SWaNS CIC

Meet Our Team

Bev

Director

My qualifications briefly comprise of MA(Hons) Counselling (MMU) Certificate in Nurture Training (Cambridge University) Certificate in CBT Counselling (Chester University) BTEC Level 4 Teaching and Learning.

I have a wealth of experience of working with children and young adults initially as a Nurture teaching assistant and then as a school counsellor. Once qualified, I set up a Counselling provision for a local EIP/Trust, supporting and counselling hundreds of young people. Over the years I facilitated workshops for the local LEA covering topics around Counselling in Schools and Nurture Groups, and worked as an Outreach tutor for South Cheshire College teaching Foundation and Intermediate Counselling Skills at several venues. I also delivered courses in Basic Counselling Skills and Nurture training for teachers and teaching assistants across my local area.

I am passionate about providing affordable and accessible counselling and mental health support for children, young people and adults and am very proud of the services that SWaNS provides, supporting emotional resilience and mental well-being across Cheshire East.

I currently live in Church Lawton with my husband and Bedlington Terrier and I enjoy spending time and playing with my wonderful grandchildren.

Clare

Director

I have worked for 14 years as a counsellor, trainer and support worker in various organisations including statutory and non-statutory settings.

I have worked with clients facing many issues including domestic and sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss, self esteem and self confidence. This work has included 1:1 support, group work and facilitating training programmes to clients and fellow professionals.

I have extensive experience of facilitating group work and thrive on the challenges this can present, this work has highlighted the need for emotional and mental health support and this has fired my passion to tackle the issues surrounding positive mental health and wellbeing.

I live in Congleton with my husband, two grown up children and beautiful little dogs Dobby and Bella – can you tell we’re Harry Potter fans !!

I love where I live and have a passion to improve the emotional resilience and mental health of my community.

Kirsty

Director

I have been working as a counsellor for the past fourteen years in a variety of settings including schools, colleges and charities. I have worked with a variety of ages but specialise in working with young people.

Within this time, I also have experience of working as a pastoral tutor within a college and as a youth support worker for the youth service. I am also currently a trained and experienced safeguarding officer.

I have a graduate diploma in counselling, a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural therapy and am a registered member of the BACP working towards my accreditation. I am currently working on completing an MSc. in advanced counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford as well as attending regular training as part of my continued professional development.

I have a strong passion and commitment to working with people of all ages and backgrounds, supporting them with building their emotional resilience and achieving positive mental health.

I live in Crewe and my spare time is spent reading, attending the theatre and spending as much time as I can with my husband, two children and granddaughter.

Sarah

Counsellor

I have been counselling for about 12 years, working in many different settings. I have lots of counselling experience with young people, children, and adults and I have recently begun delivering family therapy.

My job is challenging, but also very rewarding and I learn something new most days, especially from my clients! It is a privilege to work alongside clients who share themselves and their lives with me, and I deeply value that.

I am married with 2 girls, well young ladies, aged 16 and 25. I also have an amazing grandson who is very nearly 5! I have a working cocker spaniel who keeps me busy every day! I enjoy piyo, dance fit and going to the theatre. I especially love to dance and listen to music. One of my favourite places is by the sea. I am also so lucky to have amazing friends, who keep me sane and smiling!

Emma

Counsellor

Working with young people had been part of my life for over 16 years in my roles as a teacher, lecturer and counsellor.  I qualified in Person-Centred Counselling from UCEN Manchester and now use an integrative approach to working with young people.  I additionally draw on experiences gathered in my previous roles, the knowledge and understanding gained from attending further courses such as creative counselling techniques and cross cultural awareness, as well as my own studies.

I have worked with both adult and young clients in face to face settings and on-line or on the telephone.  I have worked with a charity supporting young people who do not attend a full time education provision, and in a range of schools across Cheshire and Greater Manchester, as well as counselling those under the CAMHS service.  I strongly believe that it is vitally important that all young people are able to access mental health support to allow them to build resilience and experience a non-judgemental supportive space.

When I’m not counselling it is likely you will find me outside walking our dog (a lively springer-labrador cross!) or taking care of our two daughters.  Or maybe I can be found with my nose in a book or planning a trip away as all my family love to travel when we can.

Alicia

Counsellor

I qualified as a counsellor after completing my Masters degree in Clinical Counselling with a focus on the Person Centred approach. This means I believe that we are all unique individuals with different needs, beliefs, and worldviews. I aim to provide a supportive, non-judgemental space, where the sessions are led by the client and what feels important to them.

