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Project Details

Through our work during lockdown it became clear that there was a dramatic decline in the mental health and wellbeing of the individuals who accessed our services. We experienced a high number of clients who were expressing an inability to cope with the restrictions of lockdown.

Another need that became apparent was those who stated they were previously functioning adequately were finding through lockdown that they were now in need of counselling and support to work on and through the issues that have been raised or exacerbated through this experience we’re all continuing to go through.

We identified a gap and need for trained therapists who are equipped to listen to and offer support to those in our local community to flourish and thrive in life after lockdown.

So, it’s with great joy that we offer our Cultivate project in direct response to the mental health and wellbeing needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.

Goals and Objectives

Offer hope to those, affected by COVID and the chance to work on and through their issues by the means of 1-1 counselling and support groups.

To empower individuals, families and anyone in need in our community to flourish in life after lockdown – by equipping them to bounce back from these difficulties by building resilience and encouraging hope through the use of our services.

Meet the Team

Carmen Slobozeanu

Carmen Slobozeanu - Counsellor

"I'm passionate about helping my clients to define their goals and develop a plan of action and, in the process, gain awareness of their issues. I take a holistic (mind, soul, spirit and body) approach to mental health care and love to see the therapeutic process develop for each individual. I am a Christian and I believe God is the best Counsellor and He has all the answers to every human need and is the source of all Hope."


• The University of the West of Scotland, 2019-2021, MSc in Psychology
• Diploma in Integrative Counselling
• Diploma in Clinical & Pastoral Counseling
• Post Graduate Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies

Member of BACP

Work Experience:

Leader of Holding Hope Counselling: tackling issues such as addictions, trauma, abuse, grief and bereavement, anxiety, depression.

School Counsellor: @Place2Be – I work with this national charity providing emotional support to children in schools.

Destiny Community Counselling: since 2016, I’ve worked as a Counsellor (with hrs supervised client practice), applying an Integrative approach (Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Gestalt & CBT). I gained hands-on experience in providing counselling, support and advocacy services to clients suffering from trauma, grief and bereavement, addictions, depression and anxiety, one-to-one counselling, and I built and maintained strong professional relationships.


I speak English (fluent) and Romanian (fluent).

Rachel Gale

Rachel Gale - Counsellor

"I’m passionate about people's lives being restored to factory settings and encouraging them every step of the way to live life to the full."


• HND Person Centred Counselling

Work Experience:

• 25 years experience in GP practice
• Counselling students one-to-one and facilitating support groups at Brighton University
• Supervised volunteers for charity specialising in supporting women – specifically survivors of abuse and self-harm
• Volunteered in Kilmarnock Prison ministering to prisoners
• Voluntary worker in rehab for those struggling with addictions


If you feel that you would benefit from the Cultivate Programme then please get in touch with us.

You can email us at: [email protected]  or call us on: 0787 484 4446


Freedom Fighters would like to thank the following funders:

Allchurches Trust’s ‘Hope Beyond’ grant programme, Foundation Scotland, North Ayrshire Ventures Trust, Hillhouse Quarry and Shift the Power Fund (The #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund is delivered by Corra Foundation working as an intermediary partner with Comic Relief in Scotland and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

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