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VILLAGE ORCHARD

Announcement

Due to overwhelming demand for our services, The Village Orchard East have made the difficult decision to close for new referrals for a period of time.

An announcement will be made on this website when we are able to accept referrals again.

Thank you for your patience, if you are struggling and need someone to talk to, please reach out to The Samaritans who are available 24 hours a day on phone number 116 123.

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Jo Bright

Director of Operational Services.

I joined the team here in October 2019 as the Office Manager and quickly became hooked by the passion and plans Natalie and Katherine had for The Village Orchard East and the dire need for such services, I became more and more involved in the day to day running as well as participating in project planning, widening our community and increasing our visibility and in May 2020, much to my absolute joy, I was asked to join this glorious team as a Director.

My focus now lies mainly in providing support to our practitioners, helping create new projects, looking at funding opportunities, nurturing & creating relationships with groups, charities, services and organisations in the area as well as growing my skill set to help serve our not for profit to the best of my ability.

Outside my role as Director, I have a rescue greyhound called Scout, I am Norwich born and bred, my drink of choice is tea and I watch a potentially unhealthy amount of pro-wrestling.

If it sounds like The Village Orchard East could provide the personal support you need, or if you feel like we could combine our efforts to create a working relationship, project or plan, or that we could simply learn from each other, please do get in touch, Community over Competition is an ethos we value highly and we’d love to chat.

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Natalie Tayte

Co-Founder & Director of Clinical Services.

As Director of Clinical Services, my priority is to offer our communities an exceptional, trauma responsive service from the moment they contact us to the end of their sessions. This includes possible clients, our own practitioners and other professionals.

My journey began at NUA studying Fine Art printmaking which led me to train in my core profession as an art therapist. I am also a qualified EMDR practitioner and clinical supervisor. Throughout my career, I have worked with clients from a range of cultural and social backgrounds who have experienced a variety of issues. I aim to provide a safe, containing space for the client to feel secure and listened to; able to begin their personal journey of change.

My life with Village Orchard East is challenging, thought-provoking, exciting and very rewarding. To be a co-founder and director at The Village Orchard East CIC, and to have the opportunity to work alongside this team, is an enormous privilege. I am lucky to say, loudly, that I love my job.

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Ann Grieve

Clinical Manager.

Hello, I’m Ann and I was delighted to be invited on board as Clinical Manager in January 2021. This new and developing role has been created to support Natalie in managing all the clinical aspects of the Village Orchard’s work and I am really pleased to be able to take on this new challenge and support the therapists in all the wonderful work they are doing. I am also offering therapy sessions for Village Orchard clients.

I am an accredited Dramatherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) Clinical Supervisor and Level II Reiki Practitioner. I have worked for nearly 20 years as a psychological therapist, originally in Secondary Care NHS services in Essex and for the past 15 years in a Primary Care Service in East London. I also have a private practice.

I am really interested in holistic approaches to mental health and I continue to be inspired by the insight and healing that is available to us through the creative arts. 

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Sophia Kelly

Hi, I am a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (MA and BSc), who graduated from Derby University. I am a registered practitioner with ADMP and DSB checked.

 

Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) uses movement, as well as other creative tools, talking and reflection etc, to explore the body-mind connection. I find movement often aids expression and communication. Mindful movement can help increase energy, confidence and self-esteem. 

 

DMP is great for anyone who has an interest in creative therapy, who maybe has a dis-connect with their body and/or for clients who would prefer an alternative to talking based therapy. 

 

I have experience working with individuals and groups. With young people and adults, from all walks of life and needs. 

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Katy Dunne

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Kathleen Blades

I’m Kathleen, a Drama and Movement Therapist trained in the Sesame Approach. My work is underpinned by psychoanalytic and developmental psychology, play and Movement with Touch and Sound.

I have experience working with children, young people and adults in settings including mainstream and SEN Schools, CAMHS, NHS Specialist Day Centres and Charities. As well as face to face sessions, I can work with adolescents and adults remotely using Zoom. I currently volunteer for Project 5 (a free wellbeing support service for health/care workers).

I have recently co-authored a chapter for an upcoming Dramatherapy publication.

I am registered with the HCPC and am a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).

Katy is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapists with the association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK. Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is an expressive therapy that uses dance and movement to aid integration of emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual aspects of self.

DMP can be an enjoyable and playful experience that supports clients to safety connect to their bodies, emotions, and others. Sessions aim to help clients express themselves, develop a deeper and safe connection to their bodies, release trauma and develop personal growth and healing. You don’t have to be a dancer to benefit and enjoy dance movement therapy!

Katy has over twenty years’ experience of working in the field of community dance, having taught, performed, facilitated, and choreographed with many different communities across Norfolk and beyond. Katy founded and facilitated an inclusive dance company for adults with learning disabilities for over 15 years and has performed nationally and internationally with this group. Katy has worked with people from all walks of life from ages 1 to 97 and is a firm believer that everyone is a dancer, and dance is a fantastic way to both find and lose yourself.  

In 2020 Katy qualified as a dance Movement psychotherapist and currently works with children with social, emotional and mental health needs and with adults. Katy is an advocate of equality, kindness, and dancing round your kitchen!

Katy currently offers 121 sessions at VOE and is soon to be running a women’s VOE DMP group.

