The Anxious Minds Team

Our Fabulous Team

IN LOVING MEMORY OF SHAUN MCCOWIE – HEAD OF COUNSELLING WALLSEND

Shaun sadly passed away at the end of 2019. He provided counselling services to adults and children across the North East for over 16 years. Shaun was a volunteer who was passionate about improving mental health services across the North East. His dedication and determination will be carried on by the charity as we move on in our development. Shaun will be sadly missed by his colleagues and friends and hundreds of trainee counsellors he was a clinical supervisor and mentor for.
  • Eddie Dean

    Hi, I founded Anxious Minds in 2015 after leaving the Armed Forces after 22 years service on my war pension, due to a lack of early intervention and provisional support…...

  • Jan

    I qualified as a counsellor in 2007 and went on to become a Clinical Supervisor in 2010. In 2016 both myself and the late Shaun McCowie, joined Anxious Minds to…...

  • Margaret

    Hi, my training was undertaken with Tyneside Metropolitan College where I studied to become a Person-Centred Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor....

  • Russell

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  • Fiona

    Hi, after having a previous career in Education, I re-trained with Sunderland University and I have been a Counsellor since 2008. I have worked in a number of community settings…...

  • Claire

    Claire is a Qualified Solicitor specialising in domestic abuse, family and children. She has worked with children and adults throughout the North East for the last 15 years whilst practising…...

  • Kirsty

    Kirsty holds a level 3 in counselling and a level 2 in drug and alcohol support she is passionate about supporting people with mental health, Kirsty also works in admin…...

  • Miranda

    I previously worked in Education and retrained to be a counsellor. In 2019, I did a diploma at Gosforth with Newcastle City Learning which I completed last year. I volunteered…...

  • Ashley

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  • Cheryl

    Cheryl has worked for the past 5 years as a telephone support and families support worker. She is passionate about supporting veteran families. Cheryl and her husband served 22 years…...

  • Denise

    Served 11 years in the armed forces as a Military Clerk. On leaving the Army she was employed as a Personal Assistant to various high profile individuals....

  • Minnie

    Minnie likes meeting and welcoming people to the centre, loves sitting on knees giving unconditional love; mini has worked as a Dog therapist for the last 4 years. She loves…...

The Anxious Minds Patrons

Our Patrons

Denise Welch

Denise Welch is an English actress and television personality. Her roles include Natalie Barnes in Coronation Street, Steph Haydock in Waterloo Road, and Trish Minniver in Hollyoaks. Denise also appears as a regular panellist on the ITV chat show, Loose Women and has been a Patron of Anxious Minds since  2018

Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Newcastle United, where he is captain, Jamaal has been a Patron of Anxious Minds since 2021

Ellen Dean

Ellen Dean is the owner of Laughing Lion Designs (organic clothing) and Cheeky Monkey Productions (film-making) and is an award-winning businesswoman, Ellen enjoys writing fiction and non-fiction and has been a  radio presenter.  Ellen has been a Patron of Anxious Minds since 2018

Our Staff & Volunteers

Supporting vulnerable people within our community takes a certain character, with not only the right qualifications but the passion and understanding what its like to struggle.

  • Eddie
  • Jan
  • Margaret
  • Russell
  • Kirsty
  • Fiona
  • Miranda
  • Denise
  • Ashley
  • Claire
  • Cheryl
  • Minnie

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