Dr FaithStafford  PhD, MA,MSc,BACP

(Senior Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist  and supervisor of individuals and groups)

Co-founder and Director UBUNTU Counselling Services Ltd and Consultant to UBUNTU Community Services Ltd  

Biography:Faith Stafford  

My interest in human beings and what makes them tick, led me initially to train in theatre.  I left South Africa to study for a Masters in Shakespeare Studies at York University.  For a number of years, I taught English, Drama and Dance and then moved into working with the more severely disadvantaged young unemployed, on the YTS.  This led to the recognition that I needed more formal counselling skills and I trained with Relate; I felt that the success of our close relationships are crucial to our happiness and well-being.  Getting married and raising a son and a daughter, has confirmed me in this belief. 

I worked for Relate for 18 years, as a therapist and supervisor.  During this time, I also completed an MSc in Counselling (Supervision & Training) and continued to offer training and run a private practice.  I have trained counsellors at several universities, working to the level of senior lecturer and Programme Director.  Gaining a qualification as a Performance Coach, added to my range of skills.  

I gained my doctoral thesis on: Heroes, (Scapegoats) and the Collective Need: Learning from Stories of Therapy.  In many ways, this has been a culmination of all of my interests up to this point.  It was an opportunity to explore my hunch that successful therapy puts people in touch with their own heroic tendencies.  The learning about the importance of being connected to others, has influenced my work and reinforced my wish to establish a multicultural counselling service for the South West.




Chukumeka Maxwell BSc Social Work MBASW

Co-founder and Director UBUNTU Community Services Ltd and Consultant to UBUNTU Counselling Services Ltd

Biography:Chukumeka Maxwell

Born in London, to African and Caribbean parents, we migrated as a family to Nigeria in 1965 after being in the Biafran civil war I was evacuated back to the UK in 1967 as a refugee .I have also lived in Jamaica and Belize. I was schooled at Christ’s Hospital Boarding schooled in the Sussex and was privately fostered living in Felixstowe Suffolk. On leaving school in 1979 I trained in Hotel industry working in 5 star hotels. I went on to open my own delicatessen and outside catering Business. Re-training, as a holistic massage therapist in 1991.I have and am Studying esoteric philosophy based on the science of the 7 rays. I was a volunteer Christian-Buddhist Monk for 4years. . I re- trained in 1999 Joining the ambulance service as an assistant paramedic in Slough in Berkshire, l resigned to attend university to read a BSC in Social work graduating in 2007(2:1 upper Division). I am a part-time lecturer at Bath, Exeter and Plymouth Universities. I have been a Quaker prison Chaplain.I resigned in 2012. I have worked for the last five and half years for the NHS within as a Community Development Worker ,Equality adviser and in Health promotion.

I was the former chair of the South West Community Development Workers  network (working at a regional and national level) and a steering group member for Recovery Devon.

I have  co-authored a chapter in a book aimed at GP’s working with mental health(Psychiatry) across different cultures.I am a registered independent Social Worker and a member of the The British association of social workers(MBASW) .I am also registered with the General Social Care Council(GSCC) since 2003.

I live just outside Totnes in Devon. I love going to the beach and out in nature  and being with family and friends.

The spirit of Ubuntu speaks to me as a way to delivering services, which I believe, can be delivered with hospitality based on recovery principles.I believe in the equality of provision based on social justice with compassion.











Dr Lynn McClelland BA (Cantab) BA (Exon) DClinPsy (Plym)

Director UBUNTU Community Services Ltd

Biography: Lynn McClelland 

After a 1st degree in Geography at Cambridge University I went to work in the City of London in Commodity trading. This was an exciting but challenging time during which I worked and travelled in Europe, Brazil and Cameron. I used some of this time to learn Portuguese and then joined a team working with street children in a community project in Rio de Janeiro. My experiences in Brazil inspired me to go back to University to re-train as a Clinical Psychologist with an interest in critical and community approaches.

