Arthur Ellis was founded on Family.

In 2017, our founder, Jon Manning, created the movement inspired by his two grandfathers, Arthur Manning and Ellis Graham. Ellis suffered from schizoaffective disorder and without both meaningful and timely treatment was left to deteriorate to a dependent state and sadly spent most of his life in hospital.

After experiencing some trauma in childhood and being misdiagnosed with depression for almost a decade, Jon was impassioned to make accessing mental health support easy; to create a culture where people are given the skills to recognise pre-symptomatic changes and be empowered to better themselves before they ever reach a point of being diagnosed with an illness.

“If we are recognising symptoms, by definition, people are already sick.”

Jon Manning

Founder & CEO (DSL)

Rita is one of our most experienced practitioners. She absolutely LOVES all things cats; she has one of her own called Luckie. She is one of the leaders of Arthur Ellis, overseeing our Mentoring service but she still really enjoys supporting people 1:1. She has been working in Psychology for 30 years, helping her to gain a background of working with people of all ages and supporting a variety of issues.

Rita Mistry

Director of Psychological Services (DSL)

Heather is our resident book worm. She has a degree in English Literature and loves to spend her spare time reading under a blanket. Then, on to her next hobby – sleep! Heather also like to spend time outside, gardening and going for park runs which helps her take care of her mental health, too.

Heather Horner

Head of Operations

Josie is an enthusiastic computer nerd. She is a part time animal keeper at a sanctuary for zoo rejects and exotic pets where her favourite client is an alligator who was absurdly mistaken for a gecko. She is a mental health advocate and loves working with such an incredible charity.

Josie Proto

Marketing Executive

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Dedicated to client care and safeguarding, I bring a unique blend of creativity and practical experience to my role. I find joy in crafting solutions that prioritize well-being. With a focus on creating a safe and nurturing environment, my goal is to seamlessly integrate creativity into my approach to safeguarding. I am committed to uplifting those under my care through thoughtful and compassionate solutions.

Mariya Silvester

CASCO (Client And Safeguarding Coordinator)

Gwen is one of our CASCOs. She has two children; one a talented drummer and the other a competitive cheerleader. She is an experienced early years educator, and SEN and child development specialist and she worked in education for 14 years. She has a passion for supporting those who struggle to support themselves.

Gwen Withall

CASCO (Client And Safeguarding Coordinator)

Our Mentors

In another life David would have wanted to be an astronaut… he adores live music, the cinema, and good sleep! He is passionate about offering a warm, safe, and supportive space to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours…..all at your own pace.

David Ballantine

Mental Health Mentor

Maria is from Medellin, Colombia. She is studying her master’s degree in King’s College London. She has been working in Psychology for over 5 years, mostly with children, adolescents and young adults, supporting a variety of issues.

Maria Cardona

Mental Health Mentor

My name is Cathy and I have 2 fish called Cherry and Princess. I have experience supporting 11–18-year-olds with their wellbeing and am currently working towards a counselling qualification. I understand it can be difficult to open up about feelings and my aim is to create a clam and safe environment you feel comfortable in.

Cathy Puffet

Mental Health Mentor

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Tara loves travelling and being outside. Her favourite place she has travelled to is Malaysia. She has studied psychology and mental health for 4 years at university and has worked with a community mental health team and children with special needs. She enjoys working with Arthur Ellis to support individuals in learning new strategies to improve their mental wellbeing.

Tara Hammersley

Mental Health Mentor

Irena is one of our mentors who also has experience in Management, Finance and other fields. Since 2017 she has been working, using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and other techniques in order to achieve desired outcomes. Her interests are in human behaviours, healthy eating, herbal remedies and energy healing.

Irena Buinauskaite

Mental Health Mentor

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Marlene has a background in Sociology and Psychology, as well as both personal and professional experience with various mental health services. She has always enjoyed having long meaningful conversations. Marlene can typically be found on the sofa with a book in one hand and a cup of tea or hot chocolate in the other. She hopes to be able to have a dog also snuggled up on the sofa with her in the not-too-distant future. Marlene looks forward to getting to know you.

