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Hours of operation
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Contact us on
01763 255427 OR
07949 368941

Hours of operation
Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm

Contact us on
01763 255427 OR
07949 368941

Meet the team

Core Staff

Rachel Lambie, MA

Rachel Lambie, MA

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel  trained as a Dramatherapist in 1998 and completed an MA in 2002 whilst working in the NHS.  She is a qualified supervisor and currently lives and works in North Herts.  She has been working with children and young people in educational settings since qualifying.  Rachel set up Nessie in 2015 in response to an overwhelming need for emotional support in schools.

She loves knitting and growing flowers!

Sarah Blackford, MA, PGdip

Sarah Blackford, MA, PGdip

Operations Manager and Supervisor

 Sarah is a Dramatherapist, CYP IAPT therapist and certified supervisor. As a practitioner she has experience across a range of settings including post adoption support, mainstream schools and a children’s hospice supporting siblings of those with life limiting conditions. She is currently on a year long enhanced training with the Anna Freud Centre, Leading Transformation and Change: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Wellbeing Services .

 She loves the outdoors!

Charlotte Wilmer-Barbrook, PGDip

Charlotte Wilmer-Barbrook, PGDip

Stevenage Area Coordinator and Arts Therapist

Charlotte has been been working in education as a Drama and Movement therapist for twenty five years. ‘ I am passionate about the psychological and physical well-being of children and young people.  I practice using integrative therapy skills as well as Jungian psychotherapy.  Charlotte works with groups and individuals offering creative tools for self-expression.  Her particular areas of interest are ASD and trauma.

In her spare time, she looks after her cheeky dogs, chickens, ducks and horses!

Harri Nicholas

Harri Nicholas

Stevenage Area Coordinator and Arts Therapist

Harri has  worked with children in a variety of educational settings providing group and 1:1 Art Therapy sessions. ‘I have experience working with children and young people with Learning Disabilities which means I have to adapt my practice to be flexible and practical for those with complex physical and learning needs. My interest areas are ASD, LD, Bereavement and Trauma’.

When she’s not working, she’s usually on her yoga mat!

Tim Goldman

Tim Goldman

St Albans and Harpenden Dramatherapist

Tim Goldman previously worked as an actor, musician and primary school teacher. This led nicely into him becoming a Sesame-trained Dramatherapist, where the principles of story and movement are embedded. Much of Tim’s work has been in schools, particularly alongside children with various Special Educational Needs. More recently he has been working in mainstream schools with children suffering from various forms of trauma or experiencing high levels of anxiety. Tim is also trained in CBT, which being a talking therapy, complements the Dramatherapy in many situations.

Tim enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible, particularly when it is wet and muddy.

Richard Leigh

Richard Leigh

Supervisor, CYP IAPT Therapist and Counsellor

Richard is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, with 18 years of experience counselling adults and young people.

‘I am currently a freelance counsellor and clinical supervisor.  I am a NESSie counsellor at Priory School, Hitchin.  I am also studying CYP-IAPT enhanced skills training at Kings College.

‘My counselling method is based on the Person-Centred Therapy approach for a range of mental health concerns. I also offer CBT for anxiety’. 

Vivien Ofstedahl, B.Ed, B.SC

Vivien Ofstedahl, B.Ed, B.SC

Lead Trainer

Viv has been a teacher for over 30 yrs – teaching PE in both secondary and middle schools. She has spent the majority of her career in Hertfordshire after returning from a teaching post in the Bahamas. In most recent years she has been supporting pupils in school with social & emotional difficulties and has taken on a mental health and well being lead role within my current school. 
Since 2015 she has been working closely with NESSie focusing on supporting staff in schools with a variety of training in particular; self harm, LGBT foundation and positive mental health & well being. 
Natasha Crook

Natasha Crook

St Albans and Harpenden Dramatherapist and Supervisor

Natasha is a qualified Dramatherapist with experience working within SEN and mainstream schools across Hertfordshire. Within these settings her work often specialises around young people who are in foster care, have experienced bereavement and trauma and are on the Autistic spectrum. ‘Expressing and allowing creativity is fundamental within my life and my work and I hope to give space for young people to find this within themselves.’

