Welcome to NESSie

Supporting Positive Mental Health in Schools and the Community

Getting the right help to you and your child 




 NESSie provides arts therapies and counselling to support the positive mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people educational settings across Hertfordshire and Essex.


Developed and delivered by a team of experienced Arts therapists and counsellors, NESSie provides a  wrap around service delivery model to ensure children and young people are accessing the right level support to meet individual needs, as well as providing support and training for parents and professionals.  


NESSie works in collaboration with local SEND and mental health and emotional wellbeing Transformation plans and is part of the ‘Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Learning Collaboration’  programme.




Student Support: 0-25 year olds

We provide quality assured arts therapists and counsellors who have experience working in a range of settings including early years, nursery, primary, secondary schools and special educational needs (SEN) settings.  We work both 1-1 and in groups, commissioned locally or funded directly by schools or parents/carers.  Email sblackford@nessieined.com  for further information.


Staff Training and Support Forums

Staff Forums offer support and information sharing. Themes arise from the needs of the group which may include emotional literacy, anxiety and resilience, bereavement, understanding attachment behaviours and sharing good practice. 

These trainings are commintioned locallaly or can be bought in directly. Please email rlambie@nessieined.com for further infotmation

Linking Closely with Outside Agencies

These services include schools, local CAMHS commissioners, National funding bodies, DSPL management groups, local mental health and well-being groups and services.

We are affiliated with the Anna Freud Centre, The Judge Business School (Cambridge) and Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)


Parent/Carer Support Forums

Parent Forums have been developed locally as a platform where ideas and experiences can be shared and supported. Training, advice and information is provided by qualified therapists, and is an opportunity to network and connect with other parents.

These training’s are commissioned locally by Hertfordhaire County Council. Please see our events page or Facebook for further information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we work?

Our approach is always child-centred with the child’s needs being at the heart of what we do. This includes working collaboratively with the parents, carers, education setting and any additional agencies working with the child and/or family. All of our qualified therapists and counsellors are skilled and experienced in working creatively in education settings. We also provide support and placements for trainee therapists. Supervision is offered to all employees within the service.


Where do we work?

We work in a range of settings including early years, nursery, primary, secondary schools including SEN schools. We provide training at local community centres, education settings and visit different sites across the county to ensure our service is as accessible as possible.

We also provide remote support through telephone and video conferencing.

How can I find out about up and coming trainings?

We do our best to ensure all our education settings are aware of up and coming training’s, however we also aim to have these available on our website, as well promoted through your local DSPL. 

Who funds the work?

NESSie is either funded through the DSPL and local authority, or bought in directly through the education setting or parent/carer.

How do I book a therapist/counsellor?

All bookings can be made through the school, local authority or parent/carer. Please complete the referral form on this website, or email our operations manager  Sarah Blackford (sblackford@nessieined.com) for further information.


If you are a parent looking for support, please contact the SENCo or Headteacher at your child’s school. If you are looking for support independently from your child’s school please navigate to our parent page 


What Our Community is Saying about NESSie:

“The workshops were particularly useful and I can see
how they can be implemented in my school and be
beneficial to the children and their families.” (teacher who attended NESSie Training)

“My World and Me reflects the work I do and puts it together as a programme. Brilliant!” (SENCo – My World and Me training)

“All of it was useful. A good balance between knowledge and practical stuff.” (Family Support Worker – Staff Support Forums)