Our Founder

Sarah Mccaffrey MBACP
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In response to industry demand, our founder, Sarah McCaffrey, combined her experience of working in film and media as a psychotherapist (MBACP) to create Solas Mind.

Sarah has worked in the film and tv industry for many years both as actor, on production and as a film and tv production training manager and has a unique understanding of the pressures inherent in the creative sector and the workplace demands when working in film and tv production.

Sarah delivers talks and training on supporting good mental health throughout the industry and also delivers Mental Health Awareness Training nationwide for HETV Drama Heads of Department on behalf of ScreenSkills.

Sarah works in private practice online, at Pinewood Studios and in London.
Her theoretical approach is based upon the Person-Centred Theory which was developed in the 1950’s from the work of American psychologist Carl Rogers.

Person-centred counselling helps people by creating an open, safe space to talk. It is 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.

The person-centred approach allows the client and therapist freedom to talk openly about anything in a private and non-judgemental environment. Counselling is a journey of self-discovery and the positive relationship between client and counsellor is the main therapeutic agent.

Sarah will accompany you on a journey of self-discovery., looking at where you would like to be in your life and what currently prevents you getting there. Her role is to get to know you and for you to develop a greater understanding of yourself in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. 

Working at your pace, Sarah offers guidance and support so that new options become available to you.

Sarah is also a suicide and mental health first aid trainer, has specialist training in sexual violence against women and is a volunteer counsellor at Rape Crisis.

'It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behaviour and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided.' (Rogers, 1980)
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"Here at The Brain Tumour Charity we’ve been working Solas Mind for 2 years and have nothing but praise for the service they provide.  It’s so easy for our team members to access really effective counselling via the online platform, it’s become a very valued benefit.  There’s a great choice of counsellors with varied expertise and the online resources are helpful and easy to access.."
Michelle Stevenson, People and Culture Manager, The Brain Tumour Charity
"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 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

What we can offer

We provide professional, bespoke, therapeutic support services to companies, studios, crew, employees 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.
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