About Theia Training

We focus on helping professionals develop the skills necessary to enhance the wellbeing of the communities they work with.

Having worked as counsellors in international schools for many years, we are aware how difficult it can be to access good professional development while abroad.  As such, we are passionate about making this training relevant and accessible to people around the world. We create and deliver many of our training modules online, making our professional development available to everyone.

We are also deeply committed to our own professional development, ensuring that the training we offer remains relevant and current.

Who We Are

Kathy Swords and Melissa Cochrane met during an overseas international school posting in 2005. In 2015 we joined forces to create Theia Training.

Our mandate in creating Theia was to provide accredited training that is accessible worldwide. We primarily work with professionals specialising in education, mental health, and wellbeing.  We have particular expertise in the international school and expatriate community, as well as boarding schools.

Kathy Swords


I have over 25 years experience both in the State and Independent sectors in UK schools and overseas in British International and International Baccalaureate schools. I worked formerly as a Teacher, a Personal Social and Health Education Specialist and subsequently as a School Counsellor. As an integrative Counsellor, I am accredited by the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

My international career has spanned Greece, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. I have been a guest speaker at numerous conferences internationally including the ‘Families in Global Transition  Conference’ in Amsterdam, Dubai Psychological Conference and the Qatar Wellbeing in Schools Conference.

I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Melissa Cochrane - Theia Training

Melissa Cochrane


I have nearly 20 years of experience in US, UK, and International Education and Counselling/Psychotherapy. After qualifying as a Teacher, I began my international career on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, then completed a Masters in Social Work with a Mental Health concentration at San Diego State University.

I have been a School Counsellor in the UK, Romania, and Qatar in American, British, and International Baccalaureate schools. In 2014 I began an online Counseling and Psychotherapy service for expatriates all over the world. I am committed to ongoing professional development and have completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trained in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy with Ellyn Bader of the Couples Institute in California, and am a qualified Executive and Wellness Coach, having trained with Dr Sunny Massad, author of Untherapy and director of the Women’s Leadership Institute for Conscious Coaching . My skills as a coach allow me to work with professionals and well-adjusted people who feel “stuck” in some way, using a system of coaching that serves as a holistic alternative to therapy. I have also studied Neuroscience in Clinical Practice.

I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Services & Courses

Please browse though our Services & Courses to find out more about the individual services we provide for schools and counsellors and to register your interest or book online for a particular course. If you have any queries please contact us.


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