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 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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Russell

Russell is a trained Level 5 counsellor, he is passionate about supporting people and manages the Wallsend Drop In Centre where he delivers groups, social activities and the opportunity to make friends.

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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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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 as a solicitor and having founded a local music education charity. Claire joins the management team.

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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 is a trained counsellor ,she got distinctions on all her courses and is currently just started her PHD in addiction and mental health and she works at the Veteran Centre.

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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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