About Us – The Haven Family

Joanne Pearson – Partner @ Haven Wellbeing Centre

Hi, my name is Joanne Pearson.  My experiences with ghosts and spirits started as a small child.  I grew up in a house that experienced a lot of paranormal activity so from a very young age I have memories of strange ghostly night time visitors.  I used to be frightened of spirits until many years later, after a chance meeting at work, a colleague suggested that she thought I may have ‘gifts’ and told me to go to the local Spiritualist Church for help.  That chance meeting turned out to be the turning point in my life.  That was 22 years ago.  There I learned many truths about the gifts I had previously been frightened of. I met my lovely friend and now business partner Donna at that church, and we spent many evenings and weekends learning how to cherish and use our gifts to help others.

On this pathway I have learned many ways to assist others on their journey towards peace and happiness.  The most important skill I’ve had to learn was how to love myself.  It’s not something that comes easy to the caring people among us, but is so important.  My spiritual team…angels, guides and loved ones in spirit, have helped me to understand over the years that loving others is easy, but loving self has to be a priority in order to have the energy to help others in need.

Faced with this simple truth I was guided to learn various skills with regards to the spiritual ways of healing, self empowerment and loving Self.  Learning these skills helped me in such a personal way that my life transformed.  I now teach these skills to others with the aim of helping individuals towards a happier, more peaceful way of life.  I use a combination of my natural mediumistic and psychic gifts, reiki, channeling angels and the spiritual realms, ancient symbolism and dream interpretation, Law of Attraction and positive affirmations, teaching mediumship and meditation, chakra balancing, and self esteem and confidence work.

Like many, I have faced lots of challenges during my life, some so dark that I thought I couldn’t cope…but I persevered knowing that I wasn’t alone, and by utilising the skills I’d learned, I eventually came out the other side a more stronger, empowered and compassionate person.

Love Joanne. X

Donna Gilroy – Partner @ Haven Wellbeing Centre

A little bit about me, my name is Donna Gilroy, and I have worked in an office since leaving school, I have been at my place of employment for many years.  I started there on a YTS and they kept me on and have been there ever since.  I have been interested in all things spiritual for as long as I can remember. I have been doing Readings and Therapies for the last 20 years or so. It has only been the last couple of years where I have started doing them more frequently whilst doing the fayres etc.  I feel the time is now right to go down my spiritual path and see where it takes me. Hence why I have taken the step towards following my dream of having my own business and having the opportunity to help people, and thankfully I get to do this with my lovely friend Joanne who I have known for 22 years.  She is an amazing person and friend, I feel so very thankful and blessed to have her with me on my spiritual journey.

Like most I have lost people close to me, my mam, my dad, my best friend to name but a few, have passed into the spirit world. So I know what it is like to go through the pain of loss and the grief, and also know how low it can take you.  I got to a point where I couldn’t get any lower.  Once you get to this point you eventually start to rebuild yourself, day by day, week by week, and month by month.  It’s not easy, but looking back what I have been through has made me a stronger person today, it has took me a very long time to get this point in my life.  This is why I would like to help people with different therapies, readings etc and offering a listening ear.  I have done various courses over the years, Colour Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Reiki, Counselling Levels 1, 2 and 3 etc.

I feel so very blessed and thankful to have the Haven Wellbeing Centre with my lovely friend Joanne, our aim is help people with health and wellbeing, whether it be in the mind, body or spirit and be a hub for the community.  The services I will be offering at Haven are Reiki, Crystal Therapy, Colour Therapy, Angel Card Readings, Ribbon Readings and a Listening Ear.

Also being back down in Lowthian Terrace means a lot to me as I lived there for 14 years when I was a child.  I still have friends down there who I have known for years and the building we are in also holds a lot of memories, as I used to go there for years when it used to be a hairdressers.  Thank you for taking the time to reading this.  I look forward to meeting you soon.

Love Donna. X

Michelle Coxhead

I am originally from North Yorkshire but have settled in the North East and I have lived here for 20 years. I’m a busy Mum of two children. My interests are cooking, reading and trying to keep fit. I really like Body Pump, Swimming, Pilates and Spin Classes.

I have been practicing Reflexology for over 20 years. I work as a mobile Complementary Therapist in and around Washington. I also rent a room on Tuesday afternoons here at Haven. I am a qualified Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist. Most recently I attended a course in Bergman Facial Reflexology which is proving to be very popular with clients. I love giving relaxing and restorative treatments to suit the individual needs of my clients.

