About Chrysalis Associates

Chrysalis Associates is a centre of excellence in the assessment and treatment of developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. We are passionate about maintaining a high level of knowledge and expertise within our staff team to enable us to provide dynamic and effective service to our clients.

At the heart of our company are the people who work in it. We care for and value our team enabling them to grow and develop professionally and personally. We provide high levels of supervision and training and actively promote a healthy work – life balance.

Chrysalis Associates’ integrity underpins its principles in the provision of a reliable service that interacts with clients and professionals in a sincere and genuine way. We provide a transparent and evidence-based service thereby providing accountability for our service users and to our commissioners.

Please click the link to view: Statement of Purpose – June 2021

Please click here to see: our latest outstanding Ofsted report

Meet The Team

Director's

Dr Jacqueline Lynch

Director, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Registered Manager

Dr Helen Freake

Director, Clinical Psychologist and Responsible Individual

Sarah Terry

Director

Sarah Allkins

Director

Senior Leadership Team

Lisa Fletcher

Consultant Trauma and Attachment Therapist and
Safeguarding Service Lead

Sarah Bryan

Consultant Trauma and Attachment Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Ian Hutchinson

Consultant Trauma and Attachment Therapist and Art Therapist and Assessment Service Lead

Rachel Johnson

Finance Manager

Clinical Staff

Claire Rowell

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Marion Cavan

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Ashley Ginter

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Michael Whight

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Dr Rachael Alexander

Trauma and Attachment Therapist and Counselling Psychologist

Linsey Sidebottom

Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Matthew Clark

Trauma and Attachment Practitioner

Sarah Cassidy

Trauma and Attachment Practitioner

Eleanor Smale

Trauma and Attachment Therapist and Art Therapist

Hannah Engeldow

Occupational Therapist

Evangel Kehinde

Trauma and Attachment Practitioner

Sabrina Almas

Therapeutic Social Worker

Erica Hedges

Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Sam Parkey

Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Georgia York

Psychologist

Tom Southward-Bruce

Psychologist

Ellie Shepherd

Psychologist

Najlah Sani-Omolori

Psychologist

Kiran Nanuan

Psychologist

Non-Clinical Staff

Rachel Schofield

Senior Administrator

Tel: 01142 509455
E-mail: jacqueline.lynch@chrysalisassociates.org

Dr Jacqueline Lynch

Director, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Registered Manager

Dr Lynch is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. She holds a BSc in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has undertaken additional training in: Drama Therapy, CBT, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay, Group work with Children and Adolescents and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing [EMDR]. She is also trained in the administration of the ASI.

Tel: 01142 509455
E-mail: helen.freake@chrysalisassociates.org

Dr Helen Freake

Director, Clinical Psychologist & Responsible Individual

Why I do the job

I first became part of the team that set up Chrysalis because I was passionate about Theraplay, DDP and EMDR and wanted to be able to offer these models in a way that really works for children and their families.  Its great to be able to say over 15 years later that that is still the most rewarding thing about what we do: witnessing hundreds of children every year recover from their trauma and develop closer and more loving relationships with their families is immensely satisfying!  I love working with and supporting our amazing therapy team at Chrysalis, and seeing every day the positive differences we are able to make to children’s lives.  I also love that as a small independent organisation we have the freedom to just do what needs doing to help the families we serve without lots of delays and bureaucracy.

Something you may not know about me

I am an ordained Buddhist, and love teaching Buddhism and Meditation in my time outside Chrysalis.  My Buddhist name Lilamati translates as ‘she whose understanding is playful’.  I love, climbing, running and swimming, and time outdoors (especially on the beach!) with my husband and son. 

Sarah Terry

Director

Sarah Terry has over 20 years’ experience working in Health & Social Care, including the statutory and voluntary sectors. She qualified as a social worker in 1995, obtaining a MA/Dip SW at Leicester University, and has completed the Open University course ‘Managing Health and Social Care Services’.

Sarah Allkins

Director

Sarah Allkins has over 15 years’ experience working in Health and Social Care, including statutory and voluntary sectors. She holds a BA (Hons)/Dip SW and has completed the Open University course ‘Managing Health and Social Care Services’.

Lisa Fletcher

Consultant Trauma & Attachment Therapist
Safeguarding Service Lead

Why I do the job

I do this job because I love it. It really is as simple as that for me. I have been part of Chrysalis Associates since 2010 and find the work I do here incredibly rewarding. It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with families and help them to grow and flourish.

Something you may not know about me

When you meet me, you’ll soon get to know I’m never in danger of being boring! I like avocado socks and when I’m not here I like to be in Copenhagen!  

Sarah Bryan

Consultant Trauma & Attachment Therapist

Why I do the job

I have a special interest in working with young people who have experienced a difficult start in life and have developed ways to help them learn to trust adults to look after them and for them to thrive. I have trained in some very helpful therapies. I really enjoy this job, meeting many families and finding ways for us to work together and have fun.

