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.

Joanna Roberts: Joanna has a background in the private, voluntary and public sector with over 25 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 experienced reflective practice facilitator and certified Prosocial facilitator.

Michelle Desmier: Michelle is Clinical Psychologist, Systemic Practitioner and Supervisor. She has held various roles in mental health, substance misuse, young people’s services and the homelessness sector for the past 22 years and has a particular interest in Trauma Informed ways of working.

Tom Dunn: Tom has worked in the sector for over 15 years across various roles within complex needs, homelessness and youth work. Currently a Team Lead at Golden Key, he is an experienced training facilitator and holds 4 years’ experience of reflective practice facilitation.

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.

Sophie Banks – Sophie is the Learning and Development Coordinator at 1625 and has over 15 years of experience working within psychologically informed environments in the homelessness sector. She has been involved in the development and delivery of multiple training offers and has a particular interest in trauma-informed approaches and the inclusion of service users and their ‘voice’ in project development.  Whilst studying for an MSC in Psycho-Social Studies she specialised in neuroscience and affect in relation to complex trauma and brain development, practitioner well-being, and identity and agency within homeless populations.