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.

Eddie

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....

Mark

Mark joined us this year after a career of over 25 years in senior management in the recruitment, training & education fields. Most recently Mark worked for Europe’s largest university…...

Eric

I spent 22 years in the armed forces. I am an ex university lecturer and I worked for North Tyneside Council as veteran lead....

Michelle

I am a lecturer, Phd researcher, consultant and social entrepreneur. I divide my time between teaching and studying at Northumbria University, providing specialist consultancy services and I work on the…...

Russell

Russell is a fully qualified counsellor and passionate about supporting people. He now runs the Drop In and Recovery Centre in Wallsend....

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…...

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

Ashley has a level 5 and 6 iin counselling where she achieved a distinction. She is passionate about supporting people with mental health and addiction problems and is currently studying…...

Claire

Claire is a fully qualified counsellor and passionate about supporting women. She is part of the Team at Womens Centre in Blyth……...

Nicola

Nicola is a fully qualified counsellor and passionate about supporting women. She is part of the Team at Womens Centre in Blyth…...

Claire

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

Alexa

Alexa is a fully qualified counsellor and passionate about supporting people. She is part of the Wallsend Team……...

Callum

Hi, my names Callum and I’m currently studying business administration at Anxious Minds as part of my apprenticeship here, I’ve finished my A levels in sociology and health social work,…...

Lucy

Lucy works in social media and is passionate about supporting mental health. She works on our marketing, advertisement and social media platforms....

Leanne

Leanne is a fully qualified counsellor and is passionate about supporting the veteran community after serving in both the Army and RAF. She now works on the veteran project....

Kayleigh

Hi, my names Kayleigh and I’m currently studying business administration at Anxious Minds as part of my apprenticeship here, I’ve finished my A levels,….....

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
  • Ashley
  • Leanne
  • Lucy
  • Mark
  • Callum
  • Michelle
  • Kayleigh
  • Alexa
  • Minnie

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