Our staff, counsellors & trustees.

Gary Hibbins

TAB Manager

I have been working in the charity sector for 14 years and have a wealth of experience working with young people aged 13-25. After qualifying as a youth worker I went on and trained as an integrative psychotherapist. I have a particular interest in how Social Media and gaming impact young people’s well-being. 

 Melanie Richards

Clinical Lead

Hi my name is Melanie but most people call me Mel. 

I understand how difficult it can be to take the first step when looking for support.  Sometimes it’s really hard to even know if we need help or not...we just know that things don’t feel good. We may feel confused, anxious, angry or sad or we may not even know how we feel, maybe just plain "flat". 

I aim to offer a warm, relaxed, non judgmental, down to earth approach.  So if you would like to talk things over please just call us. Previously I worked with young people aged 14-19 in a youth counselling agency. I also have experience in counselling at a children's hospice, supporting children, teenagers and their families.

Gemma McIntosh

Assistant Clinical lead

I am a qualified psychotherapist, registered with the BACP and trained at Regent's University, London. 

I have experience working with a diverse range of issues from anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, relationship issues to name but a few.

My hobbies are fitness/running and baking!
 

Sinead Higgins

Counsellor

Hi, my name is Sinead,  I am a qualified counsellor and have been working for TAB since 2016. I work alongside and support young people in dealing with a variety of issues within a safe, non judgemental and confidential space.

Helen Morse

Counsellor

I have been counselling with TAB since early 2016. I am a BACP registered counsellor and have also counselled in educational settings, in a bereavement charity and in the justice system.
 

Justin Langford

Healthy lifestyles co-ordinator

Holly Freeland

Healthy lifestyles co-ordinator

Hi, my name is Justin and I’m a qualified advice and guidance worker. I first became interested in working with young people after getting through many years of struggles as a young lad, with drugs, alcohol, crime, issues at school, violence, and relationships. These were some of my struggles, and after going through these issues I decided that I wanted to support young people, so I started working for TAB in the hope that my experiences could maybe help young people make the best choices for themselves. So if you are interested in taking the first step towards a better quality of life then please do give us a shout. I don’t judge and even though I'm the ripe old age of 40 you may find I even speak your language.

Hey, my name is Holly, I am a qualified youth and community worker and have been working locally for 5 years.

Overcoming life experiences are what lead my passion in helping others such as drug addiction, unhealthy relationships, loss, family issues and more. If I hadn't had someone to listen and support me through them without judging me I wouldn't be here now! Reaching out for help and support is a sign of strength, not weakness, and everything that happens good or bad is what you choose to make of it. Get in touch with the brilliant team at TAB if you need any support in making changes in your life today :) 

Christine Karoly

Counsellor

I'm a qualified integrative counsellor and registered with the BACP. Person-centred and Psychodynamic are my main approaches. I joined TAB's wonderful team to offer support to young people facing challenging times while going through an important, changing stage of life.

 

Shelagh Baxter

Counsellor

Hi, I’m Shelagh

After working in secondary education for many years, I retrained in psychodynamic psychotherapy and gained accreditation with BACP in 2008. Since then I have worked as a counsellor with adults and young people in secondary schools and private practice. I joined TAB in 2018 and feel privileged to be part of this dynamic, friendly team offering support to young people over a wide range of issues. 

Richard Harrison

Counsellor

Hi, My name is Richard. I joined TAB to support Young People by offering them a space to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.

The Trustees

Left to right- Steve Oakes, Laurie King, Chris Bryan, Gill Dean, Trevor Wood, Mike Brown, Dick Richards, Howard Spenser.