21 Union Street
Ramsbottom, BL0 9AN

Our Team

Adele Clayton

Hi, I’m Adele and I’m the founder and an Integrative Counsellor at Thriving Young Minds.

My interest in counselling started when I volunteered for Childline in 2000. From that point I knew I wanted to work with children and young people. I completed my training in Person-Centred Counselling in 2004 and went on to work for Childline, Greater Manchester Police, a mental health organisation in Australia and in education for eight years.

Since I qualified I have attended numerous professional courses and events, I love to keep learning and stay up-to-date with developments. Over the course of my career I have trained in other approaches to enhance what I offer and ensure each client gets a service appropriate to their needs. I have also obtained BACP accreditation which recognises high standards of achievement, knowledge and skills.

I have a particular interest in trauma, having written policies to respond to potentially traumatic incidents as well as working with the individual impact it has in all developmental stages through to adulthood.

I decided to set up Thriving Young Minds in 2018 because I wanted children and young people to have an opportunity to receive the service they deserve. The principles behind this are ones that have been so important to me over the years.

Adele Clayton. Qualified Children and Young People's Therapist, Ramsbottom, Bury

Hayley Naisbitt

Hi, my name is Hayley, and I am a Person-Centred Counsellor at Thriving Young Minds.

I offer therapy in many different ways depending on individual need.  Working with children and young people has been a passion of mine for many years; I have experience in various settings from community based, early years, charitable organisations supporting homeless young people, online and telephone support services, children’s social care, to secondary and further education.

Following my degree in Childhood Studies, I decided to specialise in counselling, combining the passion that I have working with children and young people with my hope to help them feel truly heard.  All too often I came across children and young people who did not feel understood, did not feel listened to and did not feel that their voice was important.  My aim as a counsellor is to achieve the opposite; I believe that everyone has the ability to express themselves uniquely, can make choices that are best for them, and develop resilience to help them cope with the various challenges that they may face.

During my time as a BACP registered counsellor, I have developed the following principles which outline the way in which I work:

  • Individualised Approach
  • Respect and Acceptance
  • Empowerment
  • Trusting Relationship

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further please feel free to get in touch through the contact page.

Catherine Collins

Hi, My name is Catherine and I am a Play Therapist at Thriving Young Minds.

In 2010 I embarked on a career change, I knew I wanted to work with children and young people, I had built up lots of experience facilitating creative arts and media projects, I even did a short stint as a primary school teaching assistant, but nothing felt like it was the right thing, until I discovered play therapy.

In a play therapy session I will support a child to take the lead with the content and set their own pace, they get to choose which creative ways work best for them and I will join them in whatever way they need, helping them to communicate what is happening for them. This is one of the things I love most about play therapy, it’s safe and gentle, a child will only do what they are ready to. It is a real privilege to facilitate a Childs therapeutic journey in this way, helping them understand their story and supporting them to reach their full potential…I think I might have the best job on the planet!

I have worked across the north-west, setting up and delivering play therapy in more than 15 different schools, at the same time supporting teaching staff, parents and other professionals working with my clients to continue supporting them once therapy has ended, ensuring the benefits are long-lasting. Over the years I have developed a particular interest in working with adopted and looked after children, completing additional trainings to ensure I can support these complex referrals in the best possible way.

If you are interested in finding out more about Play Therapy for your child or a family based approach such as Filial Therapy, or Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, I welcome you to contact me for an informal chat, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Sue Warburton

Hi, let me introduce myself, my name is Sue Warburton, and I am an Integrative Counsellor at Thriving Young Minds.

For the past twenty years I have worked with young people in many settings, such as youth and community work, residential care, children and families, mostly within a school and college environment.

In the sessions I will offer talking therapy as well as activities using my knowledge and passion to work with young people in a way that will help them express their feelings and anxieties in a safe, non-judgemental place. Enabling us to work together and build a trusting relationship that will help them work toward a way of coping.

Over the years I have completed many courses around supporting and working with young people and this has enabled me to build an understanding. I am a BACP registered member and adhere to their code of practice. The modalities I work with are both Person Centred (talking therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) using these approaches in an integrative way.
With over twenty years’ experience in working with children and young people I understand the importance of:-
Honesty and Respect

If you would like more information, please click here to visit the contact page.


Hello, my names Jess and I am a Person Centred Counsellor at Thriving Young Minds.

My undergraduate degree in Childhood Development first whetted my appetite to understand young people and how issues in childhood can influence future prospects. I wanted to find a profession that allowed me to support children and young people to gain an understanding of themselves and the world around them. Completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy has allowed me to explore a range of ways to empower young people to feel comfortable and confident in themselves.

For the past five years I have worked in a range of settings including pupil referral units, colleges and as part of the Primary Care Network in GP Surgeries. In these roles I was able to witness first-hand how often my clients felt failed by mental health services and how this impacted on their wellbeing.  This experience pushed me to further train in coaching techniques devised with young people in mind such as Solution Focused theory and Motivational interviewing.

I endeavour to combine the non-judgemental, empathic aspects of person centred therapy with the strengths based approach of my coaching training to curate a flexible and bespoke service.

If you have an queries or anything you would like to discuss further, do not hesitate to get in touch through the contact page.

Young People’s Therapy

BACP Accredited Counsellors in Ramsbottom


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