BICA Training Team

Jennie Hunt, Co-Chair BICA Training Team - Senior Infertility Counsellor

Jennie has many years’ experience of providing counselling to people affected by infertility both in the UK and Australia. She works with couples and individuals, is an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Senior Accredited Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), as well as having qualifications in both stress management, counselling supervision and couple counselling

Jennie has a long-standing commitment to ensuring the highest quality of care in fertility counselling. She was the founding member and first chairperson of BICA, a committee member of the British Fertility Society and a Board member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She is currently Co-chair of BICA’s Training Committee, a member of the BICA Accreditation Board and a member of the Imperial College Clinical Ethics Committee.

Janet Owen – Co-Chair – BICA Training Team

Janet Owen – Co-Chair – BICA Training Team has worked in Infertility counselling for the past 17 years, starting in a small clinic in Sunderland and now works in four clinics both in the NHS sector and the Private sector.

Janet has an MA in counselling from Durham University, is BACP and BICA accredited, Janet has a certificate in Supervision, Has been involved with BICA for the past 15 years having been a member of the Executive committee as the Treasurer moved to the training group in 2007 and is currently the Co-Chair of the training group.

Suzanne Dark - Senior Accredited Member

After working in a variety of settings Suzanne qualified as a counsellor in 2002 and worked for many years in a NHS Women’s Health clinic and with survivors of sexual abuse in the voluntary sector. She started working as an infertility counsellor at Jessop Fertility, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in 2006, taking on the Senior Counsellor role in 2013. Suzanne is a Senior Accredited Member of BICA and Registered Member of BACP. Having gained experience of training in her previous settings Suzanne joined the BICA Training Group in 2013 and has taken an active part in BICA events program, as well as speaking about infertility counselling to wider professional audiences.

Gerry McCluskey - Accredited Member

Gerry McCluskey originally trained as a Social Worker and since 1983 has held a variety of practitioner and management posts in Family and Child Care/Child Protection Fieldwork and Family Placement (Fostering and Adoption) having worked within both the statutory sector (Social Services) and the Voluntary Sector (Barnardo’s and Adoption Routes) in Northern Ireland.

Gerry is employed by the Fertility Counselling Service NI to provide counselling to anyone who is affected by infertility. She continues to work with a range of adoption social work tasks and provides adoption and fertility related training.

Gerry is an accredited member of BICA and is a member of BICA’s Training Team. She was member of BICA’s Executive from 2010- 2016 representing BICA on PROGAR (BASW’s Project Group on Assisted Reproduction) during that time. She has been a member of the Irish Fertility Counsellors’ Association since its inception in 2008. Gerry has a Masters in Social Work, an Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, is Relate Trained and has a Certificate in Complex Trauma and Childhood Abuse.

Angela Pericleous-Smith - Accredited Member

Angela Pericleous-Smith has worked as a Counsellor for over 20 years, specialising in infertility counselling for 15 years. She currently works as a fertility counsellor in Leeds alongside her Private Counselling and Supervision Practise in York.

Angela has a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling (Leeds Met), MA in Psychoanalytical Studies (Leeds Met) and PG Certificate in Supervision (St. Johns, York). Angela is a member of BACP, an Accredited member of BICA and serves on the executive committee as Membership Secretary and Publications Officer, she is Deputy Chair of the BICA Accreditation Board and joined BICA’s training team in 2013.