Since qualifying I have enjoyed working in a variety of settings with both young people and adults. I’m particularly interested in the role of animals in therapy, and completed my dissertation on the comparison between owning a dog and seeing a therapist (for the record- both are beneficial!). I am also passionate about grief work, healthy grieving, and the unique nature of our individual grieving processes.

Aside from counselling, I love walking my adorable little dogs, Daisy and Violet.

Helen

Counsellor

I have worked with children, young people and their families as a counsellor and teacher for over 25 years.

Whether a child, a young person or an adult, I hope that when someone comes to counselling sessions, they feel that they are in a safe, nurturing space, where they can explore and understand their thoughts feelings and behaviours.

I am a person-centred counsellor and this means that the counselling is led by my client. I will not give them solutions, but we will work together to help them to better understand their self and to develop the tools and resources that they need to bring about positive change in their life.

Tiffany

Counsellor

I have a Professional Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have experience working therapeutically with children and adults. I provide a safe space to allow my clients to explore their experiences and emotions.

My passion for therapy came from my own journey of exploration and seeing the transformation in myself and others, drives my passion for therapy.  I believe everyone has within them the key to access change.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family, walking my little dog, Poppy, exercising (which keeps my mind and my body healthy!) and exploring the UK in my touring caravan.

Rebecca

Counsellor

I have been passionate about counselling for a number of years and eventually in 2019 I qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor after completing an Honours degree.

Since then, I have been running a private practice and more recently was lucky enough to become part of SWANS-CIC.  In both private practice and through SWANS my clients are a mix of young people and adults who I thoroughly enjoy working with, however my real passion lies in early intervention and working towards getting more help to more children and earlier when it is vitally needed.

Aside from counselling I also work across two primary schools as a Business Support Manager and Mental Health Lead.

Outside of work my time is spent with my wonderful little girl and two extremely energetic dogs, and should I ever have any time to spare then I love to read a good James Herbert book.

Paula

Counsellor

I have a professional diploma Psychotherapeutic counselling, I trained as an integrative counsellor working with both adults and children. My background is grief and bereavement, of which I am very passionate about. I have also worked with anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

I work within a trauma informed view, to help promote safety, choice, collaboration and empowerment.

I am naturally energetic, and creative. I adore spending time with my friends and beautiful family going on adventures and cosy nights in reading a good book.

Helen

Counsellor

I have worked with young people and their families for 15 years as a Counsellor and family support worker. I graduated as a Person-Centred Counsellor in 2010 and worked as a bereavement therapist for several years.

I now work predominantly without younger generation in secondary schools. I believe it is essential that all young people have access to mental health support and it's never lost on me what a privilege it is to be a part of such a vital service.

I have spent many years working alongside the Deaf community and use both spoken English or British Sign Language to communicate.

I have also spent many years travelling and exploring different parts of the world. Outside of work you would most likely find me with my beautiful family by my side, simply enjoying each other and everything life has to offer.

Christian

Counsellor

I am a trained counsellor and mental health practitioner; through my practice I have worked with a variety of people from wide reaching backgrounds. Many of those I have supported include both adults and young people, having worked previously as a young person’s advocate, health trainer and a senior support worker after my social work training.

My counselling training includes a PG Dip in Counselling and Psychotherapy whilst also continuing my professional development by undertaking training in PTSD and supporting male survivors of domestic abuse. I have worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, self-esteem and identity whilst also being a member of the BACP.I enjoy building authentic therapeutic relationships and having worked in charitable, local authority and academic settings have a passion for supporting people to fulfill their potential for positive change and to be heard.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and taking part in sporting activities with my children.

Louise

Counsellor

I am a neurodivergent (AuDHD) counsellor holding an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling. My practice extends to both adults and children, addressing a diverse array of mental health issues. My passion lies in the realms of self-care and neurodivergence, with a particular focus on navigating and addressing autistic burnout.

Although I now live in Staffordshire, I am originally from Blackpool. I enjoy going 'home' with my two children and having long walks on the beach, collecting shells and pebbles (which are all over our house, along with m any, many crystals!)

I love spending time in nature, as well as doing yoga and trampolining. I am also a huge fan of Stephen King and have an embarrassingly large collection of his books.

