Elysian is first and foremost a therapeutic provision. For us it is paramount that we work with children and young people in a way that is therapeutic and progressive. We focus on supporting children and young people to achieve goals/aims of placements and/or educational attainment through a range of therapeutic creative ways. Children and young people who come to Elysian are often extremely anxious, and many have not accessed education or any other provision for a significantly long time. We always start at the young person's pace, ensure they are given an opportunity to feel safe, enjoy and participate. We initially focus on the need to feel safe, and a sense of belonging. Our key words are Enjoy, Believe, Achieve. When young people feel safe, able to enjoy what they are doing, start to believe in themselves, then they will achieve. Our children and young people all have individual placement and learning plans. The learners enrolled with the education provision have individual education plans with broad and balanced curriculums adapted and reviewed regularly, to ensure we are meeting needs, achieving attainment and preparing for life and work in a holistic way.
Part of our Ethos is that staff is our biggest and most important investment, and we have 10 designated training days for the full team every year (in addition to staff attending individual training). During 2020 Our team have received training in Safeguarding, Fire Safety and First Aid. The whole team received training in Team Teach and also completed a Level 2 Diploma in Equine Assisted Learning with Athena Herd. There has also been a range of other training attended by various members of our team, including Covid safety training, Animal Assisted Therapy level 3 and Food Hygiene level 1 and 2. In December the whole team are doing PDA training with Laura Kerby from KITE.
Charlotte has worked in a variety of social care settings for many years, in many different roles. Experience has mainly focussed on children, young people and their families and particularly in the area of emotional well-being. Roles varied from working in an Early Years setting to working in and managing children’s homes, a ‘Family Specialist’ role and more recently managing a CAMHS Children’s Rights team for Surrey County Council. Many of these roles have included training, facilitation, management and supervision.
Charlotte has had horses most of her life and has many years experienced looking after her own and other people’s horses.
Charlotte’s qualifications are:
- Foundation Bsc Psychology and Counselling
- BA (HONS) Psychology and Youth Studies
- BA (HONS) Social Work
- Post Grad Cert Managing in Health and Social Care
- Post Grad Cert Critical Practice with Children and Young People
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Animal Assisted Therapy Level 3 Practitioner
- Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA)
- PRINCE2 Project Management Advance Practitioner
- Crisis Intervention Trainer, First Aid, Health and Safety level 2, Safeguarding, supervision and other relevant and certified training in health, social care and therapy areas.
- DBS certificate and regular training undertaken with Surrey County Council (children’s services).
Dene is one of the Directors for Elysian, and one of the original founders. Dene has a wealth of experience in social care, spending many years working in children’s homes and for Surrey County Council Children’s Services, before starting Elysian.
Dene oversees Facilities (Westland Farm) and finance, he also supports the day-to-day operational activities at Elysian.
Dene has a Diploma in Social Work and a vast range of relevant training in working with children and young people. Dene started his social care career working in children’s homes, including therapeutic children’s homes specialising in attachment. He has also worked with a large range of needs and behaviours throughout his career, also working for a period of time supporting children and young people displaying sexually harmful behaviours and a range of other complex needs and presentation. Dene has also worked in a Children in Need team and an Assessment team as a Senior Family Support worker, for many years, with Surrey County Council, until 2015, when he left to focus on establishing Elysian. Dene enjoys fishing and outdoor activities, particularly football.
Julie is our Head of Therapies and Intervention. Julie is a Registered Social worker with a huge wealth of experience in a vast variety of settings, including working with Looked After Children, Child Protection and Mental Health. Julie is a passionate and highly committed practitioner who delivers work to a very high standard. Julie has worked with high risk, vulnerable children managing complex and challenging caseloads.
Julie believes in working creatively to meet need, and has an emphatic genuine approach to overcoming challenges for young people, enabling growth, progress and learning.
Julie’s qualifications are:
- 2018 Introduction to DBT
- 2017/2018 Post graduate level Guided Self Help CBT model
- 2016 Introduction to Mindfulness
- 2015 Coaching to improve performance
- 2012 Post Qualifying Award in Specialist Social Work (B pass)
- 2010 BA (Hons) degree in Social Work, First Class, Kingston University.
- 2007 Access to Nursing, Healthcare and Social Work Kingston College. (Pass with Distinction)
- 2005 Psychology ‘AS’ level (Grade B) Richmond Adult Community College.