I have been working for the last 15 years in a local NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health team, and as a Training Lecturer and Supervisor on the Doctoral programmes for Clinical Psychology at Exeter and Plymouth Universities. I was part of the Devon Women’s mental Health Forum for 10 years, and have developed teaching programmes, research projects and papers in Critical & Community Psychology, Diversity and the link between Social Inequalities and mental health. I have been inspired by working with a wide range of people in Devon who share these interests and frustrations at a professional and personal level.  

I am interested in working with others (individuals, families and groups) to enhance our wellbeing in a creative and connecting way, which challenges some of the stigmatising and isolating experiences we end up carrying. Finding ways of speaking and listening to difficulties and differences, and finding a way forward together is what Ubuntu means to me at the moment.



Sharareh Amoui


Biography: Sharareh Amoui

I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1975. My family fled Iran during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. After living in Pakistan and Spain, my family finally settled in Devon by 1982.

In 2007, I trained as a community interpreter in Farsi and Dari for Multi-Lingua. Since then I have worked closely with the Afghani community in Exeter, through RSG Devon. I have been a volunteer Outreach Worker and Interpreter for the Women's Group.

 In 2009, I was a facilitator in a Devon County Council funded project to create and deliver training on BME Domestic Violence such as Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. During this time, I was also part of the research team for the Olive Tree Associations BME Mapping in Devon.  

 I spent nearly two years in Iran working with Afghani refugee women. Most of these women were victims of domestic violence and as an outreach worker my goal was to empower the women. This was done through access to education and enabling the women to set up their own businesses.My role was also to campaign against domestic violence and abuse in a culture and society where it was mostly overlooked.

 My Ph.D. thesis is 'A Comparative Study of Hazara Women in London and Exeter' and I am in the process of writing up. I live with my young daughter and parents in Torquay. I love to go horse riding and for walks in the countryside.Growing up and living in Devon has been challenging at times.  I believe by listening and acknowledging individual and collective narratives, we can reduce the sense of isolation and dis-empowerment.


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Joanna Traynor,  BSc(Hons) Psych, Adv.Dip Couns MBACP

Director of Ubuntu Counselling Services Ltd 

Biography: Joanna Traynor

Joanna Traynor, an Associate, joined Ubuntu Counselling as a director in February 2014. She is a writer, media producer, coach and psychotherapist. Joanna specialises in the use of story (narrative) ( as a tool to support coaching, counselling and to help organisations who want to improve employee engagement and organisational effectiveness. ( Joanna is a member of National Association of Writers in Education, the Black and Asian Therapists Network, and Lapidus, the UK's leading therapeutic writing organisation.  Joanna also runs her own private counselling practice ( in Plymouth, Devon.  Prior to her extensive work across the counselling and coaching arena, Joanna has worked as a senior producer creating TV programmes and campaigns for the Department of Education, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, the National Youth Agency and many others. Joanna is also a published author of 3 novels (Bloomsbury Publishing) and she's had several short stories and articles published in the national press. Joanna is currently researching a novel about the role of a Devon born Englishman living in America at the onset of American Civil War.



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 Joe Miller


PhD Psychol, MSc Clin Psychol, C. Psychol, AFBPS

Biography: Joe Miller

 Joe is HCPC registered as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist Practitioner. He has a wide knowledge and understanding  of mental health as manager,  professional lead, and clinician He held for many years posts as Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies, Head of Adult Mental Health Psychology, for a Mental Health (NHS) Trust, and was clinical and professional lead for many mental health specialisms

Joe has particular expertise in severe and complex trauma and men’s mental health. He has pioneered services for adult survivors of child abuse, has been involved in a number of national inquiries and investigations and has presented as expert witness in a variety of contexts including the Courts. He has also supported  the development of services for Family Violence and lead the Couples Clinic in Devon.

Joe  also has considerable experience in designing, developing and maintaining service developments. He has also developed a number of work-place staff support  programmes including the first Staff-Counselling Service   in Devon, trauma-response and prevention for several Ambulance, Medical  and Rail services.

Joe has contributed to many teaching programmes at Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol Universities and offers supervision and clinical formulation to a wide range of professionals including clinical psychologists and psychological therapists.