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 both in a Nurture teaching assistant role and as a school counsellor.

I set up a Counselling provision for a local EIP/Trust that ran successfully for more than 6 years supporting and counselling hundreds of young people. I have facilitated workshops for the local LEA covering topics around Counselling in Schools and Nurture Groups.

I worked as an Outreach tutor for South Cheshire College teaching Foundation and Intermediate Counselling Skills at several venues. I have also delivered courses in Basic Counselling Skills and Nurture training for teachers and teaching assistants in my local area.

I live in Church Lawton with my husband and love long walks with our dog and grandog, and enjoy playing with my grandchildren.

I am passionate about providing training and support for children, young people and adults that helps to develop their emotional wellbeing and positive mental health.

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!

Linda

Counsellor

I’m an experienced integrative adult and children and young people's counsellor skilled in several therapeutic approaches which I tailor to each individual as everyone is unique.

I specialise in working with children in secondary schools and believe that all children should have access to counselling services whilst at school, as early intervention is vital to positive mental health and wellbeing, and I am proud to be able to do that at SWaNS CIC.

I work with individuals to explore their challenges in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment, empowering them to make positive changes to enhance their life.

In my spare time I enjoy ice skating, working on my allotment and volunteering with Cub Scouts

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.

Paul

Counsellor

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I will look at different ways to listen and offer solutions to my clients. I have a background in management and union and retail work and the care industry.

I have got experience of working with young children, teenagers and cancer victims and I have also worked with work-related issues and career challenges. I have worked with clients with depression and anxiety and also with food addictions.

I have been on the planet for 53 years, so come with some experience, good humour and common sense, I like a challenge and I look forward to working with new clients.

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.

Diane

Counsellor

I have experience of supporting individuals/groups and supervising/mentoring staff and trainee counsellors as well as social work students. I am a specialist in Bereavement and Loss, and worked with childhood abuse, addictions, relationship difficulties, trauma and severe anxiety, depression, self-harm and a range of other common mental health difficulties.

I am interested in life transitions and the role of social context and social support on mental and psychological health. I believe that our sense of social connection and our social environment is crucial for our sense of flourishing and positive mental wellbeing. Working in collaboration and partnership with other like-minded people is something very important to me and why I am now a member of the team at SWaNS.

I live in Crewe, enjoy walking my dog, a rescue Staffy, and being outside in green spaces. I also enjoy art, I paint and enjoy going to the theatre and cinema. One day I hope to have my own horse.

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.

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. We are currently delivering counselling and/or workshops and training for
Monday               9am - 5pm
Tuesday               9am - 5pm
Wednesday          9am - 5pm
Thursday             9am - 5pm
Friday                  9am - 5pm
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