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Michelle Stone


Counsellor & Trainer

Michelle is a relaxation coach, a Wim Hof instructor, a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and a mental health trainer, as well as a counsellor.  She has many titles but they all have the same aim, to enable people to find their own way, or support others, to manage the overwhelm and find their own way to where they want their life to be.  She specialises in working with children and young people (aged 8 upwards) but works well with any age.

Gemilla Chady

Director and Events planner

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I am Gemilla, I come from a background of Health and Holistic Therapy. I believe counselling plays a central and key role in the process of healing and moving forward into a more positive expression of ourselves. I joined Positive Routes to Wellbeing in 2020 and never has there been a time when these services provided have been more required. Helping Positive Routes become self-sufficient, sustainable and a growing model to be used further afield is paramount and part of my remit.This will make this wonderful company visible and accessible to all who require it.

Rachel Maynard


Development and Growth 

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Rachel is a Level 3 Forest School Leader with over 7 years experience running forest school programmes and many years experience in scouting. Trained to deliver the John Muirs Award. Level 3 OCN working with young people with Challenging Behaviour Outdoors. Youth Mental Health First Aider. Therapeutic Forest Approved Practitioner. Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Practioner.

Helena Zizkovska

Director, Policy adviser

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Helena is an experienced Mental Health professional with a vast experience of working in the Health and Social Care sector. Helena is experienced in supporting children and young people with mental health difficulties and disabilities, specialising in supporting clients with autism and special educational needs. 


As well as directly supporting clients by providing holistic wellbeing support, Helena has also led various improvement projects within the sector. These include developing and implementing a new Quality Assurance system in Children's Social Care, improving the support offer for Foster Carers in Essex, overseeing the development of new Children's Residential Homes as well as piloting a new project funded by the NHS to support young people suffering with mental health conditions who are facing a discharge from Children's Mental Health services. 


Helena is also the founder and Director of Platform Theatre Arts CIC which is an inclusive performing arts school for children and young people operating in Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Helena has a Level 2 certificate in Therapeutic Counselling and is currently studying a Level 3 in Hypnotherapy.

Fiona Howells



I am currently in the third year of a BA in Humanistic Counselling at Chichester University. I am also an Holistic Therapist and have been running a business for 17 years practicing Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. 

I also trained as a yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India and guided 2 classes a week for 2 years before covid put a halt to them. The yoga skills support my massage therapy.  Underlying all my work is my passion for Reiki which I have taken to Master Level and have been practicing continuously for 17 years.

Alice Saunders

Counsellor in training

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Hi, I’m Alice. I have just completed Year 2 (of 4) of my Counselling degree at Chichester University and looking forward to continuing my learning journey into Year 3 in September. The beach is my favourite place in the world and you will often find me there, walking the dog! There is something a find very calming about it. I am enjoying the creative aspects of my degree and am enthusiastic about finding ways of expressing ourselves through other channels alongside talking therapy. I spent 8 years working with adults with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. I like to think I have a kind warmth around me and love being in the Sunshine


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