- 1998 Childline Counselling qualification
Jon has nineteen years’ experience of teaching secondary mainstream and special school students (SEBD & ASC). Much of that time as a middle leader level with responsibility for sixth form, drama and media, and English. Most students warm to Jon’s humour and enthusiasm, allowing him to establish a happy and positive environment where all can thrive, regardless of background or ability. In a previous role, as an English lead he made a substantial impact on student achievement; an OFSTED inspector observed ‘Since the previous inspection, the great majority of pupils have made progress above national expectations and a minority have made outstanding gains in English...’ . Jon has a good knowledge of safeguarding and mental health, and excellent understanding and experience of effectively teaching learners with SEND conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism and attachment disorder.
Jon is a very experienced Secondary Education Teacher who has wroked as a Head of English, music and Drama as well as Media Studies in previous roles. He holds a Secondary PGCE in English – QTS Awarded and a BA (Hons) English Literature Grade 2:1
Hannah is an Occupational Therapist with Elysian. She’s motivated and hardworking with a passion for working closely with children and adults with complex needs. She has had a range of Specialist Occupational roles in her career, including Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist roles where she has been responsible for assessing and delivering therapy for children and young people with sensory processing disorder, autism, dyspraxia and other developmental conditions. Hannah uses sensory integration techniques to devise treatment plans and
work closely with parents/carer to achieve the best possible outcomes from the intervention. Hannah has also worked as a Community Occupational Therapist and a range of other roles equipping her with a full range of transferable skills. Hannah has a BA (HONS) in Occupational Therapy with a range of additional qualifications and training, including:
● Post graduate certificate of education- Sensory Integration Level 1 and Level 2 ● Children and Adult Complex Moving and Handling (to trainer level) ● Understanding Sensory Processing ● The Chailey Approach to Postural Management ● The Chailey Approach to Developing Powered Wheelchair Skills ● Pressure Care Management and Seating Solutions ● Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Level 1) ● The Treatment and Management of Cerebral Palsy in Children Skills
Emily is an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist, with extensive experience in working with children and young people with a range of SEND and complex needs – including autism, Down Syndrome, Angelman’s, Marfans, behavioural difficulties and social emotional difficulties. Emily has worked with a diverse range of children and is able to adapt her style ensuring she is delivering the best care for that child/young person and their family.
For Emily it is important to be approachable, honest and open and has a passion for Paediatric Occupational Therapy. Emily has had many different roles and she has worked in a children’s therapy team and also as a play worker, supporting a variety of children in a range of activities. Emily has completed a Makaton signing course and TASSELS course and is experienced in communicating with non-verbal children. Emily has spent years around horses, dogs and cats, sheep, calves and goats. She is interested in animal behaviour and passionately believes in the therapeutic benefits animals and a natural environment can offer.
Emily has also worked on a care farm in Dorset, volunteered at riding for the disabled and attended a vast range of courses, from sensory workshops to a range of OT conferences. Emily also has her own horse, Albie.
Helen is a qualified teacher and has a wealth of experience working with children spanning over 20 years. She has worked mainly as a primary school teacher facilitating learning and supporting well-being across the Primary age range. Helen has supported children with a range of difficulties including: speech and language, ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, anxiety, attachment disorder, emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.
Six years ago, Helen trained and qualified as a hypnotherapist with counselling skills in order to work with children and young people more therapeutically. She has worked with a range of young people and adults helping them with difficulties such as anxiety, pain management, phobias, OCD, trauma etc.
Helen went on to study advanced therapeutic techniques and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), becoming a qualified practitioner. She has worked creatively using painting, drawing, picture tapping and stories. During this time, Helen also supported young people in a secondary school in Crawley, to help them manage examinations positively. She worked alongside students having difficulties with anxiety and stress, as well as, reading and scribing in mocks, GCSEs and BTEC qualifications.
Helen has 3 mixed breed Bengal cats and was brought up in a family home with a variety of unusual pets!
