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Welcome to Solas Mind
The go to mental health platform for the creative industries
Dedicated Practitioners
You have a bespoke selection of dedicated practitioners, hand-picked by us to support you.
Wellbeing Resources
A curated collection of resources to support good mental health in our well-being hub.
Mental Health Training
Pre-recorded well-being workshops are in the Hub and live events will be posted on our events page .
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Sarah McCaffrey
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MBACP/SFA Trainer
Counsellor & Therapist
Sarah combined her experience of working in film and media and as a qualified psychotherapist (MBACP) to create Solas Mind; offering mental health advice and support in the creative industries and private counselling for anyone who needs support. Sarah is a person-centred psychotherapist; an approach to therapy based on the idea that natural human potential can be facilitated and encouraged by a unique, trusting relationship between the client and the therapist.She is empathic and thoughtful and offers guidance and support in a safe, contained therapeutic space so that new options become available to you.
Sarah has training in Sexual Violence Against Women and counsels at Rape Crisis. Sarah is an  experienced trainer and an Associate Tutor for SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Interventions.
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Rachel Nelson
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MBACP
Counsellor & Therapist
Rachel is a professionally qualified and registered (MBACP) person-centred counsellor who offers approachable, professional support to help you through times that may be proving difficult. Rachel runs a private practice, Equanimity Counselling, in Chalfont St Giles, South Bucks and has experience of  working with adults and teenagers, with a particular interest in family relationships (past and present), addictions, low mood and anxiety.
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Jo Hardman
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MBACP
Counsellor & Therapist
Jo is a fully qualified counsellor, registered with the BACP and is a member of the British Psychological Society. Jo provides a space where you can talk safely and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Jo understands that your experiences are unique to you and always listens without judgement. Jo runs a private practice in Amersham, working with a variety of issues including addiction, anxiety and stress. Jo also works as a Management Consultant with experience in training, organisational design and coaching.
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Amanda Howell
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MBACP PGCert Nutrmed
Counsellor & Therapist
Amanda is a professionally qualified and registered person-centred counsellor. Her background in pharmaceuticals and nutritional medicine led to her interest in general well-being and subsequent qualification as a counsellor.
Amanda’s counselling experience spans the educational and charitable sectors. She has worked with diverse clients from primary school age and upwards. She provides a safe, empathic space for clients to explore, reflect and focus upon what is important for them, in their lives.
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Faye Brennan
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MBACP
EFT & Psychotherapy
Faye is a person-centred experiential (PCE) therapist whom also incorporates EFT tapping (emotional freedom techniques) into sessions.The two therapeutic techniques work in harmony with one another and are used together with great success.
Having a foundation in PCE therapy ensures that Faye is able to empathically attune to a clients’ distress, hold that space for them and guide them through with much care and compassion.
EFT comes under the umbrella of energy psychology with tapping on acupoints positioned on the body’s meridian system which releases stuck energy and/or emotional distress. ​Faye has used EFT on issues such as; limiting beliefs, anxiety, depression, peak performance, childhood trauma, bereavement, PTSD, shame, guilt, addiction with great success in her own private practice.
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Siobhann McCevoy
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MBACP
Psychodynamic Counsellor
Siobhann is a fully qualified counsellor and member of the BACP. Her core training is Psychodynamic and Object relations and she
combines a humanistic model of therapy in her work.
Siobhann provides short term and psychotherapeutic therapy in a variety of settings including the voluntary sector, IAPT service and in private practice. She works with individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence and is a volunteer counsellor at Rape Crisis and Peace Hospice. She offers therapy to clients dealing with addiction, complex mental health, childhood trauma, depression, anxiety.​Working with the here and now is very central to her work, providing strategies to manage difficult feelings and exploring connections from past experiences with present issues offers the client clarity and a sense of self.
Siobhann works with a wide range of clients and offers a safe space to express out loud the fears and worries that are often held in by shame.Her approach encourages safe exploration within an open honest therapeutic relationship.
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Jeanne-Claire Bischoff
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MBACP
Arts Counsellor
Jeanne-Claire worked in media production before training as an Expressive Arts Counsellor. Her counselling approach supports clients who experience emotional dysregulation resulting from chronic stress and trauma, anxiety, depression and long term health challenges.
She gained her clinical experience in a hospital setting by NHS referral and is registered and insured.
Her practice supports the development of confidence, esteem and a stronger sense of self. She has a warm and empathic approach offering a creative embodied approach to self reflection by somatically exploring unconscious challenges with sensory-based interventions and cues of safety.
Sessions include skills training elements using techniques promoted by neuroscience. Her work is aimed at supporting clients to experience an increased sense of safety and regain autonomy.
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Rebecca Slater
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MBACP
Integrative Psychotherapist
Rebecca is a fully qualified, BACP registered integrative psychotherapist.
She believes that the relationship between client and therapist is vitally important and she can provide you with a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things impacting on your life. She has skills in solution focussed therapy, working with you to find solutions to the situations and events that are bothering you.
