MEET THE TEAM

All staff at the Youth Intervention Centre have Enhanced DBS checks and work professionally, following the most up-to date safeguarding training at all times.

Mollie James
Psychotherapist

Mollie is the Co-Founder of Youth Intervention Centre. She is also a qualified psychotherapist. Within YIC she works as a therapist, intervention worker and one of the safeguarding team.

About Mollie:

Previous to setting up YIC I worked at a local alternative provision school in Dartington. While I was there I created and delivered specialist therapeutic interventions to students aged 5 – 16 to allow them to feel nurtured, listened to and understood. I'm a big believer in the power of relationship, so it was my job to help build caring and stable relationships with young people who may not have experienced that before.

Prior to that, I also worked as the Autism Specialist at a large mainstream school in Newton Abbot where I learnt a great deal about SEND needs and supportive interventions.

While training as a counsellor I also had a placement at City College Plymouth which allowed me to expand my experience on working with young people by seeing clients who were aged 16 and above.

When I'm not working I love to spend time looking after myself and focusing on self-care. I love to paint and spend time in nature, but I equally love relaxing, watching films and playing games!

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Kerry​ James
Counsellor & Practice Manager

Kerry is the Co-Founder of the Youth Intervention Centre. Kerry is a qualified counsellor and runs the day to day management of YIC.  She is also a member of the safeguarding team. 

About Kerry:

Before starting YIC with Mollie, I worked as the Exams Officer for a local alternative provider. Working there gave me a real passion for helping young people to achieve the best they can regardless of their circumstances.  This and my own lived experience of the struggles that life can throw at us led me to my training as a counsellor and I qualified in April 2022.  I spent my placement hours working in a local hospice, offering support to people receiving palliative care or dealing with bereavement and loss. I also worked in a local secondary school, increasing my knowledge and experience of the difficulties faced by our young people and supporting them through this.  My heart lies with the relationships I foster with all ages and seeing the empowerment that often comes from having someone sit beside you and listen deeply to your story.

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When I'm not working at YIC, I like to play with clay!  I run a small ceramic business and find clay mindful and a real outlet for stress.  It's very therapeutic and I love seeing the benefits others find from my handmade items.  I also enjoy gardening and walking around the gorgeous South Devon countryside, coastline and particularly Dartmoor.  You'd probably be surprised to hear that I also love gaming and I'm not averse to binge watching a good Netflix series!

Georgia Hawkshaw
Student Counsellor 

Georgia is our student counsellor at YIC. She is in her second year of her level 4 diploma and is working towards gaining 100 hours in placement before she can qualify. 

About Georgia:

I am currently working at a Doctors Surgery and have done so for the last 4 years. I believe that people from all walks of life sometimes need some extra support. This is what inspired me to begin a career in counselling.

 

Since starting my placement at the Youth Intervention Centre, it has really elevated my passion for helping others and assisting young people with their daily challenges. Which ultimately is what I aspire to do above anything else. I think it’s important to create a safe place for building a helping relationship, so the client feels comfortable enough to share what’s coming up for them.

 

I have completed both Level 2 and 3 in counselling skills and I am now a trainee counsellor, soon to finish my Level 4 Advanced Diploma in July 2022.

 

In my own time, I like shopping and socialising but on the other hand, I equally enjoy spending time relaxing, watching films or a new Netflix series. I also love spending time with family and friends, not forgetting my pug, Oscar.