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Dr Beverley Costa

Senior Practitioner Fellow

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After training as a group and individual psychotherapist and psychodramatist, Beverley Costa set up Mothertongue, a culturally and linguistically sensitive therapeutic support service for people from black and minority ethnic communities , in 2000. Mothertongue also ran a dedicated Mental Health Interpreting Service. Beverley has been its CEO and Clinical Director since then, until its planned closure in 2018. She founded the Pasalo Project in 2017 , partly to share the learning from Mothertongue.

In 2008, Mothertongue won the Award for Excellence in the Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and in 2009, The Queen’s Award for Volunteering. Beverley’s paper, Psychotherapy across Languages, in collaboration with Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, won the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Diversity and Equality Research Award for 2013.

Beverley has published a number of papers and chapters about language, culture and therapy. Her current research projects focus on clients’ experiences of using Mental Health Interpreting services; clinical supervision for interpreters; the efficacy of Skype support for refugee psycho social workers and interpreters in international contexts; third generation refugees' well-being; and the experiences of multilingual clients and therapists in therapy.

Beverley has delivered training to statutory and voluntary sector health and social care organisations for the past two decades. She has developed and delivers a training module of linguistically and culturally sensitive clinical supervision for therapists on the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies supervision training course. She has produced two anthologies of interpreters’ stories and a play about a couple in a cross-language relationship, for the Soho Theatre, London.

Beverley has run supervision and case discussion groups for the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has also offered management support to individuals and presented papers at conferences in the UK and internationally.