Rebecca understands that reaching out for help can be really tough, she will listen and be with you as you explore what’s been going on.She enjoys working with clients, trying techniques and strategies to find something that really works.
Rebecca specialises in anxiety, managing stress, relationships, disability and self-care strategies (not just bubble baths!). Rebecca aims for her practice to be as inclusive as possible; she is LGBTQA+ friendly, disability friendly and neurodiverse friendly.
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Sue Reevy
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MBACP
Integrative Therapist
Sue is an integrative therapist whose passion for therapy and learning is reflected in her work. As an integrative therapist, she blends different therapeutic approaches to provide a therapy that is tailored to your needs. A therapy that is as unique as you. Sue is an open and warm person who believes that whatever the reason(s) you seek counselling, it can be a great way to help you through a difficult time. She strongly feels that nobody should feel that their problems are too big or too small to bring and that everyone deserves to be listened to with empathy and without judgement so that a way through can be found. Sue understands that modern life can be hectic and stressful even without other contributing factors and that it can be easy de-prioritise self-care until you start to feel or see the ‘cracks’. Her support can help you unpack problems and repack them in a different way whilst learning about yourself. Sue runs a private practice in Exeter and specialises in depression, anxiety, loss and trauma.
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Lina Kaas
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MBACP
Counsellor specialisation in CBT
Lina has an M.Couns(Advanced) qualification with a specialisation in CBT.
Living in Singapore for more than 12 years has equipped Lina to understand and relate with empathy to diverse backgrounds and cultures.​Lina believes there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in psychotherapy, and employs a client-centred eclectic approach, she tailors each client’s treatment according to their specific needs and integrates elements from different therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT), Gottman Couples Therapy and Brainspotting.​
She aims to offer a safe and confidential space to explore any troubles and works collaboratively and respectfully, to increase awareness and strengthen resources. Her belief is that each individual has it within themselves to achieve their life goals.
Lina sees herself as an active guide, who will help and support the client through any issue or emotional distress. Regain balance and a sense of well-being in their social, emotional and professional selves.​
She offers therapy to clients dealing with anger management, anxiety, coping skills, depression, life adjustment and transition, mental and emotional well- being, relationship issues, self-development, stress and trauma.
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Jane Margerison
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MBACP
Integrative Psychotherapist
If you feel emotionally overwhelmed and think you could do with some support, Jane is here to listen with empathy and non-judgement to what has happened or is currently
happening to you.Jane will help you make sense of your situation and hopefully gain a new perspective to make things feel better.
Jane's specific areas of interest include relationship struggles, loss and grief, work-life balance, work/performance, stressors, addictions, confidence and self-esteem issues, body image, health and well-being.
Jane offers humanistic and emotionally focused psychotherapy with a trauma informed approach and therefore is curious about what has happened to you rather than wondering about what is wrong with you.​Jane can integrate mindfulness, somatic and experiential approaches such as meditation, focussing, inner child guided visualisation, empty chair work, conscious breathing, EFT, acupressure, EMDR and NLP into sessions if appropriate.
If your goal is to find a way of creating a meaningful, balanced way of living so that you are able to feel comfortable to live in your own authentic way then Jane hopes her  holistic way of working resonates with you.
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Marianne Gautier
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MBACP / NCS
Psychotherapist and Wellness Coach
Marianne is a fully qualified NCS accredited and BACP registered Psychotherapist and certified Wellness Coach. Marianne views psychotherapy as a dynamic, non-judgemental and empowering process created between two people. Marianne is trained to work with a wide range of issues and has a special interest in working with those who are suffering with chronic health conditions, trauma and with survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
She works within a person-centred and eclectic framework, drawing on a variety of methods to tailor the work to the individual depending on their unique needs and what they bring to therapy.
As well as working in private practice, Marianne works as a volunteer counsellor for Rape Crisis and has qualifications in Nutritional Therapy, Reiki levels 1 & 2 and is in a Teacher Training mentorship for Iyengar Yoga.
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Hicham Jabrane
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BSc, MSc, MBACP
Psychodynamic Counsellor & Pyschotherapist
I listen to you and any concerns you may have, for a better understanding of your circumstances and the challenges facing you.Together, we can explore options and possibilities ranging from acceptance to making changes.
My specialities include helping with depression, anxiety states, relationship difficulties, alcohol/substance misuse, sexual health, addictions and acculturation.
I am a qualified, experienced and BACP registered Psychotherapist and I am interested in the unconscious dynamics within teams and organisations which impact on an individual’s performance and wellbeing.​I combine my clinical work with teaching counselling courses, committee roles with Group Analytic Society International (Finance committee) and Birkbeck Counselling Association (Chair/Director).
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Mark Savage
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UKCP / MA
Mindfulness-based Psychotherapist
Mark is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, with a passion for helping people develop resilience and find their potential for growth. He has been in clinical practice since 2014, is accredited by the UKCP, and holds a MA from Middlesex University London in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy.​Mark’s approach to therapy is rooted in Buddhist psychology and integrated with western personality theory.
