy in 2010 and have written various book chapters and columns on the subject (see articles page)
Along with Giles Barrow (TSTA-E) I have been at the forefront of developing Eco-TA. This is an exciting new multi-field approach in TA launched in 2020 (see our launch article on this website), offering a radical ecological dimension to TA theory and practice.
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 ecological movement practices.
I see people for psychotherapy and supervision in my private practice in Buxton in the High Peak. I am a Transactional Analysis trainer and offer training courses and professional development groups for therapists wishing to develop ecological practices at the Centre for Natural Reflection in the Peak District.
You can find out more about my work here: