In Loving Memory of Dorothy Daniell



I first met you Dorothy when you came to make a presentation during the Introductory Counselling Course at the Centre. Not only were you inspiring but everything you shared was offered with such gentleness and humility. You could have talked for hours and we were all mesmerised and taken by your beautiful nature and wealth of experience. I'm so grateful to have crossed paths, even for a moment, with such a compassionate and joyous soul as yours.


Ahlam Mirzai


I have had the privilege of working alongside Dorothy at the Refugee Therapy Centre for a number of years. I will always remember her calming nature and bright smile and will carry will me all that she has taught me, not only about our work but also about compassion, empathy and relating to others. I will never forget our first session together, when I did not know what therapy was; Dorothy made me feel so safe, in her gentle and soft spoken way. She always made me feel like I was more that "just an interpreter". I will miss her terribly and always think of her fondly.


Enisa Nura

I have known Dorothy Daniel since 2003, at first she was my lecturer when I was doing the Introduction Counselling Course. She later became my supervisor when I started seeing clients. Dorothy was one of the best supervisors I've had. She was kind, caring and full of love. She made case/client discussions more interesting. She had a way of bringing up questions and then giving you in-depth answers.

Dorothy will always be in my thoughts & prayers.


Sega Habtom

I shared with many others the privilege of being taught and supervised by Dorothy Daniell. She was one of the finest. Her humanity and professionalism offered the very best, pearl like. In profound ways, Dorothy reached the hearts and minds of so many, and her legacy lives on. Thank you, Dorothy, and farewell.


Nerma Biscevic



Dear Dorothy,


How do I miss you. Some say you were inoffensive but I think you just did not want to offend unnecessarily; you possessed this much underrated quality: kindness. You supported me wholeheartedly in supervision when I first saw very distressed patients here at the Centre. When I had doubts about my ability to help, you made me feel my work was worthwhile. You were both maternal and kind but paternal as well, with a firm sense of boundaries. I loved the way you dressed and matched colours, from head to toe. I still see you in shades of purple and blue. And the sweet waft of your perfume still eludes me; you told me what it was, once, and I have been looking for it everywhere without success so far. I will always look for you and your sweet memory.



In loving Memory of Dorothy…

'Taking One Day at a Time…' often said with the warmest smile and eyes that would reflect a depth of wisdom that transcended ordinary life is one of my fondest memories of our beloved Dorothy.

Her simple Being, her calm and caring presence, her youthful and lovely smile, her joy for life and love for Humanity have touched me forever.


She will always be in my fondest memory.


Kiymet Omur Bivolaku

I'm sad that you are no longer here with us but your soul will live
on in our hearts for all those you have touched.


It's sad to say goodbye to such a wonderful, inspirational person but I know your memories will put a smile on my face.


You have mesmerized us with your kindness and gentleness, every time I think of you I think of all the good times we had.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet you, I can now go on and tell others about the wonderful person I have met.


Linda Raymond



I was very sad to hear the news about Dorothy; I met her a long time ago and remember her lovely smile and sparkly eyes. Everyone at the Centre misses her calm and sweet manner; our thoughts are very much with her family.


Natalie Yeong



Dorothy Daniell - 30th November 1933 - 25th November 2010


It is my honour, writing this obituary of our beloved Dorothy


As I write this I am thinking about her cremation service and the church service in celebration of her life that I attended with my son Sam and my other beloved colleagues Josephine Klein, Susan Gunning and Lennox Thomas.   She was paid tribute to and recognised for the intelligent, and kind, loving person she was.

In the past 10 years, Dorothy worked with us at the Refugee Therapy Centre, and was one of the much loved and respected members of staff. She was loved by her patients, her supervisees and all at the RTC.   As the result of her work with patients who didn't speak English, Dorothy became interested in the use of language and contributed a chapter of the book: 'Resilience, Suffering and Creativity: The Work of the Refugee Therapy Centre' that I edited and published in 2007 by Karnac.    Her chapter entitles:  'Does it matter how much can be put into words:  Complexities of speech and the place of other forms of communication in therapeutic work with refugees'.

Dorothy was a safe and sound person, always able to share with warmth and genuine human contact with those who came into her sphere at the Centre.  She was always able to see the positive in people and hope for better in painful situations.


I remember Dorothy's smile, her thoughtfulness and her warmth and loving manner of relating to other, indeed her gentle spirit which is with us and warms our days. Though she is gone, with no farewell words spoken, and no goodbyes, her time with us is full of beautiful memories, and her death is a silent grief; I miss her oh so much, I miss our chats about our personal lives and the tears we shared. Dorothy have left  us with sorrow, but, I am glad that she is free from pain and rest in peace and comfort Holding my tears, I had to pass the news to all at the Centre, and looking at so many broken hearts looking at me with shock and in tears. I told them that Dorothy's beloved son, Andy said that she slept away at home in peace and free from pain, after saying her goodbyes to grand children.


Darling Dorothy's death leaves a heartache nothing can heal, but her love leaves a memory that no one can steal. I think of Dorothy in silence, and at RTC we often speak her name, as we have beautiful memories and we have her pictures in frames. Dorothy was a much loved and highly respected member of staff at the Refugee Therapy Centre She died peacefully at home just before her 77th birthday. We wrote her birthday card which is a way we show appreciation to each other at the Centre. We were writing to say how much we miss her on her birthday as she was unable to work for the last few months, although she was in touch with the Centre, initially by phone and email directly, and later by her son Andy, who was looking after her and his father David, devoting his time to provide comfort and care for his parent.


Dorothy always remain a unique and special in my heart as I shall not find a heart so loving and so kind, so soft a voice, so sweet a smile, an inspiration so worthwhile, a sympathy so sure, so deep, a love so wonderful to keep. I think of her helping hand that was always ready to aid as she could. Her gentle beautiful voice that was always raised in praise, and her wise and positive words; her thoughts left me memories that I am proud to own forever in my heart.


Aida Alayarian

I first met Dorothy in the early 1990's when I was asked to take part in the scientific meeting program of the London Centre for Psychotherapy. Dorothy was the rapporteur who sent me a copy of what she had written about my session before it went into the in house magazine. We met again in 2001 after the Refugee Therapy Centre moved into Manor Gardens and we began to receive referrals of people in distress. Dorothy was so very dedicated to the people who used the service and was often shocked at the conditions that many asylum seekers had to endure. She was supportive and encouraging of volunteers and junior members of staff. We will all miss her warm assurance and her sense of fairness


Lennox K Thomas

Dorothy was one of those people who are unmistakably good, honest, cheerful, friendly, kind, loving, resilient, clever, speaking of no evil, creative, never pushy, with a sense of proportion, patient, comfortably taking second place, full of fun, hard-working, original, with a sensible feeling for priorities. The list could go on. My heart goes out to her friends and her family, especially long-devoted son Andy, who helped her look after her husband David in his long illness (to whom goes my deepest sympathy- they were such a wonderful couple.) Her family's life was an encouragement to all who knew them. How we miss you, dear Dorothy!


Josephine Klein

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