Laura

Counsellor

I am a person-centred counsellor with experience of working with clients of all ages. I am passionate about mental health and normalising “getting help”. I have worked in several different settings dealing with a variety of different issues. I have a particular interest in working with children and young people through what can be extremely challenging years as they transition through childhood into adulthood.

I have a vast amount of experience working with grief, loss, anxiety, body dysmorphia, gender, sexuality, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, low self-esteem, and relationships. Through counselling I offer a safe space in which they can explore complex emotions, feel heard, valued and with support feel empowered to make long lasting positive changes in their lives.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and training for my first half marathon!

Rachel

Counsellor

Hello my name is Rachel and i am an integrative counsellor with a passion for helping individuals navigate life's challenges i believe in the power of genuine human connection and the importance of creating a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.

In addition to my role as a counsellor I run my own private practice so i am a firm believer in the therapeutic value of various activities that promote well-being. I'm an avid reader music enthusiast and an ardent lover of long walks these interests have not only enriched my life but also taught me valuable lessons about resilience. If discovery and the healing power of self-care family.

My personal life is equally fulfilling as I am blessed with a loving family that includes five wonderful children this experience has deepened my understanding of the intricacies of family dynamics, parenting challenges and the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance my own family journey has given me empathy and insight into the joys and struggles that come with raising a family.

I understand that seeking counselling can be a significant step and I am committed to creating a therapeutic partnership built on trust and respect together we can work towards discovering your inner strengths and developing the coping strategies necessary to overcome life's challenges

Zara

Counsellor

Hello I'm Zara. I'm qualified as a person-centred counsellor and have experience providing counselling services to a variety of individuals, particularly children and young people, mainly in a school setting.

My background is working with adults affected by general anxiety and trauma resulting from domestic violence. I also work with children and young people with a range of concerns, to build a therapeutic relationship using a mix of talking therapy, play therapy and solution focused therapy.

I utilise an integrative and compassionate approach to counselling to foster hope, healing, and resilience, but above all, I provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their concerns and feel heard.

My main passion is my belief that counselling should be accessible to all people in the community as I think it is so important that everyone has the chance to improve their mental health.

In my spare time, I love to spend time out and about with my very large dog, bake (& eat) cakes and sweet treats, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Lisa

Counsellor

I am an Integrative counsellor. this for me means I use various approaches including Person Centred theory, CBT, Brief Solution Therapy, Psychodynamic theory and Systemic therapy within  my work. My experience consists of working alongside charitable organisations within Primary and Secondary schools, private EAP contracts and within my own practice. I work with adults and young people for various reasons maybe around loss, anxiety, depression, confidence, self esteem and resilience etc.

I feel I'm a very flexible, calm, caring person and I have been told I have a very therapeutic voice. I have a keen interest in working with attachment and trauma. I continue to grow personally, and within my work.

I enjoy spending time with my son, partner and two dogs, Summer and Lucy. I enjoy reading when I can, meals out with friends and enjoy listening to music.

Fiona

Counsellor

I am a qualified dance movement psychotherapist (DMP). During my training I worked with all age ranges in several diverse London settings, including schools and mental health hospitals.

I have a person-centred, creative, and body-informed approach to therapy and counselling which supports clients to use their body as an extra resource to build resilience and explore their feelings and behaviours. Creativity and movement can be a great way to build the therapeutic relationship and can also help some clients to express themselves when words feel too difficult. I love being able to support clients to achieve their goals and explore the unknown or forgotten parts of themselves in a safe and non-judgemental space.

I am excited to continue building my practice and experience as part of a knowledgeable and supportive team.

I have now settled in Crewe with my partner and plan to build the next phase of my life here in Cheshire. I have a passion for being creative, especially painting and clay work, and I love travelling and exploring the countryside on long walks.

Lisa

Counsellor

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor. I am passionate about helping others, and I believe, given the right environment, that every person has the ability to grown, and fulfil their potential. I have experience of working with young children, teenagers and adults.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. I have three sons, aged 18,22 and 25, who keep me busy! We also have a gorgeous little dog, Lola. Keeping fit is also very important to me. Finally, I love visiting my local park and feeding the birds.

Our Partners

As well as all the schools that we work with (see our schools services), we also have strong ties with other local organisations and charities. 
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Tuesday               9am - 5pm
Wednesday          9am - 5pm
Thursday             9am - 5pm
Friday                  9am - 5pm
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