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Counsellors and Support Workers

Barbara Heffernan - Counsellor

I have been counselling for over 20 years. In 2006 I completed my Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I work with a number of organisations and love the variety. 
My hobbies are spending time with my children and grandchildren, swimming, reading and travelling.

Rachel Tyler - Counsellor

I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor with extensive experience of working with young children.  In addition to Mosaic I also work with children and young people in schools, providing therapeutic support across a range of issues.  In my spare time I love hill walking, singing and spending time with my lovely husband, two daughters and two very large cats!

Sam Blackmore - Counsellor

I live in Christchurch with my husband, our children Emily and Owen and loveable Labrador Harvey. I started volunteering with Mosaic at the end of 2014, which I find really beneficial to my counselling. In my spare time I enjoy dog walks, cooking and baking and catching up with my family and friends.

Sarah Eaby - Counsellor

I was drawn to working with children and young people partly through my own life experiences, especially around loss, partly because I genuinely like and respect our future generations and because I beleive in supporting children and young people to reach their full potential. 
I am also a Parent and Family Support Advisor in Somerset and run my own private practice. I have lived in West Dorset all my life and have four sons and have recently become a grandmother.

Issi Orioni - Counsellor  

I've been married to Gianmichele for 15 years and we have 4 children Nicoletta, Michael, Christiana and Joseph.  I lived in Italy for 10 years and moved back to England 6 years ago.  I'm a qualified humanistic counsellor specialising in counselling children and adolescents and I'm just finishing my degree in Person-Centred Psychotherapy at City College, Southampton.

I currently work as a voluntary counsellor at Dorset Action on Abuse and as a Crisis Support Worker.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family whether that be a relaxing walk on the beach or a trip to the New Forest.

Deborah Schroetter - Counsellor

I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor with Person Centered Theory at the core of my work. I have completed a Post Qualifying Diploma in counselling children and adolescents, my background is working in schools supporting young people with emotional needs. I also work privately with young people and adults in Yeovil and surrounding areas. In my spare time I like being with my family, taking long dog walks, gardening and more recently practicing mindfulness. 

Hannah Fearon-Lewis - Counsellor

I have worked as a family support worker with children and families for 20 years. I decided to train as a counsellor in 2010 as I always enjoyed the therapeutic and listening nature of my previous roles. I was surprised at the depth of the journey I went on during my counselling training and I can truly say that I love the work I do. Providing a space for adults and children just to be who they are is a privilege and deeply profound. I have volunteered as a counsellor at St Margaret’s Hospice and Matrix in Yeovil as well as at the Dorset Rape Crisis Centre in Poole. I am currently setting up my private practice.
I also have a back ground in performing arts and music and have found creativity to be incredibly useful in my counselling work. I have two children and love family life in Dorset.

Emma Pritchard - Counsellor

I have been a voluntary Family Support Worker with Mosaic for over 3 years and am so lucky to have joined this amazing charity as a counsellor. I work integrative with both bereaved young people and adult and use a creative approach to explore overwhelming “scary feelings” that grief can bring.  I enjoy keeping myself and my family fit with regular dog walks, bike rides and swimming in the sea.  I also love baking, and enjoyed being part of Mosaic’s bake a cake fundraising event this year.

Jo Evans - Counsellor

I got involved in counselling because I know it can really help. I have been counselling and working with children, young people and families for years now, and it is work which I love and value. I think people often choose jobs which connect with them personally, and for myself this is true too. I value the service Mosaic offers because I lost my dad when I was young, and I could have done with someone to talk to. I am a mum of four grown kids, and I believe trying to find ways to talk about things and move forward together as a family is really important. I got my Diploma back in 2005, and I have been counselling since. In private practice as well as with several local charities. For my downtime, I love reading, yoga, cooking and eating. 

Clare Hayton - Counsellor

I have been counselling young people for 6 years. I use a creative approach and find that young people are receptive to expressing themselves creatively.
Through my family I am involved with the 'street dance' scene and find this keeps me in touch with the interests of the young people. I also teach art to people of all ages, enjoying the therapeutic qualities that drawing and painting brings.

Iris Chalk - Counsellor

I have a degree in Humanistic Counselling build trusting and empathetic relationships with my clients in private practice and schools. I recognise the value of a young person being really heard by an independent person. Therefore my wide range of counselling theories and skills underpins my enthusiasm and ethical foundation to encourage and enable young people to develop their own meaning, self-esteem and awareness around their complex and confusing situations.

Sue Smith- Play Therapist

My background is in Pastoral Care and teaching in mainstream and Special Educational Needs schools. As a Play Therapist, my intention is to gently support each child or young person as they come to terms with difficult experiences. I use creative materials to help them express and explore muddled feelings and upsetting event, helping them understand and be understood.


Philippa Sadler - Counsellor

I am an integrative humanistic counsellor working towards accreditation. I have a degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Creative Arts with Children. I also work as a School Counsellor in North Dorset, Weymouth and Portland. I enjoy working creativity with children and supporting them to understand and make sense of their thoughts and feelings. I am also a Reiki Master and run meditation groups for young people and adults.                 In my spare time I enjoy walking, especially near the coast. I like reading and yoga and spending time with my family and our four cats!


Penny Moorcraft - Counsellor

I volunteered for Mosaic on placement and have recently joined as a counsellor working throughout Dorset. As an artist, I use creative resources to help children and young people explore and express their feelings. By listening and supporting, I aim to help them make sense of difficult and sad times. I have two children and in my free time enjoy walking my dog throughout the UK!


Christine Shakesby - Counsellor

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and have been in practice since 1998. I have worked as a counsellor in palliative care and specialise in bereavement and loss. I have developed a creative, practical and caring style of counselling drawing from a variety of psychological models. I am married with three daughters and have seven grand children. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, reading, travelling and enjoy picnics on the beach with the family.

Anita Weldon - Counsellor

I am an integrative humanistic counsellor and am a registered member of the BACP. I have worked with children and young people for over 25 years in various roles and settings. My mantra is 'What's broken can be mended; what's hurt can be healed'. As well as working with Mosaic, I have a private practice, a lovely husband and two fabulous teenagers. I love reading, traveling, and cooking.

Andrea Johnstone - Counsellor

I am a qualified transpersonal counsellor and a registered BACP counsellor. I have worked with young people for over 20 years in different settings. I run my own practice and my passion is to help empower young people. I have 2 grown up children and my hobbies are yoga, meditation and walking in nature.


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