Meet the trainers

We offer a range of training to share our expertise in working in a psychologically informed way.

We are a group of leaders, psychologists and psychotherapists who work for 1625 Independent People and/or as part of the Golden Key Partnership in Bristol, working with adults and young people with complex needs.


Over the last 7 years, we have been involved in the implementation of reflective practice across our organisations, involving hundreds of staff from diverse teams, meeting at regular intervals to think, feel and learn together. We will talk in this training in more detail about what we’ve built in our organisations, and the benefits we’ve seen.

Meghan Joyce: is the Manager of Reboot West at 1625ip, supporting Care Leavers into education, employment and training. Reboot West uses DNA-v, the youth model of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a developmental model designed to increase psychological flexibility in young people.

Meghan has experience of both supervising support workers through using ACT approaches, as well as supporting coaches to embed ACT/DNA-V in their work with young people. As well as working with Care Leavers, Meghan has experience of working in prisons, gang exit intervention, and with people with learning disabilities.

Ashley Ward: Ashley is a facilitator and trainer who has worked in diverse fields including substance use, mental health and homelessness. He qualified with a masters degree in Experimental Psychology, and completed his research project looking at dissociative states and altered states of consciousness at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.

Ashley worked as Family Practitioner in the Bristol Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service where he developed the YARD group, a parenting program to support relationship building with adolescents using substances. Ashley has a personal interest in meditation, group work, reflective practice, and in particular in  developing psychosocial interventions within non-clinical environments, including peer support programs and acceptance and commitment approaches.

Joanna Roberts: Joanna has a background in the private, voluntary and public sector with over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer, commissioner and senior manager in a range of sectors including child protection, youth services, adult social care and homelessness prevention. She is an accredited coach, providing personal development and leadership coaching to individuals, groups and teams. She is an experienced trainer, reflective practice facilitator and certified Prosocial facilitator.


Beth Friedeberg: Beth has been working front-line in the charity sector for around a decade, supporting adults exiting prison, women affected by the street sex industry, people in recovery, and young people facing multiple disadvantage. She’s worked with individuals and groups in various capacities, including life coach, support worker, trainer, and facilitator.

Beth is a UKCP-accredited Core Process Psychotherapist, holds a postgraduate diploma in integrative arts psychotherapy, and sees clients 1:1 in private practice. Alongside this she facilitates Reflective Practice, and works with organisations to help them embed this structure, and to gain a deeper understanding of how trauma affects us, and how we can work in ways that are sustainable, nourishing, and trauma-informed

Marcus Fagon: Marcus has a long background in the community and voluntary youth work sector. He has had various roles working as a centre based, detached and outreach youth worker. He then completed further training to specialise into the area of mental health, completing training in CBT and ACT models of therapy. Marcus has been training youth workers and volunteers for over 10 years, initially with a focus on equality and diversity, and mentor and coaching models. He then moved into therapeutic work with young men leading weekends away. Whilst working in the youth work sector Marcus has delivered training in a number of areas including PIE, RP Facilitation, DNA-V, Vicarious Trauma and staff well-being.

Ivana Popov: Ivana is a Wellbeing Coach within 1625’s Transition and Resilience Team. Ivana has been working in outward facing roles within the youth charity sector for over 10 years. She feels particularly passionate about creating safe spaces for young people to share and process their experiences; increase self-awareness and emotional sensitivity; develop confidence and self-esteem; figure out what makes their life feel meaningful; and, ultimately, take back agency. With a growing awareness of the powerful impacts of taking a psychologically informed approach at work (and the danger of not!), it feels important for Ivana to be part of making these learnings accessible and engaging across the sector.

Harry Holmes: Harry has more than ten years’ experience in working with young people facing homelessness, and a background in teaching and training in a wide range of contexts. He has facilitated reflective practice groups at 1625ip since their introduction and been part of improving processes around how these are delivered in the organisation. Harry has also contributed to the Psychologically Informed Environments framework internally, developing and delivering training about how we understand and work with emotional distress and troubled or troubling behaviour.

Megan Lewis: Megan is Operations Manager of 1625IP Bristol Support Services, including Bristol Youth MAPS Homelessness Prevention Service & Young Person’s Rough Sleeper Navigator.  Megan comes from a background in teaching, education and support work, working frontline and in management and training delivery for PIE and trauma-informed organisations and leads on the PIE Induction training at 1625IP.  Megan is a trained Reflective Practice Facilitator.