Shaun MccowieShaun – Head of Counselling Wallsend


Hi, most of my training was undertaken with Tyneside Metropolitan College where I gained a Higher National Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.  Later I trained in bereavement, and survivors of abuse and as a supervisor.  I have worked in counselling for over 16 years and have been a supervisor for the last eight years.  I am based in Wallsend with my team of 6 counsellors.




Gemma – Head of Counselling Meadow Well


Hi, my training was undertaken with Tyneside Metropolitan College where I gained a Higher National Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and won top student, I did my placement with Anxious Minds and decided I wanted to stay because of the outstanding work this charity does for our community and how passionate they are about changing the way people are supported with mental health issues. I am currently based in Meadow Well with my team of 3 counsellors





Jan Douglas

Jan – Head of Counselling 


Hi, I was also trained at Tyneside Metropolitan College as a Person-Centred Counsellor, I have worked for other mental health charities before arriving here at Anxious Minds. I have been a counsellor for the last 15 years and have supervised for 8 years. I deliver CPD Training in Mental Health, Abuse, and Bereavement. I am currently based in Wallsend with my team of 38 counsellors


Fiona – Wallsend Drop-in Centre Manager 



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 with young people and adults. I own a therapy dog and strongly believe in the power of animals to support and heal emotional distress.

I am based at the  Drop-In Centre.


Margret – Head of Young Peoples Counselling Wallsend

Hi, my training was undertaken with Tyneside Metropolitan College where I studied to become a Person-Centred Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. During the past 10 years, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience working with young people and adults in the voluntary sector and various organisations and settings. 

 I am based in Wallsend with my team of 10 Counsellors.




Kirsty Adams

Kirsty – Admin and Support Worker


Kirsty has worked as a Volunteer for over a year and 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 at our head office in Wallsend, and we would be lost without her, Kirsty is a valued member of our team.





Eddie Dean chief officerEddie – Chief Officer

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 for mental health, stemming from my personal experiences with anxiety, depression and PTSD. This gives us both a detailed understanding of the reality of mental health and a passionate desire to improve the situation. Edward holds a level 7 in Leadership and Management, diploma in psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy and is a Master Practitioner in NLP and an expert by experience.



Mini the dog therapistMinnie is Our Dog Therapist

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 four years.

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