Marlene Bruvoll

Mental Health Mentor

Sabina joined the Arthur Ellis family as a Mental Health Mentor. She was born in Romania, but raised in Italy where she studied Psychology. Recently she has moved to the United Kingdom where she is doing her MSc. She loves cheese, reading, writing and having long walks in the park with her dog, Sunday.

Sabina Lucas

Mental Health Mentor

Rocksana has been working in education for a decade now and has worked with students of all ages and backgrounds, with her main interest being in Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Rocksana’s hobbies include: cooking, swimming, and writing poetry – she finds writing very therapeutic. She would love to encourage others to express themselves through writing too! She is the youngest of 9 siblings, so has a lot of experience in mediation and adapting to different personalities.

Rocksana Begum

Mental Health Mentor

Hanagh has a silent G in her name! Her pronouns are She/Her. Hanagh is very creative and loves to paint, she often uses creativity in her sessions and is qualified as an advanced Drawing and Talking Therapy Practitioner. Hanagh has a new English springer spaniel puppy called Loki, he is named after her love of the Marvel universe. Loki is very mischievous as his name suggests.

Hanagh Little

Mental Health Mentor

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Yvonne has been a Mentor with Arthur Ellis MHS since it began. She loves all things creative and spends as much time as she can outdoors.  Walking or tending her garden and allotment are her most favourite past times. After working in education for over 30 years, Yvonne retired from teaching.  She has since dedicated her wealth of experience to help and support young people and their families.

Yvonne Graham

Mental Health Mentor

Meet Richard, with 8 years as a youth support worker and music teacher for Milton Keynes Council, he transitioned to the youth network three years ago, continuing to share his passion for music. Richard holds a honours degree Youth Psychology, currently, he’s in his final year pursuing a Level 5 Professional Psychotherapeutic Counselling qualification. He is calm and has a thoughtful demeanor in both personal and professional pursuits

Richard Gregory

Mental Health Mentor

Maxine Hitchin

Mental Health Mentor

Roberta is an experienced, passionate and empathetic mentor. She absolutely adores interacting with different people, hearing their stories, empowering them and building connections. Roberta is a Psychology and Forensic Psychology university graduate with vast amounts of broad experience of supporting people of all ages with variety of challenges, including students with special needs, individuals who are struggling with their mental health or trauma and people who are involved with the criminal justice system.

Roberta Mecionyte

Mental Health Mentor

Tanya is a Mental Health Mentors at Arthur Ellis, with clinical experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Tanya has experience with working in adult mental health services and with children in therapeutic residential care, which gives her experience with supporting individuals of all ages and from different backgrounds. She enjoys being a mentor and will be happy to support you. She is passionate about the development and achievement of sound emotional and mental health in individuals.

Tanya-Marie Wiltshire

Mental Health Mentor

Tânia is one of our mental health mentors. She considers that life is better in hiking boots because she loves to spend time in nature. She is an occupational therapist, with more than 15 years of professional experience in mental health. She is driven by supporting people of all ages to enhance their wellbeing, their experience and level of functioning.

Tânia Nogueria

Mental Health Mentor

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Supervising Mentors

We employ mental health professionals of all different disciplines, to align both our clients and Mentor for the best possible outcome.

Our Mentors have backgrounds in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Mental Health, Abuse Support or SEND and go through a Safer Recruitment process so that we can thoroughly check their qualifications and backgrounds.

Every Mentor has an enhanced DBS check and Safeguarding Training as well as our extensive Arthur Ellis training course, that aligns their practice methods with our techniques.

These requirements ensure that our professionals are equipped to work with any person who requires our services.

Our Supervising Mentors are accredited with the Association of Psychological Therapies in Providing Good Clinical Supervision.

Alongside our trained Mentors, we have Designated Safeguarding Leads, who are equipped to deal with and escalate a number of situations and circumstances, and our Mentor Supervisors independently assess our Mentors’ work and offer guidance and support through each referral.

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