About Bespoke Practitioners

Bespoke Practitioners is a multi-disciplinary Non-Profit Organisation. The Bespoke Therapy Practice is based in the North Essex, Tendring area.

At Bespoke we focus on therapies and are inclusive of all ages, relationship needs and we endeavour to support individual’s, couples and families through to those in latter stages of life.

We aim to develop communication and an enlightened understanding of self to promote personal growth. This is promoted through a holistic, ‘child and family centred’ process that incorporates, practical, sociological and psychological perspectives.

Bespoke Practitioners work with direct referrals from Individuals, and we also work with partnering organisations who refer to us, such as the Local Authorities, Schools and Health Professionals.

All Practitioners are trained to a high standard, are registered with the relevant Professional Bodies and fully insured in practice.

Bespoke has a range of quality practices that include the following –Counselling, Couples Counselling, Relationship Counselling (to include a systemic approach), Children’s Counselling Special Needs Counselling, Professional Supervision, Safeguarding Consultations for Professionals, Looked After Children Attachment-Focused Therapy, Trauma Counselling, DDP and Theraplay techniques, Art Psychotherapies, Group School-Based Therapy. As well as school interventions in Education and Health Care Planning (EHCP). There are also groups that run focusing on mindfulness and well-being.

Sarah / Managing Director

Sarah has a wide range of experience within the context of local, national and international children and family work, having lived and worked in the UK and South Africa.
Her work in the sphere of the Social work, Therapeutic Interventions, Teaching, Training and Management has underpinned Bespoke Practitioners’ drive to support children and families, enabling positive achievement and the best outcomes in each individual family situation. Sarah’s experience and knowledge has enabled her to identify the promotion of support required to identify best outcomes and clear assessment and planning for families within a therapeutic approach.

Sarah is a Programme Lead and University Lecturer in her health, psychology and social care and early years childhood and development field.

Sarah has over 22 years of experience and holds degrees in Social Work, Education (teaching), and in Clinical and Community Psychology. Other professional development and training continues to incorporate Therapeutic-Play-Based assessment, SEND and Mental Health, Self-Regulation and Mindfulness, Sexual Health and HIV Support, including health and social care practices, focusing on the need for:

  • Attachment-based nurturing support for children and families,
  • Education planning,
  • Behaviour Management and identification of support and intervention planning,
  • Assessment of the need for sensory regulation (and nurturing touch programmes),
  • Additional needs education perspectives and care planning,
  • Awareness of and training in child development,
  • Holistic, person-centred planning and parental support requirements,
  • Trauma support that is working towards recovery through the application of therapeutic approaches,
  • CPD Training and Development,
  • Independent Social Work support and assessment – to include fostering, permanence, mental health,
  • Working systemically with Professionals and supporting families through a Solution-Focused approach, to include Supervision of Professionals in Social Work, Teaching and Therapeutic Professional roles.

Frances Davies

I have over 20 years of experience working with young people and their families across health, educational and counselling settings. I started my career in South Devon working as both a Community Psychiatric Nurse with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and in Young People Inpatient setting.   On leaving the NHS I have completed a degree in Counselling which has further strengthened the support and potential for change I can offer to Children and Young People, Families and Individual Adults Clients.

I strongly believe in working with individuals and families to explore their concerns, finding ways to resolve or manage then in an open, non-judgemental manner. Through the fostering of open communication I believe families can build their resilience together to cope with the difficulties we have to manage. A family is like a machine and all parts need to be nurtured and cared for if the machine is to function at its optimum. Through counselling I aim to offer an environment where you can find your own solutions and draw on the internal resources you already have and find greater resilience moving forward.

  • Integrative Counselling for Young People, Families
  • Individual Adult Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Play based therapeutic sessions for children.
  • Attachment-based nurturing support for children and families.
  • Awareness of and training in child development
  • Working together, with a range of professionals and supporting families through a solution-focused approach.

Lindsay Horsley

Lindsay is a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor and University Lecturer. Lindsay’s counselling practice, supervision and teaching is based on a humanistic/person-centred approach; her wide experience supports the view that, given the right conditions, an individual has the capacity for self-help and healing. Lindsay is qualified through Barnardo’s in Attachment Focus Therapy, which underpins work supporting families and individuals where adoption is the focus of the work. Lindsay’s direct practice can also include life story work with young people.

Lindsay’s current portfolio also includes the provision of counselling and psychological support to looked after children in residential care; which extends to private counselling with young people (11+).

Lindsay holds a firm commitment to the relationship between theory and practice, which is supported by Academic Research required for a Lecturing post of a BA Counselling programme. In addition to a Lecturing role, Lindsay facilitates supervision of counsellors in training and the ongoing Supervision requirements post qualified for best practice.

  • Registered and Accredited member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • BA(Hons) Counselling Studies
  • Dip HE in Person-Centred Counselling
  • Certificate in CBT
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • HEA Fellow of Education (level 2)
  • Certificate in Attachment Focused therapy Barnardo’s LINK (working with adopters and adoptees)
  • Certificate in Supervision

Michaela Manchester

Michaela has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy since graduating has worked in both the charitable and public sector (NHS). Michaela has specialised in Paediatric Occupational Therapy and has further developed specialist knowledge in the field of Sensory Integration through post graduate training and clinical experience. Michaela has also worked in the education sector and as a youth worker where she supported 16-25 year olds in further education, employment and training.

As an Occupational Therapist Michaela uses a range of standardised and non-standardised assessments, parent/carer report and clinical observation to gain an understanding of the functional difficulties affecting a child’s ability to participate in their everyday activities. As part of the assessment Michaela will look at:

  • Handwriting skills
  • Seating and postural control
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Motor Coordination
  • Visual Perception

Using a holistic Michaela helps children develop their skills and confidence to achieve their full potential and supports parents and carers in helping them gain knowledge and understanding of their child’s difficulties through this process.

Michaela continues to develop her skills and knowledge through academic study, and peer learning and is a member of the Sensory Integration Network and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Michaela is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

Amelia Calvert

As a qualified, BACP registered Counsellor, I have a range of experience relating to supporting adults, young people and children. I have particular knowledge in working with individuals with challenges relating to SEN issues and understand the impact this can place on families. I can also offer support for parents and carers. I have worked for St. Helena’s Hospice as a bereavement counsellor offering both face to face and telephone counselling to those struggling with their grief.

These are adverse times and I appreciate the range of difficulties that many of us find ourselves facing, affecting our self-esteem and confidence. Through working together we can explore ways to relieve distress, loss and insecurities and move towards resilience and self-fulfilment in an non-judgemental and fully supportive environment.

• BACP registered Counsellor
• General Counselling
• Bereavement Counselling
• SEN support to individuals and families
• Zoom and telephone support

Nurturing Parenting is the foundation for children to thrive, as they grow, develop and reach milestones, ‘The Nurturing Parent’ consultations provide an opportunity to be more holistic in parenting and for parents to identify ways to meet their child’s developmental, attachment and sensory needs
Sarah Muller, Managing Practitioner for Bespoke Practitioners
‘Bespoke Practitioners’ offers consultancy, teaching, training, therapeutic play & assessment and nurturing parenting groups as well as individual private consultations within its portfolio of therapies and support. Please see the Services Section for more information on the consultations and programmes that Bespoke Practitioners offers to parents, children and professional settings.
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