Put simply, this approach pays close attention to how we continually recreate ourselves (and our past) in the present moment; and offers various ways to free us from old unskillful or limiting patterns and perceptions.​
Mark helps guide clients to a greater awareness of these mind-body processes that are always whirling away in the background. And of course because how we are now depends so much on our past, he also places equal value on understanding that past –  particularly early life.​He has extensive experience working with people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and circumstances, including clients struggling within high-pressure environments.​Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, Mark offers you a warm welcome and a confidential space to share your problems, find insight and grow.
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Niamh Owens
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BAMT / HCPC
Counsellor & Music Therapist
Niamh is a BAMT and HCPC registered Music Psychotherapist. Her professional experience includes Adult Mental health, Elderly Dementia Care, and Children with complex needs and trauma. Niamh is dedicated to providing exceptional care in line with best standard practice, and devising creative and effective care plans for all clients.  She has a client-led approach, tailoring sessions to the individual’s strengths, needs, and abilities. She believes in offering a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential therapeutic space where the client has the opportunity to build upon their personal-awareness, meet their best potential and explore their creativity and expression.  Sessions may be just talking, or they can be an integration of music and counselling, depending on what route the client would like to take. Clients do not need to have any musical experience if they would also like to use music as a means for expression and exploration during sessions.​
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Dr Tony Furlong
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MBACP / MA, MSc / PhD
Integrative Therapist
Dr Tony Furlong is an integrative therapist originally from Yorkshire who prides himself on his warm, present and calm nature.
Tony is an MBACP accredited therapist and studied Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of East London.His integrative training allows him to take a flexible, client-led and contemporary approach to therapy that is warm, safe and confidential. Tony is passionate about working with clients in a way that allows them to explore their relationships with themselves and others, and healing and growing through the process, and to adapt his working approach according to client need. Tony studied his MA, MSc and PhD at Edinburgh University, with an academic and professional focus on gender, sexuality and identity and has worked in the mental health and LGBT fields for over a decade.
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Natalie Cosgrove
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BSc / PGCert / DipHE
Counsellor & Therapist
Natalie has worked in the mental health and wellbeing field for over 10 years, she is a Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor, member of the BACP, and also holds qualifications in Psychology and Mental Health Recovery.
Gestalt therapy in practice involves a focus on self-awareness and understanding your thoughts, feelings, and emotions in the present moment. Increased understanding of yourself can create powerful and long-lasting change, allowing you to see your life and your current situation with a new perspective.
Natalie provides a safe, supportive environment and tailors her approach to suit each individual, drawing from a range of theories and techniques to allow you the space to explore and better understand your thoughts and feelings, without judgement.
Natalie has also completed specific training in short-term solution-focused work, Mental Health First Aid, DBT skills, sexual violence, and is a counsellor at a charity who provide support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
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Annamarie Quinn
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NCS
Counsellor & Therapist
Annamarie is a qualified counsellor, registered with The National Counselling Society and is on their regional committee in N Ireland. ​Annamarie is an Holistic, Integrative, Counsellor drawing from the Humanistic and CBT Third Wave Approaches.  You and what you have gone through, will determine the particular blend of therapy.
Annamarie is honoured to assist you in moving from a place of entrenchment, on the fringes of your life, into the present, feeling, centre. You will not be judged, you will be met with compassion, empathy and authenticity.
Annamarie believes to engage in counselling is a gift – the start of a journey back to yourself, safe in the knowledge that another is holding the light for you.
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Yasmine Itach
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MBACP
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Yasmine is a professionally qualified, registered, person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist. Yasmine has worked in the charitable sector as an Office Manager/Family Liaison Office for the past 12 years. She also has experience working on a helpline for domestic abuse victims and, as part of her client training hours, volunteered for a bereavement counselling service.  Yasmine runs a private counselling practice in Bushey and Watford working with adults who are facing a range of issues including anxiety, bereavement, depression, fertility, loss, relationships and stress. ​Yasmine hopes to provide a safe, empathic, non-judgemental working space and believes that the alliance between counsellor and client is an essential part of the therapeutic process.
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Aakansha Sharma
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BPS / MBACP
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Aakansha has a passion for helping people. She is understanding, patient, empathetic, friendly and has good listening skills. Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, her role is to study how the clients could understand themselves, as well as develop more positive ways of behaving for their benefit. She uses a Person-Centered approach by helping the client to identify their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the former, she incorporates Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Spiritual Counselling and Mindfulness based on the client's comfort level during the sessions. She specialises in issues such as ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment disorder in children, Autism, Behaviour problems, Child related issues, Childhood bullying, Learning difficulties, Loneliness, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Physical abuse, Relationship issues, Self-Harm, Separation anxiety, Spirituality, Stress, Substance abuse and dependence (Drug/Alcohol/Sex), as well as Suicide.