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Sarah Matthews

Hi, I’m Sarah and I am a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. I work using an integrative approach, which means that I hold a number of theories in mind when working with children and young people.

 

I make use of the arts when helping clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. This could mean using play, sand tray, clay, puppets, stories, art – the list could go on! For children and young people, this means of ‘showing’ not ‘telling’ can be especially helpful. My approach is flexible and holistic, meeting the needs of the particular child or young person.

 

Relationship is at the core of all my work. I believe that relationship has the capacity to alleviate pain and distress and help growth and development. When building a therapeutic relationship, I see each child and young person as the uniquely special person that they are. With time, this process can enable them to make greater sense of their world and experiences, and help them to ‘live well’. It is an enormous privilege to work with children and young people in this way and I am delighted to work at VOE.

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Ali Vallette

Hello, my name is Ali Vallette and I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.  

At Village Orchard I provide an Integrative approach to working with children and young people.  This means I hold a variety of theories in mind and differing ways of working with clients which hopefully will meet the needs of the individual - we are not all the same!

If children or young people are finding aspects of their life difficult, building a trusting therapeutic relationship is the first important step. Finding out about the client in a way that makes them feel seen and heard is vital.  Through building this relationship over time any distress or anguish being brought to the sessions can be explored in a safe, trusting space.

This space is often a playful and creative place.  Using the arts is a transformative way to enable children and young people to communicate their feelings in a way that can feel less confronting.  Therefore I provide art materials, paints, Sand Tray work, puppets, use of stories as well as other creative experiences.  The work is easily adapted to the age of the young person and how they would like to work. This work can provide a way for the client to process difficult emotions in an accepting way and help them make sense of their experiences. 

The process of the work is reviewed regularly (confidentiality is respected) with the young person’s voice at the heart of the review.  

I am delighted to be working with clients at Village Orchard East.

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling (Psychodynamic and Person-Centred theories were at the centre of this qualification).  I also hold ‘Theraplay’ Level 1 and ‘Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy’ (DDP) Level one both of these relational trainings focus on attachment based approaches. 
 

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Sam Stephenson

Hello, I’m Sam, a Certified Play Therapist.  

I love that play therapy enables children to explore their feelings and experiences through the language they know best, play.  Play therapy is child-led; it encourages children to express what they cannot verbalise, provides a space to process and make sense of difficult life experiences, and helps children to find their voice and connect with themselves.  I endeavour to offer a supportive, caring and confidential place within the safety of the therapeutic relationship; integral for processing and healing to begin.  I strive to see the whole person, taking a systemic view, and not just the difficulties or trauma being faced.

 

I work as an Integrative Play Therapist, using non-directive and directive approaches.  My practice is holistic and underpinned by a variety of psychological theories.  I am also trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level One and apply DDP principles in my therapy practice, utilising this relational and attachment-based approach to support familial relationships. 

 

For much of my career, I have worked with fostered and adopted children and their families; an area I continue to work in currently.  I previously worked as a social worker, experienced in supporting children and families in local authority, charity and school settings.  I am registered with Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and Social Work England (SWE); both accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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 Sarah Russell

I’m Sarah and I have been practising as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist since 2005 and continue to be inspired by the effectiveness of CBT.

I have seen how it can enable people to overcome their mental health problems and to improve the quality of their lives and relationships. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on building a strong therapeutic relationship and working together to build an understanding of how a person's problems developed and what is keeping their problems going. From this we work on helping people identify, and then respond to their thoughts and beliefs.

The changes that people are supported to make to their beliefs and behaviour are effective in overcoming low mood, anxiety or traumatic life events. CBT also places a strong focus on teamwork and clients being active in their therapy.

My original training was as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, prior to completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems.

I am accredited with BABCP, and have worked within secondary care, inpatients and primary care. I have continued to develop my practice, including training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Currently I am a lecturer and supervisor in CBT at the University of East Anglia and am delighted to be able to work with Village Orchard clients.

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Lotte Large

Hi, I’m Lotte and I am in my final year of a degree in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling. 

I work with people over the age of 18.

My approach is integrative, which means my work is informed and underpinned by several theories.  At the core of how I work is the importance of creating a safe and accepting relationship between myself and my clients. 

I aim to foster a sense of curiosity so we can explore how you feel about yourself, others, and the world without judgement.  I work collaboratively in order to support you to make sense of your experience in a way that works for you.

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Becky Demmen

I have been participating in the arts since I was really young and creativity has been a large part of every stage of my life. Particularly when I have been experiencing time of low mental health. So, naturally, when it came to getting a job I wanted to support the sector that had helped me. I work under the name "Supporting Your Art" to provide freelance support for the planning and delivery of arts based projects. The role I take on in a project may include research, planning, delivery of workshops, evaluation and documentation through video/photography. Working in this broad way across the sector allows me to see, in real time the positive impact the creative sector has on communities and individuals.

After years supporting these creative projects, I now want to start my own. To do this I have undertaken a three year course to qualify as a counsellor, which is something I have always wanted to do. That course will inform my future work as a facilitator and creative. I am looking forward to connecting my creativity with counselling and exploring different ways they can be used in tandem. When the opportunity to volunteer with VOE arose I jumped at the chance to gain an insight into this wonderful organisation and the broader sector it exists in as I train. 

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