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The Noble Institute Members


Ali Bell

Head of Psyche Approach® Training

Professional singer, singing teacher, Psyche Coach®, breathwork trainer and choir director

Director Noble House – The Performance Psychology Specialists

Psyche Approach® Practitioner and Supervisor  (PP) (SPP)

BMus (Hons)

Dr. Denise Borland

Founder of the Noble Institute

Vocal Performance Psychology Researcher, Singing Teacher & Vocal Coach, Psychotherapist and Psychological Educator

Director Noble House – The Performance Psychology Specialists

Psyche Approach® Practitioner and Supervisor (PP) (SPP)

PhD – Psychology of Vocal Performance: ‘The Singer’s Psyche’, MSc (Psych.), MA – Vocal Performance, Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist (CTA), Dip (Counsel), Pg.Dip (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) LRAM, Pg.Dip RAM (Royal Academy of Music, London)

Mo Ford

Youth Worker, Singer, Psyche Breath Coach

MSc Childhood Studies and MA (Hons) Indigenous Religions.

Psyche Approach® Trainee (with young Adult specialty, 3rd year)

Mo has worked with young people for 10 years and has specialised in work with care leavers, young offenders and school non-attenders. She currently delivers therapeutic one-to-one work, group work and other health and wellbeing support to young people in North East Edinburgh. She is delighted to be delivering work with young people based on the Singer’s Psyche with support from both Denise and Ali at The Junction, Edinburgh where she is the Senior Project Worker.

Mo is also a singer-songwriter and is passionate about singing as an emotional resource.

Mel Prentice

Sports Therapist, Exercise Trainer, Health & Exercise Consultant

HND Sports Therapy, HND Fitness, Health & Exercise, Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (in progress), NLP Practitioner

Psyche Approach® Trainee (with chronic pain & performance for fitness industry specialty, 1st year)

Mel’s background is in delivering fitness classes that has focused her interest to study further and to gain a deeper understanding of how the human body and mind function and recover from injury. She thoroughly enjoys developing this knowledge through practical application and continuing professional development. Mel looks forward to continuing her personal development to improve her communication, treatment and coaching skills and developing the next generation of instructors and complementary health practitioners.

Mel was a professional chef for 20 years and published 2 cookery books.

Shona Lorimer

Assistant Psyche Practitioner, Social Worker, Adoption Assessor and Permanence Placement

BA (hons) Social Work, HNC in Childcare and Early Years Education, SVQ level 3 Social Care, Transformational Breath® Trainee Facilitator, Singer’s Psyche levels 1-4.

Shona is particularly interested in understanding the impact of early years trauma including in utero and preverbal traumatic experiences and attachment promoting therapeutic parenting skills.

Additional trainings include working with children who have been sexually abused, Child Protection training, Dyadic Developmental Principles and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

A keen singer, who performs regularly, Shona has been attached to the research underpinning the Psyche Approach® from it’s inception. In 2015 Shona received the Mrs Ella Lamb Memorial Prize from the Institute. She has 10 years experience working in Early years as a nursery nurse and Additional Needs Support Worker and also as a Residential Care Officer.

Linda Melville

Linda Melville-Boyde

Assistant Psyche Practitioner, Playleader at Skool Is Out

Childcare PDA in ESA, Swedish Massage Practitioner and Clinical Aromatherapy Specialist.

Linda comes from a children’s nursing background and is a keen singer who loves music. She has extensive experience of the Psyche Approach® in practice having attended a wide range of courses and events over a 10 year period. Her understanding is of the practical application of this work.


Kirsty Louise Accarino

Publishing Consultant & Singer

BA(hons) Publishing & Media.

Kirsty has been singing all her life – starting with Denise Borland in 1998 to 2002. She is back at Noble House now continuing her singing & personal development. Singing is her passion and psychology is of key interest continuing on from her education in publishing.

Garth Cruickshank

Perrier award winner, Comedian, Actor, DJ, Host, Voice Over Artist

BA(hons) Visual Communications specialising in Photography.

Garth is a native of Scotland and newly returned to Edinburgh after 8 succesful years in London. Having founded Amalgamated International Tele-Visual Corporation in 1997, he went on to cement his interest in all areas of television and film production and took to the stage himself and won the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer in 2001. His interest in the Noble Institute spans understanding wellbeing and mental health awareness for comedians and the acting community.

Mary Lee

Retired teacher and full time carer


Throughout her career, Mary developed educational methods based on movement communication and non-verbal interaction. As well as working with young people with complex needs in Scotland, she provided training courses in the UK, Europe and East Africa. Mary became a carer for a member of her family and as her caring role developed she looked for support from Noble House. At Noble House, breath work and singing are combined in a way which encourages self-exploration and frees up and supports artistic expression.

“Denise and Ali have given me enormous emotional support as well as the chance to learn new skills. The feeling that I am still learning and developing is very important to me in my current situation. I am therefore pleased to be affiliated with the Noble Institute and the research and development in this field.”

Associated – Trained at the Institute and are Practitioners of Psyche Approach®, adhere to the Ethics and Guidelines. Sharing a passion for Psychology of Performance, both professional and personal  for people to  Shine on Stage and Star in their Own Lives and have good understanding of The Psyche Approach®

Affiliated – Open to those who share a passion for Psychology of Performance, both professional and personal for people to Shine on Stage and Star in their Own Lives and have an interest in The Psyche Approach® or any facet of the work in isolation e.g TA, Transformational Breath®, Singing, PTSD etc

Members are responsible for their own indemnity and professional insurance.

To apply to become a member please contact us

Institute Awards


Ali Bell Vanguard Singers Psyche Approach®


Ali Bell Vanguard life performance modality®

Dr Frances Baty Vanguard Psyche Approach® Practitioner, in Clinical Practice.

Mo Ford Cert Singer’s Psyche Approach®

Shona Lorimer  Psyche Approach® Practitioner assistant

Linda Melville Psyche Approach® Practitioner assistant

Special Awards

Mrs Ella Lamb Memorial Prize – Shona Lorimer. In recognition of her deep understanding of The Psyche Approach® and exquisite ability to recognise, grow and value previously unseen talent.

Honorary award Ray Little, Relational Psychotherapist – In recognition of understanding of Relationship and key influence and to the foundations of the Institute.