Calm Minds Associates
A network of trusted practitioners

Calm Minds associates are a network of trusted therapists and trainers that practice through Calm Minds and collaborate to provide the most appropriate treatment or training for our clients.

Emily Hamlet BSc, MA, MBACP

Emily is a registered member of the BACP and has both a Bachelor of Science in Counselling Studies with Therapeutic Pathways and a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from The University of Salford. She offers person-centred and integrative counselling approaches, often using CBT and Mindfulness techniques, which means that she can fully tailor her sessions to each individual client. She prides herself on her flexibility to be able to offer support to clients with a vast range of challenges as well as being competent to work with clients of all ages, genders and sexualities. Her previous work includes working within multiple high school settings, for the charity Age UK (which included seeing elderly clients as well as their family/carers) and also within her private practice.

Emily’s specialisms include working with people who are experiencing issues around self-acceptance, negative body image/body dysmorphia and the impact of social media on these issues as well as working with anxiety, depression, grief and the breakdown of relationships/families. Another area of Emily’s expertise would be offering support to both male and female clients who are going through fertility complications, miscarriage and also suffering from ante-natal and/or post-natal depression and anxiety.

She is available to work with both long and short term clients and is able to offer both daytime and evening sessions.

Joanna Page

Joanna Page

Joanna is a registered member of the BACP and has both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Training) from The University of Salford. Joanna offers person-centred and integrative counselling approaches. Joanna has experience in play therapy and worked alongside The Place 2 Be for many years providing both support to young people and parents. Joanna works with clients aged 5 years old upwards using play therapy techniques both within primary and secondary schools and her private practice work.

Joanna has 11 years experience of working with children and young people, supporting their parents, and school staff.

She prides herself on her warmth and genuine approach, building lasting and trusting relationships with her clients.  She can support clients with a range of challenges as well as be competent to work with clients of all ages, genders and sexualities. Her previous work includes working within multiple school settings, for Chrysalis, a bereavement support charity within Halton, before working with well-known charities such as Visyon, Beacon and Signpost Young Carers.

Joanna’s specialisms include working with clients who are experiencing issues around low confidence, and low self-esteem, relationship problems, issues within school/behaviour, anxiety, depression, grief and the breakdown of families. Joanna also has experience working with clients with additional needs, for example, clients with Autism and ADHD.

Joanna is available to work with both long and short term clients and is able to offer both daytime and evening sessions.

Sue Heritage

Sue Heritage

Sue is a qualified and experienced counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). With a person-centred approach as her foundation for therapy, Sue prides herself on being able to offer a flexible, supportive and client-led therapeutic service.

Sue has experience of and is competent to work with all ages, genders and sexualities and can offer individual counselling sessions from age 13. She has varied experience in private practice, mental health services, education and charities. Sue’s specialisms include working with clients experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety, grief and loss (including relationship breakdowns), body image and body dysmorphic disorder, self-esteem and self-acceptance, work-related stress and perinatal anxiety and/or depression (including miscarriage, fertility difficulties and paternal depression/anxiety).

Before qualifying, Sue worked at a senior level in both the public and charitable sectors for 15 years with children and young people. Her experience of inequality of access and opportunity to education, skills and training for children and young people in poverty supported and developed her passion for meeting people where they are and supporting their journey to reaching their potential. Sue also currently works in NHS Mental Health Services supporting young people 11-16 with varying mental health support needs and has experience in delivering online computerised CBT with young people and young adults.

Sue is available to work with clients offering weekday and evening sessions and is willing to work with short and long term clients.

John Cotterill

John Cotterill

We are all, at some time in our lives, in a Relationship. It could be an intimate one with a partner or spouse; how we relate to a family member or friend, the way we relate with a manager or work colleague and most importantly the relationship we have with ourselves. What these relationships all share is the potential to be rewarding and fulfilling, they can also be problematic and confusing. The way in which we relate to ourselves can make us feel anxious, depressed, shameful or be the source of low self-esteem, therefore the way we feel about ourselves can in turn affect the way we relate to and with others. Although family and friends can help it may be limited and emotionally charged, at these times it can be useful to relate to a professional who can offer a safe and confidential space to work in.

My name is John and I have worked as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 25 years. I work with couples and individuals with a range of issues. (see the website,

I am an Accredited Couple and Psychosexual Therapist and Clinical Supervisor and offer flexible appointments each session is for an hour @ £85.

Louise Wilcock

Louise Wilcock

Louise is a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

Louise offers person-centred and integrative counselling for adults which is tailored to each client’s individual circumstances.  She places emphasis on getting to know and understand each client.  She offers a caring and supportive environment, so helping to build a good connection and therapeutic relationship.

Louise has a range of experiences which includes anxiety, bereavement, depression, low mood, low self-esteem, grief and loss.  She also has a keen interest in the relationship between mental health and nutrition, being qualified as a nutritionist.

Louise also works at a cancer and life-limiting illness charity where she offers counselling to cancer patients, carers and bereaved clients.

Louise is available to work with short and long term clients offering daytime appointments.