Helen’s qualifications are:
- BA (HONS) Religious Studies and Education BSC (HONS) Psychology
- PGCE – Primary Teaching
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy with Counselling Skills EFT Practitioner Level
- Certificate in Advanced Therapeutic Skills (Working with habits, pain management, Gestalt, inner child, creative arts techniques, picture tapping)
- Certificate in Matrix Re-imprinting Child Protection,
- Prevent and Safeguarding training Enhanced DBS Diploma Level 3
- Animal Assisted Therapy – Distinction
Mim is a qualified teacher with background in Psychology, primary mental health care and children’s services. Mim has experience of using CBT based brief therapy with adults; leading group support for depression in adults; and many years experience supporting children under CAMHS in their education.
Mim is passionate about mental well-being and helping children to grow in confidence and drive their own learning. She has extensive experience in helping children with SEND, behavioural and emotional difficulties. In her spare time, Mim enjoys dog walks, horse riding and countryside photography.
Mim’s qualifications are:
- BSc Psychology Hons First Class
- Postgraduate modules in Primary Mental Health Care
- Graduate Teacher Programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status
Esther is a Senior Support worker in the team. Responsible for overseeing and facilitating day-to-day intervention and supporting both staff and young people.
Esther is a qualified Rapid Transformational Therapist. RTT uses hypnotherapy in combination with CBT and NLP. Esther has worked for Surrey County Council for 19 years, including working for the Alternative Learning Programme, which offers formal education as well as informal education: life skills, and personal self-development. Esther has also worked as a youth worker and for numerous charities.
- Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
- BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: PSYCHOLOGY 1996
- DIPLOMA OF HIGHER EDUCATION: YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK 1998
- Level 6 certificate in Management and Leadership.
- ILM Coaching Level 3
- Rapid Transformational Therapist Clinical Hypnotherapist
Other training: Emergency First aid at work – Food Hygiene Level 2 – Safeguarding level 1 – Powerboat course Level 2 – Awareness of Child sexual exploitation – Numerous Sexual and Mental health related courses – Restorative practice (3 days) – Residential Training – Ropes Course (High Ashurst: SOLD)
Rachel offers a wealth of experience in the area of Counselling, she is registered member of the BACP – The British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and her career has involved many years working as a school counsellor, as well as SEN support. Her previous role as School Counsellor and Behaviour Support Officer at a co-educational secondary school involved working with children with SEN and social, emotional and behaviour issues. Rachel is passionate that young people are encouraged to reach their potential.
Rachel’s therapeutic approach is integrative; combining traditional talking therapy alongside creativity, games and humour to provide a safe and non judgemental space for children and young people to heal. Rachel’s qualifications and training are outlined below:
Post Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Practice; Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Wellbeing — Certificate in Counselling Children & Young People – -BSc Integrative Counselling 2:1 — Certificate in Counselling Studies — Certificate in Counselling Skills
Animal Assisted Therapy Level 1 Training (still ongoing) • Animal Behaviour and Awareness Training (online) • Trauma Training with Janina Fisher (online) • TasteLife Eating Disorder Training • Working with groups • Safeguarding Children in Education • Self Harm • Level 1 Focusing • Group Relations Conference • Infant Loss Training • Enabling children to speak about feelings through art and clay • Enabling children to speak about feelings through sandtray • All about Blobs • CBT for Children & Adolescents • Bereavement/Loss Awareness Training • Working with Autism • ELKLAN Supporting Speech & Language in the Classroom • Grounding Techniques • Working with victims of rape and sexual abuse • Working with victims of childhood sexual abuse • Understanding Domestic Violence • Working with Trauma • Safeguarding Children • First Aid Certificate
Helen has always had a great love of animals and loves caring for her 14 rabbits and two dogs. She has a great respect for and appreciation of animals and their amazing therapeutic effect. Working with animals and helping young people with SEND needs and social and emotional problems is Helen’s idea of the perfect job and she feels very fortunate to be able to combine both of these in her role at Elysian. Helen feels passionately about helping people with SEND needs achieve their full potential and live happy fulfilling lives.
Helen works part time at Elysian and part time at Merrist Wood College in Guildford, as a Learning Support and Care Assistant with students who have physical and mental disabilities and other SEND needs.
