We offer training to counsellors to help them with specialist skills; 


1)  Anger-management & Domestic Violence 

2) First Ideas in Working Therapeutically with Children & Young People

3) Interventions for use in therapy with Children & Young People

4) Safeguarding and Suicidality 

5) Therapy for people with:

                       a) OCD

                       b) PTSD 

                       c) Personality Disorder

                       d) Dyspraxia 

                       e) Autistic Spectrum Disorders 

6) Bereavement therapy

7) Therapy for people who have experienced Sexual Trauma 




"Nice informal session, allowing people to talk about their feelings. Good handouts we can use with our families with nice ideas" 


"I would like to thank Helen and Craig for the opportunity to attend and participate within the session. I thought Helen's delivery was excellent and I particularly liked that the emphasis was based on the practicalities of working with client groups, rather than concentrating just on the legalities." 


"I have an insight how to deal with things and situations which I found difficult to deal with how to try and reconcile a situation and problems that may arise" 


"It’s given me ideas that will help me when I start my counselling work in a school this year how to help a young person focus on issues they want to, how to assure them of what remains confidential, and how to identify their choices." 


"The training was delivered in a readily understandable format and concentrated upon the practicalities of working with the client groups, which I found invaluable." 


"The venue was fully accessible and informal in nature. I felt that my contributions to group discussions were valued and that the age of the group was just right." 


"I thought it was an excellent, inspirational and very informative course at open minds." 


"Fantastic course, very relaxed learning, friendly atmosphere in a perfect venue. Delivered brilliantly by Helen who answered all questions fully with examples and definitions. Thank you" 


"Training was very interesting and full of information, ideas and actual experiences. It was fun and very useful." 


"It will make me think about my approach to working with children and young people.

The teaching was of very good quality. It was very informative and in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere." 



"To understand different needs of adults and children in different situations and how to help them with their situation." 



"I’m more knowledgeable regarding play therapy and approaches to working with children this includes boundaries and transference. It’s given me ideas for my work." 


"The handouts will prove invaluable to go back and refer to. The information will prove as useful tools in engaging with a range of theories to choose from." 


"It is nice to have training delivered by someone passionate about the subject matter and prepared to share their knowledge and experience." 

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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