Something you may not know about me

I love to take my time cooking for friends. I also enjoy painting pictures and going for long walks on my days off

Ian Hutchinson

Consultant Trauma & Attachment Therapist

Why I do the job

One of my favourite things about my job is getting to know families in a fun and relaxed way so we can start to make thing better together. I have always enjoyed art and I try to bring creativity into my therapy sessions. It’s always great to help families to grow closer.

Something you may not know about me

I have visited the famous street in Edinburgh which apparently inspired the idea of ‘Diagon Alley’ in the Harry Potter stories – one of my favourite books. When I get time, I like to go walking, explore new places with my family or sit and play the guitar.

Rachel Johnson

Finance Manager

Why I do the job

Finance managers are responsible for the overall financial health of a company. We produce financial reports and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of the organisation.

Something you may not know about me

I enjoy the flexibility and challenges that the finance manager role entails. I enjoy working for a smaller company because you can really see the results of your work and your decisions have an impact on the operations. 

Claire Rowell

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Why I do the Job

I have always been passionate about working with children and feel very privileged to be involved in helping children to heal from their past experiences and be able to connect on a deeper level with their family as a result.

Something you may not know about me

I would consider myself as being quite an active and social person, therefore, my weekends are filled with doing exercise classes such as Zumba and drinking Starbucks Mocha coffee with friends. My favourite colour is pink and love Lindt dark chocolate.

Marion Cavan

Trauma and Attachment Therapist and Occupational Therapist

Why I do the job

Journeying with families through some of their most overwhelming challenges is a real privilege.  The greatest reward is witnessing moments of trust, relaxation and connection shared between a parent and child and the hope that this brings.

Something you may not know about me

I’d love to say something really exciting or daring, but the reality is that my ‘happy place’ is walking along a coastal path, I could walk for miles with my two dogs!  If only I lived closer to the sea!

Ashley Ginter

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Why I do the job

I moved to the UK to pursue two of my dreams: working therapeutically with families and living in England and I’m happy to say that both have far exceeded my expectations! I love working with families and helping them have fun together and understand each other better. It’s an honour to be involved in the process of moving from distrust and distance to connection and joy. I also love the variety that the work brings and how unique each child and family is.

Something you may not know about me

When I’m not at work, I love the theatre, swing dancing, biking, getting out into the countryside, and, of course, a good brew! I’m excited about any opportunity to wear my wellies or try out new café with a good book. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games and I’m always up for watching a Disney movie.

Michael Whight

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Michael has a CQSW and Diploma in Social Work. Michael has over 25 years’ experience working in Local Authorities with Children and Families including Residential Social Work; Child Protection; Fostering – recruitment, assessment and support and Adoption – assessment, family finding, and adoption support. He spent three years in his last post providing support/ training adopters, via a four-day therapeutic training programme run nationally for Local Authorities, and intensive adoption support. Michael has received additional training in Webster Stratton Parenting, Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and EMDR.

Dr Rachael Alexander

Trauma & Attachment Therapist

Why I do the job

I am passionate about what I feel therapy can offer parents and children; a space to learn about yourself, emotionally connect and have fun.  

Something you may not know about me

I am interested in environmental issues, particularly how people can live more in harmony with nature. 

Linsey Sidebottom

Trauma & Attachment Therapist

Linsey has a MA in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Linsey also has a BA (Hons) in Social Policy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods. She has over 18 years’ experiencing working in Local Authorities with Children and Families including Child in Need; Child Protection; and Children in Care social work. Linsey worked as a Therapeutic Social Worker in Specialist Looked After Children and Adoption CAMHS teams for over seven years, which included providing support to foster parents and adopters based on the consultation model, alongside therapeutic work with children and their parenting adults. Linsey has facilitated training and support groups for foster parents and residential staff on understanding the impact of developmental trauma and therapeutic parenting, informed by the DDP model. Linsey has also worked in the independent sector completing assessments of prospective foster parents and providing therapeutic support for children and their birth families. Linsey is trained to Level 2 in both DDP and Theraplay, she has also completed training in Developmental Maturational Model (DMM) and Improving Sensory Processing Training.

Matthew Clark

Trauma and Attachment Practitioner

Why I do the job

I have been part of Chrysalis Associates since 2011 and find my work to be incredibly rewarding. Working with families to help them flourish, where children move from a position of distrust to love, is a journey that I am passionate about. Every day at Chrysalis is different and every family I meet is unique.

Something you may not know about me

When I get chance, I love nothing more than taking things to pieces, usually this is a car or one of my motorbikes. The challenge, however, is putting it back together in the right order! My favourite children’s books are ‘J.J. and the Washing Machine’ and ‘Harry Potter’.

Sarah Cassidy

Trauma and Attachment practitioner

Why I do the job

My favourite part of the job is meeting all the fantastic families and children we have here at Chrysalis.

Something you may not know about me

When I’m not at Chrysalis, I’m usually still rolling around on exercise balls with my love of Pilates and Yoga, otherwise you’ll find me camping in a field somewhere, eating marshmallows around a campfire.

Eleanor Smale

Trauma and Attachment Therapist.