Helen’s qualifications are-
- Animal Assisted Therapy Level 3 Certificate
- Signature BSL Level 3
- BSL322 – Use Varied British Sign Language in a range of work and social settings;
- BSL320 – Sign Linguistics Knowledge
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
- BA (Hons) Philosophy and Literature (2.1)
- Certificate in ‘Supporting Adolescent Learners: Social and Emotional Wellbeing’
- Certificate in ‘Youth Mental Health’
- Certificate in ‘Epilepsy Awareness for Schools’
- Currently working towards the BSY Animal Assisted Therapy Practitioner Level 3 Diploma
- Currently studying Centre of Excellence Advanced Autism Awareness Diploma course
Mary is an integrated therapist with expertise in the Equine Assisted Therapy field. Mary is compassionate, committed, professional and well-educated therapist using effective communication and relationship-building abilities to support vulnerable children, young people and adults. Skilled in establishing a strong therapeutic alliance and comprehensive experience in conducting therapy with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families and groups in a variety of settings.
Mary has had a vast variety of therapy roles, from a being a school counsellor, horse assisted therapist, a drug and alcohol counsellor and a private practitioner.
She brings this hugely varies experience and knowledge to our children and young people, including facilitating HALT sessions (Horse Assisted Therapy and Learning).
- First Class BA Hons, Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, June 2009
- Diploma, Person Centred Counselling, July 2002
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, June 2000
- EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapy training Part One & Two
- Workshop with Human Equine Alliance for Learning
Steve is our behaviour expert TA, and has an amazing ability to calm and de-escalate anxious children and young people, using humour and energy.
Steve has had many different role in the areas of child care and education, usually centred around supporting the emotional, social and behavioural needs of learners. Some of his roles have included: Learning lead for behaviour, Inclusion support Team member, Lead Teaching Assistant, Early Years Educator.
In his most recent role before joining us at Elysian he lead a unit within a school for pupils who struggled with working in the mainstream school due to presenting behaviours. His role was central in working with these pupils to try and find where their issues are and support by giving behaviour support advice and strategies to help them to reintegrate back into the mainstream classes. Steve also worked as part of the inclusion support team in a SEMH school for six to eleven-year olds, supporting children and young people inside and outside of the classroom. He has also covered for Teachers facilitating classes and gained a lot of experience leading a classroom from this. Steve has worked for a private special needs school for pupils with autism aged between 8 and 18 years as a lead teaching assistant. Steve thoroughly enjoy working with children and their families and enjoy seeing a child progress and gain confidence in their abilities and enjoy positively encouraging them to do so. Steve has a positive rapport with the children and young people at Elysian and is incredibly passionate about his role, including ensuring all the animals at Elysian are very well cared for.
Some of Steve’s training has included: Introduction to childcare practice (home-based), Safeguarding e-leaming module, Team teach, Emergency first aid at work, Sexual Exploitation, Level 3 module in autism, Care of medication, Team teach weapons training and ground hold, Team Teach intermediate trainer, Team Teach Intermediate.
Tima is a very experienced support worker, who specialises in working with a wide range of complex, and often challenging behaviours. Tima has been working with young people with complex needs emotional and challenging behaviour for 15yrs. He vast amount of experience, including working in a range of children’s homes where she has built up a great deal of knowedlege and expertise in how to work with children and young people in a therapeutic, person centred flexible way, utilising effective communication skills with colleagues, outside agencies, children and families. Tima has an undoubtedly excellent understanding of the needs of young people.
Tima has PACE training and a range of other training such as safeguarding, first aid, Team Teach and football coaching.
Tima enjoys walking playing football and spending time outdoor.
Tima’s qualifications are:
- Diploma in children and young people
- Diploma in health and social care children and young people
- Level 2 Diploma in Equine Assisted Learning
Mel is a Senior Learning Assistant, and she supports and facilitates a variety of sessions at Elysian, including Equine Learning sessions.
Mel has worked in lots of different roles, including being an Early Years Practitioner and working as Residential Support Worker in a children’s home. Mel has worked with trauma and challenging behaviours as part of this role. Mel has a great rap[port with many young people at Elysian.
