- Raynelle Arcaini, Counsellor
Taking her Master’s Degree in Counselling in 2011 from Webster University in Geneva is the culmination of an academic path for Raynelle that began with a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Speech and Hearing Therapy and Psychology.
After her experience with breast cancer in 2003, her commitment to Vipassana Meditation (Mindfulness) led her to a three year program in Mindfulness Counseling, offered by the Mindfulness Project School of Counseling based in Milano, which integrated the pillars of Buddhist teachings and contemplative practice into the context of an academic program in counselling. For five years she was a volunteer, intern, and counsellor for the home hospice care organization Associazione Tumori Toscana (ATT) in Florence, Italy.
Since 2007 Raynelle has continuously worked for esca, first as a volunteer peer supporter, then as an intern counsellor while studying for her Master’s Degree. Currently, she is the Support Coordinator and one of a team of three professional counsellors.
- Bianca King, Volunteer Trainer, Counsellor
Bianca has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Griffith University, Australia, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regents College, London. Bianca began her career in counselling in Australia at the Petrea King Quest for Life Centre for people with terminal illnesses.
For three years, Bianca was based in London where she worked at Guy’s Hospital, the Awareness Centre and for the children’s helpline Get Connected. Bianca came to Geneva in 2008 to join her husband. For more than ten years Bianca has been practicing meditation and exploring the clinical connections with psychotherapy through various workshops, trainings and teachings. Thus Bianca’s approach to counselling / therapy is grounded in eastern and western approaches to psychology. Bianca also runs the volunteer training programme at esca.
- Thea Marais, Psychotherapist
Thea holds MAs in both Health and Clinical Psychology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she started and directed a cancer support clinic. She has over 20 years of experience working with cancer and AIDS patients. Thea has studied with Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, author of the groundbreaking book ‘On Death and Dying’. Thea moved to Geneva in 2003.
For esca, Thea provides individual psychotherapy consultations, group meditation/ visualisation sessions, supervises the team of counsellors, runs the volunteer training programme and offers diet/nutrition classes! As well as working with esca, Thea teaches on the Psychology, Sociology and Counselling Programs at Webster University, Geneva.