Adolescent Support Clinic
We Understand

"Supporting young people and families in Southend and Essex"


Lucinda Lidstone MA.

Senior Clinical Psychotherapist

Trainer & Supervisor


Lucinda has worked in the Caring field for many years and is deeply committed to supporting both Adults and Adolescents in Crisis.

She has worked within NHS and Private mental health settings, providing individual and group therapy to inpatients on Adolescent Acute Presentation and Eating Disorder Wards.

She has also been in private practice for a number of years and founded ASC to support young people and their families in the South Essex area.

Helen has been working with children for over 18 years. She has a wide variety of experience which includes teaching in schools and colleges from preschool to adult education and facilitating parent & child classes.

Helen uses counselling and therapeutic play to work with children aged 2 -10 years.

"Play therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium for self-expression. It is an opportunity for the child to “play out” his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual “talks out” his difficulties"

Virginia Axline, Play Therapy, 1969

Lesley Burrows
Integrative Psychotherapist
Trainer and Supervisor



"We are in a relationship with everything...

It is the quality of that relationship that makes the difference and it begins with the relationship you have with yourself."


Lesley began training in 1994 and qualified as a UKCP Psychotherapist (UK Council Psychotherapy) in 2001. her original therapeutic work specialised in domestic violence  with women and children. This led Lesley to reflect on relationships in the context of distance, closeness, power, control and intimacy or lack of it.

During the last seven years Lesley has worked within a team that focuses on family communication within an Adult Mental Health clinical setting. 

Lesley currently remains in private practice working therapeutically with individuals and couples. She also works in partnership with ASC supporting families in a therapy setting and through parenting workshops.

Through ‘ASC’ and ‘Relationship Matters’ Lesley provides training for schools in adolescent mental health; self harming, eating disorders, anxiety and OCD; and has created a training program in ‘healthy relationships’ for pupils.



"Life begins not at birth but with the onslaught of awareness."  

Dr. K. Bradford Brown



“Confidentiality is so important. Some things are so hard to talk about and we’re often so frightened of being judged...”


Lead Therapist: Sasha volunteered as a Youth Mentor at Connexions where she provided coaching and support for young people facing life challenges. She also worked with Young People at YPDAT who are struggling with drug and alcohol issues. Sasha understands how important trust is in building relationships; her open and friendly manner reassures her patients of the confidential and non judgemental environment at ASC.

Sasha is concerned about the impact of childhood abuse on self esteem. Sasha has the sensitivity necessary for working in this difficult area; for rebuilding self esteem and cultivating a positive identity, leading to a life of greater confidence.

Sasha works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Sasha is fully insured and holds a current CRB check.


Clinic Manager: Sasha has a dual role within ASC. Alongside her Therapist work she manages the daily running of the clinic. Sasha works tirelessly networking with local schools and agencies and promoting a positive attitude to mental health at local events.


Vicky has a background in education and works in primary schools supporting children. Vicky has a calm and gentle approach and works creatively to facilitate emotional expression and communication.

“For years I have observed how children communicate through behaviour; I believe that when given the opportunity and a safe environment they will start to change this and can begin to communicate their feelings verbally and more appropriately. I aim to provide a non judge mental, safe and calm space for this change to happen. While allowing them to work at their own individual pace; I feel privileged to be able to join their journey with them.”

Vicky has experience of working with challenging behaviours such as anger and aggression which so frequently are an expression of deeper emotional issues that are difficult for the Young Person to articulate.

Vicky works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is fully insured, with a current CRB certificate.

Gareth has a pivotal role in ensuring that the day to day activities of the ASC clinic run smoothly.

Gareth may well be your first point of contact at the clinic and is available to answer your questions regarding services, fees and invoices and other general enquiries.

Gareth values the service that ASC provides to Young People particularly those who have experienced bullying and provides much of his time voluntarily to support the clinic alongside pursuing his career in Law.

“A healthy mind is fundamental to a healthy life. If someone has been bullied they are used to living in fear; scared of getting out of bed, scared of being noticed, scared of being praised; just scared of being who you are. Someone in this position feels that they can’t change it – that it is impossible to fight back.”

Gareth upholds the principles of ASC which promote inclusivity and equal opportunities. email Gareth: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the main office: 01702 523428

Emma believes passionately that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve positive mental well being. She believes that this can be aided by providing a safe space in which young peoples’ voices can be heard and where support can be given without judgement.

"I am aware of the increasing pressures life places upon our young people and am dedicated to providing support to those in need. I feel privileged to walk along side young people as they embark on their journey and to be able to provide support whilst they work towards gaining more control of their lives and increasing their confidence and self esteem"

Emma has a calm gentle manner and brings an equal balance of heartfelt person centred skills, alongside rational problem solving strategies to her work.

Emma works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is fully insured, with a current DBS certificate.

Gary provides a practical service supporting Young People by developing Life Skills; ranging from every day skills such as shopping and using public transport to more recreational activities such as enjoying nature, animals and gentle exercise.

Gary has experience in supporting Young People with Aspergers (now included under the diagnosis of ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorders). Gary has a calm and centred disposition which is reassuring for those lacking confidence.

Gary is also interested in working with adults and Young People experiencing Depression; a debilitating mental health issue.

“Emotional & Psychological awareness is fundamental for healthy growth as a human being. Mental Health issues should be taken just as seriously as physical health issues; when we are ill we need time and space to recover in our own time, without any pressure from outside to ‘hurry up and get well’.”

Gary works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is fully insured, with a current CRB certificate.


