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!
 

Helen Morse

Counsellor

Hi, my name is Helen and I have been counselling with The Abingdon Bridge since 2016. I aim to offer a warm, non-judgmental relationship in which you can build trust and feel safe enough to explore the difficulties and worries you might be facing, as well as recognising the strengths and resources you already have. I have counselled young people and children in schools and community organisations and I have also worked as a counsellor in a bereavement charity and a prison. I’m a qualified counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have undertaken specialist training in counselling children and young people. I love working as part of the friendly team at TAB to support the young people who use our service.

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.

Dea Merkaj

Wellbeing Practitioner

My name is Dea. I am a qualified Youth Worker and have worked in the field for over three years. My passion for helping young people came from the struggles I experienced myself as a young person . I am very excited to be part of TAB and to support young people with their journeys.

Samantha Young

Wellbeing Practitioner

Hello, I'm Sam, a qualified youth and community worker and complementary therapist, who is passionate about and inspired by working with young people in our home county.

Having had a very traumatic start in my own childhood, it was only due to the support I was offered through a small charity like TAB that I was able to turn my life into the success that it is today. In return I made it my life’s mission to offer that same support and empowerment to other young people.

I have dedicated my 16-year career to exploring and developing new ways of engaging with young people. I have worked in many different roles including specialist emotional support work, 1:1 and group programmes, outdoor education and mental health support and providing complimentary therapies for children and young people. I am very excited to be starting his role with TAB.

Claire Reeves

Counsellor

Hi I’m Claire and I’m a counsellor. Inspired by the support I received as young person trying to cope with anxiety,  I’m honoured to be part of the team at TAB and be able to contribute to the well being and mental health of young people in my community.

Christian Povey

Counsellor

Hello, my name is Christian and I'm an integrative counsellor registered with the BACP. I have experience working with a diverse range of clients with a wide range of difficulties. My main aim though is to create a safe and trusting environment where you can explore whatever may be bothering you without fear of judgement, criticism or blame. I have a particular interest in the challenge’s young LGBTQ+ people face. 

Anne Stewart

Counsellor

I understand it can be very awkward to come into what can seem like a weird world of counselling. TAB is a safe space where the first steps are to get to know you at your own pace.  

I am an integrative counsellor working with the Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and the Transpersonal approaches and a member of the BACP.   

I love to work creatively, believing there is more to Talking Therapy than just talking. 

The Trustees

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

An Oxfordshire charity which supports young people in challenging circumstances.

Registered Charity Number 1160080

Registered at 19 Bridge Street Abingdon OX14 3HN