The Brightstone Clinic Counselling in Sandbach, Cheshire

The Team. Jess

Jessica Woolliscroft
Co Founder and Director


Born and raised in South London, Jessica started her professional career working in therapeutic communities, running a registered care home and dry house at the age of 22 years. She then took on the deputy Director role in a specialist housing association for ex offenders followed by a stint as Director of Islington MIND.
In her thirties, Jessica worked for many years as an executive researcher on social/political issues for the Bishops of London, whilst running her practice as a psychotherapist. Following the move to Cheshire in 2000, Jessica spent 12 years working as a clinical supervisor and union rep in the NHS, specialising in raising awareness of childhood trauma, coordinating staff training and fundraising to provide services. Since 2012 Jessica has worked in private practice, for four years with Ann Lowe, helping to run a community interest company (CIC) offering low cost therapy and training placements for people in the Cheshire and Staffordshire borders.
Jessica is currently the Director of Brightstone Clinic and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant and Facilitator. She is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy: a graduate member of the British Psychological Society; a full member of the International Society for Trauma and Dissociation and the UK Trauma Register. She has two Masters degrees, in Psychology and Psychological Trauma.


The Team. Ann2

Ann Lowe
Co Founder and Clinic Manager


Early on in her career, Ann worked for AXA PPP healthcare: a large employee assistance programme (EAP) provider. She then worked for Cheshire Fire and Rescue and Accenture in their Human Resources departments.

For the last ten years though, Ann has managed The Hope Street Centre, a successful and unique counselling and psychotherapy practice based in Cheshire. Ann has helped over 40 practitioners to successfully base and build their private practice. For four years during this time, Ann also operationally managed a community interest company (CIC) in parallel, offering low-cost therapy and training placements for people in the Cheshire and Staffordshire community. Ann is a Founder and former Director of Mindfulness for All (CIC).

Ann offers her experience of human resources and organisational management as consultant to small businesses including Silk House Therapy Practice, the Big Room CIC, Therapy Spaces UK and JTS EC&I Limited, where she helped secure a £5 million, 3-year contract with an international energy supplier.

Alongside Ann’s talents as an operational manager of therapeutic organisations, Ann has a specific interest in nature-based healing and creative living. She is a talented writer and has ghost written three published books. In July 2020, Ann will qualify as an eco shamanic practitioner, following an intensive and immersive holistic training located in the Forest of Dean. She is a qualified Reiki practitioner, life coach and has trained in a variety of approaches to counselling which support Nature Connection.


The Team. CARL2

Carl Woolliscroft
Co Founder and Advisor


Carl was born in Newcastle Under Lyme and lived in Chesterton until the age of six. He trained as a teacher of further education gaining his Cert Ed. In his thirties he decided to change direction and moved south to work in therapeutic communities for many years. He gained his Masters in Social Work and ran two registered mental health care homes for social services in Haringey and Hammersmith & Fulham followed by a number of years running a specialist intensive community support team in Tower Hamlets. In 1999 he completed the 5 year training ( plus two years preparatory analysis) in Jungian Analytical Psychology with the British Association for Psychotherapy ( now the British Foundation for Psychotherapy) . He applied for the post of Clinical Lead of the Psychotherapy Dept. at North Staffs Combined Health Care NHS Trust, where he worked till his retirement in 2016. Carl is also a qualified supervisor with the Society of Analytical Psychology and a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council. Carl is in semi retirement with a very small private practice. Carl provides depth psychological consultancy to the running of Brightstone Clinic.


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