Meet our team of lovely people

The YESS Team

Julie Bird

CEO & Founder

Meet Julie

Julie is the CEO & Founder of Your Emotional Support Service. As well as this, Julie is a fully qualified therapist & supervisor. Alongside our clinical manager, Julie oversees our day-to-day operations to ensure we always provide the best service within our community.

Valerie Leeming

Art Psychotherapist

Meet Val

Dawn Hindle


Meet Dawn

For the past 11 years, Dawn has worked with young people and their families within secondary education, as a teacher and pastorally. Dawn is an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor which means that she has trained in different modalities but uses a person-centred foundation. In Dawn's spare time, she is a part-time shepherdess and keen sportswoman - albeit that tends to be spectating rather than participating these days...

Sarah Pritchard

Development Officer

Meet Sarah

Sarah's role is to provide business support to the charity, including service development, funding streams, marketing & human resources. She joined YESS in September 2022 having previously worked mainly in the medical sector, for private businesses and for the NHS in similar management support roles.

Harriet Cox

Trainee Art Therapist

Meet Harriet

Harriet is currently doing her Masters in Art Therapy. She enjoys the Theatre and loves to knit in her spare time!

Samantha Miles

Clinical Manager

Meet Sam

Sam is our clinical manager, she oversees our wonderful team of therapists. As well as this, Sam is a fully qualified therapist & supervisor. From coordinating and allocating you with a therapist, to ensuring our Therapists are supported - her role really is crucial in ensuring you get the best out of your YESS journey.

Tammy lowe

Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Ella White

Placement Counsellor

Meet Ella

Ella is a trainee counsellor completing her counselling post graduate diploma at Staffordshire University. She works within the Person-Centred approach. This means clients are placed at the centre of our work in therapy together, empowering you on your journey through life and its obstacles and focusing on your needs as an individual, and even more importantly, your needs as a human being. Ella is very interested and involved in spirituality and hopes to explore existential therapy more as her career evolves.

Charlie Chinnock

Trainee Counsellor

Meet Charlie

Charlie is currently in her final year of a MSc in counselling children and young people at Northampton University. She applies an integrative approach allowing for a flexible approach through different modalities to your therapy. This application allows your therapy to be adapted to you as an individual. Charlie also works as a RSW for children and young people with challenging behaviours and learning disabilities. In her spare time Charlie enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying good food.

Ula Booth

Sessional Counsellor

Meet Ula

Ula is a qualified Integrative Counsellor with a holistic attitude to therapy, combining the use of core conditions of the Person-Centred Approach and the elements of Gestalt Therapy, Creative Arts and Inner Child processes to tailor the therapy to suit the individual and to facilitate greater self-awareness and personal growth. In her spare time Ula loves walking her dog, learning to cook new recipes and crafting.

Sue Dallison

Outreach Support Worker

Meet Sue

Sue has 16 years' of experience working in the voluntary sector in various client support and development roles across Uttoxeter and East Staffordshire. She is a member of the local PPG and has a passionate interest in supporting the local community and highlighting, causes that matter to local people. In her last role as a social prescriber, Sue, became acutely aware of the impact of social isolation and loneliness on a person’s mood and well-being.

Neil Harrison

Art Psychotherapist

Meet Neil

Neil is a trained art psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Art therapy is an established form of psychological therapy which uses creative expression to support the service user. To work with an art therapist you do not need any previous art-making experience. Art therapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and Neil is also a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)

Rebecca Canning


Meet Rebecca

Rebecca has worked as a teacher for 25 years, in both the secondary and primary sector. She is now a trained person-centred counsellor, begining her councelling journey with YESS. Rebecca will be working with children, young people & adults. In her spare time she loves walking, swimming & travel!

Barbara Birch

Finance Officer

Meet Barb

Barb is our finance manager. She is responsible for the overall financial health of the charity.

Emily Smith

Trainee Marketing & Engagement Officer

Meet Emily

Emily is our trainee marketing & engagement office, working with us whilst studying Marketing at University.

Dom Treharne

Trainee Counsellor

Meet Dom

Dom is on placement at YESS as part of an MSc course in Counselling and Psychotherapy and he works in a person-centred way with his clients. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and playing piano for several music groups.

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