Heather Coppard

Heather Coppard

ADCHyp, GQHP, MSc Management Practice, BSc Professional Nursing Studies, Diploma Community Health Studies (Health visiting), Diploma in Adult Nursing (Registered Adult Nurse)

Heather is a qualified Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Practitioner registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (ADCHyp, GQHP). Heather is also trained and experienced Hypnobirthing instructor (KGH Hypnobirthing)

With over 30 years working in health care as a Nurse, Health Visitor and Hypnotherapist, Heather brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her practice. Heather is a registered specialist Hypnotherapist in chronic pain management and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Heather has a particular professional interest in female health issues and has enhanced hypnotherapy training infertility, menopause, and hypnobirthing. Heather has established working links with St Marys Women’s hospital in Manchester, where she co-created and chairs a female pelvic pain support group ( Heather regularly sees patients with gynaecological issues including vulvodynia, vaginismus, lichen sclerosis, pudendal neuralgia, pelvic floor dysfunction, menstrual issues and menopause symptoms.

Calm Minds Associate Ann Todd

Ann Todd, BA, MA Clinical Counselling, MBACP (accredited)

Ann is an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor and holds an MA in clinical counselling. She works with people who are experiencing psychological distress due to a wide range of reasons. She provides a counselling relationship where you are heard, understood and accepted. This non-judgemental relationship allows clients to explore their emotions and thoughts, what is troubling them, why and then discover a way forward.

Common problems that Ann works with are anxiety, panic, worry and over-thinking, bereavement, anger, loss, trauma and low self-esteem. She has a special interest in both anxiety, and perinatal difficulties such as miscarriage, stillbirth and birth trauma. Her research into traumatic childbirth has been published. Ann uses a person-centred approach, CBT and Solution Focused techniques, Mindfulness and she has recently trained in EMDR for the treatment of trauma and traumatic memories.

She holds Healthcare Professional Recognition with Aviva and AXA PPP and is, therefore, able to work with their members under their insurance scheme.

Margaret Etchells

Margaret Etchells – Dip Coun MBACP Counselling Therapist

Margaret is a qualified counsellor, and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and has experience counselling adults, young people and couples from a variety of cultures.

Before qualifying as a therapist, Margaret worked for a large retail company, supporting staff through disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancy, bullying and work-related stress issues.

Margaret is an educational professional, and has supported children, young people and families for many years, and understands how different experiences can impact family life.

Her counselling training includes a Diploma in Integrative Therapy, Certificate in Person-Centred Therapy, specialist courses in Counselling for Addictions and Domestic and Sexual Abuse, including experience of counselling adults who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Alongside her private practice, Margaret also works for a large charitable counselling organisation, where she has experience of working with a variety of issues, genders, sexuality, cultures, faiths and social backgrounds.

Sue Harman BA, MBACP, GHR

Sue is a qualified and registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, a trained clinical hypnotherapist and Mindfulness practitioner. Her latest training has been as a Supervisor with the Diploma being awarded in 2015.

Starting her counselling career in the NHS has brought a wide breadth of experience and challenge, coupled with a solid understanding and knowledge of the stresses and anxieties arising from working in the corporate world.

Alongside her integrative counselling work, Sue may also make use of creative therapies, where appropriate, to bring about change, offering painting/drawing/writing, harnessing metaphor and visualisation.

Hypnotherapy can be offered as part of ongoing treatment or as a stand-alone therapy depends upon the individual needs of the client.

Sue has had her own private practice for some years now, offering both short and long-term therapy to adults and teenagers.

Dr Neesha Patel

Neesha is a Health Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

With over 10 years’ experience of working within health behaviour change across a range of settings including corporate organisations, Academia, NHS, and charity.

Neesha offers specialist psychological support across weight management and lifestyle behaviour change to help people to have a healthier relationship with food, and tackle factors related to lifestyle (stress, sleep, exercise, diet).

Neesha is passionate about preventing the onset of long-term health conditions. She uses a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions to tailor, support, and empower clients to reach and maintain their health goals and feel good too.

Michelle Nixon

A professional integrative counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

With over 15 years of experience specialising in stress, anxiety, low mood, depression, heath anxiety, bereavement and loss. 

Michelle is a trained hypnotherapist and is currently working towards becoming a mindfulness teacher. 

Michelle’s warm and compassionate approach to her clients’ stems from her many decades working both in the NHS and the charity sector as a trained adult nurse (RGN). 


Tracey is a registered BACP person centred counsellor with 20 years’ experience of supporting adults and young people, with a background in Psychology and Social Work. She has extensive experience in trauma, currently working for ‘Rape Crisis’ and as a college counsellor. 

She is also a registered and accredited Play Therapist, providing support to children and young people in primary and secondary schools, commissioned by Local Authorities, The Adoption Support Fund, Schools and Colleges and worked for the NSPCC, a Cancer Care charity and Caritas. 

She provides support to parents/carers and school staff on many struggles such as self-harm, bereavement, loss, abuse, anxiety, depression, family support and neurodiversity, trauma etc.