Meet the Team

Louise Green

BA (Hons) Early Years, NLP Certified Master Practitioner, PGCE

LHT Wellbeing Company Founder and Director, Wellbeing Consultant,
Paediatric First Aid Trained (British Red Cross)

Hi, My name is Louise, I am the company director and Wellbeing Consultant of LHT Wellbeing.  I am passionate about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and believe that to thrive, enjoy and succeed in our precious lives, how emotionally and mentally well we feel is paramount.

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Throughout the past 19 years, I have been working with children and adults’ emotional wellbeing and mental health and feel passionately about this.  I have in-depth skills, knowledge and experience of working holistically and therapeutically with both children and adults, promoting positive wellbeing.

Our children of today will become our adults of tomorrow, so let’s work with them to help break negative cycles of behaviour.  These cycles are intergenerational and can last a lifetime.  It is imperative that we address these cycles of behaviour and the mental health and wellbeing of our children.  This enables them to become more confident, resilient and balanced adults who can regulate emotionally with minimum mental health issues.

I have successfully worked with children to develop skills and build upon their personal development to become resilient and strong to troubles they may experience in life.  Undoubtedly, there will be levels of this that are not expected, but generally speaking, it is as simple as equipping children with the skills for life and understanding their emotions and behaviours to help them to manage in a more resourceful way.

Throughout the last 7 years, I have worked as an Infant Mental Health Practitioner within the Children’s Psychological Services for the NHS.  This has involved working therapeutically with parents and children who have bonding and attachment difficulties.  This has been bespoke 1-1 innovative work with parents and their children around their emotional wellbeing such as bonding and attachment, parent child relationship difficulties and paternal mental health.  I have observed at the effects a parent’s own negative childhood experiences can have on the relationships with their own children.  Understanding post-traumatic stress of a difficult birth and understanding the impact that perinatal mental health has upon one’s self and that of their children.  I have supported families whose baby is cared for in the neonatal unit and worked closely to support their parent infant relationship.

I have successfully facilitated groups in many communities on a range of subjects, including bonding and attachment, parenting, antenatal programmes and perinatal mental health.  I have delivered both evidence and bespoke therapeutic interventions for parents and children too.

My journey with children and families started back in 1998, working within the private nursery setting.  I loved working with young children and this led me onto the role of Family Support Worker within Sure Start and Children’s Centres.  Supporting vulnerable families and leading group based sessions and 1-1 activities.

I then progressed onto a career as a lecturer at Blackburn College in Childhood Studies, passionately teaching students in my field of expertise.  This then became my focus, helping my students to become good role models and practitioners when working with children, educating them around children’s mental health, development and wellbeing.

My passion, enthusiasm and experience and the desire to help change the futures of our children lead me to founding LHT Wellbeing.  I have developed therapeutic workshops ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ for Key Stage 1 and 2, as well as 1-1 support.

Within the company I also specialise with 1-1 interventions for private work on specialised issues relating to adults emotional and mental wellbeing in a range of areas. This service is bespoke to the individual to help create a better self where personal issues are impacting on life and creating an unbalance. Having a person centre approach with psychosocial interventions and coaching I will support your journey in fulfilling your desired outcomes.  

Continuous professional development has been part of my self-growth, having completed various courses and gaining invaluable skills in many areas.  Some of these are becoming a NLP Practitioner, gaining a PGCE, having the skills to observe parent child relationships, counselling skills, CBT techniques, motivational interviewing skills, safeguarding children and adults and facilitating evidenced based community groups.  I have been a parenting group leader for over 10 years trained in several programmes, including Incredible Years and Family Links, and have also trained in “Watch Wait and Wonder” which is a child led psychotherapeutic approach to supporting parent child relationships.

I’m sure you have managed to understand my sound knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for my expertise in children and adult’s emotional health and wellbeing. Please explore the website to fully discover what services are available.

Victoria McFadyen

BA (Hons) Early Years, EYPS

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner, NLP Foundation Practitioner,
Paediatric First Aid Trained (British Red Cross)

Hello, my name is Victoria and I am excited to have joined the Wellbeing Warriors Team. I have over 20 years’ experience in working with children and families within education and the early years services. This includes private settings, statutory sectors, and the local authorities, with my most recent employer being LCC. I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and over the years I have learnt how many factors can impact upon children’s emotional health and wellbeing.

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I started my career as a Nursery Nurse progressing into children centres in 2003. I gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years in 2008 and completed the additional Early Years Professional Status soon after. I have continued my professional developments over the years by attending workshops and courses in the childcare field. I have specialist skills in Speech and Language, Child Development, Tatty Bumpkins (Health, Wellbeing and Yoga) and various parenting courses. One of my desires was working with dads, and I set up dads’ groups in the community to encourage positive interactions and relationships, and educated the fathers on play, and the importance of their role in their children’s lives.

