Director and Trainer
Karen has been involved in mental health work since 1984 when she started her training as a registered mental health nurse. After 16 years of working in the NHS. She left to start working with her husband and fellow director Ron Coleman. Since then She has been lucky enough to travel the world delivering a message that people in distress can and do recover. she believes that the best way to deliver recovery is by having services that are person centred and education based and rely on the group process to develop resilience and connection, rather than clinically based around illness and that the people who are working in these services are passionate about human development and believe participants have the ability to heal themselves if given the right tools and support.
She has been intimately involved in setting up recovery houses and believe this is the future of good mental health care she is an experienced group facilitator and trainer and was instrumental in designing some of our most successful courses like “Making recovery champions”. Karen’s favourite pastime is networking people around the world and helping create new conversations. Outside of work She loves swimming, walking and having her feet firmly planted in the earth. She is the mother of 7 children, communicating over dinner and cooking as a form of nurturing and health giving are important components of both her home and work life.
Director, trainer and financial director
Ron Coleman has a seventeen-year track record of working together with Karen and providing innovative and Custom built training with and for agencies that wish to develop and implement recovery processes and practices within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors both in the UK and abroad. His knowledge base comes from a combination of lived experience, professional education and continual practice. Ron is confident working with consumers, workers and family members and believes passionately in dialogue between these groups. Ron’s main expertise is in developing recovery practice and recovery planning training within the areas of Psychosis, Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Director and Community Services
G’day I’m Paige and a Director of WTRA. I really love working alongside people to explore their recovery in creative ways. I come from a background of Psychology but found that I questioned a lot of the ideas around diagnosis and how it seemed to put people in boxes. I was fortunate enough to work with many voice hearers shortly after graduating who taught me more than my qualification ever did about recovery and how people get their lives back from within and eventually outside of the system and how hard this can be.
I now enjoy the freedom of being able to work in a way with people that lets me share my own journey of living with big losses in my life, of working with my own family to explore emotion in new ways, and of everything that makes me human. A lot of my own recovery has been through music, dance and getting out bush, and I love sharing ideas around this with people who maybe would like to explore their recovery in these ways.
Around Recovery House you might find me playing guitar, kicking a footy or playing paddleball down the park, or cooking with everyone in the kitchen. When I’m not at the house, I might be out in the sticks fixing up my 1972 Leyland Bus-House or making music with my band Qito.
Director and Recovery House Services
Being from Belgium, dealing with bad weather is my biggest quality. Besides this, I’m an Educational Scientist with experience working in Child Protection, Recovery services and a puzzle cafe. I graduated from Ghent University with a Masters in Special Education, Disability studies and Behavioural disorders. This gave me a great understanding of working with talents instead of focussing on illnesses and disorders.
In 2016 I joined WTRA as the group leader for the Recovery House. This gave me the chance to see Recovery happen before my very eyes. It’s an incredibly inspiring process. I feel privileged to have been part of this and hope to be doing this for a long time to come.