About Children Ltd provides music, drama and art therapy services for children and families in Cumbria and Lancashire. We have a range of specialist approaches relevant to children who have had experiences of trauma and loss including parental separation, bereavement and illness.

About Children Ltd works with children and their carers, whether living in the residential sector or with their families in Cumbria and Lancashire. We have three therapy rooms in our Kendal base. However, we can provide therapy in a number of different settings appropriate to the child's needs.

About Children Ltd is a registered Adoption Support Agency approved by Ofsted (Registration no. SC431970). We are therefore able to provide a range of therapeutic services for adopted children and their families. We are particularly interested in working jointly with children and their adoptive parents in order to help the development of a secure attachment.

Director

Lesley Ritchie - Art Therapist

Qualified as an Art Psychotherapist and began working with NSPCC in 2003. Lesley holds a B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art. Before joining NSPCC, she worked at Alder Hey Hospital and Peper Harow project providing therapy to children and young people. Lesley has also worked for Foster Care Services, North West as an art therapist. Lesley has undertaken EMDR training and is working towards accreditation. Registration with professional bodies: British Association of Art Therapists Health Professional Council

Associate Therapists

Pip Chapman - Dramatherapist
Anna Clague - Art Therapist
Susan Gilfoyle - Dramatherapist
Bryan Burrow - Dramatherapist
Ruth Wawszczyk - Music Therapist
Nicky Barron - Dramatherapist

All of our therapists hold full membership of their relevant professional body (HCPC, BAAT, BAPT, BADTH, BAMT)

Therapeutic Social Worker

Vicky Readett

Vicky is currently training to be a Therapeutic Life Story Work Practitioner and holds full membership with BASW and registered with HCPC.

Associate Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Margaret Randall

Our team is supported by

Admin Manager

Louise Cooper

Receptionist

Yvonne Pennington

In order to ensure that we provide a safe and effective service for the children, carers and agencies with whom we work, we have the following supervisory and consultation arrangements:

Lesley is supervised by Tess Bailey-Sayer, B.Ed (Cantab) who is a Senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She has a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.

The Associate Therapists are case managed by Lesley Ritchie in addition to having their own clinical supervisors.

In addition to the above we have quarterly consultation with Dr Renee Marks who is a qualified therapist and social worker with many years experience in working with children and families who have experienced trauma and abuse. She has a particular interest (and runs training) in working with children with dissociative tendencies. Renee Marks has also undertaken Advanced EMDR training.