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.
My name is Sandra Smith
I have worked for CGL for 6 ½ years. I am the service manager for Emotional Wellbeing Service in Cardiff and Vale. I love having the opportunity to work with the team, helping to make positive changes and building resilience with the children, young people and their families.
I have worked in the Health and Social Care Sector for over 20 years and I love having the opportunity to make a difference for young people and see them fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams.
Senior Health and Wellbeing Worker
Hi, I’m Amy! I have worked with young people for about 10 years now, starting out as a youth worker before becoming an Occupational Therapist. I have experience within mental health, alternative education and youth offending 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 my name is Erin
I am the newest member of the team! I am a fully qualified youth worker who has worked within the community and education sectors for over 20 years.
Before I joined the team I worked within the Criminal Justice System in partnership with South Wales Police and the Youth Offending Teams within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
I love working with young people and their families and helping them to make a difference in their lives. That’s why I do the job that I do!
When I am not in work my passion is to travel and experience new adventures.
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.
Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
My name is Charlotte and am the Single Point of Contact – or SPOC.
If you phone the service it’s likely that I’ll be the first person you speak with.
I have worked for the Emotional Wellbeing Service since September 2016 and have experience of providing face-to-face and telephone support through my work and volunteering with SARC, SOVA, Victim Support and SNAP Cymru.
Dr Kale is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with a vast amount of experience to bring to the EWS. Dr Kale is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and also a member of both the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
Dr Kale has most recently worked as a Clinical Psychologist for Cwm Taf University Health Board. Dr Kale has previously worked as a lecturer in Psychology and a Counsellor in Psychology. In addition to her BA in Psychology, MA in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Psychology, Post Graduate Course in Counselling, Advanced Diploma in Child Development, Dr Kale also holds qualifications in CBT, Counselling Studies and an MSc in Systemic Family Psychotherapy. The role of Dr Kale is assessing a client’s needs, abilities or behaviour using a variety of methods, including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour. To provide a specialist psychological input to young people and their families/ carers. To work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside doctors psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, education professionals, health visitors, and support workers.
Dr Kale is able in devising and monitoring appropriate treatment programmes, including different forms of therapy, counselling or advice, in collaboration with colleagues. Offers therapy, psychological interventions for difficulties relating to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and addiction, social and interpersonal problems and challenging behaviour. To provide support, guidance, interpretation and knowledge to carers and families to develop behaviour management and care plan strategies.
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”