Aakansha studied at University at Buffalo and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 2012 and graduated with a Masters in Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University, Singapore in 2016. Aakansha has worked with addictions and conducted Drug Intervention workshops in prisons and with the Central Narcotics Bureau.To further her specialisation, she completed a MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at King's College London in December 2019.
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Melissa McCafferty
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BA, M.ED, MBACP
Holistic Psychotherapist and EFT Practitioner
Melissa has her master’s degree in counselling and is a fully qualified psychotherapist and has
been working with clients for seven years. She is also an EFT/Tapping practitioner who believes in treating the whole client by engaging with not just the mind but the body as well.
Melissa believes that counselling should be warm and wildly empowering for the client. She can hold a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share your struggles. Melissa knows how much courage it takes to reach out and is an expert at putting her clients at ease. She enjoys working with a wide variety of issues. A lot of clients come to Melissa when they are feeling ‘off’ or like their life has no meaning, or they are looking to heal past trauma. She also does lot of work
around self-esteem, healing destructive dating patterns, finding direction in life, moving on
after a relationship ends and breaking generational trauma patterns. She works with clients who are just looking for a couple sessions or those who are looking for longer term support.
Melissa is a holistic practitioner and has been trained in various approaches and therapeutic
skills. She will often use a combination of various modalities such as person centered, solution focused, and reality therapy. She will also incorporate breathwork, EFT and mindfulness exercises into her counselling sessions. Melissa ultimately believes that every client is the expert on their life and that her role as a counsellor is to be a warm and gentle guide.
Melissa works with a lot of different issues and is always excited to work with new clients.
Going to therapy can be a little scary and it’s okay if you are nervous and feeling a little worried about opening up to a stranger. Melissa is here to help you find life beyond whatever you are struggling with. She firmly believes that you can heal and find your joy again.
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Gosia Miernik
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MBACP / BA
Counsellor & Life Coach
Gosia is a person-centred psychotherapist incorporating an intuitive and creative way of working with adults of all ages, she runs an online private practice and specialises in codependency.
Working with Gosia is a collaborative process. She is not a fixer, therefore,  will not fix your problem or tell you what to do. Will not advise on what is best for you or how to live your life. However, Gosia can provide a safe, empathic and non - judgmental space where she is able to listen to you with a sense of not knowing and trust that you know what is best for you. While working together to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours to help you get insight and a better understanding of yourself, your needs and your wishes. Knowing yourself and getting clarity about your feelings and situation provides a foundation for change.
Gosia has experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse including domestic abuse, she supported clients who were involved in court cases. She also worked with University art students over a number of years and she taught both: Introduction to Counselling Skills and Certificate in Counselling Skills courses (Person-Centred Approach). To expand 'the counselling toolbox’ Gosia completed additional training in Creative Arts, Life Coaching, Gestalt Approach, Recall Healing to work more holistically and to support the clients more effectively.
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Jackie Coombs
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MBACP
Counsellor & Association Member of IGA
Jackie is a Registered Member of the BACP for individual counselling and Association Member of Institute of Group Analysis for a group work practitioner.She specialises in recovery from addictive disorders and process addictions, whilst working with the underline trauma.At certain points in everyone lives, there comes a time when life, work, family, loss, or the ways you cope with stress can become unhelpful and overwhelming.
For over sixteen years Jackie has worked with people who have experienced relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, work related stress, recovering from substance misuse and 12 step recovery, process addictions, bereavement and loss and people who have found the self-isolation and lockdowns from Covid-19 emotionally demanding.In the first session, Jackie will ask some questions about your history and identify what you would like to think about that is worrying you or what you may be struggling with.
Jackie's  theoretical model is Behavioural, Brief therapy, Integrative, Psychodynamic,
Relational, Solution focused brief therapy
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Jenna Ledward
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MBACP
Humanistic & Intergrative Psychotherapist
Jenna is a fully qualified, MBACP Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapist.
She offers an open hearted, compassionate, and confidential therapeutic safe space, to support you through any emotional and mental distress you may be facing. Her aim is to work alongside you and act as your guide to support you through the process of your therapy journey. Jenna understands the challenges of
exploring your internal world and feelings, and the strength it takes to make positive change.She believes that feeling safe is imperative to being able to work
together, and therefore offers an empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to feel heard and validated.
Jenna wants you to know and feel that you no longer need to face your problems alone.
She uses an intuitive and somatic approach and draws from a range of techniques throughout the therapy journey. She understands that everyone is individual, and therefore will require a unique approach.
Jenna has a special interest in the safety of women, developmental trauma,
relationship and family dysfunction, substance misuse, self-esteem, neuro-diversity, self-care, eating disorders, and the importance of boundaries.
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What we can offer

