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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.


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

I first became interested in Play Therapy during a guest speaker lecture in University. During this particular lecture I was instantly drawn to the secure, non-directive and safe nature this form of therapy provides and was intrigued by how it is used to aid self-expression, healing and growth in children.

Throughout gaining my qualification as a Certified Play Therapist I have helped children with a range of complex needs and have gained knowledge and experience in all areas of play therapy, developing a particular interest in traumatic grief.

During sessions I offer a non-judgmental space to help each child lead the way and enter upon a journey of healing and discovery using the play room and mediums that are most pertinent to them. Through the creation of a warm therapeutic relationship children are able to make sense of their internal conflicts, feelings and accompanying reactions in order to build and strengthen their ability to handle any situation helping them in many aspects of their lives. It is both and honour and pleasure to witness the transformation of each child once they realise that they are not only able to reach their full potential socially and academically but are capable of just about anything they put their minds to!

As a professional member of PTUK my work is underpinned by their code of ethics and ethical framework in order to keep both myself and the children that enter my play room safe and free from harm. Their standards ensure that the therapy I provide is of the highest quality and most importantly has the child’s needs and welfare firmly at the centre of each session.

If you would like any more information or questions about play therapy, please get in touch via the contact page and we can arrange to have an informal chat

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.

Helen Cunningham

I’m Helen Cunningham, a qualified person-centred counsellor, working at Thriving Young Minds.

A very warm welcome, I’m Helen Cunningham, a qualified person-centred counsellor, working at Thriving Young Minds with children and young adults. I provide a counselling service dedicated to personalised support for when life gets tough for our children and young adults; and I appreciate that life can become very tough for them.

You will find my approach personalised to the needs of your child or young adult and characterised by one simple belief; that in a safe and non-judgemental counselling environment, they learn to process what has become emotionally painful for them and grow towards a happier and healthier version of themselves.

It is never too early nor too late.

As a graduate member of The British Psychological Society and also a registered member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I want you to know that my work is always underpinned by professional ethics and standards. The best interests of your child or young adult will always be my priority.

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