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NESSie - Supporting positive mental health of children and young people.



What we offer:

  • 1-1 and group therapy for children and young people
  • Training and supervision of professionals 
  • Workshops and support to parents and carers 


NESSie provides easy access to affordable arts therapies, counselling, support and training so that children, young people and their familities, can thrive. We provide face-to-face support in education and community settings, online or by phone. We offer access to experienced, qualified staff who can help you quickly. 


Currently, in the UK, only 31.5% of chidlren and young people are accessing mental health support. We partner with local statutory and voluntary organisations to offer regular training, supervision and support for parents, carers and educational professionals to make sure that more children and young people thrive.


For further information please visit their website NESSIe


Click here to meet the full team NESSie Therapists


Julie Stokes

NESSie Coordinator, Child & Adolescent Integrative Arts Counsellor

Dip Counselling, MBACP

Tel: 07955 500208   Email: 



Julie works in Welwyn Hatfield schools with high-end need children and young people referred via the DSPL5 Triage system. The young people seen have mental health as their dominant issue and no other clear pathway for support. NESSie provides weekly therapy sessions in schools for between 6-12 weeks, depending on the level of need, and liaises with the families, schools and other professionals. 



Ellie Keiller

NESSie Transition Support Worker and Dramatherapist HCPC 




Ellis is a transition support worker from NESSie and works across primary and secondary schools within the DSPL5 area. Her role is to support children and young people with high end needs with transition. This is often focused around, but is not limited to, the transition from primary to secondary school.