Hi, I’m Sally and am one of the Health and Wellbeing workers here at the Emotional Wellbeing Service. I have been here since July 2017, moving from a secondary school where I ran a provision for vulnerable pupils.
Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed just how much of a positive impact the correct support regarding mental health can have on young people and it’s something I’m really passionate about… along with dogs, cheese, travelling to new places and supporting Wales in the rugby!
Health and Wellbeing Worker/ Volunteer co-ordinator
My name is Leanne and I am one of the Health and Wellbeing workers. My role involves facilitating groups, completing assessments and generally working to help young people in Cardiff and the Vale. I am also the volunteer coordinator so I try to find amazing volunteers who can help us to help you. We have great volunteers now who are just as dedicated and passionate as we all are.
My background is working in various roles including; support work, mental health, substance misuse, counselling and volunteering with the homeless. I have a real passion for making life easier for people.
Hi I’m Sandra.
I have the pleasure of managing the Emotional Wellbeing Service and providing support for the brilliant staff. I have worked in the Health and Social Care sector for over 20 years. I am a qualified youth worker, business manager and substance misuse professional.
I have been lucky enough to manage diverse services across South Wales, such as Families First, Youth Work Services, Young Carers, Alternative Education Provisions, Youth offending service, Substance misuse, Health Inclusion Programmes etc.
I hope I have made a difference to improve confidence, build resilience and see them reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.
Senior Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi, I’m Amy.
I am an Occupational Therapist and have worked for the Emotional Wellbeing Service since August 2016.
I’m trained in the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy. I also use mindfulness techniques within most aspects of my practice, as well as practicing as part of my own personal wellbeing management.
I really enjoy helping young people to overcome whatever barriers are in the way of a happy and fulfilling life; whether that is learning healthy coping strategies, battling mind-bullies that say ‘I can’t’ or building confidence and self esteem to be able to say ‘I can!’
When I am not at work, I like to run and spend time with my dog, a beagle called Marlow.
Health and Wellbeing worker
Hi, I’m Jo.
I’m one of the health and wellbeing workers in the team. Following my degree in psychology I have worked in the mental health field for a number of years, both with adults and young people, in various community and hospital settings. I have a real passion for early intervention and in helping people as early as possible to build resilience, develop positive coping skills and empowering them to build the future they want!
When not in work, I’m usually pursuing my other passion for travelling and seeing new places.
Health and Wellbeing worker
Hi my name is Ross.
I’m a fully qualified youth worker and I’m the substance misuse lead in the team. Before I joined the team I was a young people’s drugs and alcohol worker for ten years and I’m happy to say I was able to help some very vulnerable people during that time. That’s important to me because I’m passionate about working with young people and helping them through difficult times in their lives.
Before that I, I worked as an artist and film-maker and I got to work on some great projects. I still love to do creative things like painting and making music in my spare time.
Hi I’m Dr Gwen O’Connor!
I joined the Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) in June 2019. I’m a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Cardiff University, a Masters with distinction in Experimental Psychology from Sussex University and a first-class Honours degree in Criminology and Psychology from Southampton University. I am also a qualified EMDR Therapist.
I have ten years’ experience working with children, young people and adults who experience mental health difficulties and/or display risky behaviours across NHS, education, social care, criminal justice and the charitable sector. I work with young people and families to help assess their needs and offer bespoke psychological interventions. I am trained in lots of different types of psychological approaches which help me work with people to meet their individual goals. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the Trauma Recovery Model, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Narrative Therapy.
My role at EWS also involves helping our team offer the best possible service to young people by providing supervision, training, and consultation as well as carrying out evaluation to continually improve our service.
Outside of work I love to cook yummy things to eat and do Pilates.
Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi, I’m Claire!
I work as a Health and Wellbeing worker. I joined the service end of May 2019.
I have worked with young people and their families in education, local authority and charity settings. Before moving to Wales from Scotland, I worked within residential childcare with young people who needed support with their behaviour and emotions, and as a family support worker in an early intervention setting.
I am passionate about working with young people to promote understanding of wellbeing and to develop positive relationships with their peers and families.
When I am not working I enjoy baking (especially cupcakes and cookies) and spending time with my family and friends.
Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi, my name is Jess
And I became a Health and Wellbeing Worker in 2018 after volunteering for the service for almost a year. I have studied psychology as an undergraduate and now I’m studying for a masters in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health at Kings College London.
My role allows me to support young people to recognise their own strengths and identify any positive changes they’d like to make in order for them to build resilience, which I think is something incredibly important.
In my spare time I enjoy music and going to gigs, spending time with friends and going out for food in Cardiff.
Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
Hello! I’m Maria.
I am the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the service. If you call the service it’s likely that I’ll be the first person you talk to.
I have worked for the service since 2018 and I enjoy working with the team to support young people to improve their emotional wellbeing and to reduce risk taking behaviours.
Out of work, I like to spend my time with my dachshund, friends and family and planning my next holiday!’
What our clients say
“The best thing about the service [is] how they [address] issues not as an alien subject but as a natural subject that can be overcome.”
“Things are better because I feel like I’m not alone anymore.”
“It allowed me to structure better the techniques I have been trying to teach my child and adding a few and made him believe that they could work”