Service Team

Lesley Wilson MSc is a Psychotherapist, Supervisor and BACP Accredited Counsellor, she is a qualified IAPT  Counselling for Depression Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor, she is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of psychological therapies and divides her time between working as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Central Lancashire and her Private Practice as a Therapist and Supervisor. She has experience of working within Voluntary, Private and Statutory Services. Her experience is grounded in working therapeutically with adults and children and therefore her practice integrates a number of theoretical models.  Lesley has been designing and delivering training for the past 16 years, she believes that all individuals have a wealth of intrinsic abilities which when explored and acknowledged encourage emotional growth and psychological well-being.


Joan Shepherd has over 30 years experience in office administration and marketing.  She has worked in the private and public sectors including Social Services and Lancashire Education Authority. Joan joined the Accord Services team in February 2015 to offer administrative support and to ensure the behind the scenes activities run smoothly.

Thelma Thornton is an experienced Counsellor and Supervisor with over 21 years of experience within the field of psychological therapies.  She has experienced work within the Private, Voluntary, and Statutory Services including, CRUSE Bereavement Services and the running of a Counselling Department within a Tertiary College where she offered services to 16 -19 year old students and College staff.  This work led Thelma into the supervisory and training arena, writing, promoting and training within 'Staff Development Days' and, 2nd level courses for would be counsellors to take on Counselling Diplomas at local Universities.

Mary Kinsella is a Qualified Nurse, Counsellor and Teacher. Her experience spans more than 36 years of work in Health Care and includes work in Hospitals in many parts of England and a short time working in Canada. She also has several years experience of working in a Hospice where she established an Education Unit and worked as a Teacher and Nurse Aromatherapist. As a counsellor she worked in General Practice for approximately 4 years, seeing clients on a sessional basis. Mary has also had the experience of setting up a Bereavement Counselling Service in a large NHS Trust in addition she worked, in a voluntary capacity, with patients and relatives as a counsellor in a hospice. Mary has had around 30 years experience in teaching and facilitating groups in a variety of settings including Hospitals, Hospices, Colleges and Universities. She has a keen interest in bereavement care and complex communication issues.



*Jenny De-Maine is a Senior BACP Accredited Therapist, she has been offering therapeutic interventions with individual clients, psycho-educational and therapeutic groups for over 19 years.   Her training has included humanistic approaches: Person Centred Model and Transactional Analysis, she has also experienced training within the Psychodynamic paradigm with a particular focus upon group work.  Jenny has spent most of her career working with The Priory Hospital with an adult client group who have a range of mental health issues.  She has specialised in a number of areas however, her main expertise is in the field of addiction and recovery, she currently works with clients and their families to support them as they reflect, explore and develop healthy lives and remain in recovery.  Jenny believes that all individuals are capable of making the changes needed to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.  Her vast experience allows her to offer without judgement a space for the clients and their families to explore, understand and make choices which encourage health and balance.  Jenny also has experience in effectively managing depression and anxiety, she encourages self awareness in her practice and the idea that building confidence through therapeutic intervention and an awareness of family scripts is central within her clinical practice. 

*If you want to contact Jenny directly her telephone number is: 07903069662

 Helen Regis qualified as a Professional Counsellor in 2008, graduating from the University of Central Lancashire. Although she works primarily using the person-centered approach, due to the training and experience she has gained from working with various charitable organisations, her work has become more integrated. She has worked with all age groups but the majority of her work has been with children in primary and secondary education establishments. Her more recent position as Manager of a medium sized healing centre, has seen her gain experience in Complimentary Therapy, recently training as a Reiki healer and currently studying the art of Mindfulness. Her passion for counselling saw her retrun to school counselling work earlier this year and she is presently working in Preston and Manchester with children aged four to eighteen and is hoping to acquire her accreditation through the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, (of whom she is a member), over the next year. 

Helen Lewin is a Person-Centred Counsellor who is working towards accreditation with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Helen has 30 years of experience working with adults, children and families. She currently divides her time working in a mainstream school supporting the emotional wellbeing of children and their families, working therapeutically with children in a pupil referral unit and her private counselling practice. Helen also works therapeutically  with adults and young people and has experience in working with a wide range of presenting conditions and with people in varying circumstances.

 It is Helen`s experience that once the person who comes for counselling feels safe within the relationship they are able to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours freely from their own point of view. This helps identify what is causing the disturbance within them and supports the process of working towards positive change and a more peaceful state. Feedback from clients is that they find the experience of person-centred therapy sessions with Helen supportive and non-threatening. They are in control of what to share during their sessions and they experience having her by their side offering understanding and acceptance.



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