OUR TEAM - who are we? 

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers and employees. Our 10 employed therapists are all qualified counsellors who have many years experience working with adults and children. We also have many qualified volunteer counsellors, and all are qualifed to at least vocational diploma in counselling. 

All of our therapists, whether volunteers or employees, are trained for a minimum of 3 years prior to working with clients.  Counsellors in training, like Drs or Nurses, must have clinical practice (working with real clients) in order to qualify.  Trainee counsellors are within a year of qualification when they begin working with Open Minds. 

We have male and female counsellors. 

Our counsellors come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, some are LGBTQ, and all are allies. 

Our core ethos is relational; we believe in people and connections. 

The employees (our volunteers are equally valued but there are too many to list everyone here) 

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•Helen’s primary role is strategic management of the charity

•This means fundraising and monitoring,  attending meetings to raise Open Minds’ profile, and being part of conversations which can change the way Doncaster services approach mental health treatment and support.

•She is also a qualified counsellor and works with both children and adults

•Helen also supports other counsellors with their own practice, and delivers training on ways of working that are particularly relevant to counsellors at Open Minds

•Helen manages the employees directly and is Practitioner Support for volunteers

Managing Director

HELEN 

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•Avis’ primary role is management of the charity’s finances

•This means she monitors our income and our expenditure, and makes changes to maximise our budget wherever possible. Avis also prepares the accounts for the accountant at the year end.

•Avis is one of the founders of Open Minds, in 2007, and attends meetings with our Board of Directors to make recommendations on potential developments

•Avis manages the office alongside Mel and supports counsellors by ensuring they are following our administrative systems appropriately

•Avis supports counsellors with case-work management, and supports clients by taking referrals and following up on scheduling and attendance

Finance Officer 

AVIS 

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•Mel's primary role is daily office management of the charity

•This means taking referrals and booking appointments and supporting counsellors to ensure they follow our administrative systems correctly. Mel also manages our client database and supports Helen with auditing.

•She is also a qualified counsellor and works with adults, specialising but not limited to bereavement and palliative care.

•Mel supports other counsellors with their own practice, and delivers training on ways of working that are particularly relevant to counsellors at Open Minds

•Mel is Practitioner Support Team Leader (internal supervision, safeguarding and other support) for counselling teams on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Office & Practitioner Support Team Leader 

MEL 

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•Sam’s primary role is assessing children and adults referred to Open Minds. 

•This means that Sam is often the initial face to face contact for adults with complex needs, and for children and young people. Sam identifies whether counselling is suitable for the client, and if not she makes appropriate external referrals or informs the client that counselling is not appropriate at this time.

•Sam is also a qualified counsellor and works with children and young people and adults, specialising  in working with those who suffer complex trauma and who are suicidal

•Sam also supports other counsellors with their own practice, and delivers training on ways of working that are particularly relevant to counsellors at Open Minds

•Sam is Practitioner Support Team Leader (internal supervision, safeguarding and other support) for counselling teams on Wednesdays 

Practitioner Support Team Leader 

SAM 

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•April’s primary role is one to one and group therapy with children and young people

•She is a qualified Counsellor

•April works with groups of children, teenagers or adults, providing one to therapy 

Children & Young People’s Complex Trauma Counsellor

APRIL 

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•Julian’s primary role is one to one and group art therapy to children and adults

•He is a qualified Art Therapist and a professional artist

•Julian provides a tailored programme of art therapy in which participants develop their creativity and use this to explore their identity, relationships and place in the world

Art Therapist, 

Registered HCPC AS14849  

JULIAN 

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•Louise’s primary role is one to one and group therapy with children and young people

•She is a qualified Counsellor

•Louise works with groups of children, teenagers or adults, providing one to therapy 

Children & Young People’s Complex Trauma Counsellor

LOUISE 

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•Myke primary role is providing one to one therapy for children and adults

•Myke is a qualified counsellor and specialises in working with families with neuro-atypical children, and with adults with complex mental health issues

•Myke provides specialist assessments of his own devising, and reports thereon, to support clients in obtaining diagnosis or support with the complications of being neuro-atypical

•Myke also provides group support to families who have neuro-atypical children 

Trauma, Behaviour and Family Therapist 

MYKE 

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•Jenni’s primary role is one to one and group therapy with children and young people

•She is a qualified Counsellor

•Jenni works with groups of children, teenagers or adults, providing one to therapy 

Children & Young People’s Complex Trauma Counsellor

JENNI 

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•Liz’ primary role is administrative support

•Liz supports the office alongside Avis and supports counsellors by ensuring they are following our administrative systems appropriately

•Liz supports counsellors with case-work management, and supports clients by taking referrals and following up on scheduling and attendance

Customer Support Worker 

LIZ 

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Lydia’s primary role is one to one and group therapy with children and young people

•She is a qualified Counsellor

•Lydia works with groups of children, teenagers or adults, providing one to therapy 

Children & Young People’s Complex Trauma Counsellor

LYDIA 

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•Tracy’s primary role is one to one and group therapy with children and young people

•She is a qualified Counsellor

•Tracy works with groups of children, teenagers or adults, providing one to therapy 

Children & Young People’s Complex Trauma Counsellor

TRACY 

Pictures of our team over the years 

OUR PROMISE TO YOU 

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

 

OFFICE HOURS 

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 

ADDRESS 

28 Christchurch Road 

Doncaster 

​DN1 2QL 

openminds@counsellingdoncaster.com

TEXT US 

07765 224564 

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PHONE US 

07765 224564 
01302 344192 

FAX

We do not have a fax 

OPENING HOURS 

 

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 

 

​In an effort to go paperless at Open Minds please follow the link below to complete our online referral form. 

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbjOMYm3ZaUexk5U61VeOC-etGE1-8kMk6M2tRGgvdClvlig/viewform

 

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

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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