About Us

TUG Training was founded by Nicky Xandora who has considerable experience of working as a parent educator and as a trainer of parenting support professionals. She is closely involved with the Take 3 Parenting Programme, and has particular expertise in early intervention and work with troubled families.

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Nicky has been working with parents in a supportive capacity for over 24 years.

She notes: “Having gained a degree in Psychology, and studied child development, I was shocked at how angry and upset I could become with my own children. I was offered a general access parenting course and although I initially felt wary about this, I found the course welcoming, non-judgmental and extremely helpful”.

She then trained to lead this course, and went on to deliver support in a number of primary schools. She was  invited to run the Take 3 Programme, and became the coordinator and supervisor for practitioners using it on a one-to-one basis. Alongside this she ran Take 3 groups, and worked for the Youth Offending Service as Parenting Officer in Oxfordshire.

Nicky then worked in Early Intervention, in tandem with her training role at TUG, where she took the lead in parenting and family support, many of whom were under Child Protection or Child In Need with Children’s Social Care. The Take 3 parenting programme is particularly beneficial to this cohort of parents, whilst still being valuable to self-referred or less complex -need parents.

She  completed an eight month contract with Calderdale CAMHS   and now works in the private sector as a CBT Therapist in addition to running TUG training,

Life can be challenging and stressful for professionals who work with parents who may be highly resistant to change – particularly those who have been ordered to engage in parenting support. Nicky fully recognises this, having direct experience of the same challenges herself, and so her training sessions are carefully attuned to provide an engaging and stimulating training environment, where participation and experience are highly valued.

Nicky holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University and also a Certificate in Supervision from Brighton University, both of which augment and support the  staff supervision she delivers. She is passionate that staff are fully supported to offer the best quality of provision for service users.

Contact Nicky :


Tel. 07427 639127

About Naomi :

Naomi has joined TUG in an administrative capacity and as a co-leader on training courses.

With a Psychology BSc. Hons. , Naomi has a special interest in neuropsychology and particularly in the development of the teenage brain. She is currently undertaking a Health Psychology MSc.

Naomi has had experience of educational roles both in the UK and abroad, and her ongoing studies are focussed towards counselling families, children, and young people.

Please contact Naomi for any information regarding upcoming training dates, equipment, bookings, venue, or staff requirements at:


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