We provide professional, bespoke, therapeutic support services to production companies, studios, crew, and creative freelancers. Support can be provided both remotely or in person.

Project consultation services include coaching or counselling support, on-site wellbeing practitioners, mental health risk assessments, wellbeing workshops, Mental Health and Suicide First Aid courses.

All Solas Mind Trainers, Coaches and Therapists are fully qualified and registered specialists.
For youFor your team
"Solas Mind have been instrumental in keeping our crew feel safe and supported at work during the Covid 19 pandemic. From support on how to deal with and recognise signs of people struggling with mental health to being a great support for myself with the pressures of working as a Covid production manager. Every production should have a professional mental service like Solas Mind onboard to support crew."
Georgette Turner, Director, Production Safety Boat Rocker Studios
"The pressure on crew to present a strong front that you're OK and not show weakness or flaws is enormous. The pressures of being freelance are wide ranging and often invisible. There is no one who is looking out for individuals not coping so it's important that there is someone external that they can speak to without fear of being exposed. The industry may be open for business and full steam ahead, we are not back to normal. An independent counselling service like the wonderful Solas Mind available on every production and training beforehand would be invaluable to any crew who may be struggling to cope. Any avenue open to the freelancers in Film and TV which gives them professional help from qualified individuals and stops problems becoming something more serious should be embraced and welcomed by all productions and become standard practise"
Harriet Lawrence, Supervising Location Manager
"Solas Mind delivered mental health awareness training for our crew as part of a package of wellbeing support and it was so beneficial. Too many people are still caught up in the stigma of addressing their mental health.Having Solas Mind on call throughout production, offering a professional support service was invaluable. In the current climate we need this now more than ever
Emma Mallett, Production Manager
"Sarah has an understanding of the industry, she can absolutely understand the issues that trainees and freelancers face and their current potential anxieties.Sarah and her team at Solas Mind have been offering 1-2-1 counselling  to our HETV Trainee Finder trainees, First Break and Make a Move participants for those who have felt that they needed someone to speak to in the COVID-19 pandemic.The sessions have been easy to book and feedback from those who have attended has been positive. Trainees have appreciated that ScreenSkills HETV has ensured that they have had access to this kind of support in this uncertain time and we have really welcomed working with Sarah to provide it"
Nicky Ball - ScreenSkills HETV Senior New Entrant Manager

Solas Mind is here for your production, company, studio

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We have worked with 32 of the biggest clients in the industry - supporting their productions and companies.

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We have over 25 dedicated therapists who are qualified, vetted, and personally interviewed by our team.

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We have received 99% positive feedback from all of the clients and productions that we have worked with.

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We consistently monitor and optimise the security of our data, to make sure that all client and therapy information is safe.

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We tailor our service to every client and individual, to make sure they get the most from Solas Mind.

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All of our therapists are fully qualified and abide by an ethical code of practice. Confidentiality is central to this.

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