I specialise in Foot Reflexology, Facial Reflexology, Holistic Facials, Swedish Massage and Indian Head Massage. I am registered with the Federation of Holistic Therapists and I am fully insured. I look forward to meeting you.

Love Michelle. X

Emma Bailey

Well my name’s Emma and I live in sunny South Shields originally from Lancashire 🌹 red rose county.

My background is 17 years in Holistic Therapies all aspects but I specialised in teaching Aromatherapy and Anatomy and Physiology to NVQ students. I tailor each treatment to the needs of the client mixing up the several massage disciplines I’m qualified in aswell as empathic feelings of what’s needed. I’m also a qualified physiotherapist and mainly worked within sporting environments.

I’m a Reiki master and very proud of my lineage as I’m 7th in line after Usui 🙏

I’m a qualified proof reader and copy editor and do that freelance and also volunteer this service.

I volunteer at Save The Children Charity Shop which I’ve done since my son started preschool so 5 years now! Wow that’s gone fast! I also am an exam invigilator for GCSE and A Levels at Harton Academy twice a year.

I’ve always had an interest and passion in Herbalism and Gardening since I was a child and loved foraging with my papa 🌱🌳🌿 so home remedies have also been a first go too in our home weather it be tea, tonics, poultice, cream also in cooking and baking.

I’ve been described as a magpie ! Because I love picking up bits and pieces to re-purpose them into something beautiful and special again. Plus I love crafting so my work is very unique, symbolic and very meaningful.

So that’s me in a nutshell.

Love Emma. X

Janice Holton – Arbonne

Hello my name is Janice Holton & I am proud to tell you that I am an Independent Consultant with a 40 years old American company called Arbonne.

6 years ago as a newly retired Bank Manager I was introduced to this amazing business & have never been happier.

I am passionate about everything that Arbonne is – it’s Ethics, it’s Pure Safe & Beneficial products, it’s Business Opportunity & the Community of people that I have met since joining the company.

As a Bank Manager one of the things I loved was being able to help people & with Arbonne I can continue to do that by helping them choose the right Skincare, Nutrition & Makeup Products from our ranges that have a holistic approach to help improve mind, body & skin.

Over the coming months I hope to be able to share my knowledge & some of these amazing products with you.

I hope to be able to do ‘Fizz & Facial’ sessions using our Ayurvedic inspired Self Care Range & to keep our energy up a choice of our famous Fizz sticks.

Also makeup tutorials as I have trained as a make up artist.

I also will give talks about our vast range of Nutrition products designed to help you feel fit,keep your energy up,cleanse your body & boost your wellness.

I can supply Arbonne brochures & product samples on request.

I look forward to meeting you all in the near future & helping you become healthy inside & out.

Kind Regards

Janice X

Hello everyone my name is Gillian Johnston. I live in East Boldon with my husband and daughter. In my spare time I am an avid campaigner for the environment.

I qualified as a Counsellor in July in 2014 and have worked in different settings. I found my way into counselling from teaching Religious Education and students with special educational needs (SEN) in   secondary schools, where I discovered a real need for the service I offer.

I trained with the University of Sunderland at South Tyneside College where I specialised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). I was trained to work eclectically in a Person Centred and Psychodynamic way. I have taken further training in Gestalt Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Level 1&2.

I was part of the St Clare’s Hospice Counselling team for six years so I also offer a bereavement service providing help and support during a difficult time. I aim to give my clients the opportunity to talk to someone in a safe and confidential environment, enabling them to both explore feelings and develop management strategies.

As a healer with NFSH Healing Trust I believe mental wellness is a spiritual journey in which we can find our own way to healing from issues such as bereavement, depression and anxiety. I offer an holistic approach to counselling to support this journey, which will compliment medical services. My aim is to provide not only a listening and therapeutic service but guidance in new skills to empower my clients through their personal healing journey while supporting them in managing their own healing. Also providing the tools to identify, address and heal any underlying issue to facilitate mental wellness. This is a process of self discovery, self awareness, change and growth.

As a teacher I have an interest in and knowledge about the mental wellbeing of children. I have worked as a volunteer with Place2Be, working with children therapeutically.

I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework. I hold the BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency.

If you would like to contact me, you can email on g.johnston108@btinternet.com or you can message Haven Wellbeing Centre.

Love Gillian. X

Sarah Wilson

I’m Sarah Wilson and my passion is to help as many people as possible achieve better quality movement in their everyday activities to live a less limited life free from aches and pains.