She likes playing netball as well as baking lots of nice treats!

Sarah Booth

Sarah Booth

North Herts Area Coordinator and Arts Therapist

Sarah is a trained primary school teacher and a qualified art therapist working with children and young people across North Herts. She has experience across a range of settings including; Nursery Centres, pupil’s referrals units and residential children’s homes. Her particular interests are preverbal trauma and attachment difficulties.

‘I am privileged to be an art therapist and love my job’

When not at work she can be found creating her own works of art.

Sarah Payne

Sarah Payne

Music Therapist and Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities Specialist

Sarah is a music therapist, CYP IAPT therapist trainee and part time Head of Music at a school in Cambridge.

She has experience across a range of settings including secondary school children, young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, primary school children, children with ASD, LD and PMLD, children with life-limiting conditions and their families, as well as dementia and neurological rehabilitation settings.

George Fisher

George Fisher

School Counsellor

George has over 20 years experience as an autism specialist, working with children, parents, carers and professionals. Through extensive training in this field, George has offered support, advice and guidance to families and those working in education and Childrens Services within Hertfordshire.

George is a person-centred therapist with experience of counselling adult’s and young people.

George also teaches performing arts and enjoys tai chai as a way to relax.

Annette Walker

Annette Walker

ASD/LD Specialist Practitioner

Mycah Tequeron

Mycah Tequeron

Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City Schools Outreach Worker and Secondary Transition Worker

Julie Stokes

Julie Stokes

DSPL2 and School Integrative Arts Counsellor

Julie is a BACP registered Child and Adolescent Integrative Arts Counsellor.
She works in both primary and secondary schools across Hertfordshire and practises child-centred counselling using creativity and play.

She loves the outdoors, Pilates, creating her own art and baking.

Yoshi Bear

Yoshi Bear

Pet Assisted Therapy Dog

Yoshi Bear is five years old and is also a Pets as Therapy Dog.  He lives with Charlotte, the Area Co-ordinator for Stevenage, and loves nothing better than helping children relax, laugh and have fun.  He is the newest staff member of NESSie and is very excited to begin work soon.

Yoshi Bear has been nominated by the Hertfordshire NHS for A Leading Lights Award for his contribution as a volunteer at the Watford Neurological Rehabilitation Unit.  His sessions have been described as ‘magical’!  We cannot wait to bring his magic to our team.

CYP IAPT Trainee Practitioners

Joshua Webb

Joshua Webb

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities

Joshua is a qualified Drama and Movement Therapist and is currently training as a CYP IAPT Practitioner. He has experience across a range of settings including school children, young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, LGBTQ+ persons, ASD, LD and PMLD.

He loves going on long drives in the country!

Alexandra Lutton

Alexandra Lutton

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities

Alex is a Dramatherapist who is currently undertaking the recruit to train CYP-IAPT (ASC and LD) program. She is newly qualified, and has experience working in mainstream primary school settings as well as adult learning disability services. Alex worked abroad in Miami as part of a team delivering a mental wellness programme in impoverished areas to children between the ages of 5-18.

Alex loves to knit and in her spare time loves to make teddies!

Philip Clarke

Philip Clarke

Systemic Family Practice

Phil is an HCPC registered Music Therapist who trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as being a multi-instrumentalist and recording producer, his Music Therapy experience varies from working in the NHS, Alternative Provision Schools and working within his local community. His continuing training includes attending the Society of Analytical Psychology and Philadelphia Association.

Phil enjoys swimming and walking his dog Hendrix.

Sarah Foster

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities

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What Our Families are Saying

“My daughter got so much out of her NESSie sessions last year” – mother

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