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 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.

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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 set up and develop the counselling service, which currently has 40+ counsellors.  My current role within the charity is to oversee all ongoing projects and I am currently looking forward to the opening of our new women’s centre in Blyth (Liberty Centre) which will provide both counselling and support to ladies within the local area.

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Margaret

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

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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 as Workforce Development Director before starting a niche recruitment and training business specialising in graduate placement. After six years as Managing Director Mark decided the time was right to sell the business and take on other challenges. He now joins the management team in a part-time role to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans and secure additional income streams – enabling Anxious Minds help more people than ever before. As a long term sufferer from anxiety and mental health issues, Mark is passionate about helping others access professional help. His passions include politics and history, loves films (particularly horror) and long walks in the countryside with his partner of over 20 years.

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Russell

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

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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 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.

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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 at our head office in Wallsend, and we would be lost without her, Kirsty is a valued member of our team.

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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 at Cruse bereavement for 2 years. Having completed my placement at Anxious Minds I was delighted to be offered a job and am really pleased to be part of this amazing charity.

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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 for a PHD and will be releasing research about the issue following a five year study.

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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 in the Armed Forces

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