I worked in an office environment for 16 years so I know what it is to work anything from 10 to 15-hour days at a desk and what that does to posture, stress levels, memory and the toll on your body, causing neck, shoulder, back and knee pain and headaches.

My Wellness Pilates classes are supportive and encouraging and are therapy for your body and mind. You’ll build core stability and increase flexibility and strength and deepen the mind-body connection, creating a sense of wellbeing to help you feel ready to face your next challenge with a calm and focused mind.  In a couple of months, people can become pain free and even touch their toes for the first time in years or ever! This means people can do more things they used to like fasten their shoes without worrying about back pain and play with their children or grandchildren without aching for days. I teach how to move better for a better life.  You can find me on my website www.perfectlypilates.co.uk and on Instagram and Facebook @perfectlypilatesuk

Love Sarah. X

Hi I’m Lesley, a little bit about me; I was brought up in Washington and have lived here most of my life.  I’m a City & Guilds trained Beauty Therapist and have been practicing for 26 years.  I have previously worked in a Salon in Columbia for 7 & ½ years, after that I then moved onto be a Senior Therapist in Fenwicks for 2 & ½ years.  I’m now mobile and have been for the last 15 years, as I find it fits in with my home life.

I offer a full range of Beauty Treatments ranging from Brow Shaping, Tinting and Waxing.  I am also hoping to expand my knowledge in the future and do Dermaplaning to my list.

If you would like to book me for any of the above, you can contact me via Email on lesleyg07@googlemsil.com or my Facebook Page – Lesleys Mobile Beauty.

Love Lesley. X

Amanda Joy

My name is Amanda Joy please allow me to share with you a little about who I am.

I am a massage therapist and a clinical hypnotherapist with over 20 years of experience.  I have qualified in many different specialist areas of massage, from very gentle Aroma Touch massage to Deep Tissue, Thai Massage, and Acupressure.  Working with me usually involves an assessment of your needs and requirements and I have a range of skills and techniques I can incorporate into a massage treatment that can loosen tension, reduce discomfort or simply bring about a sense of deep relaxation.

As an experienced clinical hypnotherapist, I’ve helped many people reach their goals, overcome fears and let go of unwanted thoughts and behaviour.  Personal development, Hypnotherapy and Meditation have been part of my own personal journey and as a therapist, I empower my clients by giving them the skills and tools they need to move forward in their lives.

My background is in care work and Nursing.  For many years I cared for patients who were quadriplegic, ventilated and who had neurological pain.  This led me to have an interest in working to reduce pain of all types.  I specialise and offer massage and hypnotherapy for people with Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Post Viral Fatigue Syndromes, Parkinson’s and Chronic Pain.

I offer pre and post pregnancy massage ensuring your wellbeing and a range of bespoke deeply relaxing treatments that support natural fertility too.  I often combine massage treatments with clinical hypnotherapy and meditation.  My unique approach addresses the mind and body as a whole.  I truly believe the answers to all our challenges in life are within us and with a holistic approach; I feel I can offer the solutions to multitudes of issues.

I often work with people who have depression or who are experiencing a wide variety of negative emotions.  Hypnotherapy helps a person learn to reduce and/or better control feelings of anxiety, stress, and sadness.  Hypnotherapy is also used to treat negative behaviours that could be worsening a person’s health and wellbeing.  These behaviours may include smoking, drinking too much, addictions, poor eating and sleepless nights.

Hypnotherapy gets to the root of the problem whilst you are feeling very relaxed and helps you to overcome fears phobias, challenges and move you forward to become the person you feel you should be or the person you really want to be.   I am a Hypnoslimmer consultant. I help people to address and overcome food addictions, reconnect with food in a positive way and reduce their body shape and size.   I also offer the Hypnotic Gastric Band.

I help people to build their confidence, self-esteem, motivation, set objectives and give them clarity and perspective in their lives.  I teach meditation and I run retreats.  I am always happy to answer questions; you’ll never know how I can help till you ask.   All first sessions include a free health and wellbeing consultation to enable me to offer you a bespoke treatment; you can also choose your holistic treatment from my treatment menu.

I welcome questions and I am available to speak to you in person or by phone.

My website is www.amandajoy.co.uk.

Love Amanda. X

Hi my name is Toni I’m from the Washington area where I have lived all my life . Family is everything to me and love spending as much time “as they will allow “ with them .

I am a certified Scentsy Consultant, we specialise in warmers and wax . Our warmers come in many shapes and sizes along with a lifetime guarantee.

I’m extremely grateful to be welcomed into the haven family and look forward to meeting you all soon . 

Love Toni. X