Beautiful Minds is a specialised counselling service that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health in children and young adults. We provide a safe and confidential environment which allows our young people to freely explore their thoughts and feelings, at their own pace and without fear of judgement.
We believe that everybody is innately good and our behaviours and attitudes are developed through life experiences. We feel that a person is not defined by their behaviour and that everybody is able to become who they truly are.
Our aim is to empower our young people to gain self awareness, encourage growth and to promote resilience, so they are able to confidently make healthy and positive life choices.
We have a person centred approach to our therapy which essentially means that we believe that nobody knows our clients better than they know themselves, and they are ultimately the only people who are able to make the necessary changes that they feel they need. We believe that our approach allows children and young adults to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe non-judgmental way, in order to gain clarity and perspective. By being non-directive and trusting our clients, they are able to gain a sense of empowerment which results in greater self-esteem, confidence and resilience. However, whilst we work within a person centred approach, we adapt the way we work to suit the individual needs of our clients, and because children and young adults can find it difficult to make sense of their world around them, and may equally have difficulty communicating this, we intergrate other therapies such as CBT and creative therapies such as art, drama, play and sand tray, to support our clients on their therapeutic journey. Some of the areas we work with but are not limited to are,
Loss & Bereavement
Confidence & Self-esteem
Emotional distress & thoughts of suicide
In 2005 Salina began her career lecturing in further education before working in specialist schools for children with social emotional and behavioural difficulties. As part of her continuing professional development, and because of her passion for the children she worked with, she began to study counselling to enhance her skills, and it was here that marked the beginning of her therapeutic career. She continued with her studies which led her to use her skills as a listening volunteer for Samaritans in 2010 and began counselling children and young adults in 2013. Now a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, she has begun working in Private Practice with the aim to end the stigma surrounding mental health, and to reduce waiting times allowing young people to gain support sooner. Salina has an enhanced DBS check, full and up to date child protection training and is fully insured for all areas of her work.
Q: How can counselling help?
A: Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgemental environment. It can help you gain clarity on your circumstances and aims to empower you by supporting you in finding your own solutions.
Q: How long do I have to wait for an appointment?
A: Waiting times are dependent on availability but our aim is to offer you an initial session within two weeks of your referral. However, if you feel you need help urgently then please contact your local GP or contact Samaritans on 116 123.
Q: What happens in the first session?
A: The first session is a free consultation where we are able to gain a better understanding of what has brought you to therapy (and what you hope to achieve out of it) and it is also an opportunity for you to decide if I am the right therapist for you.
Q: How long do sessions last?
A: Each individual session will last for 50 minutes (although some of our younger clients may need less than this) and each session is arranged for the same time each week.
Q: How much therapy will I need?
A: The number of sessions needed are dependent on individual needs. Assessments often give an important indicator, but generally this is something we can discuss together and review as necessary.
Q: Where can I be seen?
A: We are based in Newtown, but we are also able to liaise with schools and colleges if you prefer to be seen in an environment familiar to you.
Q: Is it confidential?
A: Any information disclosed is confidential between the therapist and client, and we are bound by the BACP Code of Ethics.
However, there are some exceptions to this and it’s important to know, that if your counsellor was led to believe that either you or someone else were at risk from serious harm, they may have to break that confidentiality. Although your counsellor will always try and discuss this with you first.
Q: What information do you keep about me?
A: Your counsellor will keep a record of your sessions although your notes are coded and contain no information which identifies you personally. These are stored securely and are kept for up to 7 years following the end of your therapy, after which they will be destroyed. Copies of your notes are available at your request and details of how to do this will be made available to you should you request them.
Q: Can I bring a friend or family member?
A: We know that making that first step into counselling is a big thing, so you are more than welcome to bring someone with you to support you in the free consultation, but we generally feel that counselling works much better for the individual when they attend their sessions on their own. This is something we can talk through together and we will try to answer any questions you may have to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
Q: How much does counselling cost?
A: Each session is £35 but concessionary rates are available. We are also able to receive referrals from local healthcare providers.
Tel: 07950 499541