Portfolio of Non-Concessionary Therapists 

Open Minds is a charity providing one to one and group therapy to children and adults to help improve their lives. 

We offer one to one counselling, group therapy, art therapy and more.


One to one sessions typically last an hour and group therapies 2 hours.


We are funded until 2021 by Big Lottery Fund and provide concessionary and non-concessionary therapies.


Concessionary sessions mean that we operate charitably to not exclude people by what they can afford to pay. 

We charge between £0 and £15 per session, based on your household income, for Concessionary sessions. 

The waiting list for concessionary (discounted) sessions for all ages is between 4 - 9 months long. This is because we are incredibly well-reputed and our therapy works; 97% of clients gave us positive feedback. Our therapy lasts for as long as it is useful, starting with up to 10 sessions but continuing for as long as necessary to overcome trauma and psychological distress. 

If you can afford to pay non-concessionary rates which cover the full cost of providing therapy then you will typically wait less than a month for therapy, depending on your needs.
This is because clients who pay non-concessionary rates enable us to employ a counsellor specifically for that time. 

Non-Concessionary sessions are £30 per session. 

All of our non-concessionary (NC) counsellors are private counsellors who have volunteered with Open Minds providing concessionary sessions. As such we know they are experienced, highly skilled therapists who share our ethos towards counselling and helping others. 

NC counselling works in exactly the same way as discounted counselling; you are offered 10 sessions initially, although you may not need this many, or may require more, both of which will be discussed with you counsellor. Safeguarding and confidentiality are also the same. 

You can learn more about each NC counsellor below. 

Paint Cans

I have witnessed the healing potential of working creatively in my own work, and when supporting others. I believe we all have the skills to work creatively, and actively encourage this process in my art therapy sessions. Sometimes, its just re-attuning to these forgotten capabilities. In a session I will offer exploration, with many alternative materials and artistic disciplines relevant to you. My intention as an art therapist is to help you express yourself authentically, through your chosen art direction.

The benefits of making art with a certified professional can lead to relief from overwhelming emotions, trauma and reveal personal insight. While additional benefits have included increased focus, problem solving, confidence, communication, relaxation and enjoyment!

MA Art Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Fine Art.


Wild Horses on the Prarie

I provide qualified, tailored therapy to individuals, children and families experiencing emotional distress or difficulty. I offer a quiet, calm, confidential and spacious place to take time to consider and explore your issues with support from an experienced therapist.

Life can pose challenges which may be difficult to negotiate alone. Often, we may form coping mechanisms, which can be 'out of time' and unhelpful to us. Or we may may struggle with relationships or communication with others, or experience difficulty in getting ahead to our ideal life. Sometimes, the forces at play are unconscious, processes formed in earlier situations and experiences. The insight of a professional therapist may help to identify these and introduce more effective and rewarding ways of relating. 

Therapeutic Counselling     Dip. Teach
MBACP Registered Member    


Dog Walker at the Park

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Dip. Pluralistic Therapeutic Counselling 


Couple Running

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Pile Of Books

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Spring Branches

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Cliff Hiking

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Colorful Boat Ride

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Sunset over the Mountains

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Open Minds is a Registered Charity no. 1155119 and a not-for- profit Company no. 06695828 



We have more than 50 volunteer counsellors but despite the wonderful The National Lottery Community Fund we cannot employ enough children's counsellors to meet demand, and are very short staffed for office volunteers so please be patient;

we will get back to you as soon as we can 


28 Christchurch Road 


​DN1 2QL 



07765 224564 


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07765 224564 
01302 344192 


We do not have a fax 



Monday - Thursday

10am to 7pm 


Friday and Saturday:      10am - 3pm 

Counselling, Mentoring, Training and more for adults, children, couples and families 


Charity no. 1155119 

Company no. 06695828 


​If you would like to make a referral to Open Minds please follow the link below to complete our online referral form. 








Thank you for your time and we look forward to receiving the referral. 

We are very sorry but we are not accepting new referrals for counselling during this period of pandemic as we are not in a position to triage, assess and allocate clients to therapy at present.

We are very sorry for any delay in contacting us. 


We have 2 telephones and are also frequently contacted by e-mail for appointments,

this does mean that it can take a while to get through to us. 


If you phone us on 07765 224564 and leave a message (or text that number) we are likely to respond sooner. 


If you have left us an answerphone message,  text or e-mail and not heard back within a week we suggest phoning again. 


Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


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