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Meet  Nicola

Role: Founder, Lead Counsellor & Supervisor

"Over the years I have seen and experienced the frustration from different people around limited access to immediate support when it comes to mental health. Therefore, it is my aim to provide a service which enables flexibility and limited, or zero, waiting lists for children, adults, young people and families. I am a strong believer in early intervention to help prevent the point of crisis and feel that everyone is deserving of support and acceptance. 

 I attend monthly one to one supervision, group supervision, and peer support to ensure I am working ethically and to the highest of standards.

My specialist areas are working with trauma, working with children and working with anxiety.

Many individuals can experience different symptoms associated with painful and traumatic past events. These symptoms become trapped in the body and resurface in ways such as flashbacks, which can make you feel as though you are reliving that exact moment over again. Anxiety, shame, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger long after the event has passed and can become difficult to shift on your own.  With the support of counselling you can begin to process those memories to reduce the impact of the overwhelming feelings that are left behind after a traumatic event

A good counsellor is more than just someone who is there to listen. A good counsellor is understanding, empathic, honest, creative, able to use their initiative.  Is tuned in, interested in every word spoken, non-judgmental, accepting, and sees others as equal to them

Qualifications

- BA (hons) Degree in counselling

- Foundation Degree in counselling

- Access to Higher Education - Counselling

- Level One Counselling Skills

 

- Certificate in creative supervision

 

- Theraplay Level One

- CACHE Diploma in childhood studies

- Emergency first aid at work

 

- I am DBS Checked and fully insured

- Child and adult safeguarding training

- I am a member of the BACP and working towards accreditation

I also attend regular workshops, training and CPD to ensure I am working to the best of my ability.

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 Meet Joanne 

Role: Company Secretary and Wellbeing Support

"Hi I'm Joanne.   I have 2 years managerial experience running an after school club within a school setting and experience of working within a nursery, offering support to children with a variety of needs. Throughout my time working with children I have always kept up to date with safeguarding and child protection.  

My role at Creative Minds - North Star Counselling CIC is to offer help within the service to support the businesses development and growth, including additional administration duties, as well as offering wellbeing support to children, young people, and families within the community.  Everyone's passion for the services provided at creative Minds makes it an enjoyable environment to work in and be a part of."

 

Qualifications

- BA (hons) degree in Childhood Studies

- Child and adult safeguarding training 

- I am DBS Checked and fully insured

I also attend regular workshops, training and CPD to ensure I am working to the best of my ability.

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 Meet Emily

Role: Counsellor

"Hi I'm Emily. I currently work for Creative Minds as a children and young peoples counsellor. I completed my BA Hons in Counselling in 2016 and my approach to counselling is person centered; providing a non-judgmental, empathetic and honest environment in which the therapeutic relationship can grow. However, I find it beneficial to use a range of different approaches depending on each individuals needs, including play and creativity. I particularly enjoy working creatively with my clients and have a personal interest in sand tray therapy."

Qualifications

- BA (hons) Degree in counselling

- Foundation Degree in counselling

- Level 3 Counselling Skills

 

- Level 2 Counselling Skills

 

- Level 1 Counselling Skills

 

- First aid level 1

 

- Child and adult safeguarding training

- I am DBS Checked and fully insured

- I am a member of the BACP and working towards accreditation

I also attend regular workshops, training and CPD and engage in monthly supervision to ensure I am working to the best of my ability.

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Meet Samantha

Role: Counsellor 

"Hi, I'm Samantha. I currently work for Creative Minds North Star Counselling CIC as a Counsellor. I love my role here because it is so rewarding in many ways, from seeing the business go from strength to strength, to seeing clients progress to chatting with parents, carers and others within the community.

I am so passionate about mental health and early intervention, I have worked as a counsellor for many years within various settings and locations, from charitable organisations, schools, universities and GP surgeries. I have experience working with all age groups from diverse backgrounds. I work in a person-centred and creative way and use different techniques to suit the needs of each individual, creating a safe, warm and non-judgemental environment to explore your your thoughts and feelings. One of my favourite quotes is , " Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life, tip toe if you must, but take that first step". And that's how I see  a client's journey in counselling, it doesn't matter how long it takes to get to where you want to be, with the right support we can get you to where you want to be. Taking the first step is the hardest, most courageous step in the right direction and together we can find ways to move forward."

