Living with health and illness groups

speaking, listening, sharing, learning

Whitby Piers and Lighthouse

Photograph by Michael Shaw -

The Facilitators

Dr. Margaret Jackson has been a local GP in Sleights for 20 years. Having grown up in Teesside, she studied and lived for many years in Glasgow.  She and her family now live in Whitby.

Margaret has always placed great value on health-promoting ways of life – good food, exercise and psychological authenticity, and on using one’s own resources in coping with illness. Establishing the Living with Long Term Illness groups nearly 10 years ago with Peter was an obvious way for her to develop this interest.

Margaret is now becoming increasingly involved in medical education.  In her spare time she loves to cycle, walk and garden.

Peter Leviné has been a psychotherapist (UKCP Reg.) and counsellor at the Sleights group practice for over 20 years, as well as previously being a social worker in Whitby, and a social work Manager in Cleveland.  He was brought up in London, has lived in Whitby for thirty years, and enjoys the opportunity to work with Margaret and Yvonne in this synergetic way, bringing together the two professions in a holistic manner, to explore the experiences of well-being and illness that everyone carries within them.  This utilises his considerable experience of group work in a new way.

Peter likes reading, music, films, and cycling, walking, swimming, and continuing to learn.

Yvonne Lawrence is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor (UKCP Reg.) who works in Teesside, Northallerton and Sleights.  She taught psychotherapy for twelve years and has been a practising therapist for 25 years, working with both NHS patients and in private practice.  She also has qualifications in teaching and social work.

She brings considerable groupwork experience to this programme.

Although a southerner by birth, Yvonne has lived in Whitby for thirty years, and has a strong attachment to the local area.