Meet the team

Natalie, Teen Mentor & Mental Health Coach

Natalie has worked in young people's Mental Health services for 12 years, previously running projects funded by Comic Relief.

She has a BA (Hons) Psychology w Gender Studies degree gained at The University of Sussex in 2007, alongside further training in all areas of Mental Health and a Level 2 NCFE Counselling Skills qualification. Natalie is trained in Safetalk Suicide Awareness, has an enhanced DBS check and enhanced safeguarding for children training. Natalie qualified as a MHFA Mental Health First Aider for Youth in January 2020. Natalie is the founder of Believe in You, and takes huge pride in working both within local secondary school and academies and privately as a teen mentor and mental health coach.

Using a variety of teen friendly strategies including mindfulness, education and awareness in emotional wellbeing, development in coping strategies, creative therapies and improving self esteem, young people are encouraged to work through their life trauma or inner conflict, on their level.

"We pride ourselves on offering a niche and alternative approach to accessing support, which has been successful and popular across all ages. If you're looking for something a little different to traditional counselling, we are certainly the team to approach!"

Doug, Mental Health Specialist

Doug has over 15 years of experience working in CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services ) in a number of different roles. He initially worked for 4 years at Larchwood NHS hospital which admitted children of 12 and under for residential assessments. He then worked for 2 years with the CAMHS asd assessment team before working for the urgent help service at Colwood (now Chalkhill) assessing and managing high risk teenagers and vulnerable children. For the last 6 years Doug has worked in the community supporting schools and local services assessing and engaging young people and families with a wide range of issues. He has also worked for the last year independently for believe in you where he offers consultancy and support to teachers, managers, children and families at one of the largest secondary school in Hastings. Under Believe in You he also works independently with families in the East Sussex area. 

Qualifications

Doug is a registered psychiatric nurse with a specialty in autistic spectrum disorders. His work over the last six years has focused on children with behavioural difficulties and anxiety.  These children have presented with a vast array of issues from: self-harm, avoidance, aggressive behaviour, adhd, eating disorders, depression through to trauma and loss.

 His work has always been focused on early intervention and empowering both adults and children to overcome difficulties. Doug believes often that process comes out of a thorough understanding of what drives the behaviour psychologically. Doug works mainly with parents / carers and professionals involved with the child though he does work directly with children as well.

Vanessa, Glee Club Choreographer & Teen Mentor

Vanessa has worked in adolescent Mental Health for the past 8 years, supporting peer group sessions and running The Glee Club Experience, which offers musical theatre sessions for young people with low self-esteem often caused by a significant life trauma.

Vanessa is currently working as a Teen Mentor at a secondary academy in Hastings, alongside running The Glee Club Experience each week. Running workshops on issues such as sexual health, self-esteem, anger management, social media safety, and risky behaviour alongside 1-2-1 work with teens identified as needing further support, Vanessa is passionate about making a difference to young peoples lives.

Vanessa's training includes a BTEC Diploma in Musical Theatre, further courses in Mental Health Disorders and through her own life experiences. Vanessa is also trained in Suicide Awareness, encouraging young people to be able to talk through very delicate feelings, safely. As all of our staff, Vanessa has an enhanced DBS check and current enhanced safeguarding for children training. Vanessa also qualified as a MHFA Mental Health First Aider for Youth in January 2020.

Lyretta, Believe in You PA

Lyretta has joined the team as a PA, managing the admin and finance side of the company. Lyretta has a Bsc in Business and a wealth of experience in supporting projects, including working around Mental Health. She will be a welcome addition to the team as we expand!

RG Fitness, Believe in You Fitness Partner

We have a team of experts who collaborate with us to help deliver some of the awesome school programmes across Kent and Sussex. RG Fitness specialise in Personal Training, Kickboxing, Jui Jitsu and Self-Defence for teens. 

Jasfit, Believe in You Fitness Partner

Jas from Jasfit is another of our partners, who helped run girls boxing and general fitness sessions as part of the Body Positivity Sessions. Jas also offers female only sessions across Hastings and Bexhill, offering continued sessions for girls beyond the school programmes.

Evie, Believe in You Wellbeing Partner

Evie is our Mindfulness, Relaxation and Yoga expert, offering some lovely sessions to help combat Anxiety and promote Body Positivity for girls. 

Daisy Chain Fitness, Believe in You Partner

We've big on promoting exercise as part of improving emotional wellbeing and positive Mental Health. Daisy Chain Fitness is our Zumba and Zumba Strong fitness partner, and has delivered some high energy sessions is various schools in the area which have been popular with students.

Tim, Teen Mentor 

Tim has over 6 years experience in the mental health field, 4 years of which have been working with children and adolescents exclusively. Having started off as a volunteer listener for the Samaritans for a period of a year and a half, he went on to work professionally with people suffering from acquired brain injuries and for the last four years has been in post as a therapeutic worker in a therapeutic community for looked after children. Tim has lots of experience working with young people in an engaging and creative way, both in 1 - 1 sessions and as a leader of group work. Having lots of experience working with aggressive and risky behaviour, he is able to look past the behaviours and view them as symptomatic of the psychological processes that drive them.

Having gained a certificate in Counselling Skills and Transactional Analysis from the Wealden Psychology Institute, Tim went on to study counselling and hypnotherapy with The National Counselling Society before taking his post in the therapeutic community. In the therapeutic community he went on to achieve his level 4 certificate in child and adolescent psychotherapy and then his level 6 diploma in child and adolescent psychotherapy through Middlesex University. He has also completed extra professional training on safeguarding, child sexual exploitation, county lines and self harm. Tim is also the holder of an enhanced DBS.

Working from a person-centered approach, Tim works dynamically and creatively with young people to provide a safe and sensitive space in a way that is tailored to them and is free from judgment, believing that expression of individuality and the importance of the relationship is the key to successful work. He is keen to explore therapeutically and nurture self expression for young people through various forms: conversation, song writing, art, games and sport.