Qualifications

- BA Counselling Top Up

- FDa Counselling

-Access to Higher Education Counselling

- As Level Psychology

- BACP Registered Member and CYP Division Member. Working towards accreditation.

- Adults & Children Safeguarding

-Fully Insured

-Enhanced DBS Certificate

- I also attend regular workshops, CPD events to keep expanding my knowledge and skills

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Meet Julie

Role: Counsellor and Administration support

"Hi I'm Julie. I currently work within Creative Minds as an adult and young persons counsellor, as well as offering administration support. I have previously worked at the HMP justice system as part of the Drug Alcohol Recovery Team (DART) providing support to those struggling with substance misuse issues. I also have 10 years NHS ward based experience, providing person centred support and care to those with acute functional mental health assessment needs. I am a qualified person centred counsellor, and graduated in July 2020. I have a passion and a personal interest in functional mental health issues and I am dedicated to providing a safe, confidential, non judgemental, fluid space to enable each person to bring themselves as the expert in the hope of creating self - awareness, acceptance and change. 

I joined creative minds - north star counselling cic as a volunteer in the summer of 2019, Drawn by what they aim to achieve with early intervention, flexibility, zero waiting lists and giving ALL the opportunity to change the things they wish to change. I firmly believe in all that they do and have seen first hand the great services they provide to children, young people and their families and adults. I am proud to now be a counsellor at this amazing small community business and hope to continue to grow as a practitioner and as part of the team."

Qualifications

- FdA in counselling

- I am a BACP member and working towards accreditation

- I am Fully insured 

- I am DBS enhanced disclosure

- I have training in Basic Life Support

- I attend regular supervision with a qualified supervisor

- I participate in regular CPD courses to ensure my theory, practice and knowledge is up to date, ethical, and of the highest standards.

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Meet Alison

Role: Counsellor

"Hi, I’m Alison. I currently work with Creative Minds as an Adult and Young Persons Counsellor. I am qualified in the Humanistic model and am registered and accredited with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). My main approaches are Person Centred, Gestalt, Mindfulness and Psychotherapeutic Reiki.

I will offer you a confidential, nurturing, and safe space to explore who you are and how you can be the person you would like to become.   You will be at the centre of each session and I will be there to walk alongside you with every step you take as I believe change can occur through a positive and caring relationship.   I work with compassion and acceptance and each session is guided by your needs, whether that be talking together or working creatively to explore your thoughts and feelings."

Qualifications:

- BA (HONS) Degree in Counselling

- Foundation Degree in Counselling

- Level 3 in Counselling

- Level 2 in Counselling

- Level 1 in Counselling

- Certificate in Creative Supervision (Clinical)

- Meditation Teaching Certificate

- Reiki and Seichem Master Practitioner

- Full DBS Check and Public Liability Insurance Cover

- I also undergo regular CPD and engage in monthly supervision

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Meet Grace

Role: Junior Counsellor

"Hi, I’m Grace. I started my journey with Creative Minds as a volunteer in 2019, helping to facilitate workshops for children. I am a now a recently qualified counsellor and am so proud to be working for Creative Minds across all age ranges. I am an integrative counsellor, with a heavy focus on the Person Centred model and enjoy working creatively. I always aim to create a non-judgmental, empathic, accepting, open and safe environment that focuses on the client’s needs. I have also done the necessary training to be able to work online and via telephone which allows me to work flexibly to suit the client’s preference."

Qualifications:

- Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling

- Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

- BSc in Psychology

- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

- Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

- I am fully DBS Checked and hold the relevant Public Liability Insurance Cover

- I am a member of the BACP

 

- I also attend regular workshops, training and CPD, as well as monthly supervision to ensure I am working to the best of my ability.

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Meet Elaine

Role: Counsellor

"Hi I'm Elaine. I currently work for Creative Minds as a adult counsellor and also a charity (Sunderland Area Parent Support) counselling carers of loved ones with substance misuse. I qualified in 2014 after completing my Foundation degree in counselling and then completing my counselling BA honours in 2015. My approach to counselling is person centered and gestalt; providing a safe, empathetic and non-judgmental environment believing these are foundations for the therapeutic relationship to grow." 

Qualifications:

- BA (hons) Degree in counselling

- Foundation Degree in counselling

- Access to Higher Education - Counselling

- Certified clinical face-to-face and online supervisor.

- Certified in Online & Telephone Counselling

- I am DBS Checked and fully insured

- I attend monthly supervision and regular CPD training to ensure I am working to the best of my ability.