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Child in Mind exists to promote and facilitate the social, emotional, and mental health of children and families throughout the North West of England

Our services provide a wrap around approach that will reach not only children and families 

but also the professionals who work with them

Our Philosophy

At Child in Mind our ethos is informed by Humanistic philosophy. We believe that, given the right conditions, all human beings have an innate tendency to develop towards their highest potential. The relationship that develops between individuals is key to therapeutic movement towards this potential. We adopt a Person-Centred approach to all our work and strive to understand each individual's experience of the world from their frame of reference. We believe and assert that all human beings are unique and different, and we value those differences equally, with warmth and acceptance.

Our Vision

Child in Mind was founded by Jayne in 2009 in response to the lack of therapeutic services that existed for children in the North West at that time. 

Her vision was to make play therapy more accessible and available for children in the heart of their communities, and where possible within their own schools. With the aim being to raise awareness amongst professionals, and provide training, in order for therapeutic working to be at the core of organisations working with children. 

Where we are now

We are now very proud to be providing a school-based therapy service across four counties in the North West of England, working in partnership with schools to make play therapy free at the point of access for children. We also work in partnership with Local Authorities and Regional Adoption Agencies to provide therapy services to children and families in need of support. We deliver training across the UK and Ireland for schools, foster and adoption agencies, children's centres, charities, and residential care homes. We also deliver professional post qualification training, to BACP standards, for Counsellors and Psychotherapists wanting the additional skills to work therapeutically with children and young people, utilising a play therapy approach.

Moving forward

Our work continues to grow and to change and as we move forward, gently meeting new challenges, we remain amazed and humbled by the work that children are able to undertake in therapy. They remain our inspiration and we hope to always keep every child in mind.

Our Team

Our team of dedicated therapists work hard to provide therapeutic services to children and families across the North West. They are carefully chosen for their skills and experience. All our therapists work from the heart to build positive therapeutic relationships with the children and families they encounter. They work in a systemic way, engaging parents and professionals as partners in the therapeutic journey of the child, whilst holding the best interests of the child as paramount at all times.

If you would like to join our team of therapists please email your CV to Jayne. We would love to hear from you.

Leading the Team

Jayne has been guiding Child in Mind on its journey since its first beginnings in 2009. She is still committed to her original goal of providing therapeutic services for children and families at the heart of their communities, and is passionate about supporting all the systems around the child to enable positive outcomes for the children we support. 

Jayne is a qualified Counsellor, Play Therapist, Filial Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor. Specialising in trauma intervention Jayne has undertaken further advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Complex Trauma and Dissociation. Jayne's interest in trauma and its impact on the nervous system led her to specialise in Polyvagal informed practice and she was honoured to be invited to work with Deb Dana and the Polyvagal Institute as an international consultant. Jayne's work has been predominantly with children and adults who have been impacted by their early life trauma.

Jayne is an experienced trainer and has worked across the UK and internationally, developing and delivering play therapy training. More recently Jayne has developed various post qualification courses aimed at professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists.