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Why You Should Come To S A N D

It’s not really that long ago that psychotherapy and counselling were viewed as something that should be kept a secret. But times have, thankfully, changed. More and more of us are benefiting from this useful tool for mental and emotional wellbeing.

What We Do

Specialist counselling service for adults who have suffered from sexual abuse including rape and their non-offending family members.

Counselling Service

We are set up to provide a quality specialist service in North Devon for any adult who identifies with being a survivor or victim of sexual abuse including rape.

Men's Group

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Online groups only until 2022.
Please contact Russell on 07773 151080 to leave a message, or email here.

Women's Group

We have been running a successful Women’s peer support group this year and we meet every Wednesday at 12 Noon. Please contact Josie for more details. These groups will be held by our experienced volunteer Viki.

Couples

If you and your partner are experiencing relationship difficulties as a result of sexual abuse and/or rape then you can access short-term solution-focussed couple therapy with us. This will consist of 6 – 8 sessions and will be the low cost of £30.00 the cost for counselling for each hourly session. Please email or phone Jose to express an interest on 07763 617693 or leave a message here.

See What we Have in Our Team

Managing Director

Josephine Knight

Managing Director

Please get in contact if you have any questions about the project.

Josephine Knight

Managing Director

Counsellors

Gemma Trace

Counsellor

Sonia Cox

Counsellor

Jonathan Harris

Counsellor

Jonathan Harris is a counsellor and psychotherapist who trained to work with adults, families, children and adolescents. He was the counselling manager at Bedford Open Door Counselling Service and trained counsellors and child psychotherapists in Milton Keynes and London for many years. He was the child psychotherapist at Romans Field School in Milton Keynes, before moving to Devon. He works in private practice with clients as well as offering supervision to other therapists and professionals. His website is jonathanharriscounselling.co.uk

Jonathan Harris

Counsellor

Sandra Williamson

Counsellor

Tracey Townsend

Counsellor

Sally Ornellas

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My name is Sally Ornellas and I have been working in the field of mental health and wellbeing for over 30 years. I qualified as an Occupational therapist in 1993, helping individuals and groups find ways to adapt to physical, mental and emotional distress/disability, enjoying posts in Social services and the NHS, all within the local area of North Devon. Sally Ornellas This led to a period of time working with those with long term mental health problems, often preceded by some traumatic experience. Whilst working within NHS department of Psychology I trained to lead Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction (MBCT & MBSR) groups in Barnstaple. During my time in the local Depression and Anxiety Service (DAS) I gained a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Exeter University. Following on from this I qualified as an EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation & Reprocessing) therapist and it is this therapy that I intend to offer at SAND. I favour an holistic approach to recovery and since retiring from the NHS in 2014 I work privately, offering a combination of the above methods of treatment along with Shiatsu massage and Yoga. You can find find more information on my website yogabreathing.co.uk

Sally Ornellas

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Volunteers

Caitlin Cronin

Volunteers

My name is Caitlin and I help out with the social media at SAND. I love learning, teaching and researching so really enjoy the opportunity to gain and spread knowledge through SAND’s social media. I work as a private tutor and I’m currently studying for my PhD; while my work is literature and history based, I’m also writing on trauma. I’ve been lucky enough to audit a BSc in Psychology and this has motivated me in taking other courses that prioritise helping and understanding others. Caitlin Cronin I like to think that working with children has helped me develop me into a kind, patient and enthusiastic listener. I place a lot of value on empathy and understanding. If there’s ever anything that has helped you in coping and surviving, please send me a message on SAND’s Facebook or Instagram as I would love to share it to help others. As a survivor myself, it took me years to acknowledge what had happened to me. I found that once I admitted to being a survivor, it became really obvious that out of all of my friends and family members, no woman or member of the LGBTQ+ community hadn’t experienced some form of sexual harassment, assault or abuse. This made me determined to help within the community as much as possible, whether it’s through petitions, my PhD, spreading knowledge, or social media! My studies are focused on making academia a more equal place, free of discrimination; one of the things I love most about SAND is that we acknowledge anyone can be a survivor, and we are here to help you all. Best wishes Caitlin Cronin

Caitlin Cronin

Volunteers

Viki Smith

Online Womens Support Group

Viki Smith

Womens Support

Nicola Land

Admin support Fundraising & Project Management

Nicola Land

Admin & Management

Samsher Singh

I have over 6 years of experience in web development and SEO industry. I can provide you the best of service, right from website design to content development, and even repairing of hacked websites. I have worked in more than 500 websites and have thorough experience in web hosting, SEO, hacked fixing, PHP, and WordPress. I can handle your email marketing process and Google Ad Space services as well. I specialize in different domains of web development services as well as digital marketing. I can work with you to write the content and subject lines, recommend the best technologies for you to use, and more. Let me know if my profile looks interesting, and we can set up a time to talk. I can assure you visible results within a few days of my services. I promise fast conversion rate.

Samsher Singh

Webmaster

Director's

Karen Black

SAND Founder and Director

My name is Karen Black and I founded Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC at the end of 2016. I felt compelled to do more to help the many people in North Devon that I was both seeing and hearing about who were coming forward to talk about their sexual abuse. This included men and women. My whole life’s work and nearly 35 years training and experience enable me to offer you an authentic and responsive service. I have worked as a Metropolitan Police Officer (as a specially trained Sexual Offences Investigation Officer); in addiction rehabilitation centres; Women’s' refuges; family assessment centres and in private practice as a therapist. This allows me to work sensitively with a vast array of issues that people who have been subject to offences of sexual violation frequently suffer from as a result of their trauma. I consider myself to be a professional and warm counsellor. My core training is 'person centred' which means that you are at the heart of everything we do. You are in the driving seat and the agenda is yours. I undergo regular CPD (continual professional development) and have a vested interest in learning all I can about trauma and the body. I am additionally trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), telephone work and as a couples counsellor. I am also a supervisor of other therapists. I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and am fully insured, hold a current DBS and am registered with ICO(Information Commissioners Office). I identify as being a 'survivor' myself. Please get in contact if you have any questions about the project.

Karen Black

Founder & Director

Nigel Wright

Director

Nigel Wrigh

Director

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