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.
Director of Therapeutic Services and Community Resources
Artist, Speaker, Family Mental health Activist
NUA Post Grad Fine Art Painter. Having spent 3 years using lived experience & my creative practise to engage, question and positively impact how family mental health is approached I took the opportunity to build my business village the same way I built #MyVillage.
When you survive something or you are struggling with something, knowing that you're not alone is incredibly powerful. Further into that idea, is my strong belief that we shine when we see one another shine. Survivors of anything or someone who struggles a similar struggle, when they take up space and become visible it ripples outwards and gives others something to see, to be hopeful & grateful for.
Creating spaces for radical self-expression by creating group exhibitions is something I have been doing since 2017 and will continue to do within my role here at VOE.
When Im not creating media content for VOE or I can be found walking my way too handsome lurcher, knitting and skating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, I am Cathy, a Play Therapist and Mindfulness Practitioner privileged to be working as part of the wonderful Village Orchard East team.
I am passionate about supporting children to make sense of, process and heal from any emotional difficulties, concerns, or trauma they may have experienced, or be holding, in a safe and supported space.
My approach is mindful, child-centered, holistic, and integrative, meeting the child as they are in the room, free from judgement allowing them to be who they need to be and naturally process through the medium of play, a child's most natural form of self-expression. I am accredited by PTUK, registered with the PSA and hold MBPsS.
I completed my mindfulness training with Mindful Schools in 2013, and facilitate individual/group workshops and courses, offering a psycho-educational approach to children, young people and adults. I am fully committed and constantly learning to cultivate and deepen my professional and personal knowledge to enable me to reach out and further support as many children and young people as possible.
Future offerings from Summer 2021 will include CPRT (Filial Therapy) and SMARTmoves.
Hello, I’m Sarah and I am a trainee Child & Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
My training is integrative, 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. The approach is flexible, meeting the needs of the particular child or young person.
At the root of all of this is relationship. I believe that relationship has the capacity to alleviate pain and distress and help growth and development. In 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 the child or young person to make greater sense of their world and experiences, in order to ‘live well’.
Hello, I’m Charlotte and I am a trainee counsellor.
My therapeutic approach is integrative, which means I draw from different counselling theories in order to listen more effectively and tailor the therapy to address the individual challenges and needs of each client.
I am therefore committed to an open dialogue where we can work together to try to find meaning and understanding in your individual experience, and I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds, as sometimes, trying to figure everything out on your own can be difficult, so we will explore what’s going on for you, together, in conversation.
Wholeheartedly, I believe that the relationship between the client and therapist is fundamental to the success of any therapy – and underpins why I prioritise creating a compassionate, respectful and collaborative relationship where you can feel comfortable to explore the issues or challenges that have led you to seek support.
I offer a non-judgmental, inclusive space where diversity is valued and based upon equality.
Hello, I’m Lucy and I’m a student Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
I am learning an Integrative Approach and believe this is a beneficial, holistic approach for the client. This allows me to draw from a variety of knowledge and theories, accepting that there is no one ‘correct’ approach to therapy.
The therapeutic relationship is placed at the heart of the healing journey, and I work authentically within the relationship, whilst also encouraging clients to be authentic.
It’s really important to me to work in a way that recognises people as individuals – I see my role as supporting the client on their own journey, and I do so by being guided by the client’s pace.
My name is Ali Vallette and I am lucky enough to be on placement with the Village Orchard whilst I complete my Integrative Child and Adolescent Counselling Postgraduate Diploma.
I have enjoyed working with children in education for 20 years and I am now embracing the opportunity to be able to support young people’s mental health in this environment. I feel it is so important for people to feel listened to and to be able to explore difficult feelings in a way that feels right for them. It might be through talking, playing or through the arts.
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.
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.