Mel’s qualifications include:
– Bachelor’s in Childhood Studies
– Foundation Degree in Early Years Childcare & Education
– BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care
Formal Training and CPD: * QCF in Residential Child Care * POP – Pillars of Parenting (the framework used to underpin the therapeutic model of corporate parenting used within Hampshire Children’s homes) * First Aid at Work * Safeguarding – level 3 * Lone working and keeping yourself safe * Team Teach – Intermediate and advanced * Working with Challenging Families * Building Resilience * Prevent – Radicalisation Awareness * Food Safety – level 2 * Medication awareness * Makaton Core vocabulary * Supporting Children with EAL * PATHS – Promoting alternative thinking strategies * Schema awareness
Sarah is a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with a forward thinking and compassionate approach to service delivery. Sarah has an aptitude for creativity and advocating for improving people’s health and well being through occupations they enjoy most. Sarah supports sessions at Elysian and takes part in the wider care planning and progression monitoring. In the past Sarah has helped launch a Higher Education Mentoring programme and worked in different roles where she has supported people in a variety of sectors and professions.
Safeguarding Children • RCOT Membership • Food Safety • Salesforce • SAP • Conflict Resolution • Safeguarding Adults •
Laura is an LSA with Elysian, and she is also very horsy and supports many of the Equine activities and Learning.
Laura is helpful, friendly, multiskilled in both working empathically with young people and skilful in her work with the Equines. Laura has done a range of roles that has equipped her for this LSA role, including gaining a lot of experience from volunteer roles, such as Brownie and Guide leader. She is accustomed to working with children, adults and experience of working with people with additional needs. Laura is an experienced equine and also used to working with a whole variety of animals.
- Centre of Excellence Diplomas: Horse Care & Animal Assisted Therapy
- Educated to A Level standard
- Four AS levels
- Ten GCSE’s, including Maths, double Science and English, grades A-C
- First Response First Aid
- Level 2 Diploma Equine Assisted Learning
Lisa has a passion for helping people of all ages, as well as kind, caring and very nurturing. She has worked in a variety of settings caring for people. Together with many different childcare settings from a private nanny to Nursery Assistant, Teaching assistant within Primary Schools including a variety of SEND needs. Lisa has also worked as a Speech and Language assistant working one to one for some years. Growing up on a farm Lisa has had first-hand experience on how working life on a farm and a variety of animals offer great therapeutic benefit, especially young people. Growing up with horses and competing in all areas as well as dressage, training on Lipizzaner Stallions which taught her an incredible deep natural connection with horses.
Lisa’s Qualifications & Skills are:
- BHS Assistant Instructor and a groom on Professional Competition Stable Yard
- Cordon Bleu Diploma
- Secretarial Diploma
- Early Years Speech and Language
- Introduction to Mindfulness for Children
- Paediatric First Aid
- Safeguarding cert
- Level 2 Diploma in Equine Assisted Learning
Phil is our Maintenance Manager, and he is in charge of all things Maintenance and Development at Westland Farm. Young people enjoy getting involved in Phil’s projects, from building works, to fencing and all the associated farm duties of running a medium scale farm.
Phil has been in the building trade his whole life, and there is nothing he cannot do. Phil is an independent building contractor and he used to oversee house builds from scratch as a site manager, and many other builder and carpentry roles that has made him the expert he is today.
Phil has been involved in developing Elysian since its origin in 2015, and Elysian would not be what it is today if Phil had not been part of the team, his skillset has allowed us to utilise space and buildings in the best possible ways.
Jenny is an LSA with Elysian. Over the course of her career, Jenny has worked in various roles spanning across a variety of industries including education, childcare, animal care, hospitality and the charity sector. Despite being seemingly very different, her roles have all ultimately required an ability to build relationships with people in a nurturing capacity, and provide care, compassion and direction. Jenny has a well developed ability to get the best out of people and thrive in potentially stressful environments.
Before coming to Elysian Jenny worked as a special needs teaching assistant, as well as being a carer to a family with 3 children, which included children with additional needs. Jenny thoroughly enjoys working with young people and find it extremely rewarding.
Jenny’s key skills and training includes: Extensive experience working with special needs children in both a school environment and home setting – Paediatric First Aid trained – experience working with and caring for animals – Experience working for a charity – Natural extrovert who enjoys building relationships and works well under pressure – Completed moving & handling training – Extensive knowledge of safeguarding procedures – Hoist trained.
Beth is a support worker and groom. She look after the horses and support young people to do so too.
Beth started as a groom with Elysian, some time ago, and she gained experience of working with young people through her employment here. She has personal and professional experience of SEN, and her expertise lies in her knowledge of the farm and all the animals on the farm.
Beth oversees all the equine care, and is a popular member of the support team amongst the young people, who feel at ease due to her calm and empathic nature.