“My work supports people to think differently around problems in their lives and facilitates deeper conversations and self-awareness. By using a collaborative and open process, something previously unseen or un-articulated can take form and become visible. My aim is to assist people to understand how past experiences and current behaviour may be linked and to provide a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings about oneself and relationships. This can lead to a more creative understanding of a situation and promote readiness to change where needed.”

Terry has many years experience working with Children, Young people, Parents, Individuals and Couples therapeutically. Terry uses a broad range of skills including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic and Systemic Theories, alongside Narrative and Creative Expression. This integrated approach places the client at the centre and facilitates Talking, Listening and Connecting.

Terry’s calm and non judgmental manner enables her to build the trusting relationships necessary for working through difficult experiences.

Parenting support:

Terry has had an instrumental role in establishing Family Support services throughout Essex, both within a group context and individual support/coaching for the specific family needs. Family Mediation sessions from a Systemic perspective, aim to build relationships & communication skills and/or create a space for the family to safely bring forth rules and boundaries which are agreed together.

Parents and carers know that children can have a number of emotional issues which they usually work through by themselves. However, sometimes something can happen in a child's life that they find difficult to cope with; difficulties such as bullying, school attendance, bereavement or parent separation can leave the family and children feeling desperately low and angry. At these times they may need extra support. Terry helps to create a space for the family to open up and speak without feeling guilty or embarrassed.

Terry works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Terry is fully insured and holds a current CRB check.


Hatha Yoga Teacher

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.......

My journey started at Victoria Counselling Services in 2003 and I completed my Counselling training there in 2008. I gained my accredited status with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in 2011.

I have worked therapeutically with adults and young people at Basildon MIND, the Atrium Clinic and currently Palmer’s College. I have experience preparing and facilitating various therapy groups; tutorials on mental health issues for students, teachers and support staff; mediation and 1:1 brief and long term therapy. I am an appointed safe guarding officer and part of a team who develop crisis intervention for suicides and other trauma related events.

I work closely with external agencies, social services, charities, GP’s – to ensure a safe network is in place to support the counselling relationship. I also value family input if it is safe and agreeable to all involved.

I am also a qualified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Hatha yoga uses the breath to connect mind and body helping to bring balance between our rational and intuitive thinking, logic and creativity, our action and passiveness. Yoga breathing practices (Pranyama) support and calm the nervous system, helping the body to recover from mental and emotional distress. The Yogic principles of Ahimsa (Non Harm to self or others, in thought or action) and Satya (Truthfulness – to listen to our body and honour what it is telling us) underpin my therapeutic work.

Our journey into therapy sometimes feels like that of a thousand miles and I am privileged to walk alongside some people when they decide to take their first step.

Om Shanti


Zoe began her therapeutic career working with Cruse supporting the bereaved. She joined ASC to develop her interest in working with young people.

Zoe provides 1:1 therapy in schools and has experience in working with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

“I believe that everyone has the right to allow their voice to be heard. Sometimes worries can start to become too big and overwhelming. Adolescence is a time of many changes; these can be, emotionally, mentally or physically challenging. Sometimes these changes can be difficult to talk about; it is important to provide a safe, confidential, supportive environment to enable someone to work through their concerns without fear of being judged.”

Zoe is also interested in Adolescent Sexual Health concerns.

Zoe works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Zoe is fully insured and holds a current CRB check.

Gareth provides 1:1 therapy in schools and has co-authored a series of workshops for, "Managing Exam Stress" which was successfully piloted in leading Grammar schools in Essex.

Gareth is also interested in grief therapy amongst all ages; in particular Gareth is experienced in supporting Young People with suicidal ideation.

Gareth has a gentle calming presence which is essential in working with those in severe distress and therefore at great risk.

"The availability of therapy to the young is, to my mind, absolutely essential to both alleviating suffering now and in prevention of more stressful issues further down the road. I feel privileged to be a part of the future that ASC is working to make a reality."

Gareth works within the guidelines for ethical practice and equal opportunities as recommended by The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is fully insured, with a current CRB certificate.

Neuro-diversity & ASD Consultant

“It’s okay to not be okay”

Martyn has a wide range of experience in supporting individuals of all ages who have or are affected by neurodiverse disabilities. He provides consultancy work within a range of external organisations including colleges, councils and Universities.

Having graduated with a degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology in 2016 from the University of Brighton and currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, Martyn specialises in working with young people and families who battle with mental disorders and learning difficulties.

Alongside his work at ASC, Martyn has a full time post with the National Autistic Society as Student Support Manager for London. He provides 1:1 mentoring support for people on the Autistic Spectrum studying across London and co-ordinates a range of projects including ‘supported employment’ for young people with disabilities.

Outside of his professional work, Martyn spent a year serving on the National Union of Students’ Disabled Students Committee and found how limiting society can be for young people who have hidden and neurodiverse disabilities. As a dancer Martyn believes that the creative arts can serve as a medium for expression for young people.

“Having suffered from mental illness and being on the Autistic Spectrum myself both as a child and now as an adult, I am more than aware of the issues that young people in that position today face in all forms of life. As such, I am not only able to bring a professional angle to my work but also a personal one.”

At ASC, Martyn is a coach, mentor, trainer and consultant rather than a counsellor. He provides a person centred and individually tailored service, specialising in family support, social groups and training. As an advocate of an integrative mixed methods approach of support he works alongside other professionals in all areas of support/therapy/treatment in order to give a holistic overview, enabling the best outcome for any person.

Irlen method for overcoming difficulties: http://www.irlenuk.com/

Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Current DBS check