Meet the Team

Working Minds Senior Team

We wish to grow the Working Minds team.
If you are a talented and passionate and qualified Therapist contact Simon for a discussion.

Simon Coombs (Founder Director)

Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT, Cognitive Coaching and EMDR

Simon has spent the majority of his professional career working with people in a supportive, advisory and developmental capacity both privately and within the business community. Simon’s early career was in corporate management before training as one of the first UK business Cognitive Coaches to develop and introduce behavioural coaching into the workplace for a multi national financial services organisation. He then proceeded to manage professional development within a London and Jersey based Law Firm where he also coached Senior Management in NLP techniques.

 

Subsequently, Simon trained as a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and CBT Practitioner at the renowned BACP accredited Ironmill College in Exeter. Additionally he trained as an EMDR Practitioner with the EMDR Association of Great Britain and Ireland in Edinburgh and London.  Simon has been personal coach to Senior Corporate Management and Executives in London. He has also provided individual and group psychological support via Employee Assistance Programmes.

 

Simon is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, across every age and stage of society and life. He has worked in Primary Care supporting NHS IAPT services as a Counsellor and has also supported the Student Academic support team at Plymouth University of the past 3 years.

 

With a rise in issues such as anxiety and depression and longer NHS waiting lists that only offer a set solution, Simon conceived the Working Minds service which combines psychological and practical support through a blended therapeutic approach, with outstanding results.

 

Simon is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He works closely with other highly qualified counselling psychotherapists and cognitive behavioural therapists.

Luciana Vega

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Dog Assisted Therapy

Luciana has over 10 years’ experience in a therapeutic setting and formal qualifications in Integrative Counselling (Adv. Dip. BACP Accredited) and Creative Arts Therapy (Advanced Specialist Training Status with NCS).

 

She has worked with complex families and young people in Early Help Children Services, including direct support to secondary schools. Luciana manages her own Private Practice with an active person-centred approach and optional dog-assisted therapy. She also organises Creative Art Projects with NEET young people aged 16 to 25 to increase their resilience and well-being.

 

Here, at Working Minds she provides, amongst other things, short-term telephone counselling sessions for adults struggling with mental health issues who have been out of employment for at least two-years.

Luciana work reflects her belief that every person can achieve positive outcomes given the right experience and support. She is fascinated by psychology, philosophy, yoga sutras, neuro-science and human-potential in general. Above of all, she is motivated by the wonderful experience of building a positive and constructive connection with another human being. “Such honest interactions are a source of fulfilment and a true sense of purpose for me.”

Sharon Stallard

Coaching, Counselling, CBT

Sharon Stallard is a Therapeutic Counsellor and Life Coach, who has been working with clients for over 15 years. Sharon brings her life experience as well as her training into her work with outstanding results.

 

Sharon completed her Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2004 and 10 years later, studied at the College of St Mark & St John, where she qualified as a Life and Business Coach.

 

She has worked successfully with a large number of people struggling with anxiety and depression, providing psychological and practical support.

 

Sharon has experience of working with a diverse range of clients and works with an integrative, person centred approach. Regularly updating her skills and knowledge, she has a broad range of qualifications including Solution Focused therapy and Hypnotherapy.  Additionally she has trained in Mental Health First Aid and Bereavement Counselling.

 

Sharon is extremely passionate about supporting others to improve their lives and enjoys teaching people how to develop their own inner resources and emotional resilience skills.

Patricia Taylor

Psychotherapy, Counselling, Psychology, CBT

Patricia is a highly effective and well respected Practitioner who has worked across groups and with individuals of every age and stage.

 

She has been practising for 20 years, working with a broad range of issues which include: drug and alcohol misuse, anxiety, stress, bereavement, relationship difficulties, marital problems, low self esteem and personal development.

 

Patricia has worked extensively with unemployed people, providing psychological and practical support to bring them closer to or into a progressive working outcome.

 

Using her wealth of experience, Patricia has spent a number of years working in the substance misuse field, both in custodial and community settings, with clients who have drug/alcohol dependency issues.

 

Patricia uses an eclectic mix of Person Centred, Existential, Gestalt and CBT, tailored to suit each client’s individual needs. Her particular interest is in working with the older age group, teasing out the core issues that can cause barriers, exploring ways of overcoming them, and offering support in building confidence and self esteem.

 

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology
Diploma Humanistic Counselling
Diploma Advanced Psychotherapy
Diploma Life Coaching
Certificate Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Certificate Forensic Drugs Work

Chris Hoyte

Counselling, Psychotherapy

Chris has managed and supported people in high pressured legal and business environments and more recently has coached and counselled private clients. He has an acute understanding of the dynamics and diversity of pressured environments, families, relationships, friendships, values, beliefs, stress, anxiety and the drive to achieve something more, to fulfil potential, and what holds us back.

 

Chris trained to become a Counsellor & Psychotherapist having experienced the highs, lows, and all the in between moments in his life. Counselling & psychotherapy has helped him process feelings; make sense of what goes on in internal and external worlds; enabled him to get through barriers in his own life and continue towards fulfilling his own potential and guiding others to achieve theirs.

 

For Chris the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of successful therapeutic work.  He recognises and values this more than any one particular theoretical approach.

 

Chris has worked in charities, community settings and in private practice providing counselling and psychotherapy services to people from many walks of life.  Chris has experience of working with young people as an Independent Advocate and with those on the Autistic Spectrum in these settings.

His extensive experience of working within the Criminal Justice System in many roles led to him providing emotional support for victims of crime.

Rachel Charlton

Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT

Rachel is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist who has been working in the field since 2010. She brings a real warmth to her work alongside her professional skills and experience which clients appreciate.

 

Rachel has experience of running her own practice as well as offering assistance to other related organisation where she can bring her talents to the fore.

 

Much of her work has been in education, supporting the health and wellbeing of students as well as working alongside head teachers and staff to ensure best outcomes for students.

 

In the family context, Rachel specialises in relationship problems, family issues, abuse, anxiety, and young people who self harm.

 

Additonally, she works very effectively with depression, low self esteem, anger management, stress and personal development.

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