OUR TEAM - who are we? 

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers and employees. Our 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 qualified 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 (in alphabetical order) 

our volunteers are equally valued but there are too many to list everyone here 

Office and Practitioner Support 

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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 

Finance Officer 

AVIS 

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•Helen's role is the strategic and operational management of the charity

•Helen is a qualified counsellor and works with adults, children and young people, one to one and relationship therapy 

•Helen designs and delivers training to the public and professionals 

•Helen supports other counsellors with their own practice as a Practitioner Support Team Leader (internal supervision, safeguarding and other support) 

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

Managing Director 

HELEN 

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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 

•Jenni designs and delivers to training to the public and to professionals 

•Jenni is the clinical supervisor to the IMP;ACT Team 

Children & Young People’s Complex Trauma Counsellor 

IMP;ACT Team supervisor 

Trainer 

JENNI 

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•Liz’ primary role is administrative support 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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•Mel is the daily operations manager and clinical co-ordinator of the charity 

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

•Mel supports other counsellors with their own practice as a Practitioner Support Team Leader (internal supervision, safeguarding and other support) 

Office & Practitioner Support Team Leader 

MEL 

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•Sam is 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 designs and delivers to training to the public and to professionals 

•supports other counsellors with their own practice as a Practitioner Support Team Leader (internal supervision, safeguarding and other support) 

Practitioner Support Team Leader 

SAM 

Employed CYP Therapists 

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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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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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•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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•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 

The IMP;ACT Team 

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• Daniel's role is to work with people who have attempted suicide, or intended to die, and to find ways forwards to help them find reasons to live. 

You can learn more at https://www.making-an-impact.com/ 

IMP;ACT Co-ordinator 

DANIEL 

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• Lydia's role is to work with people who have attempted suicide, or intended to die, and to find ways forwards to help them find reasons to live. 

You can learn more at https://www.making-an-impact.com/ 

IMP;ACT Co-ordinator 

LYDIA 

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• Simon's role is to work with people who have attempted suicide, or intended to die, and to find ways forwards to help them find reasons to live. 

You can learn more at https://www.making-an-impact.com/ 

IMP;ACT Co-ordinator 

SIMON 

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

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FAX

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PHONE US 

07765 224564 
07765 224564 

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

 

Charity no. 1155119 

Company no. 06695828 

 

OPENING HOURS 

 

Monday - Thursday

10am to 7pm 

 

Friday and Saturday:      10am - 3pm 

As a result of COVID19 measures we are only able to answer the phone Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.

Thank you for your patience while we adapt to these difficult times.  

We are only able to offer telephone or online therapy to adults during the pandemic  

Because we cannot see everyone at this difficult time we have collected together 100s of resources, activities and links to help you at www.openmindslibrary.com 

We are very sorry but we are not accepting new referrals for children's 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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