I spent 14 years working within Children’s Centres and most recently becoming the Centre Manager within a bustling diverse community. I have worked with children of all ages, abilities and needs, with a real desire for supporting children with their Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

I have worked closely with parents and teachers supporting and sharing skills and knowledge for the individual children in helping build upon the parent child relationships. I have engaged greatly with various multi agency initiatives, focusing on a whole family approach to meet each child and family’s needs.

As well as my love for working with children, in my spare time socialising with family and friends is something I enjoy, as well as cooking, listening to music and getting outdoors with my dog Meg. I do admit, I am keen on taking my camera to capture those memories and making them last a lifetime.

I am passionate about the evidence this programme has produced, and the impact upon the children who have attended, and I am looking forward to being a part of such a positive, life enriching experience for the children within your schools.

Jennifer Bowden

BA (Hons) – Early Years
Early Years Teacher Status, NLP Foundation Practitioner

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner, Paediatric First Aid Trained (British Red Cross)

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am thrilled to have joined the Wellbeing Warriors Team. I have over 20 years’ experience working with children and their families in various settings. I started my career as a Nanny caring for two children before moving into the NHS, to work for Sure Start. Here I observed the many challenges children face, which have an effect on their emotional health and the impact this can have upon their day to day lives.

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I have achieved my BA Honours, working with children in the Early Years and was awarded a first-class honours degree at Lancaster University. I continued my studies here and also obtained my Early Years Teacher Status. SureStart later became a Children’s Centre within the LCC and I remained within my role here for 14 years. During this time, I continued to build up strong relationships with children and their families within the local community, supporting children of different ages, abilities, and emotional needs.

I then progressed into the private sector as a Nursery Teacher. This was an amazing position which allowed me the opportunity to support children emotionally as they transitioned into nursery life. I was able to support children with separation anxiety, forming friendships, building secure relationships, taking turns, sharing, and confidence building. My role as Nursery Teacher also gave me the opportunity to work directly with children’s emotional wellbeing by increasing confidence, improving their ability to build strong, lasting relationships and increasing their targets and assessment grades.

As well as a love of working with children, I enjoy spending time with my family and I am kept remarkably busy with my own two children, who are very much into sport. I enjoy watching my son play football and badminton and my daughter competing in her dance competitions. They both also compete in athletics in long jump, high jump and 100m, 200m, and 800m races. I also like to keep fit and enjoy going to classes at the gym and doing lots of walking.

My absolute desire is to support children to thrive and reach their full potential. I believe my role as Wellbeing Practitioner will allow me to be a part of a wonderful therapeutic programme for children, which will allow them to relax, have fun, grow and flourish.

Kelly Cotton

BA (Hons) Education & Learning

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner, Paediatric First Aid Trained (British Red Cross)

Hello, my name is Kelly, I am excited to have joined the Wellbeing Warriors Team. I have 20 years’ experience working with children from ages 0 to 11 years old. I started working within the private sector which encouraged me to become self-employed as a childminder. I followed on with my career into the education sector where I became part of a multi-disciplinary team in supporting children’s learning and wellbeing, particularly helping children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

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Throughout my time in primary schools, I have had the privilege to work closely with families in supporting their children’s emotional and mental health needs. I am qualified to deliver the ELSA programme (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) interventions, of which I am passionate about and utilise during my work with children. Working with children for many years has enabled me to gain a wealth of knowledge into the contributing factors for developing children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, and believe when children have the nurturing support to increase their self-confidence, they can thrive in their academic learning and achievements, fulfilling a more positive future. It is exciting that I am now part of a team which provides services in a field I am passionate about.

Wellbeing Warrior

Hello, I am delighted to be working with you all and look forward to meeting you in the “Wellbeing Warrior” workshops as your friend. I am excited to get to know you all and assist you on your journeys. Our emotions sometimes get in our way and make it hard to concentrate at school, or manage home life, but attending the groups sessions you will be able to explore “you” and learn all about yourself in a fun and creative way. It is a pleasure to be working with the group explorers, they are such fun and help make the workshops exciting. I love the way you get to be creative, talk in a safe group and spend time together getting to know one another. I will be around in all the workshops to make sure you are all feeling positive, are enjoying the time with your peers and feeling relaxed and comfortable. As you may well notice my outburst of excitement, but you really have been a chosen one to work within these fun and exciting workshops, as my smiley, happy face shows. I look forward to seeing you very soon.