Why I do the job

It is a privilege and an honour to connect with families and to be able to help in the most significant of ways, in relationship. At the heart of us all is the capacity for love and connection, so I am deeply satisfied as I get to connect with people in my daily work. I love that my job brings me into contact with such a variety of people and that I learn from them just as much as I support them.

Something you may not know about me

I love to dance, free, expressive and sometimes a bit silly! And I have a funky old caravan which I tow to out-of-the-way places for weekends of fresh air and muddy adventure.

Hannah Engeldow

Occupational Therapist

Why I do the job

It’s a privilege to work with such amazing children and young people.  I love helping them reach their full potential.

Something you may not know about me

When I’m not at work I like to spend my time at my allotment, I also love going for long dog walks and knitting socks!

Evangel Kehinde

Trauma and Attachment practitioner

Why I do the job

I have always enjoyed working with children and young people, I find working with this demographic to be just as rewarding as it is challenging. I also enjoy working with families and this role enables me to do a bit of everything I love.  

Something you may not know about me

I like to bake and I have challenged myself to incorporate avocados into as many baked treats as possible. I also like to play the guitar and sing.

Sabrina Almas

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Why I do the job?

I believe that family functioning is an integral part of everyday life and it is a privilege to be part of the journey in supporting families at whatever stage they are at.

Something you may not know about me

I love all things leopard print and anything elephant related!

Erica Hedges

Why I do the job

I love working with young people and find it really rewarding seeing the positive changes that engaging in therapy can have. I also think play is really important and undervalued. I feel lucky to have a job where I get to be playful every day!

Something you may not know about me

I used to live on a houseboat which I actually helped to build. I used to love watching the ducks swim past, but after a few years, the pull of a flushing toilet got too much and I moved back to dry land! In my spare time I enjoy going to the theatre and spending time with friends and family.

Sam Parkey

Why I do the job

I really love working with children and families, spending time with them and getting to know them. Helping children through play and being a listening ear to families, building relationships through fun and play. I am very proud to be doing this for a caring organisation like Chrysalis.

Something you may not know about me 

I am a collector and lover of scented candles. I love all the different scents and smells that make me feel all happy inside. I am also a massive fan of winter and Christmas and through myself into going to Christmas markets and pantomimes and if you see me near Christmas I may even have Christmas earrings in or the odd Christmas jumper.

Georgia York

Psychologist

Why I do the job

I love being able to help others and being able to make even the slightest of difference in the lives of struggling families is truly rewarding. I enjoy working with a variety of people, and each day I get the opportunity to meet lots of unique and interesting children and families, where no day is the same! I really am proud to be a part of the team as it is truly amazing hearing and seeing the positive impact coming to Chrysalis has had for families so they can have fun together and make life at home happier!

Something you may not know about me

When I’m not at work, I enjoy being active, going for long walks around the countryside with my dog or going out running! I love the outdoors and being out in the nature, as I absolutely adore animals! My spare time is also filled with listening to music and going to events, or going site-seeing and travelling to different places. Some of my other favourite things to do is being sociable with friends and family, going shopping or eating out and trying different foods!

Tom Southward-Bruce

Psychologist

Why I do the job:

Even being able to make the slightest difference to the life of a struggling family is so rewarding and being able to form such strong and long-lasting relationships with clients can only be a positive. In both my placement year and so far in my time as a full-time assistant psychologist I have seen such positive changes take place over weeks and months which is a brilliant experience to be a part of. Running the Chrysalis Programmes with the children gives me a chance to organise some fantastic games and seeing some smiles and laughs, as well as some brilliant and unique abilities and skills always gives me a great boost!

Something you may not know about me:

When I’m not in the office my main passion is music! I have played guitar for over 10 years, and I am also in an indie rock band where I am the lead singer and rhythm guitarist! I love going to gigs and football matches, and I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan! I like to run at the weekends, and I enjoy travelling – my favourite holiday spots have been Western Australia and the East Coast of America! I am also a big film and TV buff.

Kiran Nanuan

Senior Trauma and Attachment Therapist

Why I do the job

I really enjoy interacting with young children and seeing the difference that our work can make to their lives. I believe the therapeutic models utilised by Chrysalis are the most effective when helping the families that come to see us.

Something you may not know about me

My favourite animal is the giraffe. I love their patterns and their long necks. I also like to try lots of new foods and spend time with my family and friends.

Rachel Schofield

Senior Administrator

Why I do the job

I have always loved working with people and really enjoy meeting new families in my role – I get to see some lovely smiles when children come to the building! I like to help people however I can and I’m very proud to be part of the team, I find it amazing when I see how Chrysalis changes the lives of so many families.

Something you may not know about me

I am a huge travel addict and have been on lots of ridiculous adventures all over the world so far! I’m also a big fan of Autumn – I adore lighting candles, sitting with a cup of (Yorkshire!) tea and watching the leaves fall outside – I just love feeling cosy! In my spare time I am a volunteer foster carer for animals, spending most my evenings snuggling small creatures and giving them the love and care they deserve until their forever family comes along.