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 also runs the day to day management of YIC.  She is also a member of the safeguarding team. 

About Kerry:

My last job before starting YIC with Mollie, was as the Exams Officer for a local alternative provider. Working there for seven years gave me a real passion for helping young people to achieve the best they can regardless of their circumstances.

Seeing Mollie's enthusiasm and dedication to working therapeutically with young people has led me down the path of my own counselling training and in April 2022 I qualified as a counsellor. I spent my placement hours working in a local hospice, offering support to those who are at end of life or dealing with bereavement and loss and also in a local secondary school, increasing my knowledge and experience of the difficulties faced by our young people and supporting them through this.  

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I also run Redlake Ceramics where I take my love of clay and use it to make therapeutic items such as thumb stones, finger labyrinths and breath work tools.  For me, clay is a therapy all of its own and I love the benefits of using a creative medium such as clay to explore our feelings and behaviours.  I plan on bringing this love in to my therapy work and am looking forward to running training and workshops around using clay.

When I'm not working at YIC, or in my studio, you can find me in my garden or walking around the gorgeous South Devon countryside, coastline and particularly Dartmoor.  I'm also 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.