Creative Minds - North Star Counselling CIC

Creative Minds - North Star Counselling CIC

2 Prospect Row
Tyne And Wear


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About us

Hi there, and welcome to Creative Minds.

It can be very scary for children who are experiencing difficult emotions. Not being able to understand or make sense of these feelings can create anxiety and worries.

Creative Minds delivers psycho-educational workshops to children and young people who are having difficulties with their feelings. The workshops are designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and to teach children how to manage BIG emotions in creative ways.

Our aim at Creative Minds is to offer support to children, young people and families within the Sunderland area who may be struggling with mental health issues through creative workshops and therapeutic programmes.

We aim to remove the stigma that is still attached to mental health issues and provide a safe environment for children to have the opportunity to be around like minded people, somewhere they feel able to open up about their struggles in hope that they no longer feel alone with their thoughts and feelings.

We also offer a space for parents and carers to come together and participate in workshops designed to support them also, or to grab a cuppa and have a chat amongst themselves or with a member of staff.

The workshops focus on things such as traumas, anxiety, low mood, bullying, anger and many other BIG feelings children may find overwhelming. The sessions offer fun and creative ways to learn to understand and make sense of these feelings and develop techniques to use in times of distress. Working creatively allows the individual to express themselves in non verbal ways and frees up the mind to communicate more freely. We aim to boost confidence and self esteem, bring the community together, and teach people that it is ok to feel what we feel.

Often we hear of the struggles children, adults, young people and families are facing with lengthy waiting lists from the NHS and we aim to act as a stepping stone and bridge this gap by offering psycho-educational and therapeutic workshops to those who are in need of immediate support, or somewhere to access additional support and to hold the individual while they are waiting for more intense appointments such as one to one counselling.

We strongly believe that early intervention is key in reducing the risk of mental health issues developing in later life and that each individual should have access to mental health services without being turned away or made to wait.

Our sessions are currently suitable for children aged 6 – 11 years old, however age is a guide only, depending on ability, older or younger children also welcome.

Our workshops hold up to 10 children per group, and thanks to Hays Travel Foundation, we are able to offer our services for FREE or at a considerably lower cost to those accessing the service at our premises.

Training, qualifications & experience


All of our counselling staff are fully qualified, insured and members of the BACP.  Our more experienced counsellors have experience of up to 6 years as practicing therapists across a wide range of organisations and areas, such as trauma, working with children in care, complex trauma, complex behaviour, bereavement and much more.

Specialist Support Workers

Our specialist support workers are fully insured and also hold relevant qualifications, including psychology degrees, childhood studies and basic counselling qualifications.

All staff hold a current DBS check and undergo regular training and supervision to ensure work is being carried out ethically and efficiently.

For more information on staff please feel free to get in touch and a member of staff will be happy to answer any questions.

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Accredited register membership

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Looked after children/children in care

Adoption process

Working with interpreters in the room

Modern day slavery

Photos & videos

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  • Helping Children Manage Emotions
  • Meet the directors


Workshops And Therapeutic Programmes For The Community

Workshops and therapeutic programmes will occasionally be FREE or at a considerably reduced cost.

Private counselling

We offer private one to one counselling for children, adults and young people starting from £40 per session.

We also offer a family support programme. Please get in touch for more information.

We are also able to offer one to one counselling for Deaf and hard of hearing clients starting from £40 per session.

Workshops And Therapeutic Programmes For Corporations And Schools

Bronze Package - Early intervention for up to 10 children with low level emerging needs.

Silver Package - For up to 6 children with consistent low level difficulties.

Gold Package - For groups of 4 - 6 children with long standing complex needs (terms and conditions apply)

Platinum Package - Early intervention for up to 30 children with low level emerging needs.

Diamond Package - Group therapy for 4 - 6 children with low level to complex needs (terms and conditions apply)

One to one counselling also available for all children and staff.

For information on prices of our available packages please get in touch.

Further information

Over the last few years, we have seen, and experienced, the frustration from different people around the lack of immediate help in the community when it comes to mental health. Therefore it is our aim to provide a service which enables flexibility and limited, or zero, waiting lists to children, adults, young people and families. We are strong believers in early intervention to help prevent the point of crisis.

Please feel reassured that there are no commitments after our first point of contact and that you are in control at all times.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message with your name and number and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look through our profile and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Keep a look out on our Facebook page, Creative Minds - North Star Counselling CIC, for regular updates and available workshops.

Maps & Directions

Sunderland, SR1 2BP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: We can also work with interpreters provided by yourself or organisations


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

We are based on the top floor with no lift accessable.


Times and days depending. Check out our Facebook page for regular updates. We are also available for schools and other organisations.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer one to one supervision with extensive experience working with children and young people.  However, I also supervise professionals working with adults.  I work in a way that promotes the development of each supervisee, to support and guide each individual to grow in to the professional they wish to become. .

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